Married July 30, 2016 When a bouquet of flowers appeared in her seventh-grade English classroom at Crowley Middle School after an argument she’d had with her boyfriend, teacher Leigh Dansby was at first too busy to read the card. She figured that her longtime beau, Richard Jernigan, might be apologizing but still took her time settling her students into an assignment. “Then I finally read the card. He said he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and that he had a surprise for me and to meet him outside,” she says. “He had a little speech for me. It wasn’t the most romantic place, in the parking lot of the school. My parents, both educators, had told him not to disrupt the classroom! The proposal was very symbolic of our relationship. We’re not the double-date or go-out-every- Friday-night couple. It’s always just been me and him.” The two met at TCU when he was a senior and she was a freshman. “We hung out a lot that first year and just kept hanging out.” Their nine-year courtship culminated with his proposal. Leigh said yes, and that summer she exchanged vows with Richard. They chose the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas because it was large enough for their sprawling extended families and guest list of 375. Plus, the hotel was known for its fireworks celebrations. Leigh planned the wedding herself with the help of cherished family friend Brenda Williams. Her vision was vintage glamour; she pulled ideas from Pinterest and her experience as an intern with Bella Flora of Dallas. “All the ladies had their hair up, for more of a ’40s, ’50s type feel. I’m not a loud-color person; I wanted navy, red and champagne tones for more of a classic look.” Gold chargers and Chiavari chairs as well as white linens and florals — including a floral ring surrounding the ballroom chandelier — topped off that classic Hollywood feel. Fireworks provided the sparkling send-off for Leigh and Richard. The couple decided against a first look before the ceremony, though it’s possible he caught a glimpse of her wedding gown well ahead of time. Leigh chose to wear her debutante dress from Terry Costa, along with a veil fashioned from the train of her mother’s wedding gown. She loved the beaded bodice and tulle skirt and had always hoped to wear it again for her wedding. “He saw pictures,” she says, “but I don’t think he remembered.” Richard didn’t even peek as he stood just outside her hotel room doorway, with Leigh remaining just inside, the two reaching around the corner to hold hands before the ceremony. “I hid on one side; he prayed for our marriage and our relationship,” Leigh says. “It was more meaningful when he saw me the first time. I wasn’t expecting him to cry, and he did.” — Connie Dufner The Wedding Details Venue, reception and caterer Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, omnihotels.com Wedding planner and flowers Brenda Williams, Something Special by BB, 817-448-7032 | Photographer Jennifer Ward, Envision Images, envisionimagestx.com Invitations Bennett’s Printing, 817-641-9861 | Wedding dress Terry Costa, terrycosta.com | Hair Cheryl Rogers, 817-896-9290 Makeup Riska Crowder, The Riska Crowder Experience, 770-815-9537, firstname.lastname@example.org | Groom’s attire Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse.com Bridesmaids’ dresses Dessy from Diane’s Bridal Boutique, dianesbridalboutique.com | Cake Creme de la Creme Cake Company, cremedelacremecakecompany.com Ceremony music Glenn Nixon, 817-938-4913 | Reception music DJ Kevin Hogan, 682-582-6125, email@example.com Lighting Randy Ro Events & Entertainment, randyroweddings.com | Rentals Bella Acento, bellaacento.com; Prashe, prashedecor.com
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