& Forrest Williamson
Photography by AR Photography
March 13, 2021 / Weatherford
MELISSA AND FORREST met through a mutual friend at a work picnic. The two dated for three and a half years before Forrest popped the question. His first five proposal plans were foiled by the pandemic’s early lockdown and travel restrictions. So, he decided to propose at the one place that wasn’t closed—home. Forrest picked up food from Melissa’s favorite restaurant and used their dogs in the proposal to make it more fun and exciting. Of course, Melissa said yes. Forrest designed a custom ring for Melissa with diamonds and sapphires, and it was a complete surprise to her.
The couple was drawn to Dove Ridge Vineyard due to their love of wine, the outdoor space and the destination feel. It was important to them that they incorporate Forrest’s Scottish and Melissa’s Mexican heritage into their big day. This inspired the rest of the theme. The color scheme came from Forrest’s family tartan—blue, green and a bit of red.
The two were married outdoors under a gold, Gothic-style arch with florals and a beautiful view of North Texas’ hills as the backdrop.
HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED
Melissa wore an A-line gown with floral lace and went for a simple, classic beauty look. Her favorite fashion elements were her mom’s earrings and her mother-in-law’s pearl necklace, as it was meaningful to wear things that represented the two most important women in their lives. Her bridesmaids wore different style dresses of the same blue color. Forrest wore a traditional Scottish kilt with his family tartan while his groomsmen wore tuxedos with ties that matched his kilt.
The couple worked with Hazelwood Paper Co. to create a custom monogram that they incorporated into the wedding cake, stationery, koozies and menus. This was Melissa’s favorite element of the decor. Their white, four-tier cake was accented with florals and had Mexican tile detailing at the bottom.
The cocktail hour was held outside, where tamales were served and Mariachi Quetzal performed in honor of Melissa’s heritage. Blue and floral tablecloths were used at the indoor reception, which went along with the color scheme. Simple floral bouquets and candles made up the centerpieces, and a floral arrangement framed the fireplace. The couple loved the big windows in the reception space that showcased the view of the hills.