Today we are thrilled to share the stunning wedding imagery from Cristina Wisner of Wisner Photo. We saw the bouquet toss in a sneak peek and our jaws dropped…its fun, fresh and so innovative. We expect this to start trending now…believe it, its the newest wedding trend. Katie and Dan are adorable and their wedding photographs are amazing! Thank you so much Cristina for sharing your incredible work with us. We always enjoy having you on GSS. We were able to catch up with Katie for a Q and A….without further ado….
How did you and your husband meet?
Although Dan and I met in college, we didn’t begin dating until a year after we graduated. We had always run around the same group in college and when our mutual friends started getting together and engaged, it was only a matter of time. We both happened to move to Dallas after graduating from OU and spent the first year of “the real world” as friends but at a mutual friend’s wedding in Florida, we finally admitted we might just be more than that.
How long have you been together?
3 years – June 2008 – Since the first kiss in Florida at our friends’ destination wedding
How did he propose?
His main goal was to surprise me. We had just spend “pre-Christmas” with his family in Houston and were spending one night in Dallas, then moving on to my family in Tulsa. On that night in Dallas, Dan was adamant about going on a double-date. I was exhausted but just went with it. We got to the Dallas Arboretum and walked through a museum of Nativitys in this old mansion. It’s not really any of our style, but I had no idea it was just an excuse to get me to the Aroboretum. When we went around the back, our friends disappeared and we were just standing on the back of the mansion, overlooking the lake. Suddenly, I saw Dan get down on one knee. The rest is just a blur! Looking back, I realize he brought over pizza from our first date spot for dinner at the beginning of the night. I had no idea it was coming, especially on a “double date.” After he proposed, we returned to my apartment, where friends were waiting to celebrate. The very next day, he had planned an engagement party with all my high school friends in Tulsa.
We love bouquet – could you share more about the detail of it?
The bouquet was one of my favorite parts, too! I happen to love pearls, so my only request of the whole bouquet was to include stephanotis with white pearls in the centers. The attachment around the stems is my mother’s charm bracelet. I bought it for her for Christmas when I was 14 and bought her a charm for nearly every holiday. Unfortunately, in April of 2010, she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS. In October 2010, three days after she visited Dallas to watch me lead a team in the Walk to Defeat ALS, she returned home and passed away. (Just a month before Dan started plans on my engagement ring) I really wanted to honor her in my wedding, she was my best friend, and it wouldn’t be right to not include her in some way. (My Grandma and Dad took the flame from my mom’s memory candle to light the our family side of the unity candle at the beginning of the ceremony, too)
What sold you on your wedding venue?
We chose Cityplace because of it’s location and city feel. We really wanted something near our church, near our area of town that we fell in love with, the M Streets and Uptown areas. We loved the floor to ceiling windows and the catering was amazing. Cityplace offered amazing service and took pride in the details.
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?
Thank you! I had an idea in my head that I wanted pick-ups on my dress and more than half-way through my dress shopping day, I felt really discouraged. Finally, my friends and I went to Circle Park Bridal, a spot known for both off-the-rack and custom-ordered dresses. It’s an adorable boutique. We found it on the rack, in my size, and I was immediately giddy to try it on. Once I put on the Mori Lee gown, I was smiling again. All the girls were thrilled when I came out of the dressing room and had the same “the one” reaction. To make it my own, I picked out the broach to have sewn on, and I had buttons made to extend the buttons from my mid-back, to the end of my train. On top of all that, “the one” was the CHEAPEST dress I’d tried on all day, so I was able to add those custom touches.
What was your wedding color palette?
Black and white, with red as the accent color. I just think black, white, and pearls are so timeless and classy.
Describe what it was like to have your “not so traditional” formal portraits around the Dallas area? (we think they are stunning!)
Part of the fun of Dallas is that it’s a big city. We totally embrace that. We loved the idea of having traditional shots at the church, but the city shots are of us being ourselves with our friends, and definitely the ones that will be framed in our house. Plus, it’s hard to use Cristina’s talent to the fullest if she’s only taking pictures at an altar!
What song did you dance to for your first dance as husband and wife?
We chose to dance to “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” by Stoney LaRue. We love Texas and Red Dirt country and spent countless dates going to as many country concerts as possible. (We even hired a Texas country cover band for the wedding and I bought red cowboy boots to change into at the reception)
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?
Something old was my mom’s charm bracelet, something new was my jewelry, something borrowed was the flower in my hair (two of my best friends wore it in their weddings and my maid of honor is next up to wear it – we’re all 4 highschool best friends and have been in each others’ weddings) and something blue was that I painted “I” and “Do” on my shoes in blue on the bottom. Cristina got some cute pictures of that.
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?
Make it your own! It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about your guests having a good time, but in the end, you realize the only person who really notices is you! So make it what you’ve always wanted it to be. But stick to your budget! It’s no fun if you’re still paying for it after the honeymoon.
What was your favorite part of your big day?
I loved exchanging presents with Dan on either side of the column at the church so we couldn’t see each other before the wedding. It was intimate and filled with anticipation and excitement. Aside from that, I loved the time between the wedding and reception, taking pictures and riding the bus with our closest of friends. It was quality time with my new husband!
Here are a few of her bridal portraits at the Stoneleigh in Dallas, Texas….LOVE!
Venue: Highland Park Methodist Church and Cityplace Tower
Dress: Mori Lee at Circle Park Bridal
Cake: The Cake Guys, Sweet Inspirations
Floral: The Garden Gate
DJ/Band: Southern Chrome
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: My Invitation Lady
Thank you so much, Cristina, for sharing this incredible wedding with us! Please stop by her blog and show her some love! You just might see someone you know in the header. And thank you, Katie and Dan for sharing your fun and fabulous wedding with us and for taking the time to answer our questions! We wish you both a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!
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