Photo courtesy of Courtney Hanson Photography.

Amy Grest & Ryan Frederick

After a chance meeting at a local bar, Amy Grest and Ryan Frederick had their first date at the Blind Butcher, a restaurant they both love. That night, they sat outside and talked for hours. “I think we both felt something was different,” says Amy. Three months later, they were living together. “I guess you could say we knew it was right!” They dated for two years before Ryan proposed at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It was a fitting location: the couple shares a mutual passion for architecture. Amy did not know that Ryan’s plans included more than sightseeing, and as Amy was photographing the scenery around the bridge, Ryan fumbled with the ring box. When she turned to face him, he began reciting all of their memories together and everything they have to look forward in the future. “Before getting down on one knee, he cracked the joke we always would say, which was ‘Are you sure you wanna marry me?’ and, not realizing he was being serious, he laughed and bent down,” she remembers. It took Amy a while to process, and then calm down, at which point Ryan pointed in the direction of a man with a camera, telling her to smile. “Shocked I turned around to see our good friend, Brett (who later officiated our wedding), run out from the bushes with his camera. Then following behind him was his girlfriend, Rachel, with a bottle of champagne!”

The aesthetically-minded pair did not skip a beat when it came to planning their tropical ’60s-themed wedding, which was on May 6, 2017. The color palette included fuchsia, orange, canary yellow, and pale pink, which set a dazzling tone at the cool, retro Belmont Hotel. The bride wore an elegant, long-sleeve and grass-grazing lace gown. “Our music was a big inspiration for us,” remembers Amy. The processional song was ‘Peace Train’ by Cat Stevens, Amy walked to ‘River’ by Leon Bridges, and the recessional was ‘Queen B.’ by David Bowie. Flowers were also very important to the bride, who partnered with floral designer Jessica Criscoe to create arrangements filled with birds of paradise, protea, cockscomb, and ginger. Since it was early May, Amy added in some spring florals too–peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and bougainvillea. Plastic flamingos dotted the greenery in the carefree setting. It was an intimate, festive affair: “I will always remember my whole family doing the chicken dance, our family’s wedding tradition,” says Amy. Throw in Smoke Dallas catering for some down-home BBQ and bit of Texan flair, and you have a night for the books. True to their love for architecture, downtown Dallas painted the skyline: setting the backdrop for their wedding and future together.


Ceremony/reception site: The Belmont Hotel
Photographer: Courtney Hanson Photography
Bridal Gown Designer: Rue de Seine
Bridal Gown Retailer: A & Be Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Retailer: Badgley Mischka 
Flower Girl Dress Retailer: Neiman Marcus
Flowers: Jessica Criscoe
Stationery: Minted 
Cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations 
Caterer: Smoke Dallas 
Wedding Rentals: M&M Rentals 

Amy works at Neiman Marcus and Ryan works for the Granada. You can find them driving through their neighborhood looking at homes, perusing home decor stores, or at any new bar or restaurant in town. See more of their wedding with the hashtag: #FinallyFrederick