Dallas bride and DJ groom throw party of the decade for summer wedding
DJ ASAP — aka Marlon Moore — makes a living getting people in the mood to party. He was the resident DJ on BET’s show 106 & Park for four years and has continued his ascent into mixmaster stardom since the show’s cancellation in 2014.
Given his vocation, it only made sense that his wedding to Shonda Moore be an epic celebration.
“My husband is a DJ, so there was no way we were going to allow our guests to do anything other than have a great time,” says Shonda. “It was a whole party!”
In fact, it was a party two years in the making. The couple met in the summer of 2017 and got engaged on October 13, 2018. Shonda organized a surprise party for ASAP’s birthday, but got the surprise of her life when he proposed at the end of the night.
After setting the wedding date for August 9, 2019, the couple got to work planning “the party of the decade.”
“My vision was to set the mood for romance and luxury,” says Shonda. “We wanted people to experience things they would never forget. Everything was perfectly coordinated— from the bridesmaids and groomsmen to our daughters being the flowers girls.”
The celebration — though the couple likes to think of it as more of a three-part show — was held at Knotting Hill Place in Little Elm, a sprawling 17,000-square-foot estate.
A soft gold, silver, and nude color palette was used throughout the space, flowers were flown in from overseas, and a custom logo was created for the aisle runner, reception chairs, and dance floor.
Shonda and her bridesmaids wore gowns custom made in Australia, and ASAP displayed his knack for surprises yet again by covertly having his jacket lined with the couple’s engagement photos. As the bride walked down the aisle, he opened his jacket for a big reveal.
“That was a huge surprise for me,” she says.
After the ceremony, an aerialist and live band entertained guests — part two of the celebration — while the wedding party took photos. Then, everyone gathered for a luxe reception, eating like royalty off of 24-karat gold flatware and drinking to their hearts’ content.
“The entire day was an absolute dream,” shares Shonda. “I don’t have a moment that I loved most of all because it was all so special to me.”
To keep the party going, the newlyweds hosted a reception after-party at Hotel Crescent Court the following day.
“It was just a continuation of the day before,” says Shonda. “This wedding had been the talk of the town for over six months. We had family and friends from all over the country in town, and we knew this would probably be the only time we’d have this opportunity, so we made sure we gave everyone the party of the decade.”
Wedding and reception venue:Knotting Hill Place
Cakes:The London Baker
Catering:Low Country Quisine
Planning and design:Robbie Stewart
Bridal gown: Leah Da Gloria
Hair: Ericka Smart
Makeup:Glam By Cham
Groom's suit:JPR Styling
Groom's hair:G the Stylist
Groomsmen's suits:JPR Styling
Wedding stylist: Selina Howard with Vainglorious Brides
Photography:IcedUp Photography, Jeremy Plemel Photography, and Stephon Latham Photography
Videography:Stacks Moses and Jarvis Minton
Dance floor:Inkredible Dance Floors
Aisle runner: Original Runner Co.
Aaerialists: Soar Creative Studios