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Dallas couple votes for wedding full of fun at George W. Bush Presidential Center

Dallas couple votes for wedding full of fun at George W. Bush Center

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Laura and Dave Player were married on April 28, 2018. Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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The reception was held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Laura spent the day getting ready with family and friends in her childhood home.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Tracy Autem Photography captured the day.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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The ceremony took place at Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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The bride and groom were introduced through a mutual friend.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Though she's an Aggie and he's a Longhorn, the couple immediately hit it off.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Family and friends joined the couple from all over the world.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Georgette Poole with Sarabeth Events served as event planner.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Turquoise Video Productions provided videography.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Bridesmaids wore shades of pink and gold in dresses of their choice.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Freesia created towering flower arrangements.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Rentals provided by Marquee Event Rentals. Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Mr. and Mrs. Player had their first date at Shakespeare in the Park.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Aspects from both Texas A&M University and The University of Texas were incorporated throughout the reception.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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In10City Band provided live music.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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The bride and groom cut their cake, which was created by Panini Bakery & Cakes.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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The reception featured a photobooth, which was high on the bride and groom's wishlist.  Photo by Tracy Autem Photography
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Laura and Dave Player seemed like an unlikely pair at first. She's a loud, proud Aggie and he's a University of Texas alumnus, yet the two hit it off after being introduced through a mutual friend. 

Following a month of Instagram flirtations, the bride- and groom-to-be had their first "official" date at Shakespeare in the Park — and were instantly inseparable. 

On Easter of 2017, Dave dropped to one knee on the UT campus, asking Laura to be his bride.

"I said yes to becoming Mrs. Player without any hesitation," says Laura. "All I cared about was getting to marry him."

And her enthusiasm never waned. In the year leading up to the April 28, 2018 nuptials, Laura was way more focused on her excitement about marrying Dave than color palettes and monogram patterns.

"The thing I was most looking forward to was just getting to marry Dave," she says.

And so, while Laura and Dave counted down the days to the day, event planner Georgette Poole with Sarabeth Events focused on the details.  First and foremost: reserving Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church for the ceremony.

For Laura, choosing Cox Chapel was a no-brainer. Her childhood home is right across the street, and she grew up looking out her window at brides taking wedding portraits, dreaming of the day it would be her turn. When her day came, she spent the morning getting ready with family and friends in that very house. 

For the reception, the couple opted for the George W. Bush Presidential Center nearby. With the center as their backdrop, they created a fun-yet-sophisticated atmosphere for family and friends from Boston, Pennsylvania, California, and even Australia. 

Towering floral arrangements created ambiance, and a photo booth kept guests busy. Riffing on a friendly alma mater rivalry, the couple incorporated nods to A&M and UT, including half-maroon/half-burnt orange koozies. 

"It was a plus that we didn't have any 'school fights' break out," laughs Laura. "We both felt so blessed to have family members and friends celebrate with us. We felt so much love."

Planning: Sarabeth Events

Ceremony Venue: Highland Park United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: George W. Bush Presidential Center

Florist: Freesia

Dress: Circle Park Bridal Boutique

Videography: Turquoise Video Productions

Hair and makeup: Erin Blair

Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals

Cake: Panini Bakery & Cakes

Band: In10City Band

Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth

Valet: Elite Valet

Transportation: Premier Transportation