Married Oct. 21, 2016 Kacie Heil and Brandon McCarthy got married that time of evening when the golden autumn light makes everything it touches glow. It was late October in Texas, 75 degrees with a slight breeze. Guests joked that they ordered the weather just for the bride and groom. The sun setting behind the couple offered a backdrop for what Kacie called a “reverse candlelight” ceremony. As the sun set deeper into the horizon at Classic Oaks Ranch in Mansfield, the candles glowed brighter while an acoustic classical guitarist played John Legend’s “All of Me.” “We each lit our own candle from a single candle, symbolizing that even as individuals we now come from the same flame in our journey in life,” says Brandon. “After that, we passed this flame from person to person, spreading through the entire crowd. A beautiful sea of candlelight.” Just before the procession, Brandon and Kacie had a moment they will never forget. “I was standing, facing the closed doors that lead out to the altar. I hear this ‘swish … swish … swish.’ I’m so elated I could hardly stand,” he says. “I get this soft tap on my shoulder. I turn around to see the most beautiful person I have ever seen, in this dress that is as magnificent as she is.” Kacie’s dress featured handstitched flowers with beading and clear sequins adorning the bodice. These details gave her layered tulle gown a shimmering effect in the autumn sun that evening. Satincovered buttons trailed down to her lower back, leading to a long train. The guitarist played Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” for the bride’s procession down the aisle. The couple’s French bulldog and ring bearer, Sir Watson McCarthy of Texas, brought them their wedding rings. Brandon’s uncle, Fran McCarthy, was asked to officiate, because Kacie and Brandon felt he always supported their relationship. They saw their differences as a source of strength for their relationship, and so did Fran. As the newlyweds were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy, the guitarist played “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. String lights in the trees looked like fireflies as the sun set. While Classic Oaks Ranch has its own rustic elegance with grand chandeliers, unique benches made out of twisted wood, and wooden barrels used for cocktail tables, Kacie spent a year collecting decor to soften the venue. She put blue and white china on the tables and paired that with flowers in white, pink, red and a deep merlot. The blue in the china inspired the blue bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s cummerbunds and ties. A flirty pair of Betsey Johnson shoes with thick floral heels was Kacie’s “something blue.” Other personal touches completed this wedding. Kacie taught herself calligraphy through YouTube and hand-addressed 100 invitations; Brandon brewed craft beer for the reception. When it was time to slide open the barn doors and say goodbye to the guests, sparklers illuminated the night. “To pan across and see your entire support system smiling for you and the person you’ve chosen to call your best friend is a truly special sight,” Kacie says. — Jocelyn Tatum The Wedding Details Venue and reception Classic Oaks Ranch, classicoaksranch.com | Wedding planner Erin Lucia, firstname.lastname@example.org Photographer Swan Photography, swanphotographytx.com | Flowers Pikes Peak, pikespeakfloral.com | Invitations Minted, minted.com; calligraphy by the bride Wedding dress Bridal Boutique, bridalboutiquelewisville.com | Hair and makeup Tease to Please, teasetoplease.net | Groom’s attire The Black Tux, theblacktux.com Caterer Culinary Art Catering, culinaryartcatering.com | Ceremony and reception music Royal Dukes Band, royaldukesband.com Photo booth Picture This Green Screen, picturethisgreenscreen.com | Lighting and rentals The Event Lounge, eventsthatmakesense.com Transportation ZNB Transportation, 214-315-4855
Published by Scott Publishing. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://digital.360westmagazine.com/article/Heil-McCarthy/2834966/424389/article.html.