Ashley Dahlen & Coleman Ord
While attending college at Texas A&M University, Ashley and Coleman met in a crowd of 50,000 people at the annual Chilifest concert. To get Ashley’s attention, Coleman asked his entire crew of fraternity brothers to sing a very memorable happy birthday to her. After that fateful day, they met up at a friend’s lake house and started to form a relationship that would result in a proposal in the Texas wine country five years later.
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University, the couple said their vows. However, Ashley describes the moments before the ceremony during their first look photo as her favorite of the day. “We had spent the entire day apart, with so many emotions and nerves building up. The first look allowed us a moment between the two of us, before we walked down the aisle, that we will forever cherish,” she says.
For the reception that followed at The Room on Main, Ashley’s vision of simple, yet classic decor was the perfect accent to the venue’s neutral color scheme. “We wanted to be sure to highlight their unique and traditional features, from the antique hardwood floors to the natural light streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows,” she says. Something Pretty Floral arranged lush bouquets and table settings with pops of pink and purple. Bridesmaids wore metallic gowns by designer Adrianna Papell. And simple accents such as gold-rimmed chargers and a shimmery linen on the cake table added hints of glamour to the pretty palette. Guests danced the night away to the Cover Down Band before the bride and groom made their grand exit as husband and wife.
Ceremony Site: Perkins Chapel at SMU
Photographer: Elisabeth Carol Photography
Stationer: Lolo Lincoln
Bridal Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Gown Retailer: Bridal Boutique
Hair & Makeup: The Styling Stewardess
Groom’s Attire: Culwell & Son
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Adrianna Papell
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Bhldn
Flowers: Something Pretty Floral
Reception Venue: The Room on Main
Wedding Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Caterer: CN Catering
Transportation: Premier Transportation of Dallas
Band: Cover Down Band
Videographer: Emily Paige Films
Lighting: LeForce Entertainment
Rentals: CN Catering
Wedding Planner: Whitney Bailey, Chic Fleur Weddings and Events