Christina and Jack had a beautiful and classy affair at the classy Hotel Crescent Court (formerly the Rosewood Crescent). Right in the heart of Downtown Dallas, this hotel is a landmark in the city and the couple couldn’t have picked a more stylish location. When Christina reached out to us at Keestone Events, I knew immediately that Stephanie would hit it off with her as her wedding coordinator. Below is more information about Christina and Jack’s story, in the bride’s own words:
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.
Tell us a little more about your wedding:
We wanted the biggest celebration of our lives to be a romantic, timeless wedding that we could cherish with our closest family and friends. We incorporated classic blush and ivory tones, warm greenery and gold tones for a whimsical flair.
Share more information on your attire options!
Trying on different dresses was such an exciting journey with my mom. I started to wonder if I would recognize that “this is the dress” feeling because there were so many to choose from. The Essence of Australia gown I decided to wear on our big day was too dreamy and romantic to pass up on.
Jack loved the wide selection Jos. A. Bank offered and knew it would be most accessible for his out of town groomsmen. This was the easiest part!
What was a priority for the both of you? Was there anything you wanted to splurge on?
Our top priorities for the wedding was atmosphere and food. The Crescent Court was absolutely perfect for this, so I would say splurging on the venue and catering was the best decision we made.
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.
Describe any DIY, personal or handmade details from your wedding day.
My maid of honor maid and her incredibly, sweet, and talented sister made our gorgeous wedding invitations and place cards. My maid of honor also handmade my garter, which she actually got back from one of Jack’s groomsmen so I could keep it as a souvenir! My parents, brother and I spent two weekends making the lavender candles for wedding favors, which was a lot of fun! I am beyond grateful to them for making the wedding of my dreams possible.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings?
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!