Alyssa and Zac

Alyssa and Zac

Nov 19, 2018

The Bride and Groom


How you met your fiancé? Zac and I were set up by a mutual friend. We went on a double-date with them to the Boardwalk in Shreveport to shop, get dinner, and see a movie.

How did he propose? He took me out to dinner to my favorite place (Piranha’s Killer Sushi) in the Arlington Highlands, and after dinner asked if I wanted to walk around the shopping center. We were crossing one of the bridges over the stream that runs through the highlands, and he started telling me how much he loved me. Then he stopped me in the middle of the bridge, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him!


Your Bridal Gown & Accessories


Who was the wedding gown designer: Allure Bridals

What was your favorite Feature about your dress: The back/train, or the sash with the fabric flower.

How did you know your dress was “the one”? I’m a pretty small person, so when I was trying on dresses that I had seen in magazines, I felt like I was swimming in them, kind of like I was playing dress-up. But when I put on the Allure dress, I felt like it fit me, and I felt beautiful in it. When I came out in that dress everyone had the same reaction, they all said “that’s the one!” It was just perfect.


Describe your experience at Pence & Panache: I LOVED Pence & Panache. Prior to going wedding dress shopping, I had been watching ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ on TLC. I loved how the girls on that show had their own consultant, and they had very personal service. Although I could never afford to fly to New York and buy a $20,000 dress, I still wanted the experience of feeling like it was MY day and like I was the most important girl in the room. Pence & Panache did exactly that. The consultant, the runway, the pedestal to stand on, all made me feel so special.
Also, my consultant Mandi was the one who picked the winning dress! I would have never pulled that dress for myself, but she did and it ended up being the perfect dress for me! She was amazing!

Accessories chosen to accent your dress: Like most brides, I wanted to have “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. So that’s where my accessories came in! My something old/something blue were a pair of earrings that my (now) Grandmother-in-law gave to me when Zac and I got engaged. My something new was my rhinestone head-band (purchased on etsy), and my something borrowed was a simple diamond necklace that belongs to my mom.

Also, I wore a cathedral-length veil that I purchased from Pence & Panache, two garters that I purchased on etsy, and my shoes where ivory peep-toe heels by Luichiny. I loved that they had big red hearts on the bottoms!


Your Wedding Day


Wedding Venue: Outside at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, TX.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My accessories!

What is your #1 tip for brides in the planning process? Enjoy every minute of it, and try not to stress! It all goes by SO fast, so enjoy this special time in your life.

How do you describe the theme of your wedding? My theme was “love birds”. There were birds on my invitations, we used bird cages in the décor, and my cake-topper were two small white clay birds.

What color palette did you select and how did you choose? I went for a very light, springy color scheme. I used white, light turquoise, yellow, peach, and gray. I decided on those colors after trying (and failing) to pick two main colors for the color scheme like most brides. It was impossible for me! I just kept seeing pictures of different color schemes that I liked, so finally I decided to just incorporate them all together.

Do you have any advice for brides who are still searching for their perfect bridal gown? Try things you don’t think you’ll like! I went into my dress appointment saying “I don’t want anything beaded, and I don’t want satin!” I ended up getting a dress that was both of those things! Brides will look at dresses in magazines or online and love a certain style, but when you try them on, they almost never look like they do on the models. So give some other styles a chance!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day? That is a really tough question! The whole day was amazing, but such a rush of emotions, and it went by so fast! I would probably just say that my favorite part was walking back down the aisle after the ceremony, knowing that I was married to my best friend.