Devon and Ken’s wedding day was perfect. We knew it would be from the first time they walked through our door, and told us the story of their love and what they were planning to celebrate it. From the vintage Rolls Royce that brought Devon and her father to the ceremony, to the surprise a cappella serenade taken right out of a scene in Love Actually (my favorite romantic comedy of all time), this wedding had everything that you could possibly want plus a very healthy dose of romance. I was completely smitten!
A huge shout out to the ladies of Distinctive Occasions who coordinated the day flawlessly – they are the best of the best, folks! Give them a holla if you need a wedding planner!!
Devon and Ken were kind enough to share some of their favorite wedding day memories with us, so that we can share them with all of you. They are beautiful and heartfelt, and so worth reading! Look for those throughout the post!!!
Devon: Spending time getting ready with my bridesmaids was really calming and a special way to prepare for the ceremony. I had friends from all parts of my life around me, and they all knew Ken and I well as a couple, so it was fun to reminisce about memories from when we first became a couple. When my friend Emma couldn’t find her earrings, everyone from my girlfriends to my uncle, to the woman at the front desk at the Adam’s Mark pitched in to get them to the Mansion on time. It was just so amazing to have so much support and love from everyone involved!
Devon: I knew that I would get emotional when I first saw my Dad. I’ve always been his little girl, and I’ve heard he broke down when Ken called him to ask for my hand. When I was a kid, he always used to carry a hankie in his pocket. I thought this was gross (just use Kleenex…then throw it out)! It was a bit of a running joke, so when I gave him an embroidered handkerchief to thank him for his love and support, we both really lost it… in a good way.
Ken: When Devon got out of the white Rolls Royce I thought I was dreaming. It was like a beam of light came down as a spotlight, I assumed I imagined this but people told me later that’s what actually happened.
Devon: Before I left Dallas, one of my colleagues gave me a great piece of advice. She had gotten married the month before, and told me “when you are walking down the aisle, don’t look at anyone but your groom. There will be a ton of people there, but focus just on him. It might be the only moment you get to spend ‘alone’ all night.” I took her advice, and when I got to the end of the aisle, I put everything else (will my dress get dirty? How will I balance in this mud on these heels?) from my mind. Walking towards my best friend and knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life with him is something I will never forget. When my Dad gave Ken my hand, he just said: “Hi”, which was so… him! I felt at ease immediately and ready to get things going!
Ken: We were blessed that my Great Grandma Nick was able to speak during the ceremony. Even though she wasn’t sure how to use the mic and was a little nervous, her just reading to us was more than enough.
Devon: I was really proud of how well I held it together throughout the ceremony. That all fell apart though, when my brother’s a capella group surprised us with their rendition of “All You Need is Love” for the processional. I sang a capella in college, and it’s a special bond that my brother and I share. He “ruined” the surprise the week before the wedding by asking my mom about extra hotel rooms, but my Mom saved the day by telling me they were singing at the cocktail hour. When I saw them in the among the guests as I was walking down the aisle, I thought “aww, how nice of them to come to the ceremony before they sing.” Little did I know that there were preparing to bring my favorite “Love Actually” scene to life, with their own special twist.
Ken: Coming into our reception at the Statler was amazing. Seeing all of our family and friends there for us in that beautiful venue will stick with me for a long time to come.
Devon: There was never any doubt in my mind that the reception would be a great party. My Mom was a “disco queen” (her words), in her day, and the goal was to get everyone on the dance floor… quickly. My family has a little tradition of all getting on the floor for “We Are Family”, but we were taking a picture when it was first played! On the second time around, it was wonderful to have Ken’s family join in the fun. Seeing everyone celebrating together (including Ken’s great-grandmother), was something I will never forget!
Ken: At one point during the dancing a country song came on and one of our friends from college came galloping by. I thought to myself, why not, and we began some sort of high speed, country conga line. Awesome.
And, we’ll wrap up this gorgeous post with a little bit of wedding planning advice from Devon:
Pick and choose the things that are really important to you, and spend your time (and resources on those things). I chose to focus on the things that would ensure that my guest had a good time, since I knew the day would be a blur, but the memories of my friends and family would stick around a while! Once you have one vendor (like Ben and Jenn!) don’t be afraid to ask them for recommendations. The best people we worked with were suggested by other people in the wedding business. Trust them, they know their stuff!
Everyone around me thought that I was going to be a wreck on the day. The best advice that I can give, is to just to relax and enjoy he party. I made a conscious decision not to worry about anything. There were going to be problems, things were going go wrong, but at the end of the day I was going to be married to my best friend. I put my trust in our amazing planners, my bridesmaids, and my family, and as a result, I had a great time!
We cannot say enough about how amazing Ben and Jenn were throughout the entire planning process and on our wedding Day. Ken is a part-time photographer, and in terms of artistry, they were the only choice from the beginning. Although we had an amazing wedding planner (Thanks Distinctive Occasions!), Jenn was always willing to go above and beyond, taking phone calls about potential vendors, timelines or just answering my million questions. On our wedding day they continued to amaze, handling our large, outgoing families and wedding party like the pros they are! Thank you both so much for making our day amazing and constantly putting us at ease throughout this year of planning!