Wedding at the Arboretum
You know a wedding is going to be an affair to remember when a helicopter and a stunt double are required for the groom’s ceremony entrance. And not just any helicopter, mind you. For this Dallas-meets-London wedding at the Dallas Arboretum, nothing less than the aircraft featured in the blockbuster movie Live Free or Die Hard would do.
Although the Mission Impossible theme song proved an apropos soundtrack for the groom’s ceremony arrival, it was a performance by Willie Nelson that kicked off Sarah and Tom’s Texas-themed welcome party. Local and international guests alike were treated to a weekend stay at The Rosewood Crescent Hotel courtesy of the bride and groom, and were transported to the Arboretum’s crystal-draped Crepe Myrtle Alley for the ceremony via a private motorcade of limousines.
It took an entire month to complete the build-out for the reception site, which became known to the DFW Events team as “tent city.” The network of intricately designed sections included an outdoor cigar-smoking deck overlooking White Rock Lake, a children’s entertainment area stocked with bean bag chairs and video games, and a ladies’ boudoir tent where guests received touch-ups from Los Angeles-based celebrity hair and makeup artists throughout the evening.
Tiered reception seating highlighted the dance floor and drew attention to the room’s stunning halo centerpiece—a floral element created by Todd Events from over twenty thousand orchids. Dinner was served beneath an L.E.D. ceiling of glittering stars, and featured recipes produced by Darren McGrady, Princess Diana’s former chef, and executed by George Brown of Experimental Table. Slices of the couple’s towering wedding cake followed—the sculptural structure was designed by the bride and created by Sylvia Weinstock.
To reference the bride’s heritage, an enormous collection of classically ornate English serving pieces was imported from a British theatrical prop house. Vegas’ The Rat Pack is Back tribute band was flown in to provide entertainment for the evening, ensuring that the dance floor was never left empty.
“Guests were spoiled during Sarah and Tom's wedding weekend by musical performances from Willie Nelson at the welcome party and Vegas’ Rat Pack tribute band at the reception. Without a doubt, it was the best entertainment ticket in town! Mary- Frances”
While every detail from entrance to exit was nothing short of extraordinary, Sarah and Tom left room for sentimental elements, too. Among our favorites? Custom-designed velvet invitation boxes containing Baccarat crystal paperweights in the shape of a heart—representative of the first gift the groom presented to the bride.
Ceremony and Reception: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Designer/Set Construction: Stage Works, Nelson Robinson
Florist: Todd Events
Linens: BBJ Linen
Photographer: Edmonson Photography, David Edmonson
Wedding Cake: Sylvia Weinstock
Entertainment: Willie Nelson (welcome party) and Vegas’ The Rat Pack is Back (reception)
Catering: The Royal Chef Darren McGrady; George Brown of Experimental Table; Cassandra Fine Catering
Bride’s Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: Peter Soronen
Hair: Adruitha Lee
Make-Up: Toni G.
Transportation: Wynne Sedan and Limousine
Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt and Alison Baker for DFW Events