The last time Mackenzie and Dan made an appearance on our blog, they were in the middle of planning their wedding following an epic ESPN engagement. Since then, Dan has traded his Arkansas Razorbacks jersey for a Detroit Lions uniform and Mackenzie has made a change to her last name. Now that they’re newlyweds, we’re thrilled to be sharing all of the details from their beautiful wedding day at the Fort Worth Zoo!
Mackenzie and Dan are such a fun-loving couple, and from their popcorn-container ceremony programs to Dan’s donut wall at the reception, their wedding day was completely reflective of that. And talk about aisle style! Mackenzie’s Hayley Paige gown was a showstopper, and we absolutely loved the monogrammed converse she gifted to her bridal party—perfect for the dance floor!
The Something Pretty Floral team did an incredible job of translating Mackenzie and Dan’s colorful personalities into an array of vibrant design details. Between the flower crowns worn by the ‘maids, the gorgeous ceremony arch, and the arrangements accenting furniture from Perch Decor, we’re hard-pressed to pick a favorite floral detail. Also deserving of fanfare: the creative sports-centric nods to the couple’s love story and alma mater incorporated throughout the evening! Guests were encouraged to don a game-day worthy button bearing the bride or groom’s image at the reception, while “Team Skipper” foam fingers and pom-poms in Razorback colors were distributed for the couple’s farewell.
Mackenzie and Dan, it was such a delight to be a part of bringing your wedding day to life. We’re cheering you on as you begin your happily-ever-after!
Photography: Haley Rynn Ringo
Videography: Long Drive Agency
Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral
Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles & Company
Band: Jordan Kahn Orchestra
Venue: Fort Worth Zoo
Cake: Dallas Affaires
Donuts: Funky Town Donuts
Luxury Event Rentals: Perch Decor
Custom Marquee: Marquee House of Letters
Wedding Planning: Abby Simoneau and Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events
For 20 years, DFW Events has been known for coordinating luxury weddings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the globe. While our team remains truly passionate about every aspect of the wedding planning process (from vendor selections to the vow exchange), weddings certainly aren’t the only milestone celebrations that we coordinate. Grand openings, corporate galas and fundraisers, dignitary dinners, holiday parties, anniversaries, familiarity trips…we’re serious when we say that the “DFW” in our company name stands for Destinations, Fêtes, and Weddings. So today, we’re highlighting one particular type of event that never fails to make our hearts beat a little faster: the birthday party!
If you thought birthday parties were limited to the 10-and-under crowd, think again. We’re not just talking balloons, candles, and confetti here (although these party staples will never really go out of style). Think more along the lines of private museum tours, celebrity guest appearances, and itineraries that keep the party going all weekend long. This is the birthday party all grown up—a reimagined, sophisticated celebration worthy of your special occasion. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of our most recent fêtes as we explore the latest trends in luxury birthday party planning!
The Trend: Personalized Parties
Personalizing a party begins with selecting a theme that reflects your individual interests, passions, and experiences. We’ve custom-tailored birthdays based on inspirations ranging from classic cars, to a classic television series, to the ambience of a European club, which has resulted in a portfolio of parties that look completely different from one another in the best way possible!
Up next after selecting a theme? Custom branding everything (and we do mean everything). From bar fronts to cocktail napkins, embellishing as many details as possible with a custom personal logo is an excellent way to establish a consistent through-line and create a completely unique atmosphere. Brynn’s House of Blues themed Sweet 16 was a perfect example of birthday branding done right!
This just in: 40th, 50th, and 60th birthday parties are no longer synonymous with black-on-black decor and “Over the Hill” signs. Elegant jewel-toned dinners, festive fuchsia soirees, and multi-colored metropolitan bashes are the new indicators of a life well-lived (and sensationally celebrated).
Why celebrate one milestone birthday when you can raise a toast to two of them? Take a cue from Ike and Eric, best friends who joined forces to host a blow-out 60th birthday celebration at 6500 that featured a putting green, 3D Mapping show, models, international cuisine, and more!
Birthdays have a way of reminding us that life moves quickly, but our clients have discovered a surefire way to slow time down—by hosting a laidback-yet-luxurious birthday celebration on a ranch in Texas! If sipping margaritas, enjoying roasted corn drenched in butter, line-dancing the night away, and ending the evening with a Hill Country sunset alongside friends and family won’t stop and make you smell the wildflowers, then really…what will?
When you think of surprise parties, you might think of guests crowding together in a darkened room until the time comes to jump out and surprise the unsuspecting birthday girl or boy. Today’s version of the surprise party, however, has just as much to do with surprising and delighting guests as it does with catching the host unaware! Teresa’s recent 50th birthday party at The Perot Museum perfectly encompassed both concepts. Teresa’s husband contacted our team in order to surprise his wife with an unexpected celebration, and in turn, we surprised the couple’s guests by transporting them from Houston to Dallas by private jet to enjoy an intimate progressive dinner on a grand scale.
They say time flies when you’re having fun—we say time REALLY flies when that fun takes the form of coordinating weddings and events in Dallas and destinations around the globe! With that said, we can’t believe it has already been one year since Lexie and Blake wed in October of 2016. Whether you are currently gathering ideas for your own fall wedding or planning to create a luxurious tablescape for at-home holiday entertaining, we feel confident that the color palette used throughout this wedding and reception will inspire you! Burgundy bridesmaid gowns, cabernet-colored floral arrangements, rich green foliage, gold decorative accents, and a custom lace wedding gown from Stanley Korshak warmed up with gorgeous flesh-toned skirting…there are so many details that made this autumn “I do” one to remember!
Allow us to interrupt your scrolling for just a minute to spotlight one of our favorite details: the groom’s Dutch-inspired cake! Blake’s family is from Holland, so this cake was the perfect nod to his heritage. A topper comprised of heirloom figurines proved to be, quite literally, the icing on the cake. (We couldn’t resist.)
Lexie and Blake were clear about wanting to create a “nightclub” atmosphere once the dancing got started at their reception, and we’re happy to report that Nate with LeForce did a fabulous job of bringing that request to life! In addition to the top-notch playlist streaming from the DJ booth, dance floor props and confetti drops kept energy levels high all night long.
Cheers to one year of marriage, Lexie and Blake! It was a joy and an honor to be a part of your wedding day.
While it’s true that we plan weddings and events all over the world, we have to admit that we’re pretty proud to call Dallas, Texas our home base! Everything really is bigger in Texas—including the kinds of parties we throw—so if you receive an invitation to a wedding in the Lone Star State, we recommend saddling up and sending in your RSVP in the affirmative as soon as possible. In addition to southern sensibilities and a healthy dose of hospitality, you’re bound to encounter a detail or two that you’d be hard-pressed to find at any other “I do.” Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites now!
First up, an event featuring a VIB—that’s a Very Important Bovine! Bevo, the official mascot of the University of Texas, made a special guest appearanceat our bride and groom’s rehearsal dinner in the Texas Hill Country. Needless to say, he received a warm welcome from the Longhorn-lovin’ crowd. Hook ’em!
If you’re lucky enough to be on-hand for an entire Texas wedding weekend, you’re bound to be bestowed with a whole passel of local products upon arrival. This is called a welcome gift, and believe us, it’s always met with a smile. A Texas welcome gift will likely feature a box or bag emblazoned with the shape of the state, pecans (the official state nut), and chips and salsa (a Texan’s favorite snack), just to name a few.
Late night snack passes have been trending for a while now, and at a Texas wedding, there’s no finer fare to dish out than Whataburger! Equally appetizing after a Friday night football game or a night spent on the dance floor, a couple’s most difficult decision is typically which best-selling menu item to serve (Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits, Whataburgers, or both?). As for washing down that Whataburger, every Texas groom knows that a bartender just isn’t worth his stock unless he’s serving Shiner Bock. The renowned dark lager is produced by the oldest independent brewery in Texas and is always a hit with hometown guests.
Our couples have spirit, yes they do—and they frequently order custom cakes to prove it, too. If the bride or groom attended a university in Texas—and that goes double for The University of Texas—you just might enjoy a buttercream-covered ode to their alma mater during the dessert course.
Fun fact: Unbeknownst to the groom, our bride—a proud graduate of Texas Christian University—requested that the inside of his University of Texas themed groom’s cake be dyed purple as a sneaky tribute to her Horned Frogs! | photos: John Cain Photography
That’s not to say that other local icons are off the (dessert) table, though. One of our couples took the concept of an “ice cream cake” to a whole new level by commissioning a replica of a Blue Bell Ice Cream container. Based in Brenham, Texas, the creamery has been in business since 1907—and Texans have had a sweet spot for it ever since.
The couple’s beautiful ceremony took place atSaint Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and was rich with symbolism and tradition. Following the bridal procession a series of meaningful rituals commenced: The Crowning, a centerpiece of the Eastern Orthodox marriage ceremony, The Common Cup, which symbolizes the joys and sorrows shared throughout marriage, and The Ceremonial Walk, which signifies the first steps taken together as husband and wife. We love that Jessica and Bryan chose to include descriptions in their wedding program so that guests could fully grasp the symbolism and significance of each aspect of the ceremony!
Lavish blooms, magenta lighting, touches of gold and greenery, and plenty of texture comprised the glamorous reception decor at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.The couple’s custom logo embellished everything from matchboxes, to spotlights, to koozies, to the dance floor, which lent a personalized touch to the “Enchanted Garden” event atmosphere.
It was a pleasure to work with The Fleuriste and Eventures to achieve such a luxe and layered look—catch even more details in Jessica and Bryan’s Belle the Magazine feature, and don’t miss the incredible short film from Waterloo below!
Cheers to a beautiful beginning, Jessica and Bryan—wishing you two the happiest anniversary this weekend!
Morgan and Scott’s November wedding was filled with personal details, sweet traditions, southern charm, and most of all, JOY. The bride’s family ranch outside of Waco served as the venue for both ceremony and reception—an easy choice considering the couple’s history there. “Throughout my life, it was a really special place for me to go and get away from all the craziness of life, and I got to share that with Scott throughout our relationship,” says Morgan. “It was so special to get to share that with everyone at our wedding.”
Morgan walked the aisle clutching a bouquet wrapped in ribbon that was created from her mother’s wedding dress, and the couple exchanged vows in front of a barn accented by greenery and white blooms. Protea, antlers, wooden farmhouse tables, and endless rows of candles combined to create a rustic-chic reception to remember. Needless to say, we were thrilled to see Morgan and Scott’s day featured by Southern Weddings!
Here are a few more of our favorite details—many thanks to Caroline Jurgensenfor capturing them so perfectly.
Lacey and Zach’s wedding at a private residence had it all—the charm of an afternoon garden party mixed with the romance of an evening spent stargazing. Following an intimate first look, the bride and groom exchanged vows beneath a stunning chuppah comprised of bright blooms and cascading ferns. Star panels brought the “wow” factor to the tented reception and gave guests the feeling of dining beneath the stars. Rich linens, mirrored tabletops, candelabras entwined with floral, and a classic black and white dance floor provided the perfect finishing touches.
Keep scrolling for more gorgeous details from Sarah Kate!
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Ceremony/Reception Site: Private residence
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer
Bridal Gown Designer: Oscar de la Renta
Bridal Gown Retailer: The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus
Hair & Makeup: Kristen Shrimp; Audrey Elliot
Floral/Design: Jackson Durham
Officiants: Rabbi David Gruber; Father Tony O’Donovan
Stationery: Melanie Frazier for DFW Events (Save the Dates); Papyrus (Wedding Invitations)
Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Co.
Caterer: Al Biernat’s
Music: Gyros String Quartet; Bulletproof Brass
Lighting: Beyond; Lighting Dallas
Videographer: Summer Satterfield, Summer Films
Rentals: POSH Couture Rentals; Stage Works; La Tavola Fine Linen
Planning: Hannah Kohler and Laura Arredondo for DFW Events