Madison Glendenning & Caleb Lavey

Madison Glendenning & Caleb Lavey

Love blossomed in the bleachers for Madison Glendenning and Caleb Lavey, who met in grade school and fell in love during high school football season. Undeterred by different colleges, they nurtured their relationship over the miles: Madison traveled from TCU to Oklahoma State to watch Caleb play college football. In February 2016, they celebrated a major win at their wedding.

For a couple who had known each other since fourth and fifth grade and shared many of the same friends, deciding on a wedding venue was the easy part. They chose the bride’s family ranch in Celina, where Madison’s sister had also gotten married. They hired Todd Fiscus for his wedding playbook—and the magic began.

The wedding day unfolded with healthy doses of sentiment and surprise. The ceremony was held in the First United Methodist Church of Celina—a touching moment, considering it was the last wedding in the old church before moving to a new location. Then guests traveled to the Glendenning ranch, guided by charming signage on hay bales made by the bride’s father, Rex—a throwback to football days when the “hay man” would create signs before all the games. Once at the ranch, guests were entertained in a spacious tent accented with shades of rose gold, antique gold, and navy. The color palette added sleek, modern touches to the rustic charm. The bride’s favorite flourish was something she had no idea was coming, a fantastic rose wall behind the band. “On Saturday morning, I peeked at the tent, and it was like, ‘Whoa, hello floral!’” recalls Madison.

Madison chose a column gown by Berta and added a dramatic train for the ceremony. The bride and groom chose a first look rather than first seeing each other among their 300 friends and family members. “I knew I would be anxious because all I’d want to do was see Caleb. I didn’t want to ruin the moment,” she says. “We went to the church and he was standing at the end of the aisle. Caleb is not a crier or emotional person, but he was more emotional than I was. It really hit him at that moment. Right when we saw each other, every nerve just went away.”

The first look allowed the couple time to take photos before the ceremony with family and friends and to enjoy the party. “I had no regrets with the first look. You’re on such a high once the ceremony’s over, you just want to enjoy this party you’ve been planning for a year.”

They danced with their guests into the night, then enjoyed a fireworks show before being whisked off in a vintage Rolls-Royce. After a honeymoon in Europe, they settled in Frisco and now work with Madison’s parents in the family’s commercial real estate business. Now, they relish their kickoff to married life. -Connie Dufner

Ceremony Site: First United Methodist Church of Celina
Photographer: Kristen Kilpatrick Photography
Bridal Gown Designer: Berta
Bridal Gown Retailer: Bridal Boutique
Hair & Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry
Groom’s Attire: Q Clothier
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designer: Halston Heritage
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Retailer: Neiman Marcus
Flower Girl Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo
Flower Girl Dress Retailer: Nordstrom
Flowers: Todd Events
Stationery: Color Box Design & Letterpress
Reception Site: Bride’s family ranch in Celina
Cake & Desserts: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Caterer: Food Company
Band: DSQ Electric (cocktails/dinner); Simply Irresistible (reception)
Lighting: Beyond
Videographer: Hakim Sons Films
Wedding Rentals: P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals; Ducky-Bob’s
Wedding Planner: Angela Stone, Todd Events
Wedding Designer: Todd Fiscus, Todd Events