Ultra glamorous sans the fuss, ballroom wedding with a cozy feel. That’s how Emma and Craig’s wedding shot by Apryl Ann Photography could be described in a nutshell. The different shades of blue with sparkly gold touches set the tone for the day, which included Toms shoes in glittery blue for the bridesmaids for the reception!
From the bride, Emma: As soon as Craig and I got engaged, we started planning the wedding. Actually, let’s be honest, we started talking about the aesthetic of the wedding before we got engaged. We did not want the typical ballroom wedding, which is why we chose the Aldredge House. We love the vintage feel of the house, and we loved that it felt much more personable and cozy than a typical ballroom wedding. Once we chose the venue, everything else fell in to place.
Including the venue, my four most important wedding components were my dress, the invitations, and the photographer. First, my dress was love at first sight. The minute I tried it on, I knew it was for me. I checked that off my list early in the process. Then I started researching invitations, save the dates, wedding programs, and was shocked to see how expensive paper goods can be. I talked to some people at Paper Source and read some DIY blogs and decided to tackle the invitations – letterpress and screenprinting – myself. I am now obsessed with making invitations and cards and anything involving paper. The invitations set the tone for the wedding. A lot of brides overlook invitations, but I think that they deserve a lot of thought, because they really do set the tone. We received so many compliments on our invitations with several people telling us that they were the most beautiful invitations that they have ever seen and they could not wait to see more at the wedding.
Now comes our photographer – Apryl Ann. I found her featured on Ruffled and fell in love with her vintage, whimsical, personal style. We knew she was perfect once we met her. Our photographs will last forever, and we did not want to skimp on the photographer and regret it later. We are only doing this once, and we want the photos to be perfect, and Apryl delivered. We could not be happier with Apryl and her beautiful photos of the most important time of our lives to date.
My advice to other brides is to slow down and enjoy every moment of the day. I had put a year of my life planning the wedding and was so anxious the day of that I feel like I missed out on some moments. I never saw the food display (we are separately upstairs at the reception site before being announced, which was awesome). I never saw family photos that were placed around the house for guests to view. There are guests that I have seen in photos from the wedding that I did not get to see. The night was a blur and over before we knew it, but it was the most perfect night of our lives. Enjoy every minute.
Oh, and our DJ suggested doing a last dance for the evening, and I highly recommend it! It was such a sweet moment and some of my favorite photos from the entire day are of Craig’s tux loosened and me in my Tom’s and we are in such bliss, spinning around the room.
First dance: Mushaboom by Feist
Father and bride dance: Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Mother and groom dance: I Hope You Dance by Leanne Womack
Bride and groom last dance: Home by Edward Sharpe
Wedding Vendors (Dallas, Texas):
Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Ceremony: Greenland Hills United Methodist Church / Reception: Aldredge House / Cake: Frosted Art Bakery / Caterer: Food Glorious Food / Dress: Lazaro from Stardust Celebrations in Plano/ Invitations and Paper Goods: Designed by Alaina Cherup of CheerupCherup on Etsy; printed by bride / Out of Town Guest Bags: Purchased from Enviro-tote and made by bride / Bridesmaid and Groomsmen shoes: Toms / Transportation: 360 Limos / DJ: Mathias Carthen of Randal Stout Entertainment / Wedding Planner: Factor 110 from Oklahoma City / Bride Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane