One of my favorite parts of being an event planner, is getting to meet some amazing people from various parts of the world. Michelle and Dennis have been our farthest clients so far, as the two live on the other side of the globe in Shanghai, China. Michelle grew up in Dallas but relocated to Shanghai for her job. She met Dennis on a business trip, and the rest fell into place from there.
Since Michelle and Dennis are in the hotel industry in Shanghai, they had a specific idea of how they wanted their big day in Dallas to be. The two had a vision of a very clean and modern wedding, with elements from both the east and west since that defined so much of their background. For instance, their cake topper had both the Reunion Tower and Pearl Tower – both iconic in the skylines of Dallas and Shanghai. Instead of table numbers, they used names of famous areas in both cities.
It was also crucial to them to have amazing food and impeccable service for their guests – many of whom flew in from Asia and different sides of the States. They had one of the most diverse groups I have seen in a wedding! It was such a blast getting to know them. They are kind, down-to-earth and have a great sense of humor. Dennis also has the funniest one liners and facial expressions. A favorite memory I have from their wedding was their private last dance.
*Side note: a private last dance is something couples can opt to do towards the end of their reception. While guests are heading towards the exit and being cued to line up, it can take some time, and the newlyweds are then left in an empty room. It’s a great opportunity to have a slow dance that’s just between the two of them, as a chance to breathe and enjoy a private moment before heading back out to the crowd*
I digress. Jason, their DJ and I left the pair alone for them to enjoy said last dance. When we turned around, expecting to see the couple on the floor, we found them slumped on chairs with their shoes off, exhausted from dancing and moving about all day! That was a first. They said they were on the floor for about 15 seconds for pictures and ran off as soon as they could to let their feet rest. haha!
Take a look at the images below to see how their day looked.