Yesterday, we had the pleasure of being day-of coordinators for the lovely Amanda Werley and Alex Treviño at their beautiful wedding. The ceremony was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the reception was at The Stonegate Mansion in Fort Worth, Texas.
Amanda and her mother Debbie had done a great job of planning and organizing in the months leading up to the wedding. They came equipped with spreadsheets, labeled everything, and directed tons of great helping hands our way. That being said, this was no small wedding, so there was lots of work to do getting the reception set up!
We came ready to work, in t-shirts and shorts!
Mrs. Werley and her awesome helpers
Slowly but surely, it started to come together. Amanda wanted each table to be different, with a variety of different bird cages, lace linens, candles, tea lights, lanterns, and flowers. Her colors were deep red and purple, with white accents, so we had a nice palette to work with and each table took on its own character.
HUGE windows! This venue is gorgeous.
Centerpieces – sketching out the arrangement
The Stonegate Mansion is aptly named, because it’s truly a mansion. There was so much going on in the rest of the rooms, outside the dance floor and dining room area.
Sign in table: Amanda and Alex have the same exact initials now that they’re married!
The “family photo nook” off of the fireplace room
Back half of the Bar room
Engagement photos lining the Bar room
Fun for guests during the cocktail hour
Meanwhile, back in the dining room, Lauren was in charge of the flower arrangements.
The artist at work
I was in charge of the candy table – which was to be revealed and set up after the guests had started eating dinner.
Caught red-handed: Mrs. Treviño and I love our candy
Monogrammed dance floor!
Part way through the day, we took a time out to grab a snack and check on the bride, who had just finished getting her hair and makeup done. She was very relaxed and full of smiles – the opposite of bridezilla!
with Mom and her brother Michael’s girlfriend, Jessica
All eight bridesmaids with the bride, in their very sweetly monogrammed shirts
Shortly after, both cakes arrived:
Made by a family friend
The flowers were all real: the baker added them when she arrived at the mansion!
Groom’s cake, made by another friend of the bride (such talented friends!)
And, as always happens at weddings, the photographer arrived, the bride got into her dress, and everything started moving very quickly! There was a lot of rain, and in fact flooding on some of the roads around the mansion, making it difficult for the limo drivers to arrive. However, the photographer turned the library into a beautiful room for the photos while we waited for the rain to die down, and everyone got off to the church in plenty of time!
Sneak peek: the groomsmen getting their photos taken
They left for the church, and the bride and her bridesmaids came downstairs for theirs
After everyone left for the church, Lauren and I had our work cut out for us, dashing around lighting candles, letting the DJ come in out of the rain, making last minute adjustments. Of course we had time for quick pitstop at the photobooth, just to test it out:
Stunning, as usual
The Stonegate Mansion owners, Craig and Michelle, were great hosts and helped us finalize everything in preparation for the guests arriving – from moving plants to adding extra place settings to providing some emergency candle holders. With their staff setting up the food, the candles all lit, and the lighting adjusted, the mansion took on some serious elegance.
Table with the photo slidewhow, which will later be converted to the candy table
Alex’s mother brought the rosaries you see on the table, as gifts for the guests
Bridal party table
Entryway, complete with bridal portrait which was a surprise for Amanda’s dad
My favorite engagement photo
Family photo nook
And then the wedding was over and the guests were arriving! Amanda wanted to make sure she and Alex got to eat, which was extremely smart, so we closed off the library and let them eat before any more photos.
Hallway leading to the dining room, lined with tealight candles
Since there were about 300 guests, the dining room was quickly packed.
Love the lights hanging from the ceiling.
First dance, happily married
After dinner, we set up the candy table.
Lauren and I both have a weakness for hot tamales
The DJ, known as The Violin Guy, had lights attached to his violin bow, which created some green ceiling light and some crazy moving lights on the dance floor as he came out of his booth to perform.
So many dancers, the floor was overflowing!
Last, but not least, Alex’s family had arranged for a mariachi band to arrive at midnight and surprise everyone. They took the dance floor to another level!
Sorry about the terrible photo quality here!
Getting ready for the sparkler exit
It was a beautiful wedding and Lauren and I were so fortunate to be a part of your big day. Amanda and Alex: a huge congratulations, and many blessings on your married life!