The atmosphere of a more elegant era is strong in this fall Art Deco-inspired wedding. It’s not just that our stunning bride Sarah’s styling and wedding dress are totally on point (such a glorious combo of vintage and modern!). Or even that she and her groom, David, hosted their fete at the Warwick Melrose Hotel, which was built in the 1920s. No, this celebration’s charm and splendor has everything to do with this sweet couple themselves.
Take, for instance, the fact that they’ve been taking private ballroom dancing lessons for years, and for their first dance (set against live music, of course) incorporated a lift!
Our wonderful bride describes her unforgettable day (and dress experience) this way:
“Both David and I have a strong connection to our church, so we knew from the beginning that we wanted to get married in Dallas. Since neither of our families live in Texas (I’m from the Midwest and he’s Irish), we started calling our wedding a ‘non-destination destination wedding’ and planned for lots of out-of-towners! We surrounded ourselves with a planning team of artists and let them work their magic. Our venue, an old 1920s apartment building converted into a hotel, lent itself to a classic elegance theme, and we picked classic fall colors of cranberry and gold.
The most prep we did was probably around our first dance—we’ve been taking private dance lessons since 2012 and wanted to show off some of our steps. Our instructor coaxed us into incorporating a lift into our routine, giving us our very own Dancing With The Stars moment; she and her husband also led a short lesson later in the evening to teach everyone some basic steps before opening the dance floor for a night of dancing to live music.
Finding the dress was an incredible experience. I went to two dress shops and must have tried on 20 dresses at the first store, but nothing felt right. I even said to the consultant that I didn’t think I was one of those brides who would get emotional and weepy when I found THE ONE. But shopping at the Bridal Boutique in Lewisville was a completely different experience. When I shared my vision for my big day, my consultant immediately steered me to Lea-Ann’s trunk show selections and then introduced me to Lea-Ann herself! I was struck by the luxurious feel of the fabrics and all the delicate details.
When I tried on Ginger, I knew it was different immediately and came out of the dressing room smiling. Lea-Ann brought over a fingertip veil to complete the look and I was a goner—tears and all!! Lea-Ann ended up doing a custom veil with lace to match my dress, and later I bought the lace bolero with an illusion neckline to give me a bit more modesty in the church. In the end it gave me two amazing looks for a day that felt storybook perfect!”
wedding dress: Ginger with Maeve jacket and veil via Bridal Boutique Lewisville | photographer: Joy Neville Photography | flowers: Scott Bell | venue: Warwick Melrose Hotel | makeup: FaceBar by J. Laurent | hair – Memorable Occasions and Hair Design/Tease to Please | cake: Frosted Art Bakery | band: The Revolvers