hilary + david


Hilary and David’s wedding was a blast.  Actually, the word “blast” doesn’t quite do it justice.  So many things to talk about. Beautiful and romantic setting. Amazing flowers and decor. Armadillo races. Killer dance floor. And to top it all off, a surprise appearance by Mr. Met himself.  SO MANY THINGS. Let’s start from the beginning.

Their wedding took place at Thurman’s Mansion at the Salt Lick.  To get everyone in the right mood, they had a pre-ceremony cocktail hour which included armadillo races (so fun!) and music by The Clarkes.  Being a TV writer with lots of other folks who work in television as guests, Hilary wanted to have The Clarkes play classic TV theme songs for the pre-ceremony time.  It was such a sweet personal touch and it was fun to see the crowd pick up on which theme songs were being played liked “Family Ties,” “Golden Girls,” and “Cheers.”) As the last song before they walked down the aisle, the band played “The Muppet Song.” The ceremony took place under a beautiful chuppah created by Unexpected Elements (now Wendee Sawran Petals & Decor) in the corner of the lawn area. As Hilary walked down the aisle, the band played “He’ll Make Me Happy” from The Muppets Take Manhattan, which was a surprise for David. Already so sweet.  Unexpected Elements also set up lots of white lanterns around the chairs, so as the sun went down during the ceremony, it only got more and more romantic.

Following the ceremony, cocktail hour continued in the lawn. We set up a naked tent draped in festoon lights by Ilios for people to continue to mingle on the lawn – more armadillo races, lawn games, and fun cocktails and snacks.  People also headed to the balcony area of the Mansion where we had a lounge set up by Loot Vintage for seating.

The escort cards were a fun nod to David’s New York background – a magnetic chalkboard designed to look like a subway station with MetroCard escort cards!

But the biggest surprise of the evening came during cocktail hour.  As I mentioned, David hails from New York and is a huge fan of The Mets. As a surprise to him, Hilary arranged for Mr. Met, the Mets mascot, to fly down and surprise David! So under the guise of taking a moment to welcome their guests, Hilary and David headed up to the stage where The Clarkes were playing. At the end of her words to their friends and family, Hilary said, “Live from New York, it’s Mr. Met!” we played the Mets theme song, and Mr. Met ran out onto the second floor balcony of the Mansion! It was such a fun moment and a great surprise for David and all the guests. He stayed around for cocktail hour to take photos with the couple and the guests.

After cocktail hour, everyone headed into the Mansion to take their seats for a BBQ dinner at rows of long tables. Wendee with Unexpected Elements did a beautiful job of bringing Hilary’s vision to life. Hilary had the idea of having an ombre set up across the whole room in the flowers, and Wendee killed it! So beautiful! To continue the subway theme, the table numbers were subway lines. Since their wedding was on November 2nd, we also included a display for Dia De Los Muertos – papel picado, Catrina dolls, and paper flowers.

After dinner, the real fun began. This was one of the most epic dance floors ever.  We flew DJ Car Stereo Wars in from Brooklyn (he was the perfect fit for Hilary and David – a combo of New York and Texas!) and he was AWESOME. He did a perfect job of keeping the dance floor going. It was packed all night!

Blue Note Bakery did their cakes, check out the bride’s cake nod to Disney’s “Robin Hood.”

They had lots of branded pieces all throughout the day with their super cute armadillo wedding logo from stir sticks and napkins to the bibs (hey, gotta keep people’s outfits protected when you’re having BBQ!) to the sparkler sleeves for the exit. And the taxidermy armadillo from their Welcome Party made an appearance at the wedding as well.  And their favors were awesome too – as I mentioned, Hilary is a TV writer.  David is also a writer, so for their favors, they did notebooks and pencils for their guests!

With their Welcome Dinner the day before and their Farewell Brunch the day after, Hilary and David’s wedding weekend was amazing.  They had bought the URL weddingofthecentury.org as their wedding website and the weekend truly lived up to it!

Photos by Jake Holt Photography.

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