A Glamorous Winter Wedding at Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas


                                                            Courtney Key (24 and an intake manager) and Aaron Pribanic (28 and a trainer) wanted to

Courtney Key (24 and an intake manager) and Aaron Pribanic (28 and a trainer) wanted to get married somewhere that would make jaws drop. They found just that in Bella Donna Chapel, a gorgeous, waterside chapel in McKinney, Texas. The space is modeled after historic buildings in Croatia, featuring high-arched ceilings, ornate chandeliers and 150-year-old wooden pews imported from Europe. "A huge bonus was that it didn't need any decorating," Courtney says. "It was breathtaking as is." For their reception, Courtney and Aaron chose a winter theme to match their February wedding date. Their frosty cool wedding decor was decked out in ice blue, silver and ivory. The Sanctuary, where Courtney and Aaron hosted their reception, was illuminated with blue uplighting. Reception tables were covered in sparkly silver linens and decorated with tall silver branches and dome-shape ivory flower arrangements. To match the decor, the wedding party dressed in gray, with the bridesmaids in floor-length gray dresses and the groomsmen in black suits with gray vests. Courtney wore a stunning ball gown with lace details throughout. The dress featured an illusion neckline and sheer three-quarter sleeves that perfectly suited the winter season. After dancing and feasting on two wedding cakes, Courtney and Aaron exited to canons exploding silver streamers over them. Fairy Tale Photography captured all the pretty details from the day.

Courtney carried an ivory bouquet with roses, hydrangeas and ranunculus.
Courtney styled her hair down in loose curls and accessorized with a crystal-embellished headband. For the ceremony, she paired her dress with a cathedral-length veil.
Courtney wore an Alfred Angelo ball gown with lace details and a full tulle skirt and train. The dress also featured an illusion neckline and sheer three-quarter sleeves that created a romantic effect.
Courtney's bridesmaids wore floor-length Alfred Angelo dresses in charcoal gray. They styled their hair down for a relaxed look. For a cute photo-op, they wrote how they met Courtney on chalkboard signs.
Tulle Flower Girl Dresses and Ivory Pomander Balls
Aaron wore a gray three-piece suit with a black vest and a black tie. His groomsmen wore black three-piece suits with gray vests and black ties.
The ceremony took place at Bella Donna Chapel in Plano, Texas. The beautiful stone chapel is modeled after historic buildings in Croatia. Ornate chandeliers hung from the ceiling, and seating was provided in the form of 150-year-old wooden pews that were imported from Europe.
The reception featured blue uplighting to add to the winter theme. The space was arranged with black chiavari chairs and round dining tables covered in sparkly silver linens.
The long head table was lined with an array of flower arrangements, including tall glass pilsner vases that were topped with dome-shape bouquets of ivory hydrangeas and roses.
To add height to the space, some of the dining tables were decorated with arrangements of tall silver branches. These centerpieces, combined with the blue uplighting, created a wintry effect.
The Cake Guys created both of Courtney and Aaron's wedding cakes. One was a traditional white wedding cake with Swiss dots and a monogram cake topper. The other was a chocolate and strawberry wedding cake with a square tier and a round tier. It was decorated with chocolate-covered strawberries.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Wedding Cake Topper
Reception Exit With Silver Streamers