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Elizabeth & Jim: A Formal Wedding in Fort Worth, TX

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Elizabeth carried a bouquet of white amaryllis and roses with sparkling branches mixed in.
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Elizabeth’s nine bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet.
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Elizabeth walked down the aisle in pointy-toed heels with ankle straps and rhinestone-embellished buckles.
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Made from the same fabric as the bridesmaid dresses, the flower girls wore cap-sleeve dresses with a shimmering overlay on the skirts.
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Elizabeth and Jim’s wedding was officiated by the same minister who had married the bride’s parents 30 years prior. The couple exchanged traditional vows.
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Elizabeth and Jim’s tables were covered in silver lame cloths and lit from above. “I was very nervous about the silver in the beginning, but then our designer reminded us we were throwing a party, not decorating our house!” the bride says. Some tables boasted centerpieces of tall amaryllis in white, surrounded by glowing votive candles. Mirrored or ...
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Elizabeth and Jim worked with event designer Nelson Robinson to create a “wow factor” for the wedding. One major element was the stage behind their band, which was draped with white fabric, lights, and branches.
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During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed two signature cocktails chosen by the bride and groom. Jim’s was “Smooth’s Fast Eddie” -- rum, soda, and a splash of Coke -- while Elizabeth’s was “Lizard’s Blue Lagoon,” a vodka tonic with blue food coloring and extra lime.
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Other tables at Elizabeth and Jim’s reception boasted low, lush arrangements of white tulips sprouting from silver urns filled with white roses and hydrangeas. Mirrored ornaments and silver balls also added to the lush look of the tables.
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The hallway leading guests into the main ballroom was draped with white fabric and branches to create a wintry forest feel. At the guest sign-in table was a 6-liter bottle of Silver Oak, an Alexander Valley wine that Elizabeth had bought as a surprise for Jim -- as guests came in, they wrote their well-wishes on the label!
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"The candy table was a huge hit for young and old alike," says Elizabeth. Guests used silver scoops to fill monogrammed bags with a variety of white candies.
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Elizabeth & Jim in Fort Worth, TX

When Elizabeth Von Der Ahe was looking for a date for a basketball game, a friend of hers suggested she call Jim Autenreith, who’d asked for her number a couple weeks before. Elizabeth thought that seemed “too desperate,” so her friend called Jim pretending that the tickets were hers and she wanted to set Jim up with “a friend.” By the end of the evening, Elizabeth had confessed her secret -- “Jim thought it was cute, and the rest is history,” she says. The Bride Elizabeth Von Der Ahe, 27, wine sales The Groom James (Jim) Autenreith, 28,commercial real estate broker The Date January 27 Three-and-a-half years later, Elizabeth and Jim had planned a trip to Grand Cayman. Just before they left, Jim presented her with fishing gear to use on their trip, and in the tackle box she found a ring.
- Kate Wood
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