Butterfly Garden Wedding by Jessica Garmon
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This botanical garden wedding- in the butterfly house, nonetheless, at the Texas Discovery Gardens– is a gorgeous little throwback to the good ‘ol days.  Bobbye and Josh envisioned a wedding complete with their vintage style, homegrown and handmade design initiatives, massive fun, and a focus on family and friends. The yellow palette, framed around Josh’s heirloom pick-up truck, was paired with olive greens and grey accents, and the darling butterfly theme was the icing on the cake. The couple’s dear friend and photographer, Jessica Garmon, captured everything so fittingly in film… portraying the sweet and sentimental day to a t.

Bobbye wore a ruffled Camille la Vie gown and 1950’s lemon-yellow hat that she discovered on Etsy.  Usually, when we talk about handcrafted weddings, we’re speaking of the centerpieces, the favors… that sort of thing. With the help of her Aunt and a few dear friends, Bobbye did all of that, but also endeavored to sew the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses!  Now that’s impressive.  Sugar City Sweets & Celebrations designed the sunny yellow bouquets and handled the coordination so that the couple could just relax and enjoy on the day-of…

Both music-lovers, the couple met at a record store as they were perusing the selection.  Josh approached Bobbye, trying to impress her with his encyclopedic knowledge of classic rock. They moved their conversation to a nearby coffeeshop where they talked for hours and closed the place down.  Soon after, the pair started dating. The ceremony was intimate and meaningful, amongst lush gardens and busy butterflies.  One hundred and fifty guests watched from a sky bridge above.

I swear, the sweetness in their portraits is tangible!  And it continued into the afternoon reception of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and Texas craft beers. Adornments of crocheted doilies, dozens of milk glass vessels, and bright yellow blooms filled the space with truly unforgettable vintage beauty.  

The couple danced and cut the cake, then invited their guests to an after party at the Hotel Belmont in Oak Cliff. The mid-century modern hotel is one of their favorite spots – with a breathtaking view of downtown Dallas.

It had always been Josh’s dream to drive off from his wedding in the 1973 Dodge D100 Custom truck that he received from his Grandfather after high school graduation.  And it was a dream come true. Be sure to read a more detailed description of the heartfelt and handmade elements down below.

Happy wishes to this creative and classy duo!

Photography by Jessica Garmon

Event Planning, Florals, & Cake by Sugar City Sweets & Celebrations

Venue: Texas Discovery Gardens

Bridal Gown by Camille la Vie; Bridal Shoes by Nina

 Vintage Bridal Hat by Curly Glass Toes

Make-Up by Kay Castro

Men’s Attire by Men’s Wearhouse

From the Bride:  We wanted our wedding to be “our style.” We both love vintage things and are both very creative in our own way. I am an avid collector of vintage home goods; I love to scour thrift shops and open markets and was determined to incorporate my love of milk glass, vintage picture frames, and butterflies into the décor. My sweet Aunt Sue helped me scour local flee markets, including Canton (maybe the biggest flee market in Texas) to round out my collection. We also sought out vintage brass frames (which I spray painted white), vintage white butterfly wall hangings, and over 100 vintage ladies handkerchiefs in our wedding colors to give away as favors. I did a lot of things to help but I could not have pulled it off without my aunt. She even helped me when I decided I wanted to hand crochet 60 inch round doilies in thread for our table tops. She also did my hair for the bridal portraits I had taken in my grandmother’s dress and on my wedding day. As if this wasn’t enough she helped me sew my flower girl’s dress, my hostess’ dress, and made me my very own special send-off dress from a vintage pattern. I really could not ask for a better aunt. I love her so much.

One of the most important things for me was honoring the memory of my grandmother and my father, who are both in heaven. My grandmother played a big role in raising me, I cared for her the last two years of her life when she was on hospice, and she and I talked often about how we hoped she would be here for our wedding. (I’m crying as I type this). Josh was sweet enough to have a very private and special symbolic ceremony in her bedroom the week she passed away, but our legal ceremony did not occur until July. To honor her memory, I displayed a photo of her the year she was married, a photo of she and my grandfather soon after their wedding, and the photos of me in her wedding dress. My grandmother was a war bride and, as far as I know, the photos of me in her dress are the only pictures of the dress that exist. She and my grandfather’s wedding was so rushed that there was no time (or money) for photos. The dress is badly damaged from years of being stored in an attic, but Jessica was able to photograph it beautifully. I was so honored to be able to wear her dress and keep her memory alive on my wedding day. I also displayed one of her favorite vases on the sign in table and wore her vintage costume jewelry for my bridal portraits. To remember my dad I wore the set of pearls he gave to my mother on their first married Christmas.


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  • That yellow shoes are brilliant, and so does the yellow theme wedding.

  • Marie

    This is such a neat idea. I love the Butterfly Pavillion. 🙂

    Marie, Colorado Hearing Aids

  • Oh my what beautiful photos I just love the ruffled dress and yellow shoes they are beautiful.

  • I like that yellow shoes very much

  • Simple yet captivating yellow! Like the hair dress looks so charming..:)

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  • Trina

    The wedding was beautiful and intimate. Just looking at your photo’s, which were wonderfully done, you could tell your all in love:)

  • the yellow wedding shoes are so eye-catching!! love your garden wedding with a touch of yellow!

  • what a photography i love it