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Dallas couple's 8-year courtship leads to lavish wedding fit for royalty

Couple's 8-year courtship leads to lavish wedding fit for royalty

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Taylor and Jeff James were married on May 19, 2018. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The bride and her attendants began their day by rising early to watch the royal wedding.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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Bridal gown provided by Patti Flowers Design Studio.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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While bridesmaids spent the morning watching the royal wedding, the groom and his groomsmen played golf at Stephens Park. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The ceremony was held at Park Cities Baptist Church.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The bride and groom met their sophomore year at Highland Park High School.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The Project provided live music throughout the night.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The reception took place at Dallas Country Club.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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Floral design by The Garden Gate. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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Cookie Whipped provided custom cookie party favors.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The couple attended Baylor University together.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The wedding party headed to the reception together.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The couple envisioned a classic and timeless event.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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Dallas Affaires Cake Co. designed the cakes. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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Burgers from Shake Shack were passed around as a late-night snack. Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The couple dated for eight years, throughout high school and college.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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A custom dance floor was provided by DFW Dance Floors.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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The couple says farewell before embarking on a two-week honeymoon tour through Paris, Zermatt, Monaco, and the French countryside.  Photo by Caroline Jurgensen
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On May 19, 2018, while the world was watching Meghan and Harry say I do, Taylor and Jeff James were preparing to tie the knot in a sparkling Dallas celebration fit for royalty. 

The ceremony came eight years after the couple first met on a blind date at their sophomore homecoming at Highland Park High School. 

The culmination of countless more homecomings, proms, formals, and a courtship while attending Baylor University, the event was designed to be a meaningful and joyful celebration of the couple — and everyone who had watched their story unfold.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the loving support of so many friends and family members, so we wanted them to love the wedding as much as we did,” says Taylor. 

Following a proposal straight out of a rom-com — Jeff dropped to one knee at Williams Park, where his dad had proposed to his mom — the couple set out to plan a ceremony and reception at once “classic, timeless and joyful.” 

They chose the James family church, Park Cities Baptist Church, for the ceremony and secured the classic backdrop of Dallas Country Club for their reception. 

The morning of the wedding, the bride and her attendants rose early to watch the royal wedding in England. The groom and his groomsmen relaxed and got inspiration another way — by playing golf.

When it was time for the big event, nothing disappointed. From towering flower arrangements to custom lighting and cookie party favors, not a detail was missed. But it was the personal touches incorporated throughout that made the day most memorable for the bride and groom.

“We included various small things to remind ourselves of the importance of the day,” says Jeff. “My favorite of these little details was exchanging letters a few minutes before the ceremony began.”

To ensure the couple had a moment to breathe and enjoy each other’s company, Dallas Country Club arranged dinner in a quiet room for just the two of them.

Following a seated dinner, the party got started. Guests danced the night away to the stylings of The Project, taking breaks to snap photos in the popular photo booth. 

Because Taylor and Jeff had thought of everything, burgers from Shake Shack were passed around when cravings for late-night munchies began to hit.

“We loved having all of our friends and family in one place,” says Taylor. "And we loved that at the end of the day we got to walk away married. Jeff and I dated for eight years, so we were happy to finally begin our marriage.”

Ceremony: Park Cities Baptist Church

Reception and Catering: Dallas Country Club

Cakes: Dallas Affaires Cake Co.

Invitations: Bell'INVITO Stationers

Calligraphy: Lana Prather 

Photography: Caroline Jurgensen

Videography: Summer Films

Floral design: Junior at The Garden Gate

Bridal gown: Patti Flowers Design Studio

Bridesmaids' dresses: Watters

Groom and groomsmen's attire: Culwell & Son

Rentals: Lawson Event Rentals

Entertainment: The Project/Absolute Entertainment

Lighting and sound: Absolute Lighting

Dance floor: DFW Dance Floors 

Photo booth: MirMir

Late-night food: Shake Shack

Party favors: Cookie Whipped 

Transportation: Wynne Transportation

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