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 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