This gorgeous couple’s classic southern wedding is featured on Carats and Cake today!
THEIR LOVE STORY
Britt and Julie were both born and raised in Arkansas but didn’t meet until they moved to Dallas. Julie moved to the city for graduate school and Britt moved here for a new job. They met through mutual friends at a Razorback football watch party. Julie says she knew early on that they were meant to be together when she discovered how kind, genuine, and funny he was.
They also shared so many of the same values like their love for southern food, health and fitness, and Jesus. Britt and Julie’s love blossomed when they began attending their local church, Watermark, together and began really growing in their faith. On the weekends, Britt and Julie love to go walking on the Katy Trail and spend time just talking and laughing. One Saturday morning, he asked Julie if she would like to go for a walk on the trail, and naturally she agreed. The walk began as it usually did until she spotted a sign in the middle of the trail that said “will”. She didn’t suspect anything at that point, but as they kept walking they came to another sign that said “you”, and then “marry”, and then “me”. After the last sign, the trail opened up into a courtyard where Julie’s name was hanging from a tree. There was music playing in the courtyard and to both of their surprise, a large crowd had gathered around to see the show. Britt got down on one knee and proposed with a gorgeous ring that featured a diamond from his great grandmother’s engagement ring which was given to her in 1916, almost exactly 100 years earlier.
Throughout the entire planning process Julie and Britt were so easy and always kind. Her vision for a classic southern affair was brought to life by a wonderful team of creative partners at Dallas’ historic Belo Mansion. Their photos are absolutely stunning, as this Barbie and Ken look-a-like couldn’t be any more perfect each other. Their love comes across so vibrantly in all of the images captured by the talented Dyan Kethley Photography.
On wedding day the bride wore matching earrings and a bracelet made of pearls that belonged to her great grandmother on her mother’s side. She also carried a blue floral handkerchief from the same great grandmother. Her classic white and champagne palette was perfect for summer. Other details included a Mrs. Box, custom thermography invitations and the prettiest Mikaella Bridal gown. Her bridesmaids wore a soft champagne dress from Bella Bridesmaids, and the men in black tuxedos with bowties, while the groom sported a white dinner jacket.
Guests arrived into the ballroom to be greeted by a warm candlelight glow, which accented the tall white floral and beautiful draping for the ceremony backdrop. Mirrored accents, lush florals and candles surrounded the space to create a soft romantic feel, while the string quartet led classical tunes in the background. Once Julie and Britt said “I do” – guests enjoyed passed appetizers and his and her specialty cocktails before the party began.
A crisp white dance floor, shimmering champagne linens, and a stunning floral halo with dripping candles set the tone for their black tie reception. The menu continued their southern style with stations featuring chicken and waffles, beef tenderloin, and barbecue salmon. Guests partied the night away, and took full advantage of the open bar with throwback 90’s tunes, hip hop, and old school classics for all to enjoy.
Our favorite detail of the evening? Well, there were too many to choose from (hello floral halo and sparkly velvet linen), but live painter Dirk Guidry was a huge hit, and a wonderful keepsake for Julie and Britt to remember the evening.
Congrats Mr and Mrs Neel, and thank you for letting us be a part of your big day!
Entertainment and Lighting: LeForce Entertainment | Floral: The Garden Gate
Cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations | Print Items: Clear Jar Design
Calligraphy: Sparrow Hand Lettering