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Dallas couple's fall wedding is filled with warm fuzzies

Dallas couple's fall wedding is filled with warm fuzzies

Carmichael Wedding
Jessica and Trip Carmichael were married on October 29, 2016. Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The bride chose Gracie Jane Photography after meeting her at a friend's wedding.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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Hickory Street Annex provided the backdrop to the big day.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The bride wanted a nontraditional dress. She said yes to this blush gown at Providence Place Bridal.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The couple met at Twisted Root Burger Co. in Deep Ellum.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The bride's morganite engagement ring inspired the color scheme for the wedding and reception.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The groom's father officiated the ceremony.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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Bridesmaids carried baby's breath bouquets.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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Eschewing tradition, the bride opted for a cinnamon roll cake.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The groom's cake depicted a bass guitar.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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Ambient lighting set the "warm and fuzzy" atmosphere the couple hoped for.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The Workshop at Hickory, an onsite florist, provided floral arrangements.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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Guests raved about the food, especially the mac-and-cheese and avocado bars.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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Pun the DJ provided music for the reception.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The groom played a brief set with his band at the reception.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The reception was every bit the party the bride had dreamed of.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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Guests bid farewell to the Mr. and Mrs. with glow sticks.  Photo by Gracie Jane Photography
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The Carmichael story is one of love, burgers, and a mutual love of burgers. Jessica and Trip Carmichael met through a shared friend at Twisted Root Burger Co. in Deep Ellum. Trip was the first person Jessica saw when she entered the bar, and being the social butterfly that she is, she immediately introduced herself. 

Sparks flew, and when Jessica learned that Trip played bass guitar, she saw her opening. She "ruthlessly pestered him" for lessons. Eventually, he relented, giving her his phone number. "You'll probably never call me," he said.

But she called the next day, and the future Mr. and Mrs. couldn't put down the phone. They had their first date a day later and haven't been apart since.

She's still waiting for those bass lessons, but Jessica ultimately got something better. After two years of dating, Trip proposed with a stunning pink morganite ring at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. A photographer was there to capture the moment, and friends were waiting at a nearby bar to celebrate the good news. 

They wed on October 29, 2016 at Hickory Street Annex. It was the fall wedding of Jessica's dreams — and every facet featured personal touches unique to the bride and groom.

"My vision was to give a feeling," Jessica says. "I wanted the day to feel very romantic. I wanted the colors, the flowers, and the lighting to give everyone warm fuzzies."

Drawing inspiration from Jessica's engagement ring, the color palette featured blush complemented by gold and navy. Floral played an important role in the decor scheme, with bunches of baby's breath featured heavily throughout the space.

Self-proclaimed "foodies," the couple opted for comfort food classics. Guests raved about the mac-and-cheese and avocado bars. They went equally crazy for the cakes. Eschewing tradition, Jessica opted for a cinnamon roll cake. The groom's cake depicted a bass guitar — for obvious reasons.  

"The thing I loved most about the day was the excitement," Jessica says. "I wasn't nervous — just very anxious to see Trip and get our lives started as husband and wife. And, to party."

And did they ever party. With the exception of a brief set courtesy of the groom and his band, guests were busy on the dance floor all night long. As every guest will attest, it was every bit the party the couple dreamed of.

Venue: Hickory Street Annex

Floral: The Workshop at Hickory

Photography: Gracie Jane Photography

Cakes: Haute Sweets Patisserie

Food: Gil's Elegant Catering

Bridal Dress: Providence Place Bridal

DJ: Pun the DJ

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal