Tatiana & Chris: An Outdoor Wedding in Colleyville, TX

Tatiana and Chris met when they both moved back to Dallas around the same time. “I was dying to get out and meet some people,” Tatiana recalls, so whe

Tatiana and Chris met when they both moved back to Dallas around the same time. “I was dying to get out and meet some people,” Tatiana recalls, so when friends of her sister invited her to a Halloween party she jumped at the opportunity -- and met Chris. The Bride Tatiana Lashenka, 35, human resources director The Groom Christopher (Chris) Wicke, 38, senior pricing analyst The Date October 21 After spending ages tracking down an antique engagement ring, Chris planned to propose to Tatiana on his birthday. He planned to open the ring last, but with everyone in both families in on the secret, his nerves showed more with each opened gift. When the moment finally came, Chris says, “she said yes, and I got the best birthday present ever.”

“I had this idea of mixing fresh flowers and dried flowers together,” Tatiana says. Her florist took the idea and ran with it, incorporating beads and feathers into the bouquets and arrangements as well as the mix of blooms.
In addition to the wedding cupcakes, truffles were also on the menu for dessert.
The bride’s sister created a photo booth on an enclosed back porch, where guests could go in and use a trigger shutter to take their own photos. “It encouraged people to get together and have some fun, and it was a surprise to look at them later since we had no idea what we would find,” Tatiana says.
“I knew I wanted to be married in a place that had particular meaning to Chris and I, one that encompassed who we are -- my parent’s house was the perfect setting to bring all that into play,” Tatiana says. Following a cocktail hour, the guests gathered in the mother of the bride’s garden for the sunset ceremony.
Tatiana and Chris’ tables reflected a bounty of autumn-inspired decor. The bride, her mother, and her sister spent months preparing the details, from fall shapes carved into papier-mache pumpkins to incorporating the guinea hen feathers the father of the bride collected. Green- and amber-hued candleholders added to the fall ambience.
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“We found this fantastic orange paisley material and decided this is what we would use to pull the entire bridal party together,” Tatiana explains. “My mom made ties for our officiant and the best man, cloth flowers for the girls, and Chris’ vest.” Orange not only fit the fall theme; it is also the groom’s favorite color, so it worked perfectly. The boutonnieres were also a mix of fresh and dried flowers. “Some of the boutonnieres had acorns, others had rosemary,” Chris says.
The couple chose two fall-inspired flavors -- Black Forest cake and pumpkin spice -- and “strawberry with cream cheese frosting, which has nothing to do with autumn but is Tatiana’s favorite,” Chris says. The cupcakes were served on antique cake platters that were stacked to create a tiered display.
The couple spent hours designing their autumn-inspired invitations. The result was a multilayered card bound on the side with a sage green ribbon.
Tatiana went fabric shopping with her mother so they could give out swatches to the bridal party and parents. They eventually opted for dark chocolate, light chocolate, and camel brown hues. “They could mix and match those colors, or pick one solid color, whatever they were comfortable in,” the bride says. Her two attendants -- her sister and her best friend -- both chose deep brown gowns.
The bride’s sister created handmade soaps in seasonal scents that Tatiana and Chris placed in bags at each place setting. Tatiana created the menus, escort cards, and table numbers using different patterned papers so that each card was a little different. Miniature pumpkins with guests’ names affixed to them served as place cards.
Tatiana and Chris chose a fall theme for their nuptials, even though the bride says, “October in Texas is hardly fall.” Her mother and sister played key roles in pulling together the wedding details. “My sister is a wedding photographer, so she was able to raise ideas that fit with Chris and I, the tone we were trying to set, and the month we were getting married,” the bride says.
While the wedding party took photos in the nearby barn, Tatiana and Chris’ guests found their reception seating assignments pinned to a tree.
To ensure there was enough light at each table, Tatiana tucked green- and amber-colored candle holders into each table arrangement.