Mindy and Mike are a couple that are so in love, which you will see from these pictures. Their romance jumps off the page! When Mindy called my office about a year ago searching for a wedding planner, we soon discovered that we knew each other, and that I had planned Mindy’s first wedding in Dallas over 20 years ago – what a small world. Mindy went on to tell me that she had lost her first husband to cancer, and that Mike had also lost his wife to illness. Mindy and Mike each took a leap, and joined Match.com, not knowing that their soul mate was a click or a swipe away. After meeting, both knew it was something special. He made her laugh, and she loved his dry sense of humor. They both had one child each, and both lost their spouses within a year of each other. After their first date, love began to grow…and within six months they were engaged! Planning this wedding for Mindy and Mike was one of our great joys of 2016 – we laughed during each planning session, and they made the process effortless. Mindy and Mike were married on October 22, 2016.
Mindy’s Romana Keveza dress was spectacular. The detail on the back was so intricate and delicate, and the ruching on the front was simply elegant.
A touching photo, and perhaps one of our favorites from K&S Photography, of the groom adjusting the bow tie of his grandson.
We love the current trend of mismatched bridesmaids dresses. The girls each chose their own long navy dress, and they all look gorgeous. Paired with white calla lily bouquets, the look is elegant and stunning. Mike’s daughter, Katie, was a bridesmaid.
Again, can we talk about how stunning Mindy’s wedding dress was? That back! Little does the groom know what awaits him when he turns around for his “first look” at his bride. Just look at his expression on the following – he’s so in love!
While they were dating, and during their engagement, Mike showered Mindy with jewelry – from a sapphire and diamond bracelet, to a pearl necklace, emerald and diamond earrings, and a to-die-for emerald and diamond drop for her strand of pearls…what’s a girl not to love?
One of our favorite touches with this wedding was a strand of pearls that was loaned to Mindy as her “something borrowed”. These pearls have been used in the family to wrap around bridal bouquets since 1958. This heirloom of 58 years accompanied Mindy down the aisle, along with a blue cross, given by the bride’s mother, which we sewed onto the bouquet.
The pew markers were so pretty at this wedding, adorning every other pew along the long aisle.
Mindy and her son, Jon David, share a smile as he escorts her down the aisle to meet her groom. Jon David is a senior in high school, but is so suave, he reminded us of a young European jet-setter – just look as his perfect posture and composure!
Before we left St. Andrew United Methodist, we stopped for one last picture in front of the church. Only K&S Photography can capture a shot this beautiful.
Arriving at Stonebriar Country Club in the Clarendon Room, Z’s Florist outdid themselves with overflowing arrangements of white roses, lilies, and hydrangea sitting atop trumpet vases. At the base, smaller arrangements of white and light blue flowers finished the tablescape. Mindy also wanted a pop of color, so a few dinner tables were adorned with a trio of vases with hot pink alstroemeria and green hydrangea.
Mindy and Mike’s monogram designed by Annie Roche of 5 by 7 Designs was made into a gobo which shone in the Clarendon room above their sweetheart table.
Guests dined on bruschetta, chicken tenders and other delicious hors d’oeuvres before the dinner of roast tenderloin of beef, green beans amandine, loaded mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, wedge salad, and mac and cheese – which the adults loved more than the kids!
Fancy Cakes by Lauren made the most beautiful (and delicious) wedding cake for Mindy and Mike. Not only was their monogram on the cake, but you will notice on the 3rd layer, that the ruching of Mindy’s wedding dress was depicted in frosting. Each layer was a combination of chocolate cake and white cake, separated by a layer of frosting. As a guest, you did not need to choose between the brides cake or the grooms cake – each slice had both – brilliant! And we love how Z’s Florist made a crown of flowers for the base of the cake.
Mindy and Mike’s stationery suite, designed by 5 by 7 Designs featured their monogram on each piece, including the muslin bag.
The first dance as husband and wife.
Mindy’s father was delighted to dance with his daughter on her wedding day. He was a renowned violinist and conductor of the Dallas Symphony, among other orchestras in the United States.
Then, another father danced with his daughter. Mike surprised Katie with a special dance just for them. The love between a father and daughter is always special, and you can see the joy and love on Mindy and Katie’s faces.
Here’s a cleaver way to let the waiters know “don’t take my drink” – we had coasters made and provided them on each table, so guests could place atop their drink when they left for the dance floor. It’s a great way to have your drink still waiting for you when you return.
And they danced the night away!
Did someone say party favor? The groom’s favorite treat is popcorn, so the party favor choice was easy! We loved designing this table with all the different flavors of popcorn displayed in apothecary jars, and we had little monogrammed boxes for the guests to fill with popcorn. Naturally, it was a hit!
A special snack that we always make for our couples is a goodie basket. We fill it with wine, cheese, crackers, nuts, chocolate, wedding cake, fruit…and for this basket – popcorn! It’s always a treat to get back to the hotel room, relax and have a bite to eat.
Church: St. Andrew United Methodist
Venue: Stonebriar Country Club
Photographer: K&S Photography
Videographer: Summer Films Video
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Florist: Z’s Florist
Makeup: Simply Beautiful by Meg
Hair: Manuel Pina with Salon Boutique
Ceremony Music: Johnathan Gregoire, Organist and Pianist
Reception Music: Jay Fox Productions
Stationery: 5 by 7 Designs
Transportation: Premier Transportation
Lighting: Jax Fox Productions
Popcorn: Mom and Popcorn
Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Planner: Sue Kelson Events