Married Oct. 22, 2016 Faith. Family. Integrity. Hard work. Those are the values that Laura Fanta says drew her to Gage Moorhouse. After meeting through mutual friends, it didn’t take the pair long to realize they were meant to be together. Following five months of dating, Gage proposed on horseback at his family’s ranch near Guthrie in West Texas. Laura says that it didn’t seem too soon. She knew early on that the fourthgeneration rancher was the right man for her — and that ranch life was in her future. The most difficult decision was deciding on a date. “I’m a Southern girl marrying into a ranching family,” she says. “We had to plan around weaning season, rodeos, hunting season and, of course, football season to make sure that all our friends and family would be able to join in the celebration.” The Fort Worth Botanic Garden provided the perfect backdrop for the bride’s vision of a romantic garden wedding. Her mother helped Laura throughout the wedding planning process to incorporate both elegant and rustic elements into the occasion. Using the natural beauty of The Horseshoe garden, the ceremony took place under an arbor designed by Laura’s college friend, Faith Anne Pitts of Fox and the Fleur. The wooden arbor was decorated with asymmetrical floral arrangements of white hydrangea, lavender spray roses, purple and ivory roses and lush greenery. It was designed to honor Gage’s late mother, who loved to garden. Traditions are important to both Fanta and Moorhouse families, so the couple drew from the past to create special moments throughout the wedding and reception. One of Laura’s favorite touches was having her soon-to-be father-in-law drive her into the garden in a horse-drawn carriage for the ceremony — the customary mode of transportation in Moorhouse weddings. The bride and groom left the ceremony in the carriage for a quiet moment together before meeting their guests at The Grove garden for the reception. In keeping with her family’s tradition, Laura topped the cake — vanilla with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache — with her grandparents’ antique cake topper, also used at her parents’ wedding. An elegant reception scene was set with chandeliers and lights hung from The Grove trees. Under a white tent lit up in a purple and champagne glow, guests dined on steaks from Reata. They danced to Jake Hooker & The Outsiders, Gage’s favorite western swing band, and celebrated the couple’s exit with cheers and bubbles. “Truly, the day was a perfect mix of our two worlds and a combination of our favorite things, and most importantly our favorite people,” Laura says. “I was happy because I felt like it was ‘us.’ It paid tribute to our heritage and also showed the joining as one as we embark on our new life together. It had all the elegance of a garden wedding with the comforts of the at-home ranch feel.” — Jennifer Norris The Wedding Details Venue The Horseshoe, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, fwbg.org | Reception The Grove, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, fwbg.org Day-of wedding planner Treasured Heart Events, treasuredheartevents.com | Photographer Arden Prucha Photography, ardenprucha.com Videographer Josh Lewis, Ethnos Productions, 832-818-8951 | Flowers Faith Anne Pitts, Fox and the Fleur, foxandthefleur.com Invitations William Arthur from P.S. The Letter, pstheletter.com | Wedding dress De Ma Fille, demafille.com | Hair Taylor Hen, Dean Allyn Salon, deanallynsalon.com Makeup Felicia Matthews, Pencil and Lace, firstname.lastname@example.org | Groom’s attire Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse.com Caterer Reata, reata.net | Cake Hopeful Hearth Baking, hopefulhearthbaking.com Ceremony music Pianist Nancy Curtis (family friend); singer Jessica Murray Walker, sethjames.com Reception music Jake Hooker & The Outsiders, jakehookermusic.com; Seth James and Jessica Murray Walker, sethjames.com Lighting and rentals Grand Events & Party Rentals, 817-920-7667 | Transportation AJL International, ajlinternational.com
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