When Dianne, the mother of the bride, introduced me to her daughter for the first time, Virginia (who I had never met) gave me a huge hug and said, “Yes I know Shelbi! We are going to be great friends!” That is Virginia in a nutshell…everyone she meets becomes her instant friend.
I had the pleasure of helping coordinate both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. I can’t tell you that I have ever attended a rehearsal dinner with better speeches, mostly driven from the relationships Gordon and Virginia have with their friends and family. Not to mention that for her wedding day “guest book”, Virginia wrote a personalized note to every single guest that attended her wedding. It doesn’t get sweeter than that.
Gordon and Virginia met (and currently live) in China. As a result, much of their wedding was inspired by Asian traditions. Their cake was a replica of a typical Chinese house and to cut it they opted for a samurai sword over the typical cake knife and server. To top it all off, at the end of the night Dianne surprised her daughter and new son-in-law with a performance by a traditional lion dance troupe! Be sure to check out the videoby Candlelight Films at the end of the post!
Event Coordination: Events by Shelbi Rene
Photographer: Sarah Kate
Florist: Rusty Glenn Designs
Cakes: Frosted Art
Performance: Jiu Long Lion Dance Troupe
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Venue: Union Station
When I met with Bri’s parents to help plan her Bat Mitzvah, I was ecstatic to meet a family with a knack for coordination. Throughout the process, it was evident the love and pride they felt for their daughter and it certainly showed on the night of her ceremony and reception.
Bri’s Bat Mitzvah theme was “Broadway Bound” and with that came decadent Broadway-themed centerpieces with Playbills as tables numbers and VIP pass escort cards for guests to wear. The night began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while guests awaited the arrival of the guest-of-honor, who had no idea what to expect upon arrival. Unbeknownst to Bri, her parents had planned for her to be the celebrity of the night, so when she arrived she was shocked as she was greeted with a red carpet, adoring fans and paparazzi flashes. Afterward guests were ushered into the theater where Bri and her parents were announced on stage in true celebrity fashion. The guests watched a video prepared by Bri’s father and the candle lighting ceremony began immediately after, with Bri’s closest family and friends joining her on stage to light each of her 13 candles. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and a photo booth for the rest of the night and to top it all off: an ice cream sundae buffet! It was truly a memorable event captured by the talented Tod Margolis.
I was not a part of the coordination for her ceremony earlier that day but wanted to include the pictures to show you what a wonderful family with whom I had the pleasure of working.
A special thank you to the following vendors that helped make this event a success…
Event Design/ Coordination: Events by Shelbi Rene
Venue: Lewisville Grand Theater
Photography: Margolis Photography
DJ: Mark Tresnicky
Catering: G Texas Catering
Photo Booth: Allure Event Rentals