Featured Weddings: Elle & Brent
At first glance, Ellen "Elle" Warren and Brent Harman are every bit the modern couple: he is the president and CEO of a successful barbeque brand, Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, and she is the co-owner of a high-end bridal salon, Warren BarrÃÂ Â³n Bridal. But their relationship, along with their March Dallas wedding, was spotted with details that made for a perfect combination of old and new.
The couple's first meeting, a blind date coordinated by their shared banker, lasted twelve hours and was a virtual culinary tour of Dallas starting with lunch at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse and ending with stops at Fearing's and Charlie Palmer. Their courtship lasted a year and a half, and Brent planned for a proposal that played off of one of his favorite dates with Elle - an evening where bad weather and a craving for dancing led the two to Elle's boutique to dance to music played by an antique record player until three in the morning.
The day of their proposal, the couple planned on watching the Cowboy's game with some friends at a bar, but thanks to some creative genius and a little fibbing from Brent, they ended up back at Elle's boutique. The original site of their impromptu evening of dancing was set up with flowers and champagne. After she said "yes," Elle opened a sealed letter that Brent had written years before, meant for his one true love to open on such an occasion.
Elle was perhaps uniquely suited to find the perfect wedding dress because of her experience in the industry, previously working for top gown designers Ulla-Maija and Angel Sanchez and then opening her own Dallas bridal boutique with friend Cecilia Flores-BarrÃÂ Â³n in 2006. She chose an Elizabeth Fillmore gown and accented the ensemble with a black birdcage veil from Leah C., "something borrowed" diamond earrings from William Noble, a Meridith Griffin for Elizabeth Fillmore necklace and Chanel shoes. Not to be outdone by his bride, Brent wore a Balenciaga suit with an Alexander McQueen shirt.
Dean Fearing, a close family friend of the groom, opened up his restaurant Fearing's at The Ritz-Carlton for the couple's reception and personally created a menu and unique wedding cake for the affair. The rest of the details for the couple's intimate wedding (the 60-person guest list included mostly family and close friends) were made easy by Alison Baker of DFW Events.
Photographer/Studio: John Derryberry Photography
Flowers: Bella Floral
Hair & Makeup: Sonia Trevino Wedding Stylist (hair) & Mayra Rams-Sanabria of My Fabulous Faces (makeup)