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Dallas couple pulls out all the stops for their Union Station wedding

Dallas couple pulls out all the stops for their Union Station wedding

Monica Kitt Wedding, grooms cake
The groom's cake was inspired by the couple's mutual love of travel. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, Bridesmaids
Monica Kitt pauses for a photo op with her bridal party before the ceremony. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt wedding aisle walk
Gary Donihoo of f8studio provided photography. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, arrangement
Three Branches Floral created all flower arrangements. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, Cake
Bride and groom's cakes were made by Dallas Affaires Cake Co. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, decor
Rescue flats offered respite from uncomfortable high heels. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, ballroom
Natural crystals accented jewel-tone arrangements. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, Bride and Groom
A string quartet provided music for the ceremony. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding first dance
The newly married couple shares their first dance. Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, BW portrait
JA Visions documented the day on video.  Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, Florals
Towering arrangement wowed guests.  Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, chairs
Guests dined on chicken and waffles and cheesburger sliders courtesy of Wolfgang Puck Catering.  Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, couple portrait
Monica Kitt and Patrick Bernardy were married at Union Station on June 10, 2017.  Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt wedding, confetti
A confetti canon closed out the night.  Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt wedding, just married
It was a golf-cart sendoff for the new Mr. and Mrs. Bernardy.  Photo by Gary Donihoo, f8studio
Monica Kitt Wedding, grooms cake
Monica Kitt Wedding, Bridesmaids
Monica Kitt wedding aisle walk
Monica Kitt Wedding, arrangement
Monica Kitt Wedding, Cake
Monica Kitt Wedding, decor
Monica Kitt Wedding, ballroom
Monica Kitt Wedding, Bride and Groom
Monica Kitt Wedding first dance
Monica Kitt Wedding, BW portrait
Monica Kitt Wedding, Florals
Monica Kitt Wedding, chairs
Monica Kitt Wedding, couple portrait
Monica Kitt wedding, confetti
Monica Kitt wedding, just married

It's a modern-day fairy tale: Boy meets girl (online). Boy and girl fall in love, travel the world, and get married. For Dallas' Monica Kitt and Patrick Bernardy, who were married on June 10, 2017, the fairy tale really did come true.

After connecting online in January 2016, the couple set up a date at Meddlesome Moth, post-haste. Though they thought the drinks were lacking, "we got a lot of laughs out of it" as Monica remembers — sparks flew.

Monica spent the next few weeks in and out of town, but Patrick never strayed from her mind. The pair spoke daily, and after Patrick flew to meet her for an impromptu Valentine's Day date, Monica knew something special was brewing.

"A month later we were thick as thieves, and he was already booking vacations for us that December," says Monica. "We're big travelers."

As they say, when you know — you know. By September 2016, Patrick had secured permission to ask for Monica's hand and hatched an elaborate plan involving a tarmac proposal at Addison Airport followed by a helicopter tour of downtown Dallas.

While the details were all a happy surprise, Monica knew the big question was coming. She works in the fine mineral and gemstone industry and had helped design her custom engagement ring, which was created with a family stone.

Her eye for detail came in equally handy when it came time to plan the wedding. While jewel-tone arrangements featuring natural crystal accents with selenite, quartz, and agate nodded to her profession, Taylor Pace Orchestra kept the dance floor full, setting the celebratory tone of the evening. (And sore feet were no excuse. “Rescue flats" were provided for the ladies.)

The couple’s shared passion for travel inspired details of the reception, including the location itself — Union Station in downtown Dallas. A suitcase-shaped groom's cake was decorated with fondant stickers representing the different countries they’d visited.

And there was no shortage of food. Guests chowed on snacks from a pizza truck, late-night chicken and waffles, and cheeseburger sliders courtesy of Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Decked to the nines, the Union Station locale was every bit the impressive backdrop, but it's the fun and laughter the couple remembers most. Friends officiated the ceremony, which was full of personal touches, and a moment was even set aside to sing "Happy Birthday" to two guests.

And to close out the night? A confetti cannon, of course, followed by a golf-cart sendoff for the newly minted Mr. and Mrs.

Ceremony and Reception: Union Station

Reception Band: Taylor Pace Orchestra

Ceremony Music: Jim Higgins String Quartet

Cakes: Dallas Affaires Cake Co.

Floral Design and Linens: Three Branches Floral

Hair: Osgood O’Neil 

Photographer: Gary Donihoo, f8studio

Videographer: JA Visions

Pizza Truck: For the Love of Pizza

Draping: Quest Events

Lighting: Stage 2 Lighting

Rentals and Chairs: Bella Accento

Linens: BBJ Linens

Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors

Golf Cart: Grapevine Golf Cars

Planning: Fabulous Fête

Photo Booth: My Event is the Bomb

Ceremony Sound System: Simply Music

Stage Facade: Perch Decor

Confetti Canon: Beyond