GSS Featured Wedding :: Shae & Drew’s Intimate Park Wedding :: Rachael Lindsy Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Rachael of Rachael Lindsy Photography, a Dallas/Fort Worth based wedding photographer. Rachael has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Shae and Drew were married on April 28, 2012 at Trinity River Park in Fort Worth, Texas.  Shae was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Drew meet? Drew found me on Facebook! He saw me on our church’s Facebook page and took it upon himself to invite me to our church’s young adult group.  I met Drew several weeks later (at the young adult service) and began hanging out with him and his friends.  We started dating a month later.

How long have you been together? Met (July 2010), Started Dating (August 2010), Engaged (September 2011), Married April 2012

How did Drew propose? Drew took me to my favorite restaurant and then a movie.  Afterward he drove to the top of a parking garage where he got out and danced with me to a sweet playlist that he had created.  He slipped the ring on my finger and received a yes with no hesitation.

What sold you on your wedding venue? We fell in love with the old brick pavilion (built before the Depression) and the beautiful huge trees (something we don’t often see in Dallas/Fort Worth).

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I found my dress while looking through dresses online.  I absolutely loved the non-traditional look of the Watters dress! Bliss Bridal Salon ordered a sample for me.  I loved it! It was the first (and only dress) I tried on!

How did you choose your wedding color palette? We didn’t want to take away from the beautiful outdoor setting, so I went with neutral colors (ivory and beige) with pops of blue (my favorite)!

What song did you dance to for your first dance? Without You – Ben Rector (This is our favorite song, we walked back down the aisle to it. We actually decided to have lawn games at out wedding instead of dancing!)

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Plan your wedding as if you’re simply planning a big party for friends and family! You don’t need a huge budget. Make your day personal, fun, and memorable by choosing out-of-the-box things that you love! Our guests raved the most about unusual things we chose (we served bundt cakes and cheesecakes in small jars instead of a wedding cake, we played lawn games instead of dancing). Your guests will enjoy your wedding if you do!

Oh, and I made many of the decorations for our wedding. Drew and I also had a lot of fun shopping antique stores to find all of the perfect vintage decor!

What was your favorite part of your big day? It was such a rush on the wedding day… we decorated our venue, left to get ready, and were back at the park by 1pm for our “first look” photo shoot.  After all of the rushing, it was so perfect to spend a quiet moment with my handsome groom!

Also, we chose to walk down the aisle together. Drew made me laugh and we just had a good time together, those last few seconds before the ceremony started.



Venue: Trinity Park in Fort Worth (Pavilion 1)

Dress: Watters  via Bliss Bridal Salon

Groom Suit: J. Crew  

Cake:  Nothing Bundt Cakes (Fort Worth) 

Floral: (I planted succulents instead of flowers) Succulents Galore

Linens: My mom made all of our linens!

Catering: I made Cheesecakes and Sugar Cookies, Berries, Breads, and Cheese from Central Market 

DJ/Band: Drew’s best friend was our DJ

Videographer: Another one of Drew’s creative friends was our videographer

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Drew designed all of our wedding stationery!

Event Planner: I did all of the planning myself, Drew helped with logistics!

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

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Eugenia & Michael’s Garden Wedding :: Tracy Autem Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Tracy Autem of  Tracy Autem Photography. She is a Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Tracy has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Eugenia and Michael were married on April 9, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Eugenia was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Michael meet?  Michael and I first met while stationed in Korea in 2006.  We didn’t date then nor where we friends.  I left Korea in 2007 and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas.  Michael also received orders to come to Fort Hood in 2007 about 8 months after I got to Fort Hood.  He contacted me via email, made plans for lunch and we started a friendship after that.  


How long have you been together? We started dating officially in July 2009 so we have been together for 2 years.


How did Michael propose?  It was on 14 February 2010 the day after I got back from my deployment in Iraq.   He had been home for a month and therefore we were both on weird sleeping schedules.  We got up at about 0300 that morning, we were wide awake and started playing video games.  We sat around the house watched tv all day and had a pretty laid back night.  About 1130 that night I gave him a Valentine’s Day card that I purchased in Iraq (I had forgotten about it) and after he read it and we had a couple laughs, he took my hand and asked me to marry him.


What sold you on your wedding venue?  I really loved the garden as soon as I saw it.  I initially wanted an enchanted garden theme/look for the wedding so that is why the garden had to be the place for the ceremony.  Michael really liked the Modern Art Museum when our wedding planner Dayna Tooley showed it to us, so I agreed and went with it.  We really loved the colors, the feel, the Modern aspect of the museum and thought it was the perfect venue to transition to after the ceremony in the garden.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I purchased the dress from Bridal Mart in Burlington, NC.  I saw the dress in a magazine and just loved it.  When I saw it in person tried it on and saw that it was the perfect price I just had to buy it. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Well…I didn’t really follow the tradition of having one of each of the above. However, for the sake of the tradition, my something old were earrings given to me by my grandmother, something new my dress, I didn’t have anything borrowed and my something blue was a handkerchief given to me by my matron of honor (she made sure I had something blue).

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  Fuchsia and Purple are two of my favorite colors and to tie them both in I added silver.  After looking through so many color combos via google, wedding blogs and magazines, I was sold when I saw these colors and considered them a good combination. 

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  Oh yes! Budget, Budget, Budget! Michael and I didn’t really have one and because of that we just went with whatever our heart desired.  Although, in retrospect I got everything I wanted, I believe that having a budget keeps you grounded so that you don’t end up having to rebuild your savings after the wedding (like Mike and I are).  Michael was really involved in the whole planning process and I love that he was.  Not sure if many men really like to be involved in the planning but maybe if the bride lets him and asks for his opinion (and is willing to take it) then the groom can certainly help with the stress of making the decisions for the big day.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  My favorite part was when I was able to see Michael (first look) right before the ceremony.  It helped ease my nerves and reminded me of just how much I love him and how happy I was to have said yes.

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  “You Are”  by Charlie Wilson


Venue:   Ceremony- Lower Rose Garden @ Fort Worth Botanical Gardens             Reception- Modern Art Museum

Dress: Bridal Mart– Burlington, NC

Cake: Crème de la Crème Cake Company

Floral: Philip Combs Design

Linens: M&M The Special Events Co.

Catering: Café Modern

DJ/Band: Tommy Evans- Specialty Sounds

Videographer: Rachel Delira-  HONBUN Video

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Davids Bridal

Event Planner: Dayna Tooley

Thank you so much, Tracy, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Eugenia, for taking your time to answer our questions!  And THE BIGGEST THANK YOU to both Eugenia and Michael for serving, protecting and defending our Country!!!!  We wish you and Michael a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding Professional :: Reggie with Phenom :: Julie and Brett’s Wedding in Fort Worth

Reggie has been featured before. In fact, so have Julie and Brett…remember their fun filled Fort Worth engagement session? The wedding is amazing. Reggie shared this gorgeous event with us and we are thrilled to share it with you as well. Phenom Images is seriously on a roll. Thanks again for sharing this awesome wedding with us.

Thank you so much, Reggie, for sharing this incredible fun-filled wedding with us!  Please stop by his blog and show him some love! We wish you and Brett a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Nine Photography :: Britney & Bo’s Colorful DIY Wedding

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 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!!!

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