Martha Stewart Weddings - - CEL­E­BRA­TIONS - —Kayla Pan­tano

April 18, 2015, Dallas

Ask Tara Pruett when she met Dan Kyrk, and she’ll say on New Year’s Eve, 2013, at a Dallas party. Ask Dan, and he’ll ad­mit he’d had his eye on her for months, ever since he spot­ted her with mu­tual friends at a local bar. He missed his chance to talk to her—not once but three times. So when they both at­tended a friend’s hol­i­day bash, he didn’t waste the op­por­tu­nity. “We to­tally hit it off,” says Tara. “I thought he was re­ally hand­some and very, very funny.” Dan was done hes­i­tat­ing. Six months later he pro­posed, two days into a two-week trip to Greece. “I had left the ring at the ho­tel, but when we got down to the beach, I couldn’t imag­ine a more ideal place to ask her,” says Dan.

The cou­ple—he’s an en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant; she’s in visual mer­chan­dis­ing at Apple—booked the 66-acre Dallas Ar­bore­tum and Botan­i­cal Gar­den for their DIY-filled fes­tiv­i­ties, which fea­tured pil­lows the bride hand-stitched to dot the dé­cor and a vin­tage boom box Dan had spray-painted gold (an ode to his love of mu­sic) that was dec­o­rated with flow­ers at the re­cep­tion.

The week­end kicked off with a Mex­i­can-themed rehearsal din­ner that also cel­e­brated Dan’s mother’s 80th birth­day. The next day, in the botan­i­cal gar­den be­fore 120 loved ones, the two ex­changed non­de­nom­i­na­tional vows of­fi­ci­ated by Tara’s cousin, a judge. Both agree on the most mem­o­rable mo­ment: when Tara rounded the cor­ner with her fa­ther. “I’ll never forget the look on Dan’s face,” she says. “My heart was in my throat,” Dan re­calls.

Guests then en­joyed cock­tails with passed canapés, and a DJ spun ’60s hits and French pop mu­sic. As a storm en­croached, the party moved to the gar­den’s DeGolyer Es­tate Log­gia and Tea Room for a din­ner of Greek fare (re­call­ing the pro­posal) that fin­ished with a vanilla cake and sweets that in­cluded snick­er­doo­dle cook­ies, which Tara used to bake with her grandfather as a child. Af­ter seven toasts—in­clud­ing one from Dan’s then 17-year-old daugh­ter—and danc­ing, the two rode off to Billy Idol’s “White Wed­ding” in the groom’s old pickup truck, their names on tiny vanity plates in the win­dows (the fi­nal DIY touch).

Af­ter the I do’s, the groom, in Hugo Boss, and his bride, in her Yolan Cris gown, met for por­traits in the Po­etry Gar­den.

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