September 11, 2019

Wallingford-McKee Wedding (The Joule Hotel Dallas)

I am so excited to start really sharing some of our wedding celebrations with you! In full transparency I have been very lazy in sharing them with you but that is going to change. So today I am so excited to share with you one of our biggest downtown productions.

Sarah and James knew that they wanted a wedding downtown to celebrate with their family and friends. When they saw the eyeball lawn across the street from The Joule Hotel in Downtown Dallas they knew this was the ideal place for their wedding.  We were planning for April in Texas and for those of you who are familiar with Texas weather this is prime season for storms, more specifically pop up storms. We planned to have their ceremony on The Joule Terrace which is on the 5th floor of the hotel and the reception would be held across the street on the Eyeball Lawn.

Two weeks before the wedding we started looking at the weather forecast and it looked good, but we got under 10 days and thunderstorms started showing up on the forecast. On the Monday prior we had to make a rain plan decision because the tent setup had to start on Wednesday to be complete and ready for the Saturday wedding reception. After a few conversations the couple decided to move forward with the tent!

Tent setup started on a beautiful Wednesday and continued until Friday afternoon. Saturday morning came clear and sunny and for a few hours we actually thought that we made the wrong call to put up the tent. As with any wedding day, before you know it, it is time for the first look and for the ceremony to start and you can feel the electricity in the air!

One of the surprises and unique items that we had planned for their ceremony was right before the processional began the string quartet would play “The Rains of Castamere” from one of Game of Thrones most famous episodes. If you are a true GOT fan then you know that playing that song before a wedding is not always well received…lol!


The second surprise during their ceremony was that the bride’s 90 year old grandfather would be the officiant for their wedding ceremony. A few weeks before the ceremony I had the opportunity to talk with him over the phone about the ceremony, he called me because he was so nervous that he would mess up his granddaughter’s wedding.  It was one of the sweetest calls that I have ever had, he walked me through everything he was going to say and at the end I was crying over the phone. I could barely keep it together.

Needless to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the room during the ceremony and He did an amazing job! As the ceremony came to a close the weather started to change and we were affirmed that we indeed made the right decision to have the tent for the reception.

Guests were directed across the street to the Eyeball lawn and the beautiful clear top tent for the cocktail hour and reception.  As the groom and his mother started their dance together it started to rain and it was so beautiful!!!  It was then time for dinner, cake and of course DANCING!

Downtown Fever band kept the guests dancing ALL night long and they enjoyed every minute of it! The night ended with the band leading the bride and groom out of the reception and across the street where the after party continued at the hotel bar well into the night and we celebrated the newest couple in Dallas…Mr and Mrs Wallingford!

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