Our Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding Wednesday is back again! I love doing these posts because it lets me relive our wedding! I always tell Patrick that I wish we could relive our wedding weekend every weekend, but without all the planning! Lol. Don’t get me wrong, I actually loved our whole wedding planning process but it is a lot of work that you don’t realize until you’re already in it!

Our rehearsal dinner kicked off our weekend and truly was a party before the wedding! Since we had a large wedding, our rehearsal dinner was also big! We had around 110 people at the rehearsal dinner and I loved getting to visit and see family and friends before the actual wedding because we were able to visit with them before. It was so hard to visit with every single person at our wedding so seeing close friends and family at the rehearsal dinner made it a little more intimate.

We had the rehearsal dinner at The Flour Mill in Mckinney and it was such a beautiful venue. My mother-in-law and my wedding planner did such an amazing job with the theme and decorations. The venue is an actual old mill and has so much character. Most everything in the building is what was originally in it. The wooden floors and ceiling beams were some of my favorite things of the building. They decorated similar to how we decorated at the wedding and kept everything mostly neutrals and pinks. It was perfect and more than I could have ever imagined!

For dinner we had mexican food catered from Blue Mesa and it was delicious! My only request to Patrick’s mom was mexican food because let’s be real, who doesn’t want mexican food? Instead of a cake, we did donuts! Every single person complimented them and told us it was something they had never seen before! Donut walls and donut tables are becoming so popular for weddings and events! We had Krispy Kreme do the regular donuts and had gluten free cake donuts made by Pinch of Salt Pastries! They were amazing! We took the left over donuts to the venue the next day for everyone to eat while they were getting ready and it made the perfect little snack.

We had a video put together of Patrick and I from our childhood and pictures from our time together that we played during dinner, and then after dinner his dad, my dad, and Patrick and I gave speeches. We did our thank you speech the night of the rehearsal to our parents and close friends and family because we knew it would be chaotic at the wedding and we didn’t want to forget it! It made it more special in a more intimate setting and was easier for me because I hate public speaking! lol. After the video, dinner, and speeches, our DJ opened the dance floor and we all just danced and talked and had a great time!

Our rehearsal dinner was a bit more extravagant than usual rehearsal’s, but I loved it because it really kicked off the weekend. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you have any questions!

Vendors:

Venue: The Flour Mill

Catering: Blue Mesa

Alcohol: Specs

Planning: BellaBloom Couture Florals and Posh Event Decor

Florals: BellaBloom Couture Florals and Posh Event Decor

Donuts: Krispy Kreme and Pinch of Salt Pastries 

My Dress: HERE

My Shoes: HERE

 

 

 

Great Gatsby Themed Bachelorette Weekend in Fort Worth

Hi friends! Normally I do wedding posts on Wednesday for #WeddingWednesday, but I got so busy with doing stuff around the house yesterday that it totally slipped my mind! A couple weekends ago, we had my sisters bachelorette weekend in Ft. Worth! Being the maid of honor, I had the pleasure of planning it with the help of my cousin and my mom. We planned such a fun weekend and everyone had a blast! So many people think you have to go far for your bachelorette party and while that is so much fun, you really can have a great weekend somewhere local with all of your favorite people.

My sister lives in Dallas and her fiancés family lives in Arkansas so we didn’t want them to have to drive too far so Hannah decided on Ft. Worth! We found this beautiful house through VRBO and it was perfect! The pool was nice and there was plenty of room for everyone. We decided on a Great Gatsby theme and it was so much fun decorating and dressing the part. Below I listed out the whole weekend of everything we did! I made all of the signs, Hannah’s sash, the bags, and the t-shirts, and my mom made the center pieces and everyones head pieces!

Friday:

On Friday we got to the house and decorated before my sister got there. We decided to cook at the house that night to let everyone get settled. Once everyone got there, we ate dinner and then played Cards Against Humanity and What Do You Meme. If you’ve never played either of these games, you have to order them and play them! They’re hilarious! After games, we did her lingerie shower and then everyone got in the pool for a late night swim! The first night was very chill and relaxing.

Saturday:

On Saturday we got up and had breakfast and then headed to Daireds Salon and Spa for massages and brunch. The restaurant there had amazing food and they were all so nice. Everyone loved their massages and every masseuse was amazing. After massages, we headed back to the house for drinks and a pool day! The pool was so nice and super enjoyable. Around 4, everyone started getting ready for dinner and then to go out. To match the Great Gatsby theme, we all dressed in 20’s attire to go out. While we were out, it was crazy how many people stopped us and asked to take pictures with us. We got so many compliments, and loved how many people loved it! We had dinner at Mi Cocina, which was amazing, and then headed to Pete’s Piano Bar for a night of fun. We had the best time at Pete’s and it was the perfect place to go out for a Bachelorette Party. We went there for the first night of my bach party in Austin and knew we wanted to go back to one!

Sunday:

On Sunday, we packed up the house and all went to brunch at Black Walnut Cafe. I highly recommend this place as well! They have the best gluten free pancakes! After brunch, we said our goodbyes and headed home!

Our weekend in Ft. Worth was such a fun weekend and I am so thankful we were able to shower my sister with so much love! The Great Gatsby theme was so different and so fun to decorate for. Dressing the part was definitely the most fun thing. I have linked everything that I can below by the pictures, but if you have any questions about the weekend feel free to reach out! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you guys are having a great week!

Shop the Post:

 

My two piece set: HERE | Hannah’s Dress: HERE | Hannahs Shoes: HERE

My two piece set: HERE | Hannahs Dress: HERE | Hannahs Shoes: HERE | My Mom’s Dress: HERE

Mugshot Signs: HERE

Hannah’s Dress: HERE | Hannah’s Shoes: HERE

Hannah’s Swimsuit: TOP and BOTTOMS | Ring Float: HERE | Hannah’s Hat: HERE

Swan Float: HERE

Hangover Bags: HERE

Backdrop: HERE | Photo Booth Signs: HERE

 

Our Wedding Day


Happy wedding Wednesday! I am so excited that life has settled down and I can finally finish up my wedding Wednesday series on the blog. Our wedding day was seriously the best day of our lives and there is so much I am excited to share with you guys.

When Patrick and I got married, I already had a vision in my head of what the day would look like. We wanted an outside wedding with an inside reception. After looking at three or four venues, we fell in love The Springs in Anna, TX. It was timeless, and exactly what we wanted. When we were booking our venue we thought Patrick’s company was moving him to Dallas, so that’s where we booked it! About a month later, we found out that his company was moving us to Houston so a wedding planner was a must because we weren’t going to be there 24/7. We used Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events and Mary Frances was a dream to work with. She made my vision a reality and I am so thankful for everything she did for me! The best part was she became a friend of the family!

Our whole weekend was so fun and special to everyone involved. It was full of laughter, happy tears, friend, family, dancing, and so many amazing memories. We started out the weekend with our rehearsal dinner and that was a party itself! I am going to do a separate blog post next week all about our rehearsal dinner. Patrick’s mom worked with our wedding planner to do that all and it was amazing. Saturday was our wedding and we started off the morning with rehearsal. We had to rehearse the morning of the wedding because there was a wedding at our venue Friday night. It worked out well because everyone remembered what to do by the wedding. I rehearsed with Patrick’s best-man and Patrick rehearsed with my MOH, my sister. After rehearsal, we spent the day getting ready. The boys spent the early afternoon at brunch at a restaurant close to our venue and then came back to the venue to get dressed. I had 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, 3 house party girls, and 3 ushers. It took the girls awhile to get dressed because there were quite a few of us! We had 2 girls doing our hair and 1 makeup artist. We used Tousled Studio for hair and Ashlan Glaze for makeup. They were both amazing and did exactly what everyone wanted!

The ceremony was beyond perfect. The pastor that married us was the pastor of our church my family went to when I was growing up. He made the ceremony so personal and so special to us. Patrick and I had many FaceTime talks with him before the wedding so he really got to know Patrick and know about our relationship. My favorite part of the ceremony was having all of my favorite people in one spot hearing the word of Jesus. Although it was all such a blur to us, we had so many amazing compliments from people on our ceremony. I was so nervous about the ceremony because it was SO incredibly windy and SO sunny and I was worried about flowers blowing over or my veil blowing off! Although I could barely see because the sun was in my face the whole time, everything went perfect and it was more than I could ever ask for.

During our cocktail hour while the wedding party was taking pictures, we had mariachis for the guests inside. I didn’t get to see them at all and truly wish we would have had them for another hour so I could’ve enjoyed them! My family loves mariachis and this was one of my favorite things we did. Another one of my favorite things at our reception was the live painter that we had. I found Renata Sharman online and reached out to her but then decided it wasn’t going to fit within our wedding budget. Patrick ended up surprising me with her for a Christmas present and I am SO thankful she was there. We had her paint our wedding ceremony and it is now one of my favorite things hanging in our house.  Once we got inside, Patrick and I had our first dance, my dad and I danced, Patrick and his mom danced and then we ate! Before the wedding, I met with our DJ and had a voice over of me reading a letter to my parents added into my dad and I’s song. I got the idea from our wedding planner, and it was SO special. The whole room was crying and it made for such a special moment for my dad and I. After dinner, the dance floor opened up and the party got started! I might be biased but our reception was the most fun party I have ever been to. I don’t think I stopped dancing one time!

Our wedding weekend was the best weekend ever and I truly with we could relive it over and over again. Although there were a few bumps in the road (I’ll do a blog post with our wedding regrets and bumps in another post), everything went better than I could ever imagine. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and look forward to the ones coming! I have shared pictures above, and our highlight video and full wedding video below! Thanks for stopping by!

Highlight Film

Full Video Password: mclendon

Toasts:

Vendors:

Wedding Planner:Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events 

Venue: The Springs, Anna

Caterer: Cotton Catering

Florist: Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events 

Photographer: Kristen Davis Photography & Legacy Imaging

Videographer: Thompson Pictures

DJ and Photo Booth: Le Force Event Group

Wedding Cake: Tart Bakery

Hair: Tousled Studio

Makeup: Ashlan Glaze

Wedding Dress: Crystal Designs – Blushing Bride Boutique, Frisco

Wedding Shoes: Badley Mischka 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Bride Robe: Flora Nikrooz

Bridesmaids Robes: Etsy

 

Bridals + Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

Happy Wedding Wednesday y’all! I apologize for the amount of pictures but now that I have all my pictures and video back, I can finally share everything with you guys! Today I’m sharing my bridals and talking all about finding the perfect dress. Finding my dress was definitely one of my favorite parts of my wedding! I’m pretty sure it’s a highlight in every girls wedding planning journey!

 I started out in San Antonio and went to three dress shops. I took a day and met my mom there to try on different style dresses and figure out which style I liked! I had a million different dresses saved on my Pinterest and thought I knew exactly which style I wanted. Boy was I wrong! They always say you will end up picking a dress you never expected yourself in and that couldn’t be more true! I tried on around 12 different dresses that day and at the last store I was actually set on one of them. I thought I had found my dress but the woman helping us was an absolute witch! She was extremely pushy and didn’t listen to anything I wanted and totally pushed my opinions of each dress out the window. As soon as I came out of the fitting room, I looked at my mom and we were both on the same page. I wanted to try on dresses but we definitely were not buying one from that woman! HA!

After trying on many different styles, I had it narrowed down to around 5 different fits that I liked. A few weeks after I went to San Antonio, I had my mom and sister and a few of my bridesmaids that were able to attend come with me to my appointments in Dallas. I went to two different dress shops there and had a dressing room full of dresses at the second place we went to. I was in the fitting room when my mom brought me my dress and told me she found it hanging on the wall in the front and wanted me to try it on. I was totally opposed at first! I was not sure about the whole two piece thing. She pushed me to try it on and as always, moms know best! As soon as I tried it on I fell in love and knew that it was my dress. I loved that the whole top coat came off and it looked like a completely different dress to wear for the reception!

Taking my bridals was SO much fun! I took mine at the Dallas Arboretum and they had SO many different places to take them. I loved getting my hair and makeup done and of course getting to wear my dress before the wedding! Having a trial hair and makeup before the wedding day was crucial to me to make sure they knew exactly how I wanted it. I used Tousled Studio for my hair and Ashlann TaraAnn for my makeup. They both were so great and did exactly what I wanted! I wanted something that was timeless and loved what they both came up with!

I hope you enjoyed looking through my bridals and my journey of finding the perfect dress! My biggest advice is make sure you are comfortable! I was so thankful to be able to move around in my dress the whole night of the wedding. Also, no matter what anyone else thinks, pick the dress YOU love! YOU are the one that has to wear it! Most girls have been looking forward to this day their whole life so don’t let anyone else ruin it for you!

Special Thanks To:

Floral and Planning: Bella Blooms by Mary Frances Wagnon

Photographer: Kristen Davis Photography

Hair: Tousled Studio

Makeup: Ashlan TaraAnn

Dress: The Blushing Bride

Dress Designer: Crystal Design

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Bachelorette Weekend Recap

It’s wedding Wednesday! This past weekend was my bachelorette weekend and let me tell you, we had an absolute blast! My bridesmaids, house party, my mom, Patrick’s mom, my aunt and I met in Austin for the weekend. We stayed in this house and it was perfect! We had more than enough room and there were 14 of us total! My sister made our shirts and our party favors. She made us sleep shirts for our shirts and they are so comfy! If you need anything made, feel free to reach out to me for her contact information! Our hangover kits came from Etsy from Daws and Gray. Courtney was SO easy to work with and the kits were so cute and such great quality. I definitely recommend using her. She has so many different things!

Friday Night:

Friday we all got there around 5. A few of them got their earlier to decorate and did such a good job! The theme of the weekend was fiesta and they decorated perfectly to match that! We got the cutest “nacho average fiesta” napkin from Etsy. They came from Sprinkle Social. She has so many different cute things for parties! We had tacos for dinner that night and then got ready to go to Pete’s Piano Bar. If you have not been here, I definitely recommend it! We had so much fun and it was nice to be able to sit and talk and listen to the music without having to go bar hopping! We got there at 8PM and didn’t leave until 1AM and had so much fun the whole time. Make sure to try their pineapple fish bowl drink 😉

Saturday:

On Saturday, we woke up and had breakfast at the house and then got ready for the aerial class. We went to Sky Candy Austin for the aerial class and this was hilarious! We each got turns on each apparatus and let me tell you, this was wayyyyy harder than I expected! Definitely have a lot of respect for people who do this because you have to be in such good shape! After the class we went back to the house and had burgers for lunch. We rested and everyone showered and got dressed for the night. We had dinner at Iron Cactus which was perfect because they had gluten free stuff that I was able to eat. Their margaritas were super good too! After dinner we went back to the house to freshen up and this is when I opened my gifts from everyone! From their, we took a party bus to sixth street downtown. I was so not about going to sixth street at first but we ended up having a great time. It was definitely not something I would do every night but it made for a fun girls night! We bar hopped to a few different bars and then when we were ready to go home, the bus was there and ready to take us home! The party bus was definitely worth the investment. We used Limos of Austin and the bus was great!

Sunday: 

On Sunday we got up and picked the house up and left for brunch! We had Black Walnut Cafe, which I super recommend for gluten free people because they have the BEST gluten free pancakes! After breakfast we said our goodbyes and headed home!

I could not have asked for a better weekend with all of my favorite girls! This weekend made me that much more excited for the wedding because we are one step closer! If you have any questions about anything, feel free to reach out!