glam wedding with an epic party reception

From Keestone Events “Natalia and Drew are two fun-loving people who were married at the beautiful Stoneleigh Hotel, an iconic art deco building constructed in the 1920s in Dallas. They had personal details that truly made this wedding their own, from Natalia having a first look with both her dad and Drew, to having their adorable dog be a part of the wedding by walking down the aisle, giant pool floats and glow sticks! You can see the smiles and laughter plastered throughout all the guests’ faces, and it was a nonstop celebration well into the night!”

HOW THEY MET

From Natalia – “Drew and I can thank the internet for our love story. As a pediatrician, potential suitors were slim at the hospital, so online dating was the next best alternative. One day, I received a message from this ‘sparty’ guy. After several emails and texts, he seemed funny and was new to Dallas, so I agreed to a date.

Our first date was on a Monday and we met up for happy hour. However, Drew forgot that he had a flight to Kentucky that evening (typical), which meant that the date was cut short. During our date I divulged my appreciation for whiskey, and when Drew came back, he surprised me with a Maker’s Mark bottle that he had dipped in wax at the distillery in Kentucky. He won me over with that bottle and the rest is history!”

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HOW HE ASKED (HIS VERSION)

From Drew – “For months, I had been feeling sick because of the lies and deception needed to keep Natalia off of my tracks. To date, my greatest accomplishment in life has been the procurement of Natalia’s engagement ring, in what seemed like 29 stages/visits, without her catching me.

I decided to propose at The Joule hotel because it was where we had our first ‘fancy’ date at CBD Provisions, and I thought it’d be a good place for a return dinner. The rooms and staff are incredibly nice, so I enlisted a co-worker for her help because she had good relationships with them. I knew I asked the right person for support because she connected me with the hotel, and with a great photographer who was able to capture the moments before/during/after the proposal!

Natalia’s best friend from residency was a huge help in planning because she was able to make the ‘force Natalia to get a manicure’ process as seamless as possible. After returning from the manicure, Natalia and I headed to The Joule – the front end staff made sure to remember that they had never met me before and the rooftop bartender kept the terrace free of guests so we could have a private moment and great pictures! It was nearly impossible to get Natalia off of the comfortable couch we sat on, but I convinced her to look at a random building behind us so I could properly pop the question. Obviously, I knew Natalia would say yes…I was just looking forward to the great dinner and some drinks to help ease the anxiety of Natalia catching me!”

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HOW HE ASKED (HER VERSION)

From Natalia – “It was a Thursday in September, and Drew had planned a surprise date. Prior to the date, however, my friend Jeannette asked me to go get our nails done together. I was originally only going to get a pedicure but there was a ‘special’ that day for free manicures (note: Jeannette arrived early to the salon to tell them to play along with the free manicure since I would not paint my nails because I can’t have nail polish at work. Clever!).

After getting my nails done, I headed home to get ready, and then we traveled to the undisclosed location. We ended up at a hotel in downtown Dallas, and Drew said we were going to grab a drink on the terrace before dinner. While there, he started reminiscing about our past 2 years together (our 2-year anniversary was a few weeks away so I still wasn’t thrown off). Then he started saying really nice and sweet things and before I knew it he was on one knee proposing! Of course I said yes and then heard camera shutters going off. I looked around and noticed that Drew hired a photographer to capture the entire thing!”

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THEIR WEDDING VISION

From Natalie – “Drew and I love Dallas and wanted a space that would reflect all the urban beauty that Dallas has to offer. We also wanted a modern & classic look for our wedding; the Stoneleigh offered us a blank outdoor canvas that could be molded into a chic and modern space. My favorite color is gold, so Drew and I decided that burgundy and navy were the perfect complements. Drew even changed into a burgundy jacket which brought together the whole theme.”

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THE PLANNING PROCESS

From Natalie – “The most important thing to us was for everyone to enjoy themselves and have an unforgettable experience. We splurged on extras that would make our reception super fun. We had an amazing DJ, a well-accommodated photo booth, and a balloon artist who was fully prepared for an adults-only party… the balloon artist went above and beyond in creating balloon hats that our guests could party in all night. We provided glow sticks and light-up batons that our guests could enjoy on the dance floor to make the dance party more exciting.

With regards to food, we wanted to provide our guests with many different options so we went with action stations. We had a salmon station, prime rib station, a mac & cheese bar, and a salad bar. We also had ice cream sandwiches for dessert; guests were able to pick from several cookie flavors and ice cream flavors to create their ideal ice cream sandwich!”

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DIY DETAILS

From Natalie – “When we were choosing wedding invites, it was clear that we wanted the wedding invitations to incorporate calligraphy or hand lettering in some form. To incorporate that personal touch, we (the bride) learned hand lettering and addressed the invitations personally. It was an arduous undertaking, but it added a glamorous touch without breaking the bank!”

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FAVORITE MEMORIES

From Natalie – “Our favorite part of the day was the reception. Our family and friends LOVE to party, so we knew we had to step it up for the reception. Our DJ did a fantastic job of playing cross cultural music that spanned generations and genres. After the wedding, we received several compliments specifically noting how great the music was – throughout the wedding, there were very few guest in their seats.

Our videographers were spectacular in capturing our wedding; they knew exactly the experience we wanted to create! They even caught when 3 groomsmen jumping into the pool, which was filled with several giant pool floats.

Our other favorite part of the day was our dog, Barbara Bush the poodle, serving as the flower girl. We adopted her 2 years ago and knew she had to be a part of the wedding!”

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Photography: Trisha Kay Photography // Event Planning: Keestone Events // Floral: Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe // Videography: The Neskes // Hair & Makeup: Natalia Issa // Bridal Salon & Bridesmaids Dresses: LuLus Bridal Boutique // DJ: Jonny Black Productions // Wedding Cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations // Photo Booth: Bokeh Booth & Co // String Musicians: Meridian String Quartet // Desserts: Pokey O’s // Balloons : Todays Balloons // Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals // Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Submitted via: Matchology // Venue: The Stoneleigh in Dallas, Texas

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.