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A Garden Wedding in Dallas, TX

  • Andrea Polito Photography, Dallas
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Shelly & Faulkner in Dallas, TX
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To give her bouquet a romantic feel, Shelly had her florist tuck white feathers in between bursts of hydrangea, roses, peonies, ranunculus, and stephanotis.
Stacey Murdock, The Wildflower, Dallas
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Guests wrote notes and well wishes to the bride and groom on bird-shaped pieces of paper and tucked them inside cages.
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Shelly had always dreamed of a garden wedding, so the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden was a “no-brainer,” as she puts it.
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“My overall wedding theme was sort of A Midsummer Night’s Dream -- I wanted everything to be something found in the garden,” Shelly states. She incorporated birds, feathers, nests, and moss into all of the decorations and chose a palette the color of a sunset (lots of apricot, coral, blush pink, and gold).
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A lemonade stand with regular and pink lemonade was set up at the end of dance floor so that guests didn’t need to stray too far from the action to get a drink.
Pappas Catering, Dallas
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After the ceremony, guests walked over to Camp House where they found tables draped in melon-colored linens set with brown chargers, gold-rimmed china, and gold flatware.
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The bird-and-nest theme carried through to the centerpieces as well. Shelly had her florist incorporate a small bird’s nest into the two different centerpiece designs that adorned the reception tables.
Stacey Murdock, The Wildflower, Dallas
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In addition to cake, guests enjoyed a candy bar, Italian gelato, and decadent macaroons.
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In addition to cake, guests enjoyed a candy bar, Italian gelato, and decadent macaroons.
Paciugo Gelato, Dallas
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Shelly’s cake was displayed on a bed of fresh moss. Each octagonal tier was decorated with a peach floral applique and separated by a gold band. The cake was topped with a decorative gold bird’s nest.
Fancy Cakes by Lauren, Dallas
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The bride and groom made their exit from the wedding in 1939 black Cadillac limousine as guests threw pink, cream, and peach rose petals.
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The bride and groom wanted to give favors that would get a lot of use, so they chose soft throw blankets and personalized them with a tag that Shelly and her mother designed.

Shelly & Faulkner in Dallas, TX

It was their mutual love of heavy metal that brought Shelly and Faulkner together when a friend threw a Metallica party. The two instantly hit it off but started slowly as just friends. Eventually they started dating. The Bride Shelly Harris, 28, an art director The Groom Faulkner Turner, 29, an auto finance account manager The Date April 18 Eight months after their first date, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Faulkner got down on one knee and with tears in his eyes asked Shelly to marry him. “I burst out crying happily,” says Shelly, “and instantly said yes.”
- Davida Sidrane Hogan
Their Ingredients
  • Andrea Polito Photography, Dallas
  • Stacey Murdock, The Wildflower, Dallas
  • Pappas Catering, Dallas
  • Paciugo Gelato, Dallas
  • Fancy Cakes by Lauren, Dallas

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