Laurel Stone & Langdon Stone
The night Lang Stone met Laurel Stone, he sang “That’s Amore.” The night Lang Stone married Laurel Stone, he sang it again. In fact, everyone at the wedding did: “The band played, and we all got in a circle like a big Italian family and sang and swayed to it,” Laurel says.
The couple met in a Dallas dive bar one night in 2009 after a party. That’s where Lang showed off his karaoke skills and Laurel’s friends urged her to meet the man with her same last name. And as it turned out, their meeting was amore.
Lang asked Laurel to be his wife on a ski trip to Squaw Valley, California, with family and friends. The day after Christmas, while they were at the top of the mountain, he pulled out a ring and surprised her with his proposal.
And then the wedding planning began.
The 32-year-old architect had just one requirement: that her wedding be “100 percent outdoors,” she says. Laurel’s idea of her big day was a simple, casual affair. Lang, a 30-year-old internal-medicine doctor, “always thought that he’d have this very ballroom, black-tie wedding.” What took place that May evening was a happy medium.
Laurel and Lang chose White Oaks Ranch as their venue. The 350-acre property in Pilot Point, about an hour north of Dallas, was once owned by members of the John Wayne family, according to the property’s website. It’s a natural setting of manicured lawns, mature trees, and an open-air pavilion that provided insurance against the rain.
At 6 p.m., Lang and Laurel exchanged vows under the expansive branches of a 100-year-old oak tree. After pledging “I do,” the bride and groom and about 120 guests moved into the pavilion for dinner and dancing.
“The property is so big and beautiful that it didn’t need a lot added,” Laurel says of the decor. “I didn’t want a lot of flowers or a lot of knickknacks—just something simple and timeless.”
Tables were set with glass or metallic vases of roses, hydrangea, and peonies in soft pinks and whites. Gold Chiavari chairs and crystal chandeliers lent a touch of elegance without taking things over the top. The music and the people are what made the wedding personal. The band learned many new songs for the bride and groom, and the newlyweds and their wedding party stayed in a big house on the property the whole weekend.
After the big family sing-along at the end of the evening, the bride and groom left their party in a sparkler shower. And while most of the guests drove home, Lang and Laurel’s nearest and dearest went back to the house for a little more celebrating. “We just wanted to make it last a little longer,” she says.
Ceremony Site: White Oaks Ranch, Pilot Point
Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography
Bridal Gown Designer: Allure
Bridal Gown Retailer: LuLu’s Bridal Boutique
Hair & Makeup: Rachel Andonian; Rebecca Longmire
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: J.Crew
Bridesmaids Dresses Retailer: J.Crew
Flowers: Coco Fleur Events
Stationery: Antiquaria; Elefant Press
Reception Site: White Oaks Ranch
Cake: La Duni
Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering
Band: The Revolvers
Wedding Planner: After Yes