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Bride and groom shower guests with fun at spring Dallas Arboretum wedding

Bride and groom shower guests with fun at Dallas Arboretum wedding

Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah Fickes and Matthew Cobb were married May 17, 2017 at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Annie Kercho with Lightly Photography captured the event.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Matthew and Sarah were engaged in 2016 at Angelina National Forest. Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
The couple envisioned a wedding where everyone simply had fun.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Floral design by Timeless Fiori.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
 

The bride’s father and brother built the arbor used for the ceremony.  Photo by Lightly Photography

Sarah & Matthew Cobb

Though the forecast called for rain, weather was perfect for the couple’s outdoor ceremony.   

 
Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
 

Event coordinator Pop Parties made sure Sarah and Matthew’s wedding went off without a hitch.  Photo by Lightly Photography

Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah and Matthew met more than a decade ago through Sarah's brother.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Though they spent years apart after first meeting, the bride and groom reconnected when they both moved to Dallas after college.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah never thought she would have an outdoor wedding ceremony but fell in love with the Dallas Arboretum gardens.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Bridesmaids were asked to wear pink or gray.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
The couple says one of their favorite memories from the day is previewing the reception space.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Gil's Elegant Catering ensured no guests went hungry.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Cake design by Dallas Affaires Cake Co.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
LeForce Entertainment kept the dance floor full.  Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb

Years in the making, the reception was every bit the fun-filled party the bride and groom had hoped for. 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cobb make their exit after a whirlwind day. Photo by Lightly Photography
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb
Sarah & Matthew Cobb

The love story of Sarah Fickes and Matthew Cobb was more than a decade in the making. 

Though they grew up in Houston mere miles apart, they didn’t meet until 2006, when Sarah paid a visit to her brother at Texas Tech University. Unable to pick her up from the airport himself, he sent his friend Matthew. 

The future Mr. and Mrs. hit it off but were headed in different directions. While Sarah got her bachelor’s degree from The University of Oklahoma and attended grad school at Texas A&M University, Matthew remained in Lubbock at Texas Tech.

Call it kismet. But after graduating from their respective schools, they both landed in Dallas. 

They’d been dating for a little over a year when Matthew dropped to one knee during a hike at Angelina National Forest in East Texas. Sarah says it was “the best hike ever.” Until it came to an end, that is.

Upon return, they found themselves locked out of their Airbnb — dog and belongings trapped inside — and ultimately had to break a window. Admittedly, it was a rocky start to the engagement. But Matthew saw the silver lining. 

“We knew we were ready to conquer all of life’s challenges together,” he says. 

Starting with: planning a wedding. 

Fortunately, Matthew and Sarah were perfectly aligned in their vision for the May wedding. Above all, they just wanted everyone to have fun.

“We wanted good music, good food, free drinks, and lots of dancing,” says Sarah. “We opted for an outdoor ceremony, which is something I didn’t think I’d do. But I fell in love with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.”

With the date set and the venue booked, they got down to details like planning the menu, picking florals, and deciding on a gold, gray, and pink color scheme.

Far from the bridezillas of wedding lore, Sarah was decidedly laid back. She tapped into her love of DIY projects for reception decor and penned invitations herself. 

When it came to choosing dresses for her 10 bridesmaids, she simply requested each wear something pink or gray. Groomsmen were instructed to bring their own black suits from home and provided with ties and pocket squares. The result was an eclectic mix that paired perfectly with the idyllic garden setting.

Though the forecast leading up to the big day called for 100 percent rain, fate smiled on Sarah and Matthew once more. The weather agreed, and with the sun shining, they exchanged vows under an arbor built by Sarah's father and brother, surrounded by family and friends.

A party years in the making followed. With food aplenty, drinks flowing, and a full dance floor, it was everything they imagined and more. 

“Weddings are when two families become one,” says Sarah. “Our hearts could have burst seeing everyone we love in one room.” 

Venue: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Event Coordinator: Pop Parties

Photographer: Lightly Photography, Annie Kercho

Videographer: Emily Paige Films

Caterer: Gil's Elegant Catering

DJ: LeForce Entertainment

Florist: Timeless Fiori

Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Co.

Hair Stylist: Willie & Coote