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Rain can't ruin this couple's rustic downtown Dallas wedding

Rain can't ruin this couple's rustic downtown Dallas wedding

Collins Wedding, Rooftop
Nate and Laura Collins were married in the heart of downtown Dallas on June 4, 2017.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding Makeup
Maitee Miles styled the bride's hair, and Morgan Mabry did her makeup.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Shoes
Guests put on their dancing shoes and partied the night away to music from The Clinton Years. Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Family
The couple's daughter Isla didn't miss a minute of the celebration.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Wedding Party
The bride and groom with their wedding party.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Flower Girls
The couple's daughter hard at work as a flower girl.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Cake
The cake was provided by Fancy Cakes by Lauren.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Flowers
Dirt provided simple floral arrangements reflecting the bride's rustic vision.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Aisle
A rainstorm forced the the rooftop wedding to relocate to a historic courthouse.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Flowers 2
Sarah Kane of Food Glorious Food brought the couple's vision to life.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Dancefloor
The couple's love of music heavily influenced the reception.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Family
The new Mr. and Mrs. Collins with their daughter, Isla.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Farewell
Laura Lites and Nate Collins met while performing at Uptown Players.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Kiss
 Adam Stewart was the photographer.  Photo by Adam Stewart
Collins Wedding, Aisle Walk
Laura's wedding dress was designed by Maggie Sottero. Photo by Adam Stewart
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Collins Wedding Makeup
Collins Wedding, Shoes
Collins Wedding, Family
Collins Wedding, Wedding Party
Collins Wedding, Flower Girls
Collins Wedding, Cake
Collins Wedding, Flowers
Collins Wedding, Aisle
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Laura Lites and Nate Collins' June 2017 wedding became a bigger family celebration than they could have imagined when they met four years earlier. Surrounded by loved ones, including their 1-year-old daughter Isla, the Dallas duo said "I do" in a historic post office featuring marble walls and painted ceilings.

The picturesque setting couldn’t have been more apropos for the arts-minded couple, who met in 2013 while performing in the Uptown Players production of Songs for a New World.

Nate played percussion and Laura shined on stage, but sparks really flew when the curtain closed. The pair made a habit of meeting to chat after each show, and it wasn’t long before they were officially an item.

Flash forward two years, and baby made three. Laura met Nate, fresh off an audition, at the door with a glass of scotch and the surprise of his life.

“He was overjoyed with the news,” says Laura. “And I was relieved. The journey began.”

After Isla’s arrival, Nate didn’t wait long before popping the question. The month after her birth, family from both sides came in town, and Nate saw an opportunity.

“Come check out Isla,” he said.

“What’s that on her belly?” asked Laura.

Nate picked up the ring, Laura said yes and champagne flowed.

With caring for a newborn topping their to-do list, the couple opted to take their time planning the wedding. They set the date for June 4, 2017, nearly four years to the day after they’d first met.

The rest of the planning came more easily. With its rich history and innate details, The Venue at 400 North Ervay set the ideal backdrop for the “rustic, simple” wedding Laura envisioned.

Farm tables and simple, sweet floral arrangements decorated the space. And while the couple planned to party on the rooftop for the reception, Mother Nature had her own agenda. A deluge of rain hit downtown Dallas, forcing the couple to move their outdoor soiree into the space’s historic courtroom, "which actually ended up being perfect,” says Laura.

Surrounded by original hand-carved wooden walls and intricately painted ceilings, guests enjoyed an unforgettable music-filled party that celebrated the couple's careers and passion for music in every beat.

Isla didn't miss a moment, either, serving as the couple's cute flower girl.

Venue: The Venue at 400 North Ervay

Ceremony Music: Adam Wright (piano), Katrina Kratzer (violin), Peter DiCesare (vocals)

Cocktail Hour Music: Jazz band assembled by drummer Stockton Helbing

Reception Music: The Clinton Years

Catering: Food Glorious Food

Wedding Coordinator: Sarah Kane, Food Glorious Food

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren

Florals: Dirt

Rentals: Top Tier Event Rentals

Hair: Maitee Miles

Makeup: Morgan Mabry

Photography: Adam Stewart Photographer

Photobooth: Le Force Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Shoes: Jimmy Choo