Charli Henderson & Jeff Pels

A TCU football game was the scene of Charli and Jeff’s first meet cute. They were introduced by mutual friends and by the end of the game, Jeff extended an invite to Charli to his birthday party that night. She accepted and the pair never left each other’s side after that. Four and a half years later, Jeff planned a secret proposal at Eddie V’s restaurant in Dallas. After popping the question to the crowd’s applause, the couple celebrated with Champagne and a dessert with a congratulatory note. Afterwards, the couple met up with—according to Jeff—“a few friends” at Black Friar in Uptown. To Charli’s surprise, 30 of their nearest and dearest were waiting for them with balloons and excitement.

On May 9, 2015, the couple said their vows at Perkins Chapel on SMU’s campus. Charli wanted the wedding day to be soft and beautiful. Candles and flowers designed by Branching Out accented the ballroom at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. The bride chose coral as the accent color to contrast with the blush pink and white tones.

Jeff loves to dance, so the couple made it a point to make the playlist a number one priority. They were excited—and shocked—by how many of their friends packed the dance floor at the reception. “During the last song—‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey—our friends actually lifted both of us in the air and sang along. It was such a special moment to be surrounded by all of our friends on our favorite day,” says Charli.

Ceremony Site: Perkins Chapel
Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography
Stationer: (invitations); Southern Fried Paper (additional paper suites)
Bridal Gown Designer: Mark Zunino
Bridal Gown Retailer: Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City
Hair & Makeup: Steven Davis; Anastasia Stratten
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Donna Morgan
Bridesmaids Dresses Retailer: Nordstrom
Flowers: Branching Out Floral & Event Design
Reception Venue: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Wedding Cake: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Groom’s Cake: The Cake Guys
Transportation: Premier Transportation
DJ: Uptown Sound
Videographer: Splendor Films
Lighting: Astounding Sounds
Wedding planner: Meaghan Cody, Sweet Pea Events

See the wedding video here.