Alex + Briana live outside of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area so I didn’t get to spend much time with them before their Crystal Oaks Wedding.
Briana and I communitcated over text and email but we both really felt like we got to know each other over Social Media. I really love that. As much as I try to keep my Instagram business professional I realize lately that is how many clients get to know me…so I need to be more ME. And I loved getting to see all the things they loved to do as a couple through her stories and post. It made us feel connected!
The day of the wedding, with the help of Stephanie, her amazing planner with Jordan Event Co, I was fully prepped and ready to spend the day with these two and already felt like part of the family!
They spent getting ready time at the venue, Crystal Oaks, which was so nice. When clients have a Catholic wedding (which I LOVE…don’t get me wrong) it is hard for the photographer sometimes to get alllll the photos when there is getting ready at a hotel, then off to the church, then photos, then reception venue. We feel so rushed and like we will miss something. It also helped that they had a bus for the wedding party ( and ME!) so I could ride along with them and not miss a moment.
This Crystal Oaks wedding was a dream and here are some pretty images from their day!
Here are a few words from the bride + groom!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
From the bride: It truly is hard to pick the most memorial part of the day. We spent months, long nights, tough days and so many hours planning and preparing for this wedding and just seeing it all come together was the most memorable part of it all. Being able to finally put on my wedding dress, see all my beautiful bridesmaids and walk down the aisle seeing all our friends and family who have traveled so far, brought so much love and happiness to my heart. But most of all, I loved that the whole day and night just flowed so organically. I was truly able to enjoy our day and not stress about anything because of all the incredible people whose goal was to make sure we had the best day of our lives. From our caterers to our wedding coordinator and even our incredible photographers and videographers; we could not have picked better people to be a special part of our wedding.
From the groom: The mass, specifically the bride procession in and the I do’s. Otherwise it was definitely the dancing.
Advice for future brides + grooms?
From the bride: To stop and enjoy the little things. Don’t stress over minor things that no one is even going to notice. The day is so much more than that. Also, something I strongly recommend, and advise given to us prior to the wedding, is during the reception take at least 5 minutes away from everyone and just spend it the two of you, alone. Soak it all in because I promise you, the day flies by!! And get a wedding planner/coordinator!!! I promise you it is 1000% worth it. Our wedding would not have happened without our incredible coordinator and whole vendor team.
From the groom: Make a list of the small tasks you know you’ll have to do the day of (i.e. tips, order of family photos/who is supposed to be in what picture, etc) and delegate to someone close to you. That way you can focus on the day itself.
From the bride: I have to say the funniest memory from the day was when Alex ICE’d me right after I ICE’d him. His friends, the DJ and Kate, our photographer all had this great plan for me to hand Alex a Smirnoff ICE has he came up from getting the garter off my leg. What I didn’t know, was that he was hiding a special surprise for me behind his back, tucked into his belt. It truly brought so much laughter to not only us, but everyone around us. We have amazing photos (and it caught on video) of us down on one knee trying to see who could chug the ICE the fastest (clearly I lost) and that is something we now can always look back on and laugh.
From the groom: Apart from the icing, it was probably the photoshoot out in front of the cathedral after the ceremony with the tunnel, bridal party and the walking down the street. That was really the first time I really felt everyone cut loose and start having fun with it.
Is there anything you would change?
From the bride: I think something Alex and I both agreed upon was that we forgot to take the time, before the wedding, to have all our tips prepared and in individual envelopes, ready to go for our vendors and caterers. Instead we found ourselves trying to take care of this on the bus ride back to the venue, following the ceremony. Besides that, I truly don’t think I would change anything. I was beyond shocked at how amazing our wedding turned out. Very minor things went wrong, of which no one was aware of, and so many people told us this was the best wedding they had ever attended. Alex and I are truly so honored to have celebrated that day with all our loved ones and for it to be such a memorial time, of which we will never forget. The only thing I would change is the ability to go back in time and just tell myself to breathe, to relax and to trust those invested in making it a magical day. Because in the end that’s exactly what it was.
From the groom: Just the allocating the small tasks the day of, otherwise absolutely not.
From the bride: The double rosary was definitely a special detail and addition to our wedding. I knew how much it meant to Alex and his family and I was so honored and excited to continue that tradition and pass it onto our children as well. Another thing is that I added a special charm onto my bouquet our my grandpa and aunt who passed away a few years ago. They were a special part of my family and I wanted to make sure they were included and there with me.
From the groom: The double rosary (monquedna) we had placed over us by far. It was first given to my grandparents in 1962 and then handed down to my parents in 1989 and then to us. Each wedding date is engraved on it.
Ceremony Venue | St Patricks Cathedral
Reception Venue | Crystal Oaks Events
Planner | Jordan Events Co
Florist | Fussy Chicks
HAMU | Hair and Skin by Kait
DJ | Sound Sensations Tx
Catering | 360 Catering