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Pink Fairytale Wedding – Sara & Cole

Cole and Sara met at a wedding they were both in. His brother is actually married to Sara’s best friend and that’s who’s wedding they were both apart of… So now Sara and her best friend are sister-in-laws! The dream! She literally told her friend at her wedding that she would marry Cole if she had the chance  and she told Sara that she wasn’t his type – ha! Sara says that she’s admired him ever since then and little did she know, he felt the same.

When it came to the proposal, they had a date planned since Christmas to take a painting class. Cole told Sara after they had finished painting that he wanted to go home and get London, their golden retriever, and take her to the park and then to dinner with them. Sara didn’t think much of it until they got to the park and it was freezing – she also had to go to the bathroom and Cole kept saying “let’s just keep walking!” He reminded her on their walk that day was the anniversary of their first date; when they walked back around the corner towards their car, on two easels were pictures painted of them (which is why he had chosen that park, because they had the picture he had painted taken there!), and then one painted of two puppies – London, and their new golden retriever, Georgia! They had decided months ago they wanted to get another puppy after they got married and she was FLOORED!

Sara says that a puppy was always her idea of a “perfect proposal!” She turned around and started bawling when she saw him carrying their new puppy. He got down on one knee, and… FUNNY FACT, London was so excited to see the new puppy that she ran into Cole and he dropped the ring!! But don’t worry, they found it, and the tears/hugs/laughter/kissing ensued. Their moms were there to celebrate them as well as Sara’s bestie (and future sis!), Madison, who took all the pictures!

Little did Sara know, after the proposal and taking the pups back to the house, Cole had a dinner planned with all of their family and friends – “it was truly the most wonderful night, celebrating the rest of my life with my cutie boy!!”

Their wedding needed to embrace who they are and their style, but Cole told Sara just to run what whatever vision/colours/etc that she wanted and to let him know when and where to be there. Cole has a very modern with clean lines style and Sara loves princess everything; they knew they wanted to stay away from anything rustic, because that really wasn’t their vibe at all, but Sara also didn’t want it to be overly princess-ey because of Cole. So she ended up with the blush/white/gold tone style and chose pops of eucalyptus greenery as the overall theme. The Springs Rockwall Manor was the perfect mix of elegant and classy and since Sara was set on being married outside (yes, even in August Texas heat), she fell in love with their outdoor venue space online and even more-so on their tour. They only toured one other venue and her heart was always with the Springs.
A huge factor for them was their family and friends being able to come to their wedding and it not be too far; the Springs location in Rockwall/Terrell area was the perfect fit for them!

When choosing her dress, Sara was almost 100% confident that she was going to end up with a mermaid-style gown. The first bridal boutique she went to with her mom entailed nothing but mermaid style and she loved all of the dresses she tried on that day. She was having a really difficult time deciding “the one” though and was confused because she loved them all, and at that point would have been happy with any of them. Later that week, she ended up going into Terri Costa because it was close to her work and that’s when she found THE one! It was one of the first ones she picked up and when she put it on, she couldn’t stop crying. It was not the style she had envisioned at all, but was everything she dreamed about in a dress – elegant, classy, detailed, “princess-ey” and more.

For Cole, his only request was that he wear a bright blue suit. Originally they had planned on buying one and having the groomsmen buy theirs, but trying to find a style/fit that worked for everyone and the specific “blue suit” Cole was wanting proved far more difficult than they thought. When Sara came across Generation Tux, she was really impressed but skeptical at how the fit would work – she says they’re SO glad they did the free groom’s try-on they offer “because WOW it was amazing! Cole is already an extremely hard fit, and the suit could not have fit him more perfectly”. After being so impressed with his try-on, they went with a grey style suit for the groomsmen. The colour combination with the blue and grey along with Cole standing out was exactly what Sara had envisioned!

When they initially started wedding planning, Sara’s parents suggested that they prioritise what was most important to them. Cole wanted Sara to run with whatever vision she had, and his only requests was that he be involved in any cake/food tasting that they did. The most important thing to Sara was photography. She fell in love with Hannah Way’s work, and planned their wedding date around her availability. Having pictures that captured literally EVERY SINGLE ASPECT of their day and allowing them to relive it long after it was over was crucial to her.

Upon being asked what her favourite part of the day was, Sara said “I think my absolute favorite part of the day was the peace that I felt waking up and throughout the entire day; no nerves, jitters, nothing; and after talking to Cole later on our wedding night, he said the same thing! Once the day actually came, all of the wedding planning stress and all of the fine little details all disappeared and I was overwhelmed with my love for him. I enjoyed time with my girls and my family, and when it was time for the ceremony, I was just so ready to marry Cole that literally nothing else mattered! We chose to read our vows privately behind a wall and pray before our ceremony and that really helped Cole get through his nerves/emotions of the day; and for me, my favorite time was seeing his face when I walked down the aisle! I think when my daddy pronounced us husband and wife, I actually jumped for joy haha!”

“Another fun aspect of our day was that we had a special first dance. One of my bridesmaids, Allie, choreographed a dance for us and it was SO MUCH FUN. We chose two of our favorite songs (one slow and one upbeat) and she helped really make it our own!”

For their wedding flowers, Sara knew that she wanted blush hues to really be accentuated as well as eucalyptus greenery alongside the blush colours to make it bright, light, and airy. Their head table and sweetheart table were Sara’s absolute favourite and most important aspects to her. The gold harlow stands with blush and white floral pieces and greenery on the head table as well as the three large centrepieces enhancing the sweetheart table were looks that Ana, the florist, helped re-create after she explained to her the vision she had. The staircase piece, various table pieces, ice cream bar florals, and low floral centrepieces made the rest of the reception space pop! Sara’s bouquet was one of her favourite pieces as well. The draping greenery as well as big blush and white floral pieces really made it stand out in an elegant way that completed her bridal look that day.

When it came to their dessert choice, they actually opted to be a little different – they did an ice cream bar instead of a cake! They had a small cake made for them so that they could keep tradition alive, but for their guests they chose to do a bride and groom’s ice cream choice with all of their favourite toppings – it was a huge hit! Cole and Sara aren’t huge cake people and aside from each other and their dogs, ice cream is their main love, so having a dessert that they both loved was something they wanted and thought was really fun!

For favours, Sara and Cole chose a photo booth! They wanted a favour that was timeless and one of Sara’s favourite things in life are pictures. “Our photo booth was incredible! Not only did they have an incredible array of props, but they created a photo book for my husband and I of each of the photos taken that night of everyone, as well as printed photos for each of our guests. They also allowed the option for our guests to create GIF’s instead of/along with normal posed photos.”

They had a super special touch added to their wedding day because Sara’s dad married them! “My papa, who named me Sara, married my parents and I always told him I wanted him to marry me one day. He passed away a year ago, and when he did, my heart was broken; I realized he wouldn’t be there on our day and I had never fathomed that before. So on our day, we honored him by carrying his beloved preaching Bible down the aisle, as well as my other Papaw’s war veteran hat, in a way to honor them and have them there with us. And having my daddy marry us was incredible!”

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Photography: Hannah Way Photography // Venue: The Rockwall Manor // Event Planning: Decorate my Event // Floral: Pick-A-Daisy Floral // Stationery: Sarah Kathryn Creative // Hair: Mikaela Paskall // Makeup: Julie Do // Linens: Tablecloth Factory // Hair: Mikaela Paskall // Makeup: Julie Do // Photo Booth: Decorate my Event // Wedding Dress: Terri Costa // Groom’s Attire: The Generation Tux // Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie // Submitted via: Matchology

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