Today we have a fabulous submission from Kelli Ahern of Nine Photography. Nine Photography is based out of Dallas, Texas. We can’t compliment Kelli and Nine Photography enough! They are extremely talented and such a joy to work with!
Britney and Bo were married at the A & M Gardens in Azle, TX on May 21, 2010. Britney was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
How did you and Bo meet? Bo and I met in Junior High – I was the new girl at school and he was the most popular boy (we went to a tiny, 2A School) I had the BIGGEST crush on him, but it wasn’t until years later, as sophomores in HS that we started dating. It all started with rides home from school in his 84 Chevy Truck because I had to take his books to his truck for him after class. He was on crutches from a football injury!
How long have you been together? 8 years
How did Bo propose? He took me to one of our favorite spots, The Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth. Funny thing, (he told me later) he was trying to find our favorite spot (this little turtle pond) and we walked all day and never saw it. So, he took me to this open clearing of trees and grass and a little log and, on one knee he asked me to marry him. On the walk back to the car….. we found the turtle pond!
Did you make your wedding bouquet and the brooches? If not, who did? Well, that was actually a joint venture. I am a HUGE Etsy fan – and a designer on Etsy: Thatiana, of HouseofTelsa made them for me. She had them shown as hair pieces and I asked if she could do a custom order for me and make them into brooches for an idea I had, with the speckled feathers, etc. She also made my cuff, which was a fabulous white rosette with feathers coming out. She made my hair piece as well, and I added the feathers.
Your dress is so fun, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Thanks! My mom wanted to buy my dress and I refused to pick out something that would put her in a financial bind, so I wanted to keep it affordable. Turns out, when I was with my bridesmaids at Bella Bridesmaid to get their dresses, I was shown my dress in black and Tiffany at Bella Bridesmaid told me they could do it in white, she suggested I try it on for MY dress. I INSTANTLY fell in love. It fit PERFECTLY with my theme. It was the first dress I saw, and I looked at others and just went back and got that one. So, my wedding dress was actually a bridesmaids dress – which, note to all brides: You can get AMAZING floor length “bridesmaids” dresses for a fraction of the cost of a “wedding gown” AND, they aren’t SO HEAVY!!! They dont have the bustle, etc so you can actually move on your wedding day! I think it was a gift from God that I found that – it was just perfect AND affordable. It was my dream dress. I had the top altered to make it a little more original, by Nagwa, at Legacy Tailor. She is a GEM. AMAZING!
What sold you on your wedding venue? I found it one day online; coincidentally it was A&M Gardens (for the owners names) but Bo is an Aggie so I checked it out. I knew before I even got engaged that is where I had to have my wedding. I always wanted to get married outside and their garden was the prettiest I had ever seen. Like a story book. And, the inside reception area was just perfect. Everything about it was exactly as I have always pictured my wedding day.
How did you choose your wedding color palette? I knew I wanted bright colors that would POP! Especially since it was taking place in the summer, in a garden. I have always loved that purple/magenta of the girls dresses and orange. I just picked it and went with it! I knew no matter what I wanted a whimsical wedding, and that no matter what color palette I HAD to have feathers in lieu of flowers. I love big white billowy ostrich feathers. And, it went great with the bright colors.
Tell us about your first dance. It looks like you had a BLAST! Thanks! It was! I told my bridal party that I wanted everyone to walk in and do a dance – not just to a fun song, but a dance. They are all goof balls and our best friends and there was not much convincing – they all were eager to have fun too! Bo and I chose, “Save a Horse Ride A Cowboy” to walk into because he is definitely a cowboy! We had him roping me in and everything. We had so much fun! Then, when we broke into our first dance (slow) halfway through me and my bridesmaids surprised him by stopping the music and surrounding him to the tune of, “I love Rock and Roll” but instead of Rock and Roll, we sang, “I love Bo Rat-to” it was hilarious! We handcuffed him and everything. He had NO idea!!
What was your favorite part of your big day? Marrying my best friend…. and how much FUN we had!!! I also loved that we had a popcorn bar. I had a friend make my popcorn signs and we printed them out and set them up to show every flavor. I just loved everything about it, and wish I could do it all over again!
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Don’t do everything TRADITIONAL!!!! Be YOU! Have FUN on your day…. and, no matter who weighs in on the guest list – its YOUR day – who do YOU and your GROOM want to spend your special day with? I would also say to take risks and not just go to the “ordinary” or “most expensive” places for decorations/gowns/etc. Be original! No one likes a cookie cutter wedding! The more you do yourself and make it custom, the better. I hand painted all the picture frames that we had at the wedding showcasing our engagement pics and my bridals. I also made all the big feather pens for the guest sign in, and in lieu of a guestbook, Bo and I made quote bubbles on our computer and printed them out for people to give advice or write their best memory, etc. Made it MUCH more personal than a signature and looking back we have the funny things people wrote!
Venue: A&M Gardens, Azle TX (the owners are truly wonderful amazing people!)
Dress: Queue – Flutter Collection
Cake: My dad and his wife made and decorated the 4 paisley cakes and my dad custom made the cake stands to look like floating paisleys. It was AMAZING.
Floral: No flowers, all feathers! Sissy’s Catering (Azle, TX) made the bouquet. I gave her the rosettes to use and added the crystals and feathers to the rosettes myself and they made it into a fabulous bouquet!
Linens: I purchased them myself online from Wedding Linens Direct. They are 80% cheaper than if you rent from someone. I also ordered the feather rings for the table and the votive candles myself.
Catering: Vance Godbey’s Catering, Azle, TX (Shout out to Tracey – she is THE BOMB!!!!)
DJ: The AMAZING Michael Blake ( you might recognize him from 106.1 Kiss FM traffic) He owns ProDJWedding.com and is by far the best DJ I have ever seen. He got all the guests involved, played some hilarious games, and kept the momentum going all night.
Thank you so much, Kelli, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! And thank you, Britney, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Bo a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!