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Meet a JulesBride: Ashley

Oh, you know, just a sensible multi-month break from blogging about Dallas brides…I’ll be better, I swear, y’all…I KNOW I say that everytime….but this time I…mean it?

Anyway! Today’s blog is all about Ashley and Brody!! I knew of Brody in high school, but he was waaaaaaaayyyy more popular than me. Cut to senior year when we were Student Council officers together (#gowarriors) and we totally bonded. We’ve stayed friends through the years and I just adore that funny, wonderful man! I met Ashley when Brody brought her to our get together the night before our ten-year high school reunion and instantly I was obsessed with her. She’s so funny, has such a light about her, and she’s gorgeous! I even said to Brody that night to not let her go and to make sure and call me when he proposed. Love this sweet couple and their wedding is seriously going to be such a dream!

Tell us a little about each of you.
Brody is hilarious, sarcastic, sports fanatic, whiskey drinker, lover of our dog, Oakley. He never thought he would love a small dog, haha! I’m passionate, stubborn, a music and sports lover, whiskey and champagne drinker, and proud mother to Oakley. I love that Brody and I share many interests but also differ though other passions. It keeps our relationship close and independent at the same time.

How did you meet?
Brody and I were actually friends for several years before we ever dated. We met through mutual friends and but at the time were in other relationships. Down the road, Brody moved to Fort Worth from Arlington and we started hanging out more and more. We finally we both single…and it was inevitable, we started dating.

When and where are you getting married? What made you choose that season and venue?
We are getting married at River Crest Country Club. We chose our venue because it is beautiful, it was available on a Sunday (before all the good football games start), and because the venue provides such great support via the staff and events coordinator.

Give us three words to describe your wedding.
Party. Bright. Glamorous.

When did you know he was going to be your husband? Did he know before you?
I think Brody knew before me haha. He said he knew I was the one before we ever started dating. I knew Brody was the one pretty early on into our relationship. No one makes me laugh and excited about life like him.

How did he put that ring on your finger? Was it a total surprise?
We were taking our final vacation of the summer in August 2016 and we were staying with his sister Lauren and her husband Tyson in Montauk, New York. We decided to go to a winery on Friday night (luckily Tyson talked to employees into giving us rose, because it was closing time haha.) We got our wine and walked down a beautiful stretch of land that ended with a cliff looking out to the ocean. We were all just hanging out and looking at the ocean when I turned around to find Brody on one knee. The rest is history. Oh, and I said yes.

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? What has been the most difficult?
I’ve loved seeing everything come together but I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed personalizing my invitations. I certainly did not think I cared much about the invitations, but my good friend Amanda helped me personalize our look and style of the invitation. Most difficult factor is, without a doubt, trying to please everyone. I had a difficult time making sure everyone was happy. PSA…everyone has their own opinion and not everyone will be happy.

What are you looking forward to most on your wedding day?
Marrying my best friend. And having everyone that we love all in the same place at the same time. I feel like that likely won’t happen again.

Do you have any advice for the newly engaged as they embark on the planning process?
Have someone help you with invitations and save the dates. I was always just so worried that I would mess up the wording, misspell something, or leave important information out. There are professionals for that! Also, remember what your wedding day is actually for, the covenant between you and your partner. When things get overwhelming, remember that at the end of the day, you get to marry the person that was made for you!

All Photos by The Tarnos.

Meet a JulesBride: Kelly

Kelly and I met probably 7 or 8 years ago through mutual friends and I always have so much fun with her! I actually met Nick when she brought him over to our friend’s house at the end of their first date! It’s so fun that I got to see them on their first date and now I’ll see this lovely couple down the aisle!

Tell us a little about each of you.
Nick owes his own green carpet cleaning and tile service, while I have been teaching 2nd grade for 8 years. We met in Dallas, where I was born and raised. Nick is a good old Corpus Christi babe. He moved here to attend UTD, while I attended Texas A&M University. We met 2 years after I graduated college. Nick and I both love to hangout with our friends and family whenever we can. We love to entertain and have dinner at our house. Recently we have been getting into cooking together, which is a great way for us to end a hectic day. Anytime we can go see a concert, we are there. Anything we can do together is always the best. We love to travel and experience new thing together. Nick loves to play golf, so on our first Valentine’s Day, he surprised me with golf clubs. I thought it was a super sweet gesture of him. I love how he wanted to include me in something that he loves.

How did you meet?
We met on 11/13/11 at Top Golf. Romantic, right? We have a mutual friend who thought it would be fun to get together. The second I saw Nick, I whispered to my friend “he is SO my type.” I didn’t know I had a type…Nick played golf in college, so I was pretty impressed with his skills right away. Nick came over to me and offered a tequila shot. I kindly declined. Not my drink of choice. We ended up laughing and making jokes for over an hour. I didn’t want to leave but had other plans to go attend a party that night. When I was leaving I asked Nick if he wanted my number. So bold of me! I don’t think I have ever been that bold before. Two minutes after leaving, he called me immediately and asked where we could meet up. I liked his confidence and the fact that he didn’t waste any time getting to know me. We ended up hanging out until 4 in the morning. I didn’t want the night to end. A week later we were on our first date on Lower Greenville. He took me to a dinner at Kirby’s and a Stars and Geographer concert at The Granada. Little I know we would have hundreds of dinner dates and concerts in our future. He is the best date I could ask for.

When and where are you getting married? What made you choose that season and venue?
Our wedding is March 11, 2017, at Avalon Legacy Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Being a teacher, that date seemed perfect because we can honeymoon during Spring Break. What’s not to love about spring? I love this venue! It’s so romantic and away from city life. I feel like it’s a good mix of our styles. I also love that it’s in McKinney, where my parents recently moved, so it seemed like a great weekend wedding location for friends and family.

Give us three words to describe your wedding
Rustic. Romantic. Personal.

Moments after Nick popped the question!

When did you know he was going to be your husband? Did he know before you?
I don’t know if there was a specific BAM moment where we knew. I knew we both felt very comfortable around each other right away and we both let our guard down quickly. We trusted each other right away. I think after being together for over 6 years, I knew and hoped it would eventually happen.

How did he put that ring on your finger? Was it a total surprise?
Nick rented out a private hot air balloon on Cinco de Mayo. I had NO clue what we were doing. I thought that we were going to go sky diving, which would have been terrifying and awesome all at the same time. It’s something that has been on my “bucket list.” For the hour long drive I kept hounding him with questions. I guess the teacher in me came out. The second we saw the hot air balloon I thought to myself “well, if it doesn’t happen now, it never will.” Who randomly rents a hot air balloon on a Thursday for no reason? I was pretty hopeful he was going to get down on one knee. Nick, myself, and Leroy (our pilot) were all there. Nick got down on one knee as we were up in the air. We ended the night at Torchy’s eating tacos, staring at my ring, and expressed how excited we were for our future together. He planned the perfect proposal. On Saturday, Nick and I went to McKinney to see my parents. Little did I know that Nick had planned the entire weekend. Knowing how important our families are to us, he wanted them to be there to celebrate with us. My entire family and his family were there waiting for us. It was one of the best surprises to celebrate with our families. We got to look at venues that weekend. It was perfect.

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? What has been the most difficult?
I have loved all the celebrations with friends and family. We had an amazing engagement fiesta, stock the bar party, bridal shower, and bachelor and bachelorette weekends. I’ve also really enjoyed ordering all the cute things off ofEtsyy and working with all the vendors. I can’t wait to see it all come together. The most difficult was probably working on the guest list and invitations. I wish I could invite everyone to my wedding.

What are you looking forward to most on your wedding day?
There are so many things I can’t wait for. I think I’m honestly most excited about seeing Nick for the first time. I hope I don’t ugly cry. I have a tendency to ugly cry at weddings. I’m sure ours will be no exception. I also can’t wait to see the beautiful vision of I Do! Floral and myself come together. I am also pretty pumped about our amazing band, The Royal Dukes. It will be a great party to celebrate with friends and family.

Do you have any advice for the newly engaged as they embark on the planning process?
Enjoy this time of planning. It can be stressful at times, but it’s also the only time that you will get to plan your wedding, so enjoy every minute of it! Don’t let the little things stress you out…oh, and Etsy. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Engagement Photos: Elizabethan Photography

Marissa + Sean, Dallas Country Club Wedding

This wedding came at the craziest time for me. October is always a huge month for weddings in Dallas/Fort Worth and October 2015 was no exception. I had to schedule semi-emergency gallbladder surgery literally in between 4 back to back weddings. So thankful for my team (had Lauren and Annie with me that weekend!) that could pick up my slack as I could coordinate, but was under strict doctor instruction to REST and NOT LIFT ANYTHING!

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Marissa and Sean met in college, but Marissa is from here, so Dallas was a natural place for their wedding. Marissa and I actually never met in person until the day of her wedding rehearsal! Wedding planning can be crazy sometimes, y’all 🙂 The bleak weather caused us to move to Plan B for the ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be an outdoor golf course ceremony. Luckily Bent Tree Country Club had an awesome backup space with an incredible skylight!

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The rain (more like the sprinkling) ceased and Tyler + Lindsey were able to get some awesome formal portraits outside. Isn’t Marissa such a classic bride with that updo and long sleeved dress? And those bushes will almost make you think that Texas gets the actual colors of the fall season!

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Di Fiori did a great job bringing in fall and keeping their purple + orange color scheme classic and luxe. It’s Your Night did an amazing job of keeping guests on the dance floor. I love the fun dance floor images that were captured!

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Thank you to Marissa and Sean for letting us be a part of your special day!

Vendor Love:
Coordinator: Events by Jules
Photographer: Tyler + Lindsey 
Venue/Caterer: Bent Tree Country Club
Florist: Di Fiori
DJ: It’s Your Night, William Ryan
Videographer: AW Productions
Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa
Cake: Stein’s Bakery
Stationer: Minted
Officiant: Jonathan Teague, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Transportation: RideCentric
Linens: Ducky Bob’s

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Real Wedding: Erin & Brad (Anniversary Edition!)

Wedding Date: November 24, 2012
Wedding Planner: Events by Jules
Ceremony Venue: St. Maria Goretti // Arlington, Texas
Reception Venue: Fort Worth Hilton // Fort Worth, Texas
Photography: Ellman Photography // Sharon Ellman
Videography: Hilarion Banks
Hair & Makeup: Kathy Messina
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Florist: Rae’s Exclusive Designs
DJ & Photobooth: Complete Music & Video
Chair Covers: Angelina’s Wedding Center

I’ve blogged about Erin and Brad’s wedding before, but now I have a slew of new photos and I just HAD to show them off. Plus today is their third wedding anniversary, so perfect timing!

Erin and Brad had a beautiful fall wedding over Thanksgiving weekend complete with a traditional Catholic ceremony, margaritas, glow sticks, and a bubble exit!

Erin wore two garters representing her alma mater, The University of Texas, and Brad’s favorite team, The Kentucky Wildcats.

Their centerpieces were all hand constructed and their personalities and even jobs infused their details, like Erin’s career as a librarian and their guest book cards decked out like due date cards!

So happiest of anniversaries to one of my very favorite and first Events by Jules couples!

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Real Wedding: Whitney & Kevin

When I first met with Whitney and Kevin they immediately knew they wanted a color palette of mint green and blush pink with touches of gold. With their emphasis on southern charm and fine art photography, we pulled off their dream wedding.

Wedding Date: March 14, 2015
Wedding Planner: Events by Jules
Venue: The Milestone
Photographer: Sallee Photography
Videography: Spinning Leaf Films
Florist: Rae’s Exclusive Designs
DJ: All Access DJ
Officiant: Love Notes Weddings, Rev. Sonny Gann
Bartenders: Party Bartenders
Cake: Candy Haven
Transportation: Champion USA
Hair/Makeup: Erin Blair
Wedding Gown Designer: Allure
Wedding Gown Retailer: LuLu’s Bridal Boutique
Reception Dress Designer: Adrianna Papell
Reception Dress Retailer: Nordstrom
Groom’s Attire: Suitsupply

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Real Wedding: Jessica and Jason

Despite a Spring storm, Jessica and Jason had an incredibly touching ceremony and dance-fueled tent reception! No rain could stop this beautiful couple in love! From delicious food trucks to cornhole to the perfect bouquet, this wedding was picture perfect!

Check out their preview video here.

Wedding Date: March 21, 2015
Day-of Coordinator: Events by Jules
Venue: Thistle Hill Mansion
Photographer: Michele Shore
Videographer: Splendor Films
Caterer: Gepetto’s Pizza Truck and Holy Frijole
Bartenders: Party Bartenders
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Florist: Arrangements by Mary Parks
DJ: Leforce Entertainment
Officiant: Love Notes Weddings, Rev. Joe Zinser
Rentals: Taylor’s Rental Equipment Co. and Chemcan
Transportation: VIPRide
Hair: Salon O, Sarah Walker Brittain
Makeup: Dior at Neiman Marcus, Samiha Alex
Wedding Gown Designer: Amsale
Wedding Gown Retailer: Neiman Marcus

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Real Wedding: Laura & Paul

Laura was one of the most chill brides I every worked with, she took every idea I presented in stride and was so focused on getting to marry the love of her life, Paul!

Wedding Date: March 28, 2015
Wedding Planner: Events by Jules
Venue: Lofty Spaces
Caterer: Culinary Art Catering
Cupcakes: Trailercakes
Florist: Rae’s Exclusive Designs
DJ: Complete Music
Photographer: Travis Lilley
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Lisa Marie
Wedding Dress Retailer: Stardust Celebrations

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Meet a JulesBride: Marissa

I always have my couples fill out the questionnaire below before their wedding. If they’re a full planning couple, it’s pretty likely I could fill it out for them since we’ve been so connected, but for my month-of brides, like Marissa especially who is out of town and I haven’t even met yet!, this is the first time I’m hearing how her groom proposed or how they met. I love getting to learn all these love stories! Marissa and Sean are the first couple I’ve had that filled this out in third person – and it’s so fitting seeing as they both work in Hollywood, it reads like a script! I love it!

Tell us a little about each of you.
Marissa Hughes, age 30, was born in Dallas, TX. Raised by parents Randy and Melanie Hughes, Marissa grew up as the oldest of three children; Monica and Hampton. At age 18, Marissa set off to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University for college. After graduating, Marissa pursued a career in accounting and currently works in the accounting department at Creative Artists Agency, a talent agency in Los Angeles. Sean Bottcher, age 35, was born in Pasadena, CA. Raised by parents Margo and Bob Bottcher, Sean is the youngest of three children; Robert and Nicole. Sean also attended Loyola Marymount University where he studied film production. After college, Sean spent several years working for the FOX Broadcasting Company as a producer for Fuel TV. Currently, Sean freelances as a producer while managing at Road Radios, a company specializing in the rental of products and services used by professionals in concert touring, film and television.

How did you meet?
Every year, Sean and Marissa’s alma mater Loyola Marymount University holds an annual alumni weekend, which includes a mixer for alumni celebrating their five, ten, or fifteen year reunion. The year of 2012 marked Marissa’s 5-year reunion and Sean’s 10-year reunion, and both attended this event. Even though Sean noticed Marissa shortly after she arrived, Marissa was the first to initiate contact. Marissa made up the excuse that she thought he was one of her former classmates, but that adorable lie was quickly debunked when they learned they never attended LMU during the same time! Nevertheless, they spent the night talking and laughing, exchanged numbers, and went their separate ways. The “3-Day Rule” obviously wasn’t going to work on a catch like Marissa, so Sean tried a bold strategy.  Roughly two months later, Marissa heard from the dark, mysterious man from the mixer via text message. They had their first date at the local LMU bar, Tompkins Square. From that point on, Marissa and Sean became being inseparable!


When and where are you getting married? What made you choose that season and venue?
October 24, 2015 in the bride’s hometown, Dallas, TX. We got engaged on Thanksgiving Day 2014 and didn’t want a long engagement. We expected to get married in Los Angeles within a few months, but had a difficult time finding a venue we loved. In the end, we ended up expanding our options and found a place in Dallas, TX by May 2015. We wanted to get married before getting too close to the holidays at the end of the year!

Give us three words to describe your wedding
Fun. Well-Rounded. Laid back.

When did you know he was going to be your husband? Did he know before you?
Marissa can recount an instance early in the relationship that had an impact on her. Going to church for teachings and worship had always been important to Marissa. Before meeting Sean, Marissa most always went alone to church. Marissa yearned for a companion to go to church with her, not only to have someone by her side, but also her resolve to go regularly was weaker as a lone attendee. Friends of Marissa would come at her request, but it oftentimes felt like a compromise. One Sunday a few months after Marissa and Sean had been dating, Marissa had felt that familiar temptation to skip church this Sunday. She knew when she shared her plans with Sean, he’d be in agreement and they’d spend their Sunday together doing other things. However, much to Marissa’s surprise, Sean dismissed Marissa’s plan to skip church and insisted they go. Marissa never was on this side of the discussion! With just those few words, a padlock on her heart had just clicked open. In that moment, Marissa felt a sense of peace she had long awaited for. She saw before her someone who already knew what the depths of her heart longed for, and he longed for the same. It was a moment Sean might never had remembered again, but to Marissa it meant the something of God-sized proportions. She had found her companion.


How did he put that ring on your finger? Was it a total surprise?
After dating for nearly 2 years, Sean felt that Marissa was “the one”, and Marissa had the same feelings about Sean. For Thanksgiving 2014, Sean invited Marissa to the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii to spend the holiday with him while he was out there several weeks for work. On the day of Thanksgiving, Sean surprised Marissa by making special arrangements to stay at the Turtle Bay Resort that night. Before having their Thanksgiving dinner for two at the resort, Sean whisked Marissa away to a private area of the beach nearby to have some wine and watch the sunset. It was there that Sean got down on one knee and asked Marissa to spend the rest of her life with him. She said “Yes!”. To add to the surprise, Sean enlisted some of his fellow co-workers to capture the moment on camera. It was a day that both of them will forever cherish!

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? What has been the most difficult?
I’ve gotten joy out of the excitement that my family has expressed from the planning process. It is also a good feeling that with every item crossed off the list brings me one step closer to having Sean as my husband. The most difficult part has been balancing planning with work and depending on others.

What are you looking forward to most on your wedding day?
Excited for Sean to see me in my dress, excited to have my first look with Sean, excited to exchange vows, excited to dance and have a great time with Sean, our families, and our friends.


Do you have any advice for the newly engaged as they embark on the planning process?
Keep it simple. If you can have 1 vendor offer multiple services, take advantage of it. The fewer parties involved, the less to people to manage.

All photos taken by a family friend.

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