After leaving her hometown to begin her medical residency in Dallas, Lauren Zammerilla unexpectedly met her future husband, Chart Westcott. “The most memorable part of our first date was the end of the evening when walked through a plaza that was illuminated with stunning Christmas lights,” she remembers. Knowing how much she loves the holiday, and since they first met during the winter season, Chart proposed on Christmas Eve during a special carriage ride. “We pulled up to the stunning gazebo, brightly illuminated, where there was a romantic display of candles, flowers, a custom sign, and photos of us,” she muses.
Due to her hectic work schedule, Lauren worked closely with Emily Clarke to plan her weekend wedding. “[Her] experience, reputation, and level of excellence in wedding planning are well-known throughout Dallas and beyond!” the bride says. “I trusted the advice and professional opinions of her and her team, and it made the process so enjoyable for me.” The couple hosted a large fête for 400 guests, which commenced with a traditional Catholic ceremony at their church. Lauren proceeded down the aisle donning a gorgeous gown customized with a special heirloom. “My mother had shared with me a patch of my grandmother’s wedding dress that she had incorporated into her own dress, [so] I had this patch embroidered in a bridal blue and sewn to the inside of my gown,” she says. Her bouquet also featured her great-grandmother’s rosary. “It was so special to carry these sentiments of three generations of women in my family, as they provided me with a sense of strength, peace, and love on this big day,” she muses.
In addition to the elegant reception featuring luxurious décor and a live orchestra, the couple surprised their guests with an after-party imitating the State Fair of Texas. “A neon ‘Big Tex’ sign and stilt walker welcomed everyone to the fair, which was complete with all of our favorite fair foods, including corn dogs, french fries, sliders, funnel cakes, Pokey-O’s cookie sandwiches, and spiked Lonestar Lemonade!” she explains. They also had a carnival wheel for guests to spin, as well as a customized neon “Love Story Made in Texas” sign. “We wanted all of our guests to experience the excitement and fun of this annual celebration of Texas, which is one of our favorite date nights!” the bride describes.
Reflecting on her wedding day, Lauren is thrilled she chose to work with Emily Clarke. “When I met Emily, I knew I had found ‘the one,’” she confides. “She was outgoing and personable, and although she provided ideas, she also took the time to really listen to us and hear the vision we had in mind.”