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  • Perez Photography, Addison
    Chrissie Stuntz, The Signature Event Experience, Ft. Worth
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Ana & Mike in Dallas, TX
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Ana wanted her all-white bouquet to have texture and dimension --she achieved that by carrying an arrangement of hydrangeas, cymbidium orchids, cabbage roses, calla lilies, and freesia. The wrap incorporated a rosary that she’d bought at the Vatican on a trip to Italy. “Since I’m Catholic, and we weren’t having a Catholic ceremony, I wanted to carr ...
In-Full-Bloom, Dallas
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Clyde & Gordon Flowers, Hilo, HI
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Yellow pom pom balls, cymbidium orchids, calla lilies, and hydrangea stood out against the bridesmaids’ silver-grey dresses.
Dessy, LuLu’s Bridal Boutique, Dallas
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Ana made the ceremony programs with supplies purchased from a craft store. They printed the programs on yellow linen paper, bound them in gray cardstock, and tied them with yellow satin ribbon.
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Ana and Mike chose to have a civil ceremony with traditional vows. They lit a unity candle and exchanged 13 coins (a Hispanic Catholic ritual in which the groom presents the bride with coins symbolizing his dedication to caring for their home and providing for their family).
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Finding a place that met all of their needs and that was in budget was harder than Ana and Mike thought it would be. They chose the Empire Room in Dallas because they could have the ceremony and reception in same place. Plus, they loved that it was downtown and close to the many attractions that kept their out-of-town guests busy over the wedding w ...
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The bride and groom decided to have three different types of centerpieces at the reception. Some tables were decorated with a cluster of jeweled vases of different heights.
In-Full-Bloom, Dallas
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The bride and groom decided to have three different types of centerpieces at the reception. Some tables were decorated with an arrangement featuring silver spray-painted Manzanita branches decked out with crystals, orchid strands, roses, and candles.
In-Full-Bloom, Dallas
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Real orchids cascaded down the side of the bride’s four-tier buttercream cake. For added texture Ana had the baker decorate each layer with rings.
Fancy Cakes by Lauren, Dallas
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“I collect Buddhas and try to buy one in every city I visit,” says Ana. She was surprised when she met Mike to find out that his nickname is Buddha! It was only fitting that Mike’s groom’s cake was a carrot cake, cream cheese-filled, fondant-covered Buddha.
Fancy Cakes by Lauren, Dallas
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The couple chose “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole for their first dance. Because they opted for a DJ, as opposed to a band, they got to dance to the original recording.
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Ana decided not to go the traditional favor route, opting instead for a photo booth so that guests could take home fun pictures of themselves. “My mom and I purchased props from a local party store for guests to use in their pictures and I also made mustaches people could wear.”

Ana & Mike in Dallas, TX

Food and entertainment weren’t the only things cooking at Taste Addison in May 2007. A romance was heating up between Ana and Mike as well -- though who talked to whom first depends on which one of them you ask. A year later Mike told Ana he was taking her out to celebrate their anniversary. He gave her no information other than “Wear a dress and be ready to go at 7.” The Bride Ana Diaz, 30, a neonatal ICU nurse The Groom Mike Wong, 29, a material manager The Date October 3 Mike whisked Ana to the Belmont Hotel (her favorite night spot in Dallas) supposedly for a quick drink before dinner. Little did Ana know what Mike had in store for her: a romantic dinner for two on the VIP room’s private terrace. After dessert, while the pair was admiring the stunning view of downtown Dallas at dusk, Mike got down on one knee and popped the question.
- Davida Sidrane Hogan
Their Ingredients
  • Perez Photography, Addison
  • Chrissie Stuntz, The Signature Event Experience, Ft. Worth
  • In-Full-Bloom, Dallas
  • Clyde & Gordon Flowers, Hilo, HI
  • Dessy, LuLu’s Bridal Boutique, Dallas
  • Fancy Cakes by Lauren, Dallas

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