When you're an event planner, your life revolves around all things weddings. I'm always up for a gorgeous wedding! The best signs of a successful wedding include a 12 hour day elbow deep in flowers with a little green under your nails and aching feet! In early November, I received a text from my best friend Mat, “We're getting married in three weeks, ready go!” Three weeks to plan a wedding? I was up for the challenge and ready!
The wedding planning evolved from a small garden wedding of 10 at the Dallas Arboretum to a vintage warehouse wedding full four-course meal with dancing for nearly 30. We set a budget and started planning. Mat and Jordan live in the Dallas, so my internet skills were in overdrive. We were blessed to meet so many accommodating vendors along the way!
We found a perfect venue, Gather McKinney – restaurant by day and venue by night. The space is nestled amongst McKinney’s historic downtown district in an old warehouse. Soaring ceilings, fancy chandeliers, original wood floors, exposed brick walls and funky eclectic décor makes a designers job a snap! The smallest details make a wedding. We included vintage finds from the local antique store including a wire box for the cake stand, antique letter sign and metal card catalog drawers to hold the flower petal bags for the sendoff!
Petals Couture worked tirelessly with us to soften the warehouse with mercury glass candle holders, flowers and greenery all within our budget! Our good friend Kate (The Quiet Rabbit) created the perfect stationery suite: invitations, menus, name cards, bar menu and little typed paint swatches for guests to provide newlywed encouragement!
The groom is such a foodie, we certainly enjoyed planning the menu and indulging in tastings. Together we chose a delicious Guinness flavored cake from Sweet Art Bakery – yum! We love creative couples! Mat and Jordan were certainly creative and not afraid of a DIY project. They chose recycled wine bottles for candle holders, stamped paper bags for the flower petal sendoff and hand painted a variety of Y's they found at craft stores. Needless to say, these two were busy during our three week planning stretch!
The room glowed with the glimmering light of chandeliers, hundreds of candles and the sappy love of two newlyweds! They danced the night away while talented Lyndsey Jones sang tunes from Adele and Fiest.
The night was over in a flash after three long weeks of planning! The bride and groom boarded a vintage trolley and bid farewell to guests!
And, just like that, my best friend’s wedding was in the books! Our new friend, Whitney Bennett, captured the magic and we are so grateful to have found her on my hunt for the perfect photographer. Did I mention we managed to escape snow? A factor we rarely (never) contend with in Austin! We danced, laughed and maybe even shed a tear or two. A huge thank you to the groom’s Mom – she never said no! As well, my sweet husband-to-be, who graciously aided as my assistant.