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Spring break sweethearts dance the night away at high-energy Dallas wedding

Spring break sweethearts dance the night away at Dallas wedding

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Ann Marie Hickey and Blake Waltrip were married February 24, 2018. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Sara Donaldson Photography captured the day from start to finish. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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The bride provided getting-ready robes from Piyama for all of her bridesmaids. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Ann Marie and Blake met in the Dominican Republic during their senior year of high school. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Bridal gown designed by Liancarlo and purchased at Stanley Korshak. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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The Garden Gate provided classic white floral arrangements. with hints of blush. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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The ceremony took place at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Waltrip and Hickey dated for five years before getting engaged. at Waltrip's family ranch in Weatherford. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Hickey envisioned a "classic wedding with a modern twist." Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Dallas Country Club provided a sophisticated backdrop for the reception. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Floral arrangements featured hints of blush, tying into the bridesmaid dresses. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Creme De La Creme Cake Company provided the bride's and groom's cakes. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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The groom's cake nodded to the couple's alma mater, The University of Texas. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Personal touches were incorporated throughout the decor. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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The dance floor was packed all night, and at one point, even hosted a flash mob. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Dallas-based band TOP provided live music. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Videography provided by Soulbox Productions. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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To surprise her groom, Hickey hired a DJ to close the night out with one more hour of music. Photo by Sara Donaldson Photography
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Ann Marie Hickey and Blake Waltrip met on a trip to the Dominican Republic during their senior year of high school — and while neither imagined their spring fling would set the groundwork for wedding bells, that was precisely the case.

On February 24, 2018, Hickey and Waltrip tied the knot with a traditional church wedding followed by a very modern, very raucous reception.

“My main priority was to make sure all my guests had a good time,” says Hickey. “I just wanted everyone on the dance floor the whole night, so we had a large dance floor with fun dance-floor favors and rubber flip-flops for guest to change into when their feet started to hurt.”

It couldn’t have been more apropos for the couple, who had danced the night away at the “Disco Teca” the first night they met. Following a weeklong spring break fling, the would-be Mr. and Mrs. returned to their respective homes in Dallas and Fort Worth but never strayed far from each other’s minds.

Time and time again, Waltrip made the trek to Dallas to take Hickey out, and when the time came to go away to college, the couple both ended up at The University of Texas and began dating in earnest.

Five years later, Waltrip invited Hickey to celebrate his birthday with family and friends at his family ranch in Weatherford and gave her the surprise of her life by dropping to one knee and asking her to marry him.

“I was shocked!” says Hickey. “It was the biggest surprise. Our families came out the house, where they had been watching, and we had the whole night to celebrate. It was truly the best weekend. I was on cloud nine the entire time.”

When the time came to plan the big day, Waltrip and Hickey sought to re-create the element of fun their relationship was built on. Seeking a classic aesthetic with a modern twist, Hickey opted for a traditional ceremony at Park Cities Presbyterian Church followed by a fun-filled evening at Dallas Country Club.

Elegant white floral arrangements with hints of blush (tying into the bridesmaid dresses) adorned the space and a stunning tiered cake featuring cascading flowers acted as a centerpiece. But the highlight, by far, was the large dance floor brimming with family and friends. TOP provided live music while guest showed off their moves — even participating in a flash mob.

When the night came to a close, Hickey gave Waltrip the surprise of his life by bringing in DJ Adante Mayo to end the party with a bang.

“My very favorite part of the wedding was surprising Blake at the end of the night with an extra hour of music,” says Hickey. “He absolutely loves a DJ and was totally surprised."

DJ: Adante Mayo

Ceremony location: Park Cities Presbyterian Church

Reception venue: Dallas Country Club

Event coordinator: Katie Crow with Collins Coordination

Band: TOP

Cakes: Creme De La Creme Cake Company

Bridal gown: Liancarlo from Stanley Korshak

Florist: The Garden Gate

Hair and makeup: MaiteeMiles

Photography: Sara Donaldson Photography

Videography: Soulbox Productions

Bridesmaid robes: Piyama

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Invitations: Ellis Hill

Calligraphy: Laurie Harper

Dance floor: DFW Dance Floors

Transportation: Premier Transportation

Furniture rentals: Perch Decor

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