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Rock On! A Gem Studded Wedding Extravaganza

Quartz, crystals and geodes—oh my! Jordan Payne Events delivered all that glistens for a big day fete that takes the cake.

While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend for some—and they most certainly made a stunning appearance on the bride’s gorgeous wedding ring!—at the nuptials for Kiley and Mac, it was all about quartz, lucite, moonstones and more.  After Mac’s surprise proposal to Kiley during a picnic on her birthday, the couple chose Jordan Payne Events to design and produce the wedding of their dreams.  Jordan spent the the better part of eight months working closely alongside the bride and her mother to create an event at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek that would truly take their breath away.

The wedding was very much a family affair.  Kiley’s father, Matthew Trent, is a prominent and very talented Dallas jeweler and designed all the jewelry for the big day—including the bride’s earrings and engagement ring, the newlyweds wedding rings, cufflinks and jewelry for the mother-of-the-bride as well. Kiley’s mother assisted her with the planning as well as design and decor choices, a family friend led the New Life Gospel Church Choir during the ceremony and the bride’s uncle officiated.

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From the beginning, gemstones were a major part of the wedding’s overall look and set the tone for so many beautiful accents throughout the event.  Guests first received custom-made acrylic invitations designed in the shape and look of agate, which were dreamed up by Jordan and Southern Fried Paper.  And for her walk down the aisle, Kiley chose an elegant Hayley Paige gown with a stunning crystal bolero as well as crystal-encrusted shoes.  Her colorful toenails served as her “something blue,” the veil worn by both her mother and grandmother and a handkerchief made from pieces of their wedding dresses as her “something old,” a tennis bracelet for her “something borrowed” and Kiley’s stunning gown served as her “something new.”

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Crisp white tones complemented everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the handsome groom’s tuxedo jacket.  Kiley carried a striking bouquet that featured peonies and anemone blossoms, while the groom and his groomsmen sported boutonnieres made of a gold-backed leaf and small white quartz.  As family and friends found their seats for the ceremony, they also each discovered handmade handkerchiefs by the bride embroidered with the words “no ugly crying.”  It was accompanied by a pretty moonstone wishing rock for guests to make a wish then drop into a special bowl.  The pair exchanged their vows in the Promenade, adjacent to the Mansion’s ballroom space.  Jordan commissioned a local-based biz that specializes in artful streamer installations to create an incredibly unique ribbon wall.  “It was a cool haven for the ceremony backdrop,” says Jordan of the floor-to-ceiling feature.  Meanwhile overhead, the Mansion’s gold chandeliers were brimming with more fresh florals—including white roses and tulips—and suspended crystals and cornflower blue quartz.

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After a lovely ceremony, the reception took center stage—a stunning array of quartz and geodes, overflowing with fresh greenery and floral arrangements. A table bedecked with clear crystals featured an oversized acrylic agate piece flanked by arrangements of white tulips. The agate, created by Paradise Design Co. and Southern Fried Paper, doubled as the seating chart and read “Be a gem and find your seat.” Below it was a geode with the newlywed’s chosen hashtag written in gold calligraphy. For the head table, Jordan created interest by using non-traditional linens. “The design was an underlay of a silver metallic forest and an overlay of a silver web to add in some additional texture,” she explains. Even more impressive was the stunning 24-foot-long floral runner and the tall standing spheres of white roses and tulips accented by cornflower blue driftwood for an avant appeal.  The head table also boated elaborate gold-hued Versace charger plates for luxurious touch.

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Touches of gold everywhere—from the chiavari chairs and gold-bordered chargers to the golden floral stands and candle holders—lent a very chic, modern vibe to the event.  Wedding-goers enjoyed a seated dinner of beef short ribs, grilled halibut with chimichurri, haricot vert and sweet potato pomme. The wedding cake was a simple thinly frosted confection in white featuring a cascade of the bride’s favorite flower, the anemone—which she’d also carried in her bouquet. It’s delicate vanilla sponge layers were each separated by fillings of lemon cream and fresh raspberries in buttercream.

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed colorful custom-made napkins, cups and koozies by The Write Designs, all emblazoned with Kiley and Mac’s names and wedding date.  There was also plenty of action on the dance floor thanks to a steady flow of hits by the popular Emerald City Band.

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Whether it was quart rocks delicately swinging from the chandeliers or elegant golden calligraphy atop gorgeous pieces of agate, one thing’s for sure: Kiley and Mac’s wedding rocked!

All photos by Thisbe Grace Photography.