Taylor and Alex wed in late March at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, followed by a gorgeous reception at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. The venue’s new Event Lawn proved to be the perfect setting for Taylor’s vision which was brought to life by the supremely talented Sara Fay Egan of Sara Fay Egan Events. And the bride’s custom jewelry designs were beautifully showcased in the wedding, as well. Taylor, who is the designer behind jewelry company Hazen & Co., kindly gifted her bridesmaids custom pieces which are now available in the recently launched Hazen & Co. Bridal Collection. / Images by Liz Banfield.
Taylor and Alex met in the most classic of ways – on a blind date! As the time for engagement drew near, Taylor, who is the designer behind jewelry company Hazen & Co., and Alex set out to design an heirloom-worthy engagement ring featuring an emerald cut diamond flanked by cushion cut diamonds, set in an elaborately hand-engraved setting. The cushion cut diamonds were originally a pair of stud earrings the bride had purchased when she was 12, using the profits she had earned from the jewelry company she started at the age of nine.
The bride set the tone for the wedding with a custom monogram commissioned from Emily McCarthy, featuring trelliswork and Lily of the Valley, two elements that would be repeated throughout the wedding. The two-tone monogram appeared on the letterpress save the dates in addition to being embossed on the gold-engraved invitation suite. Holly Hollon was called upon to oversee the design of the 5-piece invitation suite, which featured a custom watercolor envelope liner by Shanna Masters. This graphic would later appear in the wedding program and every other paper good that graced the wedding. The save the dates and invitations were adorned with a collection of vintage stamps that foreshadowed the formal garden party that await on March 30.
The weekend began on Thursday evening under a clear Texas sky with a welcome party that called upon all the guests to wear their dancing boots. The bride surprised the groom with a concert by his favorite country musical artist, Cory Morrow. Under strung lights and to the tune of Texas-country songs, the guests danced the night away. The bride made sure to keep the surprise from the groom by having two sets of cocktail napkins and cups for guests – those featuring lyrics from Morrow’s songs wouldn’t be brought out until Morrow took to the stage.
Friday included a beautifully seated bridesmaids lunch at the upstairs venue of Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village. The rehearsal dinner was appropriately at home in the Belo Mansion, home to the Dallas Bar Association, a frequented stop of the groom and his father who are both attorneys.
On the day of the wedding, the bridal party made their way to private suites at The Mansion to enjoy the morning together over breakfast and coffee. While getting ready, the bridesmaids wore Lake Pajama dresses accented with colorful wraps and monogrammed totes by Hempstead Thread. For the wedding, the bride gifted the bridesmaids with custom designed pieces that are now available in the recently launched Hazen & Co. Bridal Collection. Each bridesmaid wore a unique combination of necklace and earrings featuring freshwater pearls. Many bridesmaids also wore dainty mother of pearl flower pins in the hair – another new addition to the bridal collection available at Hazen & Co. On a dress shopping trip to New York City, the bride chose a Marchesa lace gown that was enhanced with lace buttons the length of her 10-foot train. A custom triple blusher 14-foot veil was made using the same lace. The bride wore other heirloom pieces she had collected through the years including bow and garland diamond earrings and a Tiffany’s art deco ring from the 1920s. The groom and groomsmen wore tuxedos accented with a monogrammed gold stud set and cufflinks. The flower girl and ring bearer wore outfits handmade with heirloom lace in Alabama over the previous 10 months. The ring bearer carried the ring pillow used in Taylor’s parents’ wedding, but had Lily of the Valley, lovebirds and their wedding date hand-embroidered to the handkerchief that composed the top of the pillow (the handkerchief belonged to the bride’s great, great grandmother).
The ceremony was set at the couple’s church, Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Determined for the ceremony to be a wonderful worship service, the bride hired the Texas Boys’ Choir to sing hymns she had sung while on a choir tour to Canterbury Cathedral in the fourth grade. The bride carried a bouquet of Lily of the Valley mirroring that her mom carried on her wedding day. The groom similarly wore a Lily of the Valley boutonniere. On the altar was placed the Bible engraved with the bride’s new name – a wedding day gift from her brother.
The wedding party arrived to the reception, where they were greeted with champagne and embroidered linen napkins with the couple’s monogram, passed by bartenders wearing white dinner jackets with coral bow ties lining the entrance to the custom tent. The bride had hand-selected her favorite tunes to be played by Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters, and the tent was alive with the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. Sara Fay beautifully curated a tent that felt more like a living room with small vignettes of furniture, Amanda Lindroth votives, silver bowls of matches, and velvet and silk pillows by artist Taelor Fisher for Lauren Haskill Home. From an exquisitely embroidered, painted, scalloped and mirrored Raj Tent liner hung custom coral chandeliers the bride had designed. Below lie a coral and white checkered dance floor flanked by lemon trees. The wedding cake was centered in the middle of the tent and sat atop a tablecloth made of variating hues of coral garden roses. The cake was designed layer by layer by Taylor and executed with precision by Panini Bakery. It featured Herend lovebirds on the top layer, an engagement gift from one of Taylor’s dear friends and the owner of a Hazen & Co. retailer, Smith’s of Dublin. With layers of lace, trelliswork and Lily of the Valley, the cake was the culmination of all the elements at play in the wedding. The welcome table was made to include a custom hexagonal Brunswig & Fils tablecloth accented with an antique bird cage shipped in from Nantucket and set with living white love birds. Ginger jars, silver trays, coffee table books and bright blooms also graced the table.
Sara Fay worked closely with Three Branches Floral to commission planters and pedestals featuring trelliswork, and atop sat blue and white ginger jars overflowing with coral blooms including hydrangeas, garden roses, ranunculus, kumquats, cherry blossoms, and lemon leaf. The tent was flanked on either side by seating areas of velvet banquets; it was here that Taylor surprised Alex with a groom’s cake of The University of Texas’ iconic Tower. The time on the Tower’s clock was set to the time of the wedding, and the base layers of the cake featured the emblems of Alex’s favorite pastimes.
The dance floor remained packed from the first song until the clock struck 11, when the bride, now wearing a fit and flair Amsale dress accented with a bow, and groom paraded down the pathway towards the Mansion Ballroom for the after-party. Escorted by the brass accompanists, the newlyweds were followed by the wedding guests who had received Cuban Cigar Hats and mojitos as they exited the tent. Upon arriving to the main entry of the hotel, fireworks went off and guests entered “Havana.” The couple had visited Cuba after Alex’s law school graduation, and they felt the aesthetic of Cuba brought the perfect energy to keep their party going. Guests enjoyed churros and breakfast tacos while dancing under a sea of white lanterns, watching the cigar roller craft cigars, and writing notes to the bride and groom on vintage Cuban postcards. The bride worked with Emily McCarthy to modify the couples monogram to fit this theme, and the room was decorated the room with pillows and paper goods featuring this logo. Palm leaves, white orchids and black and white striped linens were right at home amongst a photo booth backdrop of painted palms and framed black and white Cuban pictures and a boxwood hat wall featuring a neon sign reading “Viva Los Turner.”
Photographer: Liz Banfield | Event Planning and Design: Sara Fay Egan Events | Ceremony venue: Park Cities Presbyterian, Dallas, Texas | Reception venue: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek | Videography: 31 Films | Hair and Makeup: LB Rosser | Florist: Three Branches Floral | Invitations, programs: Holly Hollon | Watercolor illustration used throughout paper goods by Shanna Masters | Welcome Bag: Sara Fay Egan Events | Ceremony Music: Texas Boys Choir | Calligraphy: Tara Jones | Cake baker / designer: Paninibakery | Cake topper: Herend | Tent: Sandone Productions | Tent ceiling: Raj Tents | Rentals: United Rentals | Rentals: Perch | After Party Rentals: Gloss Luxury Rentals | Cigar Roller: Sabino Sotelo | Lighting: Stage 2 | Welcome Boxes: Sara Fay Egan Events | Reception Band: Big Swing and The Ballroom Blasters | Photobooth: Mir Mir | Transportation: Igport Limos Y Trolley Bus, and Wynn Transportation | Fireworks: Pyrotex | After Party DJ: Christopher Tracey | Rehearsal gown: Oscar de la Renta “Hurley Dress” | Wedding gown: Marchesa “Ruby” purchased at Neiman Marcus | Second wedding gown: Amsale “Thompson” purchased at Neiman Marcus | Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bride’s accessories: Hazen & Co. Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaid getting ready outfits: Lake Pajamas | Bridesmaid custom monogram bags: Hempstead Thread | Groom’s and groomsmen attire: Men’s Warehouse | Flower girl dress: Fan Murray | Ring bearer outfit: Fan Murray | Ring bearer pillow: Grandmother’s with embroidery by Charlotte Crowe