Despite growing up together, Riley Potter and Michael George didn't start dating until after their junior year of high school in June 2007. Seven years later, on May 22, 2014, Michael brought Riley to the park one Thursday after work and popped the question. Later, he surprised his brand-new bride-to-be to with a party that included 40 of their closest friends and family!
They decided to keep their engagement brief and tied the knot just six months later on November 22, 2014 in Dallas, Texas with a ceremony at Highland Park United Methodist Church followed by a reception at Union Station. Riley and Michael enlisted the help of planner Carson Castellaw of Bella Flora of Dallas to dream up a romantic, flower-filled event with an earthy, neutral color palette and invited 450 guests to celebrate with them. Keep reading to see all of Shaun Menary Photography's photos from the big day!
The couple worked with Southern Fried Paper to create a fun-yet-formal invitation suite. They included a tree-motif and "OMG" (as a nod to their hashtag — #OMGeorge — which was a play on their new last name) created with gold foil.
Riley says finding her Austin Scarlett wedding dress was the easiest part of wedding planning. She chose a strapless silk organza and ball gown with a sculpted bodice, drop waist, and tiered ruffle skirt. "The designer was having a trunk show the day I went to look for my dress. He came into the fitting room and even did a few sketches of dress options for me," she remembers. "I still have the sketches! It's such a fun memory!"
She finished her looking with a soft updo, teardrop earrings, and a white-and-green bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, lily of the valley, sweet peas, and eucalyptus.
After a morning spent getting ready with her 13 bridesmaids (and one adorable pup!), Riley waited as her attendants slipped into their floor-length black dresses from Bella Bridesmaids. Once each important lady was equipped with their bouquets of succulents, hydrangeas, parrot tulips, peonies, and roses, Riley did a "first look" with her closest friends.
Michael looked dapper in a black tux. He completed his wedding-day look with a boutonniere of silver berries, astilbe, and peris that was tied with a fine satin ribbon.
Riley's father walked her down the aisle of Highland Park United Methodist Church while Trumpet Tune in C Major played. They chose to recite traditional vows and, after the "I dos," left the church as Horn Pipe from Water Music played.
The party then moved to Union Station where flowers, hanging lanterns, and string lights transformed the spacious ballroom into a warm and intimate space. A mix of round tables topped with white linens, mirrored tables, and long farm tables filled the space. All were decorated with lush arrangements of white blooms, including peonies and hydrangeas. The real showstopper, though, was the massive trellis built above the tables surrounding the dance floor. "It was loosely wrapped in greenery with flowers and had hanging lanterns," Riley says. "It gave the space an outdoor party vibe."
Tables featured a mix of gold-rimmed clear chargers and a darker variety to keep the space interesting and diverse.
Rather than having a signature cocktail, the couple decided they would serve all drinks in a signature Styrofoam cup — on one side, the cup featured the couple's names in gold while the other had the same "OMG" written on their invitations.
The couple shared their first dance to Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight." "Our first dance was truly the best," Riley says. "I will never forget the way he looked at me during that moment and feeling overjoyed that I was lucky enough to have him as my husband."
After a dinner that included baked macaroni and cheese, sliders, pulled pork sandwiches, twice-baked potatoes, pasta, and sushi, guests enjoyed slices of the couple's five-tiered wedding cake. They even topped their confection with bride and groom Minions and decorated the frosted layers with fresh flowers.
Riley and Michael left the reception as guests tossed confetti and hoped into an antique white convertible before they flew to St. Lucia for a relaxing honeymoon. "Don't sweat the small stuff," the bride advises. "In the end, the main goal is to be married to the love of your life."
Ceremony Venue: Highland Park United Methodist Church || Reception Venue: Union Station || Wedding Planner: Carson Castellaw of Bella Flora of Dallas || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Austin Scarlett || Jewelry: Ippolita || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids || Florist: Lucy Diaz-Flores of Bella Flora of Dallas || Invitations & Paper Products: Southern Fried Paper || Ceremony Music: The Festival Brass || Reception Music: Atlanta Showstoppers || Catering: Wolfgang Puck || Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Company || Rentals: Bella Acento || Videographer: Frameblender Films || Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography
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