Real Weddings

Jackie & Zach: 7/1/11

By Lisa Y. Taylor

Photography By Le Bokeh Photography

At the Antonian Chapel of the Saints, Jackie Diaz felt the resplendence of roses as she celebrated her July 1 nuptials to Zack Stovall.

 

Her favorite flower made its charming debut as her bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets of the gorgeous petals in bright and soft pink, and the empire waist of their lacy gowns featured a champagne satin rosette.

 

The delicate, yet glorious, roses also made a prominent appearance at the couple’s evening reception at the Witte Museum.

 

“Roses represent beauty and elegance, and they remind me of how special I felt when Zack would send them to me during our dating days,” Jackie says.

 

Parental Blessing  

Since childhood, the bride and groom were acquainted with each other through their parents. On their wedding day, their mothers and fathers once again played a key role in uniting them.

 

While Monte Vista Strings and Jazz performed “Canon in D,” the groom walked down the aisle with his parents. Then the quartet began playing “Somewhere in Time” by Rachmaninoff for the bridal march.

 

Crystals glistened upon Jackie’s bouquet of white roses as well as her pearl white gown from Debi’s Bridal. From her bodice to her full skirt, rose lace appliqués lavished the traditional style dress. A cluster of white silk roses adorned her dark locks arranged in a Grecian-inspired updo.

 

Jackie met her groom at the altar with her mother and father standing at her side. Then both sets of parents presented the couple.

 

“The priest explained to our guests that our parents were bringing us into marriage just as they had brought us into baptism,” the bride says. “Zack and I embraced them, turned to one another and joined our lives together.” 

 

Rousing Reception

After leaving their ceremony to “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles, the newlyweds and their wedding party boarded a sleek white limousine provided by Big Time Limos. Welcomed by the cheers of 300 guests, the couple danced their way into the Witte’s ballroom to the fast-beat song, “Are You Ready for This?” by KRS-One.

 

“We wanted to make an off-the-wall entrance, so we had the DJ call our bridesmaids and groomsmen in pairs as they freestyle danced into the reception,” Jackie says. “Then the couples formed two lines, so we could walk through them like basketball stars. Some of the guys even carried Zack on their shoulders.”

 

Transitioning the mood from exuberant to enchanting, the DJ for the night, 5150 Productions, played the couple’s first dance song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis.

 

With dancing well under way, the couple couldn’t wait to taste the cuisine prepared by Black Tie Affairs Catering. Served in the artfully decorated foyer of the museum, the buffet included pecan crusted chicken breast with brandy cream sauce, beef tenderloin tips in burgundy wine sauce, and penne pasta with Alfredo sauce served with diced chicken, artichokes and spinach.

 

As a busy college student, Jackie relied heavily on her mom to help her plan her wedding. On the big day itself, she enlisted the assistance of Timeless Beginnings Wedding Coordinators to handle the event’s details.

 

Finding a floral designer came easily, since the groom’s family owns the wholesale florist, Janal Inc. Centerpieces featured white and pink roses and stargazer lilies topping statuesque silver candelabras ornamented with crystal strands and hurricane lamps.

 

Pink and white roses linked with an ivory fondant ribbon gracefully flowed down the bride’s three tiers of cake created by Simply Charming Cakes.

 

Luxe Lighting

A whimsical vibe took over the Witte’s ballroom as jewel-toned lights flashed upon large globe lanterns that appeared to create a ceiling of floating bubbles. For a dynamic effect, DPC Media Services programmed the lights to move in-synch with the beat of the music.


“The lighting would change from pink, to blue, to green and purple and flash according to the song’s speed,” Jackie describes. “Our guests had so much fun dancing the night away.”

 

At midnight, family and friends lined up at the Witte’s courtyard gate while the groom carried his bride into a sporty silver convertible.

 

“Wherever we turned, we were showered with pink rose petals,” Jackie says. “The flowers covered my dress, Zack’s shirt and even the hood of the car – what a sweet way to start our marriage!”

 

Wedding Details:
Bride's Dress: Debi's Bridal
Bridesmaids' & Flower Girl Dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids' Shoes: Nordstrom
Cake: Simply Charming Cakes
Catering: Black Tie Catering
Ceremony: Antonian's Chapel of the Saints
Ceremony Musicians: Monte Vista Strings & Jazz
Floral & Linens: Janal's
Lighting: DPC Media Services
Photography: Le Bokeh Photography
Reception: The Witte Museum
Reception Musicians: 5150 Productions
Rehearsal Dinner: The Plaza Club
Transportation: Big Time Limo
Wedding Consultant: Timeless Beginnings

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