All you fashion lovers out there, this one’s for you. Katherine O’Brien Photography photographed the wedding day of Matt and Katy, who work for VICE Magazine and 3.1 Phillip Lim respectively, so it’s little surprise that their wedding day would be all kinds of stylish. Throw Bows + Arrows into the mix for floral design? We’re sold, a million times over.
From the bride, Katy: Our priority was to make sure everyone had fun. We had a lot of out of town guests (Matt is from New Orleans, I am from Dallas) so we wanted to make sure that everyone had a wonderful weekend in Dallas! It might sound kind of strange, but we didn’t really have an overriding style or theme. Once we decided on Dallas, we really just wanted to do what Texas is great at – Friday night we had BBQ and went to Adair’s Saloon for drinks and dancing (after dinner) and Saturday night we had Meixcan food and margaritas for dinner. We wanted the weekend to be intimate and a party at the same time so when making our choices we always had that in the back of our minds.
We didn’t really have colors which at times was a bit difficult! Especially when trying to pick out linens for the cocktail tables and dinner tables. For the most part, our colors were very neutral – black, white, and neutral. We wanted the flowers, food and drink to really make everything come together. In terms of DIY, Matt is an Art Director so he created all of the invitations and printed collateral. We live in Brooklyn, New York so having a wedding in Dallas was a bit challenging at times as we were planning everything from afar.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Matt and I had the time of our lives! The entire evening we were surrounded by the dearest people in our lives singing, dancing, and having the grandest time. Remember to make choices that you both love, as a couple, and the night will fall perfectly in to place. We were always asking ourselves – is that what WE really want? Since we didn’t have a bridal party, we wanted to incorporate our immediate family in to as much of the ceremony as possible. I have 7 siblings so it was important to me that they were all part of the processional. Matt’s uncle was our officiant and Matt’s nephew was our ring bearer. I often times felt like the rental options were really limited so we ended up purchasing quite a few things at prices that were even less than the rentals! For example, I found amazing wine decanters at a Crate and Barrel outlet… if you aren’t finding what you like, there are a million possibilities. You just have to be willing to put a little time in to research!
Bride’s Processional: “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Recessional: “Married Life” from the movie UP
First Dance: “A Little Lost,” Arthur Russell
From the photographer, Katherine O’Brien Photography: Katy & Matt met in NYC. Katy works for the designer Phillip Lim and Matt works for VICE – they planned to have their wedding in Dallas for family. The ceremony was at the Dallas Arbortem and with dinner in her Mother’s Backyard and a dance reception at the Stoneleigh P hotel downtwn. Katy said “For the Valentino dress, I bought the runway sample over the phone (with out trying it on which makes me seem totally crazy)!! The dress was featured in a Valentino advertisement in W Magazine a few years ago. I took a pic of the advertisement, saved it on my phone, and thought “this would be a beautiful dress if I ever got married.” Skip ahead a year or two, Matt and I were engaged and I was able to track down the dress in Europe! I never had to go wedding dress shopping… I was able to check the dress off the “to do” list pretty quickly. “For the 3.1 Phillip Lim dresses for my 3 sisters — I didn’t have “traditional” bridesmaids but I knew that I wanted my three sisters to feel really special so when Phillip designed these flowing beautiful dresses for our Summer collection, I knew they would be perfect. It also worked out well as there was a shorter version for my twin sisters (who are 12) and then there was a longer version for sister who is a bit older (she is 22). I also liked the idea of having the girls in white and in a dress that they could re-wear… I definitely did not want a traditional bridesmaid dress for them. For the 3.1 Phillip Lim dress that I changed in to — the Valentino dress was rather restricting and pretty heavy — I knew that I wanted to dance with Matt and all of our friends so I decided that I wanted to have something more comfortable to wear for the 2nd half of the night. I loved how modern and simple it was. I have been with the brand for 4 years so it meant a lot to wear something from the collection.