Adding a Touch of Adorable Oct 4, 2019 1:11 PM
Including children in your Wedding Day
Children hold a dear place in our hearts and it can be so special to include them in your Wedding Day. As couples wait longer to tie the knot, children’s involvement in the weddings is increasing. Whether they are from a previous relationship, you and your fiancé have already started your family, or you have younger family members, there are plenty of ways to include you favorite tiny humans in your special day. However, children can be rather unpredictable. That is why it is so important that they have an age appropriate role and that they also feel comfortable in what they are doing.
The most common part children play during the Wedding Day is that of Flower Girl and Ring Bearer. This is a classic part for children, typically between the ages of 3-7. If your dream processional does not include a screaming toddler crying down the aisle, here a few ways to keep a smile on the little tot.
Rehearse : Practice makes perfect! Bringing your Flower Girl and Ring Bearer to your venue for a quick run through of what they will be doing helps to calm their nerves. You can show them exactly where to walk and even point out where their parents will be sitting.
Bribery : Nothing gets kids moving like candy! Have your groom pull out the kiddo’s favorite treat for them to have when they get to the end of the aisle. It gives them something else to focus on, and adds fun and laughter to your ceremony.
Assign them a Helper : Just because younger children are more traditionally used, doesn’t mean that older children can’t be involved in this part of the ceremony, as well.
Appoint older kiddos as Junior Bridesmaids/Groomsmen! Having an older child with with the little ones helps them to not feel so alone, relieves anxiety, and keeps them on task.
Let it be : Remember, you are dealing with children and regardless of your relationship to them, you love them enough to involve them in the best day of your life. If they cry, it’s because they don’t want to mess up. If they run around screaming, it is because they are so excited for you. Always stay patient with the kiddo’s in your wedding and remember, in the end, what ever they do, it will be absolutely adorable. Relax and enjoy the first evening of your Happily Ever After!
Photo Credits to
360West Weddings Feature Jul 31, 2019 10:35 AM
The cover of 360West Weddings Magazine’s Fall 2019 issue looked mighty familiar to us here at The Brooks. We are so honored to be featured in their magazine and happy that Ashlee and Bryan Jones made us part of their Special Day!
Thank you to Arden Jenkins with Arden Prucha Photography for capturing the love shared at the Sargent-Jones Wedding – It was a night to remember!
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Jun 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Great Honeymoon Getaways in The Lone Star State
From the hill country to the coast, there are great spots for every honeymooner right here in this beautiful state. Whether you want to be treated like royalty in a high end resort or have a secluded, peaceful stay in the Texas Hill Country, the perfect Honeymoon Getaway is out there!
Pack your bags and head down to the coast to the tropical paradise – My Sapphire South Padre! Offering affordable rates during winter months, My Sapphire is the perfect spot for any couple who does not want to go all the way to Hawaii for their Tropical Vacay in December. Start your morning with a dip in a crystal clear private pools to tanning on the warm sandy beaches within minutes via your private boardwalk.
If you want to stay close to all the fun or take a short drive to your very own private Villa, La Cantra Resorts will meet all your expectations. Enjoy a couple’s massage then hop in your complimentary ride and enjoy the romantic, historical city of San Antonio, including the River Walk.
Deep in the heart of Texas, you will find The Driskill, Austin’s finest hotel.
Take your wedding to Austin and go straight from “I do” – ing to honeymooning. This fantastic hotel has a spectacular ballroom for your elegant wedding and with so much to do in the city, no need to travel for the honeymoon! Get lost in love and time during your stay in your Renaissance styled suite, then immerse yourself in the Austin culture. #keepaustinweird
From Weatherford to Wimberly, Texas Hill Country has everything you will need for a relaxed and romantic cabin retreat. Hill Country Premier Lodging will help you find the perfect spot for honeymooning, such as Moondance Cabin.
There is no other sunset like a Texas sunset and you can have the best view from your Hill Country Cabin. Take in the out of this world views while you and your love unwind in your own private hot tub, like this one atThe River Rose Retreat.
So take a dip in a creek or take a serene stroll through the woods, the outdoors is just over the threshold in the Texas Hill Country!
If you are looking for fun filled days with an amazing night life, head up north to DFW! Downtown Fort Worth is the perfect place for you and your new spouse to get lost in the city while still feeling like the only ones there. There are plenty of things to check out within just a few minutes. Enjoy your stay at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth and head down Main Street and catch a bit of the city! The lights and the fountains will astound you.
Visit the romantic Water Gardens and take a stroll through the Trinity Park Trails. There is something to do around every corner!
And the fun does not end when the sun goes down – enjoy live music and drink at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar or spin your partner round n’ round at Billy Bob’s Texas. From romantic to eccentric, there is TONS to do in the Historic Downtown Fort Worth.
Motherly Advice May 11, 2019 5:54 PM
Sure, it is your wedding day, however, honoring the women that led you and the love of your life to this moment will add that extra-special sentiment to your wedding day memories. Here are a few ideas inspired by Brook’s Brides to make Wedding Day and wedding plans a little more special for the moms!
Include them when you say “Yes” to the dress!
After finding your venue, the next step is to find your dress! Ordering your dress can take up to nine months, so it is important to not put this one off. Your mom will want to be there when you say “Yes!” to the dress, however someone that often gets overlooked during this time is your groom’s mother. She is important to your fiancé, and including her in your dress shopping experience can let her know that she is important to you as well.
Make their dress shopping an experience, too!
Searching for your dream wedding dress, you will find, is more of an experience than a shopping spree. Make their dress shopping experience just as fun! Go with your mom and future mother-in-law to find the perfect dress. Let them pick their own dress, and pop the champagne when they say “Yes!”
Ask them what they want to help with and why
Communication is so important during the wedding planning process, but not only between you and your fiancé. Asking your moms if there is anything special they would like to help with, will not only help you delegate tasks, but will also let them know you value their input.
Asking them ‘why’ is a must! It will tell you how important it is to her to be involved with that certain part of wedding planning. Not only is it important to delegate tasks to them that they will enjoy, but they must be able to do the task as well. Keep in mind their interests, but do not ask them to do a job that does not line up with their strengths.
Whether you are assembling favors, writing invitations, or making bouquets – asking your mother and mother-in-law to sit down and help you over a fun movie is a great opportunity to create memories!
Include your mom in giving you away
You made it to the Big Day! She has helped you plan everything down to the very last detail, and now you want her to be a part of your ceremony. Having your mom help give you away on your Wedding Day will honor all she has done to support you. You can walk with your parents on either arm, or have a picturesque hand off from Mother to Father.
Ask guests to remain seated until you pass them during your Bridal Walk
Your mom has been dreaming of this day since she first held your little hand, but won’t be able to even see you walk to your “I do.”
Having your officiant instruct your guests to rise after you have already passed them, allows her to see all the joy grow on her little girl’s face as she makes her way to her soon to be husband.
Carry her with you
It is always amazing when you can wear your mother’s or his mother’s dress, but our parents had some “interesting” style choices – I’m looking at you puffy sleeves! Taking a piece from their dresses and incorporating it into your wedding attire can honor the marriages that led to yours. Take a lace appliqué from Mom’s dress and wrap your bouquet or create a beautiful hair clip!
Keep traditions alive
Traditions are important. Whether it is your family or his, embracing a family tradition is a part of joining the family. Keep an open mind when discussing traditions that are important to the parents and find ways to incorporate them into your ceremony or reception.
The Mother/Son Dance
The Mother/Son dance is the Mother of the Groom’s moment – Let her soak it up! Having her select the song for their dance, gives her the opportunity to express love for her son and their relationship perfectly.
Mother of the Groom does not always get as involved in the wedding planning, and if she only has sons, she will adore this opportunity to plan something special.
Give them the spotlight once more
Without these two couples, you and your fiancé would not be where you are today. They were once in your shoes, and if both his and your parents are still married, giving them a moment to reminisce the happiest day of their lives is the perfect way to honor their love. Clear the dance floor and have your DJ play their song.
Remember to set aside a time to thank the most important woman in your life. She has loved you and pushed you to be the woman you are today. Remember to thank your fiancé’s mother for raising the man of your dreams. Make a speech at your wedding or write a letter to them expressing gratitude for the many sleepless nights, bed time stories, and healing kisses.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Be Mine Feb 9, 2019 1:59 PM
Be Mine ❤️
Sweet words to ponder! Sweet words to hear! Sweet words to profess!
As children, Valentine’s Day is a day for school parties, card exchanges and candy, lots of candy! Be Mine are just words stamped onto those pure sugar, heart-shaped candies allowed (by Mom) only on this special day! Scoot into those teenage years and those sweet little words, Be Mine, mean a whole lot more than candy hearts, especially from that special someone!
Of course, the lure and promise of love and romance only sweetens as we grow! “Be Mine” melts into “Will You?” and the sweetest…”I Do!”
But where was Valentine’s Day originated and what makes it such a special day in so many hearts? Contrary to popular belief, Cupid was not the creator of the day of love! One romantic legend is the one of St. Valentine of Rome who defied Emperor Claudius ll and helped Roman soldiers marry their love, saving them from having to go off to war!
Love Conquers All!
The wonder of romance and ‘falling in love’ was declared mysteriously wonderful as far back as Old Testament Days when Solomon penned, “There are three things too wonderful for me, actually four too lofty to understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship at sea, and the way of a man with a maiden.” Pr. 30: 18-19.
Too lofty? Too wonderful? Perhaps! But, definitely worth pursuing and worth celebrating!
Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day for couples to get engaged!
Perhaps this Valentine’s Day there’s a surprise ‘drop to the knee’ declaration of love and promise of Happily Ever After waiting for you?
LOVE! Worth the celebration! Worth the declaration! And definetly worth an indulgent bite into a crunchy, sweet, heart-shaped “Be Mine!”
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!
2018! What a Wonderful and “Weddingful” Year! Dec 20, 2018 1:46 PM
Such a joy to share in so many beautiful wedding celebrations, to hear so many heartfelt
“I Do’s”, and to call out Happy Forever After to so many couples!
Reflecting on the year gone by, we are reminded that each season truly has its own beauty!
Ahhh…Spring! Spring’s abundant fragrance, vibrant greens, and fresh air of excitement pale only to the love that’s in the air! Spring Fever indeed! Who couldn’t fall in love in Spring!?
But, Oh….Summer Lovin’ is a given at The Brooks!
Soft Summer sunsets, Crepe Myrtle’s white blooms, cool flowing brooks and bubbling ponds, even a summer campfire or two…
Summer Lovin’ and warm breezes make beautiful music!
Autumn’s cooler temperatures and rich harvest hues make their way into many a bride’s dreams. Golden leaves dotting the brook and ponds and vibrant colors calling from the surrounding hillside, awaken the feel of romance for The Brook’s Fall Weddings!
Of course, Winter and Holiday season has a glow all its own! Twilight comes early whispering Winter’s romantic feel. Can be just the perfect season to enjoy indoor and outdoor fireplaces and that big Texas bright starry sky!
Remembering each season’s beauty and each beautiful Wedding, what can we say but
Thank You !
Thank you to God for a wonderful year and to all the couples who’ve made
The Brooks at Weatherford their Wedding Place!
We wish you a Merry Christmas, a wondrous Holiday season, and the Happiest of New Years!
Steve and Tricia Heflin and The Brooks at Weatherford Staff!
Summer Lovin’ from 360 West Weddings Aug 22, 2018 12:08 PM
Wedding Wednesday: Colleen + Nathan Aug 16, 2018 3:16 PM
Thank you Colleen Stevenson and Nathan Dudley for choosing The Brooks at Weatherford as Your Wedding Place, and allowing us to feature your Wedding!
What a beautiful, colorful, and love-filled day it was!
The Brook’s Chapel, Reception Venue and surrounding grounds were designed to offer a beauty all their own. Situated next to rock encircled ponds, the chapel with its carved wooden pews, white timber trusses, wrought-iron chandeliers, and breathtaking view through 16 foot arched picture windows, offers couples a beautiful ceremony space and backdrop for adding as little or much decor as they deem fit.
As well, the natural elements and earth tones of the Reception Venue’s cedar trunk posts, stained concrete floors, floor to ceiling rock fireplace and rock accented feature wall, provide a stunning, yet versatile space.
Today’s couple, Colleen and Nathan, didn’t shy away from color! Violet, hot pink, orange, and blue were featured in bouquets, centerpieces, and floral arrangements.
Their color choices were just as vibrant as their love story, told below in Colleen’s own words.
How They Met…
The story of how we met is a familiar one. Nathan and I both started (veterinary) school together in the same class. We had mutual friends, which is how our paths initially crossed, and we started studying together and sharing notes. Our friendship grew, and we started placing bets on who would do better on tests and quizzes. Nathan eventually bet me dinner at a restaurant of the winner’s choosing. Naturally, Nathan told me that I bested him on the test (only he knows who actually did better!), and that I was to pick where we were going to go. I procrastinated on picking a dinner location since I was nervous whether we would be going as friends or this would be our first date (I was hoping it would be a date!). Whilst I was procrastinating , Nathan came over to my house for pizza and a movie, and he told me how much he liked me. And the rest is history!
How He Proposed…
Nathan asked me to come over to his place on a Friday so we could work on a project for school together. I told him that would be fine, I just had a riding lesson that afternoon so I wouldn’t be over until about 5 or 5:30. He said that would work for him since he wanted to run a few errands before I came over, so off to the barn I went! It was one of those freak warm days in February, so my pony got extra sweaty during the lesson (meaning I had to wait until he was cool to let him back out in the pasture). When Nathan texted me around 4:30 asking when I would be over to his place, my pony was still steaming through his cooler, so I told Nathan I wouldn’t be leaving the barn until at least 5. As fate would have it, I was leaving the barn at closer to 5:30. I rushed home, let the dogs out quickly, threw on a change of clothes, and headed for Nathan’s (feeling terrible that it was so much later than I had originally thought, but getting hungry!). Nathan didn’t greet me at the door, which was a little odd but not unheard of, and as soon as I walked into his house I knew what was about to happen: the lights were off, little tea candles everywhere, and still no Nathan. I dropped my shoes and backpack at the door (I still thought we were doing homework when I left my place), and walked into the main room. I saw camera flashes coming from the kitchen (Nathan had thoughtfully asked two of our friends from school to come and take pictures), and Nathan came and took me by the hands a lead me over to a display that he had made of things meaningful to us. He then told me some very adorable and heartfelt words, while I struggled not to cry (I figured if I started crying, Nathan would too, so I did my best to hold it together!). Then he got down on one knee, pulled a beautiful ring from his pocket, and asked me to marry him! Of course I said yes! We took a moment to celebrate with our friends with a bottle of champagne and cake. Then, Nathan and I were off to check on our sheep for vet school. We called our parents on the way to the school to let them know the good news! After, we headed out to a lovely dinner!
Their June 16 celebration was absolutely beautiful; the energy level was high all evening and smiles never ceased. What a great team came together to make Nathan and Colleen’s Day picture-perfect and a treasured forever memory!
Justine’s Flowers created vividly colorful and eye-catching arrangements, centerpieces and focal pieces. A beautiful spray of flowers graced the Chapel gates, being one of the first decorations guests encountered. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious Magdalena’s cuisine from appetizers at cocktail hour to the beautifully displayed and wonderfully delicious dinner.
Gorgeous table settings provided by Grand Events provided an elegant touch. Le Force Entertainment’s Cratin Sheffield, kept the evening flowing, energy level high, and guests dancing, and enjoying the celebration. Lori Lynn Photography was sure to capture it all from start to beautiful rose petal finish! This beautiful day, joyful and fun-filled evening wrapped up with a romantic send off of rose petals floating around this sweet couple. Love; sweetly celebrated!
Thank you, Colleen and Nathan, for letting us share your story and share in your beautiful Wedding Day! We wish you the happiest of ever afters, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley!
A special thanks goes out to everyone who helped make their day possible, it’s a joy getting to work with such great industry professionals!
Planning: Merren Events/ Renee McNew
Make Up and Hair: Lip Service
Floral/Decor: Justine’s Flowers
Stationary: The Paper Kutt
Photography: Lori Lynn Photography
DJ/Lights: LeForce Entertainment
Caterer: Magdalena’s Catering and Events
Rentals: Grand Events Rentals
Cake: Honey Love Cakery
String Quartet: Forte Strings
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