DIY Wedding at Farmers Branch Historical Park, Texas
Shannon and Michael wed on a beautiful sunny morning on May 12, 2012. They had a beautiful DIY wedding at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Their wedding was an intimate soiree representing themselves, their families, their native Texas, and a few of their favorite things.
DIY Wedding at Farmer’s Branch Historical Park, Texas
The wedding and reception were held at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Michael grew up in Farmers Branch and frequently explored the park’s 25 acres, so it was with nostalgia that they celebrated with family and friends at this gem of a park. Michael’s good friend, youth minister, and mentor Rick Briscoe added to the intimacy of the ceremony by officiating the vows.
One of the great features of the contemporary wedding is how the couple incorporate beloved traditions into their weddings. Shannon and Michael heartily captured this trend in their nuptials. Hand picked cotton used in the flower arrangements were a nod to her hometown of Ennis, Texas. The bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral arrangements were not only beautiful, but personal as well: the succulents and herbs used in the arrangements were hand-picked from her garden.
Antique silver serving pieces from Michael’s family were used for the food. The cake serving pieces and picture frames from previous family weddings were used. Shannon shopped thrift ships for china and champagne glasses. Brunch and champagne are two of their favorite things so it was natural for them to have a biscuit and champagne bar. Their friend Mary Ann Manrodt made their beautiful white wedding cakes. Entertainment was provided by their good friend Daron Fuller. Adding to their reception festivities, Shannon and Michael shared their favorite games with the guests-Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, poker, and bingo to name a few.
Quite the crafty girl, Shannon incorporated several DIY wedding ideas. Initials hung on the church doors were covered with book pages. Two thousand paper hearts were scattered down the church aisle. Mason jars held floral arrangements. Crossword puzzles were used at each place setting. “Family Tree” pictures were hung with decorated clothing pins. Other DIY wedding decorations included church confetti, fabric flower garlands, biscuit bar sign, bride and groom burlaps signs, and birdseed pouches.
It was a perfect day for Shannon and Michael. As Shannon reminisced about her wedding day, she said, “Our wedding was a collaborative effort by everyone there; we truly have the most wonderful friends.”
Jenny McCann of Jenny McCann Photography captured the wedding images. She shared with us her philosophy.
“Photography has influenced the way I see life ever since taking my first classes in high school. It is how I express myself and I find nothing more captivating than images of our loved ones. It’s not just about a pretty picture for me. It’s about connection. It’s about discovering the heart of what makes us human. Our relationships with others help to define who we are and when I photograph I am looking for those perfectly synchronized moments of connection, emotion, and light. When everything just comes together. Whether it’s the excitement of a bride and groom’s first look at each other. Or the confidence a child feels from having a loving family. That’s the spark of human connection I look for. I live for these moments that grab my spirit and remind me that this is where I belong. This is what I was meant to do.”