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Our Wedding // The Reception


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Style Me Pretty summed it up best as ‘Dallas meets New Orleans meets heaven in wedding form.’ That’s exactly what it felt like for us. Being outside, underneath the stars, with the Dallas skyline as the backdrop as we danced in this historic part of our city. Everything about it.

We ate dinner at a secluded table where we could watch our guests arrive. Then, the horn section of the band lead us to the dance floor for our first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery.

J’s first gift to me was records from Justin Townes Earle (fourth date band) and the Fruit Bats.  When we figured out that we both wanted Beautiful Morning Light’ to be the first song we dance to after we’re married, it was, well, just another cheesy moment where we think the same thing.  The only video I have of us dancing to it is from my cousin, from her shaky phone, while she’s correcting her kiddo.  So, if you happen to have a little video of our night and want to share, I’ll bake you cookies.  That’s probably not very enticing, because I don’t like the kitchen, so I’ll….plan your wedding…maybe.  Also, we’re both afraid of spiders (wait. was that relationship code?!) Anyway, check out this awesome band.  You won’t regret it.

I made the bar menu. There were probably four drafts of it. ‘Raspberry’ is really tricky to spell. Spiked Raspberry Lemonade is wonderful and amazing and you should always order extra.

That cake. Schmoly cow. We kinda cheated and ate it as soon as we found out we were moving to Belgium. I mean, we didn’t have an address to ship to and it had been taunting us in the freezer for four whole months and we couldn’t just have THAT cake floating around..too risky. It was delicious. Raspberry champagne filling with white cake (because J would not even hear of having a wedding cake in any other color..on the inside, no less) and the frosting……crap – what are we going to do on Sunday? Wait. Belgian chocolate. Okay, we’re good. Back on track.

In addition to learning our obscure, little Fruit Bats song, our band also learned the Second Line – a brass band tradition in New Orleans. Hence the umbrellas. It was kickass.

The horns lead us out to the tune of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’ It was the most incredible, sparkly night of our lives. And we’ve enjoyed sharing it with you this week oh so much.

And that, my friends, (plus a little move abroad) is how MontgomeryFest came to be.

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Wedding Planning: After Yes | Floral & design: Bows & Arrows | Reception Venue: Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park | Band: The Walton Stout Band | Lighting: Astounding Sounds | Photobooth: Premier Booth | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Catering: Two Sisters Catering | Wedding Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Co. | Umbrellas: New Orleans Umbrella Co.
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Our Wedding // Getting Ready


Getting ready via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyBHLDN's Mille Petals Gown via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyWith her bridesmaids via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography
Gray suede via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyThe veil shot via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography"To My Groom on our Wedding Day" via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography"To My Groom on our Wedding Day" via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyThe bride getting ready via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography
BHLDN details via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyFinishing touches via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography
A final moment before she's a bride via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyA final moment before he's a groom via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyThe groom via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyCufflinks for the guys via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography
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Typical girls day getting ready :: Mimosas, hairspray, girl tunes in the background. We woke up (okay, fine. a little hung over from the rehearsal dinner rowdiness), ordered room service, girl chatted in bed. Slowly visitors started showing up. Hair and makeup got started. It was the perfect day of calm, quality time with my lovelies and prettiness – the best kind of distraction from having to spend an entire day away from him. I had a heavy breathe the entire day..I just couldn’t catch it for some reason. Until I was with him again. (First look photos coming up tomorrow) Then our photographer showed up and it felt real. The time passed much more quickly and before I knew it, I had my dress on and was leaving for the church.

Typical guys day getting ready :: Buddies drinking beer, hanging out.

The deets :: For my dress, I wanted something that complimented both my and Justin’s totally different tastes (I did worry a little that it wasn’t fully white!) and found it on my first trip to BHLDN, which I had been itching to make my first purchase from ever since they opened earlier in the year. It was simple and modern with lovely unexpected touches. I probably had a different pair of earrings shipped every week until I finally decided on the Kate Spade beauties. Justin insisted on having matching wedding bands. So, on a trip to New York (to prepare for Belgian citizenship), we grabbed breakfast and ate it outside of Tiffany’s until it opened (such tourists) and we got our classic gold bands. I love the mix of metals with my white gold engagement ring – that he designed himself! My veil still makes me smile – I needed something to help fill in the grandness of the church and Vera Wang knows just how to do that! And for the guys, J ordered cufflinks with their initials. The rest of the wedding had muted colors for a base – gray bridesmaid dresses, classic tuxes – and then as many pops of glitter and light as we could fit in!

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Bride’s Hotel: Park Cities Hilton | Groom’s Hotel: The Magnolia | Robes: Silk and More | Wedding Dress // Belt // ‘To My Groom on our Wedding Day’ Card: BHLDN | Shoes: J.Crew | Earrings: Kate Spade | Veil: Vera Wang | Hair and Makeup: Amy Kraus | Cufflinks: Plate Links

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The Planning Post

We loved hearing the engagement stories we received yesterday, keep ’em coming! Today we’re featuring the details that went into the planning. And details there were a plenty. Planning our wedding was one of the most fun things we’ve ever gotten to do. The system was pretty much: I came up with a ton of ideas, Justin would edit and we’d figure out how it worked for us, and then we’d devote our weekends to scouring Dallas to make it work. We were such a great team – props to us. We had plans to move abroad in the Fall, so we planned a Spring event in six months. It was the perfect length. Although I miss working on every detail with my teammate, it was better that we gave my ideas a time limit – more time would mean more details, and really, there were SO many already, who would even notice them?

Music plays such a big part in our relationship (most of our first dates, the first gifts we gave each other, when we cross-countried to Bonnaroo the first time and were inseparable there-after) that it was only fitting that it would play throughout our big event.

Let’s kick this off with a few of our favorites from our E-sesh with Taylor Lord Photography..

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This is going to get a little lengthy because I love a good paper product and it showed. But, I had the hardest time figuring out where and how to do it all, so maybe, just maybe another bride might find something in here helpful. Oh, and of course it’s eye candy.

Firstly, we started on Save the Dates. With only six months, they needed to go out asap. We scoured Half Price Books for 45″ vinyl records. One of our little Junior Groomsmen (age 12, future rockstar) gave us an impromptu photo shoot. We ordered 45″ white sleeves and stamped them with a custom-made stamp from a local shop of “You are my sunshine” because, well, he is and it made the album. Had a custom-made (are you seeing a theme here?) return-address stamp made, packaged those suckers up pretty, got a few more muscles and splinters, and shipped them out the door.

Vintage record Save the Dates via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyVintage record Save the Dates via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + Arrows

These later tied in with our appropriately titled album favors – CDs with a playlist including songs from different artists we saw together throughout our 11 month super fun courtship. Our sweet, sweet friend designed the CD label for us. We ordered the sleeves with the playlist printed on them, tied them up with velvet ribbon (duh.), except for one and put it on repeat.

CD favors that look like vinyl records via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography

Our invitations. I think we set a record for visiting our stationer. Papyrus  helped us design something that was funky, but still traditional, and most definitely letterpress. Something that fit us. The Left Handed Calligrapher took care of the envelopes addressed in her gorgeous calligraphy.

Invitations via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Letterpress by Elum Designs | Envelope calligraphy by The Left Handed Calligrapher

More paper products. More stamps. We had stamps made for the rehearsal dinner invites that J’s mom graciously took care of for us and a monogram that I drew for the programs, rehearsal dinner menus, and guest bag welcome letters.

Kraft, gold and white rehearsal dinner invitations via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + ArrowsKraft, gold and white wedding paper goods via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + Arrows

Oh yeah, guests! Both of our families lived in different states, so the majority of our guest list needed hotel rooms. We toured hotels (super fun) in downtown Dallas trying to find one that fit our style. The Magnolia was cozy, stylish and had gorgeous views of the city. The room block list was a challenge but suited my accountant side. Now we needed a way to welcome our guests to our city. We ordered canvas bags and had a stamp made that said ‘Bienvenue’ with our date. We both have French heritage and made little references to that throughout that ended with our thank you cards. Then, stuffed them with local treats since we’d be so busy that week and couldn’t properly welcome everyone.

'Bienvenue' welcome bag via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + ArrowDallas postcard favor via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord PhotographyGold foiled 'Merci' Thank You card via MontgomeryFest | Photography by Taylor Lord Photography | Florals by Bows + Arrow | Thank You card by Checkerboard Invitations

All photos are by Taylor Lord. 

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Floral & design: Bows & Arrows | Invitations: Elum via Papyrus | Thank You cards: Checkerboard | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Custom Stamps: Acme Stamp | CD Sleeves: Kraft and Jute

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