Elegant Dallas Wedding | Shelby + Drew

We’re cooling things off (or maybe heating them up?) with Shelby and Drew’s modern white winter wedding in Dallas!

These met in college, but while they were working for the same public accounting firm. They kept things professional and were just friends for several years, until, says Shelby, “He left public accounting to go work for his family business we began dating shortly after!”

Fast forward a few years and Drew surprised Shelby with a sweet Dallas rooftop proposal (more on that sweet moment from our sweet bride below). As they began planning a winter wedding, Shelby went in search of her gown. She knew she wanted something with sleeves since it would be chilly. but she also knew she’d be dancing a lot inside and wanted to stay comfy. She ended up trying on a lot of gowns and felt overwhelmed.

Says Shelby: “My sister asked if she could pick out one last dress for me that she had seen. She had gotten married a few years before me and had also worn a Lea-Ann Belter dress so she found one for me she thought I would like. I loved everything about it immediately and it felt perfect for a winter wedding, but it did not have sleeves.

Our stylist immediately pulled an overlay with sleeves that Lea-Ann had for a different dress and called to see if she would make it in the same design as the dress I had on. As soon as she said yes, it was the easiest decision to go with that gown! I also wore my sisters veil, so it just brought together everything so perfectly for the day.”

It can be so stressful looking for the right dress, especially in the face of an abundance of choice. We love that her sister not only wore a Lea-Ann Belter, too, but saved the day! We also love how perfect Shelby’s Raven gown and custom jacket were for her, as well as her and Drew’s elegant black-tie wedding!

More from our sweet bride below:

wedding dress: Lea-Ann Belter Raven bridal gown and custom jacket via Bridal Boutique of Lewisville | photographer: Jennifer Yarbro Photography | scroll down for full vendor list

How did you know the other was “the one”? 


“Since we were friends before we started dating, I knew Drew really well and I had always thought he’d make a great partner. Once we began dating, I knew immediately I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He calms me when I am stressed, and every day is just easier and better with him by my side.”


How did you two get engaged? 


“Drew told me he was taking me out to dinner to celebrate the end of my busy season at work. We were supposed to meet his sister for a drink at a hotel bar and then go straight to our reservation after that. When we got to the hotel, he had rented out part of their rooftop bar and there was a huge marry me sign that overlooked the Dallas skyline. After he proposed, our family and friends surprised us shortly after and we had an engagement party at the hotel bar.”


What was the funniest moment of your day? 


“During our ceremony, neither of us expected to get super emotional since we did a first look, but both of us started crying as I was walking down the aisle. As soon as I got to the end of the aisle, we were both about to really start crying, but then someone stepped on my veil and it flew off my head. My dad freaked out and all he could say was “It wasn’t me, was it you.” It was such a funny moment and we all just began laughing and my sister ran over and put it back on. It was just such a funny moment to lighten it all up and then we were ready to get married.”

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What part of your wedding day was most important to you? 


“We decided to do a first look and then take the Warwick car to and from the church to get a little time together. These moments made our day feel more intimate and truly about us.


The car ride to the church was one of my favorite times because it gave us 10 minutes to just sit and chat and really take in the fact that we were about to get married and commit to each other for the rest of our lives. I had been a little nervous all day but getting that time with Drew really calmed me down and was exactly what I needed.”


Where did you go on your honeymoon? 


“We went to St Lucia and stayed at the Sandals Grand St Lucian. We had the best time!”

Any tips for couples getting married? 


“Enjoy the process and don’t get too overwhelmed in all the small details. Wedding planning is stressful, and it is easy to get caught up in it all. Once you get to your wedding day, all the little things you have been stressing about don’t matter anymore because you know you are marrying the love of your life.”

Shelby + Drew’s Dallas Wedding Vendors

wedding dress: Lea-Ann Belter Raven bridal gown and custom jacket via Bridal Boutique of Lewisville | photographer: Jennifer Yarbro Photography | planner: Significant Events of Texas | venue: Warwick Melrose |  hair + makeup: Maitee Miles | florals: Something Pretty Floral | band/DJ: Intensity Bands | baker: Candy Haven and Cakes | rentals and lighting: Centerstage Floors, Lawson Event Rentals

Were you a Lea-Ann Belter bride? We’d love to see your pictures and share your story! Email Jessica@Lea-AnnBelter.com.