Meiyu + Riley: Fairy Tale Wedding

I’m so excited to share this wedding designed by the fabulous Shay McElroy of The Art of Weddings DFW, at The Castle at Rockwall. Shay introduced me to Meiyu and Riley while were looking for a Dallas wedding photographer to photograph their celebration. We got together at my Dallas studio for drinks and booked with them on the spot.

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They wanted a fairy tale wedding and The Castle was the perfect spot for that. Shay literally outdid herself – I will tell you this: I’ve photographed MANY events at The Castle at Rockwall – but I NEVER saw the venue this dressed up and pretty!

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Meiyu and Riley opted-in to do a first look. I wanted to make sure they got some amazing couples portraits before the sunset which was right before their ceremony.

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The back courtyard, which also happened to be the patio for both Riley and Meiyu’s getting ready room, was the perfect spot for this.

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I love photographing weddings as we always get to a VIP seat for behind the scenes. Nobody ever sees those sweet reactions until I post photos or share their galleries with my couples, so they can share with family and friends. Those moments hold a special place in my heart.

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As the guests started arriving, we had Riley and Meiyu go back to their rooms until the ceremony start time. Of course, we had to “cheers!” for their happy day! 🙂

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Huge shout out to my wing-woman, assistant, Lyndsay for capturing the shot below – I loved it so much, I couldn’t help but share it here!

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And a huge shout out to the DJ and light guru of the night, David Allen. He literally “made it snow” during their first dance!

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Meiyu and Riley – it was my absolute pleasure to be your photographer, serve you and your families. I loved every moment spent with you two and I can’t wait to see you again! I wish you both the best life filled with happiness, health, and wealth!



Venue: The Castle at Rockwall
Planning and Design: Shay McElroy with Art of Weddings DFW
Photography: Tara Arseven
Makeup: Ros B Beauty
Videography: Vow Cinema
Florals: Blooming Accents
DJ: David Allen
Cake: Sweet Somethings by Ashleigh
Hair: Tease to Please
Officiate: Al Taylor with Love Notes
String Quartet: Serenata Strings

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