The Bride and Groom
Bride’s Name: Colleen Chunta
Groom’s Name: Frank Durda
Wedding Date: October 15, 2016
How you met your fiancé? Match.com!
How did he propose? Sitting front row, behind home plate, at the Texas Rangers game in August, 2015. To the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” he changed the lyrics and sang “Will You Marry Me, Colleen?” I’m a huge baseball fan so it was great! He had the usher video it so we have a memory of that day.
Your Bridal Gown &Accessories
Who was the wedding gown designer, and what was the style? Casablanca, Custom Made Dress.
Favorite Feature about your dress: That it kept my cleavage where it needed to be! I have a large chest so it was a feat to keep everything contained.
How did you know your dress was “the one”? I had a different experience than most girls. I wanted SO much to just get a dress off the rack and be done. The dress was important so I would look the best I could good, but I was focused more on the party! So I was frustrated that my body type—plus sized and extremely large chested—wasn’t really working in anything, even though Pence and Panache has a huge, wonderful selection of plus size dresses. Pence and Panache talked me into working with them on creating what essentially was a haute couture dress. It was scary to purchase a dress off a sketch. But there was a great consultative process and they took their time and got the measurements right. When it came in, it was perfect and it truly was an original. How perfect is that? A one of kind dress—literally, as it was made just for me– for a once in a lifetime day.
Describe your experience at Pence and Panache. They are the sweetest, most engaged, caring bridal salon you will find. They knew me by name every time I came in and were genuinely excited for me, all the time, even though they do this all the time. We had some other experiences at some very popular Fort Worth bridal salons that were less than great. It appeared as if I was too much effort for them. Pence and Panache is truly interested in seeing how they can find the best dress for you, no matter your size. My Mom noticed their compassion within minutes of being at Pence and Panache.
What accessories did you choose to accent your dress: Kendra Scott earrings. I didn’t want a necklace. I bought my garter at P and P. I did buy a hankie and carried it in my bouquet hand—I thought I would need it for tears, his or mine. But it ended up being really handy when my red lipstick came off on him during the first kiss and he looked like Bozo the clown! I did come back and buy a cathedral length veil a few weeks before the wedding. Everyone told me you can get one cheap off Amazon, etc—I bought 2 and they looked, well, cheap. I received SO many compliments on my veil.
Your Wedding Day
Wedding Venue: The Ashton Depot, Fort Worth, TX
Who was your Wedding Photographer: Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography.
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? Blue was the garter—it had a blue ribbon on it. Something new was my new Kendra Scott bridal collection earrings. And the something borrowed and old was a religious saint medal from my mom, pinned inside my dress. It belonged to her mother.
What is your #1 tip for brides in the planning process? Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, but just because you asked doesn’t mean you have to take it. It’s your day.
How do you describe the theme of your wedding? Classic, romantic.
What color palette did you select? Plum, accented with creams and metallics of silver and gold. It was fall so I wanted an autumnal color, but not reds/yellows/oranges you also see in the fall because I didn’t want it look holiday themed or “date” the wedding. The florist and venue actually showed me samples of linens and flowers in creams and how metallics would be a good accent with that.
Do you have any advice for brides who are still searching for their perfect bridal gown? Make sure your dress does what you want it to do for you! I wanted a more structured material from the abdomen up to make sure everything was “tucked and smoothed” into place, so we made sure to add a corset. Once I was in my dress, I had no worries about it AT all, all day. And if you have the time, don’t be afraid to go custom. It really wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would have been and for a Type A control freak like myself, it allowed me to get everything I wanted.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? Being with my girls in the morning and then my hubby and friends and family for the rest of the day, and seeing how everything came together and enjoying it!