Designing and planning a wedding comes easily to some brides, especially those who are particularly creative — and Addison, a Dallas-based ballet dancer and choreographer, is no exception! After Jeremy proposed on her birthday in November of 2014, she jumped feet-first into planning their September 27, 2015, wedding for 135 guests. "I'm a creator at heart, and building our vision was so exciting!" she says. "If I ever have to pick another profession, it will definitely be event design."
She and Jeremy have celebrated their son, Hudson's, first two birthdays at the Dallas Arboretum, and they knew it was just the place for a wedding. "We were inspired by the easy elegance of the gorgeous, natural space," says Addison. She wove in lush florals and mid-century modern details, creating a '60s Palm Springs vibe. With mixed metallic and rich fall hues layered against geometric details and the garden's sculptures and fountains, we'd have to say they nailed it! Take a look at this sweet, family-focused celebration, photographed by Sarah Delanie.
Addison was totally giddy when she slipped on this Monique Lhuillier ball gown, with a beaded bodice and a structured tulle skirt. "I went shopping with my hair and makeup done, which helped me see how the dress would look on our wedding day," she says. She added a matching beaded cathedral-length veil, which paired perfectly with the elegance of her stunning yellow diamond engagement ring.
Jeremy wore a Ralph Lauren tuxedo, which he topped off with a wine-colored ranunculus boutonniere.
"I'm so happy we decided to do a first look," says Addison. "I was so nervous and excited, my lips were quivering as we kissed!" It was the perfect opportunity for the ballerina to show off her dance floor-ready skirt, and for Jeremy to flaunt his blue loafers and pocket square.
The bride's voluminous bouquet combined roses and ranunculus in ivory, blush, deep pink, and wine hues, with cascading ivy and ribbons.
"We had the ceremony in the Women's Sculpture Garden, surrounded by ponds, fountains, and gorgeous sculptures. We loved the natural beauty, so we didn't bring in any décor," says the bride.
The groom walked down the aisle with the couple's son, followed by the bride and her father. Although they had a traditional ceremony, they capped off the proceedings by sharing vows that included their son. "Holding Hudson together during the last part of our vows, and seeing tears in Jeremy's eyes as he said his vows to me, is one of my favorite memories," says the bride. "It was beautiful to see our community come together to support our little family."
For the reception, the pair hosted a modern garden party, lit by candles and café lights. "We wanted the tables to be rich and full, but didn't want anything higher than eye level," Addison explains of the low garland design.
Smoke-gray chargers, black napkins, and sleek wine glasses lent a crisp and classic feel to the reception. The floral garlands combined roses and ranunculus with natural greenery.
The bride and groom's chairs were decked out with swags of roses, while cocktail tables were topped with gold geometric vessels full of blooms. Guests sipped either an Old Fashioned or a gin cocktail made with St. Germain and cucumber. For dinner, everyone dined on steak, shrimp, and Cajun pasta.
The square-edged cake had a bottom tier covered in ombré black-to-white frosting with an organic texture, topped with gold geometric details and a cluster of fresh blooms. The flavor was perfect for a fall wedding: Pumpkin spice cake with vanilla cream and blackberry jam. There was also a dessert table topped with brownie bites and macarons.
"Jeremy and I danced to 'Our Love is Here to Stay,' by Natalie Cole," says Addison. And of course she took time to dance with Hudson, too!
The Blood Moon in the sky cast a magical glow over the evening. Says the bride, "Keep the joy in what you are planning. Cherish the love you have for each other and the journey to the altar — and stay under budget! It will keep stress at bay."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden || Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Burrow of Sarabeth Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: LaDonna Stein || Maid of Honor's Dress: BCBG || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren || Best Man's Attire: Menguin || Floral Design: Everly Alaine Florals || Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas || Paper Goods: Stamps Jubilee || Ceremony Music: Barbara Biggers || Reception Music: Leon Ziligson || Catering: Kent Rathbun Concepts || Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Dallas || Videographer: Henry Weddings || Photographer: Sarah Delanie
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