Wedding Wednesday: “And There They Go….” Aug 1, 2018 1:00 PM
We at The Brooks, are honored that couples choose our chapel to commit their lives to one another! What an honor to witness the beginning of their forever after! We love to see each couple’s personalities shine as they transform our place and space to be uniquely theirs, from the meaningful “I do’s” to the grand send off!
Such an important, special, greatly planned for celebration, and life marker kind of event, begs a great ending or ‘grand exit’! Traditionally, rice or birdseed was thrown toward the newly wedded couple as they ran to their decorated ‘get away car.’ As being pelted with rice or having one’s hair becoming fair game for hungry birds lost its former appeal, new traditions and creative options emerged.
A modern day toss can include lavender or dried herbs, rose petals, even biodegradable confetti. Bubbles and sparklers make for fun and striking alternatives. Have guests light up the night with glow sticks, or wave personalized hankies.
Maybe you and your new wife/hubby had a long distance relationship. Pay tribute to your time apart by walking under a flock of paper airplanes! If husband and/or wife is military, walking through the Military Sabor Arch made by uniformed Comrads, honors both couple and country!
We’ve seen many unique exits! From a line of beautiful sparklers leading to limos, vintage cars, even buggies! To jingle bells, cow bells, fireworks, and yes, even helicopters carting off the newlyweds to unchartered heights of life!
Wedding Day is indeed a ‘life-marker’ moment! Love worth commiting to, saying “Yes” to, is worth celebrating! And the send off is that final “Yes! Here we go! Let’s do this thing!” It’s the walk through the sea (or fewer) of faces that have actually stayed to the end of your Wedding, and the faces who’ll be rooting for you throughout life as well!
Oh the places you’ll go, the experiences you’ll have as you journey life together.
Create a Grand exit for this new beginning? … Absolutely!
Enjoy these fun, beautiful “And there they go” captures!
Wedding Wednesday: Tara + Justin Gaddis Jul 18, 2018 3:36 PM
We’re so excited to feature the Wedding and story of recent bride and groom: Tara Upshaw and Justin Gaddis!
May 12 was ‘tie the knot” Day for newlyweds Justin and Tara Gaddis. Their wedding portrayed not only their love, but their personalities. From the moment they arrived at The Brooks to the moment they ‘took off’ on their grand helicopter exit, this couple was all smiles!
Before sharing the details of their big day, we’ll tell you a bit about these newlyweds in Tara’s own words.
How They Met…
Justin and I met for the first time at Brewed. I walked up to Brewed, and found Justin wearing an old school Kentucky basketball sweatshirt and instantly fell in love. We conversed over some coffee, and both asked each other several questions to get to know one another. At first, I was taken back by Justin’s intense conversational style, but I loved his endearing sense of humor. Neither of us wanted the date to end, so we went to the Bearded Lady and continued talking about everything from childhood to our individual dreams of the future. Little did we know those dreams would soon be “our dreams.” The date ended with our first kiss and me calling my mom to tell her I found the perfect man! We have been inseparable ever since, spending only a handful of days apart. Best of all, we went back to Brewed for our rehearsal dinner and we are closing on a house a few blocks down the street!
How He Proposed…
On a steamy Sunday morning in July, we planned to have a picnic before Church. I did not think much of it, other than it was a bit peculiar to have a picnic at 9 am. Nonetheless, Justin found us a spot in the shade and set up the picnic blanket. He told me where to sit and was insistent on it, which at the time I remember thinking he was being a bit demanding (I found out he wanted my back to the action!). I can hardly remember what we chatted about, but I do remember thinking we were going to be late for church! I also made a few comments about a sweet family taking pictures of their little boy all around us. We picked everything up and started making our way toward the steps when Justin stopped and told me the family was not taking pictures of their boy, and then he got down on one knee! I wish I remembered what he said, but I just remember crying, hugging, and wondering if I should grab the ring out of the box! After he asked me to marry him, cheering erupted from the trellis atop the stairs. I looked up and saw my entire family cheering and waving! Justin pulled off the biggest surprise of my life and had my whole family in on the secret, which meant the world to me!
If you are Brooks Bride-to-be, or just looking for some wedding inspiration, The Gaddis’s taste in decor may lend you some great ideas.
Justine’s Flowers dressed up the chapel by highlighting the beauty of spring with soft blush, but allowed Tara and Justin’s personalities to shine by adding pops of bright coral that was a great accent to the men’s blue suits.
During the ceremony, guests dined on Blue Mesa, then danced the night away to the sounds of Le Force Entertainment. Just like the couple, the guest were there to celebrate! Everyone seemed to join the fun, dancing and laughing and sharing a smile with one another.
Cakes remain a focus and the cake table is still an eye catcher at Weddings.
The simple backdrop made of picture frames, greenery, and touch of floral truly transformed the space and added to Ruth Robbin’s four tiered cake creation.
Following their final Private Dance in the chapel, Tara and Justin exited under a canopy of sparklers, then really lit up the night with their helicopter exit flown by Tara’s Uncle.
Thanks for letting us share your day! We extend Happy Forever After wishes to the new
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Gaddis!
A special thank’s goes out to all the vendors who made Tara and Justin’s day possible, and made The Brooks at Weatherford just how they’ve always dreamed.
Floral: Justine’s Flowers
Linens: VIP Linens
Cake: Ruth Robbins
Caterer: Blue Mesa Grill
Make Up: Lemongrass Salon
Photographer: Ben Q Photography
Videographer: Splendor Films
Wedding Wednesday: The June Bride with Dads by Their Side Jun 6, 2018 3:12 PM
Tangled Up in Blue… Apr 17, 2018 10:48 AM
Spring has sprung! In Texas, the telltale signs are wildflowers lining our highways and scattered through our fields. The vibrant bluebonnets have us remembering Julia and Robin Carrington’s charming southern wedding here at The Brooks last June.
Relive the memory by visiting the Trendy Bride Blog.
The Brooks is honored to be featured in Trendy Bride Magazine. We applaud Lauren Brandon Photography, Borrowed and Blue Occasions, and Oh Deery Florals; just a few of the team that helped make Julia and Robin’s Wedding Day picture perfect!
Beautiful spring weddings abound at The Brooks! Visit our Facebook page for more.
Love is in the Air… No Foolin! May 23, 2017 7:42 AM
What a beautiful fun filled Spring! We are so blessed by the couples choosing to start their lives together at The Brooks! One such couple is sweet Kyle and Bailey Voss, our April Fool’s Day (2016) couple!
That Fallin’ in Love Thing! Apr 14, 2015 9:16 AM
Cover photo credit to Rebecca Ellison Photography.
Spring has definitely sprung at The Brooks, with what’s been dubbed the ‘Wedding Season’, in full bloom! The brides, each one, beautiful, glowing, and starry eyed with expectation and joy in the man she loves… the one who’s, well, man enough to admit, “I’ve fallen for this girl!”
What can we say, but THANK YOU?! Dec 20, 2014 3:12 PM
December! WOW does a year ever roll around fast !
And as this year comes to an end I am thinking about the two words that Steve and I have uttered most throughout this entire project of building the Brooks at Weatherford. … Throughout this year of making, watching, the dream unfold… Our first Bride and Groom even captured those words for us in picture: “Thank You”! Thank You God, foremost ! Thank you to so many that helped us make this happen! Designed, built and ready 9 months time! Ready for real weddings! We did beg, more than a few times, “God, please help us make it!”, And He did ! With our first three weddings on the calendar, we had to be finished! And we were! Right on time! Every wedding was wonderful, beautiful, and fun! I hope they are all like that! We have met such wonderful people. Of course, the couples we meet are so in love that it can’t help but be contagious! It is so fun to see these couples smiling from ear to ear and I love hearing the proposal stories! Guys are under a lot of pressure today, to be quite the romantic and creative genius when it comes to the proposal! I’ve noticed too, that almost every couple that stands together in front of those beautiful arched windows in the chapel, spontaneously hug and dreamily smile at each other! Something about that chapel! The word we hear most when people come to see The Brooks at Weatherford is “Wow! People love it!
Happy Forever After! Nov 12, 2014 1:22 PM
Brand New Facility, and people are super excited when they come see us. They want to get married here!
Still bragging on my hubby…His incredible architect mind has done it again…Designed and Built a most wonderfully unique place. Sometimes I just love the way his mind works! November brought more firsts for us! The first couple to say “The Brooks is the place for our wedding!!!”…Austin Wendell and beautiful bride to be, Charlie Welch. They really did ‘love us at hello’, as The Brooks at Weatherford was only the drawings and construction slabs when they said, “We love it!” AND November 7 became their wedding date.
The first wedding! Oct 30, 2014 2:39 PM
The first wedding …Beautiful October: Cool and bright? Try 92 degrees! But all were comfortable and all was beautiful in the open-air chapel for our first couple Matt Jones and Jen Copeland! What an absolutely beautiful event. Matt and Jen, you are a beautiful couple inside and out!