Our Wedding // The Reception


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Style Me Pretty summed it up best as ‘Dallas meets New Orleans meets heaven in wedding form.’ That’s exactly what it felt like for us. Being outside, underneath the stars, with the Dallas skyline as the backdrop as we danced in this historic part of our city. Everything about it.

We ate dinner at a secluded table where we could watch our guests arrive. Then, the horn section of the band lead us to the dance floor for our first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery.

J’s first gift to me was records from Justin Townes Earle (fourth date band) and the Fruit Bats.  When we figured out that we both wanted Beautiful Morning Light’ to be the first song we dance to after we’re married, it was, well, just another cheesy moment where we think the same thing.  The only video I have of us dancing to it is from my cousin, from her shaky phone, while she’s correcting her kiddo.  So, if you happen to have a little video of our night and want to share, I’ll bake you cookies.  That’s probably not very enticing, because I don’t like the kitchen, so I’ll….plan your wedding…maybe.  Also, we’re both afraid of spiders (wait. was that relationship code?!) Anyway, check out this awesome band.  You won’t regret it.

I made the bar menu. There were probably four drafts of it. ‘Raspberry’ is really tricky to spell. Spiked Raspberry Lemonade is wonderful and amazing and you should always order extra.

That cake. Schmoly cow. We kinda cheated and ate it as soon as we found out we were moving to Belgium. I mean, we didn’t have an address to ship to and it had been taunting us in the freezer for four whole months and we couldn’t just have THAT cake floating around..too risky. It was delicious. Raspberry champagne filling with white cake (because J would not even hear of having a wedding cake in any other color..on the inside, no less) and the frosting……crap – what are we going to do on Sunday? Wait. Belgian chocolate. Okay, we’re good. Back on track.

In addition to learning our obscure, little Fruit Bats song, our band also learned the Second Line – a brass band tradition in New Orleans. Hence the umbrellas. It was kickass.

The horns lead us out to the tune of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’ It was the most incredible, sparkly night of our lives. And we’ve enjoyed sharing it with you this week oh so much.

And that, my friends, (plus a little move abroad) is how MontgomeryFest came to be.

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Wedding Planning: After Yes | Floral & design: Bows & Arrows | Reception Venue: Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park | Band: The Walton Stout Band | Lighting: Astounding Sounds | Photobooth: Premier Booth | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Catering: Two Sisters Catering | Wedding Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Co. | Umbrellas: New Orleans Umbrella Co.

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14 responses to “Our Wedding // The Reception

  1. beautiful…everything!! i’m sure it was a wonderful night! i’m going to have to ask our baker if she can do a raspberry champagne filling now.

  2. Shaun Mahanakorn

    That looks like a gorgeous wedding, congrats!

  3. Beautiful photos – congratulations 🙂

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  6. Tara

    I love your reception venue and the way you decorated! Did you have a good experience with Heritage Village??? We are definitely considering it.

    • Aw thank you!! We loooved the scene and the view. The venue coordinator wasn’t the easiest to work with, but we had a fab planner (After Yes..totally recommend!) who handled it all for us. It was worth it for us! Let us know of you need any more recs..

      • Tara Eskridge

        Was Helen her name? That’s who I’ve been emailing back and forth with. We are thinking about an April wedding as well. How was the weather? My fiancé is a sweater haha and I’m worried about not having AC. What lighting company did y’all use? The string lights may be my favorite part 🙂

        • It was Michelle, she would just get cranky and have mini power trips. Everyone else who we met with briefly seemed helpful. April was wonderful. We checked the weather every single day, as you do, and kept thinking ‘oh, TODAY is lovely, I hope it’s like today’…it’s a good month in Dallas! On our day, it was sunny and not too hot. Actually, I think I was the only one who was hot (from dancing and adrenaline)…J even kept his long sleeves down (but that also might have been the crazy..I mean, adrenaline too). I think with the location being away from the tall buildings, you get a better breeze than in the city. We used Astounding Sounds for lighting…quick and professional. The cafe lights were a must!!

  7. Tara Eskridge

    Was Astounding Sounds your DJ as well? Did you do the lights over the full Main Street or the half street package? I got the lighting pricing and I guess I wasn’t thinking it was gonna cost that much. Did you get any other price quotes from other lighting companies?

    • Nope…they only did lighting. The Walton Stout Band did our music and they.were.FANTASTIC. Highly, highly recommend for a top party! We didn’t get any other lighting quotes and I can’t remember what our package was..

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