TARA PRUETT & DAN KYRK
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.