High School Sweethearts Brandi Byrd and Matt Price Wed Where They First Found Love

Brandi Byrd and Matt Price have been inseparable since high school. “We met through a group of mutual friends, and we always hung out,” Brandi explains. But always as friends. That was until Matt kissed Brandi in 2012. From then on, they knew they’d get married; they just weren’t sure when. Fast forward to a 2017 family trip to Turks and Caicos: Brandi’s mom set up family photos on the beach, and it was the couple’s turn to snap a pic. “The next thing I knew, Matt was down on one knee,” she says. On July 28, 2018, they paid homage to their beginnings and married in their hometown of Abilene.

Back to Basics

Brandi wanted a classic black-tie wedding that touched on tradition and elegance. That meant a neutral palette of white and greenery, as well as nods to elements from the past. For instance, Brandi wore her veil covering her face as she walked down the aisle, she chose a four-tier cake with layers of fresh roses, and she dressed her bridesmaids in white off-the-shoulder gowns by Mackenzie Brittingham. Matt even donned a white dinner jacket to complement Brandi’s strapless gown, which was the picture-perfect nod to the formal night.

Dress to Impress

The bride wore Vera Wang from The Bridal Salon at Stanley Korshak.

Brandi and Matt

Dramatic Drape

The tent included floral details that were draped from the ceiling. “I told Emily I wanted lots of white, neutrals, and greenery, and she took it from there,” says Brandi.

Enveloped in Scent

Escort cards were displayed in envelopes with some stuffed with flowers. It was just another detail that Emily Clarke and her team included to add to the classic decor

Brandi and Matt

Birds of a Feather

For the reception, Brandi changed into a short dress by Mackenzie Brittingham. “I wanted a fun and cute dress that I could move around in.”

Brandi and Matt

Behind the Veil

The bride chose to wear her veil over her face for the ceremony in keeping with the formal theme. “I wanted more of a traditional, simple, and elegant wedding,” she says.

Brandi and Matt

Exit in Style

In classic form, Brandi and Matt rode away in Brandi’s dad’s car. The couple set off for their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas at The Resort at Pedregal.

Brandi and Matt

Sweet Treats

In addition to the cake from Cakes by Birdie, the couple had his-and-her dessert stations, which served strawberry shortcake with champagne and bread pudding with whiskey.

Brandi and Matt

Fast Facts

Number of guests: 350

First dance song: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Wedding menu: Hors d’oeuvres: Jalapeño bites, fried quail legs, caprese salad skewers, fried pickles with ranch dressing; First course: Seafood cocktail; Second course: Mixed green salad with blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries in a blueberry lavender vinaigrette; Third course: Mesquite-smoked peppered beef tenderloin, roasted vegetables, twice-baked potato

His-and-hers dessert stations: Bread pudding served with whiskey for Matt and strawberry shortcake served with champagne for Brandi

Special cocktails: Prickly pear margaritas

Honeymoon destination: The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

“We met through a group of mutual friends, and we always hung out,” Brandi explains. But always as friends. That was until Matt kissed Brandi in 2012. From then on, they knew they’d get married; they just weren’t sure when.

Credits

  • Ceremony/Reception Site

    Perini Ranch Steakhouse

  • Photographer

    Sarah Kate, Photographer

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Vera Wang (ceremony); Mackenzie Brittingham (reception)

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    Stanley Korshak Bridal

  • Hair & Makeup

    Maitee Miles

  • Groom's Attire

    Culwell & Son

  • Bridesmaids' Dresses Designer

    Mackenzie Brittingham

  • Bridesmaids' Dresses Retailer

    Stanley Korshak Bridal

  • Groomsmen's Attire

    Culwell & Son

  • Flower Girl Dress Designer

    Mackenzie Brittingham

  • Flowers

    Bella Flora of Dallas

  • Stationery

    The Detail Department

  • Cake

    Cakes by Birdie, Abilene

  • Catering

    Perini Ranch Steakhouse

  • Music

    The Jordan Kahn Music Company

  • Lighting

    Beyond

  • Videographer

    Cloudless Films

  • Wedding Rentals

    POSH Couture Rentals; Bella Accento; Sandone Productions

  • Wedding Planner/Designer

    Emily Clarke Events

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