As much as I would have loved an outdoor reception, I was way too nervous about the weather. You just never know what it’s going to be like in Texas in May (will be 105 degrees? will it tornado?), so we decided not to take the risk. The location was an easy decision after that: The Dallas Museum of Art. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the city – not to mention, my favorite place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I worked with the amazing team at Todd Events on my wedding and reception. They are so much fun to work with, and they are incredibly talented. They work magic over there – seriously. I told them that I wanted to keep things simple, but special. I wanted classic – nothing too trendy. And most of all, I wanted it to feel like us. They did exactly that. They managed to transform the Hamon Atrium into a wedding wonderland surrounded by all of our favorite things.
We kicked off the evening with cocktails and small bites. The signature cocktail of the evening was a prickly pear margarita – one of the prettiest cocktails (hot pink!) and oh-so-tasty. Once cocktail hour was over, everyone moved into the reception area. If you all have been reading any of the wedding posts so far, then you already know what my florals were. Yep. Peonies. That’s all I wanted. I’ve always preferred the look of a vase full of one kind of flower as opposed to a mix. There were a few vases here and there of white hydrangeas, but for the most part, the reception was full of peonies. Since I love blue-and-white china, we decided to use it as the vases for the peonies. The band started playing the minute we walked in. After our first dance (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”), dinner was served. We skipped the seated dinner and opted for food stations instead. The food was delicious (or so I have heard. With the exception of a quick bite early on, I barely ate the entire evening). All of the food was a hit, but I’ve heard that the mini-pizzas were a favorite. (We also had late-night snacks for our guests from our favorite burger place in town). For desserts, we had cake and M&M milkshakes. While my cake was a traditional tired white-on-white wedding cake, my husband didn’t want to go that route. Since he loves Oreos (loves them), we decided that in lieu of a cake, it should just be a big stack of Oreos. Yum.
I spent the majority of the night on the dance floor – exactly where I wanted to be. I changed dresses (more details to come on that) about an hour into the reception to make the dancing a little easier. As I mentioned last week, once you’ve said I do, the rest of the evening flies by. I felt like we could have danced all night long. Before I knew it, the band was playing their last song. At the end of the night, our guests gathered outside the museum and threw rose petals as we ran to the car. Of course, not before my husband grabbed a few Oreos on his way out. A snack for the road.
Event Coordination and Design: Todd Events Florals: Todd Events Venue: The Dallas Museum of Art Catering: The Dallas Museum of Art Napkins: Color Box Design & Letterpress Dress: Custom-made by Lela Rose Photography: Steve Wrubel