Whimsical Nature Wedding || Pop Parties, Dallas Texas

Matt and Stephanie Boggs. May 28, 2016

Whimsical Nature Wedding

Stephanie and her mom Mary dreamed of a wedding as gorgeous as their backyard, inspired by the arboretum. Planning this gorgeous day  left us with no choice but to give them the whimsical nature wedding of the season! Last May, Matt and Steph tied the knot in a traditional catholic ceremony in Dallas, TX. Their wedding was recently featured on Strictly Weddings. Check out some of these beautiful highlights from their big day, full of love and LOTS of custom detailing.

Matt and Stephanie share a particularly special love story – one that began over twenty years ago.  Although the two had no interest in one another all those years, their mothers tried frequently to set up younger siblings. Nevertheless, Matt and Stephanie quickly found themselves falling for each other after they spent time together at an annual family holiday party.

Custom Detailing

Following the ceremony, guests were greeted to the hotel by two fourteen foot peach trees, inspired by their love for the outdoors. Escort cards were built into logs and adorned with tree stumps and lush florals. Custom stage facades, and bars were made to match the brown cross back chairs in the overall design. A raining floral halo, and custom dance floor decal also accented the room to match the couples invitation suite. The favorite detail of the evening? 300 personalized wood chip napkin rings which served both as the place card for the table and favor for guests.

whimsical nature wedding

whimsical nature wedding

Emotions ran high through the entire wedding day, as the mother of the bride suffered a life-altering accident a few years prior, leaving her paralyzed. Watching her beam as she hugged her daughter and new son-in-law was a touching moment for all of those in the room. She even lead the entire dance floor in a conga line!

whimsical nature wedding

whimsical nature wedding

The grooms love for music made for a memorable evening with a special performance from the groom himself.  As the lead singer for Prophets and Outlaws, a national touring Texas soul band. Their single “Soul Shop” was in full form at the wedding. (click for video!) Matt serenaded his new bride Stephanie on stage while 300 friends and family sang the lyrics to the special song, written about moments like those, surrounded by loved ones.

Their wedding day ended with a beautiful sparkler send off and a day full of memories to last a lifetime. Congrats Matt and Steph and Happy ONE Year Anniversary!

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Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

As the weather gets nicer here in TX, we wanted to bring you some beautiful outdoor wedding inspiration! This fun couple’s big day was filled with tons of gorgeous blooms amongst Dallas’ hidden gem: Trinity River Audubon Center. Their wildlife preserve backdrop was the perfect setting for their luxe-boho day.

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How they met

Justin’s family has been friends with Ryan’s Aunt, Uncle and two cousins since Ryan was born. There were times when Ryan was 2 and Justin was 6 and they were both playing in an inflatable pool at her grandparents lake house. Ryan grew up knowing about the Justin and his family, seeing them occasionally when they would visit her Aunt and Uncle. It seems though, they were never at the right age to “notice” or care about each other. It wasn’t until Ryan graduated college and moved to Dallas where Justin lived that they re-kindled their childhood bond. The two were each a bridesmaid and groomsmen in Ryan’s cousins wedding, where Justin noticed Ryan after all these years and mentioned they should grab a drink sometime. They did, and the rest is history!

Ryan and her mom Kristi hold a special place in my heart because they are so FUN! I get to work with some amazing families, and Ryan’s is right at the top of my list. Take a peek at some outdoor wedding inspiration from Ryan and Justin’s big day last fall!

Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

Ryan chose to incorporate blues and greens in a lush, Restoration Hardware inspired way. Floral designer, David Kimmel, really knocked it out of the park at each and every detail. Her custom letterpress invitation in copper and blue was the perfect way to kick off the event for guests. Their venue selection, Trinity River Audubon Center, is one of Dallas’ hidden gems. The nature preserve played host to 250 guests while DJ Andy Austin kept the party rocking.


I love clients who aren’t afraid to think outside the box. Their wedding cake by Fancy Cakes by Lauren was the prettiest ombre green with hints of fresh floral, and accented by a large magnolia tree to make the couple feel like they were truly able to cut the cake under the stars!

 Photography: Dale Benfield Photography


An Enchanted Storybook Evening

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Today’s throwback Thursday is a fun backyard storybook soiree we had the pleasure to be a part of. I LOVE themed parties. I mean, weddings are great too, but you can only cut a cake so many ways. Themed events really get our team excited as we’re allowed to let the creativity flow and experiment a little bit more. This annual Oktoberfest party hosts about 200 guests at private residence and the theme this year was Storybook. Who has seen the show ‘Once Upon A Time?’ Yep, it was basically inspired off of that show! At this party, you’ll find all sorts of wonderful characters that pop out when you least expect it, a gorgeous invitation that was the perfect little storybook itself, and of course – all hosted by the Fairy Godmother herself.

So without further a-do, please join us as we go ‘down the rabbit hole’ through some whimsically fun event details!

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Guests enjoyed the enchanted gardens while being shouted at by the ‘heckling tree’ and listening to tunes by Prophets and Outlaws. In attendance were some of the most magical characters including the White Rabbit, Abu and Aladdin, Alice, The Madhatter and Queen of Hearts. Of course, there was also a costume contest!

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

As an added treat: The Fairy Godmother composed a beautiful poem for this fun occasion!

Once upon a time in a land not so far away

there was a party held to celebrate All Hollow’s Eve Day!

Jack climbed up the beanstalk Rapunzel let down her long hair

Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf made plans to be there

The Witches and Warlocks started mixing their magic brews

Peter Pan and Wendy promised they would even fly through!

Alice and the Mad Hatter prepared a fabulous tea

And you’ll see by these photos it was quite the par-tee!


Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Storybook Party - Pop Parties

Creative Partners

Event Planning: Pop Parties    |    Print Items: Printing with Pizzaz    |    Floral Design: David Kimmel Design   |    Linens: La Tavola   |    Catering: Two Sisters Catering   |    Rentals: TLC Event Rentals, Holiday Warehouse   |    Entertainment: B3 Entertainment and Prophets and Outlaws   |    Lighting: LeForce Entertainment   |    Photography Credits: Allen Tsai