Planner’s Perspective: 5 Questions to Help You Select the Perfect Wedding Venue

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If you’ve been dreaming about your wedding for your entire life (or even just for the last year or so), 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. Ask yourself these five questions to ensure that your wedding venue is a perfect fit, then prepare to ink those final contracts with confidence!

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Question One: “Indoor or outdoor?”

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

Outdoor ceremony at The Four Seasons Dallas | more from this wedding here | Karlisch Photography

Indoor ceremony at The Four Seasons Santa Fe | see more here | Cameron & Kelly Studio

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.

Reception at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Reception at the Dallas Museum of Art | F8 Studio

On the other hand, 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!

Highland Park Presbyterian Church | more from this wedding here | Sarah Kate, Photographer

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!

Tented reception at a private residence | see more wedding details here | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Backyard Wedding | Photography by Jason Kindig

Backyard reception at private residence | Jason Kindig 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.

Reception at the Dallas Country Club | Kiss Me For Eternity, Thisbe Grace & Co.

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.

Reception at The Four Seasons Dallas | more details here | Karlisch Studio

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 even more inspiration? Stop by our “Venues” board on Pinterest, and don’t miss our  feature “From the Ground Up: How to Create an Event Space for Your Wedding Day” in the Winter 2018 issue of Inside Weddings.


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!


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

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!


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.


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

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!

[photos: John Cain Photography]

“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!


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

Tiffany + Dustin: Fairy Tale Inspired Wedding at the Dallas Country Club

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Tiffany describes Dustin’s proposal while on a family vacation in Saint Barth’s as being like “a dream,” so it’s no surprise that the couple’s wedding day was designed to feel just like a fairy tale!

[photos: Luke Edmonson, Edmonson Weddings]

“Junior at Garden Gate made my vision come to reality,” says Tiffany of the enchanting décor, which featured ethereal accents of butterflies, a mix of sheer and sequined table linens, and a color palette of the palest pinks and icy silver hues.

Selecting the Dallas Country Club as their wedding venue was an easy choice for the couple, who had enjoyed grabbing a bite to eat poolside with family members on many previous occasions. Although Tiffany originally had an outdoor affair in mind, rain required that the ceremony be moved indoors.

“With several phone calls and the best wedding team a girl could ask for, our ballroom was transformed into a magical ceremony location with candles, flowers, mirrored vases, and bar fronts that were used as props to add ambiance with an amazing string quartet,” Tiffany recalls.

The magical mood carried over to the reception entrance, which hosted the couple’s guest sign-in book beneath a breathtaking butterfly tree installation accented by string lighting from Beyond. A bar was the focal point of the opposite end of the room thanks to a stunning ice sculpture by Ice FX embellished with the couple’s custom wedding monogram.

Upon entering the reception room, the couple’s 275 guests enjoyed a delicious menu featuring everything from tenderloin to salmon before dancing the night away as Special Edition Band played from the mirrored stage. The bride changed from her stunning Ines di Santo wedding gown into glamorous cocktail attire just for the occasion!

After enjoying slices of the Fancy Cakes by Lauren confection that the couple designed together, and sampling Dustin’s Texas-themed groom’s cake from Dallas Affaires to boot, guests bid bride and groom farewell and sent them on their way to begin their own “happily ever after.”

Congratulations, Tiffany and Dustin! We loved being a part of your dream-come-true day!


Ceremony/Reception: Dallas Country Club
Officiate: Dr. Fiedler (HPUMC)
Photographer: Luke Edmonson, Edmonson Weddings
Videographer: Beyond
Band (Ceremony and Reception): Special Edition Band
Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva
Lighting: Beyond
Ice Bar: Ice FX
Cakes: Fancy Cakes by Lauren (bride’s cake); Dallas Affaires (groom’s cake)
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: DFW Dance Floors through DCC
Hair: Sonia Trevino
Makeup: Kate Conkey with Charlotte Tilbury
Transportation: Premier Transportation
Get Away Carriage: Three Jays Carriages
Coordination: Hannah Kohler 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!”







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.



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


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

Channing + Michael: Beautiful Wedding at Brook Hollow

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When it comes to Channing and Michael’s love story, clearly there must be something in the water! The pair met on a float trip in Tennessee. While on vacation with Channing’s family, Michael proposed at Grand Wailea Resort right in the middle of a fountain overlooking the ocean. And when it came time to say “I do,” there wasn’t a dry eye left in the house as the bride’s brothers-turned-officiants pronounced the couple husband and wife.


“I wanted something soft and romantic and simple while still being truly elegant,” says Channing of her wedding day vision. From the chandeliers hanging along the aisle to the softly lit backdrop, the couple’s ceremony at Brook Hollow Golf Club reflected Channing’s wish in every way.

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While the ceremony décor wowed and the bride stunned in her custom Nardos Imam gown, there were still plenty of stand-out details packed into the couple’s reception, which was also held at Brook Hollow. Continuing on the bride’s theme of elegance, The Garden Gate created cascading floral arrangements that combined cream and coral roses with greenery and hydrangeas. Stunning floral tie-backs were also created for the drapery accenting the reception area, while candelabras and soft lighting by Beyond helped carry the romance of the ceremony to the dance floor and beyond.


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Delicious, down-home food items included a mac and cheese bar, carving station, taco bar, and late-night bites consisting of chicken biscuit sandwiches and fries. But our favorite après-ceremony detail? The duet performed by the bride and groom, who are both musicians in Nashville.




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


Venue: Brook Hollow Golf Club
Officiant: Brothers of the bride, Ron Dodson and David Dodson
Musicians: Serenata Strings
Caterer: Brook Hollow Golf Club
Valet: Brook Hollow Golf Club
Photographer: Edmonson Weddings
Videographer: Hakim Sons
Band: Bulletproof Brass
Florist: Garden Gate
Lighting: Beyond
Cakes: Frosted Art
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Garden Gate; Quest Drape
Makeup: Mayra Rams-Sanabria, My Fabulous Faces
Photo Booth: BoothBooth
Transportation: Premier
Get-Away Car: Blue Diamond
Coordination: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events

Kendall + Josh: Elegant Wedding at the Dallas Country Club

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Sometimes, love is hard to find. Other times it’s no sweat—especially if, like Kendall and Josh, you’re introduced 30 minutes before a 6 a.m. workout. “We were ‘unknowingly’ set up by a friend,” says Kendall. “He told us to be at a group workout 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the group was there.”

[photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer]


Following Josh’s proposal at the exact same place where the two first met, Kendall enlisted DFW Events to help create her ideal wedding day. The ingredients? Natural elements, the slightest touch of crystal, and most importantly…happiness. “Josh is from small-town Indiana and I’m from Dallas, so I wanted a mix of his history and my history,” says Kendall. “I wanted everything in my wedding to be different than what I had seen. But the ultimate goal was for it to be a happy event—that was key!”

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To accommodate Kendall’s desire for an outdoor ceremony and give a nod to Josh’s love for golf, the couple selected Dallas Country Club as their venue. The tented ceremony space was decorated by a gorgeous garland arbor, cream and ruby fabric, chandeliers, and an aisle covered with rose petals. Hair and makeup artist Maitee Miles created an elegant updo accented by brightly-hued flowers to complement the décor and Kendall’s custom Patti Flowers gown. Other special touches included the inclusion of the couple’s two dogs in the ceremony, and a rendition of the Lord’s Prayer sung by one of the bride’s high school students.

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Following the ceremony, the couple joined their 300 guests at a reception that featured classic food favorites—think chicken fried steak sliders, pizza, and a mac-and-cheese bar—a Nascar-themed groom’s cake, sequin tablecloths and gold log centerpieces, and a first dance to “She’s Like Texas.” The most touching element of the evening, however? “The margarita bar dedicated to my uncle who had recently passed away,” says Kendall. “All of the cups said, ‘Here’s to Davy’ and the bar had a story about his place in my life.”

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We can’t resist a good love story, and this couple’s is just the sweetest. “The day after he met me—crazy, I know, but it worked for us!—Josh sent me a text that said, ‘Good morning sunshine! Given the chance, I promise to love you like you’ve never been loved before.’ For sure one of those dumb love-at-first-sight stories, but I wouldn’t change a thing. From that second on, I knew he was the one, and he has never faltered on that promise.”


If that’s not motivation to start looking cute at the gym, then really…what is? Thanks for sharing your story with us, and congrats, Kendall and Josh!


Venue: Dallas Country Club
Officiant: Jeff Hall
Musicians: Todd Alsup
Caterer: Dallas Country Club, Laura Bruhn
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Sarah Kate Barger
Band: Professor D
Florist: Bows and Arrows, Alicia Rico
Lighting: Beyond, Jennifer Burns
Cakes: Dallas Affaires, Margaret Gragg
Linens: BBJ Linen, Erin Ollendike
Rentals: Through Dallas Country Club
Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles
Transportation: Premier Transportation, Laurie Johnson
Get-a-way Car: Romantic Remembrances, Jerry Taylor
Photo Booth: Premiere Booth
Coordination: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events

Julie + Bart: Southern-Chic Destination Wedding

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Julie and Bart first met on a double date with Bart’s cousin and his wife at an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game, a set-up that turned out to be a slam dunk. What began courtside soon turned into a courtship—one that was made official when Bart proposed to Julie during her fourth year of medical school. “He proposed at my house in Tulsa,” says Julie. “After the proposal, we celebrated with my parents and his parents who had driven in town and surprised me. My best friend had also flown in from Houston for the weekend.”

[photos: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Photography]


After saying “yes” to Bart’s proposal, Julie turned to DFW Events to help coordinate the details of her wedding day. Selecting Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma was an easy choice for the bride, who grew up playing tennis and swimming at Southern Hills. “It is one of the most beautiful locations in Tulsa as it has an incredible golf course and view of downtown Tulsa. I knew I wanted our ceremony to be outside and the reception to be in a tent, and we were able to do both at Southern Hills,” says Julie.


A blend of southern-chic sensibilities and an air of rustic romance inspired Julie’s vision for her outdoor ceremony on the West 9, which featured white folding chairs, a custom stage built by Stage Works, and a stunning archway of greenery and white florals created by Jackson Durham. 300 guests looked on as Julie walked down the lantern-lined aisle, a vision in her mermaid style Vera Wang gown and chapel length veil.



Carted away (literally) from the ceremony by a golf cart adorned with flowers, Julie and Bart rejoined their guests for an elegant sit-down dinner accented by crystals, creamy-white floral runners, and place cards set in real pears coated in gold leafing. But Julie’s favorite decorative detail? “For the reception, we had our old Glamour Shots photos blown up and hung on the men’s and women’s restrooms—yes, Bart had a Glamour Shot when he was younger,” she laughs.



After enjoying an elevated southern dinner menu that included barbeque chicken breast with white peach relish and jalapeño cornbread with honey butter, guests were invited into another custom party tent modeled after the Boom Boom Room in New York City. The combination of a starry ceiling, glittering gold chandelier, and the couple’s first dance to “Amazed” performed live by Boyz II Men created a festive and fun atmosphere, ensuring that the dance floor stayed full into the early hours of the morning.




Congratulations, Julie and Bart!




Ceremony/Reception: Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st Street, Tulsa, OK 74136 / Christie Garrett

Officiant: Greg Headington

Musicians: Signature Symphony Strings / Billy Rivers and the Angelic Voices of Faith

Photographer: Stephen Karlisch,

Videographer: Joe Simon,

Band(s): Party on the Moon / Driver / Boyz II Men

Production Manager: Michelle Trosclair

Tent: Sandone Productions, Mike Sandone,

Design/Build: Stage Works, Nelson Robinson,

Florist: Jackson Durham, Heath Ray,

Lighting: Empire Lighting, Zach Downing,

Cakes: Southern Hills Country Club, Shannon, / Ms. Laura’s Cakes, Laura

Rentals: Party Pro Rentals / Oklahoma City Party Rental

Hair: Charlie Price,

Make-Up & Hair: Maitee Miles,

Transportation: 918 Shuttle

Trolley: Old Urban Trolley, Shannon Dotson

Get-Away Car: Vintage Wedding Rides, Jennifer Hands

Coordination: Abby Prude and Alison Baker for DFW Events