The Bride and Groom
Bride’s Name: Jacqueline Jones
Groom’s Name: Chad Jones
Wedding Date: January 23, 2016
How you met your fiancé? We met through work as EMTs. We were both working at a standby event in Dallas called the “Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk” in November 2012. We were assigned to the bike team and were paired as partners. (Chad did not really want a partner that day and preferred to go solo, but fellow co-workers encouraged us to work together. The day was spent getting to know each other and we hit it off quite fast.) It was easy to joke around with each other and feel like we were not working! Chad asked me to go out with his family and family friends after the event. I hesitated but finally gave in. We ended up going to a pub one-on-one. Something special was brewing.
How did he propose? Chad took me out to his family’s Possum Kingdom lake house in August 2014. We had been out there a year before for Thanksgiving. Chad and his mother devised a plan to surprise me one of the evenings out there. Chad asked me to come out onto the balcony when his mom, sister, sister’s fiance, and nephew were down by the lake. He asked me to come out to wave to his nephew. When I came out, I did not see anyone waving. I turned to Chad and he was on one knee. (He told me that I made him so happy and have changed his life in the best of ways.) He asked me if I would make him the happiest man on earth and “have mixed babies with me?” (Background details I need to provide is I had jokingly told him, in order to get a for sure yes from me, all he needed to ask me was: “will you have mixed babies with me?” He remembered and I knew he was the one!)
Your Bridal Gown & Accessories
Who was the wedding gown designer, and what was the style? Maggie Sottero – “Melanie”
Favorite Feature about your dress: The low cut back with lace illusion and buttons from my neck down to my low back in the center of the illusion back.
How did you know your dress was “the one”? I tried on the dress once before at a Dallas bridal shop and noticed it had all the features that I wanted. I found it again at Pence and Panache, at my second visit! I was almost sold, but decided to keep on looking so that I would not regret picking one so fast. I shopped near and far, even in my hometown Houston. I could not stop thinking about the Maggie Sottero Melanie dress. I returned for a 3rd time to Pence and Panache and could not walk away again from it. I was won over by the classy design of the Melanie dress. I felt so timelessly beautiful!
Describe your experience at Pence and Panache. I do not know where to start! The bridal shop itself is a dream, even before the remodel. The center runway and large mirrors made the experience unforgettable. Even the presentation of the bridal dresses hung up high against the walls, there were so many dresses to pick from! I felt like a princess. The sales women, especially Asia, were so supportive and open to every need and style I was looking for. They never did once show any frustration with my pickiness. They took their time and made sure I was happy every minute of my visit. Their happy attitudes was a fantastic plus!
What accessories did you choose to accent your dress: A customized waltz length drop veil with lace border detail from Blanca Veils on Etsy. Elegant drop earrings for the ceremony and princess-worthy oversized stud earrings for the reception. A faux fur shawl for my bridal shoot and our first touch session.
Your Wedding Day
Wedding Venue: Perkins Chapel at SMU in Dallas, TX
Who was your Wedding Photographer: Stephanie Brown from George Street Photography for wedding day. Tracy Enoch for bridal portraits.
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? “old” – diamond bracelet and heart necklace from when I was a little girl
“new” – floral robe, lace garters (the keeper and tosser)
“borrowed” – necklace I wore with my traditional Vietnamese dress, borrowed from my aunt Mary
“blue” – gifted blue diamond ring from my mother-in-law at our rehearsal dinner.
What is your #1 tip for brides in the planning process? Ask for help whenever you need it or delegate small tasks to relieve some stress on yourself! Everyone will gladly help (as long as you are not a super bridezilla!)
How do you describe the theme of your wedding? Classic with modern and traditional touches.
What color palette did you select? A gray winter-toned palette and style with: light and dark grays, slate blue, with accents of burgundy and lavender.
Do you have any advice for brides who are still searching for their perfect bridal gown? Try on as many dresses as you can handle over the course of about two months (if you have the time). Choose the dress that speaks to your soul, a dress that you can see yourself handing down to your daughter and granddaughter. Set a budget for yourself but be flexible when it comes to your dress, because it will be the essence of you on your special day.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? The ceremony was such a beautiful expression of our love for each other. We chose all the readings and prayers because it was a traditional Catholic ceremony. I cried when I entered into the church to walk towards my husband because I was surrounded by so much love from the people who have been by my side throughout the years.