Open-Air Ceremony . . . Natural Beauty . . . Pretty Pastels

Sometimes, home truly is where the heart is. For Texans Meredith Baker and Aaron Brunson, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas was the perfect getaway, because guests could feel they were on vacation without travelling too far from home. Comfort was the predominant theme throughout the décor and other details of this rustic-chic celebration. “I wanted it to be a fun evening where guests felt at home,” says Meredith.

The Scene: Earthy touches lent an air of natural charm to the overall feel. The outdoor ceremony featured a custom birchwood altar with a floating flower curtain. The couple brought the outside in by incorporating birchwood sticks into their centrepieces. The décor also included wine crates filled with blooms and glass bottles bearing single buds. Navy tablecloths offset the sumptuous pastel flowers. “I wanted the room to feel light and lush,” says Meredith. “The florists at Stems of Dallas brought my vision to life.”

Magical Moment: “We had a time of prayer during our ceremony where Aaron and I were able to stop and pray together, just the two of us,” says Meredith. “I’ll forever remember that moment and cherish the pictures of us praying together—and then wiping the tears from our faces,” says Meredith.

The Bride & Groom: Finding a soulmate can be an ends-of-the-earth search, but once in a while, love is in the next cubicle. Such was the case for Meredith and Aaron, who worked for the same investment firm in Fort Worth. They kept their relationship under wraps for a year—that is, until Aaron proposed at Meredith’s uncle’s ranch. “We were on a walk through the field when Aaron pretended to find an arrowhead on the ground but instead turned around on his knee, holding up a diamond ring,” says Meredith. The two later fêted their engagement with a bang under Fourth of July fireworks.

The Bride Wore: Meredith’s strapless Casablanca gown featured a sweetheart neckline, delicate lace and a subtle polka-dot pattern. “I had always envisioned wearing a lace dress,” says Meredith. “My mother’s dress was lace, and I actually took some bridal pictures in it. While I loved the tradition and history of her gown, I wanted to have the dress-shopping experience and wear something that was me.” She paired her gown with champagne-hued Christian Louboutin criss-cross peep-toe pumps.

A Personal Touch: “When attending other weddings, I hated to see how the flowers get thrown away at the end of the reception,” says Meredith. The couple didn’t want their blooms to go to waste, so they picked up some wine crates from local liquor stores and had a family friend cut them into boxes. The florist then used them to hold some of the centrepiece flowers, which guests later took home.

Photography Sarah Kate Photographer


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