Tara + Gaines’ Gorgeous Dallas Wedding

Feyi Bello / Tuesday January 18, 2022

We love to see couples that are intentional about their fun especially when it comes to wedding planning!

Tara and Gaines love to have fun, and from their planner’s perspective “we knew right off the bat their wedding was going to be a night to remember”.

We sat with the Pop Parties Dallas Planners for all the tea!


While getting to know them we learned all the quick details, college affiliations, where they work, and all about their fur-kid Oliver. The two met at a Jimmy Buffet concert, which immediately sparked several ideas for our design team. Tara’s family is also in the McDonald’s business, so happy meals were a must too! Tara wanted a classic, black-tie affair packed with wow-factor moments for her guests to enjoy. As her dad put it “we want it to be epic!”

Armed with notes about Tara and Gaines, we pulled from our design bucket of “What if” ideas. What if we could have violinists and singers featured as the centerpiece on top of dining tables? Could it possibly be a dinner and a show type of wedding? The answer? It totally was; and so much more. Personal details included a vintage car owned by the bride’s grandfather and an Oliver-themed cocktail hour as a nod to their pup. Next up? Dinner and a show for guests to enjoy, complete with lighting cues, movement, and special effects. We wrapped up the evening with a tropical-themed after party as a nod to where they met. The after-party was complete with flamingo-shaped jello shots and the Hamburglar passing out happy meals for late-night snacks. It was an epic night for everyone who attended!


Photography: Stephanie Brazzle  | Wedding Planner: Pop Parties (@pop_parties) | Ceremony Venue: St Thomas Aquinas Church  | Ceremony Music: Michael Conrady (Church Organist) | Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton Dallas (@ritzcarltondallas) | Catering/Bar: Ritz Carlton Dallas (@ritzcarltondallas) | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Absolute Entertainment (@absolutedfw) | Entertainment (Reception): Absolute Entertainment (@absolutedfw) | The Motion Band, Dallas String Quartet (@dallasstringquartet) | Floral Design: David Kimmel Design (@davidkimmeldesign) | Linens: Nuage Designs (@nuagedesignsinc) | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals (@poshcouturerentals) | Dance Floor: Center Stage Floors (@centerstage_floors) | Props: Shag Carpet Props (@shagcarpetprops) | Lighting: Absolute Entertainment (@absolutedfw) | Drapery: Belle Decor (@belledecordallas) | Stationery: Pink Champagne Designs (@pinkchampagnedesigns) | Videography: Mason Jar Films  | Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles (@maiteemiles) | Bridal Gown Designer/Boutique: Stanley Korshak (@stanleykorshak) | Bridal Cake: Zachary Manasan, Pastry chef for the Ritz Carlton in Dallas (@zachary.manasan) | Groom Cake: Frosted Art (@frostedart_bakery) | Guest Transportation: Premier Transportation  | Departure Transportation: Tara’s Grandfather | Live Painter: Julia McNally (@juliamcnallyart)