I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Nov 5, 2019 12:17 PM  

As the weather changes and temperatures drop, we can’t help but reminisce the warm Summer months and the couples that said “I do,” to their Summer loves.

Katie Nicholson and Drew Thompson, Wedding Day of August 18 agreed to share their ‘Summer Love’ story and Wedding Day photos from their day to remember! 

Here’s a bit of their Once Upon a Time… 

The Perfect Plan…

When Drew’s most trusted and respected friend said he knew the perfect girl for him, Drew was eager to meet her. Katie and Drew were introduced to each other at a ministry for young adults called The Porch. Drew was always so caring of Katie and made sure to include her in everything they were doing. Drew’s trusted friend was absolutely right! Love happened quickly! In 6 short months, Drew began planning to propose! 

 It was the eve of Katie’s “Senior Night” where the sports teams at Dallas Baptist University honor the graduating seniors. Drew made it known he was busy with seminary studies and wouldn’t be able to attend, which is why it was such a surprise to Katie when he showed up, knocking on her dorm room door. He told her to get dressed because he was taking her out to celebrate. With time to kill before their dinner reservations, Drew suggested they stroll through the Dallas Botanical Gardens. 

As they made their way to the water front, Drew eyed and picked up one of several Bibles they saw placed with roses along the pathway. He picked one up and read a verse to Katie, and they continued on their way. Not wanting to disturb someone else’s set up, Katie told him he should leave the Bibles alone. Just then a man approached them saying, “You might want to stay clear, someone has planned an engagement here.” 

Drew smiled and said, “ Yeah – ours!”  

Completely caught off guard, Katie’s heart began to race as Drew, yes indeed, took the down on one knee pose and asked her to marry him!  “Yes!  Yes!”, was of course Katy’s  answer!   

Summer Lovin’…

And so the planning began…

Wedding planning is tough and living long distance from your ‘intended’ only makes it more so. Katie and Drew spent their engagement living far away from each other. Drew was still in Seminary with quite a heavy study load and tight schedule, so Wedding date options were limited.  Studying the calendar, they realized their choice was either August or December.

 December would mean waiting almost an entire year to be married. August brought to mind one hitch, dealing with the Texas Summer heat. They chose the sooner option and vied for a catchy, easy to remember, 8-18-19 date.  Katie knew just who to turn to help make this quicker than later event happen – Her very own sister-in-law, Ashlee Nicholson, owner of the Fort Worth/Dallas wedding planning boutique, Treasured Heart Events.

 With God at the center of their relationship, being married in a chapel was important to Katie and Drew!  Driving onto the property of The Brooks at Weatherford brought fond memories to Katie’s mind. Memories of summer drives around Lake Weatherford with her Dad; windows down, hair blowing in the wind!  Stepping into the The Brooks’ Chapel let Katie and Drew know they had found their Wedding Place! 

 With their special date indeed available, the choice of venues was made, the date was set and The Nicholson-Thompson Wedding was in the works!

The First Look…

 In 9 short months, Wedding Day was here. Stomach in knots, the nerves were getting to Katie. Is everything coming together? Did I forget something? Where is he…and is he as nervous as me? 

The moments leading up to Wedding Day can be quite stressful for any bride!  On top of day to day life, you are planning the biggest celebration centered around you, and of course, you want everything to be perfect! Moments of anxiety and feeling at least a bit overwhelmed, can follow the bride right into Wedding Day. 

 A quick run in the morning, breathing exercises, sipping on your favorite latte while jamming out to Taylor Swift with you closest friends are all ways to keep Wedding Day jitters at bay, however for Katie all it took was one look at Drew. 

Katie and Drew chose to do a first look. This new tradition is a wonderful way to remind you ‘why you’re here.’  For Katie, the highlight of her Wedding Day was their First Look!  As she approached her future husband, she felt all her worries fade away. She tapped his shoulder. When he turned around, Drew looked up and down and all around at his beautiful bride-to-be and exclaimed, “Well, you look good!”

The Start of Happily Ever After…

Before they knew it, ceremony time was here. Katie, arm in arm with her Dad, made her way down the bridal path to the chapel. 

The best Wedding Day advice she received was from her Matron of Honor and planner, Ashlee.  She told her “Soak in every moment of the walk with your Dad and when the chapel doors open and you see Drew waiting for you, it will feel like you’ve entered through the golden gates of Heaven.

The inviting grounds of The Brooks not only allowed for amazing photos by Lindsay and Brandon Lutz of Lutz Studios, but also a fun filled evening. Popsicles by Alchemy Pops were served while friends and family played yard games on the lawn. Buckets of cold water and lounge furniture from Coral Lange kept their guests comfortable while post ceremony photos took place.

Looking back, Drew and Katie’s favorite memories are of being together and dancing the night away. “He always makes me feel comfortable and goofy”, Katie says! 

They truly bring out the best in each other!

Best Day Ever for Katie and Drew! The choice to brave the heat paid off as forever treasured Wedding Day memories take this sweet couple into that soon to arrive December month, already husband and wife!  

We are honored to be part of the forever treasured memories and to share this sweet love story! 

Congratulations to you, Drew and Katie Thompson … the new Mr. and Mrs.!!

Vendor Team

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

Nate and Grace Photography

Amy Zumwalt Photography

Arden Prucha Photography

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!

1. My Sapphire South Padre


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.

2. La Cantera Resort

Go South to the La Cantera Resort for a romantic spa retreat in the heart of San Antonio.

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.

3. The Driskill

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!

5. Historic Fort Worth

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.

Thank her!

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!

Photocredits

Nate and Grace Photography

Meggie Taylor

Melanie Julian

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!

 


   Then just about the time Summer has cooked a bit too long, Texas’s true Wedding Season arrives!

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!

Credits: Shelly Taylor Photography , Mel Julian Photography, Nate and Grace Photography, Kent Evans Photography , Amy Zumwalt Photography, Todd Piersall, Meredith Parnell Read more…

Summer Lovin’ from 360 West Weddings Aug 22, 2018 12:08 PM  

Do you have the case of the August Blues? It’s kind of like the Sunday Blues, but instead of dreading the beginning of the week, you’re feeling down as summer fades to an end.
Thankfully, 360 West Weddings reminded us of Meagan Klansek and Brian Bordelon’s August 27th wedding from almost exactly two years ago.
Looking back at their soft, summer wedding lifted our spirits in a heartbeat! Click the link below to be transported back to their wedding day, and your August Blues will turn into Summer Lovin’!

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! 

The Chapel

The Reception 

The Exit 

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!