It was quite the magical night when Jeanie and Rich exchanged vows at their evening nuptials this past spring. Think crystal chandeliers, cascades of blossoming white florals, dreamy enchanted trees—all in an ethereal setting beautified down to the tiniest of details. And there were even a few unicorn motifs, which were a nod to Jeanie’s mythical (and marvelous!) bridal portraits taken with just such a creature. Jordan Payne Events certainly crafted a most beguiling setting for this fete, and we have all the yummy deets!
The light, delicate color palette was quickly established from the very beginning. Jordan used neutral tones coupled with sweet blush hues, like Jeanie’s crystal-accessorized Manolo Blahniks and her gorgeous bouquet, a textured arrangement of both creamy and pink-toned florals as well as fresh greenery. In fact, flowers were essentially the backdrop for the ceremony, which took place at Crape Myrtle Allee at the Dallas Arboretum. The bride walked down a paved stone walkway through a literal tunnel of towering crape myrtle trees in the picturesque garden.
Post-ceremony, guests were redirected to The Ritz-Carlton Dallas for the grand reception, which both stunned and wowed everyone as they entered! Jeanie and Rich’s glam-tastic reception was largely inspired by one of their favorite movies, Labyrinth—the ’80s flick featuring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. The overall feel of the space was particularly motivated by “the dream scene of Jennifer Connelly when she is at the ball with all of those goth-like characters,” says Jordan. “Then we also had a couple of similarly dressed characters roaming the ballroom and fog throughout the evening that was just amazing!”
Champagne service was also a highlight, available at—quite literally—the touch of a button. “This was our whimsical touch for cocktail hour. You rang the bell and a gloved hand would present a glass of bubbles to you,” says Jordan of the flower-laden wall that featured endless florals as well as delicate butterfly cut-outs that served as the guest’s escort cards, designed by Ceci New York. “The wall also housed the worm from Labyrinth. It was whimsical and beautiful all at the same time.”
But Labyrinth wasn’t the only throwback inspo. With Jordan’s help, the couple incorporated touches from other ’80s movies like Back to the Future drink menus and a Jurassic Park grooms cake—a chocolate truffle confection with coconut buttercream filling. “Jeanie and Rich are huge ’80s buffs and the Jurassic Park movie actually brought them together with the magic that is social media!” adds Jordan.
There was whimsy everywhere. Guest tables were clad in glittering linens and simple chiavari chairs were transformed with fanciful chair covers. The head table featured blush-hued acrylic ghost chairs with the bride and groom’s custom crest by Ceci New York on the back. And the table itself was a veritable centerpiece of the reception, complete with a custom base touting golden graphics that echoed those found on the wedding invitation. A floral runner laden with tulips, hydrangea, roses, wisteria and more anchored the tabletop, where guests dined on wood grilled filet mignon with aged white cheddar potato gratin, charred knob onion and butternut squash with pecan butter.
From the custom-made acrylic obelisk centerpieces and the mirrored dance floor with custom decal overlays to the flowering trees that seemed to stretch up and across the ceiling, the room was a masterpiece in every direction. “I had a vision in my head and David Kimmel executed the tree for me!” says Jordan. “This wedding was such a fun one to design as Jeanie was open to unique.”
The result? Pure fantasy in its finest and prettiest form—and one epically bedecked celebration of love!