We are super excited to bring you this vintage inspired Dallas wedding from Sara and Rocky Photography via Two Bright Lights. Adrienne and Dan had so many unique touches incorporated into their wedding! We love them. Sara and Rocky are based in Dallas Texas and their wedding photography gets us every time. We had a chance to ask Adrienne a few questions about the day…
How did you and your husband meet?
Dan and I met at work when we were coworkers at Publicis, an advertising agency in Dallas. I had just started working there and hadn’t made many friends yet, but that quickly changed when I met Dan. We both usually had to spend our Sundays working at the office, but it ended up not being so bad. Since we were both there, we’d ended up spending hours just talking – about movies, books, music, hobbies, travel, you name it. It was awesome to get to know each other in that way and build a friendship first. After several months, though, I realized he had become so much more than just a friend, so after a magical first date (that’s a whole other wonderful story!), we started dating. It has been happily ever after since then—he is the best boyfriend, fiancé and now husband that any girl could ask for!
How long have you been together?
We got together in November 2008, so by the time we got married, we’d been together for a little over 2 years.
How did he propose?
It was so completely perfect! He tricked me by saying that he was taking me out to a fancy restaurant (that’s how he got me to dress up), but when I got in the car, he told me we had a little bit of time to kill before dinner. He suggested taking a drive around the White Rock Lake, which was something we love to do. I was jabbering away about Sex and the City 2 which I had seen the night before, so I didn’t even suspect that something was up when he parked at one of our favorite special spots at the lake. We got out and took a walk to the end of the dock, which is where he said that he had a surprise for me. First, he presented me with a journal, but before I could read the sweet letter he had written inside, he said he wanted to give me something else. He got down on one knee, gave the sweetest proposal speech I’ve ever heard and presented me with my dream ring. Then, he read me the letter, and through my tears and excitement, I said YES, of course!
He had another surprise for me when we got back to my parents’ house, as well – an impromptu engagement party with my family, his family, our closest friends, lots of champagne and cupcakes from one of my favorite bakeries. He even arranged for my best friend from Washington DC to be there, and it was such a perfect and special way to celebrate our big news!
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?
Thanks! I actually really loved my dress, too. I had secretly been looking at wedding dresses and watching Say Yes To The Dress for months before we got engaged, so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted even before we went shopping. We only went to two stores, and I ended up buying my dress from the first store, Lulu’s Bridal in Dallas. It was actually the second one I tried on, and what drew me to it was the shape and all of the beautiful lace. I knew I wanted a dress that looked sweet, old-fashioned and maybe even vintage-y, and this dress had those elements. Bows are also part of my signature look (I have earrings, a necklace, several purses and tops with bows on them – they’re totally my thing!), so I thought this dress having a bow was also a sign.
I had to sleep on it before I made the big decision about which dress to choose, but as silly as it sounds, I started looking at the vintage cake-toppers that we had been collecting, and that helped me to make my decision. Most people DON’T want to look like a cake-topper for their wedding (I swear I’ve heard at least 5 brides on SYTTD making that same complaint), but not me! I wanted to look like one of those sweet, old-fashioned brides, so I ran back to the store the next day, tried it on one last time, and said “This is the one!”
We ended up changing a couple things about the dress from the way the designer (Casablanca) had originally created it by having them take off its original halter straps, give it a sweetheart neckline (instead of straight across), and add decorative silk buttons to the back. I like to think of it as a custom, one-of-a-kind dress!
What sold you on your wedding venue?
I knew that I wanted something that felt intimate, sweet and old-fashioned, and the clubhouse at Prestonwood CC turned out to be perfect. We were having a fairly small wedding (100 people total), but I loved that we would still have the whole place to ourselves, rather than being crammed into a ballroom or something with potentially another wedding or party going on nearby. I also fell in love with the walls of window, pitched roof and mirrored bar. When I walked in, I could immediately visualize our sweet, vintage-y wedding in there!
We love the shoes….tell us more about those?
I almost never wear high heels, so I knew the wedding wouldn’t be any different. I chose two pairs of flats – a sparkly pair of Steve Madden flats for the ceremony and a pair of silver and cream TOMS for dancing at the reception. They were both so comfortable and matched my dress pretty perfectly! Even though they weren’t fancy Louboutins or anything, I got so many compliments on my glittery flats, and best of all, I wear both pairs all the time now!
How did you choose your wedding color palette?
I knew that I wanted a palette and overall look that was classic, old-fashioned, and elegant, so right from the get-go, I gravitated toward anything that was shimmery, silver and gold, and/or shades of creams and whites. Whenever I ripped pages out of BRIDES or Martha Stewart Weddings, they were totally consistent – metallic, glittery or sparkly details against a mostly cream backdrop. My mom kept asking if I was SURE that I didn’t want to add in any color, maybe for the bridesmaids’ dresses, the cake or the flowers, but I stayed strong and kept with our original vision, and I’m so glad I did. I think it turned out just as we had imagined!
We also love the vintage touches throughout ….tell us more!
My mom and I LOVE going to antique stores, flea markets, and estate sales—we got almost every weekend!—so when I got engaged, we brainstormed ways to incorporate our eclectic, vintage, old-fashioned, mix-and-match style into the wedding. We bought tons of books and magazines, and the looks we were drawn to were the ones that didn’t look super “perfect” or modern and that seemed to look “collected” and reflect the couple’s style or personality. We were a little nervous that people might not “get it” or that it would end up looking like a garage sale instead of a beautiful, old-fashioned wedding, but we decided to go for it. We used a lot of our own vintage finds as part of the décor, and with a little guidance and reassurance from our florist and friends, we realized we had a great look going!
Here were some of my favorite touches:
-The vases – We fell in love with a tablescape we’d seen in one of our wedding books and knew we wanted to recreate it – mismatched vases with small bouquets of white flowers in each. For the next several months, we began collecting dozens and dozens of vases, scouring our favorite antique stores, hitting up countless estate sales, and borrowing special heirloom vases from family. We grouped them by style and assigned them to different tables – one table was the “milkglass table,” another table was the “hobnail table,” another, the “antique silver table.” Our florist was incredibly patient with us and didn’t mind us bringing her almost 100 vases of different sizes to experiment with. It ended up being a lot of work to get all of the vases organized, labeled and arranged, but I absolutely love the way they turned out! It was so sweet, and it really reflected Mom and my style.
-Cake-toppers – Mom and I had also been collecting antique cake-toppers for some time, and even though we weren’t sure how it would turn out, we decided that we’d try to find a cake-topper for the centerpiece of each table. I just love how sweet they are, and I really wanted to bring that 1950s/1960s vibe into our wedding by including them. We had about 5 to start with, and good family friend of ours who is also a cake-topper collector gave us about 5 more. The rest we bought at antique stores or on EBay – at a certain point, my fiancé asked, “how many of those things are you going to buy???” I’m not sure he totally “got it” until we got to the wedding, and he saw them at the tables. They looked wonderful in the candlelight and really reinforced our theme. I even found one cake-topper on EBay that had a groom with a beard (like Dan’s) that we ended up using for the groom’s cake. It was so 1970s and silly, but it ended up being one of our favorite details of the whole reception.
Vintage “props” at our home – My bridesmaids and I got ready at my parents’ house before the wedding, so in the “getting ready” pictures, you’ll see tons of our unique, vintage belongings that almost served as “props.” The room where we got ready was filled with antique gold-rimmed mirrors, an old vanity covered with vintage lace doilies, pictures from my parents’ wedding and of me as a flower girl and a bride for Halloween, and my mom’s sweet fruit-patterned china. I just loved how all of those pictures turned out – you can definitely see where I get my style. Thanks, Mom!
There were SO many other vintage-y touches – too many to name! – but just one more that I wanted to point out was my mom’s dress. It was a gorgeous, vintage, gold-lace dress that she bought a few months before the wedding, and she looked absolutely stunning in it. I was so excited when I saw it because I knew that we would match so beautifully in all of our pictures!
What song did you dance to for your first dance as husband and wife?
Since we were going for an old-fashioned, 1950s-ish vibe, we chose “It Had To Be You,” by Frank Sinatra. When Harry Met Sally is also my all-time favorite movie, so since that is the song that plays during the big, epic final scene, we thought it would be the perfect song to dance to!
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?
Something old – My aunt is also into flea markets, estate sales, and things that are old, so she sent me an old lace garter with a coin in the pocket for good luck. I wore it under my dress, but I liked it too much to have my hubby throw it to the crowd at the reception, so we skipped that little tradition. (Plus I was way too shy to have him fishing around under my dress in front of all of our family and friends J)
Something new – My wedding dress, shoes and undies that said “Bride” on the side in rhinestones
Something borrowed –My mom’s pearl bracelet
Something blue – I made a couple of sweet little hairpins with light blue, silk flowers and pearl centers. I had my hairdresser pin them into my (half) up-do, and they just barely poked out from underneath my veil. I actually got a lot of compliments on them, so I’ve been thinking about making more and selling them on Etsy!
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?
As impossible as it sounds, don’t let it stress you out TOO much. I feel like so much of my engagement was spent worrying about this detail or that, but in the end, everything turned out perfectly. No need for all of those sleepless nights or pre-wedding anxiety! Also, people love to be needed when it comes to wedding planning and prep, so if they ask if they can help, take them up on their offer!
What was your favorite part of your big day?
Oh, it’s so hard to choose just one because it really was one of the very best days of my whole life!
I honestly don’t think that either of us had ever been that happy before, and we just kept walking around all night saying, “We’re MARRIED!” and flashing our rings. (There are SEVERAL pictures of us doing just that!) It almost seemed too good to be true, but it wasn’t! It was so wonderful to know that I had actually, actually married my dream guy, and now we were getting to celebrate with all of the people that mean the most to us.
And, for all of the months that I’d spent planning and stressing about the wedding, it all turned out absolutely perfectly. The decorations were beautiful, the food was delicious, the weather was just right, and the dance floor was full of people having a wonderful time. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better wedding, and there’s not a single thing I would have changed.
Thank you so much for sending us this incredible wedding Sara and Rocky! Be sure to stop by and check out some more awesome weddings from them. Adrienne and Dan, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and we wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness! May every day be better than the last!
Photographer: Sara & Rocky Photography I can’t say enough good things about Sara and Rocky – they were absolutely incredible. So sweet, so talented, and such a joy to work with! We get compliments ALL the time on our amazing wedding photos, and they did such a wonderful job of capturing all of the details and the mood of our wedding. Seriously, they are the best!
Caterer: Prestonwood Country Club – The Hills
Floral Designer: Mockingbird Florist
Reception Venue: Prestonwood Country Club
Cake Designer: Stein’s Bakery
DJ: Bill Cody’s Party Time Productions Bill was also a huge part of why our wedding was such a success. He did such a great job of keeping the pace up at the reception, and he played such wonderful music. I gave him a couple of songs that I knew we’d want to hear, and from that short playlist, he created an evening full of music that kept everyone smiling and dancing all night. We had SO many people tell us that our wedding was the BEST wedding they’d ever been to, and I think a lot of that credit goes to Bill and the way he was able to keep the energy up all night.
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