Brooke & Tavis – Romantic Elegance

1“Never forget about the person you are marrying”, turned out to be the best advice that Brooke had received when she was planning her wedding. And I strongly agree to that. I’ve always believed that weddings should be centered between the bride & groom. Celebrating it with family & friends is just another bonus to the perfect happy ever after. But before & after the wedding, it will always be you & the person you are marrying.

The bride was looking for a venue that had chandeliers. She wanted that instant romantic elegance for her big day. And imagine her excitement when she stumbled upon the Piazza which had beautiful chandeliers hanging all over the place. It was like a dream come true! And using her mother’s old veil was like the icing on the cake. When her mother got married, she had the women in her family each sew beads into her veil. Brooke’s sister did the same thing during her wedding so it was only fitting that Brooke did the same thing. I think it served as a very intimate detail to the entire event. We are honored to be featuring this amazing set by Shawna Hinkel, we are definitely looking forward to seeing more of her creativity!

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00002_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00002_low_1 Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00035_lowWhat is your story as a couple, how did you meet and fall in love?

I moved to a private school in eighth grade-the same time my future husband was moving to another private school nearby. I had been around him a few times without knowing who he was or what his name was. Senior year of high school, he moved back to the private school I was attending. We met and started dating the third week of senior year. We spent a majority of our almost 5 five years together being long distance.

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00035_low_1 Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00095_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00125_lowWhat was the best advice you received when you were planning your wedding?

Never forget about the person you are marrying. The cake, venue, dress, flowers, and photos can be so overwhelming that it is easy to let your relationship slip. I also learned that my husband did not always want to talk about the wedding details-it is important to have a life outside of wedding planning.

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00129_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00129_low_1 Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00165_lowWhat inspired your wedding decor? Why did you choose the things that you did?

Chandeliers! I was determined to find a venue with a chandelier or find a way to incorporate a chandelier in my wedding somehow. I really lucked out with the Piazza-it is dripping in chandeliers. I also wanted the decor to be very romantic.

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00166_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00168_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00168_low_1Do you have advice for couples still in the planning process?

Learn to accept help from others, but don’t feel like you need to incorporate their opinion in your wedding.

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00272_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00327_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00362_lowWhat were some challenges you faced planning your wedding & what would you have done differently to avoid them?

Choosing the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. I was the first of my friends to get married and I did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings. We had 5 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen.

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00362_low_1 Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00366_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00399_lowWhat are you most excited about for the future?

Starting a family! My husband is great with our friend’s kids and I can only imagine how great he will be with ours!

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00400_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00403_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00481_lowWhat would you say, the overall story for this album?

I think it was very personal. My favorite aspect of my wedding was all of the personal touches I included. My late grandmother used to tease me about how I always wore bandaids when I was little and she said I would get married covered in bandaids if I could. I used a blue bandaid as my ‘something blue’. We used a jar with three flowers in memory of mine and my husband’s family members who passed away. I also used my mother’s veil. When my mom got married, she had the women in the family sew beads on her veil. My sister decided to use my mom’s veil when she got married three years ago, so she too had more women in the family sew beads. Obviously, I was desperate to use it in my wedding as well. The neat part about the veil is that it includes women from the bride and groom’s family. I think those personal touches make such a difference in a wedding.

Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00504_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00679_low Thompson_Harris_Shawna_Hinkel_Photography_Harris00682_lowWhat was your favorite part of the day?

My favorite part of the day was eating breakfast with my father the morning of my wedding. He gave me great marriage advice and I know it is something that I will never forget. It was so nice to have some alone time with my dad. At breakfast, I gave him a pocket watch that had lyrics from our first dance song. Looking back, I wish I had photos of that breakfast.

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Yes! We assembled 200 invitations, addressed and stamped them over the course of a month. We also made goody bags for the guests who stayed in the hotel-the goody bags had koozies, personalized playing cards, chips, waters, mints, and tissues. We also included information about Colleyville, Texas so the guests could find activities to do before and after the wedding if they wanted.


Photographer:  Shawna Hinkel Photography
Cinema and Video: 2nd Generation Video Productions
Cake Designer: Annie’s Culinary Creations
Floral Designer: Antebellum Design,LLC
Transportation:Imperial Limo
DJ: LeForce Entertainment
Reception Venue: Piazza in the Village
Hair Stylist: Sean Lauren Salon

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