#NMweddings: Assistant Buyer, Carley Mallett - Neiman Marcus

#NMweddings: Assistant Buyer, Carley Mallett

Courtney Maldonado

June 10, 2016


NM Assistant Buyer Carley Mallet has been dreaming about her fairy-tale wedding since she was a little girl. Inspired by vintage elegance and sparkle, along with an underlying earthy tone, it was everything she imagined and more. We sat down with the bride to hear more about her big day, and most importantly—what she wore!

NM: What was your inspiration for the wedding?

CM: It was a mix of garden party and The Great Gatsby. I wanted it to feel light and airy, but I wanted vintage undertones as well. The venue already provided the industrial look, and I covered it with earthy greens and pops of gold to make my vision come to life. I wanted my guests to feel like they went back in time while also keeping it young and fresh.



NM: How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

CM: Joey proposed in April of 2015, and we were married March 20, 2016, so planning took less than a year. I definitely could have made it happen in about eight months instead of closer to 11. I have known for a long time how I wanted the day to look, so it really came down to executing it. My mom, my mother-in-law, and I made a great team. I selected my vendors fairly quickly and the details came together naturally. I definitely made the right decision hiring a wedding coordinator for a month, which relieved so much stress at the end. It’s all about time management, creating spreadsheets, and making sure you do a little every day.




NM: Tell us about the dress, and more so about the choosing and fitting process.

CM: : I found the dress of my dreams in a magazine photograph, but didn’t fully realize the first one I tried on was “the dress” until I looked in the mirror. I screamed out loud in excitement! I tried on five or six more, but none of them compared. I’ve always known I wanted an all-lace design with sleeves, and its neckline and delicate appearance sealed the deal for me. It took about five months for the dress to arrive, and it needed minimal alterations, which made the entire process really carefree. I tell all of my bride friends to really go with their gut—find a dress that you’ve always imagined yourself in. That’s exactly what I did.



NM: What shoes and jewelry did you wear?

CM: : I went with a pair of classic gold Stuart Weitzman heels called The Speedy. I wanted something that I could wear again and again after the big day. For my “something borrowed,” I wore a pearl and sapphire ring that my paternal grandfather gave my mom as a gift. For my “something old,” I wore my grandmother’s drop pearl earrings. Prior to the reception, I swapped the pearl ring for my Aggie ring. My fiancé gave me a white pearl bangle bracelet from Kendra Scott the day of the wedding that I also wore.



NM: Tell us about your bridesmaids and the beautiful bouquets.

CM: I had seven bridesmaids total. Two maids of honor, who have been my childhood best friends since I was seven! Three others were my closest friends from college, one of them being the wife of Joey’s best friend. Last, Joey’s sister, who has become one of my closest friends, was also a bridesmaid. My youngest cousin, Harper, was my junior bridesmaid. My vision for the maids was different styles of dresses, but all in the same champagne color family. I wanted to incorporate different textures and allow each maid to feel like herself. Some dresses were chiffon, some were tulle or silk, and one had beading. Our bouquets were a dream! A friend from high school had started her own floral business, and Joey and I wanted to support her. She created the most natural, feminine bouquets out of white peonies, peach and pink garden roses, ranunculus, wax flower, lemon leaf, and green ivy. Our inspiration was a 1920s industrial vibe with a touch of Gatsby. I used gold mercury glasses on all the dinner tables to give the room some vintage glam while still keeping it earthy.



NM: Tell us a bit about the reception. What were your highlights?

CM: A definite highlight of our reception was Steel City Pops. Joey isn’t the biggest fan of cake, so we actually had their amazing organic popsicles in place of a groom’s cake. They were a huge hit—we had five different flavors ranging from strawberry lemonade to chocolate. I am also really partial to the head table, which I took on as my own special project. We decided on doing solid wood tables lined with garland and flax seed flower. I used my paternal grandmother’s hurricane lamps and my maternal grandmother’s glass candlestick holders to tie it all together. The venue also provided the most beautiful geometric Edison lights, which hung above the table. My aunt created a stunning backdrop for the cake table, which was also a big focal piece. She handpainted coffee filters ivory and gold to create a beautiful waterfall effect. Last but not least, when you’re at an Aggie wedding, the war hymn is always involved. That was definitely a fun moment—to be surrounded by my closest friends showing our crazy school spirit.


NM: Describe what you were feeling during your send off.

CM: When my planner told us that it was almost time for the sendoff, I was amazed at how fast the night had flown by. After we finished our private dance, our guests were lined outside the venue with the largest sparklers I have ever seen! I was absolutely ecstatic for our honeymoon to Tulum, Mexico, but I also felt some sadness that the celebration was over. While the planning process was overwhelming at times, watching my vision come together was so much fun, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Before we even left, I wanted to re-do the day over and over again. At the end of it, I felt so incredibly blessed to have all the people I love the most in one room.

Congratulations, Carley, on an absolutely beautiful night and fairy-tale wedding.




Wedding Date: March 20th, 2016
Ceremony location: Hickory Street Annex, Deep Ellum
Reception Location: Hickory Street Annex, Deep Ellum
Catering: CN Catering, Dallas TX
Wedding Planner: Kimberly Rhodes & Chelsea Wilderotter, Hitched Events
Florist: Cheryl Lam, Fully Floral
Save the Dates/Invitations: Robby Lozano
Photographer: Grant Daniels Photography
Band/DJ: Ed Petty, LeForce Entertainment
Bride and Groom Cakes: Sugar Bee Sweets, Steel City Pops
Wedding Gown: Casablanca, Mockingbird Bridal
Wedding Shoes: “The Speedy” in gold, Stuart Weitzman
Husband’s name: Joey Gardiner

One comment on “#NMweddings: Assistant Buyer, Carley Mallett

  • Juhl Gardiner says:

    My Dear Carley and Joey,

    All your wonderful planning came together and you did, indeed, have a real fairy-tale wedding! I am so proud of you both and so proud to be your grandmother.


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