Now that the year is coming to a close, we thought it would be fun to share our top fifteen weddings of the year with you! We’re so grateful for our sweet brides & grooms who shared their stories with us. So without further ado, our BEST OF 2016…
The White Sparrow Barn near Dallas / Fort Worth is one of those venues we wouldn’t mind moving into. For Abbe and Jordan’s wedding, the dreamy white, light-filled barn was filled with rustic yet elegant decorations and organic, loose floral arrangements which made the entire space feel ethereal. We know you’re going to love this sweet and joyful celebration as much as we do!
Photography by Shaun Menary.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? “At the end of the day, you will be married and that is all that matters.”
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Stay selfless and humble. Learn how to communicate in a healthy way, and learn when to choose your battles. Also, if you are doing a room flip like we did, have it planned out to a T to ensure better timing. It helped us so much!
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We didn’t see each other until I walked down the isle—we prayed together before the ceremony (behind a wall).
Abbe carried a simple bouquet of dahlias, roses and silver dollar eucalyptus that coordinated perfectly with their color palette.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I would have started the wedding an hour earlier; the reception felt a little rushed.
“I’ve always felt like ceremony locations were overlooked while the reception location hogged all of the attention! So we really concentrated on finding a location that was beautiful for both, and especially captivating for the ceremony.”
Your ceremony in three words. Religious, genuine, personalized
How did you go about planning your ceremony? It was extremely important for us to have our ceremony be tailored to what was important to us. We included feet washing, corporate worship, a family prayer, and personal vows. My mother is a wedding planner so she helped plan the layout for the ceremony.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We made sure to have “Canon in D” playing as the family members walked in, because that was the song my Mom walked down the isle to.
What was your ceremony music? “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for the seating of the family, “Multiplied” by NeedtoBreathe as the Bridal Processional and “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne as the Recessional.
Who officiated your ceremony? The worship leader at our current church. My husband is the media director at our church and works closely with him daily. He was the perfect choice in our eyes.
What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows and then exchanged traditional vows as well.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Exchanging vows with my husband & worshipping.
How would you describe your reception? a P A R T Y!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The white walls and elegant chandeliers of the barn, green florals, candles, mercury glass, more candles, and various antique pieces
Did you have a signature cocktail? We had a margarita bar with blueberries, pineapple, raspberries and strawberries as an option to add.
A rustic picnic table was used as a place to set the gifts and display some sweet family pictures. A frame wall with gold metallic frames was a simple and fun way to spruce up the all white barn.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I mercury glassed over 100 pieces of glass! We collected items from the dollar store and antique stores. We also collected candelabras from everywhere and painted them cream. I created all of the chalk art for the wedding, and we hung up a “frame wall” inside of the venue.
What was your wedding menu? Jalapeño Fritters / Chips with Queso and Salsa / Enchiladas / Zuchinni Chicken / Rice and Beans
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Several different pies, Italian cream cake, Chai tea cake with cream cheese cinnamon frosting.
What was your first dance song?
First Dance Song: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Father/daughter dance: “The Way You Look Tonight”
Mother/son dance: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We had a bridesmaids dance complete with a boa and props.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Having our last dance once everyone was out of the room.