Renaissance Dallas Hotel Wedding
Where to begin? These photos bring me so much joy. After six months of preparation, planning, praying, planning, and praying, I am at a loss for how perfect our day turned out.
The forecast showed clear skies every single day the week of the wedding, except for the day of the wedding. We had prayed and prayed for cool weather (September in Texas can reach 100+ degrees), and the expectant rain was both good news and terrifying news. I have always wanted to have a Dallas rooftop wedding, and when Cody and I visited the Renaissance Hotel’s City View Terrace (the first and only venue we looked at), we knew it would be the perfect spot for us to start our lives together. However, it being a rooftop venue, the rain was an unpleasant reality. We nervously reminded ourselves that in order for the temperatures to cool off, it was going to have to rain.
When my friends and I woke up on Saturday morning, we frantically checked the weather, which said the rain would be finished by the afternoon, and the temperature would be in the mid-80s in the evening. THANK YOU, GOD. I still can’t believe how perfectly it all worked out. It was an insanely beautiful evening, and the Dallas skyline lit up the dance floor into the evening hours.
One thing that made the day really special for Cody and I was that we wrote our own vows and said them in front of the crowd. I am NOT the type of person who enjoys (or is even a little bit comfortable) speaking in front of people. And does anyone else think it’s actually harder to speak in front of people that you know personally? I definitely do. But this day was different. I didn’t even notice the people sitting to my left, listening to the promises I was making to my new husband. It was all about him. I didn’t see or hear anything else. My veil was even whipping my poor maid-of-honor in the face the entire ceremony as she tried to grab it. I had no idea.
The people I spoke to during the reception said the vows were beautiful and their favorite part of the wedding. Even though I was too enthralled with what Cody and I were saying during the ceremony to be nervous about speaking in front of our guests, I wanted them to hear how I felt and what I said, because I want to be held accountable. It was a very personal, intimate experience to share with each other and our guests, and I’m definitely glad we did it.
Another thing I was a little bit nervous about but am SUPER happy I did was let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses. Holy cow, how insanely good do they look? The photos of all of us make me so happy, because I know the girls are comfortable and feel pretty. For those of you thinking about doing mixed bridesmaids dresses, letting go of that control and doing something that non-traditional can be a little bit scary, but the payoff is huge. The different dresses add such a cool dynamic to all of the photos. I’m going to do a blog post dedicated specifically to coordinating mixed bridesmaids dresses, so stay tuned for that.
One final, big-picture thing that I’m glad we did was let the professionals do their jobs. Micromanaging our vendors would have 1) inhibited their creative abilities 2) caused more stress. When you hire good, talented people, it’s best to tell them your vision, let them know about things you really don’t like, and ask them to simply communicate. Plus, they may be willing to do more for you if you are easy to work with.
Below is a list of the people and vendors we worked with in case you’re planning a Dallas wedding (or any wedding at all). I would work with all of them again!
Cody + Cameron Dallas Rooftop Wedding Vendors:
Venue: Renaissance Hotel
Photography: Lindsay Davenport Photography
Floral Design: Posh Floral Designs
Cake: Delicious Cakes
Catering: Renaissance Hotel
Videography: Whitney Moreland
Guitarist: Riley Wilson
DJ: Full House Sound and Productions
Rentals: Prashe Decor
Day-Of Wedding Coordinator: Heather Baker
Wedding Dress Designer: Ysa Makino
Wedding Dress Vendor: Stardust Celebrations
Bridal Jewelry: Givenchy
Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN, Asos, Tobi
Hair and Makeup: Nikki and Brogan Maranell
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Paper Source
Save the Dates: Minted
Wedding Bands: Zales
Engagement Ring: Gillespie Jewelers
Custom Wedding Signs: Etsy
Custom Wedding Guest Book: Etsy
Custom Koozies: Etsy
Custom Snapchat Geofilter: Etsy
Custom Champagne Flutes: Etsy
Acrylic Place Settings: Etsy
Menus and Programs: Etsy
Wedding Favor Bags and Stickers: Etsy
Donuts: Dunkin’ Donuts