Thank you so much for all of your touching comments and sweet words! We loved our wedding! After my Wedding post, I received lots of wedding questions about who my vendors were, where I bought my dress, how I planned a wedding so quickly, and many more, so I though I’d share about all the details on here. (For Tips on Finding the Perfect Dress scroll to the bottom)
When it came to picking a venue and a theme for the wedding, we had a bit of trouble. I always dreamed of an intimate garden wedding, he dreamed of a big, pull out all the stops, show-stopper wedding. Let’s just say Danny has A LOT of friends, like knows everyone in town, so when he said big, he meant really big! 😉 The one thing we both agreed on was we wanted our wedding to be intimate, we wanted it to be personal, we wanted it to feel like everyone was right there with us. We knew there was no way we could keep the wedding under 200, so planning a wedding of that size and keeping the environment intimate was a bit tricky.
We visited many venues, but none really fit the bill. They were either too small, too formal, or too casual until we found The Cotton Mill in McKinney. What I loved about The Cotton Mill was all the character it had. There were so many unique, interesting spots that there were throughout the venue. The Indigo Dye Room is a semi outdoor space (with a waterfall) that is referred to by the staff as “The Ruins” It has a grecian vibe that created that intimate garden look that I was longing for, but still accommodated up to 400! On our first visit, we knew we found the perfect spot.
I really can’t say enough wonderful things about our vendors. They were able to take my (near impossible) vision of a not so small, but intimate garden wedding and bring it to life! And because I loved my vendors so much, I wanted to share all my sources with you. I highly recommend each one listed!
Charla Storey (Photographer)- Charla is a good friend of mine and has been one of my favorite photographers for a long time now. Her images are so timeless and eloquent! Right after we got engaged, I reached out to her to see if she was available. With such a short engagement, I was so worried she would won’t be available, but somehow the dates worked out perfect! We couldn’t have been happier with Charla. She is such a joy to work with and has a way of making you feel completely comfortable in front of the camera! www.CharlaStorey.com
Marc Roberts (Videographer)- Hands down best videographer! If you had asked me before the wedding what were the two most important aspects of the wedding to me, I would say the photography and videography! Both of these are the only things from the wedding that you’ll actually get to keep forever. I had very high expectations for the videography, but Marc exceeded every one of them! He paid attention to the details that were most important to them and perfectly captured the evening! You have to watch the video, because it’s just that awesome! (Maybe I’m a little biased) www.MarcRobertsVideography.com
Tip: It’s highly recommended to pick a photographer and videographer that have worked together before. They are often times needing to be at the same place at the same time, so it’s important for them to know how to work around each other without getting in the way or having to communicate much. You want them to have a system down! You can always ask who they prefer working with as well if you haven’t already nailed down both vendors!
Lindsey Brunk (Wedding Planner) – Lindsey is such a gem. She is one talented lady with an eye for impeccable style. She is another vendor that I had scoped out long before I got engaged, and I knew wanted to work with her. You can see more of her work here. Not only is she one of the sweetest girls I know, this girl is one hard worker and worked around the clock to make sure our day went perfectly! www.LindseyBrunk.com
House of Hough (Specialty Linens) – I had been following House of Hough prior to my wedding and loved their work. They were so sweet, super responsive and incredibly helpful when I reached out to them with any questions I had!! I even got to meet with Clara, the founder of House of Hough! I was so impressed by how they were able to take my vision and work their magic to come up with extraordinary linens that gave the reception an exquisite, unique touch! We used the Champagne Crochet Glitz linens as well as the French Blue Shantung linen napkins. Both were perfect and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! Highly Recommend! HouseofHough.com
Minted (Wedding Invitation Suite) – What can I say? I give them a 5 star rating. I have always been a big fan of Minted. I use them for my party invitations and christmas cards. I love their amazing selection of various artists’ work. One of my very favorite things about Minted is if I ever have a question or wanted to customize something, all I had to do is pick up the phone and I would be talking with someone in under 5 minutes that is very knowledgable. This last holiday season, I saw that they also offered wedding invitation suites. I feel in love with “The Classic” letterpress. I still can’t believe how beautiful these letterpress on premium 100% cotton paper invitations turned out. www.Minted.com
SK Designs (Florals & Event Design) – Sandy Krueger has a long history of floral design and is known throughout Dallas as being the one to go to when you want to bring your visions to life. Sandy is lots of fun to work with and I felt like a kid in a candy shop at our first consultation, she presented me with so many fun ideas and beautiful options to choose from. Sandy made me feel like her top priority, she knows how important this day was to me and made me feel like a true princess ever step of the way! (Please contact her office at 214-415-3454)
The Olive Bench (Farm Table Rentals) – This made all the difference in the world! I am a huge fan of farm tables, and I’m so glad we used this for the entire wedding party! It gave the head table such a regal look! I highly, highly recommend The Olive Bench! The were so on top of it. They were one of the first vendors to arrive that day and they helped with the whole set up! Ps-they also sell their gorgeous tables!! www.TheOliveBench.com
M&M Events – They were a joy to work with. I loved that they had the chairs that I wanted in several wood finishes. They worked out perfect. MMSpecialEvents.com
Le Force (DJ & Entertainment) – These guys are King of Entertainment. The best of the best! After reading several off the charts reviews and being referred to them by a few highly trusted sources, we knew we had to check them out! We picked Nate as our DJ and he went out of his way to make sure the night was tailored to exactly the way we wanted it to be! People afterwards were talking all about how good the DJ was and asking for his information! LeForceEntertainment.com
Urban Taco (Caterer) – One of our all time favorite restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Urban Taco has taken Mexican Food and given it a modern, fresh twist. This restaurant also has significant meaning for us. This is where Danny took me on our first date and where our surprise engagement party was held! When it came time to picking our caterer this was an easy choice and we would make it again in a heartbeat! Urban-Taco.com
Magpie Writes (Calligraphy) – This family friend was super easy to work with. I knew that I wanted that particular verse as part of our big day. Maggie worked patiently with us to get exactly the look that we wanted front and center at each place setting! It was such a sweet tough!
Dress Tips: Being known as an avid shopper and a gal that likes a bargain, I received lots of questions asking where I got my dress from and if I had any suggestions on where to shop, so I thought I’d share some of my answers here! The wedding dress I wore is a Watters Too dress. I feel in love with it on Pinterest, searched the interest for one nearby and somehow got lucky enough to find one of the last ones here in Dallas! Now, I definitely do NOT recommend that strategy, ha! Why? Because the odds of your finding the dress that you fall in love with on Pinterest and then getting your hopes crushed are very high! What I recommend is to first go to a salon and try on dresses in as many different styles as you’d like. Sometimes you’d be surprised by which style you like the most on you! If you live in the Dallas area or near a Neiman Marcus, I recommend going to the Neiman Marcus Downton Bridal Salon. Shopping there is truly a one of a kind experience with so many timeless, designer gowns! Another one of my favorites is Nordstrom Bridal!
Dress Tip #2: If you’re looking for a budget friendly option, try shopping online AFTER you’ve gone to a salon in person and you know which silhouette you’re looking for. Then try BHLDN and JCrew. This is Anthropologie’s and JCrew’s Bridal line with prices ranging between $1,500-$300.
Dress Tip #3: Another great option to consider is renting your dress from a site like Rent the Runway. The only down side to that is you can’t keep the dress or alter it, but you do save a lot of money! My last recommendation would be to purchase a pre-owned wedding dress from a site like PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com or OnceWed.com. I would recommend trying to find a dress that has never been worn before (meaning that someone just changed their mind on the dress & you got really lucky!) and someone that’s near your area that will possibly let you come try on the dress before buying!
I hope you found these tips & suggestions helpful! If you have any more questions, please feel free to comment below! I love talking wedding, shopping & design! Thanks for following along and all of your support during this time in my life! It means the world to us!