Say “I Do” to a Wedding at the Arboretum
Love is in the air, it being Valentine’s Day and all, and wedding season will soon be upon us. There are few places more enchanting to exchange “I dos” than among the natural beauty of The Dallas Arboretum, so we asked our team of wedding experts about how they help turn that special day into happily ever after.
Q: What is your favorite garden in which to host a ceremony and why?
Morgan Acton, Special Events Manager: My favorite ceremony venue is Crape Myrtle Allee. I love the natural archway of the crape myrtles and that brides have a long, dramatic aisle to walk down.
Kaley Blahnik, Special Events Manager: The infinity pool at A Woman’s Garden. It’s perfect for brides who are looking to have a small and intimate ceremony with a big wow factor. The sunset view of White Rock Lake reflecting off the infinity pool will take your breath away.
Q: What is your favorite venue in the Arboretum for a reception?
Constance Crouch, Special Events Manager: For a reception venue I have to go with the Camp House. The views of White Rock Lake from the lawn are stunning, especially at sunset. Plus, being able to use the bottom floor of the house makes for a perfect indoor/outdoor reception space.
Kaley Blahnik, Special Events Manager: Rosine Hall. The floor-to-ceiling windows really bring the outdoors in without the risk of unfavorable weather affecting your reception.
Q: What is one of the most unique weddings you have facilitated at the Arboretum and why?
Constance Crouch, Special Events Manager: The most unique wedding I facilitated was in June 2014. The bride and groom didn’t leave anything out, from the gold glitter on their signature cocktails to gold arrows leading the way to the ceremony site. A few additional items stood out, including a lemonade stand on the way to the ceremony site to keep their guests hydrated, the gorgeous floral halo over their cake tables and table toppers to transform our rounds to large family-style tables. Everything about this wedding was unique and absolutely gorgeous!
Kaley Blahnik, Special Events Manager: I did a lovely intimate ceremony at the Infinity Pool, followed by a cocktail hour in A Woman’s Garden and finished with a seated, plated meal on the Loggia. Many people see the Arboretum as a great place to host large, glamorous events, but with the number of pocket gardens we have featuring some of the best views in Dallas, small receptions are often the ones I love the most.
Angela Rollins, Director of Sales & Special Events: I had a surprise wedding and reception once. The bride and groom invited everyone to their “baby shower,” and then right before they were going to open their gifts in the garden, “Canon in D” started to play and the bride walked down the aisle in her wedding dress that she had secretly changed into.
Morgan Acton, Special Events Manager: I always enjoy couples that put unique, non-traditional and quirky touches on their wedding. I have seen everything from groomsmen walking out to Black Sabbath’s Iron Man, a couple mixing it up with a best woman and man of honor, a ring bearer dressed as a “ring bear,” and a life-size groom’s cake of their alma mater’s mascot. It is all about making your wedding your own!
And stay tuned for more details about our upcoming promotion featuring our favorite engagement and wedding photos—yours! Whether they were taken from your wedding in the garden 20 years ago or just last week, you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to a 2015 Cool Thursdays Concert Series show of your choice. We’ll be judging the images on three different categories: Overall Best Image, Most Creative and Best Use of the Garden. Include hashtag #DallasArborWedding. More details to come!