We are sorry! Before reading this feature, you need to give us the secret password! Seriously folks, if you're into the eclectic, quirky Art Deco, where New Orleans meets the 1920s aesthetic then buckle up because this wedding is quite an experience! After seeing this we would love if more couples gave their guests a similar experience. V + N did it all with the help of the As You Wish Events event planner. The inspiration for this Prohibition-themed wedding anniversary (note – this was pre-pandemic in 2019) at the Hall of State in Dallas, TX was a speakeasy bar where Virginia + Nathan were stranded during a conference trip. We let V tell us all about it:
We made an early decision that the overall aesthetic for the wedding should be in the spirit of Art Deco after we got stuck in Denver en route to Wyoming. After spending the first night at the airport, we finally found an option for a room at the Oxford Hotel, which turned out to be beautiful! That night we stumbled upon the “Prohibition-era” cruise room style speakeasy bar and had a great time drinking and chatting with our bartender at the bar. We decided then and there that our wedding should be designed, decor, and era.
Since we weren't there to give the secret code in person, we have to thank The Brothers Martens for taking these secret society pictures so we can spy on them! Let's go!
Art Deco + clothing of the 1920s
V looked like she stepped straight off the cover of Vogue 1928 with a curled bob and glamorous makeup from Elan Make-up Studio.
And speaking of glamor, can you get over the rhinestone lines of this Naeem Khan & # 39; Laguna & # 39; dress? Total Art Deco Inspired Dream! V shares more on how she found it:
I am so happy I got the chance to shop at Neiman Marcus bridal boutique in downtown Dallas. I have a history with this particular place as this is where my sister chose her dress and Neiman's Salon was the first place my father worked as a stylist when he moved to Dallas from El Paso. The dress I ultimately chose was designed by Naeem Khan. I remember thinking it looked like an Elvis jumpsuit on the hanger as large rhinestones ran the length of the dress and sold me that type of it. When I first stepped on the dress, my mom and sister both said "NO!" and that was the final proof I needed to know that I had found the right dress (both later retracted their opposition to the dress and now agreed that it was the perfect choice).
Do you love these emerald green bridesmaids? BHLDN just released some gorgeous styles in their latest line of bridesmaid dresses for fall!
We love a groom in a good tweed suit. N & # 39; s are from Papa Tutu Designs and are perfect for the occasion!
Art deco architecture
If the backdrop for the wedding ceremony looks like a movie set, you know it's going to be EPIC soon!
Don't you just love that fun detail of mismatched black chairs from Party Dallas?
Bella Flora from Dallas used our favorite pampas grass to create a dramatic feather-like effect in the flower arrangements. Perfect nod to the 1920s!
V + N kept the secret society theme strong in their invitations, programs, place cards and menus. These 5×7 designs stationery with calligraphy by Amy Sue Designs are works of art!
Official garb ON POINT!
For me (Virginia) I have such a vivid memory of driving the car we rented for the day to the ceremony. That's how we planned my big gig. My mom Rachel (our amazing planner) and I were in the back seat and my brother was in the front. Rachel asked me if I wanted to hear a song while we waited to pull up, and when I sat paralyzed with anticipation, she said "I have that" and put on Björk's "Alles ist voll Liebe" which was the song That I was decided to play as I walked down the aisle. It was such a surreal out-of-body moment when the reality of the fact that I was about to get married really hit me.
For Nathan it was the same moment, but from his point of view. Nathan: As I waited at the top of the grand staircase to the Hall of State, my anticipation had grown so great that I felt overwhelmed. I had just seen the entire wedding reception go down the aisle and I too felt slightly out of body. Then Virginia's bridal vehicle turned the corner and when she stepped from the back seat I could still barely see her. Then it happened, I saw her for the first time in her dress … glittering in the sun, being a perfectly shining beauty of my wife. It took all of my willpower not to burst into tears right away. I will remember that moment until the day I die and probably beyond.
Initiated in the Newlywed Club!
Do you remember what we said about an experience? V + N hired masked performers from Bravo Entertainment to interact with guests and guide them through the impressive reception.
Art Deco speakeasy style reception
V + N draped their reception room in theatrical decor like this Shag Carpet Props password wall and the ambient lighting from Absolute Entertainment. V shares:
The theme of the wedding day was secret society. We have implemented this theme by masking provocateurs to greet the guests as they enter the individual rooms, initiation needles for ceremony programs, Save the Dates & Invitations with hidden messages and symbols, a wall in the cocktail hour on which the guests a button Press and receive a hint via a secret password to enter a speakeasy room with a secret cocktail, a photo station of the company, a bespoke French menu with wine pairings and guests were encouraged to dress in high society 1920s attire to wear.
Did someone say Absinthe Bar?
I think couples now need to be so much more flexible as we go through this pandemic, but our advice remains: an amazing planner makes it possible to get things right when the (inevitable) unexpected challenges arise. If you don't hire a planner, choose your most trusted, organized friend to guide you through the day so you can be in the moment and have fun as much as possible! It's your party at the end of the day.
We have to leave it to all guests! Your choice of clothes is so radical and really completes the whole picture.
V + N played off the high ceilings and marble floors of the reception room with black and white rental properties, flowers and lots of sparkling candlelight.
Other specialist rentals for the event came from Bella Acento, the sister company of the Bella Flora flower studio in Dallas.
The floral mix of dried and fresh, bleached and green is perfect for this room!
V + N danced all night to songs by DJ William Ryan and the Safety Patrol Band.
Processional: "Everything is full of love" by Björk
Recession: "A Real Hero" by College & Electric Youth
First dance: "Look where we are" from the Hot Chip
Following a custom French menu from Food Glorious Food, diners tried these architectural desserts from Fancy Cakes by Lauren.
A total masterpiece of an event! The architecture, clothing and the overall Art Deco atmosphere were perfectly designed. Congratulations Virginia + Nathan! We hope life is a party from now on! -The GWS team
Photography: The Brothers Martens // Name of the venue: Hall of State, Dallas, Texas, USA // Event design: Rachel Burt Garcia, As You Wish Events // Planning: Rachel Burt Garcia, As You Wish Events // Flowers: Bella Flora from Dallas // Wedding dress: Naeem Khan & # 39; Laguna & # 39; // Wedding dress boutique: Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon // Hairdresser: Elan Make-up Studio // Make-up artist: Elan Make-up Studio // Groom's clothes: Papa Tutu Designs // Paper goods: 5 x 7 designs // Calligraphy: Amy Sue Designs // Catering: Food Glorious Food // Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren // Furniture rental: Party Dallas // Special rental: Shag Carpet Props Rentals // Music: DJ William Ryan // Lighting: Absolute Entertainment // Photo booth: The Brothers Martens / / Harpist + Bassist: Cindy Horstman // Distributor: Bella Acento // Masked Provocateurs: Bravo Entertainment // Rolls Royce: Romantic Remembrances // Band: Safety Patrol // Fireworks: Harmland Visions