Real Hazen Bride: Lauren Flahie
Lauren Ford and Ryan Flahie wanted a classic wedding with an inviting element. They grew up in different states, Lauren in Connecticut and Ryan in Ohio, so both families met in the middle to celebrate the couple’s new life together in Dallas, Texas– where they met a fell in love. The pair tailored their day with personalizations unique to them, including the bride's love for paper goods and watercolor that echoed throughout the wedding.
Describe your wedding style in three words?
Classic. Inviting. Delicate.
What gave you the most inspiration for your wedding?
I have an (unhealthy) obsession with paper so I knew from the very beginning that our entire wedding day would be inspired by the invitation design process. I have saved invitations, programs and envelopes from weddings I've attended over the last five or so years. One day, I spread all of those out on my table and began noting my favorite elements of each as I reminisced about the weddings we've been to. From there, the wedding vision came to life – a golf club venue, clean lines and classic designs, many shades of blue, strands of magnolia leaves, a long head table of our favorite people, an outdoor affair under the big bright stars of Texas.
What aspect of wedding planning most excited you?
Since neither Ryan nor I are originally from Texas, the majority of our guests traveled in from out of town. We were so excited to welcome them to the Lone Star State, the place we met, fell in love and were to be married. So, putting together the welcome boxes was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning! My mom and I had the best time curating items to go in the boxes. We added Tito's Vodka, Topo Chico, cowboy snack mix, a Texas-shaped sugar cookie, White Rock Granola and a list of Ryan's and my favorite Dallas spots.
What was one particular element of your wedding or wedding day that had great personal significance?
I grew up going to Maine every summer with my family and knew I wanted an element of Ryan's and my wedding to reflect the special place it holds in my heart. So, the summer leading up to our October 5th wedding, my grandfather and I picked some "sea lavender" -- a coastal heather that grows by the ocean outside of their summer cottage. It dries beautifully and we had David Kimmel incorporate it into my bouquet. It was so special to see the sea lavender amidst the timeless white roses right as I was about to walk down the aisle.
One last note:
I love watercolor so we had Shelby Nickel Designs create a watercolored crest for us! We included elements of it on our Save the Date, Invitations, all signage and even on a layer of our cake!
We were so honored to be a small part in Lauren and Ryan's Dallas wedding on October 5, 2019. The bridesmaids alternated in wearing Hazen & Co. Patricia and Paige earrings– while the mother of the groom wore the Janet earring, and mother of the bride wore the Eleanor Earring and the Cindy Comb.
Maid of Honor: Elizabeth Earrings
Mother of the Groom: Janet Earring
Mother of the Bride: Eleanor Earring
Mother of the Bride: Cindy Comb
Location: Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, TX
Planner: Abby Simoneau for DFW Events
Event Design: Perch Decor
Floral Design: David Kimmel Designs
Hair Stylist: Sonia Trevino
Makeup Stylist: My Fab Faces
Invitation: Design via Melanie Frazier (MF Creative Designs), Calligraphy via Lyndsay Wright Designs
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Photography: Carter Rose Weddings
Videography: Johnny Apple Films
Entertainment: Memphis Soul Band
Honeymoon Location: Four Seasons Lanai in Hawaii