The First Wedding I Ever Designed
At some point in every coffee, wine, or lunch date with a bride, I’m always asked, "Who did you use for…?". I am so blessed to be able to recommend a number of phenomenal vendors from my own experience. So here it is…the lowdown on the first wedding I ever planned and designed - mine and Jake’s!
Jake and I toured Hidden Springs with our parents while it was still under construction and didn’t actually see it finished until the day of our wedding. The completed venue did not disappoint, the wood and stone details and gorgeous chandeliers made the perfect setting for our “rustic elegant” reception. While we had fully intended on having our ceremony outdoors, an unexpected cold front caused us to move everything inside. The venue was large enough to accommodate our 250 guests as we flipped the room from a ceremony set up to reception tables. Kathy and her team were so amazing during the planning process, answering all of our crazy detailed questions and providing us with recommendations and tools for planning the layout of the room.
We went to preview a couple bands before stumbling across the Jeremy Powers Band. Once we met them and saw one of their sets, there was no question - we were booking them. These guys were phenomenal, they completely made the night. They interacted with our guests and kept everyone dancing all night long. Jeremy is incredibly nice and worked so hard leading up to the day to make sure our wedding was exactly what we wanted, learning special songs for both our ceremony and reception and helping us figure out the best way to smoothly transition from one part of our event to the next. We got so many compliments on the band, our guests were blown away by how talented and fun they were. Could not recommend these guys enough!
Becca and Rodney are a fantastic husband/wife photography team, they shot our engagements and wedding day. From the very first meeting, Becca was so helpful and sweet. She even helped us create a timeline for the entire day. They were amazing on our wedding day - Becca was with me and my bridesmaids while Rodney was with Jake and his groomsmen until our first look. Becca is crazy efficient when it comes to wedding party photos, which I loved. I was able to get several one-on-one photos with each of my six bridesmaids in a matter of minutes. During the reception, Becca stayed with me and Jake while Rodney worked the room to ensure we didn’t miss a single moment. She worked with Jeremy to keep everything on schedule and made sure Jake and I had everything we needed throughout the day. They are such a sweet couple and go above and beyond for their clients!
Amanda from We + You did a great job extending my vision into our floral design. She was originally supposed to decorate the outdoor ceremony archway, but when we moved inside at the last minute, she shifted gears and created this gorgeous arrangement to cover the drum set that needed to be set up on the stage during our ceremony to expedite the transition to the reception. My bridal bouquet was stunning, and executed our color palette perfectly!
Nothing Bundt Cakes & Betty Rose
The tower of Bundlets was a huge hit, we were able to have a ton of flavors and there was no cutting necessary! The 8-tier tower came from Etsy and the cakes were delivered from the nearest Nothing Bundt Cake shop. And because every groom needs a groom’s cake, we contracted Betty Rose to make this adorable cake version of the University of Texas tower - she even set the tower clock to our ceremony start time.
HAIR & MAKEUP
Holly is a magician. I cannot even handle how amazing she is at hair and makeup. I had two hair trials with her (yes, this was my high-maintenance bride moment). The first trial was a gorgeous formal up-do she modeled off a photo I found on Pinterest, but it just didn’t feel right for some reason. I came back for round two and she suggested a loose half-up half-down that fit my personality and the dress so much better. Unfortunately for you DFW brides, she has moved to Los Angeles to do hair and makeup for the stars (yes, she’s that good).
When I first started wedding planning, I had no intention of doing my own invitations believe it or not. I was working in the advertising industry and planned on ordering some online. While there was a number of beautiful options, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I decided to design our own. Invitations led to event decor which led to wedding party gifts, and all of the sudden our wedding had a style guide and the “Jake and Dana” wedding brand was born.
So there you have it, our wedding dream team. Like any past bride, I absolutely love talking about my wedding day so if you have any questions at all or want to hear more about my wedding planning experience, shoot me an email!