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The Preppiest Wedding Ever: This Young Dallas Power Couple Turns Long-Distance Love Into an Elegant Coastal Dream

BY // 03.02.16
photography Hunter Ryan Photography

September 12, 2015: The coastal Florida wedding of Heather Young and Daniel Branch, Jr., is worthy of a preppy stamp of approval from even the most discerning C.Z. Guest or Babe Paley. Young, originally from New Canaan, Connecticut, and Branch, a Dallas native and the son of the Honorable Daniel H. Branch and Stacey Branch, first met while attending Vanderbilt University. After graduating, the duo crossed paths years later in New York City, where Branch was visiting and Young was working for Elle magazine.

The couple courted long-distance, and eventually Young moved to Dallas. Shortly thereafter, they became engaged — Young suddenly sporting a gorgeous sapphire on her left ring finger.

our-wedding--5The wedding, held in Naples, Florida, was the definition of old-school elegance. The seaside cocktail and reception at Naples’ elite Port Royal Club appeared something out of a Slim Aarons photo. Young wore an Oscar de la Renta silk mikado gown, one of the last wedding dresses designed by de la Renta before his 2014 death. Branch opted to go sockless in his Ferragamos — as any stylish gent getting married at the beach should.

Green and white — a play on the natural scheme of the location’s white-sand beaches and plentiful palm trees — left no room for anything fussy, flashy or over the top.

The Details:
Planning and Design
: Anna Lucia Richardson of Anna Lucia Events
Church: Trinity by the Cove
Ceremony Music: Encore Chamber Players
Ceremony Floral: Grace Lakes Florist
Reception Venue: Port Royal Club
Reception Floral: 50 Fifty Creative
Photography: Hunter Ryan Photography
Photo Booth: Bash Booths
Hair & Makeup: Sir Daniel and Faces by Frohmberg of Salon Tease
Wedding Cake: Ella’s Cakes
Reception Band: The Headliners
Linens: La Tavola & Nuage Designs
Stage and Hedge Rentals: Party Time Rental
Chairs, Chargers and Table Rentals: A Chair Affair
Lighting: KCTecs
Program and Menu Stationer: Lolo Lincoln
Wedding Logo Stationer: The Lettered Olive
Day-Of Stationer: Natalie Chang Studio
Hotel Block: Naples Beach Hotel
Transportation: Dolphin Transportation & Premier Trolleys

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