& Colton Allen
Photography by Ryan Ray Photography
May 29, 2021 / Fort Worth
MADDIE AND COLTON met while getting their master’s degrees in Florida. After 10 months together, Colton asked her two best friends to bring her to the room on campus where he had originally asked her on their first date. Surrounded by candlelight, Colton asked Maddie to marry him and she, of course, said “yes.” Afterward, Colton surprised her with a small reception with friends and family, as well as a video of those who couldn’t make it.
“I absolutely adore his character,” Maddie said. “He is a man of tenderness and strength who seeks to serve others and considers their interests, and who isn’t afraid to love wholeheartedly in his relationships with family, friends and especially me.”
Colton designed Maddie’s engagement ring, incorporating diamonds from what was her mom’s original engagement ring with a simple diamond band. The unique ring’s design symbolizes two becoming one.
THE PERFECT SPACE
The couple chose to get married at BRIK Venue in Fort Worth. They fell in love with the space, location and team. After gathering inspiration from Pinterest, Maddie knew she wanted their wedding to have an airy, natural vibe with greenery and florals in muted shades of pink, mauve and ivory.
FLOWERS FOR DAYS
In the ceremony space, a floral canopy with lights strung the length of the aisle, which led to an asymmetrical half-arch at the altar. Floral- and greenery-adorned arches served as a tunnel-like entry into the reception. Table runner centerpieces featured flowers cascading at the ends, and flowers were even hung from chandeliers.
Maddie wore a beautiful fit-and-flare dress with floral appliques. Her parents gifted her a pair of earrings for the wedding, which were her favorite fashion element of the day. Colton and his groomsmen wore tan suits, while the bridesmaids wore sage gowns that complemented their bouquets.
Faith is very important to the couple, so they played several worship songs throughout the ceremony, including “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” At the end of their cocktail hour, a mariachi band surprised guests with fun music and led them to the reception space. The band honored Maddie’s father’s Mexican heritage.
During the reception, guests could watch as Susan Moss Cooper painted a portrait of the couple at the altar. The coffee-loving couple had Night Owl Coffee serve fresh lattes, cappuccinos and coffee cocktails. At the end of the night, the couple drove away in a 1950 Chevy called “Black Widow.”