A Green, Pink and Orange Wedding at the Joule in Dallas, Texas

Monica Hernandez (28 and a lawyer) and Luke Lovelace (26 and in sales) met on the cross-country team in Kentucky, lived in different states throughout

Monica Hernandez (28 and a lawyer) and Luke Lovelace (26 and in sales) met on the cross-country team in Kentucky, lived in different states throughout their relationship and got married in Texas, where Monica grew up. The traditional Catholic ceremony was at Monica's family church, Christ the King in Dallas; from there guests were bused to the reception at the Joule hotel downtown. “The Joule really had it all: outdoor rooftop, large ballroom, downtown location and a sleek style,” Monica says. “Most of our guests were from out of town, so it was important to us that we made the weekend as convenient as possible.” From the hotel guests could walk to bars, restaurants, shops and museums during the weekend. “They didn’t have to worry about paying for transportation the entire weekend, and they were not bored,” Monica says. The venue was transformed into a glamorous indoor oasis with string lights, lanterns and colorful amber, mint green and coral flowers, thanks to the combined efforts of Monica's mother, the florist and the wedding planner. Two showstopping elements included a beautiful floral arrangement in vibrant shades of orange, displayed outside the elevator, and a white dance floor with a stunning geometric arrangement hanging above it. At the reception guests enjoyed a cocktail hour of Moscow Mules and old-fashioneds, the wedding party sat at a head table made of glass, and guests sat at long tables covered in sophisticated gray linens to dine on steak and crab cakes, risotto, asparagus and mushrooms, then enjoyed a coffee bar with doughnuts made on-site as favors. There was coffee in the white chocolate and raspberry cake too—in the espresso cream filling. “I’m not a huge cake person,” Monica says. “But OMG did I think that cake was delicious.” After dancing the night away, guests returned to their rooms to find goody bags stuffed with treats from places where the couple have lived—Texas, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, New York and Washington, DC. Monica and Luke wanted their wedding to celebrate not only their love and commitment but also their guests. “Every guest has truly impacted our lives, and every guest made the wedding weekend what it was," Monica says. "Nothing would be the same without our family, friends and loved ones—not the wedding and not our lives.” —Chrissy Sorenson

Luke selected the engagement ring from the same jewelry designer in New York where they picked out their bands.
The eight bridesmaids wore one-shoulder Grecian-style light green J.Crew dresses. Monica thought the shade of green was not only beautiful but also perfect for creating a neutral background for flowers and decor.
Bright nail polish added to Monica's classically modern, sophisticated look.
“We did minimal decorating of the church—just two floral pieces at the altar,” Monica says. “It almost felt like it would ruin the beauty of the church if we added anything.”
Monica's bouquet consisted of parrot tulips, charm peonies, calla lilies and amaryllis.
Monica wore an elegant fitted Reem Acra gown with a silk georgette and a re-embroidered lace top and bateau neckline. She accessorized with Badgley Mischka D’orsay white satin shoes with crystal pieces on the toes, black opal and diamond earrings, and a pearl bracelet.
The three flower girls wore white dresses with big skirts and a green bow around their waist in fabric that matched the color of the bridesmaid dresses.
Monica gave her florist a vague vision, and the result was stunning. “My favorite part of the flowers was definitely the ceiling piece above the dance floor,” Monica says of the decor at the Joule in Dallas, Texas.
The ivory cake was white chocolate with raspberry cream filling and chocolate cake with espresso cream filling, decorated in pink peonies and the couple's personalized monogram.
“I thought I knew what the flowers were going to look like, and then I walked into the reception room and was blown away,” Monica says of her hanging floral arrangement. “I've never seen anything like it. I really think it embodied the style of my wedding.”
Elegant gold table numbers added to the ambiance at the Joule in Dallas, Texas.
Amber and coral vanda, cymbidium and phaelonopsis orchids were placed throughout the ballroom at the Joule in Dallas, Texas.
The modern glass head table was decorated in pink peonies.
Geometric shapes added a modern twist to the tablescape.
Luke's signature cocktail was an old-fashioned; Monica's was a Moscow Mule.
“A lot of guests commented on how beautiful that was,” Monica says of the colorful arrangement displayed near the elevator.
A decorated arbor served as a memorable cake backdrop.
The groom wore a classic black tuxedo with funky green socks.
Monica and Luke’s first-dance song was Alan Jackson’s “Livin on Love.” “We chose it because we are both country fans and fans of Alan Jackson, and we were looking for more of an upbeat fun song,” Monica says. “We can be high-energy, crazy people, so we really felt like it fit our personalities.”