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BLAKE + NICOLE // GLITTERING NEW YEAR'S EVE WEDDING at THE GAMBREL BARN

When Nicole and Blake met on New Year's Eve a few years ago, sparks flew almost immediately. The beautiful Mizzou all-star from Webb City, and the handsome guy with the curls from Wichita soon found that they couldn't bear to be apart. 

Nicole's heart was set on celebrating her wedding day with her many friends, softball teammates, and family on New Year's Eve, complete with a midnight toast on the anniversary of the first time she and Blake met. It was amazing to ring in 2017 with this fabulous crew. 

Here are some favorites from Nicole and Blake's most beautiful of days:

LeaAnn, Nicole's mom, did a bang-up job on the floral design and overall execution of the wedding day decor. 

Nicole is a talented graphic designer when she isn't coaching softball at Wichita State. She designed and created all of her own printed decor as well as the invitation suite! Glittering Art Deco details were in abundance.

Each centerpiece featured a miniature clock set to midnight.

I was obsessed with this rendered book that sat by the entrance to the venue.

The stunning four-tiered wedding cake by The Cake Gal featured gold leaf and real flowers.

Makeup artist Leah Rush enhanced Nicole's beauty with her skills.

Nicole was determined to keep it simple and elegant on her wedding day, even though her mama kept trying vintage jewels on her. I love her expressions in these pictures!

Nicole and her dad are close, so she opted to have a first look with him before going to see her groom. You can see how much he loves his daughter.

Across the hall, Blake and his groomsmen finished getting ready.

Blake's reaction as the doors opened and he saw his bride for the first time that day was priceless. 

As Nicole and Blake came back down the aisle, confetti rained down from their guests in the balconies. It was absolutely magical.

Nicole and Blake are excellent dancers. They looked marvelous during their first dance.

Nicole and her dad had rehearsed their father/daughter dance for months before the wedding. It was impressive!

As midnight approached, everyone donned their party hats and got ready to ring in 2017 with dancing and a champagne toast. 

One of Nicole's favorite movies is "The Shining" (kindred spirits, I'm tellin' ya!) and she wanted to have a portrait inspired by the iconic group shot from the movie. The Gambrel Barn's balcony was a perfect vantage point to photograph everyone in the room right before the midnight toast. 

What a beautiful way to end 2016 and a wonderful way to begin 2017.

Thank you, Blake and Nicole, for a most enchanting experience.

 

Vendors:

Venue: The Gambrel Barn

Day-Of Coordinator: Teri Hooper, Bridal Bliss

Wedding Design/Decor and Florals: LeaAnn Hudson, Eclectic Creations

Paper Goods and Invitations: Nicole Entz

Catering: Golden Goodies

Cake: The Cake Gal

Videographer: David Watson Photography and Videography

DJ and PhotoBooth: Josh Shackles, Bridal Bliss

Partnering Photographer: Paula Ayres

Makeup Artist: Leah Rush

Hairstylists: Heather Austin and Haley Kester

Bride's Dress: Dress Gallery

 

 

 

LAURA + JEFF // ELEGANT WEDDING at ST. ANTHONY'S on the CREEK

Let's start at the beginning...

Laura and Jeff have the kind of love that shows in everything they do. When I met with them over coffee a couple of months ago, they immediately made me feel comfortable and at ease. They were so gracious and kind, and I could see how strong their bond was when Jeff told me about how much his children, Emma and Elijah, have come to love Laura. Seeing her eyes soften as Jeff talked about his kids, their faith, and how important Laura had become to him in just a few months of dating, I was swept up in their love story. 

Jeff first met Laura on an online Ft. Worth hiking meet-up group. Laura had grown up hiking in Northwest Arkansas, and after moving to Texas to build her career, she continued her lifelong hobby. The group had organized a hiking trip one summer weekend, but when Jeff and Laura arrived to the site, they discovered that they were the only ones who had actually shown up! There's no better way to get to know someone than on a hiking or canoe trip (MO/ARK people, you know this is true!) and as they walked and the conversation flowed effortlessly, Jeff knew he had to see this girl with the flashing blue eyes and beautiful smile again.

There were many more dates and hiking trips after that. By fall, Jeff knew he couldn't let Laura go. He proposed in November, and they quickly set upon planning for their April wedding date. 

April 9th began with beautiful sunshine, and while that changed to an unexpected rain shower right after their first look, Jeff and Laura weren't stressed at all. Nothing could diminish their happiness.

The details of their day were full of meaning - from the family mementos that Laura carried in a pocket sewn into the lining of her dress, to the words that Laura's sister Jill wrote for her toast. The elegant ceremony was full of sweet moments - including readings of the letters they had written to one another in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I couldn't help but cry along with Jeff as Laura promised to honor and love his children.  

As the night went on, the sounds of toasts, dancing and celebration rung through the reception hall. Laura and Jeff have cultivated many friendships over the years, and seeing how well-loved they are was a testimony to their character.

Before their grand send-off, we pulled Laura and Jeff out for night portraits. I noticed Laura removing her shoes as we walked back afterward. I asked her if she had flip-flops to change into, and she just smiled at me coyly and said, "I'm an Arkansas girl." 

And so, after many hugs and well-wishes, the barefoot beauty from Arkansas and her Texas gentleman walked through a spray of lavender petals and sped off toward their happily-ever-after. 

Thank you Jeff and Laura for being everything that true love should be.

Venue: St. Anthony's on the Creek

Catering: Simply Divine NWA

Cake: Rick's Bakery

Florist: ZuZu's Petals

Bride's Hairstyle: LUXE Arkansas

Associate Photographer: Sa'dia Luallen-Blattert