GSS Featured Wedding :: Melanie & David Lee’s Shabby Chic Wedding :: Stephanie Davis Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Stephanie Davis of Stephanie Davis Photography, a Louisiana based wedding photographer.  Stephanie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.  This wedding is very special to GSS, as the bride was a past co-worker and is a friend of Tamra’s!

Melanie and David Lee were married on April 21, 2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Melanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and David Lee meet?   When I moved from Dallas to Shreveport, one of my best friends from college, Sherry Lafitte, introduced us.  David Lee and I became good friends, which eventually turned into something so much more!

How long have you been together?  We started dating around Christmas of 2009.  


How did your David Lee propose? He proposed while we were vacationing in Los Angeles.  I found out later that he planned to propose to me on the beach in San Diego.  On our second to last day in LA, his friend that lived in LA drove us to a small town outside of San Diego.  Looking back, I noticed that both of the boys were acting a little strange.  Josh asked to borrow my camera and David Lee was fidgety.  We got a few steps from the beach and David Lee got nervous and made every excuse as to why we should just go back to LA.  I giggle thinking back on it because David Lee’s friend, Josh, asked him about ten times if he was sure he didn’t want to go back to the beach.  When we got back to LA, David Lee and I had dinner at a romantic sushi restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard. It started to rain before we headed back to the hotel so we walked back in the rain.  When we got back to the hotel, he immediately got on one knee and popped the question.

What sold you on your wedding venue?   I always wanted to get married in a small, intimate chapel with a lot of character.  You know, with a steeple, stained glass windows, and wood pews.   We found Lakeview Methodist which was perfect for the look that we wanted and it fit within our budget. The reception was about five miles down the road at El Karubah.  We loved that it was also located on Cross Lake. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?   After trying on a ton of dresses,  I realized that I had found the perfect dress in Dallas.  My mom and sister weren’t able to come with me to Dallas, so we planned a separate day to meet in Texarkana at Traditions Bridal and Formal, off of Summerhill Road, so I could have that fun memory of having the women that I care most about being there while I tried on dresses.   Since I already had a dress picked out, I pulled several dresses that were gorgeous, but a little out of my price range because I was trying them on just for fun and not expecting to love anything more than the dress that I had decided on.  I put on the first dress and the owner of traditions came in to my dressing room to help me lace it up.  The moment that she started tightening it up, I knew that the dress was now “the one.”  I teared up and the owner, who had already heard me tell my mom that it was out of my price range said “Did I not tell you that we are having a sample sale today?  You can take $400 off of the price tag and take it home with you today.”  The sale put this dress in the same price range as the dress I had previously selected.  I came out of the dressing room with a grin from ear to ear.  My mom, sister, and niece all confirmed that this was indeed “the dress”!  I walked out of Traditions that day with my Christina Wu wedding dress!

On a side note, my first rule of trying on dresses was that I didn’t want to try on anything big or bedazzled… And THAT is EXACTLY what I ended up with! Haha!

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Something old:  The pearl stud earrings that I wore.  They were a gift from my Matron of Honor, Carmen McBride. I also used my Grandma Norton’s old, worn out bible as my ring bearer’s pillow.  She is in a nursing home in Texarkana and couldn’t attend the wedding.  It meant so much to her to be a part of my wedding without actually being able to be in attendance.

Something new:  My dress, necklace, shoes, and veil.

Something borrowed:  My something borrowed is really special to me.  My mom and dad are divorced, but my Dad had given my mom an anniversary ring while they were together.  My mom gave me her wedding ring set and anniversary ring to keep.  I used the diamonds out of my parents anniversary ring to make my wedding band.  It is so special to me because it is a part of both of my parents and it also serves as a reminder that no matter what the circumstances are, good or bad, that David Lee and I must stand by each. 

Something blue:  My undies… Haha!  I’m not sure that everyone needs to know that, but they were! :)

How did you choose your wedding color palette?    I chose a very neutral color palette of white, gray, black, and tan with a pop of hunter green.  My mom is an antique dealer, so I’ve grown up loving old things for what they are.  My mom’s passion for using old treasures in a new way was my inspiration for y Shabby Chic wedding theme.  I chose to use mason and pickle jars as vases, metal tins for drinks, burlap runners and banners, old chandeliers with crystal prisms, antique decanters for dressings, and metal tins and old crystal plates stacked on bowls for my cake table.  Some people my think that the Shabby Chic theme is overused, but I think it’s fantastic.  It’s the perfect way for a bride who loves and appreciates old things to really personalize her wedding to show her character. 

Do you have any advice for brides and grooms that are in the planning process?   Like most women, I can be a control freak.  It comes from my design and event planning background.  But when it comes down to planning your own wedding, the best thing that you can do is to use everyone and every resource possible-  And learn to let go and delegate tasks to friends and family.  By letting go, it will allow you to enjoy your big day.  It goes by really fast, and it is so important to enjoy every minute from planning your big day to your grand exit. 

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  “God gave me you” by Blake Shelton. 

What was your favorite part of your big day?  My favorite part of my big day was when my dad gave me away and put my hand in David Lee’s hand.  I was so incredibly nervous walking down the aisle, that I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest.  But when my dad put my hand in David Lee’s hand, suddenly all my nervousness when away.  It made me forget all about the congregation and my clumsiness.  The only thing that I could think about at that very moment was that I was marrying my Prince Charming.  A selfless man who loves me unconditionally and will always be by my side.



Venue:  Ceremony:  Lakeview Methodist Church        Reception:  El Karubah Banquet Hall  (both venues are in Shreveport on Cross Lake.)


Dress:  Designer:  Christina Wu.  Purchased at:  Traditions Bridal and Formal in Texarkana, TX

Cake: My cake was made by a good friend’s Mother-in-Law, Lynn St. Laurent.  Mrs. Lynn is absolutely amazing!  She made my cakes look and taste exactly like I had envisioned!   

Floral:  All  of our floral was done by a close family friend, Mrs. Diane Martin, owner of Nettles Flower Shop in Coushatta, Lousiana. 

Linens:  I was on a very, very tight budget-  So I bought all of my linens and chair cover for way less than it would cost to rent them.  I’m selling them soon- any takers? 😉  

Catering:  Our catering was done by the Bossier Parish Community College’s Culinary Arts Department.  Ms. Liz Dickenson and her students did an amazing job with cooking, cleaning, and cutting the cake.  I highly recommend to other brides to check with their local colleges to see what catering options they can offer-  Especially if you are on a tight budget! 

DJ/Band: Walt Hollis with Dance Express Mobile DJing/Hollis Rentals and Events.  Highly recommend!! 

Videographer:  Due to our tight budget, we didn’t have a professional videographer.  However, we did have a family member set up a video camera at the wedding ceremony and walk around with at the reception.  It was perfect!  I’m glad that we decided to spend our money elsewhere.   

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: I came up with the design concept for our stationery and my very talented graphic design friend, Amber St. Laurent,  brought my concept to life.  The wedding invitations and RSVP cards looked exactly how I envisioned.  I took advantage of friends and family offering to help with our wedding stationery.  My wonderful Mother-in-Law printed the brown paper envelopes and my mom and a few other friends helped tie the invitations, RSVP cards, and maps together with yarn and a tag that was stamped “First comes love.”  Invitations can be extremely expensive, but with everyone’s help- We saved a ton of money by making them a fun DIY project.   

Event Planner: Myself.  :)  Everything up until the big day and rehearsal was planned by your’s truly.  The wedding ceremony was coordinated by our florist, Mrs. Diane Martin, and our DJ, Walt Hollis coordinated all events at the reception.  

Photobooth: A wedding MUST have!  We rented our photobooth from Kelly Cathey Photography.  

Alternative to the candy bar:  We chose to do a trail mix table in lieu of a candy bar.  My friends and I had so much fun making the “D {hearts} M, The Perfect Mix” burlap banner.  And we got a lot of great feedback from our guests!

Thank you so much, Stephanie, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! And thank you, Melanie, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and David Lee a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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  1. Melanie & David Lee, these are beautiful pictures. Every facet of “your big day” has been captured for all time. I think the picture of the cake smashing is priceless. I am very proud of you both and wish you many, many happy years together. God Bless you both & I love you both very much. daddy!!

    PS: I highly recommend Stephanie Davis to anyone planning a wedding. She is just fantastic.

  2. Julie Holt says:

    Absolutely beautiful !!! Stephanie Davis has a talent matched by no other!! She is beautiful inside and out and captures the spirit of all in her pictures!

  3. ANNA AIRHART says:

    David and Wanda, I so enjoyed looking at the photos. I love the cutting the cake photo. Lots of great wishes for both of the newly weds

  4. Pam Jackson says:

    Melanie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with everyone! You’re a beautiful bride and a beautiful person! Many, many happy years to you and David Lee! Love & hugs.


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