Stephanie + John Paul: Pretty in Pink Wedding at HPUMC and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

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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!

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer

“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.”

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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!

Vendors:

Ceremony: Highland Park United Methodist Church
Reception: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Musicians: Highland Music
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer
Videographer: Elle Films
Band: Jordan Kahn Orchestra
Calligraphy: Scribbles and Swirls
Florist: Garden Gate
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Bride’s Cake: Panini Bakery 
Groom’s Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Linens: BBJ
Carpet: Sandone Productions
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Band/Barfront: Perch Decor
Draping: Quest Drape
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
Photo Booth: Flock Together
Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles
Transportation: Premier of Dallas
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

In the Press: Nicole + David’s Luxe Wedding at The Adolphus

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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.”

Keep scrolling to see the beautiful photos captured by Edmonson Weddings, and be sure to stop by the Inside Weddings article for more of Nicole and David’s story!

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Meghan + Ryan: Multi-Cultural Wedding at Perkins Chapel and The Ritz-Carlton

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Pop, fizz, clink are the sounds ringing throughout the DFW Events office today! Why, you may ask? Because we’re finally able to share every last detail of Meghan and Ryan’s breathtaking January “I do” with you, and THAT calls for Champagne! (Or more accurately, a Starbucks coffee run…but the idea of clinking crystal glasses on a weekday is much more chic!)

[photos: Stephen Karlisch]

Featured in the latest issue of Inside Weddings, Meghan and Ryan’s celebration contained all of the elements known to take our collective breath away – personal and unique touches (check), sweet moments with family (check), and classic design details begging to be saved to all-the-Pinterest-boards-ever (triple check). What’s more, this couple was an absolute JOY to work with! Their love for each other is so evident, and as a team, we loved nothing more than seeing the constant expression of excitement on each of their faces.

From exchanging vows at Perkins Chapel, to dancing beneath “crystal rain” dripping from the ceiling of The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, to surprising guests with an invitation to an after party at the exclusive “Club Chuang,” these two enjoyed every minute of each wedding-day event!

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Fun fact: The decor, food, and entertainment at “Club Chuang” was a multi-cultural mashup that combined the bride’s Mexican heritage and the groom’s Chinese roots!

Click below for a peek at the Inside Weddings article, which features even more details from this duo’s unforgettable day. To read the full story in living color (and trust us, you’re going to want to), be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine – it’s on newsstands now!

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Meghan and Ryan, we can still feel the joy from your wedding day! It was truly a privilege to be a part of your “I do” – wishing you all the best (and many more occasions to throw a “Club Chuang” kind of party, too!).

Vendors:

Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles

Bridal Gown and Veil: Vera Wang purchased from Warren Barron Bridal

Bride’s After Party Dress: Kate Spade

Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo

Cake: Frosted Art Bakery & Studio

Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher

Ceremony Musicians: Benjamin Kolodziej, Kaylan Sikkel, Gyros Strings

Entertainment: Emerald City Band (reception), Lion Dancers – B3 Entertainment (after party), Mariachi Michoacan (after party), Andy Austin Entertainment (after party)

Favors: Mir Mir

Floral Design: Garden Gate

Formalwear: Alton Lane and Culwell & Son

Invitations/Stationery: Southern Fried Paper

Lighting: Beyond

Mother’s Gown: Nardos Imam

Photography: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Studio

Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals of Dallas, BBJ Linen

Décor/Staging and Event Design: Stage Works

Transportation: Smith Limousine

Venue: Perkins Chapel, SMU (ceremony), The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas (reception and after party)

Videography: Joe Simon Wedding Films

Coordination: Alison Baker, Eden Harkins, and Sarah Kane for DFW Events

Planner’s Perspective: How to Select Your Perfect Wedding Venue

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Planner's Perspective | Wedding Venues

If you’ve been dreaming about your wedding for your entire life, then chances are that at least a few of those dreams have included a very specific setting. But whether you’re instinctively drawn to the rustic ambiance of a ranch wedding or have a more traditional ballroom affair in mind, there are a few essential questions every couple should consider before booking a venue for the Big Day. Since Laura managed hundreds of events as a coordinator for Ashton Gardens before working as a DFW Events planner, we consider her our in-house venue guru. Read on for her top tips and the five questions that will help determine your perfect event space!

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[Laura’s headshot: Karlisch Photography | Brook Hollow Golf Club: Edmonson Weddings]

Question One: “Indoor or outdoor?”

“Consider this basic question your starting point when identifying potential wedding venues. Answering it from the get-go will automatically simplify your search!”

Ranch Wedding | DFW Events | Stephen Karlisch

Ranch Wedding | DFW Events | Stephen Karlisch

[Outdoor ceremony and reception on private ranch, Texas Hill Country | Karlisch Photography]

Brook Hollow | DFW Events | John Cain Photography

[Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas | John Cain Photography]

Question Two: “How would you describe your style?”

“When it’s time to start narrowing down your options, think about your personal style. Are you drawn to modern and contemporary looks with a preference for clean lines? Consider booking a museum for your ceremony or reception—The Modern in Fort Worth, The Nasher, and the Dallas Museum of Art are all beautiful options that don’t necessarily require a lot of extra table décor.”

The Modern Fort Worth | DFW Events | Taylor Lord Photography

The Modern Fort Worth Reception | DFW Events | Taylor Lord Photography

The Modern Fort Worth Reception | DFW Events | Taylor Lord Photography

[The Modern Fort Worth | Taylor Lord Photography]

“If your tastes are very traditional, a church ceremony and a reception at a hotel ballroom or country club might appeal to you. The Crescent, The Ritz, Arlington Hall, Brook Hollow Country Club, and Dallas Country Club are just a few examples of venues with a very classic feel!”

Park Cities Presbyterian Church | John Cain Photography

[Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas | John Cain Photography]

Rosewood Mansion | DFW Events | Jess Barfield Photography

Rosewood Mansion | DFW Events | Jess Barfield Photography

[Rosewood Mansion, Dallas | Jess Barfield Photography]

Question Three: “What are my décor and rental needs?”

“If questions one and two have helped you determine that an outdoor wedding in a setting that is not typically used as an event space—this includes a ranch, field, or even your own backyard—is for you, keep in mind that you will most likely need to bring in absolutely everything from the ground up. We’re talking tables, chairs, linens, and back-of-house catering rentals, plus a trucking service, a generator, a dance floor, and a valet company just to name a few. You will also need to secure an air-conditioned tent in case of rain or extreme temperatures on your wedding day. Don’t let that scare you, though. If you’re open to the idea of managing these additional details or have hired an event planner to help manage them for you, this can be an extremely rewarding way to build a completely unique event space!”

Backyard Wedding | Photography by Jason Kindig

[Backyard reception at private residence | Jason Kindig Photography]

Outdoor wedding on private estate | DFW Events | Andrea Polito Photography

[Outdoor wedding ceremony on the lawn of a private estate | Andrea Polito Photography]

“By contrast, country clubs, ballrooms, and other traditional event venues maintain a supply of house linens, house chairs, tables, and in-house catering rentals, and will also provide your catering services. While this option will probably save you some time, it won’t always save you money—especially if you’re planning to outfit the space with custom décor, which will require sourcing outside vendors.”

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[Escondido Golf and Lake Club, Horseshoe Bay | Taylor Lord Photography]

Question Four: “What are my power and sound needs?”

“If you’re planning to have a live band at your ceremony or reception, ensure that your venue has the necessary power and circuits. A back-up generator will be required if your power needs exceed your venue’s capability or if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. And don’t forget to inquire about lighting! Some venues keep their lighting on dimmers, which provides a built-in transition from dinner to the dance floor, whereas other spaces might benefit from an additional lighting package.”

Southern Hills | DFW Events | Stephen Karlisch Photography

[Custom build-out at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa | Karlisch Photography]

Question Five: “How much time do I need for set-up?”

“Load-in and strike times are of major importance for your vendors, so make sure to ask your potential venue what time set-up can begin on the day of your wedding. Dedicated event spaces will typically allow set-up to begin early in the day, but locations that primarily function as public spaces—think art galleries and restaurants—might restrict set-up to after the five o’clock hour. If you choose a venue with this kind of time constraint, be prepared to pay an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra laborers it will take to prep your event space in a shortened time frame.”

Outdoor Wedding | DFW Events | Sarah Kate, Photographer

[Marie Gabrielle, Dallas | Sarah Kate, Photographer]

The bottom line? Spend some time thinking about the look and feel of your wedding as a whole, and then choose the venue and vendors that are best equipped to bring that vision to life!

In need of a little pin-spiration? Stop by our “Venues” board on Pinterest!