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Photographer bride and groom bring vision of barn wedding outside Dallas into focus

Photographer bride and groom bring vision of barn wedding into focus

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Anna Smith's bridesmaids wore navy, complementing the bold reds featured in their bouquets and in classic Coca Cola bottles.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Anna Smith and Michael Pham were married on November 16, 2017.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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A wedding photographer herself, the bride had a specific vision for the big day.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Red Christian Louboutin pumps play into the couple's bold color palette.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Photographer Allen Tsai captured the event.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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The White Sparrow, a barn east of Dallas, provided the perfect backdrop to the day.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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The ceremony took place outdoors, followed by a reception in the barn.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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The bride's headpiece, purchased at Patsy's Bridal, was one of her favorite details.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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The bride and groom envisioned a modern-yet-timeless event.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Prior to the cermoney, Pham and Smith exchanged vows privately.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Videographer Peyton Frank documented the day.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Floral design was created by Everly Alaine Florals.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Sugar Bee Sweets created the floral-printed and gold-foiled cake.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Greenery and pops of bold flowers added color to the neutral space.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Classic Coca Cola bottles tied into the color palette.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Elisabeth Landry of Silver Linings Events Co. oversaw planning.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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The bride and groom share their first dance as husband and wife.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Cutting the cake gets a bit out of hand.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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The newly minted Mr. and Mrs. share a kiss.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Even the cocktails tied into the carefully planned aesthetic.  Photo by Allen Tsai Photography
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Wedding photographer Anna Smith had photographed more than 300 weddings when the time came to plan her own November 16, 2017 nuptials to Michael Pham.

Having witnessed so many weddings up close, she had a clear idea of what she wanted for her big day.

First and foremost: a bold, bright color palette and an air-tight timeline. 

Smith had seen firsthand how things can go amiss without proper planning, so she called in event planner Elisabeth Landry of Silver Linings Events + Co. as a reinforcement. 

With Landry’s help, Smith and Pham brought their vision of a classy-but-bright and modern-yet-timeless event to life. 

They chose The White Sparrow, a dreamy white barn in Quinlan, just east of Dallas, for the backdrop.

Bold bouquets featuring pops of red, pink, and navy colored the space. Everly Alaine Florals combined garden roses, peonies, and dahlia for bouquets and floral arrangements, and adorned the venue’s staircase with foraged greenery and berries. 

Following a quaint outdoor ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests moved indoors for the reception, where classic Coca Cola bottles played into the color palette — just one of the many special touches the couple incorporated throughout. Their gold-foiled and floral-printed cake, which was created by Sugar Bee Sweets, was a piece of art all its own. 

Stunning as the decor was, the bride says her favorite part of the big day was the quiet moment she shared with her husband-to-be just before the ceremony. 

For their first look, Smith and Pham opted to share a private moment, quietly exchanging vows.

Pro tip, says Smith: A first look allows couples to build more time into their day for portraits.

One other bit of advice: Assemble your team wisely. From their florist to their baker and videographer, Smith and Pham agree that each vendor was instrumental in making their wedding day dreams a reality. 

Venue: The White Sparrow

Photographer: Allen Tsai Photography

Videographer: Peyton Anne Frank

Flowers: Everly Alaine Florals

Makeup: Natalia Issa

Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery

DJ: Le Force

Planner and stylist: Silver Linings Events & Co.

Stationery: Bunny and Bear Paper

Minister: Love Notes Weddings

Jewels: Patsy's Bridal