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.
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