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Bride and groom work as a team to plan picture-perfect Dallas wedding

Bride and groom work as a team to plan picture-perfect Dallas wedding

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Carolyn Hentchel and Darryl Womack were married on October 22, 2016. Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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The Venue at 400 North Ervay provided the backdrop to the ceremony and reception.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Nardos Imam designed the nontraditional wedding dress the bride dreamed of.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Photography provided by Hampton Morrow Photography.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Hair and makeup by Beauty and the Blush.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Floral by Lush Couture Floral.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Videography provided by Luminescent Studios.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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It was a picture-perfect day for the ceremony.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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The couple was engaged for three years before walking down the aisle.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Carolyn and Darryl met while working together.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Rentals provided by Top Tier Event Rental.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Carolyn never thought she'd get married, but when the big day came it was everything she could have dreamed and more.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Eight months before the wedding, Darryl nursed Carolyn through a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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One tradition the bride adhered to: changing into a going-away dress.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Carolyn and Darryl were engaged on the River Walk during a weekend getaway in San Antonio.  Photo by Hampton Morrow Photography
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Carolyn Hentchel and Darryl Womack were engaged for three years before saying I do. The couple worked together and shared an instant connection. Eventually, Darryl asked Carolyn out for a date — and she said no. 

"I could sense something was different with him," says Carolyn. "And I wasn't sure I was ready for that."

Darryl persisted, Carolyn finally agreed to a date, and they've been together ever since.

The proposal came during a getaway to San Antonio. Darryl dropped to one knee on Marriage Island off of the River Walk, and — like a scene straight out of a romantic movie — crowds from nearby restaurants and bars cheered and clapped in celebration. The couple closed out the night with dinner at Bohanan's Prime Steak and Seafood, champagne, and cigars. 

Carolyn was thrilled as the prospect of spending the rest of her life with Darryl, but when it came time to plan the big day, she was at a loss. 

"I never planned on getting married," she says. "It was never my goal in life. Because of that, I never thought about what my 'dream wedding' would look like."

Ultimately, Carolyn met a soul mate in wedding planner Meredith Commender. With Commender's help, the couple was able to bring the wedding they never knew they wanted to life without the stress that often comes with planning such an event.

"Darryl and I have different tastes but had the same vision in mind: an interesting venue and a true Dallas experience for our guests," says Carolyn.

When they came across The Venue at 400 North Ervay, they knew they'd found the place for their October 2016 celebration. From Carolyn's plated dinner to Darryl's live music and gourmet fare, Commender brought to life every detail that was important to the groom and bride. 

Her help was particularly invaluable because Carolyn underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery eight months before the wedding. 

"Prior to the wedding, Darryl nursed me through my surgeries," says Carolyn. "So it not only marked our new life together but a fresh start. I loved the process of giving this man the greatest gift I could: my commitment to him for eternity ... and a lot of sarcasm for the rest of our lives." 

Wedding Planner: Significant Events of Texas, Meredith Commender

Wedding Designers: Deitra Butler, Meredith Commender, Carolyn Hentchel

Photography: Hampton Morrow Photography

Videography: Luminescent Studios

Bridal Gown: Nardos Design

Hair and Makeup: Beauty & the Blush

Venue: 400 North Ervay

Catering: Food Glorious Food

Floral: Lush Couture Floral

DJ: LeForce Entertainment, Cratin Sheffield

Lighting: LeForce Entertainment

Linens: BBJ Linen

Rentals: Top Tier Event Rental

Cake & Desserts: Frosted Art Bakery and Studio; Glazed Donut Works

Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings