These two cuties didn’t plan for a Halloween wedding, but when October 31st was the only date that worked, they embraced it whole-heartedly. The results? Absolutely stunning. From the lush florals from TODD Events to the soft, romantic color palette, this is a day that proves Halloween celebrations don’t have to be even the least bit spooky. Press play on the film by Marc Roberts below, then spend some time perusing the perfectly captured moments by Shaun Menary in THE VAULT.
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From The Bride…We didn’t mean for our wedding to be on Halloween night, but that was the only available day in October for all of our vendors, so we went for it. We’re so glad we did! Having our wedding on Halloween added so much fun and festivity to the whole event. Everyone changed into costumes for the reception, we had fake skeletons at the dinner tables, and we ended the night doing a waltz as Cinderella and Prince Charming, followed by a getaway where we got covered in silly string by our guests! It was definitely a night to remember.
For design, I really wanted my wedding to be organic, natural and timeless. I’ve always loved wild flowers and Todd Events did an incredible job incorporating that look into all of our florals. Gray pumpkins added a tasteful touch of fall, and soft neutrals (greens, whites, grays) with hints of blue and coral made everything classy but still fun.
Overall, we just wanted our wedding to show our personality. That’s my biggest advice to brides. Whatever your passions, quirks and gifts are as a couple, incorporate those into your special day. Don’t be afraid to be unique and think through all of the details. A few examples: my husband loves dinosaurs, so I surprised him by having our baker make bride and groom T-Rex’s for the groom’s cake topper. He loved it! We’re both very family-oriented, so instead of a Maid of Honor, I had my two brothers as Men of Honor. One of my brothers co-officiated the ceremony as well. Lastly, we’re both huge lovers of food and wine, so we created a wine pairing dinner menu for our reception. We just wanted everyone to share in our passions that night.
Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Cinematography: Marc Roberts Videography | Floral Design: todd.event design.creative services | Wedding Dress: Nardos Design, Dallas Texas | Cake: Fancy Cakes By Lauren | Bride's Shoes: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Rings: Lyles-DeGrazier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas | Hair + Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Band: Party Crashers | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Cotton Candy: Make Your Life Sweeter | Event Design + Coordination: todd.event design.creative services | Invitations + Stationery: Socially Write | Reception Dress: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Rentals: todd.event design.creative services
When these two SMU grads met for the first time, little did they know that years later, after proclaiming “yes” on those same college fields, they’d be saying “I do” with this uber chic and stylish celebration. With never-ending florals by Bella Flora of Dallas and modern pieces from Bella Acento, it’s a Texas wedding taken up several glam notches. Sarah Kate captured it all for our Vault – see it this way!
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From the Bride… I met Esteban at SMU in 2007. I was a Freshmen and he was a Sophomore. Esteban played for the SMU Men’s Soccer Team, and one of my very best friends that I met my Freshmen year (who was also one of my beautiful bridesmaids) played for the SMU Women’s Soccer Team. We were introduced by her in front of Dallas Hall on SMU’s campus in between classes one day – and we immediately had a special connection. He asked me out several times throughout that first year, but I continually said no. Whoops! Along came my Sophomore year, and Esteban and I were in several classes together. He made it a point to find a seat near me every single day. We didn’t end up dating or hanging out until the end of my Sophomore year at SMU (almost a year later) after I finally said YES to a library date. Little did I know seven years down the road, Esteban would be getting down on one knee to propose to me in front of Dallas Hall, the very place we first met. It was one of the most special days of my life. We always laugh because we had so many times in our lives where our paths could have crossed, ie. mutual friends, or both playing competitive soccer in Dallas…. But they never did. I guess Dallas Hall was the place where we were meant to meet and I’m so very happy we did!
Since Esteban and I were both Dallas born and raised it only seemed fitting that we get married at one of our most favorite places in Dallas, Arlington Hall. There is something so magical and classic about this venue. Our day was absolutely perfect – blue skies, not a cloud in the sky, and perfect temperature for a Dallas March wedding. Not sure how we got so lucky! But more importantly we had all of our loved ones there to celebrate with us – and lets just say all of our loved ones are a REALLY good time. Esteban and I both love the outdoors and had always envisioned getting married outside. I am also a lover for interior design and color so I wanted something that felt like you were at someone’s home. Everything from the clear dinner tent with the twinkly lights and chandelier above, to the amazing sit down dinner, to the gorgeous flowers covering the whole venue to the beautiful furniture and dining tables was out of this world. We felt like we were living in a Restoration Hardware ad/show room…. but better! Esteban and I are also big dance floor fanatics. We love getting down to awesome music. Jordan Kahn went above and beyond. It was honestly difficult to get everyone off the dance floor after the night had concluded. It was a dream come true. If I had to describe our day in one word it would be “MAGICAL”. It truly was one of the most amazing, breathtaking and beautiful days of our lives. It will be a day that we will cherish forever and always!
Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Event Planning: DFW Events | Floral Design: Bella Flora of Dallas | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Makeup: My Fabulous Faces | Hair: Sonia Trevino | Wedding Venue: Arlington Hall At Lee Park | Tent: Mike Sandone Productions, Inc. | Bridal Boutique: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Rentals: Bella Acento
We get asked almost daily about our favorite wedding trends, and sure enough, this celebration designed by Birds Of A Feather Events incorporates two of our current faves – agate geodes and jewel tone color palettes. They’re a couple of the hottest design trends sweeping the bridal scene and we’re so excited to see how Diana and Jared pulled them off. Of course, those incredible cakes by Sugar Bee Sweets didn’t hurt one bit, either. More from Apryl Ann in The Vault!
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From the couple…
What inspired the design of your wedding day?
Diana loved the idea of having a more modern design with some vintage touches, and Jared was all about “Big Plays” – he wanted lots of details that their guests had never seen before and that would be showstoppers! Diana loved another wedding we had done that was all green and white, but we ultimately decided to punch up the palette a bit by adding pops of bright pink and plum. Her bouquet was primarily green and white with a tiny bit of plum in it to add more dimension. We used several lucite pieces to not only bring in a clean and modern element, but to mimic the large and beautiful windows at the venue.
Any DIYs or handmade details?
We custom built Diana and Jared’s altar as well as a smaller version which we suspended agate escort cards from. Those were a bit of a DIY project as we had to individually glue rings to the back of them so that they could hang. They were then calligraphed with each guest’s name and their table assignment. We also had table numbers written on agate to match. Additionally we had some centerpiece stands welded custom for some of the taller centerpieces. Luckily my husband has some welding experience!
Favorite moment of the wedding day?
As a designer, my favorite part of the day is being able to show my clients through the space and watch them discover all of the details that we have been talking about for months. I love having that moment with them before all of the wonderful chaos begins! Diana and Jared had choreographed dances with each other as well as their parents, and that was really fun and special to watch!
Photography: Apryl Ann Photography | Cinematography: Splendor Films | Event Planning + Design: Birds Of A Feather Events | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Hair + Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Calligraphy: Harts And Quills | Entertainment: Emerald City Band | Harpist: Lauren McConkey | Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines | Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center | Acrylic Table + Stands: Propmaker Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Flock Together Fotobooth | Stage Facade: Perch Event Decor Rental