Jessica + Bryan: Eastern Orthodox Christian Ceremony and Enchanted Garden Reception in Oklahoma

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We are thrilled to be sharing all of the details from Jessica and Bryan’s wedding in Oklahoma today—it’s hard to believe they will be celebrating their first anniversary in just two short days!

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The couple’s beautiful ceremony took place at Saint 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!

Vendors:

Photography: Ace Cuervo Photography

Floral Design: The Fleuriste

Ceremony Venue: St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church

Reception Venue: Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club

Rentals, Tabletop Rentals, Linens: Eventures

Lighting: Toucan Productions

Paper Goods, Invitations, Napkins: By Invitation Only

Band: In10City Band

Videography: Waterloo Films

Cakes and Desserts: Amy Cakes

Makeup: Chelsey Ann

Hair: Erin Francis, Loc Salon

Calligraphy: Laurie Harper Calligraphy

Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

No Place Like Home: Fort Worth Wedding with Tented Reception at a Private Residence

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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!

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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!

Vendors:

Church: Broadway Baptist Church
Reception: Private Residence
Tent: Sandone Productions
Caterer: F2M Hospitality
Officant: Bryan Dunagan
Photographer: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Studio
Videographer: Elle Films
Floral/Décor: Jackson Durham Events
Tent Finish-Out/Custom Décor: Stage Works USA
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Band: Jordan Kahn Music Company
Lighting: BEYOND
Bride’s Cake: Crème de la Crème
Photo Booth: My Event is the Bomb
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

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!

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“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: Kate + Jere’s Classic Dallas Wedding

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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!

Vendors:

Photography: Sarah Kate Photographer
Floral Design: Jackson Durham
Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta
Cakes: Panini Bakery
Ceremony Venue: Highland Park Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: Dallas Country Club
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Makeup: My Fabulous Faces
Hair: Sonia Trevino
Lighting: Beyond Lighting
Band: Simply Irresistible
Groom’s Attire: Culwell And Son
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
Getaway Car: Blue Diamond Limousines
Photo Booth: Mir Mir
Tent: Sandone Productions
Tent Finish-out: Stage Works
Wedding Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

Katelyn + Ryan: Traditional Wedding With Personal Details

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When it comes to their love story, Katelyn and Ryan owe a lot to those closest to them. A group of friends at Watermark Community Church is credited with bringing Katelyn and Ryan together, and Ryan’s proposal was one hundred percent family-oriented.

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“My family’s lake house has always been a special place [for us],” says the bride. “Weekends at the lake are what made us realize how much we love doing life together, and that we wanted to live life together forever.”

With this in mind, Ryan chose to propose at the lake house in November of 2014. “We were driving out to the lake for our annual family Thanksgiving gathering. When we walked in the atrium of my grandparent’s house, there were candles lit everywhere and no one was at home,” says Katelyn, who quickly said “yes” when Ryan dropped to one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

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Highland Park United Methodist Church had everything the couple was looking for in a ceremony venue, including a personal connection. The groom was baptized and confirmed at the church, and the long aisle, stained glass windows, and “majestic feel” of the sanctuary didn’t hurt, either! As an added touch, the ceremony was officiated by the bride’s high school Bible teacher, and his wife—a long-time mentor of Katelyn’s—did a Scripture reading as well.

Katelyn, who is a teacher, invited her students to attend the ceremony. Several students lined the steps outside the church with monogrammed balloons in-hand as Katelyn and Ryan exited the sanctuary, which made for a fabulous photo-op. As an extra sweet touch, Katelyn also provided cute cookies for the kids!

At the reception, additional lighting from Absolute Lighting was added to the gorgeous chandeliers at Dallas Country Club. Initially a neutral amber shade, when the music shifted to match the party portion of the night, the lights changed to showcase a spectrum of bright colors. In effect, the chandeliers were turned into giant disco balls!

Other special details included the groom’s cake, which was one of the most original we’ve ever seen. “We are both big distance runners, so we did a road race themed cake,” says Katelyn. “We also had a life-size cutout of us after the first race we did together beside the cake.”

Monograms tied together various decorative elements throughout the evening. The couple’s beautifully scripted insignia accented everything from the dance floor, to the vases that held floral arrangements by Garden Gate, to the pillows accenting banquettes and oversized chairs alike.

As one last personal touch, the couple gifted their 350 guests with Whataburger themed takeaway bags containing the Texas chain’s famous Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits!

“Katelyn and her mom, Toddy, are two peas in a pod, and it was so much fun working with this ultra-organized duo,” says Sarah, who coordinated the wedding. “Katelyn could not have been more sweet and thoughtful. She even left me a thank-you note on her wedding dress bag knowing that I’d see it when I picked it up to take it to be preserved!”

It was such a treat to work with you, Katelyn and Ryan. Wishing you all the happiness in the world as you continue to do life together!

Vendor List:

Church: Highland Park United Methodist Church

Reception: Dallas Country Club

Officiant: Hank Harmon; Walt Markham

Ceremony Musicians: Bells through HPUMC; HPUMC Organist

Ceremony Strings: Gyros String Quartet

Ceremony Vocalist: Tyrone Johnson and Sasha Thomas

Photographer: Perez Photography

Videographer: Elle Films

Band: Limelight, Emerald City Management

Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva

Lighting: Absolute Lighting

Cake Plateau: Vivid Rentals

Cakes: Dallas Affaires

Linens: BBJ Linen

Lounge Furniture Rentals: Perch

Draping: Quest Drape

Additional Rentals: Chiavari Chairs of Dallas

Hair: Sonia Trevino

Make-up: Mayra Sanabria

Transportation: Smith Transportation

Get-a-way Car: My Vintage Limo

Bridal Attire: Stanley Korshak

Balloons: Balloon City

Coordination: Sarah Kane for DFW Events

Hannah + Tommy: Classic Church Wedding with Reception at The City Club

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If we were tasked with defining Hannah and Tommy’s wedding day using a single word, it would have to be JOY. From the vows they exchanged at Park Cities Presbyterian to the looks on their faces as they waved goodbye following their reception at The City Club, a “brimming over with happiness” kind of feeling was present at each and every turn.

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That’s no surprise considering the couple’s sweet love story, which spans several years and multiple countries. Hannah and Tommy became friends while on a trip to Hong Kong in 2009, and although they didn’t begin dating until a few years later, Tommy began writing Hannah letters soon after. There was just one catch: He never sent them. Until the day he proposed, that is.

“He had been writing me letters, which he never sent, since we met in 2009. The letters were all about the progression of his feelings for me from friends, to liking me, to loving me,” Hannah recalls. “He put them into about four sets and had different people deliver them to me starting from when I woke up on the morning of February 7, 2014 in Arkansas. The day included receiving these letters from friends and family, flying back to Dallas, and then being driven to the Katy Trail where Tommy was waiting for me.” In a very serendipitous sort of moment, it began to snow right as Tommy knelt down to propose with the ring in hand!

The duo’s January wedding day matched the wintry setting of Tommy’s proposal, and was defined by a “neutral yet sparkly romantic” decorative palette selected by the bride. Having both grown up attending Park Cities Presbyterian Church, there was no question as to where the couple would say “I do.”

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For the reception, The City Club provided the traditional, classic, yet unique vibe (not to mention fabulous views of the Dallas skyline!) that Hannah and Tommy knew their guests would enjoy.

Lovely details abounded in every element from the floral arrangements created by Kate Foley Designs to the delicious cakes crafted by Panini Bakery, but we were especially taken with the story behind the beautiful baubles that complemented the bride’s gown from Patsy’s Bridal.

“I wore the same necklace that was my great-grandmother’s necklace that she wore at her wedding – all of the women on my mother’s side of the family have now worn [the necklace] when they’ve been married. When I wore it at my wedding it marked 102 years that this heirloom has been in our family,” Hannah shares.

The couple celebrated their shared passion for travel by jet-setting to locations including Dubai, Bali, and Sydney for their honeymoon. As for the bride’s most beloved wedding day memory?

“We exited with the horns from the band playing behind us and the sparklers ahead of us. It was lightly drizzling rain outside, but as we walked through the pathway of our dearest friends and family I was filled with more joy than almost ever before,” Hannah says. “Tommy and I were married and we had just had the best night of our lives – we were able to see the faces of the people who have stood by us through so many things and be reminded of the support we were walking with into this new phase of life.”

Congratulations, Hannah and Tommy – we wish you much continued joy (and many more chances to use your passports) as you continue on your marriage journey!

Vendors:

Church: Park Cities Presbyterian

Reception: The City Club

Officiant: Mark Davis

Musicians: J. Marty Cope (organist); Stephen Nielson (pianist); Caroline Nielson (soloist)

Photographer: John Cain Photography

Band: Signature Band, George Anderson Music

Groom’s Attire: Culwell & Son

Florist: Kate Foley Designs

Bride’s Gown Retailer: Patsy’s Bridal

Cakes: Panini Bakery

Linens: The City Club

Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

Hair: Jackie Davis

Makeup: Aimee Howarth

Stationery: Carlson Craft

Transportation: Wynne Transportation

Getaway Car: Premier Transportation

Coordination: Abby Prude and Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

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!)

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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

Allie + Mitch: Elegant Wedding Filled With Personal Details

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If you’re planning on a holiday proposal, you might want to take a few notes from the way Mitch and Allie’s journey to “I do” began!

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“After spending Christmas with my family at my home in Arkansas, Mitch pretended to fly back to Dallas ‘for work’ when in reality he stuck around in Little Rock all day while waiting to propose,” Allie shares.

So imagine her surprise when, during a faux “girl’s night” Mitch had arranged at a hotel known for its holiday décor, Allie noticed a beautiful arrangement of flowers with a card bearing her name. “The card pointed me to one of the Christmas trees on display where Mitch had hidden the ring box. Once I found the ring box, I turned around and he was there down on one knee. We spent the rest of the night celebrating over dinner and drinks with my family.”

Just as in Mitch’s carefully-planned proposal, meaningful moments with family and friends abounded throughout the couple’s wedding day. The couple exchanged vows at Royal Lane Baptist church, where Mitch’s uncle served as the officiating pastor.

The bride’s sisters served as bridesmaids and walked the aisle to “Canon in D” – “We played this as a duet, two girls on each piano, at a recital during childhood,” Allie says. Both families prayed over the couple during their ceremony, and a mutual friend from Baylor University played the guitar and sang as the couple took communion.

When it came to their reception at the Dallas Country Club, creating a top-notch experience for their 325 guests was a high priority for Allie and Mitch. “It was super important to us that our guests felt wined and dined, as next to faith, family and friends mean the world to us! We wouldn’t be getting married without them and wanted them to have just as much fun as us,” says Allie, who cites elegant arrangements by Garden Gate as her favorite decorative element.

The personal theme of the evening continued as guests signed a cutting board embellished with the couple’s initials (“We now have it hanging in our kitchen!”) and the groom sliced into a custom Baylor-themed cake created by Cretia’s. After filling their plates with offerings from multiple food stations – Asian stir-fry was the runaway hit of the evening – guests headed to the dance floor and didn’t leave until “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars closed out the evening!

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As for the couple’s favorite memory from their wedding day? “I remember getting in the car and seeing the confetti still coming down and the trumpet players from Downtown Fever sending us out to ‘When The Saints Go Marching In,’” Allie recalls. “Mitch and I kissed and had the biggest smiles on our faces…we both knew that this had been hands down one of the best nights of our lives. We still talk about tiny details and fun memories now, more than six months later! In my eyes, it was my dream fairytale night!”

Now THAT is the kind of story that makes us want to use the hashtag #weloveourjobs all over everything! Congratulations, Allie and Mitch – it was truly a privilege to be a part of bringing your fairytale to life!

Vendors:

Ceremony: Royal Lane Baptist Church

Reception: Dallas Country Club

Stationery: Needle in a Haystack, Park Cities

Officiant: Pastor Tom Lane

Musicians: Stradivarius String Quartet

Photographer: John Cain Photography

Band: Downtown Fever

Lighting: Absolute Entertainment

Florist: Garden Gate

Cakes: Cretia’s

Linens: Dallas Country Club

Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles

Wedding Party Bus: Transportation Unlimited

Getaway Car: Blue Diamond Limousine

Bride’s Dress/Veil: Neiman Marcus Bridal

Coordination: Laura Arredondo and Sarah Kane for DFW Events

Caroline + Michael: Classic Wedding at Royal Lane Baptist With Brook Hollow Reception

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Every last detail of Caroline and Michael’s June “I do” was a wedding planner’s dream, from the couple’s kind and gracious hearts to the day’s classic color palette of blush and crème. We have treasured working with Caroline’s family in the past—in fact, we’ve coordinated weddings for two of her three sisters! Both Brittany and Lauren carried their grandmother “Bebe’s” brooch on their bouquets, and Caroline was no exception to the family’s unique take on the “Something Borrowed” wedding tradition!

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The bride’s elegant Lazaro ball gown wowed groom and guests alike and remained pristine despite a Texas-sized storm thanks to the help of Caroline’s sisters and bridal party. Flower girls donned ethereal crowns of baby’s breath and rosebuds tied with ivory ribbon, one of many beautiful floral touches crafted by The Garden Gate.

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After the couple exchanged vows at Royal Lane Baptist Church, the skies cleared just in time for guests to make their way to Brook Hollow while Caroline and Michael stole a moment together on the golf course.

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Classically southern floral arrangements perfectly reflected the bride’s vision. Among Caroline’s favorite elements? A garland of lush blooms accenting the iconic Brook Hollow entrance. In her words, “Junior made everything absolutely incredible!”

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As a final personal touch, the bride and groom sent guests home with a set of his-and-hers snacks that represented her workplace and his favorite treat: Southwest Airlines honey roasted peanuts and a package of peanut M&Ms.

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Congratulations, Caroline and Michael! It was a joy to be a part of your day!

Vendors:

Church: Royal Lane Baptist Church

Reception: Brook Hollow Golf Club

Officiant: Jeff Barstad

Musicians: Serenata Strings / WT Greer (soloist)

Photographer: Jess Barfield

Videographer: Elle Films

Band: Emerald City Band

Florist/Band Front: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva

Lighting: Absolute DFW

Cakes: Panini Bakery

Guest Table Linens: Brook Hollow Golf Club

Specialty Cake Linens: La Tavola

Photo Booth: 4 Flashes Photo Booth

Banquettes: Perch Décor

Band Backdrop Draping: Quest Drape

Hair: Sonia Trevino

Make-up: My Fabulous Faces, Mayra Rams-Sanabria

Transportation: Smith Limousine

Get-away Car: Blue Diamond Limousine

Coordination: Sarah Kane and Laura Arredondo 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!”

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Ranch Wedding | DFW Events | Stephen Karlisch

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

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[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.”

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“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!”

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

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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.”

Escondido Golf and Lake Club

[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!

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