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Classic Dallas Wedding with a Dream Oscar De La Renta Gown

Classic weddings will always win my heart. The elegance, the grace, and the tradition make for timeless celebration, and this real wedding is all of the above. Photographed by Sarah Kate, there’s so many moments to love (can you even handle that Oscar de la Renta gown?!) and we’ll be poring over each bit. Get started in The Vault.

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From The Bride… Jere and I first met in Dallas. I was living in New York at the time and he was living in Midland, a small town in Texas. We were in Dallas spending time with family for Easter weekend, but I ventured out to meet my friends at Javier’s on that Friday night. Jere was at Javier’s with mutual friends. We met in the cigar bar in the back, ordering margaritas. That Sunday I got a “poke” on Facebook and a long distance relationship began. We did long distance for a year, New York to Midland and then I moved back home to Dallas a year before we got married. We now live in charming Midland and I am learning how to live in a small town. Having the love of my life next to me makes it easy.

The Proposal

I was going to Midland to meet Jere for the weekend, but he surprised me at Love Field Airport in Dallas before I could get on the plane for his town. Where were we going? New York City! Jere was a not a big surprise person so this was a huge surprise. We went and grabbed a beer while we waited for our flight to the big city. I was so curious!! Was this the weekend? I was trying so hard not to get my hopes up. He told me that he wasn’t telling me what we were doing, where we were staying or how many days we were there.

We landed and he told the cab “78th and Madison”. The cab took us to the Carlyle Hotel. I have always wanted to stay there. It is a New York classic, so romantic. We had a glass of champagne before our dinner downtown at Il Mulino. We were carbo loading as we were training for a marathon that February in Austin which meant the next morning we had a long 12 mile run to complete. Our dinner was amazing – best pasta and bread I have ever had. Jere seemed nervous, but I still had no idea if this weekend was THE weekend.

We were set to run the next morning after breakfast. Because I didn’t bring the appropriate clothing for 12 degree snowy weather in NYC, I had to put on so many random layers! I had a fancy scarf, tie dye hat, hiking socks on my feet and my hands – no gloves. We started our run from the Carlyle and around central park ending 12 miles by the Central Park Boat House, Bethesda Terrace fountain. He said “Kate, let’s go over there and look by the fountain.” I walked ahead, getting nervous at this point. Was this the moment? He said, “Kate, wait I have a question,” he was on a knee. He proposed. “Yes!!!” His little sister Catherine, my best friend Carla and his cousin Cathleen were all right there taking pictures of us, hiding!

The Planning

What type of venue were you looking for? We decided Dallas because we both had family there, it just made more sense. I didn’t like the idea of having people travel too far to celebrate! I wanted to have the ceremony at the church I grew up in and a reception outside under the stars and with a tent. I had always imagined a big tent with lights, dancing and smiles. The tent was built over the pool at the Dallas Country Club.

The Dress

Oscar de la Renta designed my dress. It was one of the last ones he designed before he passed away. That made it extra special. It was a ball gown. I felt so pretty and very myself. I stayed in my dress the whole night. I purchased it in Dallas at Neiman Marcus.

The Day

The best part of the day was seeing Jere for the first time plus being excited with my mom, best friends and future mother in law/sisters all day leading up to it. That morning, Jere dropped off a flower with a note at my parents’ house where I had been living (for 2 months) until Jere and I got married. That was special to wake up with my parents greeting me with breakfast on my wedding day.

Words of Wisdom

What advise do you have for other brides? One of my friends Brittany told me, “Don’t let the wedding get in front of the wedding.” It really is about you and your fiance, not the party, at the end of the day. The Wednesday before your wedding have a date with your person, just you two. Have a glass of wine, relax and talk about your excitement after exchanging a gift or letter.

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Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Event Planning: DFW Events | Floral Design: Jackson | Durham | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cakes: Panini Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Highland Park Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Dallas Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Bionda Castana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: My Fabulous Faces | Hair: Sonia Trevino | Lighting: Beyond Lighting | Band: Simply Irresistible | Groom's Attire: Culwell & Son | Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Getaway Car: Blue Diamond Limousines | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Suspenders: El Rey Apparel | Tent Finish-out: Stage Works | Tent Rentals: Mike Sandone Productions, Inc.

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Organic + Traditionally Elegant Wedding in Dallas

Y’all it’s official, Sara and Austin had the perfect wedding. From their organically elegant theme effortlessly put together by As You Wish Events, to the painstakingly gorgeous and whimsical setting, their “I Do’s” were simply divine. From an evening of merriment at the Dallas Museum of Art complete with Bella Acento rentals, to the Bride’s two-piece gown, Heather Hawkins Photography captured it in THE VAULT!

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From As You Wish EventsFrom the get go, bride, Sara, hoped her vows and the celebration that followed would evoke a certain aesthetic: organic elegance + simple romance. Sara and Austin’s September wedding was all of the things- meaningful, sweet, painstakingly gorgeous, fun, and indeed…full of organic whimsy, simple elegance, and dazzling romance. The pair said “I do” before two hundred and some of their beloved friends and family at Royal Lane Baptist Church’s altar and then rode to downtown Dallas staple, the Dallas Museum of Art, for an evening full of merriment.

Sara was a vision in her two-piece Monique Lhuillier gown, which she accessorized with a chunky, statement necklace after the ceremony for an additional, fun pop of color in her reception attire. Bridesmaids wore sparkly, seafoam-colored, floor-length dresses- the perfect complement to their neutral bouquets. Sara and groom, Austin, opted for a non-traditional “first look,” holding hands and sharing a precious (and tear-jerking) moment of prayer and sweet words from adjacent sides of the church’s brick wall before the ceremony.

The reception’s decor turned out absolutely stunning. A farmstead-style head table, complete with billowing greenery and tall, full floral arrangements of crisp white + green blooms was a major focal point in the space. A unique floor plan was created to utilize a mix of cool and chic ghost chairs and formal upholstered dining chairs, accompanying various round and square dining tables for guest seating. Dessert was a simplistic, bright cake by Panini Bakery, adorned with dainty sprigs of greenery and a Groom’s cake, complete with tiny pennant flags donning the logos of the Groom’s favored sports teams.

A night of dancing kicked off immediately after dinner; the dance floor full of laughs, party props, and hilarious moves all evening long! Sara and Austin made their grand exit between rows of waving gold and white pom-poms and were swept away in a vintage, white Rolls Royce.

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Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Cinematography: Tyler And Lindsey | Event Planning: As you wish… | Floral Design: Bella Flora of Dallas | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Panini Bakery | Invitations: 5 By 7 Designs | Ceremony Venue: Royal Lane Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Dallas Museum Of Art | Rentals: Bella Acento

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Classic + Elegant Southern Wedding with a Modern Twist

If this isn’t a glamorous wedding, I don’t know what is. Each and every detail of this Dallas affair is fabulous—from the Bride’s gorgeous Vera Wang ballgown and makeup from Erin Blair Hair + Makeup, cascading sweetheart table centerpiece and that extravagant white wedding cakeShaun Menary Photography captured all the magic for you to lust after in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…We chose traditional/classic elegance with modern inspiration. Our primary goal was to make our guests feel like they were at a “ball”, which is why we chose a twelve piece big band for the formal reception. My family is Polish and we had several guests visiting from there, so we incorporated some Polish themes such as the bread and salt presentation, the vodka shots and the Polish wedding soup. We also wanted to highlight the talents of the Joule’s phenomenal kitchen and service staff so we really enjoyed their white glove service during dinner while our band played jazz, classical and big band music.

We kept our theme and colors clean and neutral. We piggy-backed off of the gold and the colors of our church and chose gold, lots of mirrors, and white flowers with natural greenery. We opted for an informal “tunnel” sendoff to our late night DJ party. We wanted everything to be fluid without feeling planned or on-the-clock. For us, the best way to do this was to keep it simple.

The DJ “late night” party was our favorite part. We wanted everyone to feel like they were at a dance club with their 300 best friends :) We had a lot of fun with this – we served mini junk food and Polish cabbage rolls. We had a barista station that brewed made-to-order coffees. For the decor we incorporated all gold everything including a mirror dance floor and disco balls. We used light to reflect our names off of the building behind us, which you could see through the windows behind our DJ. It was an awesome downtown/urban vibe. We had an engineer coordinating a lights show to correspond with the DJ’s song choices. If anyone needed a break, they could relax in the lounge areas we set up surrounding the dance floor.

Looking back, the MUSIC was the most important component of our wedding. We spent the most time coordinating with our church choir, the twelve piece band, and our DJ. We wanted to make sure that everyone was dancing all night, and for us it was a great success!

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Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Event Planning: Gro Designs | Floral Design: Gro Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Frosted Art Bakery | Invitations: Chips And Salsa Designs | Ceremony Venue: Christ The King Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Joule | Bride's Shoes: Arte Latica | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Makeup: Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design | Hair: Pura Vida Salon | DJ: DJ S.O.U.L.Jah | Band: Rodney Booth | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Boutique: Warren Barrón Bridal | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Groom's Shoes: Armani

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