Brittany and Richard often ran into each other while studying at Texas A&M University — she was studying to be a physician's assistant while he was in medical school. After two years of taking the same classes (and even being paired up as lab partners!), Richard finally asked Brittany out for coffee. A year after that, on May 29, 2014, Richard asked Brittany to be his wife while visiting a local winery for their anniversary. "He made me the luckiest girl in the world when he asked me to marry him," the bride says.
Planning a wedding while still in graduate school meant the couple didn't always have time to devote their full attention to the details. "There were days I had to focus on school and trust other people to make decisions for me. Other times, school took a hit and I chose to focus on the aspects of our wedding that were really important to me," Brittany remembers. Those details, she says now, included creating a classic wedding filled with personal touches — think: a key lime pie groom's cake and using candles from their engagement evening as part of their centerpieces. Tucker Images was behind the camera capturing every elegant detail of Brittany and Richard's Dallas nuptials on March 14, 2015.
Many brides slip on a dozen dresses before they find the one, but Brittany discovered her Elizabeth Layne lace overlay gown during her very first shop stop. "I loved the delicate straps and the sheer lace backing, and it made my mom and mother-in-law cry," she says. She paired the dress with her mother's wedding veil, a handmade belt, and ivory flats that made for easy walking.
Brittany's seven bridesmaids wore strapless, full-length gowns made of chiffon and dyed in an ice-blue hue. "I chose this dress because it was flattering and the color was pretty on everyone," Brittany says. "Although I wanted our wedding to be mostly light and neutral hues, I wanted a pop of color and loved how it made them stand out."
The bride and her 'maids carried garden-style bouquets made with garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, spray roses, and dusty miller, with their stems wrapped in white ivory ribbon.
Brittany and Richard's flower girl, dressed in a tutu-like dress and wearing a floral crown, also served as the couple's ring bearer. "My husband is a big How I Met Your Mother fan," she says, and was obsessed with the idea of having the "ring bear" that was a running joke on the show for multiple episodes. "So just to make him laugh, I tied our rings to a teddy bear and sent it down the aisle with the flower girl. But with all the flower girl nerves, she fiddled with the teddy bear and the rings never made it down the aisle!" Luckily, the couple later found their gold and diamond bands and exchanged them after the ceremony.
Brittany and Richard chose Perkins Chapel on their first visit, despite the rainy day. "We were stunned by how beautiful it was!" the bride says. On their wedding day, they decorated the white-and-cream-colored space with large floral centerpieces and hydrangeas tied to the ends of each pew. "We painted a wooden sign to display Song of Solomon 3:4 to pair with a floral arrangement and the guest book in the entry."
Brittany's father walked her down the aisle to the traditional Bridal Chorus. Then, she and Richard exchanged traditional wedding vows.
Brittany and Richard both love outdoors, but they didn't want to risk rain ruining an open-air reception, so they chose a venue with indoor and outdoor appeal for their celebration. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden offered the best of both words with a cocktail hour on the patio and an indoor seated dinner, so the couple and their 260 guests would be protected no matter the weather.
The bride and groom mixed high and low centerpieces with lanterns and candles — many of which came from the evening the pair got engaged — on taupe linens. "We incorporated the mason jar candles that my husband used as part of the proposal into our centerpieces at the reception," Brittany explains. In place of menus, the couple left cards at each place setting describing some of the more personal details of the reception: Their parents' wedding photos hung by their own engagement prints in an antique six-panel window, an old shutter the bride painted to display escort cards, and hand-painted signs bearing the couple's wedding hashtag.
Brittany and Richard's wedding cake featured natural white frosting with cascading flowers — a traditional design on the outside with classic vanilla layers beneath.
The newlyweds enjoyed a private dance before they left their reception through a tunnel of bubbles. "By far, my favorite memory of our wedding day was our last dance," Brittany says. "While our guests picked up their bubbles and lined our exit path, we shared a slow dance together. It was incredible to soak in the everything that had just happened, take in memories of the room, and let it hit me that this good looking dancing partner was really my husband now. It was the perfect way to end our wedding and start our marriage, and is a memory I will never forget."
Ceremony Venue: Perkins Chapel
Reception Venue: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Wedding Planner: Significant Events of Texas
Bride's Wedding Dress: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair & Makeup: Brittany Jones Weddings
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: J.C. Penney
Flower Girl Attire: Vivi Lovely Tutu Dress
Wedding Bands: Fifth C Fine Jewelry
Florist: Lush Couture Floral
Music: Le Force Entertainment
Catering & Favors: Gil's Elegant Catering
Cake: Delicious Cakes
Transportation: Echo Transportation
Accommodations: Doubletree Hilton Campbell Center
Videographer: J and J Studios
Photography: Tucker Images