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Nicole & Leonard: A Fairytale Wedding in Fort Worth, TX

  • Joseph Victor Stefanchik, Dallas
    Kathy Ellis and Sandra Hollander, The Current Event
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Nicole & Leonard in Fort Worth, TX
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Nicole honored her mother by accenting her own wedding gown with straight lace restored from her mother's 1969 gown. Nicole designed the white silk satin gown in collaboration with dressmaker Judy Shannon who did all of the restoration work on the lace from her mother's gown and handcrafted the updated gown, veil, and tiara.
Judy Shannon, Fort Worth
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"Sandy Chang bakes the most moist vanilla buttercream cake I have ever tasted," Nicole raves. "She created a simple, stacked box-style cake, and made the boxes have 'lids' which she decorated in a contemporary pattern suggestive of lace."
Sandy's Unique Imprint, Fort Worth
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Following the ceremony, Nicole and Leonard, arrived in a horse-drawn carriage at the River Crest Country Club where 250 guests enjoyed a poolside cocktail reception and the music of a classical guitarist.
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The walk down the long, dramatic aisle at the All Saints' Episcopal Church was highlighted by the stained-glass windows, arched ceilings, and a plethora of candles, which gave the traditional structure a cozy feel. Flowers in the church blended a palette of white and green, with a dash of pink found in the orchids and, of course, the 12 bridesmaid  ...
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"Joseph, our photographer, had this wonderful idea to set up a 'self-portrait' area where guests could pose in front of a colorful background (pink, of course) and step on a button on the floor to auto-fire the camera. These were some of the funniest shots of the night!" Nicole says.
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Suspended from the ceiling above the dance floor, invisible monofilament strings clustered with pink peony petals were lit and appeared to cascade down as guests danced underneath to big-band sounds. "The dance floor was absolutely packed from the moment we finished through the end of the night," Nicole says. "Emerald City with E.L.S. helped to cre ...
Emerald City, Dallas; accompanied by E.L.S., New Orleans
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Guests rode on quaint, red trolleys to the reception.
Coach USA, Fort Worth
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On the candlelit staircase landing of the club's main ballroom, guests witnessed a pink explosion -- a table covered in blush-pink dupioni silk linen set with 18 votive candles and a trio of vases filled with pink-blooming branches, pink cymbidium orchids, and pink roses. A Lucite frame, discreetly printed with the bride's mother's name, "was a sub ...
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Several band members escorted the newlyweds down the grand staircase in a wave of rose petals and rosemary while playing "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Emerald City, Dallas

Nicole & Leonard in Fort Worth, TX

After a romantic proposal atop Vail Mountain, Nicole Hartsel and Leonard Firestone started planning an exquisite Texan affair infused with personal touches -- and a little help from the experts. THE BRIDE Nicole Hartsel, 32, private equity investor THE GROOM Leonard Firestone, 37, communications executive THE DATE May 15
- Kathleen Murray
Their Ingredients
  • Joseph Victor Stefanchik, Dallas
  • Kathy Ellis and Sandra Hollander, The Current Event
  • Judy Shannon, Fort Worth
  • Sandy's Unique Imprint, Fort Worth

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