We love cheering NM Brides at Neiman Marcus, especially one who works as an assistant buyer in the couture evening department. Talk about being surrounded by gorgeous ball gowns for a living! Kristin Fletcher got married last December in Dallas to fiancé, Joel. As soon as Fletcher shared the details of her wedding with us, we knew we wanted to see more – from the Amsale gown, her handkerchief-wrapped peony bouquet and a holiday-appropriate send-off with fake snow, her reception at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel was perfection. Take a look at the wedding photos and comments from the bride herself.

Bride cake by Fancy Cakes by Lauren

Bride cake by Fancy Cakes by Lauren

Since our wedding was in December, I played up the holiday feel. Our color palette was champagne, blush and gold with a couple of touches of eggplant. I wanted our wedding to feel elegant, but warm at the same time. We had some holiday accents, such as a chocolate bar and Christmas trees in the ballroom. The band played a couple of Christmas songs during the reception.

Kristin and her husband Joel

Kristin and her husband Joel

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We got engaged New Year’s Eve of 2012, and we got married almost exactly a year later. I had an amazing wedding planner (Jaime Jones with Bella Flora), who helped me with every single, little detail and made the planning process so enjoyable. She created a timeline from start to finish, and I was shocked that it did in fact take a full year for it all to come together.

Amsale "Mackenzie" gown

Amsale “Mackenzie” gown

Most people thought that since I work for Neiman Marcus in the couture evening office, I would know exactly which wedding gown to pick. This was not the case. Once I got engaged, I started looking through tons of magazines and wedding blogs trying to narrow down the style of gown I wanted, and as soon as I started trying gowns on, I knew that I wanted a ball gown style. After a couple of appointments at Neiman Marcus, I finally chose the Amsale “Mackenzie” dress. I know this is cliché, but I really felt like a princess when I put it on and instantly knew it was the right one for me. My sister also wore Amsale on her wedding day, so that made it even more special for me.

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I wore silver open-toe Jimmy Choo pumps. Jimmy Choo is so appropriate for a wedding. I usually go pretty simple when it comes to jewelry, and my wedding was no different. I wore chandelier earrings and a skinny bracelet. My dress had a crystal belt attached, so I didn’t need to add much bling.

My bouquet was white peonies wrapped in a handkerchief that my sister used for her own wedding.

My bouquet was white peonies wrapped in a handkerchief that my sister used for her own wedding.

Kristin and bridesmaids.

Kristin and bridesmaids.

I had ten bridesmaids – it was a lot of girls to keep up with! However, I wanted all of my close friends to share this experience with me. My sister was my matron of honor, and my best friend of 15 years was my maid of honor. They carried bouquets of roses, ranunculus, peonies, hydrangeas and dusty miller, which complemented their eggplant-colored dresses perfectly.

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Our wedding reception turned out exactly as I envisioned it. The band played hit after hit and had everyone dancing all night long. The highlight of the reception was when Joel and his dad got on stage and sang “Brown Eyed Girl” to me. Joel and my now father-in-law are talented singers. They got together with the wedding planner and arranged this months before the wedding. I was so surprised when I heard the band say “We have special guests joining us onstage.” And our wedding guests still haven’t stopped talking about their performance!

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As Joel and I exited the reception, our guests showered us with fake snow. It was bittersweet for me. I was so excited to start the rest of my life with my best friend, but part of me was sad that the wedding celebration was over – a wedding is something a girl dreams about her whole life!

Photographed by Rebecca Lorraine.

Category:  NM Weddings

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