Summer Wedding at Hickory Street Annex

Jourdin & Chris’ summer wedding at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas, TX was one of so much happiness and love!  The journey to this amazing day began 4.5 years prior when the two met in class at Coppell High School.  Despite living long distance during majority of their relationship, they grew together in love.  Chris proposed on a hot summer day in the Katy Trail.  He then whisked his soon-to-be-bride off to a surprise engagement party where their family and friends eagerly awaited to celebrate their big news.

From the beginning wedding planning stages, Jourdin knew that she wanted keep things light by going with a gold and white color palette with touches of glam.  Keeping things pretty simple, everything took place at Hickory Street Annex.  The girls spent the day there leisurely getting ready with Maitee Miles doing their makeup and Abby Kugestadt doing their hair.  Her bridesmaids wore a variety of gold dresses.  Jourdin wore a Nicole Miller dress from Nordstom.  They all looked stunning!  The guys arrived later that afternoon and got dressed in a nearby office so they could just walk right over once it was time for pictures to begin.

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Soon it was time for the couple’s first look.  Which proved to be Jourdin’s favorite part of the day as she says, “I’d been kind of nervous at the looming duty the bride has of being the center of attention, and I hadn’t seen him all day and was just antsy.  So the first look really put my nerves at ease.  Plus, it was so exciting to finally see him all dressed up!”

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The wedding party had a blast taking pictures with Jennefer Wilson Photography and were soon able to relax and take in the beautiful wedding decor for a bit before the ceremony began.  During the wedding ceremony, sister and Matron of Honor, Kelsey, Best Man & best friend, Jesse, & awesome friend of the couple, Jordan, performed a beautiful song, “Forever Like That, Ben Rector“, to capture the couple’s feelings for one another.  Chris sealed the deal with kissing his bride and they became Mr. & Mrs. Chris Hendrix!

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As guests moved downstairs for the cocktail reception, the ceremony was transformed into the par-taay area!  The ceremony backdrop created by Branching Out, was re-purposed for the cake back drop.  Cakes were made by Delicious Cakes and the pocket pies were made by Zenzero Bakery.

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Guests were then transitioned back up stairs where they feasted their eyes on all the pretties made by Branch Out Floral and Event Design.  Jourdin wanted to contribute some decor herself, so she saved and painted all the gold bottles that held the florals.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a true McMinn wedding if Father of the Bride, Woody, didn’t fulfill his tradition of introducing the wedding party!

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After the first dance, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner by CN Catering and listened to entertaining toasts given by the couple’s closest family and friends.

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Even though the wedding took place on a Sunday evening, you would never know it by the way everyone danced the night away with DJ Dilly mixing the beats.  It really was a fantastic time had by all!  DWeddings even got in on the action!  We were so honored to have been apart of the second McMinn family wedding.  Congratulations McMinn/Hendrix families!  You truly hold a special place in our hearts.

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CTE Loves Branching Out Floral & Event Design

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There is almost nothing better than the sweet smell & look of gorgeous blooms and there is no one that creates floral arrangements better than Branching Out Floral & Event Design.

Debby Jewesson, a good ole’ East Texas girl from Longview, is the Principal of Branching Out, and let me tell you friends, she is such an amazing soul.

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After graduating from UT Austin, she had a coaching and teaching career. After doing that for a few short years, she quickly decided that she wanted to make a career change. She wanted to chase some dreams.

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Debby: “I picked up a copy of“What Color Is Your Parachute?…” by Richard Bolles. Although I didn’t read it cover to cover, I picked up some very useful tips. I composed a list of dream jobs, then analyzed my positive attributes. Taking a leap of faith, I started knocking on doors at floral design companies. Did I mention my Mom was a floral designer? She’s always been an influence on all things creative in my life.”

Soon she landed a job at a high end event company, sweeping floors and processing flowers. Debby soaked up all the knowledge she could and with that same company she was offered the head designer & manager at their boutique flower shop. After a year, she made the leap to join forces with 2 partners/friends to start a floral & event design company of their own. Fast forward 2 1/2 years later, her first precious baby was born and it was then that she decided she would sell her ownership. Although this was hard for her, she knew it was the right decision at the time for her family.

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Debby: “So, now here I am. 2 kids and 14 years later. I returned to the industry in January of 2009 as Principal of Branching Out. The name means multiple things to me. I am branching out from a previous career, previous ownership in a company and motherhood. I am more enthusiastic and ambitious than ever before, and most importantly, I feel alive and fulfilled!”

Branching Out has a gorgeous style of work that simply has a fresh approach to classic design. When you walk into her charming floral shop in the Design District in Dallas, you are instantly filled with joy & warmth. The walls are filled with a light gray and each room is scattered with accents of cream and yellow, representing the brand perfectly. Did we mention that every single person in that office is so fun & wonderful?

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To stay inspired for her sweet clients, Debby said, “I really appreciate a good display of color- walls of fabric rolls at Fabric Factory, designer office supplies on display at Target, a rack of colorful t-shirts at the Gap, paint swatches at Home Depot, buckets of color coded roses at my local wholesale supplier! For me, these types of colorful merchandising displays inspires new color palettes for our events. The inspiration is everywhere!”

When you meet Debby for the first time you instantly feel the fun & love she has for her job! So, it is no surprise what she had to say when we asked her what her favorite part of her job was.

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Debby: “Fun people: clients, vendors and my staff! And I love designing alone in my studio after everyone has gone home. I call it my “flower therapy”.  I also really love working with brides! I still tear up at engagement stories and get chills when I see pictures of their gown! I also sincerely enjoy getting to know each bride, which enables me to see a design in production and confidently say, “She will LOVE that!”

During the wedding planning process, we will tell you that choosing a floral designer is so crucial and there is no better person in our eyes to give future brides advice when knowing what to do during the floral planning process.

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Debby: “Share as many inspiration pictures as possible (pinterest, magazine pages). Respectfully critique the images you share and view so the designer will know what YOU want specifically. Sharing what you don’t like is just as important as sharing what you do like. Discuss budget with your designer. Talking budget with any wedding vendor benefits you both. For me personally, I know what I should and should not suggest. For the bride, she leaves the consult with a realistic idea of what’s available to her and confidence in knowing that I can marry creative concepts with her style, theme and budget.”

So, if you are looking for a floral designer for your wedding or event, we hope you find your way over in Debby’s neck of the woods. If you have fallen in love with her just by reading our blog, just wait ’til you meet her and her team in person in that gorgeous space of hers, and tell her we sent you! It’s easy to see why our clients love her and we know you will too.

:: Event Photo Credits from top to bottom ::

Tracy Autem Photography (top/ bottom left) and K & S Photography (top/bottom right)

Autumn Light Photography

Greg Blomberg Photography

Jennefer Wilson Photography

Tracy Autem Photography

 

CTE Loves Jennefer Wilson Photography

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Jennefer and Michael. Where to begin with them and their photography…

Their photos are flooded with beautiful natural light and capture the most intentional of moments that serve as precious memoirs for their couples.

We met Jennefer & her sweet husband, Michael, when working with them on a wedding from this summer. Her work from that wedding was absolutely stunning, to say the least. Jennefer & Michael brought such an awesome energy when photographing Jourdin & Chris’s big day. They had the whole group laughing and really brought out the fun & precious moments of that day, and the photos really showed for it.  You’ll be seeing this wedding when it hits the news stands this coming spring.

Not only are their photos gorgeous, but their hearts are even more beautiful, because it is what inspires their vision.

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Jennefer & Michael currently reside in Dallas. Jennefer grew up in Midland, TX and Michael in the Houston area. Their journeys crossed four years ago, just as Jennefer landed her first wedding photography gig, Michael joining her.

Jennefer: “I received a call from our first ever bride on the Monday before her wedding when she called me in a hurry to ask if I would shoot my very first wedding. I was sitting next to my brand new boyfriend in his Ford Explorer, accepted the job and then proceeded to ask him if he would want to shoot it with me. Little did I know that that boyfriend would be my husband and that that last minute wedding inquiry would bloom into something we love and are so blessed by, that we both do it full time.”

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However, photography wasn’t always in her plans. In fact, when she went to college she had plans of pursuing a music business degree but soon realized that God had other plans for her. Jennefer would then switch majors to Graphic Design, take a photography class as an elective, start getting hired to take portraits for friends and the rest is a beautiful history.

According to Jennefer, their style of work could once be described as simply being editorial journalists of their clients wedding days, but when Michael & Jennefer married two years ago, their view changed completely once Jennefer was on the brides side of the wedding spectrum.

Jennefer: “We do our very best to capture our clients wedding days through the eyes of the bride. Nothing shines as much at a wedding more than it does through the brides eyes. Her hair has never been more perfect, her gown more romantic, or her place settings more classic. Ensuring that the day looks as close to the bride and grooms memory is how we do what we do. This mindset keeps us so honest and intentional; I wouldn’t change our approach for the world.”

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One thing that separates wedding photographers from others, are their inspirations, what inspires their work. If you know what inspires their work, you can understand their vision. If those match up with yours as a couple looking for a wedding photographer, then it can truly be a match-made in wedding heaven.

Jennefer: “I am inspired by kindness and joy. The sunlight on your skin, grass between your toes and a fall breeze are all reminders of God’s kindness. And to be completely honest, nothing inspires us or makes us love what we do more than a bride and groom who radiate that kindness and joy. The ones who love their family and friends so evidently, who take the time to care for and love on those people. They make our job the best in the world.”

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Michael & Jennefer love a good journey. They love working with clients who aren’t afraid to dream with them!

Jennefer: “The brides and grooms who run with an idea and invite us on the journey, those are projects are the ones we live for and pray for more of.”

As a couple, choosing a photographer for both engagement and wedding day photos is one of the biggest decisions & emotional investments they’ll make during the wedding planning process. So, what is the best advice for couples looking to hire a photographer?

Jennefer: “My best advice for couples looking to hire ANY portion of their wedding team is to make sure they love the person behind the work. Especially in the case of photographers & videographers. There is no one who a bride will spend more time with on the day of their wedding, so it is IMPORTANT to love the people you hire! There is no better freedom on your wedding day then to be able to sit back and enjoy your day because you know in your heart that the people you hired love you and are more than able to make your wedding vision come to life.”

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Aside from their photography life, Michael & Jennefer’s regular day is never complete without cuddles from their two golden retrievers, a homemade latte and snuggles on the couch while watching 30 Rock. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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If you’re a future bride reading this and you’ve fallen completely in love with Jennefer Wilson Photography like we have, you can find Jennefer & Michael here. Please go take a look at their gorgeous work, contact them & tell them we sent you! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by their blog. It is sure to fill that heart of yours.

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Jennefer Wilson Photography :: Website, Portfolio & Blog

Michael & Jennefer’s Photos Shown :: Gabriel Ryan