A Garden-Inspired Jewish Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas

This garden-inspired wedding took place in a ballroom, but you’d never know it from all the greenery. Rachel Derman (26 and an event planner) and Eric

This garden-inspired wedding took place in a ballroom, but you’d never know it from all the greenery. Rachel Derman (26 and an event planner) and Eric Moore (27 and in finance) got married at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas, an elegant and convenient location for their many out-of-town guests. (Plus, since it’s downtown, everyone could walk to all the weekend activities.) Rachel has designed weddings for other brides, but this time, she finally got to design her own: a classic fete with a contemporary twist. She transformed the ballroom to feel like a garden with a natural palette of ivory, pink, peach and greenery everywhere. She brought outdoors inside with lots of natural details, including a tree motif gobo lighting projection shone onto green boxwood walls and leafy foliage hanging from the ceiling, which reflected off the mirrored dance floor for an amazing 3-D effect. A standout detail? Rachel and Eric had a traditional Jewish ceremony underneath a clear, modern chuppah that was dripping with fresh flowers. (Props to Jackson Durham for the unforgettable display.) See the prettiness below, beautifully captured by Thisbe Grace Photography.

Ivory Ranunculus and Astilbe Garden Bouquet
Eric wore a classic Ralph Lauren tuxedo with a white cotton pocket square. His brother and best man, Adam, who's a designer for Ralph Lauren, gave it to Eric as a gift.
Ghost chairs in the ceremony setup let the garden-inspired decor in the ballroom shine through and added a modern-chic atmosphere to the room at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas. The ghost chairs were arranged in a semicircle so the ceremony would feel more intimate.
At their traditional Jewish ceremony, Rachel and Eric stood under a stunning lucite ghost chuppah covered in lush pink and white flowers that looked like they were floating. For a romantic effect, candles lined the entire length of the aisle at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas.
Every place setting had a gold sea sponge charger and custom die-cut menus that doubled as place cards, customized with each guest’s name and menu choice.
Ghost chairs adorned every dining table. Rachel and Eric’s ghost chairs had vinyl “Mr. &  Mrs.” embellishments on the back.
Mini Champagne Escort Card
Rachel and Eric had fun mixing colors, patterns and textures into their reception decor. Their head table had a pink-patterned linen with floral embellishments and a completely mirrored tabletop that played up the greenery hanging from the ceiling at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas.
Garden-Inspired Flower and Lamp Centerpieces
Jackson Durham custom-built an incredible double bar for Rachel and Eric’s cocktail hour. It had mirrors on the bar facade, ivy pedestals with large arrangements on both sides of the bar and an ivy bar back with floating pink flowers.
The mirrored dance floor reflected the leafy greenery hanging from the ceiling to create a magical effect and feeling of being surrounded by a garden. Tree projections onto the green boxwood walls added to the ambience.
The cake table linen was different from any other, with floral appliques to match the lush pink flowers surrounding each of the four tiers of the white buttercream cake.