Sarah + Preston met on year-long fellowship in South Korea and have a love of traveling and adventure. They returned to California where Sarah attended law school and began planning a wedding in Dallas, where Preston’s family lives.
The couple had their ceremony at Lovers Lane UMC (how aptly named is the church?) and continued the celebration at The Perot Museum. Since Lovers Lane does not fall short on charm with their stained glass windows and soaring ceilings, it was important that the design not try and fight a losing battle with those elements already in place. Instead, two large orange trees (you’ll see more of those oranges in the reception!) were brought in to flank the couple, and pews were decorated with lush aisle markers of peach, ivory and green.
Guests would then board shuttles that would bring them to The Perot Museum. Upon exiting the vehicles, they entered a long hallway that was completely draped off with lanterns and floral arches marking major entry points. They were then brought up to a cocktail hour where they could celebrate with dinosaurs (yes, you read that right. Did I mention that the Perot is a natural science museum?), and roam the floor before being brought to the reception space. As it’s a museum, there were some really unique elements in the space, such as floating blue orbs above centerpieces that would move up and down, based on the noise level from guests and music! It’s one of the more interactive cocktail hours we have seen as guests can walk the space and look at exhibits.
Sarah + Preston’s wedding was truly an international affair as Sarah’s family is from China and guests flew in from all over countries and states to celebrate their union. Much thought was placed into every detail of the wedding as both wanted to bring about the international sensibility while acknowledging Preston’s Texas roots too.
They did so by incorporating (real!) mandarin oranges and succulents into their centerpieces. Their photo booth was a hedge wall with a 6 ft. tall Chinese symbol meaning ‘double happiness’ and wedding programs had both English and Mandarin. They also had their rehearsal dinner at a BBQ joint in Dallas, which was a great way to introduce their out-of-towners to southern hospitality, and their wedding at the very modern Perot Museum, which has a completely different vibe. In Chinese culture, the number 8 is considered lucky, and that was incorporated throughout the wedding with octagons. They had octagonal menu cards, an octagonal tiered wedding cake, and table numbers. It’s a subtle detail that defines the couple perfectly.
Their custom made stationery included a full invitation suite with renderings of the venue and a hand-drawn map. There was also signage of their signature drinks that were named after their cats! It was a cute way to incorporate important parts of their household into the affair.
The jewelry Sarah had possessed much symbolism as well. Earlier in the day, Sarah’s mother had presented her with gold jewelry in a plush velvet box. Each piece represented a specific moment and had much meaning behind it. Sarah then wore pearls and other statement pieces from earrings to necklaces that matched the wedding gown perfectly. A bit more on Sarah’s attire. She had three dress changes that day – a custom made wedding gown from Nardos, a Dallas based designer, a traditional Chinese dress, and a fun dance number to end the night with!
Each guest also received a chocolate favor box from Jacques Torres. The dance floor was marked off by greenery and string lights, which brought about a wonderful sense of intimacy to the museum. It was a packed floor all night long with guests singing and dancing that cumulated with the band leading all the guests out for a bubble exit to send the couple off.
This wedding was featured in Modern Luxury.
Below is the review Sarah left:
“Thank you Sarah Kee for being an incredible wedding planner who brought our dream wedding to life at the Perot Museum!
My now-husband I are based in CA and planning a wedding in Dallas, with friends and family who came in (and chimed in with ideas) from around the world. We had a lot of different ideas about what we wanted, and Sarah helped us focus into creating a gorgeous vision, recommended excellent vendors all the way, took care of a multitude of issues big and small that popped up (including some tense personal situations that would have frazzled any other wedding planner), and make the busy wedding day flow seamlessly and stresslessly for my husband and me.
She did it all in such a calm, collected, and confident way, with always a smile and solution. She has great taste, impeccable Google doc organizational skills, and perfect timing. I cannot recommend her enough!”
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