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When I first read Kate and Tanner’s interview, I couldn’t resist asking Emily right away, “Are Kate and Tanner’s wedding pictures fabulous?” She confirmed that they were, and while I waited to see them, it felt much like waiting to see pictures from a friend’s wedding. Kate seems like the kind of gal who would be so much fun to hang out with and chat with about all things wedding! She and Tanner drew inspiration for their glamorous Dallas wedding from one of the most meaningful places–their rose gold wedding rings that symbolize their commitment to one another. I love her reminder that “You can’t go wrong with weddings. They’re all beautiful, and at the end of the day, we were married! That’s all that really matters.”

A big thank you to F8 Studios for sharing Kate and Tanner’s big day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My best friend, Cecily Richardson, and my mom, Sandi Treliving, accompanied me for a day of shopping in Dallas! We went to four wedding dress shops in total with the last stop of the day being the Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon in Downtown Dallas. I had tried on so many dresses that day and literally loved them all. I can’t remember if it was my mom or Cecily, but they found a dress tucked amongst them all and said, “What about this one?” It looked a little risqué as it dipped low in the front and had a sheer back, but I thought I’d give it a try. As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one! Fit me like a glove and was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Funny enough, it was packed up ten minutes after I tried it on and shipped to another store—it was only there for a one-day trunk show! Talk about lucky! I added an extra foot of length to the train and everything was hand-done by the designer, Reem Acra. They didn’t end up putting the dress into production from the line, so I ended up with a custom Reem Acra gown! The tailor at Neiman’s put the finishing touches on the dress.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We didn’t. As modern of a woman that I’d like to think that I am, I really wanted to feel all the emotions possible of seeing each other for the first time, walking towards becoming husband and wife, and being in front of our family and our friends. When we locked eyes across the aisle, it was such a powerful moment. I want to do it all again!

Our ceremony and cocktail hour music was played by the Dallas String Quartet—Electric Strings! Our family members walked down the aisle to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. Our wedding party walked down the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis. I walked down the aisle to “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones and we walked out as husband and wife to “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles. Our first dance was to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding. My father/daughter dance was to “My Girl” by The Temptations. Tanner and his mom, Lynnae, danced to “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King. I also had an outfit change into my “party dress” and we were reintroduced to the room to “Love on Top” by Beyonce.

My ring is rose gold and Tanner’s is platinum with rose gold inner lining, so rosey-golds were the theme of the wedding. We had peonies, garden roses, orchid chandeliers, cherry blossom trees, you name it! I wish all of those flowers could live forever. There were so many, I felt like I was in a love garden! My bridesmaids had similar flowers with white anemones in their bouquets. The groomsmen’s boutonnieres were white anemones as well. The tables were set with gold/orange orchids on each setting.

My jaw dropped when I saw these tables! I can hardly imagine a more glamorous centerpiece design, and those lucite chairs are so modern and fun.

Our wedding cake was a lemon cake with ginger/cream cheese frosting. It was decorated in metallic gold fondant. Tanner’s cake was a traditional Southern hummingbird cake, his favorite!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Tanner and I met at Pepperdine University. He was a junior; I was a freshman. We had mutual friends, but were both dating other people at the time. I hadn’t seen Tanner in a year or so and thought he had graduated (he had taken a break from college) until the first semester of my senior year. We had a class together and instantly rekindled our friendship. We remained friends until after graduation, but that was it. He had tried to take me on a few dates but I had politely denied. We continued to text each other randomly and I remember asking him via text “When are we getting married?” He wrote back “Cherry blossoms in DC this June!” It wasn’t until Christmas after graduation that he and I had a serious conversation about him visiting me in Dallas. I had tickets to the NBA All Star game, coincidentally on Valentine’s Day, so I invited him to town to attend the game with me. He was my first valentine and my last! The rest is history, and on April 20, we were married in Dallas, under Cherry Blossom trees!
Tell us all about the proposal! Tanner and I both love to ski. The first trip we took together was to Santa Fe, NM during our first year of dating. He told me he loved me on the chair lift during that visit. Two years later, we went back for another ski trip, and this time, he asked me to be his wife at the top of the mountain! It was so exhilarating; I couldn’t ski down the hill! Santa Fe is incredibly romantic, between the pinon wood and the art galleries—I highly recommend it to other couples!
When did y’all get married? April 20, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 235
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Definitely not. All I could think about was kissing him, so repeating someone else’s words was hard enough for us both!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Probably the orchid chandeliers, nine total. They hung from various points of the ceiling in the ballroom. I also loved the cherry blossom tree where we hung the escort cards in the cocktail area.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our rehearsal dinner was at Sammy’s BBQ in Dallas. We had Brian Houser playing/singing along to acoustic songs during dinner. It was followed by a Welcome Party at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. The theme of this party was Southern chic. We did all greens, whites and wood colors. We had wooden benches with raw edges, tables with Jan Barboglio rod iron details and more! As far as the wedding itself goes, our Minister married Tanner’s parents and his sister previously! They are all from Amarillo. We served jalapeño margaritas at our cocktail hour and the band played “Friends in Low Places” at one point! There may have even been some line dancing!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Honestly, the whole process was pretty seamless. I think that since we were engaged for 14 months and started planning within a month of being engaged, we decided on things early on and then when it was time to review them closer to the day, no one could remember what we had decided on! We figured out that you can’t go wrong with weddings. They’re all beautiful, and at the end of the day, we were married! That’s all that really matters.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Bella Flora of Dallas. They made it happen!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Tanner and I had our appetizers in a private holding room while everyone else was at cocktails after pictures and they were flipping the ballroom from ceremony mode to reception mode. He and I just got to chill and relax alone!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Call me! Anytime! I love everything about wedding planning and would love to help anyone I can! But sincerely, I think it’s incredibly important to keep your eye on the prize. You’re planning this celebration in honor of you and your husband. Focus on what will make you both happy in the long run, because the celebration comes and goes so fast! You’d be surprised, but you’re not the only one experiencing a ton of emotions. There are people around you who are reacting to the excitement or stress FOR you. Be strong for them! Be patient. Be gracious. Be a Southern woman!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We were looking at dogs the other weekend! We’re homebodies. A big night out for us is a late dinner and a few bottles of wine with friends! We’re both really respectful of each other’s individual time (I need a girls night every now and then) but we hate leaving each other’s sides too! We’re taking it one day at a time, dreaming together, supporting each other’s passions for work and looking at what our next move together will be!

Photographer and Videographer: F8 Studio | Planner: Mary Wright Shah from Diamond Affairs | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton Dallas | Florist: Bella Flora of Dallas | Wedding Cake and Caterer: Ritz Carlton Dallas | Rentals: Ducky Bob’s and Posh Couture Rentals | Lighting: Beyond Lighting | DJ and Band: DJ Lucy Wrubel, Dallas String Quartet, Party on the Moon | Welcome Bags: The Wedding Chicks Shop Bride’s Gown: Reem Acra | Paper Products: Paradise Design Co. & Tara Jones Calligraphy | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Veil and Earrings: Neiman Marcus | Bride’s Diamond Bracelet: Vintage | Hair Stylist: James DeFrange of Pura Vida Salon | Makeup Artist: Mayra Rams-Sanabria with My Fabulous Faces Design Group | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom by Nha Khanh | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Mister Tuxedo | Transportation: Wynne Sedan & Limousine Group

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love all the bold colors and the gold (!!) cake!

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Sophie + Brian’s Kentucky wedding is especially appropriate for us to feature today since it’s Derby Week! Even more fun is the fact that S + B actually met in the show jumping circuit as junior riders. Though they weren’t snug as a bug at first, sparks eventually flew and the horse industry led them down South to Kentucky! For Sophie + Brian, their wedding was a way for them to showcase the food, landscape, hospitality and history of the area that they fell in love with. That sounds like the perfect way to honor your life together and start a marriage, doesn’t it?

We’re dolling out hugs to Honey Heart Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
It was a slightly disastrous and stressful, actually. I had wanted to go to New York City for dress shopping with friends but my schedule made that challenging. I tried a few bridal shops here in Florida. One was particularly nice but had a small selection. I went in a few times to peruse with friends. When my mother was in town, we went back in and purchased two dresses. But as soon as I bought the dresses, I knew they were wrong and wanted to exchange them. I couldn’t sleep all night and called the next morning to find out the return policy was store credit only! Long story short, I returned those dresses, and after a lot of stress and a few sleepless nights, found two fun, beautiful dresses for the wedding. The first was an off-white sweetheart strapless dress with a draped sunburst bodice. The second was a Reem Acra Ready to Wear I had seen in store in black that I had them make in white for me. It was more of a romantic party dress and less of a princess ball gown to enjoy the evening festivities in.

Oh! The light in the next two shots is so dreamy! High fives Honey Heart Photography!

We did a twist on traditional vows, but did not each write our own piece. We were too shy for that! Instead, we spent time creating fun-loving words that related to our love and our relationship ” I, Sophie, choose you, Brian, as my best friend and the love of my life. I choose you to embark upon this great journey of marriage with me. You are my soulmate, my companion and my confidant.  I take you today to be my husband my teammate and my true love now and forever.  I love you.”

We had two readings and a Wedding Blessing at the ceremony. The first reading, “Love” by Roy Croft was read by my sister-in-law, Irene. The second reading ,”To Love is Not to Possess” by James Kavanaugh was read by my husband’s aunt Bettina. The officiant also read an anonymous wedding blessing that we loved. It read, “May the love you both feel for each today, grow and deepen as each day passes. May you know what it is to be a couple, and yet remain the individuals that brought the other to you. May your days together bring you great joys and much laughter. When sadness arrives, as at times it will, may the bond that you share and the promise you make to each other be enough to pull you through. Above all, may you always be friends; true friends. The kind of friends who are honest, and faithful, and loyal. Such friends can share lifetimes.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding?
 Neither my husband nor I are actually Southern (though maybe he would disagree because he was born in Aiken, SC). We had moved to Lexington from the Northeast the year before the wedding and fell in love with the area. We wanted the wedding to include all the things we loved about Lexington: the landscape, the natural beauty, the hospitality, the history and the cuisine.

Describe your wedding flowers.
 The wedding was mostly all white and cream tones, with natural accents, woods, metals, and greenery. The flowers were a reflection of that.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved the simple ambiance and décor, but of course, the photo booth was a little bit of extra fun.

The wedding cake was the easiest decision we made during the entire planning process. We knew we wanted a simple white butter cream style cake, and we went to a few local bakeries trying cake and flavors. Martine’s Pastries was the clear winner. We both loved white cake and pistachio cake so we did half and half with simple butter cream fill. That was easy! We also had a Valentine’s ice cream bar and hot Spaulding’s donuts (both are local Lexington shops).

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. 
We both competed on the show jumping circuit as junior riders. We even had the same trainer for a period. We always knew each other but were never close. Brian was a bit older and we had different friends. Then, one year he seemed to take quite an interest in me, and we began to spend more and more time together. I guess the rest is history.
In what month did you get married? 
How many guests attended your wedding? 170
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes, we decided on a “first look.” We are pretty low-key and chose to do the majority of the photographs prior to the wedding. The pre-ceremony lighting was beautiful. It was the perfect opportunity to get good shots. Post ceremony, we were mostly done with pictures and could get right to the fun stuff. We do not consider ourselves very traditional anyway so that decision was an easy one.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We had a string trio for our ceremony. The prelude was “Such Great Heights,” by The Postal Service. The processional was “Caribbean Blue” by Enya. The bridal processional was to “Here Comes the Sun,” by The Beatles and the recessional was to “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. Our first dance song was “By Your Side” by Sade.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on?
 Our band “Jesse’s Girls’ from Atlanta and the hair team from Marie Robinson Salon in New York City.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
 To be honest, it’s all kind of a blur now! But just being relaxed and enjoying the whole day while it was happening was memorable.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding?
 Don’t over-think it or stress too much in all the planning and the details. Its just one day in your life. Enjoy it!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lauren reply

    I absolutely love her hair. What a beautiful couple!

  2. avatar Kylie reply

    Gorgeous wedding! Love the tent over the pool!

  3. avatar Ken Tan reply

    Beautiful photographs! Loving the venue!

  4. avatar jane reply

    Is there anyway I can get a hold of the bride from this wedding? Would love to know where she found a swiss dot table cloth.


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    Hi! Love the suits — where did they come from?

  9. avatar Cassidy reply

    Who makes the swiss dot linen! It is so perfect!

  10. avatar Jasmine reply

    I can’t seem to find the name of this venue! Does anyone know where this is?

  11. avatar janelle reply

    please tell me where this stunning venue is!!!

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  13. avatar Allie reply

    In love with the table numbers. Any idea where I can get them?

  14. avatar Kylee reply

    Wondering where this venue is in Lexington?

  15. avatar Brooke Paris reply

    Do you know where that swiss dot table cloth is from? I have been looking for one everywhere!

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When I took my first peak at Nicole + Rob’s wedding images, I was completly taken with Nicole’s gor-geous Olia Zavozina deep scoop-back gown. For a self-proclaimed tom boy, this girl sure cleans up nicely! Beyond the stunning gown, Nicole + Rob’s big day was full of lovely Southern details. My favorite has to be the old refurbished church pews at the ceremony – y’all know I’m a sucker for outdoor Cathedrals, and adding in the Tennessee rolling hills. I think I might need to rework my renewal plans!

The dress was my first purchase. Two of my sorority sisters were visiting and wanted to go dress shopping. It was only a few weeks after we got engaged, so the thought of trying on wedding dresses felt slightly overwhelming. After two appointments, I didn’t really like anything and disliked the process even more. It just felt kind of fake and forced (I should note I’m a self-proclaimed tom boy so this didn’t surprise me). While heading to dinner, we passed a new bridal store, and the light was still on. My friends flocked to the window to peak inside and the door opened. It was the designer, Olia Zavozina. She told us her store was set to open the following month, but if I wanted, she would allow me to come in the next day. I did and fell in love with the first dress I tried on. Talk about fate!

Tom boy? Um, I’d have to go with complete knockout! Nicole sure knows how to rock the glam look!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? I went back and forth on this. I think every girl (or most girls) wants to see her husband-to-be’s expression as she walks down the aisle. Ultimately, we both decided to do a first look. It was great because this moment was not only a special moment we shared together, privately, but we were able to take all of our pictures before the wedding to maximize time with our out of town guests post-ceremony. It was perfect.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My longtime friend Melissa read from The Equality of Woman and Man. “The Lord made woman and man to abide with each other in the closest companionship, and to be even as a single soul. They are two helpmates, two intimate friends, who should be concerned about the welfare of each other. If they live thus, they will pass through this world with perfect contentment, bliss, and peace of heart, and become the object of divine grace and favor in the Kingdom of heaven. Strive, then, to abide, heart and soul, with each other as two doves in the nest, for this is to be blessed in both worlds.”

It was important to us to have vows that sounded like us. I’m a bit of a research geek, so I had a ton of fun pulling verses and copy from varying sources. My favorite part of our vows was actually a line towards the end that was something I told the pastor when he asked me what my vision was for our marriage. I told him, “As I look to the life that we will build together, I hope that we will continue to push each other towards the best versions of ourselves.” It was a nice touch to our vows that he took from our one-on-one conversations.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? That’s tough, as you would imagine. The more sentimental memory would be Rob and I walking down the hill after the ceremony. We were both so relieved for it to be over (it was kind of stressful!) and just take in the scenery of the Tennessee rolling hills. The more fun memory was a dance off between Rob and me to Salt n Pepa’s “Push It.” That happened unplanned, and it was fantastic. Rob did his classic butter churn dance move, sans his shirt.

My bouquet was a mix of white peonies, white cushions, orchids and green hypericum berries throughout. The bridesmaids bouquets had white hydrangeas with green hypericum berries, Robert had a green mini cym with an orchid and white status boutonnieres and the groomsmen had green berries. Our tables had spyders, cushion berries, million star and Queen Anne’s and our outside ceremony alter had white hydrangeas at the top.

We saw the style of our wedding as being crisp, clean and classic with a little rustic feel (after all, it was on a farm). Our color palette was white, navy and Kelly green. We had old refurbished church pews at the ceremony site with the Tennessee rolling hills overlooking the farm; there were two barns with bars alongside a gorgeous backyard setting where guests were seated. Our specialty drinks were Jack Daniel whiskey and coke and vodka and tea. Guests enjoyed family-style BBQ that included pulled chicken, beef brisket, mac-n-cheese, squash casserole, green beans and corn bread and honey butter. We also had old quilts that adorned the seats in one of the barns and a classically chic chandelier.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We had a two-layer buttermilk cake with chocolate filling and white icing on the outside, and cupcakes in triple chocolate, coconut cream, red velvet, vanilla and white chocolate.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Rob and I were introduced through our mutual friend, Jennifer. Jen and I work together, and she had mentioned that she thought her neighbor and I would hit it off. She described Rob as tall, handsome, athletic and polite. He had a good job in investment management and was from Oxford, Mississippi. Who could turn that down?! Our first date was during restaurant week on a snowy night in January. Oddly enough, we didn’t initially hit it off as one might think! Looking back, I think it was first date nerves and the restaurant wasn’t really our scene. After some encouragement from Jen, we both agreed to give it another shot. Fast forward a few days to our second date. Rob took me to a local sports bar to watch the NFL playoffs. We were able to relax, banter and watch some good ole’ fashion football. Suffice to say we hit it off immediately. We realized we had a lot in common: An affinity for SEC sports (Go Gators), the Giants (he likes Eli, I love NYC), a Christian upbringing, running, dogs, music and a sarcastic sense of humor. Not to mention I found Rob incredibly good looking. After what was an infinitely more successful date, we were inseparable.
Describe the proposal. We decided to take a trip to Rosemary Beach in the Spring. It was our first night there and Rob planned a dinner at a swanky restaurant. We biked around most of the day and as we headed back to our condo, Rob suggested going for a walk on the beach before dinner. We showered and got dressed, and as we stepped out on the beach it started to torrentially downpour. We went back inside and our electricity went out! I laughed and suggested we just head to the restaurant early for a drink. Rob sat down on the couch and motioned for me to join him. He pulled out a four-page letter and started to read it to me. What he was reading aloud didn’t really sink at first, but I quickly realized it was a letter he wrote to my mother. He went into detail about how he felt about me; that even after only four months, he knew that that I was what he had waited his whole life for; that I was the love of his life and that he would call her on Saturday to talk through his intentions and address any questions or concerns she had. My father passed away from cancer in 2004, so Rob knew that my mother’s blessing meant everything to me. The thought to write her a letter and give her time to process everything before he called was something you just didn’t hear about much. It was unique…but perhaps that’s just how they do it here in the South. He called my mother that Saturday and after some assurances Rob gave her, she wholeheartedly gave her blessing. Before she hung up, she just said, “Nikki’s father would have wanted me to say this; but please just please take care of our baby girl.” Rob went on to tell me that the day my engagement ring arrived, my mother called him and asked if the ring came in. It caught Rob off guard, since the ring had arrived a couple days before it was expected. When Rob told my mom that the ring arrived that morning, she simply replied, “I knew it. Today is the day that Nikki’s dad and I got married!” At this point, tears were streaming down my face. Rob got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him — to which I more than happily obliged.
In what month did you get married? April 2012
How many guests attended your wedding? About 90 guests total
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We had a string trio play during the ceremony. During the wedding party processional, they played U2’s “Beautiful Day” and Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” As I walked down the aisle, they played the more traditional Canon in D. During the recessional, the played Muse’s “Starlight.” We took dance lessons for 10 weeks to prepare for our first dance. We learned the rumba to Ray Lamontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” No one knew we had a choreographed first dance, so it was a fun surprise for everyone and we looked great. It was a blast.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The chic chandelier over the bar in the barn behind an old mirror that listed our specialty drinks.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Being patient. I’m a perfectionist and planner by trade (I work in advertising), so it was tough for me to let go and trust that my wedding coordinator and venue would take care of everything. It was a lesson in patience, for sure.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Hands down my photographer. Being in advertising, I know what good photography can do for the end product. It was important to me that our photographer embodied a photo-documentary style. I really disliked wedding photos that looked overly staged. Without question, I knew I wanted Leslee Mitchell.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Have faith that everything will work out, and even if something happens unexpected on your wedding day – the guests likely won’t even know. So enjoy it and take it all in, because the day itself goes by in a blink.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? House hunting, travel and beginning talks of children. More planning!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Andre Blais reply

    What a beautiful wedding! Gorgeous photography also! Thanks for sharing!

  2. avatar Iceni reply

    Fabulous article. Love the rustic looks the bride & groom chose, and Nicole looked amazing in her gown. Fab sparklers to finish of the night.

  3. avatar kaitlyn t pham reply

    Hi! Nicole I was wondering what the name of your dress is from – I just recently got one from Olia and it looks like that as well but can’t seem to find the name. thanks

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