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Who knew that a moody pastel shade like mauve would work so effortlessly in an industrial setting? When Alicia was dreaming up her wedding to Troy, she had a vision of mauve and Sara Reynolds Events made it come true for her. According to Sara, Alicia and Troy allowed her to creatively take over and run amok with designs, so she dressed up minimalist venue The Bond with modern elements in mind. Thanks to The Pennington Co.’s impressive photography, we can see the subdued black and gray space complemented with mauve tabletops, fun additions of geometric details, and pops of metallics. Modern fall brides, this one is for you.

How did you meet?

Blind date! We met through a friend who exchanged our numbers for us. After chatting through texts for a while we decided to meet in person – cue awkward first date! It was so awkward I made him walk a dog that wasn’t mine in the freezing cold February night. It was so sweet we gave it another go, and thank goodness we did!

What is your proposal story?

Troy had me completely off guard for his proposal. I truly had no idea it was coming! Somewhere in the conversation at dinner one night we were talking about how my family still wanted me to move back to Texas with the rest of them. Troy jokingly asks “so when will you be moving back?” and I said “well there’s still no ring, so I guess any day now.” THAT would have been a great time for him to pull the ring out of his pocket that he was hiding, but he is a patient man. He gave no indication at all, and as we finished our dinner he insisted on dessert. On the last bite of our dessert, suddenly a little box is placed in front of me and my vision got fuzzy. He asked, I said yes – and here we are!

What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

I think the most important part for us was the party after the ceremony. We wanted to make sure the food was great, the bars were stocked, and that everyone would have a fun time. The JDK Group was phenomenal with the food from the start. The tasting we went to was just amazing, I was so excited to eat all the foods again during our reception! We stocked our bars so well that we STILL have half opened bottles of liquor in our bar at home from it 5 months later! We chose to invite our nieces and nephews to our wedding, so we wanted to provide some sort of entertainment and fun for them as well – a photo booth. It was a hit, I think the adults had as much fun in there as the children did.

We were going back and forth for months on hiring a videographer for the event, but ultimately decided to not splurge on that and to enjoy the day and capture our memories with photos instead. I had my brother take a few cell phone videos of important events throughout the evening and I think that was even more personal and special to me.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

My favorite part of the day was the time I got to spend with my new husband. The first look and the photos we took before the ceremony was just what I needed to kill the nerves of the day. It was so fun wandering around, and talking to him about  my morning, and hearing about his. We got to have a little fun just for us before the rest of the day which would involve many more people.

Having our nieces and nephews at the wedding was also one of the best decisions we made for the day. Troy and I were the last to get married in our families, so there were a lot of kids (9 on his side, 2 on mine) Seeing them have fun was the best! The big kids dancing and having fun, the little flower girl walking around offering marshmallows and chocolates from the hot chocolate bar to literally everyone in the room. Family is important to us, so having them there made the day perfect.

There was also a “dance off” between my oldest brother, and one of Troy’s brothers. They had not met before this weekend, and from the first time I met Troy’s brother I knew they would hit it off. Troy’s brother started dancing in the middle of the circle, and then my brother jumped in trying to one-up him,  when Troy’s brothers turn was up again, he tried something and ended up on the floor – one of the best pictures of the night!

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

I would suggest you limit yourself to just a few options. Pick 4 or 5 venues to visit, then pick one from there. Find a few photographers within your budget and pick the best. I was VERY overwhelmed before we decided a wedding planner might be the way to go, and this was the first thing she did for us. She went through and only gave us a few options to choose from for every decision we had to make. This was so much less stress, and it made all the difference.

Also, don’t worry about who is and isn’t going to be there on the day of your wedding. Everyone who supports you, does so in their own way and within their own ability to do so. I worried so much about who from my family might fly up and support us on the day of our wedding, but on the day of I could care less who was there! Everyone had a role to play, and we felt the love from everyone even if they couldn’t be there to support us in person.

Photography: The Pennington Co. | Ceremony Venue: The Bond | Catering: JDK Group | Event Planning: Sara Reynolds Events | Floral: Blossom Bliss | Stationery: Minted | DJ: Great Scott Productions | Wedding Cake: Sweet Confections Cake | Officiant: Services of Distinction | Photo Booth: Prop Star Photo Booth | Hair: MKUP The Beauty Studio | Makeup: MKUP The Beauty Studio | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Veil: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Submitted via: Matchology