THE OLANA, Dallas, Texas Mansion Wedding


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Toni Owens and Craig Brown, an enchanting couple, sealed their bond in holy matrimony at one of the most sumptuous venues, the Olana. This famous mansion is the ideal destination for hosting the most remarkable and life-long memories of a luxurious wedding. Built on a sprawling 40-acre estate accentuated by a lake, this regal mansion takes inspiration from French baroque architecture, paying homage to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris. Offering a variety of facilities such as lush landscaping, an indoor and outdoor pool, a sports court, exclusive private suites, and a teahouse modeled after New York's Tavern on the Green, this edifice is bursting with splendid details, from the golden-plated elevator to the marble floors and hand-carved spiral staircase. Guests can also enjoy the Front or Back Terrace or the Solarium or Third-Floor Ballroom for the outdoor ceremony. Under the experienced guidance of Robbie Stewart from 'Theexperienceevents', the entire event was arranged perfectly.

The motif of the wedding was black and white. Everything seemed to have come straight out of a dream. The talented florist, Robbie Stewart, accomplished a brilliant work of decorating the place with white flowers and feathers and the contrast of black chairs and glasses paired with white flowers and black vases was exquisite. A captivating wall of peacock tail-like white feathers was installed, as well as a wall of white flowers in black frames, Mr and Mrs neon lights atop of feathers, and a gorgeous staircase with a photograph of the bride and groom on one side and a find-your-seat mirror on the other side. In addition, the 6-tier white cake with golden and silver accents provided by 'Cake Daddy' added even more class to the event.
The bride wore a classic white wedding dress adorned with silver embroidery from Ese Azenabor, and the groom appeared splendidly in a white tuxedo and black bow tie, matching the bridesmaids' black dresses. The groom's suit and shoes were designed by Indocino and Men's Warehouse, while Mac Douggal designed the bridesmaids' dresses. Hair and make-up were taken care of by DivaStyles Salon and Catch A Face, respectively.

As the guests had arrived, the ceremony began outdoors in the evening. We were able to capture pictures of the couple and, at last, the bride slowly walked down the aisle and the groom couldn't contain his tears. After they exchanged rings and made their vows, they held a special ceremony in which they tied the knot with a jute string connected to a wooden slate that said "a cord of three strands is not easily broken", which I found especially touching. We then took several photos of the bride and groom in different backdrops and of the whole family. The couple had also reserved seats for the family and friends who could not make it to the special day, in their honor.
The reception was an affair of gaiety, with delightful and excellently presented food, an extravagant champagne bar, and DJ Ryan Matthews who kept the guests entertained throughout the night. Moreover, two serenades - one from the bride's sorority sisters and another from the groom's fraternity brothers - were performed and guests said their farewells as the newlyweds were showered with sparklers and waved goodbye in their getaway car.
Craig and Toni's wedding seemed to have come straight out of a fairy-tale. It was undoubtedly extraordinary. We are looking forward to their future together, wishing them only the greatest joy and successes.