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Holly Hardison & Ben Price

Guests at the ceremony at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Romantic wedding bouquet.

The five-tier bride’s cake in three flavors, by Frosted Art.

 Pictures of the couple at the reception.

Fairy Tale on Lovers Lane

Holly Hardison & Ben Price - June 16, 2012

Faith and family deepen the joy at this gorgeous church wedding and rockin’ reception.

Themes of enduring love and family bonds brought extra joy and significance to the June wedding of Holly Hardison and Benjamin Price. The couple, who met while studying at the University of Texas and reconnected years later in Dallas, packed the highly personal ceremony and reception with special moments that included an appearance by their beloved terrier mix.

As a girl attending Sunday school at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Holly dreamed of the day she would exchange her vows in the stained-glass-filled sanctuary. “My church is a part of me,” she says. “My parents were married there 39 years ago. I was baptized and raised there. My dad’s funeral was there two years ago.” In fact, right before entering the church, she passed by her father’s memorial stone. “It was a very emotional day.”

Adds her mother, Linda Hardison: “The whole experience was such a blessing, reflective of the Lord, our family and our commitment to each other.”

The bride, who derived inspiration from traditional gardens, wore a strapless Vera Wang mermaid gown covered in lace appliqués in layers of tulle. Her stunning veil, created by the venerable Milanese design house Monvieve, brought a bit of color and sparkle to the ensemble with golden lace and crushed crystals. Holly’s attendants, including her sister, Paige, who served as her maid of honor, were dressed individually by Michael Faircloth in soft, earthy shades. The family has long sought the talents of Faircloth to flatter its females.

“Holly had the idea to use the blues, greens and pretty beige, and to have dresses created that really suited each girl,” says Linda. The bride herself, who works in sales for Lone Star Container (the family business), changed into a short, white Faircloth creation for the Belo Mansion reception, executed by the team at Todd Events.

“During one meeting when we were discussing the cake, Todd [Fiscus] sat down and sketched it right there,” recalls Holly. To that end, he transformed the Belo Mansion into a verdant marvel with arbors, topiaries, hanging lanterns and floral chandeliers. As for the fauna, Holly’s beloved dog, Crosby, made a brief appearance to greet well-wishers.

For dinner, Holly chose to serve fried quail as another nod to her late father, an avid hunter. Tenderloin, chicken and waffles, plus a fromage table helped round out the menu during the first part of the evening. Once the band gave way around 11pm to the DJ Jeff Mitchell, out came a spread of pizza, doughnuts and cocktails to maintain everyone’s energy. Around 1:30am, as the newlyweds departed in a convertible Cadillac adorned with longhorns on the grille, guests received bags of doughnuts bearing Crosby’s paw print and the words, “Good night, y’all.”

“There were so many wonderful moments, from the Texas Boys Choir singing at the ceremony to the donation we made in Crosby’s honor to Operation Kindness, where Holly got him,” says Linda. “It was such a meaningful occasion.”