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Melissa & Dave: A Red and Orange Wedding in Dallas, TX

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Melissa & Dave in Dallas, TX
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The reception that took place inside the main building was ablaze with color. Overhead, strings of Christmas lights and Chinese paper lanterns in red, pink, and orange created a warm glow, and giant-size orange and red lanterns stood around the room. Behind the DJ’s stage were more lanterns, as well as large orange and red glass panels. The ivory-c ...
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Melissa wore a strapless, tea-length gown of guipure lace that featured a white grosgrain sash and tulle peeking out at the hem. The bridesmaids wore silk satin organza, cocktail-length dresses in bright green with delicate blue and pink floral embroidery by Watters & Watters.
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Centerpieces were made up of multicolored gerbera daisies (another of the bride’s favorite blooms), though in this case it wasn’t just about the look: “We requested the centerpieces be a height that would allow guests to see around them when they talked to each other,” Melissa says.
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Both the ceremony and reception took place at Winfrey Point, a city-owned building that sits beside White Rock Lake. With the large main room, screened-in porches, and lakeside outdoor patio, it was perfect for Melissa and Dave (and not just because they live right nearby!). The couple exchanged vows on a grassy lawn rimmed by the building’s drive. ...
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Orchids (Melissa’s favorite flower) in white, pink, and green made up the bouquets.
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Guests could pick up chocolate truffles from a favor table and pack them up in bags -- sealed with bright red stickers -- to take home.
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These wedding's signature hues were later picked up in the wedding cake -- a four-tier square confection decorated with pink and green cymbidium orchids.
Tina Witkoff, Dallas
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The ceremony featured a subtle color scheme of pink and green, bringing in just a touch of the riotous color to come. Pink and green flowers decorated the arbor and the aisle.

Melissa & Dave in Dallas, TX

Melissa and Dave met as freshmen at Trinity University in San Antonio. “We actually lived in the same dorm and had a class together that year but didn’t become good friends until our junior year and only began dating seriously near the end of our senior year,” Melissa remembers. The couple moved to different cities after graduation but managed to keep things going long-distance until their eventual reunion. “Though we had been dating for almost six years, Dave’s proposal took me completely by surprise,” Melissa says. “It was pretty informal, which actually characterizes the nature of our relationship.” The Bride Melissa Nelson, 29, museum educator The Groom David (Dave) Gonzales, 30, physician The Date October 8 The planning began for Melissa and Dave with the invitations. “I love Japanese printed paper and, especially, anything that has a floral design,” Melissa says. The invites, with a cherry branch design done in pink, orange, gray, green, and gold, were perfect for the pair’s nontraditional plans. “Our main color scheme was bright red and orange,” the bride explains. “We really wanted guests to have a good time at the wedding and for the reception to be a fun, festive event.” A friend of the bride’s who is a graphic designer worked on the layout and style of the text to match the papers, and the perfect invite was born. Though the couple initially intended to plan the entire wedding themselves, they wound up bringing in an expert planner (and close friend) to help sort out the many details of the day.
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