Darlisha & Forrest had a gorgeous Bell Tower Wedding with absolutely perfect weather… with all of the crazy rain we have had this year, that was a miracle in itself.

I met Darlisha at a bridal show just a couple of months ago.  She asked if I was available for her May wedding, and I asked, “May of THIS year?”  She told me that they initially was going to get married later, but they moved it up for a very sweet reason… she wanted to share the same anniversary date as her grandparents.  I was already in love with their story!!  I really wanted to be a part of their special day, so I was very honored when she selected me.

We didn’t have a lot of time to get in their engagement session and prepare for the wedding, but we got it done in one month!  They were the first to introduce me to Trinity Groves, a neat little area with restaurants of every food you can imagine.  We had a great time doing our engagements there.  Check out a few of their images.

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Just a couple weeks later was their wedding day, and it was perfect in every possible way.  Their wedding was held at the Bell Tower Chapel and Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas.  Those stained-glass windows are to die for… then, I saw their outdoor reception and my breath was taken away.  She had colors of ivory, champagne, & blush, and they were so eloquently utilized throughout her wedding flowers and reception details.

The wedding day vendors that put everything together include | Venue: Bell Tower Chapel & Garden | Make-up & Hair: Christa Inez from The Mane Coalition | Florist: Vella Nest | Officiate: Neely Blackman (grooms father) | Violinist: Richmond Punch | Caterer: Lyzette’s Catering | Cake: Wonderful Kakes | Event Rentals: Bella Event Rentals | Photographer: Me 🙂 (Christina Truelove Photography)

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Isn’t she just stunning????

Beautiful African American Bell Tower wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel and Gardens in Fort Worth

Darlisha wrote a letter to Forrest’s mother and she was very touched.  She ended up giving her new daughter-in-law some great marriage advice that left everyone in tears.

Beautiful African American Bell Tower wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel and Gardens in Fort Worth

In addition to her own engagement ring, Darlisha proudly wore her grandmother’s set as well.

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Darlisha also wrote to her groom.  Forrest got emotional and turned away so we couldn’t create evidence of his tears.  =)

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As part of their ceremony, Darlisha & Forrest signed the registry in their family Bible and had their first communion together.

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One African-American tradition that I found fascinating was called Jumping the Broom.  Since I have not been a part of very many African-American weddings, I had never heard of this, though it is such an interesting tradition.  It is symbolic for new beginnings, sweeping away the old and starting anew.

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Look at this gorgeous outdoor reception!!!!

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Darlisha & Forrest’s guest sign-in table revolved around games.  They had Scrabble pieces spelling out “Our Legacy begins here.” and guests would sign Jenga pieces.Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens

I love these little scenes that were set up around the perimeter of the reception.

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And here is the Mr. & Mrs.!!!Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens Outdoor reception for a beautiful African American wedding at the Bell Tower Chapel & Gardens

 

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