A year after a coworker introduced Alexandra and Austin (who both worked for the same company but in two different cities), the pair bumped into one another for a second time and quickly formed a friendship that led to much more. Just over a year after they became a couple, the pair stopped at a winery for a private tasting and tour while on a drive to Galveston, Texas, for what Austin said was a family function. There, Austin led Alex out to the middle of the vineyard and got down on one knee to propose. "The coworker who introduced us was one of my bridesmaids, of course!" says Alex.
A seven-month engagement followed, culminating in the couple's January 31, 2015, wedding in Dallas. The French countryside-inspired celebration for 160 guests was planned by Significant Events of Texas, who warmed up the wintery season with soft pastel hues. Want to see how it came together? Keep reading to see the photos by EE Photography.
Alex's Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown combined a lace bodice with layers of silk organza and a drop-waist silhouette. "I felt so comfortable and confident in it," she says. The kept her shoe choice traditional, opting for ivory Jimmy Choo sandals.
"I absolutely love the look of bridesmaids in white, especially for a winter wedding!" says Alex of her 'maids ivory wrap-style Joanna August gowns. "It was so ethereal, and the silhouette was perfect, even for my three pregnant bridesmaids." Yes, three! Alex thought only two of her attendants were pregnant, but on the morning of the wedding, a third bridesmaid ordered decaf coffee at Starbucks, and the secret was out. "Luckily, I didn't have my makeup on yet, because I burst into tears of joy!" says Alex.
The bride and bridesmaids carried bouquets of light pink peonies and pink, peach, and ivory roses.
A lace-accented veil was the perfect complement to Alex's side-swept hairdo.
Austin and his groomsmen wore classic tuxedos, with the groom opting for a white tie instead of black.
"Austin and I knew we wanted to get married in a church, and we both love Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University. We were so lucky they had our date available, since they're known to book up to 18 months in advance," says Alex. Large windows let lots of natural light into the space, which was decorated with two tall arrangement of ivory, light pink, and peach roses and hydrangeas.
"My favorite part of the wedding was seeing Austin's face as I walked down the aisle," says Alex, who opted not to do a first look.
The 1950s chapel offers a beautiful backdrop for photos, inspired by Georgian-style churches in New England from the 18th and 19th centuries.
A toile-inspired invitation suite set the scene for the reception's French theme.
At the reception, the couple used lush flowers and silver vessels to soften the industrial space. The wedding party sat at the head table, a long farm table topped with tall arrangements of hydrangeas and garden roses interspersed with birch-inspired vases. Round tables were dressed with pale gray linens and topped with a combination of clustered low arrangements and silver vessels overflowing with blooms.
A combination of food stations, from chicken and waffles to spice-rubbed pork, suited every guest's taste — and were complemented by the wintery signature cocktail, warm spiked cider!
The three-tiered wedding cake had layers of vanilla cake with fresh berries and vanilla buttercream, topped with garden roses and olive leaves.
Later in the evening, after guests flooded the dance floor, servers passed shots of milk and warm chocolate chip cookies. "The menu made everyone feel warm and cozy inside as it rained all night," says Alex.
At the end of the evening, guests formed an arch of glow sticks to lead the bride and groom to their getaway car. Says Alex, "Definitely hire a wedding planner! All the decisions can get exhausting, and it's hard to stick to a budget. Our planner was so helpful in finding options that fit our budget and helping us use it effectively."
Ceremony Venue: Perkins Chapel, Southern Methodist University || Reception Venue: The Filter Building on White Rock Lake || Wedding Planner: Significant Events of Texas || Bride's Wedding Dress: Alyne Bridal || Veil: Paloma Blanca || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Susie Gray Uphues Makeup || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Culwell & Son || Florist: Lush Couture Floral || Invitations & Paper Goods: Significantly Said || Music: Brad Cooper Music || Catering: Gil's Elegant Catering || Cake: Panini Bakery || Rentals: Celebration Event Rental, BBJ Linen, GBS Linens || Lighting: LeForce Entertainment || Videography: Spinning Leaf Films || Photography: EE Photography
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