Trick-or-treaters, take your mark. Halloween is just days away! In celebration of the season, today we’re sharing an adults-only costume party that’s so spectacular, it’s spooky.
If you’re currently engaged, then we’re guessing that you’ve put tons of thought (and countless hours on Pinterest) into sorting through the details of your wedding day. While the ceremony and reception are well deserving of your time and attention, the rehearsal dinner also merits a fair share of your daydreams!
We have a soft spot in our hearts for this particular pre-wedding event. Why? Because while the Big Day often seems to pass in a flash, the rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to slow down and really take in the magnitude of the moment. Since the guest list is most frequently composed of family members, the wedding party, and perhaps a small group of close friends, the overall atmosphere of a rehearsal dinner is intimate and relaxed. Glasses are raised, emotions are beautifully expressed, and deep breaths are taken before it’s time to hit the aisle.
Natalie and Nelson’s rehearsal dinner was no exception. Hosted in a tent set up outside of the family’s home, the setting was perfectly personal and beautiful to boot! Featuring colorful floral centerpieces by The Garden Gate and confetti-covered place cards with calligraphy by the bride, each and every detail was as festive as could be. But don’t just take our word for it—let these lovely images from Jason Kindig inspire you to dream a little longer about your own rehearsal dinner!
Congrats, you two! It was a joy being a part of your celebration!
Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: TK Culinary, Terry Kranz
Photographer: Jason Kindig
Musician: Nick DiGennaro
Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva
Cake: Jackie Spratt Cakes
Napkins: BBJ Linen
Valet: Gold Crown
Flooring/Back-up Tent: Sandone Productions
Audio/Visual: Absolute Entertainment
Coordination: Laura Arredondo and Sarah Kane for DFW Events
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!
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!”
[Outdoor ceremony and reception on private ranch, Texas Hill Country | Karlisch 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 | 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, Dallas | John Cain 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 reception at private residence | Jason Kindig 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, 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.”
[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.”
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!
We love celebrating birthdays around here, especially ones like this! Tracy’s “Hawaii Five-O” themed 50th birthday party was an absolute blast to be a part of! We have so much fun working with this family…you might remember Richard’s Red, Red Wine themed 50th birthday party we helped with a few years ago. Unreal, right?! Well, get ready to enjoy another unbelievable party, this time for Richard’s beautiful wife, Tracy! Happy 50th, Tracy…you make 50 look fabulous!
Photos: Jason Kindig Photography
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Jason Kindig
Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Design/Decor/Construction: Stage Works USA
Florist: The Garden Gate
DJ/Bartenders: Andy Austin
Entertainment: Rick Dowdy, B3 Entertainment
Valet: Jack Boles Parking
Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events
Ever since the Carlock family moved into their historic, Highland Park home, Elizabeth dreamed of having her wedding there someday. On May 7, 2011, her eighth-grade dream became a reality when she married her college sweetheart. Elizabeth and Kevin met their freshman year at SMU and after a proposal in July 2010, the two started planning their magnificent wedding day. The wedding ceremony was held at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Immediately following, guests were invited to stroll across the street to the Carlock family home for a wonderful reception. The front yard tent was created to reflect a traditional, southern ballroom, the beautiful home was open to guests and the back yard transformed to a chic, modern party. Thank you Larry Sengbush for sharing these beautiful pictures! Because of the size of their wedding party, and the reception plans, Kevin and Elizabeth decided to see each other prior to the ceremony. Once ready, Elizabeth joined Kevin in the Chapel at PCPC where they shared a private moment. This is a GREAT idea for brides who would like to eliminate post-ceremony pictures, as we scheduled to finish all photos prior to the wedding ceremony.
The gorgeous wedding party! Elizabeth and Kevin were surrounded by so many friends and family that love and support them. To be exact, there were 15 bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, 10 house party members, 15 groomsmen, 12 ushers, along with two ring bearers, two flower girls and two officiants.
Kevin and his handsome attendants ready to walk down the aisle…the groom’s party attire came from Culwell & Son.
The stunning bridesmaids…both the house party and bridesmaid gowns were custom creations from Jenny Yoo through Bridal Collections by Stella. Every single one of the girls looked absolutely beautiful!
Miss Elizabeth Carlock about to walk down the aisle to become Mrs. Kevin Phillips, escorted by her father, Mr. Byron Carlock.
The wedding ceremony…the altar and personal flowers were provided from Bill Horton designs. As guests were seated, the Chancel Choir of PCPC offered a compilation of hymns. During the ceremony, there were two different soloists who sang special songs…between the vocals, the organ and strings, the music was fantastic! The officiants were the Senior Pastor of PCPC, Reverend Mark Davis, as well as, SMU’s RUF director, Chad Scruggs.
Following the wedding ceremony, the couple led their wedding party and guests down Wycliffe Avenue directly to the Carlock home, adjacent to the church! The Highland Park police department generously directed traffic and closed down this stretch of the rode until all guests were safely in the reception!
Elizabeth and her mother, Laura, definitely had a vision for a true, southern wedding. The front tent was exquisite with beautiful linens, floral and buffets displays showing off their lavish menu…Tom Addis, the Garden Gate and Jill Fortney were the perfect team!
Because their party was overflowed from the front lawn throughout the house and into the back gardens, we created menu cards for every table that let guests know the variety of foods available throughout the reception…
Elizabeth and Kevin shared “L.O.V.E.” as their first dance…
The father/daughter dance was a sweet surprise to the family and friends…Elizabeth’s talented brothers joined James Davis Orchestra on stage to sing “Brown-Eyed Girl”…so special!
Elizabeth and Kevin cut their cake in the family dining room….Frosted Art created a STUNNING bride’s cake that was absolutely picture perfect!
And now for the back tent…. while the front tent definitely eluded to the southern, traditional style, the back tent was more of a modern, sleek look!! Between the furniture, lighting, tenting and acrylic dance floor that covered the pool… it was incredible!
Elizabeth and Kevin were introduced into the back tent, as well….only after Elizabeth changed into her second wedding gown! Their second, first dance was spun by the fabulous Lucy Wrubel!
Elizabeth and Kevin departed the next morning for a two-week honeymoon in France….
We wish you all the best and THANK YOU for allowing DFW Events to be part of your wedding day! Cheers to the happy couple!
Ceremony: Park Cities Presbyterian Church
Reception: The Carlock Residence
Caterer: Cassandra Fine Catering
Designer/Lighting/Linens: Tom Addis Productions
Ceremony Florist: Bill Horton
Reception Florist: The Garden Gate
Tents: Sandone Productions
Band: James Davis Orchestra
DJ: Lucy Wrubel
Cake: Frosted Art
Photographer: Larry Sengbush
Videographer: Sixth Seal Productions
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Transportation: Romantic Remembrances
Makeup: Fairy Godmother Bridal, Mo Bowers
Tuxedos: Culwell & Son
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Collections by Stella
Coordination: DFW Events
In May of 2010, DFW Events packed up and headed to Flat Top Ranch, the family ranch of groom Charlie Beecherl, to coordinate the wedding uniting him and his bride, Mackenzie Short! Flat Top Ranch is located in Glen Rose, Texas right next door to Rough Creek Lodge. It was an absolutely beautiful day – perfect sunshine with a bit of wind – and the most gorgeous setting for this FUN wedding! Mackenzie and Charlie met at TCU – their wedding party was so much fun and it was a blast for DFW Events to be a part of. The ceremony took place at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the reception brought guests to Flat Top for a perfect night of dinner and dancing! Enjoy these pictures courtesy of Brandi Koch with Dakota Photography.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Beecherl, back at the ranch! Check out Mackenzie’s boots—perfect for this ranch wedding and adorned with her new monogram!
After a long night of dancing we sent the newlyweds off with a sparkler exit, and they set out for their honeymoon in Mexico! Congrats, Mackenzie and Charlie—we had such a blast being a part of your wedding and hope that you enjoyed every bit of your day! We wish you the very best!
Church: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
Reception: Flat Top Ranch
Tent: Marquis Rentals, 830-456-4500
Caterer: Perini Ranch Steakhouse
Florist: Le Fleurt, 214-232-6474
Specialty Lighting / Linens: Marquis Rentals, 830-456-4500
Band: Larry T-Byrd Gordon
Photographer: Dakota Photography
Cakes: Rebekah’s Custom Bakerie
Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles
Transportation: DFW Town Cars, 214-956-1880
Coordination: DFW Events