‘Tis the season for decking the halls and spreading Christmas cheer, and as event planners, nothing makes our spirits brighter than reflecting on the details of a festively-arrayed wedding day! In anticipation of holidays past, we’ve featured a round-up of our favorite white wedding detailsand we’ve also shone the spotlight on colorful winter soirees. What we haven’t celebrated yet? A classic Christmas wedding—one that’s rich in velvet textiles, potted poinsettias, gingerbread bars, magnolia garlands, and a traditional palette of red, green, and gold. Until now, that is! From altar to after party, these wedding details are wishlist-worthy for any bride dreaming of a Noel nuptial.
It’s true—we love a wedding wrapped in wintery whites. But we’re equally drawn to celebrations that evoke the excitement of the season via vibrant color palettes and festive design details. Who says a winter wonderland has to be covered in snow? As these holiday inspired weddings will prove, draping an “I do” in layers of color is every bit as magical.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Jewel tones pair perfectly with a December wedding—think gowns for the bridesmaids in ruby or rich purple, with a red velvet coat and a sweet flower crown for your littlest attendant.
Pinch us, please. Christmas Eve is just two days away! To celebrate, we’re sharing all the happy holiday details from Tiffany + Immanuel’s wedding, which was featured on D Weddings’ Bridal Buzz blog! If you’ve been dreaming of a winter white weddingof your own, then grab a mug of hot chocolate, curl up by the fire, and prepare for a serious dose of holiday magic as we break down every last detail of this intimate December “I do.”
First things first: that gown. Tiffany was absolutely breathtaking in her Ines Di Santo confection purchased from The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus.From the luxe folds of the skirt to the crystal-encrusted bodice accented by off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, everything about Tiffany’s dress evoked the “French-European” flair of the couple’s wedding day. The bridal party sparkled as well in gorgeous, glittering Theia gowns from Neiman Marcus.
And how handsome is the groom in his Ralph Lauren Black Label attire?
The couple exchanged vows at Christ the King Catholic Church,a stunning setting for their intimate ceremony. An all-white floral palette from Garden Gate brought a light, delicate touch to the altar space.
Says Tiffany: “Our family has a long-standing history with Christ the King, and it is our family parish, so that was an easy decision. Most members of my family were married there, and it also has that very traditional and formal feel I wanted too, so it was a natural fit.”
For their reception, the couple selected the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for the venue’s “old Dallas” feel and rich history. “We went with a sit down dinner, with silvers and golds as our base palettes, then mixed in rich jewel tones—reds, soft pinks, lavenders, deep purples, hot pinks,” shares Tiffany. “I really wanted a black tie, intimate, and regal feel. Especially with the holidays, a winter formal wedding felt perfect, and we mixed in just little splashes of Christmas.”
Personal touches abounded throughout the evening, and included a topper for the groom’s cake modeled after the couple’s beloved dog, a fun candy table filled with Christmas cookies and a selection of Tiffany and Immanuel’s favorite treats, and a few surprise elements—snowflake lights on the ceiling during cocktail hour, a dance floor monogram, and extra touches to the bride’s cake—gifted by the bride’s mother.
And let’s not forget the food! The dinner menu was just as luxe at the rest of the evening, and featured a dual entrée of roasted Filet Mignon and butter poached lobster tail served with broccolini and and pomme puree. A custom wintry holiday-themed cocktail, the “Merry Me,” lent a playful touch the evening, as did the couple’s festive favors and their dog’s very special reception appearance. Dressed in a tux, “he made quite the entrance to ‘Pretty Woman’ at bouquet toss time!” recalls Tiffany.
Congratulations, Tiffany and Immanuel—we’re so grateful to have been a part of your magical December wedding day! Wishing all of our friends a very merry holiday season and a joyful beginning to 2016!
Ceremony Site: Christ the King Catholic Church
Photographer: Edmonson Weddings
Stationery: Crane Invitations
Bridal Gown Designer: Ines Di Santo
Bridal Gown Retailer: The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus
Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles
Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label
Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Theia
Bridesmaid Dresses Retailer: Neiman Marcus
Flowers: The Garden Gate
Reception Venue: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Reception Violinist: The Steve Bayless Orchestra
Wedding Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Groom’s Cake: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Band/DJ: Brian Prescott
Wedding Rentals: Suite 206; Chiavari Chairs of Dallas; BBJ Linens
Wedding Planner: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events
There is something about a winter wedding that is absolutely magical; filled with a special “something” that can’t quite be defined. Part of the magic can be attributed to the proximity of the holidays and the lights, music, and warm memories the season holds. Another dash is due to the icy chill in the air—the one that inspires brides to set up custom coffee and cocoa bars at their receptions, set out baskets full of Pashmina scarves during cocktail hour, and wrap themselves in the most beautiful furs as they wave goodbye to guests amid the glow of festive sparklers. But the most enchanting element of all? The selection of a color palette that matches the landscape we all dream of waking up to each Christmas morning—white, white, and more white, as far as the eye can see.
Contrast is not the name of this particular decorative game. Rather, drama unfolds from the repetition of a single shade in various textures and surfaces throughout the event. The result? Brilliant altars, aisles, and tablescapes that are understated and indescribably luxe, all at the same time. And so, we’re offering you this simple phrase: While others may be longing for “snow, snow, snow” a la White Christmas come December, you’ll find us dreaming of a “winter white” wedding this (and every) holiday season. Take a few cues from the alabaster hues of these DFW Events favorites, and your own “I do” is sure to be the crème of the crop.
From a boutonniere for him, to dainty lace shoes for her, and elegant invitation suites bearing the name of each, ivory is perfectly suited to every last detail of your wedding day. Longing for just the tiniest pop of color? Consider incorporating gold calligraphy on your invitations or a burst of rose on your envelope liners.
A soft cascade of roses is the perfect complement for the bride’s strapless lace gown, while wrapping tree trunks in twinkling lights lends a magical, “Secret Garden” -esque atmosphere to a ceremony at The Crescent.
For a more structured look, consider wrapping a solitary selection of blooms—like these white lilies—in a thick layer of ribbon. Finish the bouquet with a line of pearl-tipped pins or an heirloom brooch.
The minty shade of these velvet-like leaves are the only element present to break up the white-on-white palette of the bride’s bouquet, a fact we couldn’t love more. A dainty lace handkerchief provides the finishing touch.
Your littlest ‘maids (and biggest fans) will adore being dressed in the same shade you’re wearing down the aisle. Don’t forget to order a matching bunch of posies for them to carry—a sweet flower crown with trailing white ribbons is a lovely touch, too.
An aisle of white rose petals lined by wintry branches dripping in crystals gives the rooftop of The Joule Hotel a “winter wonderland” ambiance, while creamy blooms accent pews and altar space alike at a traditional ceremony at TCU’s Robert Carr Chapel.
Cascading orchids, translucent vases, floating candles, mirrored surfaces, crystal accents, and cakes all tied up in bows—these are the things that winter weddings are made of. Incorporate one or more elements for instant elegance.
Depending on your destination, there may not be the slightest chance of snow at your winter wedding. No matter—white Flutter Fetti provides the same effect (minus the chill). Join hands, exchange a kiss, and make a wish as the flurries fly.
On December 4, 2010, high school sweethearts Ellen Melson and Clayton Kershaw became husband and wife here in Dallas, Texas. The couple met at Highland Park High School and continued to date as Ellen pursued her degree at Texas A&M and Clayton was recruited to play professional baseball for the LA Dodgers. What a FUN, full of energy, and perfect wedding this was…. and such a pleasure to coordinate! The ceremony was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and the reception at Royal Oaks Country Club. Enjoy these pictures courtesy of Edmonson photography…
We start with Ellen’s beautiful bridal portraits…. what an absolutely stunning bride, both inside and out!
On to the wedding day…Ellen and her bridesmaids enjoyed getting ready in Ellen’s family home…
The girls ready to head to the church, in their bridesmaid dresses that came from Bella Bridesmaid…
Slipping on her wedding dress in the bridal suite at HPPC…
Clayton getting ready for the wedding day….
The groom with some of his ushers….
The gorgeous ceremony…. Ellen and Clayton put so many wonderful elements into their ceremony. Their music was fantastic and included the Festival Brass, as well as, the HPPC Children’s choir…
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Kershaw!
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to Royal Oaks Country Club for a night of great food and great dancing!! The club looked stunning with the floral from Garden Gate!
Ellen and Clayton waiting to make their grand entrance…. oh the fun they had in store…
As you can see below… the darling couple did not do your traditional first dance, but rather Ellen had choreographed a show-stopping first dance for the guests… they were SO good and everyone was loving it!
The wedding cakes were courtesy of Jackie Coleman cakes….
Enjoying the first bites….
And the Groom’s cake…
What a great party… the Project Band kept the dance floor full all night long….
While the majority of the party took place inside the club, guests were also invited out to “Dodgertown” on the balcony…. the patio had the Big 12 Championship game on, some fun variety of foods and drinks…. and of course it was a hit with both the gentlemen and the ladies!
Having fun on stage….
And leaving in style, courtesy of Dallas Dream Cars and their Red Chevrolet Convertible….
Ellen and Clayton enjoyed a honeymoon in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. Congratulations to this amazing couple! It was such an honor for DFW Events to be a part of the details with you—we wish you both the best and are excited to see the great things you will accomplish together as husband and wife!
We had a blast ringing in 2010 at Allison Beall and Mark Chandler’s New Year’s Eve wedding! Sometimes New Year’s Eve can be a bit of a let down, but not when you’re celebrating at a wedding! Allison and Mark wanted to make sure that their guests finished off 2009 with a bang…and that they did!
Following a ceremony at the First United Church of Hurst came a reception at The Fort Worth Club, one of our favorite venues in Fort Worth!
Flowers on the Square in Fort Worth did a wonderful job with the flowers, linens and decor.
Crème de la Crème Cake Company knocked the cakes out of the park. They were stunners and so yummy!
How amazing is this groom’s cake? Did we mention that the groom is a avid OU fan?!
A serenade to the bride by the groom and groomsmen. The song choice? “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling!”
The Bullet Proof Brass Band rocked it, like always!
Hats, noisemakers, and Flutter Fetti were passed out to all of the guests before midnight hit.
Happy New Year, and congratulations to Allison and Mark!