Real Fall Wedding at the Fort Worth Water Gardens

After meeting in 9th grade in Plano, Texas, Britney and Kris couldn’t wait to tie the knot at their fall 2013 wedding at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. They chose their fall date because it was between their two birthdays, October 1st and October 11th, and it incorporated Britney’s favorite colors: orange, brown, and shades of red.

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When asked about their decision to do a ‘first look’, this is what Britney had to say:

“Our first look before the wedding was so incredibly special to me. I was so nervous walking down to see him, almost in tears. So much raw emotion and love! I felt like that moment all the planning and organizing I had done for the wedding was suddenly worth it, every last bit of it. It was the perfect moment.”

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With the threat of a thunderstorm brewing, Britney and Kris didn’t even consider moving their beautiful wedding inside.  Somehow, they just knew everything would work out.

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The moment the ceremony finished and the guests were inside, it started pouring down rain! They say rain is good luck on your wedding day, which seems to be especially true for Britney and Kris.

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After a close call with mother nature, the celebration was taken across the street to the Sheraton Hotel in Fort Worth. All of the details that Britney worked on really came together for the reception. From small details like the signs and the favors, to the intricate centerpieces, Britney and Kris’s reception was true to their style and no detail went unnoticed.

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Even the cake from Crème de la Crème  tied in with their elegant fall theme!

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With a grand exit in an antique car to drive them away, their wedding day drew to a close. What a fabulous day! We are so lucky to have been a part of the planning and the celebration.

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It seems as if married life is treating Britney and Kris quite well. She explains, “I don’t really feel that much has changed in our everyday life since we got married, but now it’s that feeling like “It’s just me and you, partners for life and in it together. It’s a great feeling!”

 

:: the fabulous vendor team ::

photographer: Absolute Photography

lighting: ES Events

DJ: Sean Lee

bridal gown designer: Alfred Angelo

Holiday Wedding Favors Ideas and Tips

The holidays are a great time for showing appreciation for all those who love you.  What easier way to do just that than at your wedding with thoughtful holiday wedding favors?!

As a planner, I am often asked what favors couples should give away at their wedding.  But the answer isn’t so simple.  Many factors need to be taken into consideration before just picking something and slapping your name on it.   You want your wedding favor to reflect your style, theme, and interests as well as be something a large group of people will enjoy.

At this time of year, there are so many fun things you can give your guests that’ll just put them right in the spirit.

Here are some other tips to think about when trying to find the perfect wedding favor for your special event.

1. Homemade favors are always a hit.  People love to taste the treats or keep the trinkets that you love to make.

2. Items that are easily used or consumed go over well.

3. Avoid keepsake items that only have your name and wedding date on them.  Unless, they are your immediate family, they likely won’t want to display things in their house that have your name on them.  If you want to put your name and date on them so they’ll always remember where it came from, put it on the back with a cute quote or saying in the front.

4. Unless you’re placing favors at each person’s table setting, you don’t need to buy or make favors for 100% of your guests.  Most guests will take 1 per couple.  *The item that breaks the rule of thumb on this is alcoholic favors.  You’ll definitely need 100% of your guest count for this type of favor as some guests will take more than their share.

5. If keeping guests honest with how many wedding favors they walk out the door with is a concern or you just want to make sure they take one, have staff members personally hand them out as guests leave.  It adds a personal touch of elegance and ensures everyone gets something special as they depart your event.

6. Displaying your wedding favors in a fun way will make them more enticing for the taking.

There are endless ideas and websites to look at for fun holiday favor ideasEtsy has so many vendors who can make exactly what you’re looking for to save you time and stress.  Here are several holiday wedding favor ideas that’ll hopefully inspire you and take your imagination to the next level.

Lollipops from Sweet Caroline Confections.  Create a box decorated with a mix of ornament balls and garland that compliment your wedding colors and pop in cute holiday sign to display these tasty favors.

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Hand painted wine glasses from The Toast Hostess set at each table setting with wine charms from Charlie Chalk Designs to create unique place cards keepsakes.  Guests will surely use their special glass all night no matter what they’re drinking.

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Snowflake ornaments from Mademoiselle Adriana Design or hand painted stone ornaments from My Little Chick (can be made as coasters too). Hang these onto a snow kissed christmas tree adorned with glimmery ribbon and lights for a beautiful ‘wow factor’ as guests enter & leave your event.

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Warm them up with hot chocolate mixes from Fete Sette

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Keep the holidays growing in their hearts (and their yard) all year long with baby pine trees from Nature Favors or succulents from The Tattered Cottage

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Heart shaped soaps from Julie’s Sugar Soaps or Esscents Soaps.  Who wouldn’t want to put these in their guest bath for everyone to enjoy?!

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Let them eat cake with a cupcake mix favor from Vintage Bake Shop or make your own special cake (pictured homemade pumpkin spice cake: photo by Absolute Photography)

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Keep the flame burning with soy candles by Candles by Nature.  Display with greenery, spiced pine cones and cranberries for pop of color and visual interest.

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The ideas are never ending and guests will be thankful that you thought of them.  Tell us what favors do you absolutely love getting or what you gave away at your wedding!