Christina and Jack envisioned the biggest celebration of their lives to be a romantic, timeless wedding, celebrated with their closest family and friends. Their top priority was atmosphere and food, and The Crescent in downtown Dallas, with its outdoor ceremony courtyard and modern chic ballroom was the perfect choice! The couple worked with Sarah of Keestone Events and selected classic blush and ivory tones, warm greenery, and pops of metallic gold for a whimsical flair. Personal details abound, from the stationery and garter, both created by the maid of honor, and lavender candle favors, handmade by Christina and her family. Christina chose a stunning lace Essense of Australia gown, which subtly echoed the intricate ironwork on the terrace of The Crescent, and her maids donned comfy convertible dresses from Lulu’s. We are absolutely smitten with the beautiful images captured on film by Allen Tsai Photography!
How did you meet?
Jack and I first met in a vertebrate physiology class in 2010 while attending the University of Texas in Austin. We sat about three chairs away from each other and were automatically paired with surrounding neighbors for group assignments. My first memory when recalling our early friendship was when Jack offered me $100 for my notes in preparation for our first exam. I will admit he made a better grade than I did! The following year, he introduced me to the Longhorns EMT course, in which he was one of the instructors for. We remained friends throughout the next four years as we completed our professional schools. As fate would have it, we reconnected over some crepes and coffee when Jack came back to Texas to visit his parents. The rest was history!
What is your proposal story?
Christina: Jack and I love trying new food! He set a surprise dinner date at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck located inside the Reunion Tower. When we got there, I thought it was rather unusual we were the only two in the elevator to the observation deck. It was, after all, Valentine’s Day weekend. The view was absolutely stunning as we walked towards the windows. Jack gave one of the employees there his phone to take a photo of us with the Dallas skyline behind us. As we were smiling for the photo, Jack moved to the side and got on one knee while the sweet employee was recording us the entire time!
Jack: So a few weeks earlier, I made reservations on top of the Reunion Tower at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant. I showed Christina the menu a week before we went because I’m really bad at hiding surprises. I initially called and reserved a Valentine’s package where we took our photo with Valentine’s Day props, novelty champagne glasses, and a private elevator ride. When we arrived at the top there was no one around in sight. I handed the employee my phone to record a picture (video) of the proposal. However, right when I reached for the ring, the main elevator doors opened and about 15 people walked out. I started to rub Christina’s back very fast and I remember saying, “Wow, there are a lot of people now.” It didn’t appear they were going to leave the area anytime soon, so I got the ring out and proposed right there. After she said yes, I got up and noticed there were a group of people watching us that started clapping and celebrating with us.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
My favorite memory of our wedding day was walking down the aisle with my dad towards Jack. I remember our smiles that stretched from ear to ear, and the love we felt from our close family and friends that day. My second favorite memory was watching our wedding party’s toast from the middle of the dance floor with Jack. It was so fun, touching and sweet! I did not think I could multi-task, but I am pretty sure I laughed, cried, danced, and fist bumped with my glass of champagne all at once.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
It is perfectly okay to be stressed out from wedding planning! Create a timeline and jot down any advice/tips you accumulate from brides and experienced wedding attendees. Get a good wedding planner you can rely on so you can enjoy the week before the wedding. I had Stephanie from Keestone Events pick up decor and miscellaneous supplies the Sunday before the wedding to avoid any potential procrastination on my behalf. Remember to allow yourself to reflect and enjoy the process!
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