Bella Donna Chapel + Sixty Vines Uptown Dallas Wedding
Have you ever wondered what a classy, intimate, small wedding would be like in the middle of COVID? This dreamy Dallas Wedding set at Bella Donna Chapel with the reception at Sixty Vines is everything you think it would be as a wedding photographer. As a photographer who has been in the wedding industry for 14 years, this wedding was baller in every aspect. Oh, and the food?!!! C’mon! One of the BEST gluten-free menus I’ve ever come across.
Caitlin + Daniel
Bella Donna Chapel, McKinny, Texas
Sixty Vines, Uptown Dallas, Texas
Photographer- Brit Nicole Photography
MUAH- Brite Beauty
Florist- Cebolla Fine Flowers
Shoes- Antonio Melani
Cakes- Crumb and Kettle + Bimini Sweets
Designer Dress: Eddy K; Blushing Bride Boutique
Rings- Neil Lane Bridal + Kay Jewelers
What was your most favorite memory from the wedding?
Caitlin: My favorite part of the wedding was probably the first look at Bella Dona Chapel. It was one of the only moments that day that Daniel and I got to be alone and enjoy each other. It was so nice to get to see him before walking down the aisle. I feel like I really got to enjoy how great he looked that way, without any distractions or anxieties that come with actually walking down the aisle (lots of attention makes me nervous). We also used this time before the ceremony to tell each other more intimate and personal vows. I really valued that time together before the ceremony, and Daniel’s vows were so sweet and straight from the heart. That reminds me, I need to make him write it down, if he hasn’t already, so neither of us forgets! Oh, and another favorite moment (tied for first) was right after the ceremony, after walking back down the aisle together while “How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye played. We were put in the bridal suite off to the side while guests exited the chapel to watch us ring the bell. As soon as the door closed, Daniel pulled me into a hug and started crying. He said that he had been trying to keep it together throughout the ceremony because he didn’t want me to cry too, but that he was just so happy and loved me so much and couldn’t hold the tears back anymore. I am an empathetic crier, and more importantly, I was also so happy and emotional that day, so Daniel was right to think that his tears would open the flood gates to mine. So for those few minutes, while we were in the bridal suite, with no one else around, we hugged and cried tears of joy. Which was more than what I could have ever hoped for, as a bride. Lots of brides want their groom to cry on their wedding day, but I was honestly very concerned that once the waterworks started for me, they were not going to stop. So, I was relieved that Daniel stayed strong for me at the altar, and waited until nobody else was around to make me ugly cry, lol. (My makeup wasn’t affected at all by the crying though! So props to Michelle from Brite Beauty!)
Daniel: my favorite memory was when we got to go into the bridal suite and cried it out and let all of the emotions out that we had been holding back because we are ugly criers and we didn’t want anyone to see that… then walking out of the chapel to ring the bell having just a bit of sun pop out of the clouds and seeing everyone’s happy smiling faces, ringing the bell and letting the world know we are married!
If you could give any advice to future brides, what would it be?
I guess the more cliché, but is still true, piece of advice that I could give, would be to not sweat the small stuff. Especially on the day of. I felt like it was really easy to let the small stuff go on the day of, but the day before was crazy stressful. So maybe even better advice would be to plan for a more relaxed day before the wedding. Of course, you may still have to get the rehearsal/ rehearsal dinner done the day before, but try to get all wedding-related errands done before then. Or designate tasks on that day to a very trustworthy bridal party member or family member. Just try to make sure that the bride and groom get a chance to relax, breathe, and rest the day before the wedding! Oh and leave an extra dress shirt for the groom in the car for the rehearsal, chances are you won’t regret taking that precaution beforehand, lol. (Daniel got cut by some unidentified object on his way to the rehearsal, and he didn’t notice it until we got to the chapel and his shirt had a giant hole on the armpit/shoulder area.)
The reason why we trusted Brit Nicole Photography to take our wedding day photos was that she captures moments, not just posed photographs. Most of her work includes more romantic and intimate moments between the bride and the groom and we really appreciate that. Also, special moments captured with friends and family were supernatural and not really forced or posed. She definitely kept things light and fun, which is very much appreciated on big days, such as your wedding day!
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