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!


The Pretty

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

bride and groom under altar

Sheri and David at The Belmont Hotel shot by Amy Karp with florals by The Southern Table

Bride and groom at their mid century modern hotel

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

Bride and groom in a field after their wedding ceremony

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

Bride and groom holding bouquet after wedding ceremony

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

Bride and groom with bouquet on front porch

Alyssa and Ryan at the Dallas Arboretum shot by The Tarnos with florals by Holly Viles and hair and makeup by Meg B

Bride and groom with bouquet before their wedding ceremony

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

Bride and groom on ocean rock with bouquet and blowing veil

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

Centerpiece and string lights

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!

XOXO, Wendy

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  • Veronica - Cheers to all that you accomplished in 2016, and that you were able to find a work/life balance! Lovely weddings dear!ReplyCancel

White Sparrow Barn

The White Sparrow Barn is a beautiful, vintage white barn wedding venue located in Union Valley, Texas.  It is nestled in an open field surrounded by huge oak trees and a lavender grove.  The grounds have a rustic, country charm that host flower gardens, a grove, an old feed shed and even a swing. With all the perfect rustic details, The White Sparrow is the perfect wedding venue to host your Union Valley wedding.

From the editorial feature on Style Me Pretty…

White Dress, Red Lip, Bright Blooms? We’ve Got It All!
Photographed by Jess Barfield, this styled shoot at The White Sparrow Barn in Texas is bursting with bright flowers in shades of red, coral, purple and yellow!

I have this thing for white barns and this shoot right here is fulfilling every one of those fantasies. Add in the bright florals and a delicious looking jalapeno blood orange margarita and we’re good to go. Birds of a Feather and The Southern Table created this magic, with help from Bella Acento and Sugar Bee Sweets and we’ll be forever in their debt after going through Jess Barfield’s pics over and over and over again! – Elizabeth Greene, Style Me Pretty

From The Southern Table… This vibrant and colorful inspiration shoot was brought together to showcase this gorgeous white space venue, The White Sparrow. With the artful eye of Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events, this collective of vendors perfectly showcased this dreamy space while focusing the design on vibrant colors and romantic details.

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Jalapeno Blood Orange Margarita

To make the cocktail, dip rim of glass into a little water or agave and then into coarse salt or sugar (optional). Fill glass with ice, add blood orange juice, jalapeno simple syrup, tequila, and triple sec. Cut lime in half and squeeze juice into cocktail.

Birds of a Feather Events | Jess Barfield Photography | The Southern Table | Harts and Quills | Sugar Bee Sweets | Natalia Issa | White Sparrow Barn | Watters | Bella Acento | Callidus Agency

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Rose Quartz and Serenity

A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

From the feature on Style Me Pretty…

Still on the hunt for the perfect color pairing for your Big Day? We’re about to make your planning process oh-so-easy. Say hello to rose quartz and serenity, Pantone’s color picks for 2016 that are sure to capture your undivided attention. So much so that we’ve bookmarked this pretty lil’ inspo from Charla Storey Photography as ‘the only color inspo you’ll ever need – now get planning!



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Birds of a Feather Events | Charla Storey Photography | The Southern Table | RiverOaks Charleston | Southern Fried Paper | Shop Gossamer | Directions USA | Ash and Co Bridal

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The Grove in Aubrey, Texas

We chose the Grove in Aubrey, Texas due to it’s versatility.  With lots of land and different options for both the ceremony and reception, it was a perfect fit!

From Cassie and Scott’s cover story in D Weddings Magazine

It was a typical day for Cassie Tipps. The then-Dallas Stars Ice Girl met a girlfriend at Uptown sports bar Christies to watch her beloved hockey team in a 2014 playoff game. But a not-so-typical man walked in: Scott McGuinness happened to know a mutual friend of Cassie’s watch party group and joined the crowd. After chatting with Cassie, the PGA golf caddie scored her number.

Scott texted Cassie a few days later and asked her to lunch. She took the opportunity to see if the Australian transplant could hang on the ice, so she invited him to skate with her. “I thought, ‘This will show if he’s brave,’” she fondly remembers. But it wasn’t Scott who fell on the date. Cassie embarrassingly recalls that she was the only one who took a spill.

One thing is sure—they both fell for each other, and eight months later, the couple was engaged after enjoying a romantic beachside dinner in Aruba. “All of a sudden I hear music. John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ was playing,” Cassie says. “He pulls out the ring and starts to cry. We still don’t remember exactly what he said.” Everyone in the restaurant clapped, and the couple embraced in celebration.

After traveling back home to Dallas, it was time to start planning the wedding. Right away, Cassie and Scott decided they wanted a secluded locale that incorporated trees, land, and greenery. When they toured The Grove’s mile-long canopy drive, 44 acres of property, and intimate ceremony site complete with a green arch, they instantly knew that this was the spot where they would say “I do.”

After settling on the venue, Cassie started to consider the decor. “Every girl thinks about a wedding, but I can’t say I was one of those girls who obsessed and always looked at Pinterest boards,” she says. Enter Wendy Kay from Birds of a Feather Events. The event planner and designer went to work trying to find the perfect blend of romance and modern details to complement the couple’s love story.

Wendy’s starting point was Cassie’s love for the color pink, but she needed a contrasting hue to make the arrangements pop. She met with Maxine Owens of The Southern Table, and the pair chose a warm burgundy shade that added depth and interest to the flowers and decor.

Wendy also brought in elements of marble and copper to accent the rosy tones: marble cheese boards and copper tasting cups donned the cheese-and-cider tasting table; hexagonal marble tiles served as the escort cards; marble-footed vases displayed the arrangements; and copper-colored votives surrounded the cake.

But Wendy notes that the biggest inspiration of all was Scott and Cassie’s love for one another. “He is so tender with her,” she notes.

At the emotional ceremony on November 14, 2015, there wasn’t a dry eye as the crowd listened to the couple recite their hand-written vows. More tears flowed at the reception when Cassie’s father and Scott gave heartfelt speeches, which the bride recalls as a highlight of the day. “To ask these people to talk about you, well, that is a big job,” she says. “I loved that moment.” -Ryan Conner


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Apryl Ann Photography | The Grove | The Southern Table | When It Clicks | Bella Acento | La Tavola | Jar Cakery | Noah Galaviz | Lumiere | Minted | Pretty Little Style | Harts and Quills | Remarkable Catering | Blue Diamond Limo | Love Notes | The Popcorn Market

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