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Couple gets everything they never knew they wanted at their Dallas wedding

Couple gets everything they never knew they wanted at Dallas wedding

Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Katie and Brent Laverde were married in Dallas on January 30, 2016, amid family and friends.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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Floral by Garden Gate Floral Design. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
The bridesmaid wore sparkly Adrianna Papell dresses with scoop back and cap sleeves.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
The happy couple posed for a picture outside of Perkins Chapel, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, where they wed.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Spread throughout Union Station was custom signage designed by Modernly Rustic.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
The reception at Union Station featured floral arrangements by Garden Gate Floral Design.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The details of the room only added to the elegant atmosphere. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
The couple shared a romantic first dance while guests dined on cuisine catered by Wolfgang Puck.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
The case was designed by Cake by Sugar Bee Sweets. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Custom truffles were provided by Sugar Bee Sweets.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Having a great band was really important to this bride, who is known to bust a move or two at weddings.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Only the excitement of an upcoming honeymoon in St. Lucia could tear this couple off the dance floor.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding
Minchew - Laverde Wedding

Katie and Brent Laverde are proof that sometimes your friends do know what's best for you. In the case of this couple, Katie's roomie was dating Brent's older brother, and mutual friends insisted the two should meet.

It turns out they were right. In fact, both friends ended up marrying the brothers. Must be something special about those Laverde boys. 

After a year-and-a-half of dating, Brent and Katie had both taken a random Friday off work. To celebrate this rare day of freedom, the couple decided to have a drink at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

While sitting near the cozy fire, Brent popped the question with a ring designed especially for Katie. She said yes before even glancing at the hardware, and the two immediately celebrated with champagne, followed by dinner at Neighborhood Services, where they had their first date. 

When it came time to put together her dream wedding, things didn't go as she originally planned (but in the best possible way). Initially, Katie wanted a tiny ceremony and reception with little to no "pomp and pizzazz." However, those in love tend to want to shout it from the rooftops. 

"We quickly realized that we didn't want just 10-20 people there to witness this momentous event," Katie says. "We wanted everyone who had ever touched our lives to be there to celebrate with us, and every single aspect of my wedding turned out to be a hundred times what I could ever imagine myself having."

As for the must-haves, the bride wanted an amazing band; the groom wanted great food and a full bar. The mother of the bride was set on unforgettable floral designs.

The couple tied the knot at Perkins Chapel on the campus of Southern Methodist University on January 30, 2016. Post-nuptials, the group made their way to Union Station for a night of drinking, dancing, and delicious cuisine catered by Wolfgang Puck. Junior Villanueva with Garden Gate Floral delivered on the beautiful blooms, and IDT Band kept the couple dancing all night long. 

Personal touches like TCU and Baylor koozies designed by Etcetera Studio, and custom calligraphy by Modernly Rustic on items such as the "Pitons Punch" sign (the couple honeymooned in St. Lucia) made for a fun and personalized party. There was one true unspoken hero, however, that really shined in this bride's eyes.

"A touch that was not necessarily personal, per se, but made all the difference in the world, was lighting," Katie says. "Dave with Absolute Lighting worked with us and with our florist to make everything pop and look extra dreamy."

Ceremony: Perkins Chapel
Reception: Union Station
Wedding Planner: Meaghan Cody, Sweet Pea Events
Floral: Garden Gate Floral Design
Photographer: Caroline Jurgensen Photography 
Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental and Posh Couture Rentals
Invitations and paper products: Carol Westbrook (family friend)
Invitation Calligraphy: Modernly Rustic
Custom Wedding Signage: Etcetera Studio and Modernly Rustic
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Band: IDT (Identity Theft)
Bridal Gown Retailer: Bridal Boutique Lewisville
Bridal Gown Designer: Sottero & Midgley
Bridal Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo
Hair and Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Photo Booth: Premiere Booth
Ceremony Music: Forte’ Strings
Lighting: Absolute Lighting