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.

 

Fall wedding arch

Bride with veilGroom in a blue suit with mauve boutonniereBride and groom have a first look next to pond

Bride and groom in the woodsBridal party dressed in mauve and navy

Cafe lights over long tablesWedding rings styled in vintage boxesPurple hellebore boutonniere

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European styled fountain at Clark GardensWedding altar with mauve and golden tonesHandwritten place cards styled on floral plateWedding rings styled in vintage boxesGrey floral plate styled with silver flatware and ribbon

Green and purple boutonnieres styled on a velvet linen and a marble trayLong wedding tables under string lightsBride and groom embrace by pond

 

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

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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.

Personal

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

Professional

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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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.

 

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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 |
Griffith Park

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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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