A Napa-Inspired Wedding at a Historic Train Depot in Fort Worth

Interior designer Meredith Mills is detail oriented by trade so it was natural that she’d apply those on-the-job skills for her May wedding to Joshua Ellis. As the day arrived, checklists kicked into high gear. The venue was done: Beautifully restored The Ashton Depot in Fort Worth made for a dazzling space. The weather was perfect: A gorgeous spring day meant no need for the indoor plan. Everything was coming together just as she dreamed—and better. “There was a train that went through during our ceremony, but it was still as charming as ever,” she recalls. Their relationship got on track in Waco, when Meredith went to Baylor and Josh studied at Texas State Technical College. When Josh and his roommates complained about noise coming from the apartment above, Meredith made brownies to make up for it. After three years of dating, Josh popped the question on a romantic trip to Northern California, where her parents then lived. “I thought I was planning a fun birthday event for him at our favorite vineyard, Wente Vineyards. He and my mom had planned it all out. When we got to the wine cave, he turned the tables on me and proposed. It was absolutely perfect,” she says.

Surprises didn’t end on engagement day—they continued on May 6, 2017. “The whole day was the most perfect dream I could have ever imagined,” says Meredith, who worked with wedding planner Lottie Fowler of Grit + Gold. “I’ll never forget the moment I walked through the doors of the venue and it just hit me. It was the most spectacular sight.” The Beaux Arts ballroom was awash in signature soft, organic arrangements by The Southern Table. Flowers and greens also bedecked the staircase and the outdoor ceremony.

“The vision was to bring a little California Napa–Tuscan look to Texas. I really wanted the flowers to make a huge statement,” the bride says. Bridesmaids and flower girls’ dresses were neutral to emphasize the sylvan vibe. Meredith wore a sleeveless lace gown by Watters with a deep V-neck and a voluminous skirt.

To her surprise (again), the groom teared up. The couple had decided against a first look, so Josh got his first peek at his beautiful bride along with the guests. “He doesn’t show his emotion as much as I do, but he was standing down there crying like a baby,” Meredith says. The bride had her crying moment earlier, when the couple exchanged their gifts. Josh, a designer for Oncor, had given her sapphire earrings, her birthstone, symbolizing loyalty and trust. “We had to do a little touch-up on the makeup,” she explains.

The couple is now happily settled in their first home in Burleson, where Josh grew up. “It’s so fun to be having all of these firsts: puppy and new home,” she says. “Life is good and kinda crazy right now.”

—Connie Dufner

"The vision was to bring a little California Napa–Tuscan look to Texas."

Credits

  • Ceremony & Reception Site

    The Ashton Depot

  • Photographer

    Shannon Skloss Photography

  • Hair & Makeup

    Something You Beauty

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Watters

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    Warren Barrón

  • Groom’s Attire

    Men’s Wearhouse

  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designer/Retailer

    Azazie

  • Flower Girl Dress Retailer

    David’s Bridal

  • Groomsmen’s Attire

    Jos. A. Bank

  • Flowers

    The Southern Table

  • Stationery

    Press Paperie

  • Cake

    Loft22 Cakes

  • Caterer

    The Ashton Depot

  • Music

    Jonathan Moody Band

  • Lighting

    Beyond

  • Videographer

    Candlelight Films

  • Wedding Rentals

    Bella Acento

  • Wedding Rentals

    Quest Events

  • Wedding Rentals

    Artifacture

  • Wedding Rentals

    Sugar Creek Vintage Rentals

  • Wedding Rentals

    Posh Couture Rentals

  • Wedding Planner & Designer

    Grit + Gold

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