When planning a destination wedding or event, one of the most important things to establish is a sense of place. This can be accomplished by creating welcome gifts filled with local goods and products, developing a custom map that highlights your favorite area attractions, and—perhaps most importantly—incorporating event details that uniquely represent your chosen destination. Jaclyn and Blake’s wedding at The Four Seasons Santa Fe perfectly embodied this idea in every way as you’ll see in the images below!
Between the incredible display of cactus escort cards, minimalist geometric dance floor, bridesmaid gowns in varying shades of teal, and one-of-a-kind “love rock” cross that made an appearance at both the rehearsal dinner and ceremony, it’s impossible for us to choose a favorite detail. And can you believe that the flower and candle filled “chapel” where these two exchanged vows was actually the Four Seasons’ completely transformed Terra restaurant? Keep scrolling to see all of the southwestern touches, and be sure to stop by the couple’s full-length feature on Wedding Chicks!
Although they began their relationship in Dallas and got engaged in Charleston, there was only one location in the world Jourdan and Logan could imagine getting married: Harbour Island in the Bahamas, where Jourdan’s family had been boating for over 30 years!
“Many years now we’ve been coming to this special island and we’ve made a lot of friends that feel like family. There’s a little pink church on the island, and every time we used to pass it in the golf cart Jourdan would say, ‘One of these days that’s where I’d like to get married,'” shares Ed Pratt, father of the bride. “That’s how the family came to choose Harbour Island for the wedding, and Jourdan and Logan did indeed end up getting married in that little pink church!”
A color scheme of navy and rose gold was selected as a reference to Harbour Island’s iconic pink sand beaches and beautiful blue water, and was incorporated in details ranging from the invitation suite to the navy welcome tent on the dock where guests arrived by water taxi from nearby Eleuthera. Upon arrival guests were given branded welcome bags that included a golf cart key chain with a matching valet sticker—Jourdan and Logan’s wedding logo was on one side, while the other side featured a unique color and number combination to help guests find their golf cart throughout the weekend!
Pre-wedding events included a Thursday night welcome party at Romora Bay with an appearance by a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo band, a lovely beachside brunch for the bridal party, and a toast-filled rehearsal dinner at Coral Sands Hotel.
After exchanging vows, the newlyweds joined their guests for a tented beach reception at the Ocean View Club. As a personal touch, the couple’s logo was again featured on details ranging from a navy and rose gold menu to luxe custom throw pillows. Inspired by the family’s love for the Bahamian crest, the logo was designed by the mother of the bride and featured Jourdan and Logan’s initials along with three iconic Harbour Island motifs: conch shells, a rooster, and a palm tree. Jourdan, who is an interior designer, also custom-designed stunning orb chandeliers for the reception tent that were paired with flowers and candles. We love that the couple plans to hang them in their backyard when hosting parties!
From the vibrant welcome party to the couple’s one-of-a-kind send-off, we loved every minute of planning this destination wedding weekend in the Bahamas! For even more “I do” details, be sure to take a look at the couple’s Inside Weddings feature!
They say that home is where the heart is, but in the case of this Fort Worth wedding, it just so happened to be where the reception was located! Exploding with interior design influences and unique personal touches, Molly and Pete’s fall “I do” was a highlight of 2016 for our team. It also makes a serious case for incorporating the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, into your own wedding day!
Molly and Pete exchanged vows in a meaningful, traditional ceremony at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, where Molly’s parents were also married. A tented reception was hosted afterward at the home of the bride’s family—the perfect venue choice for our bride, who is passionate about houses and interior design.
In keeping with the reception location, personal details were incorporated at every turn. A dining room table, which was presented to the bride’s parents by their grandparents as a wedding gift, was transformed into an entry table and accented by vintage frames, family photographs, and heirloom silver and crystal.
As a surprise to Pete, Molly also worked with our team to create a one-of-a-kind putting green and scotch bar. The wood-paneled backdrop of the scotch bar put the client’s collection of decanters on display, and guests of “Pete’s Patio” were also provided with customized golf balls, score cards, and koozies embellished with the groom’s initials.
For the primary reception tent our design-minded bride selected a grey palette with the goal of creating a comfortable, warm atmosphere that truly felt like an extension of the home. Lighting designed by BEYOND was used strategically to emphasize trees in the yard, the vibrant yellow floral arrangements created by Jackson Durham, and the anemone-covered bride’s cake.
An existing Crepe Myrtle tree, which the tent was constructed around, also became a focal point thanks to lighting—throughout the evening guests gathered in a lounge area under the tree to rest and enjoy the scene, or enjoyed dancing beneath the twinkle-lit branches!
It was an honor for our team to coordinate this lovely wedding day and to be trusted with the task of bringing so many thoughtful, intentional design details to life on behalf of this sweet couple. Cheers to a beautiful beginning, Molly and Pete!
Flowers are being purchased, chocolates are being gift wrapped, and last-minute reservations are being made. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate occasion to share Stephanie and John Paul’s fuchsia-infused wedding day at Highland Park United Methodist Church and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas!
“Anyone who knows my mother or me knows that we love color, especially pink. We wanted to transform the Ritz ballroom into our own space and make it bright and colorful since that makes us happy,” Stephanie says. Junior Villanueva and the team at Garden Gate brought Stephanie’s vision to life at both the ceremony and reception through the creation of vibrant floral arrangements in shades of pink ranging from blush to magenta. For the reception, “The two elements that transformed the room the most were the wall of flowers behind the wedding cake and the floral halo and chandelier above the ballroom floor,” says the bride.
In addition to selecting a pink color palette to represent Stephanie’s taste and style, the couple incorporated a fun detail that spoke specifically to JP’s background. “John Paul is from Malibu and grew up surfing, so one of the personal touches for him was his surfboard groom’s cake with his favorite sports teams on top,” says Stephanie of the unique design, which was created by the Ritz’s pastry chef out of graham crackers and chocolate.
Also on the wedding day menu: a salad accented by Texas peaches and whipped burrata, filet with black truffle risotto, sea bass with parmesan gnocchi, and a delicious bride’s cake created by Panini Bakery. “John Paul and I really wanted our guests to feel treated with a sit-down dinner,” Stephanie says. “At every step, the Ritz provided impeccable service and was incredibly accommodating.”
As for Stephanie’s most special wedding day memory? “I will never forget the mix of happiness, nerves, and excitement I felt walking down the aisle with my dad, looking up at JP. Then hopping on the bus to the reception after the ceremony, listening to ‘Can’t Hurry Love’, sipping on champagne, and realizing we were married—surrounded by all of our closest friends—ready to go celebrate. That was an incredible feeling!” she says.
It was such a privilege for us to coordinate this “pretty in pink” wedding day for Stephanie and JP. Wishing you two all the happiness in the world…no rose-colored glasses required!
After showcasing a few sneak peeks on Instagram over the last few months, we are delighted to finally share a closer look at Nicole and David’s luxe fall wedding at The Adolphus, which was recently featured by Inside Weddings! Between the ceremony’s custom chapel design, the reception’s opulent decorative details and rich color palette, and the wide variety of entertainment elements sprinkled throughout the evening, this wedding was a highlight of our 2015 fall wedding season.
While details including handcrafted cocktails from The Grand Bevy, lavish floral from Jackson Durham Events, and performances from tap dancers and mariachi musicians alike made this wedding a standout in our minds, the bride’s kind words following her wedding day take the cake! “I believe we put a truly personalized touch on absolutely everything, and I was able to do so with the help of my team at DFW Events,” says Nicole, who worked with our in-house designer, Melanie Frazier, to create paper products ranging from custom save the dates and rehearsal dinner invitations to gold-embellished menus that perfectly reflected the couple’s style. “We really don’t feel we would have gotten the vision of our perfect weekend with all the detail and elements we wanted without the relentless efforts of our fabulous DFW Events wedding planning team.”
Happy Travel Tuesday! We are less than one month away from beginning our #MarryAtTheMulia experience with Inside Weddings, Jackson Durham, and over 40 of the world’s leading event professionals, a FAM trip we’ve been anticipating since the very start of 2016! In celebration of the fact that it’s almost time to pack our bags for Bali, today we’re recapping Mary-Frances’ initial site visit to The Mulia Bali + sharing more about what the newest branch of our company, Destination EnSite, is all about!
Mary-Frances had the opportunity to visit not one, but two Mulia properties during her trip to Indonesia this April. At The Mulia Senayan, Jakarta Mary-Frances attended a ladies luncheon featuring a fashion show, incredible cuisine, and the most spectacular decor from Jackson Durham’s Heath Alan Ray.
entrance to the Jakarta luncheon | photo: Samuel Granado | floral: Jackson Durham
We are so excited to share Mary and Brad’s fall wedding at White Oaks Ranch today! We’ve been saving these images for quite some time as we awaited the debut of thisStyle Me Pretty post, sprinkling just a few teasers on Instagram every now and then. Keep scrolling for all of the lovely organic details, plus the couple’s sweet love story!
If we didn’t believe in “retail therapy” before, we certainly do now…or at least in retail romance! Mary and Brad met in April 2008 while he was working at Capital Grille in the Crescent Court and she was working at Stanley Korshak. “We bonded over our time living and traveling abroad throughout Southeast Asia,” says the bride. “After our first date, we were inseparable. Three moves, a new house, two puppies, and graduate school later, he proposed.”
Naturally, Brad’s proposal was just as connected to travel as the rest of the couple’s relationship had been. After surprising Mary with a stunning ring while visiting Japanese-style hot springs in Santa Fe, the duo set out to design a wedding day filled with whimsy and romance!
From the outdoor ceremony under an oak tree, to the Spanish acoustic guitar music that played at the couple’s reception, to the flower crown by Bows and Arrows that the bride paired with her long-sleeved gown from Berta Bridal, each and every detail combined to create an intimate, romantic setting. Fun “exceptions” to the overall aesthetic included Brad’s punk-meets-polished attire (we loved how he paired patent leather tennis shoes with his Vera Wang attire!) and the couple’s unique getaway vehicle. “In the spirit of rustic chic, we drove away in a Mule, or open aired utility vehicle, with flower petals in the bed that flew away as we drove off,” says Mary.
Other unique touches incorporated throughout the ceremony and reception included the bride’s selection of “Clair de Lune” as her accompaniment down the aisle, a beautiful reading of a Pablo Neruda poem during the ceremony, and the couple’s mobile photo booth, The Photo Bus.“Brad is really into Volkswagen buses, and we were able to find a fantastic vintage VW bus that had been repurposed as a photo bus—it was a huge hit,” says the bride of their selection.
As for the couple’s favorite moment of the wedding day?
“After my husband and I finished photos, we got a few precious minutes of alone time, where we proceeded to the apartment above the reception pavilion,” shares Mary. “There we shared a toast, hors d’oeuvres, and got to look down over all of the family and friends who had gathered for our wedding. It was so wonderful to have a minute alone to reflect on the perfect day, and toast to our new marriage.”
That’s a sentiment we’ll say “cheers” to any day! Congratulations, Mary and Brad—it was such a privilege to help bring your vision to life!
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH MARY + BRAD’S WEDDING VIDEO! video by Elle Films
In the fall of 2015, multiple members of our team jet-set to the pink sands of Harbour Island in the Bahamas to coordinate a destination wedding weekend that you’ll be hearing more about in the very near future! While on-location, we were reminded of another favorite Bahamas event from the not-so-distant past: Susan and Josh’s wedding at The One and Only Ocean Club. If you’re in a“spring break” state of mind today, get ready for a mini (virtual) vacation—we’re finally sharing all of the details from their intimate destination “I do!”
Susan and Josh’s guests were invited to set their watches to “island time” from the moment they stepped off the plane for this Bahamian wedding weekend. From sipping cocktails poolside to enjoying a stunning open-air welcome party accented by the music of steel drums, each moment was packed with a tropical punch of relaxation and renewal!
Following a lovely ceremony set against the backdrop of palm trees and ocean breezes, guests enjoyed light bites and sips of bubbly during a cocktail hour by the resort’s lily pond.
The couple’s reception featured a simple yet refined decorative atmosphere—think soft candlelight, modern light fixtures, and watercolor-washed signage—that complemented the natural beauty of the surroundings. A buffet dinner under the pool terrace followed the cocktail hour, as did dancing, cake-cutting, and an after party that kept the celebration going into the early hours of the morning. Susan changed from her wedding gown into a stunning sheath dress just for the occasion, and guests jumped on the opportunity to toast the newlyweds one more time before heading back to the pool for a late-night swim.
We are always thrilled when we get the chance to return to The Bahamas to coordinate an event, as we consider the group of islands to be a top destination for a laid-back yet luxury affair guests won’t soon forget! On that note, if you’ve decided that a Bahamian wedding sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. In the Bahamas you must be married between sunrise and sunset. Unusual but true, so be sure to schedule your ceremony accordingly!
2.ABahamian minister must officiate your ceremony. While your own pastor is allowed to assist in conducting the ceremony, a local minister must sign all legal documents and make the official “husband and wife” pronouncement. If you do plan on asking an ordained minister to join you from home, be sure to notify your wedding planner well in advance so that the two of you can coordinate every last detail to perfection.
3. When building your wedding welcome gifts,we recommend sourcing as many items as possible from your destination – it’s a great way to add local flavor to your gifts and save on shipping costs, too. Susan and Josh provided beach totes loaded with local island favorites including plantain chips and Bahamian beer, a huge hit with their guests!
For more tips and tricks about planning a wedding in the Bahamas (or anywhere else, for that matter), be sure to read Mary-Frances’ article for Inside Weddings:16 Secrets to an Effortless Destination Wedding. Looking for more information about bringing DFW Events aboard to making your destination wedding vision a reality? Stop by our Destinationsgallery for a little location inspiration, and then be sure to Get in Touch.We’d love nothing more than to pack up our bags and travel with you to make dreams come true!
What a thrill to see this sweet couple featured by Style Me Pretty! Coordinating Kate and Jere’s wedding was an absolute joy, and that’s not just because every last detail of their wedding day put a unique spin on timeless classics, or because Kate’s gown was one of the last designs created by Oscar de la Renta before his passing. Mostly, it’s because of the love these two have for one another—take a peek at the gorgeous images captured by Sarah Kate, and we promise you’ll feel it, too!
Following a long-distance love affair that spanned from New York to Texas, Kate and Jere began planning a wedding to take place in the city where they first connected—Dallas! The bride entrusted her vision for floral and decor to the team at Jackson Durham, who framed the entrance of Highland Park Presbyterian Church with an organic arrangement of greenery and filled containers of all shapes and sizes with classic white blooms for the couple’s reception at the Dallas Country Club.
To ensure that Kate’s wish for a reception beneath the stars was granted, we enlisted Sandone Productions to construct a tent that stretched across the DCC pool and lawn. The fabulous finish-out included a black and white dance floor, endless draping, oversized lanterns, and a stage front featuring greenery and lights.Open-air vignettes of white lounge furniture accented by Chinoiserie-inspired throw pillows completed the scene.
Kate and Jere, it was such a privilege to be a part of your wedding day—we wish you all the best, and can’t imagine a more beautiful beginning to your marriage journey!