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Sara and Blake are a sweet, precious couple whose love for each other is instantly recognizable. Their wedding day was full of personal touches from handmade signs to a choreographed bridal party dance, and these two lovebirds enjoyed every minute of it. Looking through their photos captured by K & S Photography, you can see the joy and love wrapped in this day! 

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Sara’s color scheme was purple and white with a hint of peacock, which always works well at Clark Gardens! The garden is home to a variety of wildlife- an elegant swan named Doc, Canada geese, ducks, turtles, blue herons, guinea fowl, and gorgeous peacocks. Moments before Sara walked down the aisle a guinea ran across the ceremony pathway- As a newly vet school graduate, Sara's face lit up with delight!

The ceremony was held at the Rose Pavilion in the West Garden. Our white garden chairs fanned out across the lawn of the pavilion and guests were able to see Blake and Sara’s darling faces as they spoke their own written vows, which brought everyone to tears, including us. The Rose Pavilion waterfall added a beautiful sound to the ceremony. 

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The purple and white bridesmaid's dresses were classic. Simple, yet elegant and the girls' bouquets, by preferred vendor Penny's Flower Shop in Mineral Wells, were a perfect addition.

 

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After the ceremony Sara and Blake took the most beautiful pictures in the sunset light of the West Garden. One of our many favorites is of the newlyweds standing amidst the double-ruffle poppies. The poppies are stunning in full bloom showcasing a sea of pink along the West garden.

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The reception was held on Summer House Lawn and it was a blast! Joe T. Garcia’s catered the reception and worked like a well-oiled machine. From the time they arrived to the time they left, Joe T’s staff cooked and served fast and professionally. They did a fabulous job!

Thomas Smith with Smith Audio, also one of our preferred vendors, set out purple up-lights at the bottom of the crepe myrtles that gave the garden reception a big something-extra. Also, included with Summer House Lawn at Clark Gardens is a dance floor with a canopy of café lights that really makes the lawn feel like a party! 

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In Blake’s vows he said “we have been through four graduations, four years of a long-distance relationship, across two states in two different time zones, and it has been worth every minute of the wait.” *cue tears.*

We could not be happier for these two darling individuals. The wait is over!

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Blake and Sara!

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Catering: Joe T. Garcia’s

Event Coordinator: Monica De Los Santos

Floral: Penny’s Flower Shop

Music: Thomas Smith, Smith Audio

Photography: Shauna Wyatt- K & S Photography

Videography: Hunter Starnes- Take 4 Studio

 

 

 
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Nicole and Sean are an amazing couple.
They and their families, are so friendly and inviting you feel like you’ve known them forever. Nicole and Sean are fun, quirky, and laid back and you can see the true friendship in their relationship-that friendship and their love for each other was evident in their wedding.
 

Nicole and Sean were married in the middle of the Chapel Lawn at Clark Gardens and opted for circular seating. This allowed every guest to see their faces and witness their emotions as they said their vows. Surrounding their platform was lush pink and white floral arrangements and vases of candles. All floral and designing was done by Lisa Ham with Coco Fleur Events.

For ceremony music, the University of North Texas Green Tones a capella group sang Nicole’s requests. She walked down the aisle to a fabulous rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”
 
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Nicole was one of the most calm, easy-going brides we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She looked absolutely stunning and was simply ready to marry the man waiting for her on the Chapel Lawn.  Sean’s face when he first saw Nicole was enough to make a stranger cry. He was in complete awe of his very soon-to-be wife. Lisa Cavet with LG Photos truly captured every amazing moment for them.

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April 26th was possibly the windiest day of the entire season, but the weather was not going to get this couple down. Nicole’s veil was blowing like a flag, so Sean thought quickly and remedied the situation by tucking her veil into her dress.
 
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Later in the ceremony Nicole and Sean literally tied the knot and shared the most picture-perfect kiss.

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For the reception Coco Fleur Events seriously captured Nicole’s personality and vision for the East Tent.
The tent was glitz and glam with a hot pink, black, white, and gold color scheme and a variety of patterns that all came together for the perfect party scene.
 
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The Reata catered the reception and did a fabulous job, as always. Nicole and Sean had not one cake, not two cakes, but a cake buffet featuring a variety of colors and flavors by Sugar Bee Sweets. (cake with adorably quirky flamingo topper not pictured)

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Le Force Entertainment kept everyone on their feet all night! Like Nicole and Sean, this crowd likes to have a good time.

And hence our favorite photo of the entire evening…

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 From beginning to end, the Corley-Dawson wedding was a blast to witness.
The vendors captured their personalities and wishes, and created the most perfect wedding day for Sean, Nicole, their families and friends.
 
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Nicole and Sean, thank you for allowing Clark Gardens to celebrate you.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to you both!

 

 

 

 

Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets

Catering: Reata

DJ: Le Force Entertainment

Floral and design: Coco Fleur Events

Photography: LG Photography

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Ashley and Brent were married in the Channel Garden on April 4th and from the time they booked, we knew it would be an amazing event. 

 

Brent waited for Ashley at the White Garden for their first look session where Jennifer Crenshaw Photography captured some precious moments. Ashley was stunning in her gown- she truly looked like a princess and these photos make their intimate meeting a fairytale.

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Summer House Lawn provided the perfect space for bridal party pictures. The girls’ dresses gave a great contrast against their gorgeous spring flowers. Ashley's vision of watercolors was achieved with shades of  yellow, peach, and pink.
Stems of Dallas did an amazing job!

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The guys looked sharp in their gray suits complimenting the girls' gray dresses, and their striped ties were a fun touch! … As were the surprise superhero socks…

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Ashley’s attention to detail played a huge part in the décor. Her color scheme was unique and worked perfectly with her garden setting. Almost the entire event was DIY; Ashley put together an amazing team of friends and family to design and create all of the personal touches that made a wedding with almost 300 guests feel intimate.
Her creative ideas and hard work came together beautifully!

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Would you believe that Ashley's mom MADE this precious marquee sign??

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The ceremony, held at the Channel Garden, was beautiful and fun! Ashley, still looking like a princess, walked down the aisle to 'Once Upon a Dream' from Sleeping Beauty.

Have you heard of anything more perfect??

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Ashley and Brent's reception was held in the East Tent and it was definitely a party! 
A Very Special Day has provided quality entertainment at Clark Gardens several times this year and they have never seen an empty dance floor here.
The Fischer-Linz guests were no exception!

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Ashley's watercolor theme was beautiflly represented in her cake and Brent's Aggie tradition was well- represented in his.
Delicious Cakes did a fabulous job!

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The newly married Linz's put on a great party and were definitely celebrated by all.

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Thank you, Ashley and Brent, for letting Clark Gardens celebrate with you.
Congratulations and Best wishes to the happy couple!!

 

 

Cakes: Delicious Cakes

Catering: Babe's Chicken Dinner House

Entertainment: A Very Special Day

Event Planning/Coordination: Precious Creations

Floral: Stems of Dallas

Photography: Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

 

 

 

 

Hello, Clark Gardens friends!

We have been BUSY with our wonderful FALL brides and what beautiful weddings we have seen!

I want to share my thoughts on the idea of the PERFECT wedding. Everyone wants a wedding to be perfect and as a young woman, newlywed, and wedding coordinator, I get that. But stuff happens. Every wedding is its own creature with many moving parts and there are some things you just can't plan for. Sometimes you have to be flexible and ask yourself, "is this worth ruining the best day of my life?"


Many brides lose sight of the purpose of the wedding- This is an event to celebrate your commitment and a new journey and yet, time after time I see people get so wrapped up in the details that they forget the big picture. You're here to get married and have fun!

On my wedding day I told my mom, best friend, and then-fiance, "No matter what happens today, if we have fun and leave married, today will be a success." And let me tell you: our wedding was perfect for us, but by no means perfect.

Besides my dressing room being double booked and our caterer removing food before my groom and I could eat, our first-look photo session and family photos took so long that our guests started arriving while I'm on stage taking pictures. Eventually enough people had already seen me in my dress that there was no sense in hiding... So there I was, donned in ivory and lace, standing at the door greeting every guest with a hug. They looked confused, like they were breaking rules by seeing me and I'm sure some worried they had missed the wedding. But when something went wrong, we rolled with it.

I will say this about my own wedding: It was FUN! To this day, our friends and family will say "Man, I loved your wedding!" There were no rules, no traditions, and definitely no bad omens for our marriage- just a ceremony and a party. And no matter what happened that day we still left the building smiling, in love, and MARRIED.

So my best advice to brides is this: Don't sweat the small stuff. Get married and have fun!...

The rest just makes a good story ;)

 

 

 

Until next time- Chelsea

HELLO!!

Now that I’ve been the new Events Manager for over a month and I’ve finished catching my breath I feel it’s time to properly introduce myself.

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 My name is Chelsea Brookshire- a Granbury girl, 2009 Tarleton State University graduate, and newlywed! I love good music, good food, and good laughs. I am passionate about my marriage, church, work, and serving people.  Helping make the planning process easier for brides (and their families) is a perfect fit for me since I just experienced the fun and exhausting season of my own. And I LOVE being married! So what better job for me than to help couples start the amazing journey with a day celebrating their commitment?? I love it. I love everything about it.

I adore spending each day at Clark Gardens for a MULTITUDE of reasons: Each trail has its own smell; the peacocks provide their own form of entertainment; we sell water lilies; the garden is gorgeous year-round; the staff is a family; and people love being here! Clark Gardens is a hidden gem; a true oasis where you can escape the city, discover something new, and experience our piece of Heaven. 

Whether you are a bride, family or friend, a vendor, love the gardens, or just love weddings I encourage you to like our ‘Clark Gardens Weddings’ Facebook page. We will be posting wedding trends, fan questions, pictures of our weddings, and start really getting to know our clients. We’re going to be following them along the way to the big day! So join us. Help us celebrate their journey! 

Until next time- Chelsea Brookshire

 

 

 

"Life's a garden. Dig it." -Joe Dirt.

 

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