We rented a modern loft in the center of downtown Dallas. Everyone donned silk monogrammed robes and took turns getting hair and makeup done. It was a relaxed day and I felt so surrounded by love. I made the last minute decision to bring a mutual friend of my ‘maids, Lizzie, to do makeup. We loved having her there with us while Megan with Elm Beauty whipped our hair into gorgeousness. They’re both absolute masters of their craft.
I had six bridesmaids, a matron of honor, and a maid of honor. Each one represented a unique time in my life and lifelong friendships. It brought tears to my eyes seeing all these incredible women together to help me marry the man of my dreams.
We didn’t want anything too extravagant that competed with the Arboretum. I wanted florals that complement and highlight what’s around the garden and Camp House. I also wanted to avoid white flowers as much as possible. Floral arranging is also my love language, favorite hobby, and creative outlet. I knew picking this vendor would extra important.
I knew right when I met Kate that she “got” me. I knew exactly what I wanted, but rarely knew the name of the flower, but that didn’t hinder Kate. I’d say “I want pale squigglies” or “purple floofs with yellow balls and brain/coral reef flowers.” She knew exactly what I meant. That’s a special bond!
The cake decoration was inspired by one of the linens we chose from a BBJ recommendation. It had this great texture that looked almost like ropes of silk crisscrossing over it. I left Crystal at XO Cakery with a sample of the linen and a picture, and she nailed it. We wanted a modern take on the classic three tier wedding cake. The result was this stunning double-barred, tall layer with a dainty shorter one on top. I loved the white on white detailing.
The lemon cake with layers of raspberry jam and lemon curd was so delicious. We barely had any to take home! We also had pastries as a second desert option to round out the breakfast for dinner theme. Apple date turnovers, strawberry danishes, almond chocolate croissants and more.
The reception featured a fourteen piece band. It was an assembly of some of the best Jazz musicians in North Texas. My parents are both musicians, and also played during the reception. My mother sang “The Nearness of You” for our first dance. Then my dad played electric bass and sang to get the dance party started. I’ve grown up with these guys playing music; many of the musicians were also guests. It was so fun to showcase them to our friends and new family!
Joe and I love breakfast food, and often make it for dinner. Over the course of five years, we have eaten our fair share of chicken and mashed potato wedding dinners. We knew we wanted something different for our wedding.
We opted for a breakfast theme and worked with Beyond the Box Catering. They served guests chicken and waffle skewers and spinach and feta quiche bites with Bloody Mary’s and mimosa bar for cocktail hour. The dinner featured a build-your-own omelette station, ham carving, with roasted potatoes, mixed green salad, and fruit.
The exit was hilarious. These streamers were made to be thrown about 10ft further apart than the walkway allowed. We almost got caught in a web of white paper trying to get to the car! I wasnt sure if I would make it without falling on my face. It was one of those classic couldnt-have-planned-for wedding moments. We were dying laughing, which at least made for some great pictures!
Also, take a look at the Dallas Arboretum on my list of best wedding venues in DFW.
Wedding Reception Venue – The Camp House at The Dallas Arboretum
Wedding Ceremony Location – Lay Family Garden at The Dallas Arboretum
Planning – Kelsey Williams Weddings
Floral – Kate Mcleod Studio
Makeup – Elm Beauty & Makeup Artistry
Hair – Simply Beautiful by Meg
Cake – XO Cakery
Band – Stone Savage Production
Catering – Beyond The Box Catering
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