Real Wedding at Mopac Event Center in Fort Worth

Anniversary posts are my absolute favorite because 1. I get to reminisce not only about the wedding day, but also of the entire planning journey with my couples and 2. Because I’m semi-catching up on life and posting legitimate wedding day photos in detail!

Today is the glorious one year anniversary of Melissa and Taulbee. Meet Melissa. I had the pleasure of receiving a call from her back in 2014. Her older sister, Ashley, was getting married, and she was the amazing maid of honor, and was doing her due diligence of finding her sister a wedding planner.

Lyons Events Melissa Ashley

It was through planning her sister’s beautiful wedding that I got to know Melissa and the type of person that she is. Melissa’s love language is her generosity. Generosity in every sense of the word. Of her time, resources and heart. Every gift was meticulously thought out, and given so selflessly. When Melissa got engaged, I got to experience this gem of a bride, and loved every minute of their engagement.

Lyons Events Melissa
Lyons Events Bride

Meet Taulbee. He put a ring on it, moved Melissa out to Nashville, and finished out grad school all during their engagement. I met him at two previous weddings as a guest, and he was the life of the party. Plus, he’s a redhead, and y’all know that I think redheads are the bomb (or whatever cool phrase the kids are saying it these days).

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Their wedding was a laidback soiree at Mopac Event Center in Fort Worth. This amazingly cool venue is a concert venue by nature and garage doors that open out into the most incredible outdoor space. We found this venue with just one wedding under its belt, and got to see it fully come to life. Melissa and Taulbee wanted a very intimate, yet carefree setting, with no rigid structure of scheduled events and where their guests could just partake in food and drink and dance at their leisure.

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Lyons Events Reception

Being a freshly native Nashvillian (googled it – it is etymologically correct), Melissa was all about the entertainment. She wanted to enjoy live music and enjoy it with all her friends and family. So she hired a freaking band from Tennessee called For a Good Time, Call... and it was the best of both her home states and UGH THEY WERE SO GOOD everyone had a blast!

Lyons Events 4AGTC Band
Lyons Events Band
Lyons Events 4AGTC Band

Kudos to the vendor team!

Venue: Mopac Event Center | Photographer: Esther Huynh Photography

Florist: Donna Jenkins with Rose Lady Designs | Catering: Beyond the Box Weddings

Band: For a Good Time, Call… | Videographer: Pandachan Films | Photobooth: POP!

Desserts: Crème de la Crème Cake Company and 85C Bakery Cafe and Dallas Custom Cookies

Hair: Kristy Goplin | Makeup: Erica Stein | Planning: Lyons Events

Bridal Gown Designer: Olia Zavozina | Men’s Tuxes: Jos A. Banks

Save the Dates: Lyons Paperie | Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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Lyons Events Save the Date
Lyons Events Invitations
Melissa's mother in law hand made all bridal party tanks and hangers!

Melissa's mother in law hand made all bridal party tanks and hangers!

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Lyons Events Cake
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Lyons Events Farm Tables

Real Wedding at the Heart of the Ranch

This is Libby. This will sound crazy, but she is the most laid back, yet meticulously organized bride that you have ever met. She can make a timeline that would make any planner proud. 


This is Charlie. He proposed in the middle of City Park in Colorado, and flew in their family for a surprise engagement celebration. 

Lyons Events Charlie

This is their dog, Berkley, who is part of every major milestone in their life. I mean, the floral collar. Excellent touch, no? 

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Now meet the bride and groom. Not only are they ridiculously good looking, the kind of relationship they have, full of humor and laughter, is ridiculously fun to be around. 

Lyons Events Libby + Charlie

Before I met Charlie, though, I met Libby's family at our consultation. Let me tell you - this family is the most welcoming and organized bunch you've ever met. They get things done!

Libby and Charlie chose to save their first look for the moment when she walked down the aisle. Instead, Libby reserved a first look for the men in her family. This photo truly showcases the love and union that I got to experience during their engagement journey.

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Also, during one of our first meetings, Libby says to me "Oh, my cousin will be doing the photos." Come to find out, her cousin is THE Kat Harris. Joy to the world. 

Libby and Charlie chose their venue at the Heart of the Ranch because y'all, it's a gorgeously hidden plot of land in Fort Worth. A true outdoor oasis. Setting the reception in a clear top tent and incorporating floral chandeliers and greenery courtesy of Moss Floral made the transition from ceremony so seamless. 

Lyons Events Clear Top Tent

The ceremony site is another treasure. You get to enter from this magical opening in the forest. Again - my heart soared because Charlie walked down the aisle with both parents. His family is another level of love and laughter. Libby's mother was escorted by BOTH her brothers.

Lyons Events Grooms Family
Lyons Events Brides Family

OH! Another thing Libby told me in our meetings "Oh. My dad is going to build us some things for the wedding." Y'ALL. By "things" - freestanding wooden bars with marquee lights, cake stand, welcome table and a honest-to-goodness donut wall. 

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Lyons Events Welcome Table
Lyons Events Donut Wall

Spoiler alert - Libby and Charlie's celebration was filled with love and family and ended in happiness and included lots of dancing, and tears, and sparklers. The end. 

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This flawless wedding would not have happened without this amazing vendor team:

Photographer: Kat Harris | Venue: Heart of the Ranch | Floral Design: Moss Floral

Catering: Macklins Catering Co. | Cake: Creme de la Creme Cake Company

Hair and Makeup: Anastasia Strattan | Rentals: Grand Events Texas

Band: Motion Band DFW | Ceremony Music: Strings 4 All Seasons | Planner: Lyons Events

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