Austin and Courtney Goolsby | McKinney Wedding | McKinney Wedding Coordinator

Boots, branches, burlap and a side of fried chicken and you’ve got the recipe for Austin and Courtney’s fabulous upscale rustic wedding.

The venue, formally an authentic textile cotton mill, was charming and vintage with cascading waterfalls, exposed brick and wood-beamed ceilings. Courtney wanted her wedding to be rustic and elegant but also wanted guests to have a good time. At the reception, most guests crowded the dance floor while others returned for seconds catered by Babe’s Chicken. You can’t go wrong when you’re catering Babe’s. You just can’t. Courtney and her dad started off the party with their own spin on the traditional father/daughter dance, complete with a choreographed dance to their own upbeat mix.

I also want to give Courtney a shout out for her wedding-day look. Her updo had to be one of my favorite wedding hairstyles of all time…certainly Pinterest worthy.

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Goolsby!

A special thanks to the following vendors….
Coordination: Events by Shelbi Rene
Ceremony/Reception: The Cotton Mill
Photography: Erica Joyce Photography
Rentals: Ducky Bobs

Patrick and Kendra Drew | Dallas Wedding | Dallas Wedding Coordinator

This wedding I am posting today is near and “deer” to my heart because it is my cousin Kendra’s wedding. Kendra and Patrick’s Fall wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever helped coordinate. Also one of the most difficult weddings I’ve ever coordinated since I was a bridesmaid too! Regardless, the weekend was perfect and the weather cooperated beautifully which was lucky for us since we didn’t really have a back up plan.

One of the things I loved most about Kendra and Patrick’s wedding is how traditional they were with their wedding. My aunt (and mom) married at the same location that Kendra chose to have her reception and thus there are many photos that reflect sweet traditions passed down from generation to generation. Additionally, the bride and groom incorporated activities that reflected their own personalities. The theme of the wedding was “Antlers and Lace” since the groom loves to hunt and the bride loves all things pretty. Kendra is an artist, so they set up a “Paint by Number” table for guests to participate in during the hors d’oeuvres hour. Patrick loves to fish so guests were provided real worms and fishing poles to fish in the creek near the reception location. There was a photo booth, furniture where guests could lounge, a fire to roast smores and at the end of the night, a mesmerizing Chinese lantern lighting. Every detail was well thought out and lucky for us, Erin Woolsey was there to capture it all.

In true fashion, Robert, better known as “Bobert”, forgot his suit in time for pictures.

And here comes the fun part. These next few photos are pictures from my aunt Kelly’s wedding in 1983 against her daughter Kendra’s wedding in 2012. These photos are taken in the exact same locations, 29 years apart!

Kendra’s mom, Kelly, and her bridesmaids on the left. Kendra and her bridesmaids on the right.

My aunt Kelly and her sister, Rene` (my mom) on the left. Their daughters, me and Kendra, on the right.

The entrance to the house at Kelly’s wedding on top and the same entrance to Kendra’s wedding on bottom.

And then there’s this photo…
We just had to take the opportunity to imitate the infamous Bridesmaids movie…

Left: Kendra’s uncle Todd caught the garter at Kendra’s parents’ wedding. Right: Todd’s son Jake caught the garter at Kendra and Patrick’s wedding.

 Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Drew!!!

Brenden’s Airplane Birthday | Dallas Event Coordinator

Yesterday I had to pleasure of decorating and coordinating an airplane-themed birthday party for a very special 3-year-old. Brenden celebrated his birthday to the fullest at the Frontiers of Flight Museum with a bounce house, a band, gourmet pizza and an airplane-themed play area! I worked with his mother, Marsha, to personalize each and every decoration down to the last water bottle. Marsha’s family works for Coca-Cola so it was appropriate that the party was held in the Coca-Cola room at the museum. Three created a logo for Brenden’s very own airlines and we incorporated this into the signs, labels and party favors. The journey began when guests received an invitation in the form of an airline ticket and ended with guests taking home their very own suitcase party favors. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard Brenden Airlines (and please forgive my amateur photography)!

Marsha was thoughtful enough to provide food and dessert for all guests needing a gluten-free option.


Guests were given their own suitcase filled with airplane-themed goodies and complete with a luggage tag as their parting gift for flying Brenden Airlines.
Happy 3rd birthday Brenden!

A special thank you to all the vendors that helped make this event a success…

Event Design/ Coordination: Events by Shelbi Rene
Paper Products: Three
Venue: Frontiers of Flight Museum
Balloons: Balloons Everyday
Food: Urban Crust
Band: Rockin with Rhett

Rustic Wedding Chic- Featured

I am honored to announce that we’ve been published…in a book! Our Rustic Rehearsal Dinner photo shoot has been featured in Rustic Wedding Chic, a new inspirational guide to planning your own rustic and country weddings! Erin Woolsey took these photos of our feature in the book.

Maggie Lord, the author of the book, had this to say on her blog:

The Rustic Wedding Chic Book features beautiful real weddings, stunning inspiration shoots, advice; guidance for planning a rustic wedding along with a section on how to “get the look” and of course our favorite rustic wedding resources.

Amazon has the book on sale right now so head on over to buy your own copy today!

And again, a special thank to the vendors that contributed to the photo shoot:

Event design: Events by Shelbi Rene
Photography: EE Photography
Paper Products, Custom Signs and Model Styling: Three by The Quill Pen
Dessert design: Kendra Heard of Skunk and Bee
Fishing Boat: Patrick Drew
Venue: The Five Chimney Inn
*A special thanks to Preston Rampy for cutting all the wood for our photo shoot. Also thank you to our models: Daniel Bynum, Ashton Lloyd, Preston Rampy, Morgan Watten, Kevin and Katy McKinney.*

Regan and Reagan Vermillion | Dallas Wedding | Dallas Wedding Coordinator

Throughout the wedding planning process I continually had to use the terms “boy Regan” and “girl Reagan” to get these two straight. It’s not everyday you have a bride and groom with the same name! It’s also not every day you meet a couple with a love story meant for the movies. Regan and Reagan met when the bride was doing a project for school which required her to research online dating sites. On one of those sites she met boy Reagan, they began conversing online and the rest is history! Technology is a beautiful thing.

Girl Reagan wanted her wedding to be nothing but fun and fun it was! Her vision of a carnival theme came to life elegantly thanks to the cotton candy, sketch artists and toy party favors, not too mention the swanky penthouse of the Stoneleigh Hotel! Special thanks to Vim Studio’s Neal Hacker for these fantastic photos…

A special thanks to the following vendors….
Ceremony: Perkins Chapel
Reception: Stoneleigh Hotel
Photography: Vim Studio, Neal Hacker
Ceremony Music: The Festival Brass
Cake: Cretia’s
Florist: Earth Blooms
Band: Roof Raisers
Transportation: VIP Limousines and Sedan Services
Hair: Joey B
Make-Up: Ashlee Rice
Sketch Artist: Original Butt Sketch