We’re back + ready to share all the pretty that is Carissa + Adam’s 1970′s LoveFest reception! (And in case you missed it, you can see Part 1 here!) These guys didn’t overlook anything — covering all the design bases, big and small. Being a creative herself, Carissa worked closely with the ladies at Sweet Sunday Events to craft a party that represented her + Adam to a tee. And while it’s hard to pinpoint my favorite detail, I have to call out the super whimsical table textiles! So, so fun + so fitting for their sweet retro theme.
More about the design from Sweet Sunday Events, At the reception, mod tables with chrome legs lined either side of the dance floor and lounge area on the second floor. On them, rested a seamless mix of hand crafted floral runners, printed napkins, and glittered utensil bags. With the flowering vines hanging above each table and real flower arrangements full of ranunculus, tulips, and dahlias sitting below, a stunning color block effect covered the space. Sparkling gold chia pets, custom teal banquet seating, and mod white vases holding tapered candles and sequins were just a few more of the tidbits added to this space…
More paper flowers were strung from the ceiling over the guest tables!
Such cute cutlery bags + table signage!
And I’m truly obsessed with these four fun cakes! They were baked + designed by Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery, based in Arlington, Texas. Darling, right?
The newlyweds were showered in a flurry of biodegradable pink + purple confetti before they jumped into a 70s VW van + headed off to start their new life together! :)
And check out their slow-mo booth video! Love it!
Our wedding turned out just how we wanted, but it definitely took some hard lessons early on to get there. My number one piece of advice would be to not be afraid to ask for help. I had experience in the wedding industry so always pictured myself (and also prided myself) on being a DIY bride. I quickly learned, though, that an empty loft space, a 200+ guest list, an overly active imagination as well as a full time job made for many sleepless nights and an impossible task. If you feel overwhelmed, hire a professional that is great at their job and work TOGETHER to make your vision a reality. It does not make you any less of a creative person and you will enjoy your process so much more. The key is not being afraid to voice your opinions and ideas to create the wedding that is perfect for you. Make it a joint effort with your vendors. Two heads are always better than one! A few months in, I ended up throwing in the towel and contacted Sweet Sunday. It was the best decision I could have ever made. But no matter what, DIY or not, HIRE A DAY OF COORDINATOR. It will save your life. Trust me. Just do it. The last thing you want to do on the day is to worry about running your own wedding.
From the very beginning, also really evaluate what is most important to you and budget your wedding accordingly. If you are like me, it is ALL important, but there are still certain things that you like more than others. If you are on a budget, focus on ACTIONS that could be memorable to your guest versus high cost items. Spend the money on what you think will make your wedding impactful and do some hardcore research to find the vendors that will make that happen. Don’t sweat the rest of it. Your budget and sanity will thank you.
photography: June Bug Company // planning + design: Sweet Sunday Events (now Without Wax, Katy) // venue: 333 First Ave Dallas, Texas // florals: Sweet Sunday Events // videography: Take 4 Studio // invitations, paper goods + mural: The Stationery Bakery // officiant: Rick Daussat // catering: Jim Lee Events // hair + makeup: JTorry Makeup Artistry // dj: Andy Austin // cake: Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery // modern furniture + transportation: Swanky Couch // marching band: Kevin Butler // linens: Sequin Linens from La Tavola // reception chairs: TLC Rentals // crystal reception headpiece: Doloris Petunia // bridal shop: Serendipity Bridal // dress designer: Sarah Seven // slow mo booth: Mike Jensen – email@example.com
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