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Smart couple brings the bling to Uptown Dallas wedding

Smart couple brings the bling to Uptown Dallas wedding

Real Weddings Michelle + Bode

Michelle Okoronkwo and Bode Ogunwole tied the knot at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas on May 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography

Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding
The invitations set an elegant tone for the wedding to come. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
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The bride found her blush champagne ceremony dress at an Allure Bridal sample sale. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode

The bride paired her Allure Bridal gown with a Vera Wang veil for the ceremony. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography

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Soft neutral hues of champagne and blush made for romantic table settings. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Guests found their table assignments via this pretty display. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Cocktail hour before the reception gave the Ritz-Carlton time to flip the event space from ceremony to reception. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
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The bride's reception dress by Berta Bridal had a detachable train, perfect for when it came time to dance. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding
In addition to wedge salad, the menu included a Southern-inspired dinner of pork fried rice, barbecue shrimp, mac and cheese, and chicken and biscuits.  Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding
Décor, tables, and flowers by Bella Floral dressed the reception hall in soft pink, silver, and sparkle. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
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Michelle's favorite decoration was the chandelier from Fauxades, which hung over the dance floor. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
DJ Jason Esquire also provided reception entertainment.   Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
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The couple left to a dazzling salute of sparklers. Photo courtesy of Khanh Nguyen Photography
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding
Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding
Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Real Weddings Michelle + Bode
Michelle and Bode Ogunwole wedding

As a medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Michelle Okoronkwo was involved in an organization for minority medical students in which she sent out emails about various events to other medical students. When she met her now husband Bode Ogunwole at a scholarship dinner for the organization, he recognized her from the emails and greeted her with a natural "Oh, it's you."

The two clicked immediately and fell in love during countless library dates. After five happy years, Bode proposed to Michelle beachside while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. 

"He wouldn't give me the ring in the sand because I'm so clumsy," Michelle says. "He waited until we were back on hard ground to actually put it on my finger."

Though the couple was living in San Antonio during their respective residencies, Michelle knew their wedding would be in her hometown of Dallas, but she didn't have an exact vision for the venue.

"We were actually seeing another hotel downtown when we walked through the Ritz-Carlton," Michelle says. "As soon as I saw it, I thought, 'This is it.'"

The busy couple armed Rachel Burt from As You Wish with plenty of Pinterest boards for inspiration and turned over much of the planning to her for their May 28, 2016, nuptials. 

"I wanted luxury," Michelle says. "If I could have, I would have made everything pink, so that was a compromise with Bode to bring in some silver and bling — and less pink."

But that didn't stop the bride from selecting an Allure Bridal gown in blush champagne for the ceremony. A headdress from Rent the Runway and a belt from Etsy tied the ensemble together. Her more fitted reception dress by Berta Bridal with a detachable — and strikingly dramatic — train allowed more mobility to dance the night away.

After the ceremony, guests sipped cocktails in a flex room while the event space was transformed into a reception hall. Michelle's favorite decoration? A statement chandelier over the dance floor from Fauxcades. 

More than 200 guests dined on a Southern-inspired dinner of pork fried rice, barbecue shrimp, mac and cheese, and chicken and biscuits before dancing to Keith Angelo performing Michelle and Bode's favorite type of music: '90s R&B. 

"It was a fairy-tale wedding for our fairy-tale love story," Michelle says. 

Venue, Catering, and Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Wedding Planner: Rachel Burt, As You Wish
Floral, Décor, and Rentals: Bella Flora
Photography: Khanh Nguyen Photography
Video: Inspired Effects
Chandelier: Fauxcades
Bride’s Ceremony Gown: Allure Bridal
Bride’s Ceremony Gown Alterations: Ana's Professional Gown Alterations
Bride’s Ceremony Veil: Vera Wang
Bride’s Reception Gown: Berta Bridal
Bride’s Reception Gown Alterations: Impression Bridal in San Antonio
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Brides Hair: Muffin the Stylist
Bride’s Makeup: Glam by Cham
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Groom’s Suit: Hart Schaffner Marx
Groomsman’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Reception Singer: Keith Angelo
Lighting: Absolute Lighting
DJ: DJ Jason Esquire