Summer Wedding Story: 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