The Bride and Groom
How you met your fiancé? Tim and I met at our New Student Conference for Texas A&M University in the summer before our freshman year. We became friends on Facebook and talked all summer before starting classes in the fall, and we began dating on the first day of school.
How did he propose? While getting ready for a nice dinner out, Tim quickly disappeared and left me with nothing but a clue card telling me to meet him where we very first laid eyes on each other. Once I arrived at that location, one of his best friends was waiting for me with another clue card to meet him at another special location in our town. I ended up traveling all around College Station to our most meaningful spots and receiving more and more clue cards from our best friends. I finally arrived at a pier overlooking a small lake where Tim was waiting for me so he could finally ask me to marry him. Once I said “YES!”, I noticed that all of our best friends were hiding and waiting for that special moment to celebrate with us. It was one of the most thrilling moments of my life and I had all of my loved ones there to witness it!
Your Bridal Gown & Accessories
Who was the wedding gown designer: Maggie Sottero
What was your favorite Feature about your dress: I am obsessed with the stunning combination of the lace overlay with beading all throughout the dress. Some of the many other features that I love about my dress are the cathedral -length train, the corset back, and the sweetheart neckline.
How did you know your dress was “the one”? I have always had a vision of what my dream wedding dress would look like, yet I had never actually seen anything that incorporated all of the elements that I wanted. After pouring over hundreds of pictures of dresses online, I finally stumbled across Maggie Sottero’s “Beatrice” dress and just knew it was my dream dress come to life. I quickly set up appointments at several different bridal boutiques in Fort Worth that carried the Maggie Sottero line. Unfortunately none of them actually carried the “Beatrice” dress as sample, and I did not feel comfortable ordering a dress without trying it on. Determined to make my dream a reality, I called almost every single bridal boutique in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that carried Maggie Sottero and asked if they had a sample of “Beatrice” to try on. I was thrilled to hear that Pence & Panache was able to accommodate my request, so I headed over to their boutique immediately. As soon as I saw the dress I knew it had to be the one I wore as I walked down the aisle!
Describe your experience at Pence & Panache: Pence & Panache has been nothing but accommodating to me from start to finish. Not only were they able to get me in for my initial viewing of my dress on very short notice, but they were also able to find a time for me to come back so my dad could see the dress before we ordered. I loved the intimate atmosphere of the boutique and how you feel like it is all about you (as it should be!). The runway with mirrors strategically arranged so you can admire your dress from every angle was also a fun touch. The thing I most enjoyed about ordering my dress with Pence & Panache was the Reveal Party I got to share with all of my friends when my dress arrived. We enjoyed champagne and hor devours while admiring my dress. My bridesmaids also used the opportunity to choose their own bridesmaids dresses from the great selection Pence & Panache offers.
Accessories chosen to accent your dress: I wore a cathedral-length veil with beaded trim that my mother made by hand.
Your Wedding Day
Wedding Venue: Marty Leonard Chapel & The Fort Worth Club
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? Something old- Garter using the petticoat of my great-grandmother; something new= my dress and veil; something borrowed-earrings; something blue-Virgin Mary pendant given to us by the Deacon
What is your #1 tip for brides in the planning process? Enjoy every moment because it goes by so fast!
How do you describe the theme of your wedding? Our wedding was very elegant, intimate and timeless.
What color palette did you select and how did you choose? I chose eggplant and raspberry as the colors for our wedding. I have always been drawn to those colors and realized that they could be used to create a perfect color scheme for our special day.
Do you have any advice for brides who are still searching for their perfect bridal gown? Pick a gown that you know you will feel comfortable in. Though it goes by quickly, you will be wearing your dress for a long time on your wedding day so you want something that you won’t have to worry one bit about!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? There are so many wonderful moments from our wedding day that I will never forget, but I think the absolute best moment was when the doors to the chapel opened and I saw my almost-husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was the most emotional moment I have ever experienced in my life, and I am so blessed to carry that moment with me forever.