Dallas Wedding Photographers: Francine + Kevin | Sky Creek Ranch Wedding |

It sounds like something straight out of a movie – the kind of movie that leaves you with a happy feeling inside, wondering if maybe such a love story could come true in real life. A girl and a boy meet in college, then go their separate ways. Time goes on, life goes on, and they end up on opposite sides of the country. He eventually settles down in the southwest, while she ends up in the Windy City, and the seasons turn until five years have gone by. One year, with the end of December fast approaching, each of them decided to fly home to New York, not knowing the surprise they were about to find. Finally, Christmas came, and as you know, sometimes magical things happen around Christmas time that we can only dream of. Sometimes, in fact, all it takes is one Christmas night to change the rest of your life…

Meet Francine and Kevin.
That Christmas night they found each other again, and they soon realized they couldn’t be apart. This Christmas as they start their newlywed journey as husband and wife, and every Christmas to follow, Francine and Kevin will be celebrating that gift that you just can’t buy… The one they found that night in Buffalo: the love of their lives.
It was a beautiful day as the ladies started getting ready…

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Francine glowed!

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The finishing touches…

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A favorite.

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Francine, you’re so lovely!

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Love the gorgeous colors the bride chose.

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Kevin was surrounded by his guys as they hung out.

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Francine and Kevin opted to do a first look, and it was beautiful! How sweet is Kevin’s jaw-dropping reaction to his pretty bride, and the special moments they shared? Love.

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After the first look, the bride and groom set aside time to go around Sky Creek Ranch, and take some portraits of just the two of them…

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Love.

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The ceremony, over the golf course, was beautiful.

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It’s always such a treat to see our couple’s engagement photos at the wedding. : )

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The kiss…

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One of our favorite exit shots of all time. You can feel the joy in this photo!

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The gorgeous reception! Special thanks to Meaghan, with Sweet Pea Events, for pulling together everything so beautifully…

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Love these two! : )

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Francine and Kevin had a popcorn bar, with tons of different flavors and options…and to say it was a hit with the guests would be an understatement! How fun is this?!

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Everyone was so happy for the bride and groom…

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The toasts were great…

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Goodies for the guests…

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Francine and Kevin shared a final dance – just the two of them.

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A gorgeous end to a stunning day.

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Francine and Kevin,

From your first email to us – we knew y’all would be a couple we’d want to know, and when you came to our house with yummy sweets and a Christmas ornament, we were blown away. We’ve loved getting to know you all, and your enthusiasm for life, love, and each other has made every time we see you just awesome! We wish you both (and Buddy!) many years of happiness…and of course, a Merry Christmas!  : )

Cheers,

Matt and Ivy

Story from the Bride:

We met 12 years ago through a mutual friend in college. We dated for a few months before going our separate ways- Kevin moved to Phoenix and I moved to Chicago. Five years later we reconnected back in our hometown in Buffalo, NY on Christmas night. There was an immediate connection and we were inseparable from that point forward. We dated long distance until we couldn’t take living so far apart and Kevin made the big move to Chicago. Kevin proposed on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon as we were getting ready to go to Navy Pier to ride the famous Ferris wheel, something neither of us had done since we lived in Chicago. Kevin initially planned to pop the question at the top of the Ferris wheel but couldn’t wait, dropped down to one knee before we even left our apartment, and asked me to marry him. I was not expecting it so I was totally surprised. Kevin told me how much he loved me (and our dog Buddy), how he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together, and many other things that soon became a blur. I actually looked at the ring and said “I get to wear that?!” Then, “Yes”. The proposal was perfect, sweet, and simple. We moved to Texas in 2012 and started planning our big day.

Since neither of us are from Texas the majority of our guests traveled here from other places and we wanted them to feel welcome and at home. We decided we wanted a day that felt romantic and cozy, comfortable but not too casual, dressed up but not stuffy. Sky Creek Ranch captured that feeling in every way. From the beautiful outdoor setting to the wood details and floor to ceiling windows inside, we knew from the first moment we visited that we would be married there. For our fall affair we chose plum and ivory colors with touches of gold.

I always thought we would elope to Mexico and get married on a beach. Then we realized all the people who wouldn’t be able to be with us one of the most important days of our lives. So we decided having a wedding closer to home was a better idea. From the day we got engaged we both agreed that the photography was the most important part of the wedding to us and we knew without a doubt we wanted Ivy Weddings to capture our special day. We even chose our date based on when our photographers were available! We couldn’t have done it without the help of our fabulous wedding planner Meaghan. It’s easy to get caught up in all the options out there for your wedding so we made sure we stayed true to who we are and focused on the things we really cared about.

A big part of our budget went to hiring a planner because we really didn’t have time to take on everything ourselves. Another big part of budget was dedicated to our photography which was the most important aspect of the wedding to us. Our photographers made us feel like rockstars and we’re so grateful to have found them. Our popcorn bar was a fun splurge and everyone loved it!

We both agree hands down that our favorite parts of the day were our first look and exchanging our vows that we wrote for each other. We’re so glad our amazing photographers convinced us to do a first look because it really set the tone for the rest of the day. Being able to spend some time together before the ceremony was very intimate and we had a blast driving around in golf carts with our photographers. We kept our vows secret from each other and really had no idea what the other would write. So many people said we would be so nervous, why put more pressure on yourself to say your own vows but we both stood by our decision and couldn’t be happier. I think we were both so excited to share our vows with each other that we didn’t feel any nerves at all. They were romantic and heartfelt and really spoke to who we are as individuals and as a couple. We were more excited about eating our cake than we were about dinner! Overall, our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. We wish we could go back and do it all over again!

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Bride’s Dress Designer | Justin Alexander | Bridal Boutique | The Blushing Bride Boutique | Bride’s Shoes | Nine West | Hair & Makeup | Adrienne Shoech | Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits | Jos. A Banks | Event Planning | Sweet Pea Events | Venue | Sky Creek Ranch | Florist | We + You | Cake | Sugar Bee Sweets | Caterer | Sky Creek Ranch | Officiant | David Goodwin | Favors | Sugar Bee Sweets | MC/DJ | LeForce Entertainment | Rentals | Kennique Linens | Transportation | Choice Luxury Limo | Video | Westfall Images | Popcorn Bar | Cassie’s Gourmet Popcorn | Stationery | The Three |

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Dallas Wedding Photographers: Heather + Dale | Marie Gabrielle Wedding |

Many young girls dream of the perfect wedding they will have one day. There is a gorgeous dress, the pretty flowers, and all the details that make a fairy tale dream come true. For most girls imagining that wedding day, there’s one detail they will have to wait on until much later: finding out who that special guy will be. But not every fairy tale wedding comes together the same way. Every now and then a fairy tale starts when a girl meets that special guy at the very beginning of the story, when a couple of teenagers start falling for each other and become inseparable. Time keeps going as the story of life is spun around them, and the day finally comes when they write the first chapter of the next volume of life together. When that day finally arrived for these two, through a last-minute turn of the elements, one of the most touching weddings turned even more magical – they got to marry each other twice.

Meet Heather and Dale.

When you see these two together, you might mistake them for a couple of lovebirds on a first date. The giggles, the kisses, the excitement in their eyes when they see each other – only multiplied by the love they’ve grown in a nearly fourteen year long romance. It seems only fitting that the ceremony they had waited so long to have would come twice. How did this happen? A special combination of a lovely outdoor garden, Texas weather, and special vows shared in the close company of only Heather and Dale’s closest friends…

The day started for Heather at Salon Pompeo where the girls got ready.

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Heather was one of the sweetest and calmest brides!

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Love this gorgeous Justin Alexander gown, and Badgley Mischka shoes…

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The bridesmaids helped Heather get ready.

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A favorite.

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The gorgeous ladies!

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Love this shot! Happy groom + groomsmen…

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The bride and groom decided to do a first look, and it was so sweet! Honestly, how many girls dream of their guys reacting like this when they see them in their wedding gown?

Oh, and of course, Dale couldn’t take his eyes off his beautiful bride and her stunning gown!

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These two are seriously adorable. They planned plenty of time for photos of just the two of them, and we’re so glad they did! I think they make the camera happy. Really. : )

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A favorite of 2013.

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How cute are these flower girls?! Love!

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The weather was beautiful as the ceremony started…

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Marty, from LoveNotes, officiated a beautiful ceremony.

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Right before the bride and groom could exchange their vows, it started to rain.  Knowing that guests, video equipment, photo gear, sound, and speakers, would soon be drenched, the minister sped through the ring exchange and the I Do’s, in what would be the fastest ceremony of the year!

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After waiting 13 years for a garden wedding, and having written beautiful vows that were stopped by the rain, the bride and groom were still elated to have tied the knot.

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After the ceremony, Heather and Dale, along with their bridal party were rushed off into a side building to avoid the rain. In that unforgettable moment, Marty chose to officiate Heather and Dale’s second wedding. Just the two of them. Surrounded by their closest friends and sharing the vows they had not gotten to say outside in the rain. This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies to date – and their incredibly moving vows? Well, they brought almost everyone in the room to tears.

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A rose ceremony…

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The kiss! Married for the second time in one day! : )

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The reception was beautiful…love all of the details.

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A favorite photo…

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Love when the bride and groom’s parents join the fun and show off some moves! : )

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…And when the bride and groom take the floor!

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The guys really went for the garter…with an epic catch by the best man!

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The grand exit to bubbles…

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So elated at the end of the night! Love this moment, sharing a final kiss in the elevator…

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Heather and Dale,

You guys are truly amazing! We’ve loved getting to know you all, and we won’t ever forget your kindness from the moment we met y’all! You both are perfect for each other. :) We wish you a lifetime of happiness, and wonderful memories!

Cheers,

Matt and Ivy

Story from the Bride:

Dale and I have known each other for a couple of years before we started dating at 17.  There was always a special connection and chemistry between us, and that is what carried us throughout our 13 years together.  Time really does fly when you have so much fun with your first love and best friend!  When it came down to planning our wedding, I knew it had to be an outdoor wedding.  I wanted a shabby chic wedding with soft colors.  Without a doubt the biggest splurges were the venue and the photography.  An extraordinary amount of time and effort was put into this wedding and beautiful pictures are important to capture our special day!

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Bride’s Dress Designer | Justin Alexander | Bride’s Dress Boutique | The Blushing Bride Boutique | Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka from Bloomingdales | Hair & Makeup | Salon Pompeo | Bridesmaids Dresses | Bill Levkoff and WTOO | Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits | Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse | Venue & Catering | Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens | Florals, Rentals, Coordinating | My Story Wedding & Events (rentals, bridal bouquet, large centerpieces), Bride DIY (Centerpieces) | Cakes | Delicious Cakes | Venue Coordinator | Lisa Yarbro | Officiant | Marty Younkin of LoveNotes | Videography | BeautifulDays Cinematography | Favors | New York Bakery | MC | RLF Society Events |

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Fort Worth Wedding Photographers: Jessica + Derrick | Marty Leonard Community Chapel |

Sometimes two lives are being lived so far apart that it seems only a miracle could bring them together. For these two, separated by over a thousand miles and too many states to count, it seemed their paths would never have a chance to cross. But when this kind of miracle needs to happen, it does, and for them that first encounter wouldn’t even be in either of their home towns. As they each traveled to Houston to celebrate the birthday of a mutual friend, they had no idea that they were about to meet each other, and discover the love of their lives…

Meet Jessica and Derrick.

Within just a couple days, they both knew they were meant for each other. As the two went their separate ways, they made sure things didn’t end as suddenly as they had begun. Between plane rides and phone calls, the two continued to fall for each other, and over the year to come Derrick began to form a strong bond with Jessica’s son, Landry. The pieces of the puzzle were all fitting together when Derrick came down to Texas to help Jessica and Landry make the big move to North Carolina, so they could finally be together. Just a few months later, under a sunlit Greensboro sky at the annual NC A&T Aggies’ homecoming celebration, Derrick found himself down on one knee with a question for Jessica. With a crowd of eager bystanders gathering to applaud, Derrick got the answer he’d been dreaming of since that fateful week in Houston. Jessica said yes.

 I love all of Jessica’s details. How gorgeous is this?

 Stunning florals and veil…

 I love this makeup shot.

 Special thanks to Steven Coleman – he did a fabulous job on Jessica’s makeup!

 Limo rides are awesome, and a bride and bridesmaids who have this much fun on the way to the chapel? I love it! : )

 The little ones were adorable…

The bride’s mom was there to help her get ready, and put on her dress…

 I love this moment – a tear from mom in the background, and a beautiful bride.

 Jessica, you are gorgeous!

  A favorite.

 Derrick helped Landry get ready, and these are some of my favorite father-son moments of the day!

 Love how happy Derrick is! : )

 The ceremony took place at Marty Leonard Community Chapel, and it was stunningly beautiful.

 How precious are they?!

 Jessica’s son escorted her to the altar. It was emotional for the bride and groom and so incredibly sweet.

 We’ve seen tons of happy brides and grooms, but these two truly were elated! : ) They danced down the aisle and literally ran out!

 A favorite.

 A portrait in the chapel.

The family! Love how happy Landry is!

 The reception took place in Joe T. Garcia’s and the cupcakes were a hit!

 Love the Southwest decor…

 The first dance…

 The dancing through the night was awesome!

 …but this shot is a favorite! I don’t know who’s rockin’ it more – mom, dad, or Landry! :  )

 The toasts were funny and heartfelt…

 Best. Cake. Cutting. Moment. : )

 A sweet farewell at the end of a perfect day!

 

Jessica and Derrick,

It was an honor to be a part of your wedding, and to meet your sweet families and friends. Landry won everyone’s heart, and getting to witness such a happy day for him, and you both, was so special! We wish you all every joy in the future, and in this new chapter together!

Best Wishes,

Matt and Ivy

 

The story from the bride: 

Charlotte, NC and Arlington,TX… 1050 miles between Derrick and myself! We were two individuals who never knew our hearts would grow in love and our lives would change forever!

Derrick and I met in Houston, TX through a mutual friend who also happens to be one of my maids of honor! We both traveled to visit Lisa for her birthday in April 2010. The first night we met, Derrick paid no attention to me… Lol! He would tell the story a bit differently but, it’s TRUE! By the evening of day two he was flirting with me and made an unexpected appearance to my hotel room, and by day three we were having intimate life conversations, staying up until 6am giggling and chatting, and the rest was history! That night I told my friends and family that he was my future husband and he did the same! Who knew that we were speaking our futures into reality! The next morning we both went back to our own realities, but the story definitely doesn’t stop there!

Over the next year we took turns traveling to see each other, meeting each other’s friends and families, and getting to know each other better. Everyone knew if he didn’t get along with my son Landry he was not going to make the cut, but God had a plan for all of us! On July 25, 2011, Landry and I relocated to Charlotte! Derrick drove 12 of the 16 hours from Texas to North Carolina so he deserves all the kudos :)!!!!

On October 15, 2011, Derrick and I went to North Carolina A&T’s homecoming in Greensboro, NC. This was an annual tradition for Derrick, and I went along for the ride, even though I am Texas Southern University girl! This particular day was a beautiful day. The temperature was in the 70′s, the sun was shining, the grills were going and FUN was in the air!!! I was refilling my beverage under the tent and, as I turned around, I saw Derrick kneeling in front of me. The ground was wet and Derrick was wearing good jeans, so all I was thinking was “Oh no, he’s about to get grass stains on his jeans!” After a moment, I realized there was a crowd gathering around us and Derrick was holding a little unopened eggshell colored box. He then began the beautiful proposal. He told me that he loved me and Landry so much that he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together. We both started crying and, of course, I said “YES!” (He forgot to give me the ring but he got a reminder from his friend and put the ring on my finger). We then shared a very passionate kiss filled with love and excitement about our future.

Since that day, Derrick and I have been growing stronger and closer together through and in Christ! We were very excited to share this day with all of our friends and family, and are eagerly anticipating a lifetime of happiness together.

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Bride’s Dress Designer | Casablanca | Bride’s Dress & Veil Boutique | Mecklenburg Bridal, Charlotte, NC | Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Details | Bella Fleur Boutique on Etsy | Hair | Marlee Waller Hairdressing | Makeup | Cole Colors | Jewelry | Versona | Bridesmaids Dresses | Bill Levkoff | Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits | Joseph A. Banks | Event Coordination| Latoya Davis | Venue | Marty Leonard Community Chapel | Florist | Inspiration Blooms Events and Design | Cake | Cupcakes by Legacy Cakes Bakery | Cupcake Stand | Bride’s Grandfather | Caterer | Joe T. Garcia’s | Officiant | Tina Long | Rentals | Bella Events | Transportation | Limo-Scene | MC | Disc Jockeys Now |

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