Posted Wednesday, Feb. 05, 2014
Sarah always wanted a romantic, traditional wedding. All Michael wanted was a Texas Rangers-themed grooms cake.
Hes a huge Rangers fan, and he asked me if we could make it happen, says Sarah Leach, a Texas Christian University alumna who married her high school sweetheart. He was gone for the entire planning process because hes in the Air Force, so I picked everything. But that was the one thing he wanted.
Robert Carr Chapel
2855 S. University Dr.
The Fort Worth Club
306 W. Seventh St.
Tami Winn Events
6464 W. Plano Pkwy.
Tracy Autem Photography
1215 Sixth Ave.
Turquoise Video Productions
Glenn Roush Entertainment
Paper Planet Design
6515 E. Lancaster Ave.
Posh Couture Rentals
Usually reserved and spotlight shy, Michael Packer proposed to Sarah in the middle of a circus arena while they were on a date. The couple is now stationed in Kansas but hosted their nuptials in Fort Worth with a marriage service at Robert Carr Chapel and reception at The Fort Worth Club.
Everything about The Fort Worth Club was so traditional and so romantic, Sarah says. It was everything I wanted for my space, and I didnt see me using anything else once I saw it.
Paper Planet designed and printed the invitations, which included an artistic map of the wedding festivities as well as spots that are meaningful to Sarah and Michael. These included, of course, the location of the Ringling Bros. circus where he proposed.
In lieu of a guest book, friends and family wrapped the couple with love by writing sentiments on a handmade quilt using fabric pens, an idea that Sarah found on etsy.com. A nice dinner was important, Sarah says, because nobody wants to go to a wedding and have just OK food. Guests were treated to a seated dinner of tenderloin and quail in the clubs champagne-lit ballroom before moving to a different location for dancing.
We really wanted the second space to be a little more upbeat and fun compared to where we did our dinner and cocktail hour, Sarah says.
A cookie bar set with sweets such as French macarons and chocolate chip and sugar cookies kept guests with a sweet tooth satisfied, as did the lace- and flower-detailed wedding cake and the Rangers Ballpark-themed grooms cake, all created by the Fort Worth Clubs pastry team.
There was a really subtle lock and key look and feel to the wedding, wedding planner Tami Winn says. It started with the save the dates. [The brides] mom handmade them. She sewed a beautiful fabric inside very heavy card stock and hand-dyed pieces of vintage lace that she put around them, and there was a tiny vintage key on each [one].
Sarahs Alvina Valenta gown, which was modified to be strapless, featured lace, a detail she always had wanted in her wedding dress, she says.
The most memorable moment was when my mother and my husbands mom had a slide show made that we didnt know about, Sarah says. That was a big surprise and very memorable.
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