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Mariel and Ian met way before noticing each other. 5 years after meeting at their home church, sparkles started dazzling. At first she found him kind of annoying but then everything changed. After dating 3 years, Ian planned a surprise proposal with the help of their friends. Her friend wanted to do a practice photoshoot and asked them to participate. Mariel was hesitant at first because she wanted their first photoshoot together to be their engagement pictures but eventually agreed. They went to the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth, TX and started posing for their friend. They were leaning on each other, back to back, and that’s when all of their friends surprised her. When she turned around, Ian popped the question.

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The dress hunt had only one stop: Pence & Panache. Mariel had her mind set on wearing a long sleeved mermaid dress but didn’t feel comfortable with the ones she tried on. One of the sales girls asked her to try on the Eddy K. 77961 and a matched was made. She matched her dress with drop earrings and gold glittered shoes.

I knew it was the one so I said yes to the dress on that same day! I just fell in love with the details of the dress. The back was gorgeous (which is my favorite part). It was just very flattering and it really made me feel like a bride. It was just the perfect one!

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Both the ceremony and the reception took place at The Orchard in Azle, TX. They wanted an outdoors ceremony but because of the rain, they had to do it inside.

If I could choose one special moment, it would be the feet washing that we did in the ceremony. It symbolizes our service for each other and it also reminds us of Jesus’ love and servant heart.
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Just from looking at the pictures you can see that they had a very special ceremony and afterwards a fun reception. They went to Disney in Orlando for their honeymoon.
Make sure to enjoy every moment! From the engagement, to the planning, and even to the chaos, find joy in it. Your dress, your groom’s suit, and all the other details, these are just all accessories on that day. Ultimately, it is about you and your future husband and your union with the Lord.
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