Gary Fox Realtor and Photographer

Villa Montez wedding

I met Gary Fox when he was the photographer for my best friend’s wedding at Villa di Felicita. I chose him to do the photography for my wedding at Villa Montez. Gary has got a great outgoing personality and will accommodate all your photography needs. He is a full-time realtor for Keller Williams and does photography on the side. My mom met him at the rehearsal dinner and is now planning on using him for her realtor when she moves to Tyler.

Gary sent me all my photos on a USB drive right after the wedding. The photos turned out great and he took a ton of pics for us. I am not even sure how he got so many as he seemed to be everywhere at once capturing every moment! He also has very competitive pricing compared to other area photographers. I will let the pics speak for themselves below.

If you would like to contact Gary for your wedding photography or realtor services he can be contacted at or 903-714-7190

Villa Montez Wedding


Chez Bazan Wedding Cake

Wedding Sparklers

James Monroe chauffeur

Plan It! Events

Villa Montez Wedding Ceremony

Esther Yeager and Plan It! Events made my dream wedding come true!

Esther helped put together my entire wedding weekend and was amazing to work with. She is so organized and efficient and made everything go so smoothly. Esther made planning my wedding so fun and it is obvious that she loves her job!

If you have an upcoming event, I highly recommend Esther and Plan It! Events. She does day-of coordination to full service planning with extra staff and everything in between. She has great relationships with the area vendors and can make all your ideas come to life. The best decision I made for my wedding was contacting her.

If you would like to find out more about Plan It! Event’s services their website is Esther can be contacted at

Complete Weddings + Events

Complete WeddingsFor my wedding I used Complete Weddings + Events to find my DJ. They have 11 DJs available and have profiles for them on their website at

Also on Complete Wedding’s site is an event manager where you enter in what kind of music you like, must play songs, music for specific dances, etc.

My DJ was Alex Fields and he was amazing – polite, professional, perfect!  Alex also worked our wedding rehearsal and helped me pick out my uplighting color that night at the venue. Everything went smooth and I would definitely use Alex again.

DJ Alex Fields


3412 SSW Loop 323 Ste B
Tyler, TX 75701

Staybridge Suites


Recently I had to select a hotel for my guests to stay in for my upcoming wedding.  I decided on the Staybridge Suites located off the loop by UT Tyler.  I wanted a nicer hotel that was close to my venue and the fact that the Staybridge offers larger rooms with separate bedrooms works out perfectly for my out of town guests who have kids.  They also have free Wi-Fi and are pet friendly so my sister will be able to bring her dog if needed. The manager was super-friendly and was able to block me off rooms for the weekend.  She made accommodations for my group so everything will be convenient when booking.  Now I can finish with the invitations!








Staybridge Suites
2759 Mcdonald Road
Tyler, TX 75701
(903) 566-1100

Wedding Officiant Robert Owens

6573516I wanted to share with you all my wedding officiant Robert Owens.  Robert is an ordained minister and Notary Public who will perform ceremonies within a 50 mile radius of Palestine.  Robert has a professional appearance and demeanor and will help you to write your vows, and offer ideas for your ceremony.  He is able to provide wireless audio equipment which can be used to play your wedding music and provides your guests the ability to clearly hear your entire ceremony. After the wedding he will make sure your marriage license is properly filed with the county for recording, and provide you with a signed certificate to commemorate your day. For more information you can contact Robert by phone or email. He will be happy to discuss your plans with you.

Robert Owens

IN Magazine

IN MagazineSubscribers of the Tyler Morning Telegraph received the new issue of IN Magazine Saturday morning. IN Magazine, a bimonthly lifestyle publication, focuses on the people and events going on all around Tyler.

The magazine has featured articles on style, healthy living, home building and decorating, food, and more.  Their latest issue, which hit stands on Saturday, has a piece on the upcoming Tyler Rose marathon and the Rose Festival.

Operating under the same roof as the Tyler Morning Telegraph, IN Magazine has access to the city’s most talented writers and photographers.  Think of it as a newspaper but cooler.  Maybe the news isn’t quite as relevant as the news reported in the traditional paper, but the traditional paper doesn’t have the big, pretty, glossy photos that IN Magazine has.

You should definitely read IN Magazine if you do not already.  It can be found at racks all over Tyler. I hear the new issue  features a blurb on food bloggers…  I am definitely looking forward to reading that!

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

Courtyard by MarriottCourtyard by Marriott Tyler – Now Open!

The Courtyard hotel is officially open as of July 1st, 2010

Amenities include:
121 guest rooms and suites, including luxurious jacuzzi suites
4,200 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space
On-site fitness center featuring cardio equipment and free weights
Indoor pool and spa
42″ LCD flat screen tvs in every room
Free wireless internet
Patio with fire-pit
Starbucks available 24 hours a day
The Bistro Eat. Drink. Connect. restaurant and bar

Stop in and check it out!
For reservations go to

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott


Courtyard by Marriott
7424 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 509-4411

Centaur Arabian Farms

Centaur Arabian FarmsIf a picture is worth a thousand words, then seven pics is worth seven thousands of words, and I will keep this brief.  I was so touched by Eva Sealey’s invitation to attend the grand opening celebration of her South Tyler wedding venue and bed and breakfast.  I drive by nearly everyday and have often admired the beauty of her property from my car, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to come inside the gate and see all that Centaur Arabian Farms has to offer.

Centaur Arabian FarmsBeing the five year old that I am, I was of course immediately drawn to the Clydesdale horse that was giving carriage rides near the entrance.  I tried to line jump all the other people (children) in line, but my husband wouldn’t let me and instead we made our way to the barn to mingle with the grown-ups.  The word barn doesn’t really do this place justice, but that is what it is.  It was a horsebarn that has now been converted to a reception hall, complete with a food serving area.  The food, provided by Chez Bazan, was presented beautifully and tasted great.  Tables were set in a way fitting of a wedding reception, and beautiful floral arrangements were on each table.  Every inch was tastefully decorated and made me wish I could have another wedding.  The Sugared Rim bartending service was there serving wine and cocktails to attendants.

Centaur Arabian FarmsBrides have lots of options at Centaur Arabian Farms.  Everyway you look there is another picturesque setting for a ceremony or reception, both indoors or out.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and the bed and breakfast is cozy and homey.  Though I wish Bill and Eva Sealey a world of luck with their project, somehow I doubt they will need it.  This is a fabulous place backed by even more fabulous people, and I can’t wait to come back soon.

Centaur Arabian FarmsCentaur Arabian Farms
10271 Farm-to-Market 2813
Flint, TX 75762
(903) 561-6926

Centaur Arabian Farms Centaur Arabian Farms

Centaur Arabian Farms

Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark Plaza

trinity_001You may remember the race report I wrote on my experience at the Tyler Half back in October. Unfortunately, since that race, I have been battling some knee issues that have pretty much put my running (favorite hobby) on hold. I tried stretching and icing my knee and cutting back on my mileage for a couple of months before I broke down and went to see Dr. Cathy Fieseler at the Trinity Mother Frances Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic on Troup Hwy. After about three miles my left knee would rapidly go from a dull ache to a searing pain that could no longer be ignored or tolerated. It was time to show my knee who’s boss.

My first appointment with Dr. Fieseler went well. She bent my leg in every which way, did some basic strength tests on me, and sent me in for x-rays to dismiss any major issues. She determined I had what is known as runner’s knee, and prescribed me four weeks of physical therapy.  Dr. Fieseler is a long distance runner herself, having competed in numerous marathons and ultramarathons, so she understood how it feels to be a runner who can’t run. She even gave me the green light to continue running as long as the pain was not severe.

trinity_003Physical therapy was fun. Basically, it was two hour long sessions a week with a physical therapist who actually gave me a decent workout.  I really liked all the people who worked in physical therapy at this TMF clinic, and felt like I really got to know and even became friends with my therapist. I started really looking forward to my sessions. Soon enough the month was over, and I hadn’t seen much improvement in my knee pain, though I could tell the therapy was making me stronger. Casey, my therapist, said my knee pain might go away, and it might not. There was a chance I would have to baby my knee forever. Not the news I wanted to hear as spring racing season loomed in the near future.

At my follow-up appointment with Dr. Fieseler, she bent, stretched, poked, and prodded around my knee and determined that my knee cap just was not cooperating with all the tissues and tendons holding it in place. It was hurting pretty good by the time she got done examining me.  Dr. Fieseler gave me three options. 1. Keep doing my PT moves and take it easy and hope for the best. 2. Get an MRI to determine the exact cause and proceed from there. 3. Get a cortisone shot in the knee. I considered my options and decided to go for the shot. We hoped that it would calm all the inflammation and after a few days of no running but still doing my PT moves, I could start back up running and let the strength and flexibility I’d gained from my PT take over.

Tonight is the night. My first night to run post-shot. I was planning to run outside, but yikes is it cold out there. With wind chills expected to be in the teens this evening, I think I will take it to the treadmill. Please keep your fingers crossed that this was a success. The dull ache in my knee right now tells me it was not, but I’m still hoping for the best. As far as showing my knee who’s boss? As of right now, I am taking direct orders from Mr. Lefty. Maybe after tonight, or in a few days, or maybe even in a few weeks I’ll finally be able to stick it to the knee.

Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark Plaza
1327 Troup Hwy.
Tyler, Texas 75701
(903) 510-8840

Garden Style

DSC04977I am a huge fan of flowers.  Big arrangements, small arrangements, single stems, or even a bundle of Tyler roses from the Brookshire’s parking lot – all of those.  However, though I can admit to liking all flowers, one thing remains true:  All flowers are not created equal, and further, not all florists are created equal.

The Tyler flower market is currently dominated by Garden Style. No florist in town can even come close to creating arrangements like them.  Garden Style excels in quality, service, and most notably, creativity.  You will not find any of the typical run-of-the-mill roses by the dozen or lily/carnation/baby’s breath combinations here.  Garden Style uses exotic varieties of flowers and unique vases to create floral masterpieces that are like actual pieces of art.  The amount of skill and talent that goes into each piece is evident.

Located in the Harley’s shopping Plaza, Garden Style also offers a good selection of plants, pots or plant holders, and small gifts and home goods like candles, reed diffusers, and hand care.  While browsing be sure to take a look at their refrigerated case of all the arrangements going out on any particular day…  It’s almost worth ordering an arrangement and having it delivered to yourself.

DSC04981Floral arrangements from Garden Style don’t come cheap, but if you have some extra cash laying around they are worth every penny.  My husband sends me arrangements from Garden Style on special occasions, and my sister got the flowers for my bridal shower here.  Each arrangement was just as beautiful as the last, and they all were completely unique.  I’d love to be able to have a small arrangement on my desk everyday to enjoy, but because I can’t it just makes it that much more special when I do receive them.


Garden Style
4815 Old Bullard Road
Tyler, TX 75703-1214
(903) 526-0664

Belladonna Day Spa

2Wednesday was one of the best days of my life.  I didn’t get engaged, married, no huge job offers or raises, and NO I did not find out I am expecting (whew!).  Nope, none of that stuff.  On Wednesday, my life was changed forever when… I got hair extensions.  This may seem shallow or trite, but on Wednesday I went from being a woman with a wimpy, boring head of hair to a woman with a long, thick, lustrous mane of beautiful locks and had hair confidence for the first time in my life.
Everyone knows all the celebrities have hair extensions.  Stars like Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have been using them for years.  I lived under the impression that those kind of services and that level of skill simply was not available in East Texas.  Enter Kimberly Sullivan at Belladonna Day Spa.  Kimberly recently relocated to Tyler from San Francisco, and found her way to Belladonna where she specializes in hair additions and extensions.  Take a look at some of the amazing work she has done at or by checking out her Facebook page.  She is AMAZING.

belladonnaI first met Kimberly at Belladonna’s Be Beautiful seminar, and was immediately interested when I heard about her specialties.  When I got a chance to see some of her work in person I was astonished.  The extensions she put on Belladonna’s owner, Angela Moss looked gorgeous!  They look 100% natural, and I never would have guessed they were not Angela’s own hair.  At that moment I knew I had to have my own.

I went in for a consultation so Kimberly could get a feel for my hair type, texture and color.  There are many different application methods for hair extensions, and different methods work best on different people.  For me, we went with seamless, 100% human hair extensions, applied via the cold fusion method.  Kimberly matched my hair color, ordered my hair, and scheduled an appointment the following week for the application.  The anticipation I experienced that week can only be compared to that of the week before my wedding.  Don’t judge!  I was really, really excited.  FINALLY, the day arrived and I went in for the application.

belladonnaWith anyone else doing my extensions I would have been nervous, but Kimberly had the background and experience to make me feel totally at ease and confident in her ability.  She has been trained extensively in all areas of hair additions, and just from talking to her I really got the feeling that she enjoys her work and is in it to help people feel good about themselves.  Like I mentioned before, she used the cold fusion method on me, which involves no heat and is non-damaging to the natural hair.  Each tract of hair is placed at the scalp and fused with a cold glue.  These extensions will last anywhere from five to 12 weeks and then I will have to go in and have them re-fused at the scalp as they grow out.  The hair itself can be reused three to four times giving it a life of up to a year.

Though completely irrelevant in my mind, there are a couple disadvantages to having hair extensions.  First is the cost.  High quality extensions are not cheap.  Far from it, in fact.  However, consultations with Kimberly are free, and there are a certain number of variables that significantly affect the cost, the major one is dependent on the type of hair that is used.  The other disadvantage would be the maintenance involved with the upkeep of extensions.  Over time the seams may come loose, but this is easily remedied with a little time and glue.
I love, Love, LOVE my new hair.  I feel like this is the head of hair I was meant to have all along, and it is so natural looking nobody would ever know it’s not mine.  I do not have enough wonderful things to say about Kimberly and Belladonna Day Spa.  Kimberly has to be the most talented hair stylist in Tyler.  Just take one look at my new, fab head of hair and I am sure you will agree. Give her a call at (903) 372-2977 and schedule your consult today!

Belladonna Day Spa
5100 Old Bullard Rd
Tyler, TX 75703-3630
(903) 509-9955