If you’ve checked out our recent blog post, Instagram feed, or even the latest issue of Brides of North Texas, you’re already familiar with Lauren + Jack. Their original wedding day (and what turned out to be their “marriage day”) was set for March 21st, 2020 – literally the first weekend that the country shut down due to the coronavirus – and it took two more tries to get to finally host their reception(check out all those different Save the Dates!). But as you can see, it was WELL worth the wait.
Planning (and re-planning, and then re-planning again) Lauren + Jack’s wedding came with a rollercoaster of emotions that lasted well over a year, but through it all, they kept their sense of humor, their excitement for the wedding, and – most importantly – their devotion to each other. While their original wedding day didn’t turn out quite how they’d imagined, they were happy just to get married and to start their lives together, no matter what the circumstances were. And with the extra year of craziness and quarantine, it just made their guests that much more excited to party – and let me tell you: it was a PARTY.
From an amazing DJ to a huge spread of Heim BBQ to a chic little reception dress to a 90s cover band to a stunning sparkler exit, the dance floor stayed packed, the bar stayed busy, and Lauren + Jack’s loved ones stayed happy beyond words that we were all finally getting to celebrate this amazing couple. It was truly a night that no one will forget!
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Venue: Brik Venue
Photo: Laning Photography
Video: Silver Bear Creative
Florals: Alba Dahlia Floral
DJ: LeForce Entertaiment
Band: The Dick Beldings
Catering: Heim BBQ
Cake + Desserts: Creme de la Creme
MUAH: Mat Wulff and Salon O
Rentals: Taylor’s Rentals
I’ll never forget the way it played out. Sunday, March 15th, my husband and I were celebrating his birthday with beers and BBQ at Wild Acre in Fort Worth, talking about the year ahead and this crazy new virus that was starting to spread in cities like Seattle and NYC. I remember telling him that I was worried about all the people flying in from out of state for Lauren + Jack’s wedding at Brik in only six short days, but he reassured me that even if a few people had to drop out, it would still be a great party (and, knowing Lauren + Jack, I knew it was true!). Honestly, I really wasn’t that worried – we were at a bar right then, surrounded by strangers, after all – but then, between that day and the next, absolutely everything changed.
When I turned on the news the next morning, the world as we knew it had turned upside-down. There were press conferences, statements issued, new rules and regulations popping up that differed from city to city and county to county. Everything was shutting down – including wedding venues. Including Brik. On the surface, business ground to a halt… but when you’re a wedding planner, there’s never a stopping point. Suddenly I was scrambling. Just in the next two months, we had six weddings, and I knew that all of them were going to be completely and totally upended in every possible way, but my first thought was of Lauren + Jack – and their wedding that was only five days away.
It was devastating to have to call Lauren and have the discussion about how to choose a new date, what to say to their 150 guests, and what our next steps should be. We spent many teary-eyed hours on the phone that week, figuring out how to proceed. I was heartbroken for her and I felt awful because, for the first time in my professional life, I didn’t have the answers. Every single hour brought a new wave of “unprecedented,” and all I could do was be there for her and try to help her navigate the difficult circumstances of postponing a wedding.
But through it all, Lauren + Jack stayed undeterred. They were still going to get married on March 21st. And they did – in the backyard of their beautiful home, surrounded by only their very closest family and their incredible photography team, Laning Photography, which captured the deep emotions of the day.
Lauren + Jack are a perfect reminder that love overcomes absolutely everything that this world can throw at us. They were devastated by the way it all happened – I remember Lauren saying, “If we had only scheduled our wedding for one week earlier” – but in the end, their joy from becoming husband and wife was able to carry them through.
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Photo: Laning Photography
Floral: Alba Dahlia Floral
Lauren’s Dress: Lulu’s
Casey + Woody had dreams of eloping to a Canadian mountainside, but when Covid took that option out of play, they started looking closer to their Florida home – and found the Emerson. It was the perfect setting for their boho-inspired fall micro-wedding.
Working with Casey was a dream. She was confident in her vision and completely trusted her vendor team to bring it to life; in fact, she was so trusting that she booked every vendor (including the venue!) without ever seeing them in person. As we navigated the challenges of planning a wedding from afar (especially in the time of Covid!), her strength and resilience were so inspiring, and it was such a joy to see her vision come to life.
Surrounded by fourteen of their closest loved ones, Casey + Woody tied the knot in the Emerson’s beautiful chapel, and then headed into the farmhouse for a beautiful dinner provided by Vestals Catering. They kept things simple and low-key in a chic, intimate way, and every detail was thoughtfully curated, from the place settings to the florals to the reception playlist (hello, Phoebe Bridgers, MorMor, and Alvvays!). After dinner, dances, and cake cutting – plus a surprise FaceTime from Woody’s best friend, who’s currently deployed overseas, that left everyone in happy tears – Casey + Woody were happy to sit and talk with their guests all evening long.
Like what you see? Check out our amazing vendor team below! Venue: Emerson Venue
Photo: Madeline Shea Photography
Florals: Haute Floral
Catering: Vestals Catering
Cake: Crumb & Kettle
MUAH: Brite Beauty
Rentals: Coral Lane Event Rentals
Coordination: Julep Events