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FELICIA BROWN & LUKE POSEY MARCH 9, 2013 PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOY CLARY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Wedded Bliss JULY/AUGUST 2013

VOLUME 10

NUMBER 58

WEDDINGS 4 Felicia Brown & Luke Posey

20 Heather Blaylock & Trevor Bates

6 Angela Mitchell & B.J. McCoy

24 Jennifer Fleck & Donald Spruiell

8 Christian Keitt & Chase Patterson 10 Lana McKinney & Justin Flannery COVER IMAGE BY JOY CLARY PHOTOGRAPHY

26 Amanda Garcia & Brandon Scarber

14 Megan Cotton & Arvin Mendoza

ENGAGEMENTS

16 Sarah McCauley & Cade Crumley

26 Jenn Loden & Connor Branch

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IN THIS ISSUE

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MOJITO MADNESS

From classic lime, to fun and fruity flavors like strawberry, blackberry

PLACE AN ANNOUNCEMENT

and mango, Charlotte Taylor shows

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mojitos that will take the sizzle out of any summer wedding.

Publisher/Editor-In-Chief Sandra McNeese Art Director/Photographer Joel Dryer

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things beauty shares her “Golden

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perfect wedding day glow. Proof Editor and Contributing Writer Jennifer Watkins Graphic Designers

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VENDOR FOCUS OTIS with the METRO BAND

He is known as “the man with

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the golden voice”. Go backstage

Nathan Roberts

with Otis Webster and The Metro

Contributing Writers

Band to learn why people cannot

Amanda Retallack

stop dancing to the sweet sounds of this six-man powerhouse.

Charlotte Taylor Von Criswell Contributing Photographer Jamie Maldonado

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ENGAGEMENT STORIES

A moonlit trek through the snowcovered mountains of Oregon turns into a surprise proposal

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MARCH 23, 2013 | CASTLE ON THE LAKE | JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS THIS PAGE: BRIDAL PORTRAITS BY MARC BAILEY PHOTOGRAPHY OPPOSITE PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHAWN HODGES PHOTOGRAPHY

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CHRISTIAN KEITT & CHASE PATTERSON

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Sweet Memories Design

Christian Keitt and Chase Patterson were married March 23, 2013 at Castle on the Lake in Jacksonville. Christian’s sister Collyn Keitt and friend Courtney Neal were the maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Jami Holland, Lauren Davis, Lauren Calvin, Taylor Elder, and Meagan Talley. Kaleb Nix was Chase’s best man. Groomsmen were Steven McBryde, Taylor Strube, Michael Clements, Todd Lockman, Aaron Davis, and Ben Nix. Dudley Plaisance of Pirtle Methodist Church officiated the wedding. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica for one week. They have made their home in Kilgore.

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MOJITO MADNESS

BY CHARLOTTE TAYLOR / PHOTO BY JAMIE MALDONADO

THESE COOL AND REFRESHING COCKTAILS TAKE THE SIZZLE OUT OF ANY SUMMER WEDDING

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Some escape the heat waves of summer for higher altitudes and cooler temps. I, on the other hand, must be part lizard, because I enjoy the heat a bit too much. There’s just

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something about the warmth and the fresh fruits of summer that make me wish it would stay forever. One of my favorite summer-y citrus fruits is lime. For summer parties and gatherings in our hot and humid region, finding the right balance of something that’s not overly sweet, that will also appeal to the whole crowd can be a bit tricky. If you’re looking for something that is light and slightly fruity, Mojito’s are the answer. Whether you make them traditional style, with alcohol, or without – the flavor is phenomenal. What could be more fun and festive than setting up a Mojito bar for your next gathering or even at your wedding reception? Let’s start with the basics of Mojitomaking. Mojito’s have only a few basic ingredients – making them all the better. Start with the traditional mint and lime version or build on that to make any custom flavor you’d like. Strawberry, Mango, Watermelon, Raspberry, Blackberry, well, you get the idea. What better time to take advantage of all of those fresh ripe fruits of summer. Now, there is a little bit of rhyme and reason to preparing a Mojito (quite similar to a Spritzer or Limeade, by the way). Rule number one is to place the sugar, lime and mint in the bottom of the glass and “muddle” it. Muddling helps dissolve the sugar, juices the lime and releases some oil from the mint. Some recipes out there suggest using simple syrup instead of granulated sugar for your Mojito, either is perfectly fine. Rule number two is, too much muddling and you have fruit pulp in your straw and/or the mind has turned into what feels like lawn clippings in your mouth- not so delicious! Remember, to ‘muddle,’ you just want to bruise the fruit and mint a bit, not destroy. You can certainly strain out the mint and/or fruit after you muddle, but generally people don’t. This full fruit, rustic style is preferred by most Mojito lovers. Don’t be intimidated by the steps, it really is fool-proof.

INGREDIENTS FOR 1 CLASSIC MOJITO:

TO PREPARE A STRAWBERRY, MANGO,

• 1 12 oz. glass

WATERMELON OR BLACKBERRY MOJITO:

• Club Soda

Use the classic Mojito recipe, but add in your favorite fruit, along with the lime, in the muddling process and continue the steps from above – add another slice of fruit for garnishing if desired. Remember, to ‘muddle,’ you just want to bruise the fruit and mint a bit, not destroy. When using a more delicate fruit, you might add these in after muddling for a prettier drink.

• White Rum, generally 1.5–3 oz. • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (or 1–2 oz. simple syrup, recipe below) • 5–6 mint leaves • ½ of a lime (more to garnish, optional) • Ice (crushed is great but any will work) • Straw, optional HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SYRUP (OPTIONAL) • 1 cup granulated sugar

TO PREPARE A VIRGIN MOJITO:

• 1 cup water

Use the same ingredients/steps as a traditional Mojito, without the rum and add an extra squeeze of lime. Garnish with mint leaves and a lime wedge. (For another treat, omit the mint, add a few maraschino cherries and you will have a cherry limeade!)

Combine sugar and water by bringing to a boil in a small saucepan or by using lukewarm water and shaking together in a sealed container/jar until the sugar is completely dissolved. This can be made up ahead of time and kept in the fridge for up to 6 months.

Enjoy the lazy days of summer, indoors or out, and please drink responsibly.

TO PREPARE A CLASSIC MOJITO:

Put the lime, mint, and sugar in a glass and muddle, using an actual muddler OR the end of a wooden spoon. If you are adding any other fruits for a flavored Mojito, add these in at this time as well. Fill cup 3/4 full with ice, add the rum and top off with Club Soda (Sprite or 7UP works too). Garnish with mint leaves and a lime wedge.

Charlotte Taylor has a passion to help young couples learn the basics in the kitchen. She posts weekly recipes that are simple, delicious, and easy to recreate at CharlotteTaylorCreates.com.


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MEGAN COTTON & ARVIN MENDOZA APRIL 5, 2013 | CASTLE ON THE LAKE | JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS

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Dear Von,

A BEAUTY ADDICT’S INPUT ON MAKE UP, STYLE & WELLNESS

I just got back some of my engagement pictures, I’m disappointed in how my tan looks. I seem to be too orange and my face is a different color from my body. I’ve even spray tanned my face hoping for an even tan. Even my fiancé says I look different in the pictures than I did in real life- how is this happening? Magda - Name has been changed to protect the guilty ;)

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There are a couple of reasons your pictures weren’t so perfect. Let’s start with the dreaded tanning topic. I’ve got so many thoughts on this I wonder if I can fit them into one article! Despite blatant and regular warnings from doctors, it’s a trend that just won’t quit among some Caucasian women. The quest for the perfect glow is a trend that can lead to disaster! I recently had a nightmare (eh, tan-mare) situation when a brideto-be client removed her terry cloth bathrobe to reveal arms that were badly streaked from a spray tanner. Dark, spotty patches had crept between every tiny fold in her skin. And her photographer was capturing every uneven moment of it. My heartfelt advice to clients is to discover their own skin-tone muse. Finding a celebrity who shares your same skin tone, coloring and hair can help you appreciate your own beauty. I remind clients of Julianne Moore whose signature freckles seem to enhance her natural glamour or Gwen Stefani whose fair complexion is a virtual trade mark. Perhaps the ageless Tilda Swinton is the best example of how avoiding the sun altogether can keep one scarcely looking a day over 30, although she’s actually well into her 50s. For those of you still convinced that the key to beauty lies exclusively under the bronzed banner, here are my “Golden Guidelines”.

VON’S GOLDEN GUIDELINES

TANNING BEDS Tanning is bad for you. You’ve heard all the reasons why before. Often client’s respond to my chastising with an explanation that they, “cover their face with a towel” as though this is helpful in some way. Creating more contrast between your covered face and exposed shoulders means it will take significantly more foundation to even out your skin tone. Furthermore, increased melanin isn’t exclusive to giving you a tan appearance. Tanning makes freckles look darker, cherry angiomas and hypo pigmentation appear brighter giving your shoulders and décolletage an uneven appearance. Local photographer, Brandi Burkett recently touched on another downside of tanning when she said, “If you won’t listen to your doctor, listen to a photographer who has spent the last eight years photoshopping wrinkles off of 22 year old women. TANNING IS BAD FOR YOU!”

SPRAY TANS From an esthetician’s perspective, spray tans are superior to UV exposure. From a make up artist’s perspective, it’s a entirely different obstacle course. Spray tan’s can be unpredictable, so put the odds in your favor by always seeing the same technician, in the same salon. Next, learn how your skin will react to your spray tan. Take note of the details such as: If your spray tan leaves you with an orange-ish tone for a day or two and then settles into the bronze glow you were hoping for, plan accordingly.

VON’S VICE:

Take photographs of yourself in natural daylight using a 35 mm camera or better (not your smart phone). This will give you a more

realistic prediction of how your skin will fare on your wedding day.

WAXING, SHAVING AND TANNING Are you planning on receiving facials or chemical peels before your big day? If so, schedule it properly and coordinate your dates under the advisement of your professionals. Knowing the exact answer to all of these questions is the difference between a subtle, even glow and a Lindsey Lohan-ish-dirty-palm- disaster.

ENLIST A PROFESSIONAL MAKE UP ARTIST WITH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE This is the last step in ensuring your most perfect skin tone. Tell them your skin type and that you want to achieve a bronzing glow. A trustworthy make up artist can give you real feedback and advise you on your best look. Whatever skin journey you happen to be on, arm yourself with a skilled team of professional make up artists, estheticians, tanning professionals and photographers, then trust their advice! We have only the most beautiful you in mind!

VON CRISWELL is a freelance make up artist and licensed esthetician. Von has experience in film, print and runway and specializes in special occasion make up. Upon returning to East Texas in 2011, she now focuses on catering to brides. She also works as an esthetician at a local salon where she gives make up applications, lessons and permanent lash extensions.

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HEATHER BLAYLOCK & TREVOR BATES APRIL 27, 2013 | WINONA, TEXAS

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The man with the

GOLDEN VOICE

When the multi-dimensional group Otis with The Metro Band takes the stage, it doesn't take long for their music to get people onto the floor dancing, jumping and swaying. The group's tunes span the genres from R&B to country to hop-hop and inspire positivity, excitement and elevated spirits in their audiences. The East Texas based, six-member band has been performing hits for three decades and they’re stronger than they’ve ever been. With acts ranging from Nat King Cole’s

“Unforgettable” to Prince’s “Kiss,” the team of musicians has what it takes to play any wedding, anytime and anyplace. But Prince wasn’t always on front man Otis Webster’s set list. In fact, Prince would have been forbidden from his childhood radio. “I started in the music business when I was only 10-years-old,” he recalled during a recent telephone interview. “My stepfather had a little gospel group and I would sing tenor on the mike.” Otis always loved music, but secular music

is what he craved – songs of Nat Cole, Tony Bennett and big band tunes. “I had to sneak around just to listen to the good stuff,” he laughed. Decades later, Otis has come a long way. He has had an exciting career in performing arts. The lead singer and musical inspiration of Otis with The Metro Band, Otis has been in show business for more than 40 years. His range in vocals and musicality is obvious as he talks about his travels and diverse musical past, ranging from jazz to country/western to


are all excellent crooners. What sets them apart from other live bands, you ask? Versatility. “There are lots of great live bands around if you are looking for genre-specific music, but I do believe that we play it all well, jazz, country, rock, R&B, even hip-hop,” Otis said. “I don't know any group who can do those all really well, but we do and we all sing. We have some world class harmony.” The band specializes in music for all occasions be it conventions, festivals, private clubs, colleges, universities, fraternities, corporate parties, political rallies and reunions. But what they love most is weddings. “When a bride books us,” Otis said, “she can expect a first-class performing band and first-class looking band on a night that she will never forget!” The band plays about 200 gigs a year. They stay booked 3-6 months in advance, so Otis suggests contacting his wife, Bennie, as soon as you know you’d like them to play at your reception.

“Hire us and you’ll get more than what you pay for, that’s for sure,” he said. “We put the quality of our product ahead of the quantity of our profit. Nothing pleases me more than to see a bride happy on her big day. Music is a tool that we use to add value to the lives of people. If we can make someone happy with what we do, then it’s worth all the time and effort."

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disco and rock. Aside from appearing with such greats as Glen Campbell, Johnny Mathis and Lou Rawls, Otis has performed in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Dallas and many other cities throughout the country. And with the Metro Band band, he has enjoyed many new places and faces, as well. While the band has traveled far and wide since their inception in 1979, they have largely stuck to a tri-state area: Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. “However, our motto is Have Card, Will Travel,” mused Otis. “You name it, we’ll be there. It’s fun to get out of town. It’s good for the soul from time to time.” The band consists of Otis on vocals with his smoky, smooth voice, George Faber (admiringly referred to as "King George") also on vocals and key board, Joey Monk who rocks the drums and vocals, Crawford Davis on bass guitar and vocals, Kyle Stroud (not pictured) on saxophone and vocals and Tony Marsh on lead guitar. The kicker is that they all get a time or two on vocals and they

“ ” I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful job you all did at our wedding. Not only was it incredibly easy and stress free to work with you guys, but the band themselves made people want to stay on the dance floor. That says a whole lot about the band considering there was no alcohol at the wedding. I will be highly recommending you to anyone that asks for a great band. Thanks again and God bless. – Chad Freije

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JENNIFER FLECK & DONALD SPRUIELL APRIL 6, 2013 | BRIDES CHAPEL AND EVENT HALL | LONGVIEW, TEXAS

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CHELSIE LOFTIN AND LUKE SPENCER Luke Spencer and Chelsie Loftin met two years ago while they were both were attending the University of Miami School of Law. One of Chelsie’s friends had asked her to play ultimate Frisbee in the Dean’s Cup, an annual event between the law and medical students. At the Frisbee game, Chelsie noticed a tall, handsome third year law student; however, he was playing in a different Frisbee game than she was and the two did not speak. After her game ended, Chelsie went home and looked at the names of individuals playing Frisbee that day to see if she could locate her mystery man. Little did she know that while she was busy noticing him, Luke was busy noticing her! He was also trying to track her down by sending out a mass email inviting all of the Frisbee players at the game to join a local Frisbee league. About the time Chelsie received the email

from Luke, she found and sent him a friend request on Facebook and agreed to join the league. The two began talking and Luke soon asked if he could take Chelsie on a date. For their first date, Luke arranged an eventful day that included picking strawberries, hand feeding giraffes, and dinner at an ocean front restaurant. During dinner, Luke revealed that the only reason he sent out the mass email was because he had hoped that she would respond. Chelsie quickly revealed that the only reason she joined the Frisbee league upon his invitation was to meet him in person. Now that the pair had finally found each other and met, they soon became a couple. Luke was known to plan adventures for Chelsie. The two had gone shark diving in the Bahamas, lobstering in the Florida Keys, night diving with manta rays in Hawaii,

among other things. So, Chelsie had no suspicions when Luke suggested that they take a trip to Bend, Oregon to visit his grandparents and to go skiing, snow shoe trekking, cave exploring, hiking, and dog sledding. On the first night in Oregon, Luke told Chelsie that they would be taking a moonlight snowshoe tour through the Deschutes National Forest. When they arrived at the location to meet the guide, no one else was there and Luke expressed surprise that no one else had booked the tour. The pair set off with the guide and drove up Mount Bachelor. The weather was perfect and it was an absolutely clear night. Every star in the night sky was visible and the mountain was covered in fifteen to twenty feet of snow. About thirty minutes into the trek, Luke asked the guide to stop for a photograph of the pair

and suggested that Chelsie stand on a snow mound surrounded by fragrant, snow covered evergreen trees. At the top of the mound, 6500 feet up Mount Bachelor in 24 degree weather, Luke got down on one knee and asked Chelsie to be his wife. Later, it was revealed to Chelsie that Luke had actually bought the entire snowshoe trek out and the tour guide was in on his plan! Chelsie, of course, said yes. She is a bit spoiled because she actually gets two engagement rings! Luke proposed to her with a diamond ring, but he also let her customize her own ring and band. The two plan to wed in Texas, Chelsie’s home state. They cannot wait to start a lifetime of adventures together, starting with a honeymoon in Bora Bora! Luke and Chelsie are both attorneys in Miami, Florida, and will be residing there after their nuptials.


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Photography by Casey Jay Benson, Janice Barnett, Constance Massey and A-K Photography


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5 Certified Rental Professionals 4 Store Locations:

Athens • Fairfield • Palestine • Corsicana

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Specialty Event Rentals & Decor

Sofas • Chairs • Benches • Farm Tables • Chandeliers • Jars • Drapes • Backdrops • And Much More

www.mirabelladecor.com


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ALLEN HAIR STYLIST INSIDE BONNIE’S SALON

903-830-5944 101 E HUBBARD ST LINDALE, TX

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Want an Outdoor Wedding, but don't know

Pursuing

Eden

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vintage redemption sales . event rentals . design

Photo by Sweet Fix Photography

Photo by AK Photography

Visit our newly opened 3000 sq. ft. vintage boutique and rental showroom! We are overflowing with junkin' treasures for events as well as home decor and gifts. We offer our years of experience and attention to detail to help create your unique photoshoot, wedding, special occasion, or home design. Call us for a free consultation! pursuingeden.com 497 Henderson Lane 903.387.0922 Longview, Texas pursuingeden@gmail.com M - F: 11 - 6 | Sat: 11- 4

3596 Country Club Rd E | Longview, TX 75602 903-757-4548 | info@thepineapplemanor.com www.ThePineappleManor.com


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SW Photography

Photographer Sam Woolverton www. swphotographytx.com samwoolverton@yahoo.com 903-948-7665 Find Me On Facebook!

Reclaimed Moments Photography

Casey Jay Benson Photography

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Hallsville, TX

Weddings • Receptions • Special Events

Full Service Catering

Nguyen Photography

Elegant • Exquisite • Romantic Beautiful Secluded Wedding Venue Hallsville, Texas

903.668.4752 • Cell 903.746.0024 www.huntvilla.info

Whether it’s a ranch style wedding, casual hors d’oeuvres or an elegant sit-down meal, we can make your wedding reception extra special.

903-882-9556 903-363-2222 www.thefattapple.com


Jenna Gray Photography

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544 Jolly Drive • Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156

Photography • Videography • Engagement Sessions Bridal Sessions • Wedding Day Coverage Love Story Videos

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Uplighting • Pin Lighting Custom Monogram Designs • Pattern Projection Dance Lighting

903.724.3192 TylerUplights.com

More Photos on


Custom Wedding Invitations at

The Writing Horse

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5825 Old Bullard Rd Suite 500 Tyler, Texas 75703

Mon - Fri 10:00 to 5:30 Sat 10:00 to 4:00 903-595-3900

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1997 Fm. Rd. 2011 Longview, Tx. 75603

903-720-7347 903-918-6034

www.MissMarysPlace.com


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Brosang’s Flowers

Michael and Julie Brosang

903-597-3333 800-256-7363

3333 Troup Highway - Tyler

www.brosangsflowers.com

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Please contact:

Eleanor Boyd

903-938-1359

Available for your event: strings, accordion, winds, piano, harp, and vocals

www.evergreenstrings.com | evergreenstrings@yahoo.com


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WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING / HOSTEVENTDESIGN.COM 903.689.2548 / AMY@HOSTEVENTDESIGN.COM Photo: Stephen Elliot | Mud Productions

Music For Your Day, Your Way... Allen Durham, Owner

(903) 360-3204

www.etmusicmasters.com

Step back in time to a bygone era and let your memories make history

Walker Manor

Bed & Breakfast, Weddings, Tours, Special Occasions 903-845-7054

www.walkermanortx.com walker_manor@yahoo.com 214 E Commerce Gladewater, Texas 75647


..... Directory of Preferred Vendors and Resources .... AIRBRUSH MAKE-UP ARTISTS Tammy Greene Kilgore 903-240-2289

BAKERIES Chez Bazan French Bakery & Café 5930 Old Bullard Road Tyler 903-561-9644 www.chezbazan.com Ganache 5380 Old Bullard Rd., Suite 700 Tyler 903-509-3999 www.ganachecupcakes.com Sweet Hope Cafe and Cake Shop 2210 Three Lakes Prkwy Ste 140 Tyler 903-747-3973 www.sweethopecafe.com

Centaur Arabian Farms 10271 FM 2813 Flint 903-561-6926 www.centaurarabianfarms.com Walker Manor 214 E. Commerce Gladewater 903-845-7054 www.walkermanortx.com

BEVERAGES: PUNCH, COFFEE, WINE AND LIQUOR Fabulous Wino Longview 903-331-2006 www.fabulouswino.com Latte Da Espresso Catering 903-312-8248 www.lattedaespressocatering.com

BRIDAL BOUTIQUES

Weddings A to Z 3333 Troup Hwy. Tyler 903-597-7497 www.weddingsatoz.net

BRIDAL BOUTIQUES: CONSIGNMENT AND RETAIL Bridal & Prom Boutique 3333 Troup Hwy. Tyler 903-526-3224

BRIDAL REGISTRY AND GIFTS Cadillac Ranch General Store 404 N. Hwy. 79 Henderson 903-657-5053 The Mercantile 1201 East End Blvd. N. Marshall 903-472-4104 The Writing Horse 5825 Old Bullard Rd, Suite 500 Tyler 903-595-3900

CAKE DESIGNERS Cakes by Design 307 S. White Oak Rd. White Oak 903-653-1078 www.macscakes.zoomshare.com Chez Bazan French Bakery & Café 5930 Old Bullard Road Tyler 903-561-9644 www.chezbazan.com Cuppie Cake’s Cupcakery Longview 903-424-7168

Brides & Belles of Tyler 3524 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler 903-581-8211 www.bridesbellestyler.com

Designs By D’Anne 903-589-6992 903-216-5714 www.designsbydanne.com

Dress Me Bridal 302 S. Henderson Bullard 903-894-3505 www.dressmetexas.com

Ganache 5380 Old Bullard Rd., Suite 700 Tyler 903-509-3999 www.ganachecupcakes.com

Lesa’s Bridal and Formal Wear 104 S. First St. Lufkin 936-637-1084 www.lesasbridal.com

Sweet Hope Cafe and Cake Shop 2210 Three Lakes Prkwy Ste 140 Tyler 903-747-3973 www.sweethopecafe.com

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CATERERS Adalante’ Catering Company 1723 Troup Hwy. Tyler 903-526-3800 www.adalantecatering.com FRESH by Brookshire’s 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy. Tyler 903-747-3503 www.freshbybrookshires.com Lori’s Eats and Sweets 1208 Titus Street Gilmer 903-680-3287 Perfect Catering Serving all of East Texas 903-236-2895 903-475-4726 www.perfectcateringonline.com Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro 110 ACR 406 Palestine 903-729-9500 www.saborapasion.com The Fatt Apple 14227 CR 438 Lindale 903-882-9556 903-363-2222 www.thefattapple.com Traditions Restaurant & Catering 6205 S. Broadway Tyler 903-534-1111 www.traditionstyler.com

CREDIT UNIONS East Texas Professional Credit Union 903-323-0230 800-256-5009 www.etpcu.org

FLORISTS Ann’s Petals 1107 Evergreen Drive Longview 903-297-7799 www.annspetals.com Brighton Floral & Company 1436 McCann Rd. Longview 903-291-0808 www.brightonfloral.com Brosang’s Flowers LLC 3333 Troup Hwy. Tyler 903-597-3333 800-256-7363 www.brosangsflowers.com

FRESH by Brookshire’s 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy. Tyler 903-747-3503 www.freshbybrookshires.com La Tee Da Flowers 105 N. Spring Street Tyler 903-566-1566 www.lateedaflowers.com Moss “Where Flowers are Fair” 2210 Three Lakes Prky. Suite 160 Tyler 903-787-8822 www.welovemoss.com The Flower Girl 304 Locust St Tyler 903-509-3839 www.petalspaintsportraits.com The Rose Coach 125 E. Henderson Street Overton 903-834-4098 www.overtontxflorist.com Two Dandelions Tyler 903-521-1725 www.twodandelions.com

HAIR SALONS Salon Bliss 121 S. Shelby Carthage 903-690-2715 www.salonblisscarthage.com

HAIR STYLISTS Dawn Mayfield Longview 903-407-7593 Tammy Greene Kilgore 903-240-2289 Tony Allen - Hair Stylist 101 E. Hubbard Str. Lindale 903-830-5944

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES Farm Valley Carriages 903-752-5501 www.farmvalleycarriages.com

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR GUESTS Hampton Inn & Suites Longview North 3044 N. Eastman Rd. Longview 903-663-8670 www.hampton.com

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The Glitz 1416 McCann Road Longview 903-234-8262 www.glitzboutique.com

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..... Directory of Preferred Vendors and Resources .... Homewood Suites / Hilton 205 North Spur 63 Longview 903-234-0214 www.longview.homewoodsuites.com The Hilton Garden Inn 220 E. Grande Blvd. Tyler 903-509-1166 www.tyler.hgi.com

INVITATIONS & CUSTOM PRINTING Oh So Illustrating Longview 903-245-6025 www.ohsoillustrating.com

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JEWELERS & CUSTOM JEWELRY DESIGNERS Susan Robinson Jewelry 6009 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler 903-581-5530 www.susanrobinsonjewelry.com

LIMOUSINES Brosang’s Limousine Service 3333 Troup Hwy. Tyler 903-525-9977 903-752-5402 Classic Coach and Carriage Tyler 903-581-7566 www.classiccoachandcarriage.net

LOANS East Texas Professional Credit Union 903-323-0240 800-230-0933 www.etpcu.org

MONOGRAM PROJECTION & EVENT LIGHTING Tyler Uplights 903-724-3192 www.tyleruplights.com

MUSIC/BANDS Otis With The Metro Band Tyler 903-597-4928 www.metroband.org

MUSIC/DJS A Volume Unlimited 6809 FM 607 N. Brownsboro 903-676-7372 903-852-7717 Boogie Butt Productions 903-597-6788 www.boogiebutt.com CMB Music Productions Palestine 903-724-3192 www.cmbdjs.com DJ Daddy Co Mobile DJ Longview 903-918-4555 www.djdaddyco.com DJ Rob J Entertainment 214-763-7034 www.djrobjentertainment.com MusicMasters of East Texas Jacksonville 903-360-3204 www.etmusicmasters.com

MUSIC/STRINGS Colore Ensemble Ark-La-Tex 903-752-1607 www.tylerstrings.com Evergreen Strings 903-938-1359 www.evergreenstrings.com

PERSONALIZED WINE LABELS Fabulous Wino Longview 903-331-2006 www.fabulouswino.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS 361 Photography 204 N. Fredonia St. Longview 903-237-8866 www.361-photography.com Allen Arrick Photography Tyler 903-253-1848 www.allenarrick.com Brandi Burkett Photography Tyler 903-312-5550 www.brandiburkett.com/blog Confetti Photography 146 E. Fifth Str. Rusk 903-721-0873 www.confettiphotography.net

for a stylish wedding Donna Cummings Photography 617 Huntwick Lane Tyler 903-266-9000 903-721-9279 www.donnacummings.com Fresh Focus Films 5002 Woodgate Drive Texarkana 903-831-6837 903-276-4432 www.freshfocusfilms.com Herrington Photography Longview 903-740-0980 www.herringtonphotography.com Jamie Maldonado Photography East Texas 903-746-5127 www.jamiemphoto.com Jamye Perelli Photography 544 Jolly Drive Gun Barrel City 903-887-3830 www.jamyeperelli.com Jennifer Willard Photography 903-724-1529 www.jenniferwillardphotography.com

.................... SW Photography Palestine 903-948-7665 www.swphotographytx.com

PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOTH RENTAL Capture POD East Texas Longview 903-235-1177 www.capturepodeasttexas.com Moore Photo Booths Mt. Pleasant 903-563-0505 www.moorephotobooths.com

SALONS & DAY SPAS Salon Bliss 121 S. Shelby Carthage 903-690-2715 www.salonblisscarthage.com Salon Kalea 3415 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler 903-534-1101 www.skdayspa.com

VIDEOGRAPHERS

Joy Clary Photography Overton 903-808-5897 www.joyclaryphotography.com

A Thousand Word Productions 903-839-7200 www.atwpro.com

Kelsy Addiline Photography Pittsburg 903-806-3626 www.kelsyaddiline.com

Fresh Focus Films 5002 Woodgate Drive Texarkana 903-831-6837 903-276-4432 www.freshfocusfilms.com

Krystle Akin Photography 903-880-8873 www.krystleakin.com Lauren Ashley Photography Tyler 903-521-8862 www.laurenashleyphotos.com

Harbuck & Co. 196 Walking Horse Lane Diboll 936-208-6909 www.harbuckandco.com/video

Marquardt Photography Flint 903-978-9149 www.stanmarquardt.com

Jamye Perelli Photography 544 Jolly Drive Gun Barrel City 903-887-3830 www.jamyeperelli.com

Morgan Gauntt Photography 105 Teresa Street Lindale 903-920-3001 www.morgangauntt.com

REC Studio Longview 903-215-2791 www.recstudioweddings.com

Photography by Dena Lufkin 936-875-5592 www.photographybydena.com

Studio M Productions Tyler 903-245-9779 www.studiomproductions.com

Rebecca Jordan Photography Lindale 936-581-2667 www.rebeccajordanphotography.com

Sweet Memories Design Kilgore 903-746-2942 www.sweetmemoriesdesign.com

REC Studio Longview 903-215-2791 www.recstudioweddings.com

Vanessa McKellar Productions 903-894-6078 www.vanessamckellar.com


..... Directory of Preferred Vendors and Resources .... WEDDING COORDINATORS Host Event Design Longview 903-689-2548 www.hosteventdesign.com Plan It! Events Tyler 903-521-4726 www.planiteventstyler.com Simply Yours by Design East Texas 903-372-4728 www.simplyyoursbydesign.com

WEDDING EVENT PLANNERS Adalante’ Catering Company 1723 Troup Hwy. Tyler 903-526-3800 www.adalantecatering.com

Plan It! Events Tyler 903-521-4726 www.planiteventstyler.com Simply Yours by Design East Texas 903-372-4728 www.simplyyoursbydesign.com

WEDDING LOCATION AND EVENT PACKAGES

El Rancho Verde Hwy 79 South, CR 456 Henderson 903-720-1359 www.elranchoverdetx.com Elmwood Gardens 680 ACR 446 Palestine 903-549-2716 www.elmwoodgardens.com Hunt Villa Hallsville 903-668-4752 903-746-0024 www.huntvilla.info Miss Mary’s Place 1997 FM. Road 2011 Longview 903-720-7347 903-918-6034 www.missmarysplace.com Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro 110 ACR 406 Palestine 903-729-9500 www.saborapasion.com

Arabella Manor 11361 Gilmer Rd. Longview 903-746-5461 www.arabellamanorevents.com

Sharon Shrine Hall 10027 Hwy 31 East Tyler 903-566-2151 www.sharonshriners.com

Bella Sera Ranch 286 ACR 1400 Palestine 903-723-0900 www.bellaseraranch.com

Stone Oak Ranch Murchison 903-530-7947 www.stoneoakranch.com

Brides Chapel and Event Hall 4400 W. Marshall Avenue Longview 903-759-7100 www.brideschapel.com

Tankersley Gardens 518 Tankersley Road Mt. Pleasant 903-572-0567 www.tankersleygardens.com

Castle on the Lake 9110 US Hwy. 79 W. Jacksonville 903-721-3593 www.jacksonvillecastle.com

The Arbor 2215 Roy Rd. Tyler 903-534-4997 www.arborvenue.com

The Belgium House 903-660-0125 903-720-6414 www.thebelgiumhouse.com The Cascades Golf and Country Club 2611 Cascades Golf Club Drive Tyler 903-525-0033 www.cascadesoftexas.com The Legacy Jacksonville 903-571-9644 www.thelegacy-venue.com The Pineapple Manor 3596 Country Club Road E. Longview 903-757-4548 903-806-6943 www.thepineapplemanor.com The Reserve 7725 Hwy. 259 Longview 903-431-3496 903-720-4295 www.bookthereserve.com The Summit Club 210 E. Methvin St. Longview 903-753-0331 www.summitlongview.com Villa di Felicitá 7891 Hwy. 110, 3-5 miles outside N. Loop 323 Tyler 903-597-0002 www.villadifelicita.com Walker Manor 214 E. Commerce Gladewater 903-845-7054 www.walkermanortx.com

WEDDING OFFICIANT Pastor Tommy Jackson Wedding Officiant 903-315-8545 www.pastortommy.net

WEDDING SUPPLY RENTALS 5-S Rental and Sales 502 W US Highway 80 White Oak 903-295-6666 www.5srental.com

.................... A-1 Party and Tent Rental 4005 Judson Road Longview 903-758-2772 903-297-7770 www.a1partyrentalstx.com All American Party and Tent Rentals 4917 Old Jacksonville Hwy. Tyler 903-561-2943 866-561-2943 www.allamericanpartyandtent.com Iron Inspired Wedding & Event Rentals 5971 Gilmer Rd. Longview 903-738-3231 www.ironinspiredweddings.com Red Hat Rentals 951 N.E. Loop 7 Athens 903-677-3850 1506 S. 7th St. Corsicana 903-872-7200 Corner of Oak St. and Hwy. 488 Fairfield 903-389-8665 3210 West Oak St. Palestine 903-729-3400 www.redhatrentals.com

WEDDING SUPPLY RENTALS/VINTAGE Mirabella Palestine 936-581-2583 www.mirabelladecor.com Prairie Sage Vintage Rentals Longview 903-261-4025 www.prairiesagevintage.com Pursuing Eden Vintage Redemption 497 Henderson Lane Longview 903-387-0922 www.pursuingeden.com

WEIGHT LOSS Kelly’s Skinny Wraps Tyler 903-920-5897 www.getskinnybykelly.com

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Host Event Design Longview 903-689-2548 www.hosteventdesign.com

Centaur Arabian Farms 10271 FM 2813 Flint 903-561-6926 www.centaurarabianfarms.com

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