“Prior to our church ceremony, Alex and I went to our reception space for photos,” says Blakeley.

“I knew that once the reception began around 7:30 p.m., there wouldn’t be much time to truly soak in the design that my planner, mother and I worked so hard on. Seeing the gardens fully decorated for the first time with daylight filtering through the trees and all the beautiful, loose florals was such a dreamy moment.

“The photos we took at this time were some of my favorites captured from our wedding day, along with the calm, awestruck alone time I got with my soon-to-be husband!

“As we were walking back toward our ride to the ceremony after finishing our portraits, a beautiful butterfly landed on my gown and stayed attached to it for a solid minute. It was a very special moment, as we felt the comforting presence of Alex’s brother whom we recently lost.” 

Wedding planner: Karli Spangler of Ivory & Vine Event Co., ivoryandvineeventco.com.
Beauty: Kaleigh Simons of The Styling Stewardess, thestylingstewardess.com.
Cake: Panini Bakery, paninicakes.com.
Ceremony: Perkins Chapel, smu.edu/perkins/chapel/weddings.
Florist: Venus & Co., venusandcoflowers.com.
Gowns: Stanley Korshak, stanleykorshak.com.
Photography: Stephanie Brazzle, stephaniebrazzle.com.
Reception venue: Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens, marie-gabrielle.com.
Rentals & décor: Bella Accento, bellaacento.com; DFW Dance Floors, dfwdancefloors.com; EZ Party Time, ezpartytime.shop; La Tavola Fine Linens, latavolalinen.com; Mobile Grandstands Staging, texasstages.com; Perch Décor, perchdecor.com.
Stationery: Emily Mayne Studio, emilymayne.com.
Transportation: Transportation Premier Transportation Services, premierofdallas.com.

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