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Bonnie Smithee & Max Draper
By Abby Gregory | Photo: Devon J Imagery | January 28, 2015
May 3, 2014 | Ceremony and Reception, The Ashton Depot, Fort Worth
Max knew he’d need Bonnie’s expertise to transform an heirloom from his grandmother into an inimitable engagement ring. Her penchant for thoughtful details proved invaluable as their teamwork turned into a one-of-a-kind design. The proposal, however, was far from conspiratorial. Lakeside plans served as a guise to keep Bonnie guessing, leaving her astonished when Max filled her home with rose petals and asked for her hand.
Walking down the aisle with her mother and stepfather by her side, the bride defined the personal, easy elegance of the couple’s celebration. Hitched Events and Branching Out Floral and Event Design cultivated Bonnie’s romantic vision with roses, hydrangeas and peonies in mercury glass vases, and the soiree’s muted, gold accents got a whimsical lift from embellished linens, as well as clever elements like a comedic, sandwich-shaped groom’s cake.
After stocking up on favors from the Shawna Marie-designed candy buffet, the wedding party drifted outside for a final send-off—and the newlyweds realized they finally had a moment alone. Swaying along to the Mars Hill Band, the pair enjoyed one last dance before departing for an ultraprivate destination in St. Martin.
Wedding Planner Kimberly Rhodes, Hitched Events
Flowers Branching Out Floral and Event Design
Videographer Turquoise Video Productions
Bridal Gown Enzoani, Mockingbird Bridal
Bride’s Shoes Audrey Brook, DSW
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Something You Makeup and Hair Artistry
Invitations Simply Personal
Groom’s Attire Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Rings Znascko’s Jewelers; Joy Jewelers
Catering The Ashton Depot
Cake Creme de la Creme Cake Company
DJ/Band/Entertainment Ceremony, Chris Carrington; reception, Mars Hill Band
Favors Candy buffet, Event Styling by Shawna Marie
Linens La Tavola
Something Borrowed The groom’s grandmother’s diamonds from her wedding ring