Amanda Waldman's cousin Alix first met Logan Sherman at a friend's engagement party. After being impressed with what she saw and knowing that Amanda was returning to Dallas for graduate school, Alix played cupid by grabbing Logan's phone and adding Amanda on Facebook.
After chatting online, texting, and eventually a few phone conversations, it was decided that the two should meet up when Amanda came home for Thanksgiving. In fact, it was Logan who picked her up from the airport, and they had their first date, which involved pizza, beer, and Klyde Warren Park. It didn't take long for the bride to know he was "the real deal."
It was two years later back at Klyde Warren Park that Logan popped the question. After surprising her by having both of their families there (when it was supposed to be a casual hangout with friends and pups), the soon-to-be groom got down on one knee.
When it came to a venue and vibe, the couple knew early on what they wanted for their February 20 wedding. They selected The Joule hotel because of its top-notch accommodations and its modern design, which made their sexy-chic themed wedding come together in no time.
"We wanted our guests to make our wedding weekend a vacation — come out, relax a little bit, and then go to a killer party," Amanda says. "This all as a token of our appreciation for the unconditional love and support we have received as a couple."
The wedding ceremony took place on The Joule's rooftop terrace, which boasts an impeccable view of downtown Dallas. Branching Out Floral and Event Design transformed both the ceremony and reception with orchids galore, Amanda's favorite flower. An elegant, crisp white ceremony evolved into a beautifully bold and romantic dinner party.
Post-ceremony, guests were escorted downstairs for cocktails and a reception that included dinner catered by the hotel, music by the Emerald City Band, and a photo booth by Run Loves Deep. Guests left with personalized koozies and breakfast tacos after saying goodbye to the bride and groom via a rose petal getaway.
"Because we had an amazing wedding planner, team of vendors, and what we think is the best venue in Dallas, our wedding day was perfect and all of our dreams came true with very little stress," Amanda says.
Except for one minor mishap: the groom, groomsmen, and rabbi got stuck in an elevator moments before the ceremony was set to begin. Both the Dallas police and fire departments swiftly swooped in to rescue the group, and the wedding festivities resumed.
The bride took it all in stride, though — and looking back Amanda says it was one of her favorite moments of the wedding. Not too mention that it makes for a great story to tell their children.
"Don't sweat the small stuff," she says. "There is no way you aren't going to have the most amazing day ever — even if your husband gets stuck in an elevator."
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Joule
Wedding Planner: Hitched Events
Floral: Branching Out Floral and Event Design
Photographer: Perez Photography
Videographer: Splendor Films
Rentals: BBJ Linens, Liland’s Special Events Production, Suite 206 Rentals
Lighting: Beyond Lighting
Invitations and Paper Products: 5 by 7 Designs
Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Co.
Catering: The Joule
Bridal Gown Retailer: Warren Barron Bridal
Bridal Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Gown Alterations: Totally Tailoring, Patrisha McNeill
Bridal Shoe Designer: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaids Dress Retailer: Nordstrom
Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo
Grooms Formal Wear: M Penner
Hair and Makeup: Something You ... Make Up Artistry
Photo Booth: Love Runs Deep
Ceremony Music: Dallas Wedding Music
Band: Emerald City Band
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor