Golden 50th Anniversary Party at The Joule Hotel in Dallas

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Words truly cannot express how lovely, warm, and wonderful the Hustons are, and how much fun we had planning and executing their 50th anniversary celebration at The Joule last November! Allan and Jane’s joy about celebrating this milestone occasion alongside family and friends was infectious throughout the planning process.

photos: Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

In order to bring their vision of an elegant yet lively event to life, Jackson Durham created beautiful floral arrangements in a palette befitting the couple’s Golden Anniversary. Each guest also received a champagne-hued single stem rose at their seat before dinner began—a luxe and lovely touch that reflected the couple’s thoughtfulness and attention to detail. Above and beyond the look of the event, though, were the memories shared by the couple’s family members throughout the evening. One of our favorite tributes took the form of a video created by the Hustons’ daughters, which featured photos, highlights from Allan and Jane’s marriage, and special interview questions that allowed the Hustons to share their perspective on what makes a marriage great (namely, respect and friendship!). The couple’s daughters and grandchildren also spoke about the relationship the two share and the impact they have made on the lives of their loved ones.

Later in the evening after all happy tears had been dried, it was time to hit the dance floor! Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes brought the fire to this party and ensured that the dance floor stayed full—the perfect entertainment choice to reflect the Hustons’ fun-loving personalities!

The Hustons’ kindness and love for one another is evident in so many ways and was easy for our team to celebrate. It was truly an honor to coordinate this very special 50th anniversary party!


Photography: Jennifer Crenshaw Photography
Venue: The Joule Hotel
Floral and Décor: Jackson Durham
Harpist/Guitarist: Cindy Horstman
Band: Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes
Cake: Dallas Affaires
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Event Planning: Brooke Nappier 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

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

Taylor Leon + Brandon Coutu: Elegant Wedding at Preston Hollow Presbyterian

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Dallas native and professional golfer, Taylor Leon, married Buffalo Bills placekicker, Brandon Coutu, on February 11, 2012 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at the Rosewood Crescent HotelAndrea Polito Photography did a fantastic job at capturing all of the details and emotion of this beautiful couple and their wedding day…we were thrilled to be a part of it all! Congratulations Taylor and Brandon!

Brandon played football and Taylor golfed for the University of Georgia, so a bulldog groom’s cake was only fitting!

Taylor and Brandon gave their wedding party custom cowboy hats as a thank you for being a part of their wedding day…


Church: Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
Reception: Rosewood Crescent Hotel
Photographer: Andrea Polito
Band: Bulletproof Brass Band
Florist: The Garden Gate 214.220.1272
Linens: BBJ Linen
Lighting: Beyond
Rentals: Suite 206 and Posh Couture Rentals
Cakes: Frosted Art
Cake Table Linen/Draping: Taci Johnsen 972.233.3458
Photo Stand: Specialty Sound
Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Neiman Marcus
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Bridal Collections by Stella
Tuxedos: Mister Tuxedo 214.363.1871
Coordination: DFW Events 214.505.9142 / Lead Coordinator: Whitney Cotten