DIY Details Made This Dallas Wedding a Hit
Tara and Dan
Ask Tara Pruett when she met Dan Kyrk, and she'll say on New Year's Eve, 2013, at a Dallas party. Ask Dan, and he'll admit he'd had his eye on her for months, ever since he spotted her with mutual friends at a local bar. He missed his chance to talk to her—not once but three times. So when they both attended a friend's holiday bash, he didn't waste the opportunity. "We totally hit it off," says Tara. "I thought he was really handsome and very, very funny." Dan was done hesitating. Six months later he proposed, two days into a two-week trip to Greece. "I had left the ring at the hotel, but when we got down to the beach, I couldn't imagine a more ideal place to ask her," says Dan.
The couple—he's an engineering consultant; she's in visual merchandising at Apple—booked the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden for their DIY-filled festivities on April 18, 2015, which featured pillows the bride hand-stitched to dot the décor and a vintage boom box Dan had spray-painted gold (an ode to his love of music) that was decorated with flowers at the reception.
The weekend kicked off with a Mexican-themed rehearsal dinner that also celebrated Dan's mother's 80th birthday. The next day, in the botanical garden before 120 loved ones, the two exchanged nondenominational vows officiated by Tara's cousin, a judge. Both agree on the most memorable moment: when Tara rounded the corner with her father. "I'll never forget the look on Dan's face," she says. "My heart was in my throat," Dan recalls.
Guests then enjoyed cocktails with passed canapés, and a DJ spun '60s hits and French pop music. As a storm encroached, the party moved to the garden's DeGolyer Estate Loggia and Tea Room for a dinner of Greek fare (recalling the proposal) that finished with a vanilla cake and sweets that included snickerdoodle cookies, which Tara used to bake with her grandfather as a child. After seven toasts—including one from Dan's then 17-year-old daughter—and dancing, the two rode off to Billy Idol's "White Wedding" in the groom's old pickup truck, their names on tiny vanity plates in the windows (the final DIY touch).
The letterpressed cotton-paper stationery suite by Bella Figura was printed with graphic taupe and watermelon stripes.
"I didn't expect to wear a blue floral dress or one this romantic," says Tara Pruett, in Yolan Cris. "But the minute I put it on, the gown really spoke to me." Amanda of We + You Studios arranged the bride's bouquet with coral charm peonies, astilbes, hyacinths, garden roses, and ranunculus, and accented with globe scabiosa and natural foliage, then tied it off with antique gold satin ribbon.
The Young Attendants
The littlest attendants—the couple's nieces and nephew—struck a pose.
Tara's sister and her best friend served as her matrons of honor, while her cousins rounded out her bridal party. Guided by the bride's dusty palette, the ladies picked out their own dresses and carried smaller versions of the bride's bouquet, made with the addition of wild spirit garden roses and poppies.
The duo wed outdoors with Dan's daughter, the "best man," nearby.
The couple purchased bistro sets to place around the dance floor, and with Tara's mom's help, gave the chairs a little something extra: pillows! The mom and daughter duo re-created the lines of the invitations with a triple stitch and sewed on gold backs for an extra pop of color.
A DIY Seating Display
Tara finished the seat-assignment display, made from string and brass nails, to echo the invitation's linear design, on the morning of the wedding.
Gold candlesticks in glass hurricanes topped farm tables. Tara and her mother stitched lines onto 150 cotton napkins to match the invite.
The Place Settings
Guests found wax-sealed favor boxes—filled with SweeTarts, which Dan gave Tara on their first date, and Sour Patch Kids—at their seats.
The Dessert Table
The pair served a four-tiered vanilla cake with a blackberry-and-cream-cheese filling and textured vanilla buttercream frosting. A gold-metallic accent tier and a topper of coral charm peonies and sprigs of jasmine vine ensured the confection looked as good as it tasted.
Guests also noshed on candies and chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies, the latter was a sentimental nod to Tara's grandparents. "I used to bake them with my Papa after preschool and it's a recipe I know by heart because of him," says Tara.
Location, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Catering, Two Sisters Catering
Flowers, We + You
Photography, Shaun Menary Photography
Stationery, Bella Figura, from Invited
Calligraphy, Butler's Pantry
Cake and cookies, Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery
Ceremony music, European Ensemble Strings
Reception music, DJ Deluxe
Rentals, Celebration Event Rental; Ducky-Bob's Classic Event & Tent Rentals
Lighting, Astounding Sounds & Lighting
Bride's gown, Yolan Cris, from Les Habitudes
Bride's custom veil, Les Habitudes
Bride's earrings, Anthropologie
Wedding rings, Cartier
Bride's engagement ring, Studio Baladi
Bride's shoes, Sam Edelman
Bride's garter belt and ring holder, Bhldn
Hair, Tasha Graham at Live Hair Group
Bridesmaids' dresses, Xscape; Vera Wang; Donna Morgan; Dessy Collection by Vivian Diamond
Flower-girl dresses, Pippa & Julie
Grace's dress, Eliza J
Groom's suit, Hugo Boss
Groom's tie, Calvin Klein
Groom's shirt, Banana Republic
Groom's watch, Seiko
Groom's belt and shoes, Cole Haan
Ring bearer's suit and tie, J. Crew
Ring bearer's shoes, Vans
Cake server, Tom Dixon