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Shalene & BJ: A Traditional Wedding in Fort Worth, TX

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Shalene & BJ in Fort Worth, TX
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The four-tiered round hazelnut cake was filled with Italian crème. A verse from the Song of Solomon wrapped around the first three layers of the cake, and an "R" monogram topped it off.
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The reception took place in the Rio Grande Ballroom, which features columns and a ceiling swathed in sheer white fabric. The room worked perfectly with the wedding’s aesthetic. "Being that the wedding was in January, I couldn't count on the weather, but I wanted an elegant tent-like atmosphere with soft lighting and a whimsical feel," the bride say ...
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The groom's cake was a three-tiered square all-chocolate cake, with the icing fashioned to look like Western-style designs pressed in leather. The cake was also bedecked with cowboy hat and football-shape chocolates.
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BJ wore a black three-button double-breasted tuxedo with an ivory vest and ivory tie, while the six groomsmen wore the same tuxedo with a black vest and tie.
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White calla lilies and pale pink orchids were the main blooms of the day, though Shalene also incorporated green hydrangea to add some brilliance to the palette. She carried a bouquet of white calla lilies, phalaenopsis orchids, and green and pale pink roses. Her bridesmaids held white cymbidium orchids, pale pink roses, and green berries.
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Shalene's bridesmaids wore chocolate-brown floor-length dresses. Shalene wore a strapless, ivory gown with a pick-up skirt featuring pale pink and pearl appliques.
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At each place setting, guests found boxes with monogrammed, frosted cookies inside.
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Shalene & BJ in Fort Worth, TX

Shalene Kelly and Bruce (BJ) Roberts Jr. met during their very first semester at Texas Christian University, but the two were just friends all through college. "I cheered for him at football games, we two-stepped at theme parties, and he fixed my car that was in constant need of a tune-up," Shalene remembers. The two kept in touch after college, and once BJ moved back to Fort Worth they began to see more of one another. The Bride Shalene Kelly, 26, magazine editor The Groom Bruce (BJ) Roberts Jr., 26, branch manager The Date January 28 One night, they went out for Chinese food and BJ's fortune cookie read, "Never let an opportunity pass you by." They had their first kiss that night, and the next day, BJ came over and told Shalene he couldn't be friends anymore -- that is, "just" friends. The two began dating, and nine months later the couple's pastor asked Shalene if she and BJ could come by one Sunday afternoon. She and the pastor stepped into the chapel to find the pews filled with the couple's friends and family, and BJ was standing by the candlelit altar waiting to ask her to marry him. Five months later, the couple met at the altar once more -- this time, to say, I do.
- Kate Wood
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