This Pence and Panache bride found a stunning Ella gown that was a perfect fit for her wedding style. Both her wedding style and her gown featured a modern tone with a hint of vintage flair that made for an absolutely gorgeous wedding! Pence and Panache would like to thank Amanda so much for sharing all of her stories, insight, and beautiful wedding pictures!
The Bride and Groom
How did you meet your fiancé? We attended high school together and reconnected through friends after I moved back from Washington DC after graduate school.
How did he propose? We were going to meet my best friend and her husband for dinner at dinner at H2 Steakhouse in Fort Worth. We got there a little bit early and parked down in the stockyards. We were walking toward the restaurant and he stopped to talk to the driver of a horse-drawn carriage. He pretended to recognize the driver as one of his father’s old schoolmates. The driver offered to give us a ride down to H2. She took us back behind Main Street by the river. He signaled her to stop and we got out down by the water. He got down on one knee and proposed. He had some good family friends there to take pictures of the whole thing. Afterwards, we went to H2 and he surprised me with a dinner party of our parents and two best friends.
The Bridal Gown
What was your favorite feature about your gown? I loved the panel of lace that was worked into the bottom ruching of the dress.
How did you know your dress was “the one”? Right after I stepped into the dress in front of the mirror and she started to lace up the back, I was so excited and anxious for her to hurry and finish so that I could see it. I couldn’t stop smiling and it almost brought tears to my eyes when I walked out to show it off.
How would you describe your experience at Pence and Panache? I had a wonderful experience! I was the only bride there and felt like a princess as I got to walk around and pick out dresses. My dress was the fourth one I tried on, but I just loved walking out in front of my mother and sisters to show off all the pretty dresses.
What accessories did you choose to accent your dress? I chose a necklace and earring set that I purchased at Pence and Panache. It had pearls, rhinestones, and clear crystals that seemed to be a perfect match for the beading on my dress. I borrowed a hair clip from a good friend that seemed to be a perfect match to the jewelry as well.
Do you have any advice for brides who are still searching for their perfect bridal gown? Don’t settle! There is a dress out there that is perfect for you, no matter how picky you are.
The Wedding Day
Your wedding venue was beautiful! Where was your wedding held? A&M Gardens
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My ‘something old’ was my Grandmother’s brooch that I clipped onto my bridal bouquet. My ‘something borrowed’ was my hair clip. My ‘something blue’ was my flowers.
What is your #1 tip for brides in the planning process? My #1 tip is to enjoy it and not get overwhelmed in the process. Once you find the venue and the dress, it’s all downhill from there. You will most definitely have a few breakdowns, but remember that those will pass and you’ll laugh when you think back on how stressed you were and how great everything ended up!
How do you describe the theme of your wedding? I wanted a more modern feel but with vintage undertones. Our venue was perfect for us because it was a combination of city and country.
What color palette did you select and how did you choose? I used cobalt blue, black, and white as our colors. My bridesmaids and I all have bright blue eyes (one green), and the blue just made everyone’s eyes pop! I chose black and white as my other colors so that it would retain a classy and elegant feel. The blue ended up popping in the garden areas where the ceremony occurred.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? It would be hard to pinpoint! Everything went wonderful on our day. The weather couldn’t have been better and I felt absolutely gorgeous. I couldn’t stop smiling all night and we had a blast dancing the night away with all our family and friends.