Clark Gardens Wedding
Clark Gardens is a true hidden gem in the North Texas Hill Country and is the perfect garden for your perfect day. The 35-acre public botanic garden is tucked away down a country road between Weatherford and Mineral Wells, just outside Dallas/Fort Worth. Clark Gardens offers a variety of venues for weddings and receptions, including two permanent reception tents and a breathtaking sandstone chapel, all creating the ideal location for an unforgettable event. Each venue showcases its own charm with European-style fountains, waterfalls, blooms bursting with color, and nature in every corner. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a black-tie affair, Clark Gardens provides a natural beauty and classic elegance that cannot be matched.
From Style Me Pretty…
A Fall wedding in Texas with Secret Garden Style
The beginning of September signals our official kick off to All.The.Fall.Things. Think cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes plus the most stunning autumn weddings we can get our hands on. We scoured the Internet for the best of the best fall affairs and Kendall and Tyler’s big day perfectly fit the bill. They tied the knot at Clark Gardens in Texas with beautiful nods to the season all throughout the day. Birds of a Feather planned and styled, Charla Storey photographed, and it’s all waiting for here.
This is a gorgeous, secret garden fall wedding. The tones are deep and complementary to the season while keeping your favorite garden colors, and the venue. This venue has not had an event on this part of the property, so it was refreshing to use an area that fit the aesthetic desired. Live acoustic music and dinner al fresco made for a gorgeous fall Texas evening for Kendall and Tyler.
Birds of a Feather Events | Charla Storey Photography | The Southern Table | Babe’s Chicken Dinner House | Gil’s Elegant Catering | Meg B Beauty | Sugar Bee Sweets | LeForce Entertainment | La Tavola Fine Linens | POSH Couture Rentals | Clark Gardens | Flock Together Fotobooth | Harts and Quills | Minted
Birds of a Feather Events – 2016
Wow, you guys! 2016 is in the bag, and what a crazy year it was! Lots of good and bad this year, but I’m going to choose to focus on the good and give a mini recap of all that went down with me personally, and with Birds of a Feather and the amazing clients we served this year.
Often times my personal life is so intertwined with my business life it is hard to really step back and define what happened to me, vs what happened in my business. This year was a bit different as I decided to trim down on the amount of weddings I did so that I could focus on my clients and their needs a bit more. This took me from working a 60+ hour work week, to a normal 40 hour work week. Idle hands, right? Here are a few things I did this year just for me…
- Binge watched The OC, Roswell, How to Get Away with Murder, Sleepy Hollow, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Orange is the New Black, Bob’s Burgers, Stranger Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Master of None
- Made it through all 7 Harry Potter books – TWICE
- Went to Universal Hollywood on Halloween
- Went to Disney and Universal in Orlando over Thanksgiving
- Celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary
So many wonderful things happened this year at Birds of a Feather, and it has me really fired up to do my goal setting sesh for 2017! Now that we are going into our 7th year of business, the motto is less “hustle” and more “flow”. I’ve tried the whole thing where I glorified being busy, and it made me feel neither happy or successful – just tired and worn out. I feel like we are in a groove now that works for us, and I’m going to continue striving for happiness and balance in my business. Below are a few things we achieved this year…
- Created and taught the design course for the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners
- Traveled to Los Angeles, Austin, and Charleston to do site visits and vendor meetings for clients
- Did editorial shoots for My Wedding Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and Magnolia Rouge
- Had a wedding get back to back covers of D Weddings Magazine
- Published by Martha Stewart Weddings
- Cover of My Wedding Magazine
- Had a wedding included in Style Me Pretty’s list of Best Weddings of 2016
- Executed a beautiful wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
- Traveled to New York to help with the Claire Pettibone show (shout out to The Southern Table for landing that amazing gig!)
- Did editorial shoots in California, South Carolina, Texas (of course), and New York
- Voted a Top 10 Wedding Planner by My Wedding Magazine
- Invited to join Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book
- Attended Bliss and Bespoke in Charleston, SC
- Published in print in D Weddings Magazine, The Knot Magazine, and My Wedding Magazine, along with numerous blog features
- Increased our following on Instagram from 3K to 12K
- Automated our planning process to include an online system to help us and our clients
- Did 9 beautiful weddings with some amazing vendors and clients!
All of the amazing brides and grooms we worked with this year…
Diana and Jared at The Nasher shot by Apryl Ann Photography with florals by The Southern Table and Hair and Makeup by Beauty and the Blush
Sheri and David at The Belmont Hotel shot by Amy Karp with florals by The Southern Table
Jenn and Davis at The Laurel shot by Charla Storey Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Beauty and the Blush
Elena and Andrew at Temple Emanu-El and The Fairmont shot by Joseph Mark Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Johnny Rodriguez
Kenzie and Daniel at the Antique Rose Emporium shot by Apryl Ann Photography with florals by Moose Feathers and hair and makeup by Angela Karr
Alyssa and Ryan at the Dallas Arboretum shot by The Tarnos with florals by Holly Viles and hair and makeup by Meg B
Amanda and Daryl at Catalina View Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA shot by Charla Storey Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Design Visage
Kendall and Tyler’s tablescapes (still waiting on the pics from this November wedding) shot by Charla Storey with florals by The Southern Table, linens from La Tavola, and dinnerware from POSH Couture
Courtney and Grey at The Orchard shot by Meshali Mitchell with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by a friend of the bride
Next week I’ll be recapping my favorite editorial pics from this past year as well as details from all of the weddings above!
From the cover story in My Wedding Magazine…
Once upon a time planning a wedding meant a few certain things: a local church, a simple reception and a dress your mother may have worn on her wedding day. But the contemporary wedding is an entirely different creature. Maybe it’s modern romance, maybe it’s Pinterest; no matter the cause, the effect is a celebration that’s less about tradition and more about personalization. The modern wedding is an opportunity to strike out and forge your own pathway through the pretty. You’ll pick a theme, a location, the right décor, every decision leading you toward the event you’ll always remember. Still, this wedding isn’t only about the items you place in your event space, no matter how stunning they look. Rather, it’s about the personal styles and enduring relationship those details both highlight and reflect. Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events, who designs and styles numerous weddings each year, believes that getting a sense of a couple’s personal style and relationship is infinitely more important than relying on what the rest of the world thinks a wedding should look like. But without loads of inspirational images, where does a wedding planning couple begin? It’s surprisingly simple. Start with yourselves. Examine your values – is a big wedding with all of your friends and family in attendance essential, or are you more interested in an intimate ceremony that’s centered on you and your vows – and think about the kinds of experiences and weddings you’ve loved attending in the past. What did those events have in common? Was it the food? The packed dance floor? Once you establish your preferences for the framework of your wedding, you can move into the aesthetic of your event. This is where tools like mood boards come in handy, although we still recommend you proceed with caution. In Wendy’s experience, it’s easy to get sucked into the miasma of inspiration and lose sight of yourselves and your relationship. If you do turn to that stack of ideas, use it as a reference point instead of a step by step guide. Start your search for details and ideas by looking at your personal style and moving your gaze outward into your home, your hobbies, the way you like to spend your time together and even the kinds of vacations you take. By beginning with a greater understanding of the aesthetic and ideas you already love, you’ll provide your wedding details with a stronger foundation and you’ll stay true to yourselves. Now is the time to hire your vendors and invite them into your vision. Choose vendors whose work you love – and then, when you’re settled in and focused on creating this dream wedding together, give them the space to be free to create that work you already know you adore. Hiring a florist because you love their whimsical, garden-inspired arrangements is the perfect decision until you try to force that signature style into a modern aesthetic. But when your loves and their talents meet in the middle, the collaborative result is sure to be unmatched. This gradual development of your wedding décor may feel like a slow process, but wedding planning is rarely a sprint. And the result is organic and unpretentious. If ever you find yourself doubting your decisions, remember this one thing: Your wedding day is about more than sparkle or sophistication alone. It’s about more than flowers on a table or invitation suites. It’s a celebration of your story and your future; this wedding is singularly you.
Birds of a Feather Events | Charla Storey | The Southern Table | Brik Venue | My Wedding Magazine | Letter Love Studio | Layered Bake Shop | Natalia Issa | a and be bridal | Ken’s Man Shop
Griffith Park Wedding
With over 4,210 acres of both natural chaparral-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness area in the United States. Situated in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range, the Park’s elevations range climb high so you and your guests can enjoy spectacular views. With an arid climate, the Park’s plant communities vary from coastal sage scrub, oak and walnut woodlands to riparian vegetation with trees in the Park’s deep canyons. The California native plants represented in Griffith Park include the California species of oak, walnut, lilac, mountain mahogany, sages, toyon, and sumac. These all help create a luscious backdrop for your perfect wedding day. Gather your loved ones at your Griffith Park wedding to celebrate the most romantic day of your life.
From Magnolia Rouge…
Have you ever seen a more eye popping floral arrangement? This utterly delightful creation by The Southern Table set the tone for this California inspiration by Magnolia Rouge fave, Dallas wedding photographer, Charla Storey. Styled by Birds of a Feather Events it features a stunning Tara LaTour wedding gown with a delicate top and a full tulle skirt. The full shoot appears in Issue 16 of the magazine.
Birds of a Feather Events | Charla Storey | The Southern Table | Blue Eye Brown Eye | The Ark | Sugar Bee Sweets | Tara LaTour | a and be bridal | Nicholas Cole Hair | Paloma MUA |
The Laurel transports guests to the heart of the Texas Hill Country without ever leaving Dallas – Fort Worth. Located on over 6 acres of land and nestled next to the Cottonwood Creek green belt, The Laurel is the perfect setting for whatever event you may be planning.
The Color Palette
Jenn absolutely loves color and her main request once we delved into the design is that we wedding be colorful, especially the flowers! We decided to stick with white as a base, for the linens and paper in particular, so that all of the flowers would really pop! We used blue as our neutral choosing to bring it in with the napkins, cake table linen, and the escort cards. For flowers, we chose to go with coral, pinks, orange, yellow, and just a little pop of red and lilac. The venue has a wonderful beamed ceiling, so we were able to do a large statement installation of flowers hanging over the head table. My favorite pop of color came by way of the little kumquats that we popped into the centerpieces!
From their wedding feature in D Weddings…
Returning to Jennifer and Davis’ college grounds in Austin made for a perfect day, which included hiking and dining at Uchiko. That night, Davis proposed at Auditorium Shores, with the downtown skyline in the background. Their April 24, 2016, wedding was filled with lush pink and yellow displays and plenty of sentiment, as Jennifer’s mother delivered a heartfelt speech paying tribute to the bride’s grandmother. –Olivia Gussoni, D Weddings
Laurel | Birds of a Feather Events | Charla Storey Photography | The Southern Table | Layered Bake Shop | Harts and Quills | Gil’s Elegant Catering | DJ Jason Esquire | Flock Together Fotobooth | Beauty and the Blush | Minted | Splendor Films | Bella Acento