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Regan & Jonathan

This adorable couple had lots to celebrate as they rang in 2014. Here’s a look inside the ultimate New Year’s bash!

Regan and Jonathan in front of Robert Carr Chapel

Gold-and-white striped invitations

The Crème de la Crème tiered cake creation

Navy-and-gold table linens were offset by an all-white club scheme in the party tent.

After-hours party snacks like cotton candy cones kept the crowd energized until midnight.

The couple drove into the New Year in a vintage 1941 Packard 120.

Regan McDonald and Jonathan Gilstrap met in grad school at TCU, and, although they were best friends, only started dating when Jonathan moved to Dallas (Regan was still finishing up her studies). After a 3 1/2-year courtship, Jonathan proposed. “I’d had strep throat for a few weeks, and apparently he had the ring for about two months, but I was so sick that he didn’t find the right time,” recalls Regan. “Finally, he asked me to come over one day to see his new apartment. As soon as I walked in, he was down on one knee. It wasn’t a mountaintop proposal or anything, but it was very ‘us’; we are not over-the-top people at all. I’m also not a crier, so I’m glad no one was there to see me cry so hard when he proposed!”

The task of planning Jonathan and Regan’s big day went to Tara Wilson Events. “They wanted to treat their friends to a really fun New Year’s Eve party,” Wilson recalls. “The Save the Dates came with handmade party horns and slotted glasses, and featured a countdown, while the favors were Texas caviar in honor of the new year,” she says. The reception was held at 809 at Vickery and featured fun food stations, from a grazing station to a carving station. Guests to the football-crazed couple’s ceremony had constant access to screens that beamed the New Year’s Eve Bowl Game throughout the night’s festivities. After dinner, guests were ushered to an outdoor clear-topped tent—their very own purpose-built night club under the stars. Connecting the two venues was a hallway that featured a gallery of over-scaled candids of the couple. Once outside, guests enjoyed the music of Utah-based band The Party Crashers. One of the most memorable events of the night came when the bride’s father sang “Takin’ Care of Business” in perfect harmony with the band. Snack bars with cotton candy, popcorn and tacos kept the party going until midnight, when the Champagne bar opened and balloon-and-confetti cannons heralded the New Year and Regan and Jonathan’s new life together. The pair whisked off to the azure shores of Hawaii for a romantic honeymoon.

THE LIST

Ceremony Venue Robert Carr Chapel, Texas Christian University
Reception Venue 809 at Vickery 
Planner Tara Wilson Events
Wedding Gown Modern Trosseau
Bride’s Shoes Kate Spade, Stanley Eisenmen Fine Shoes
Makeup Adina Wright, Tish Whitworth
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Dessy
Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations Lauren Essl
Florals The Enchanted Florist
Decor Suite 206; Shag Carpet
Linens La Tavola
Lighting Beyond
Music & Entertainment The Party Crashers from Salt Lake City, Utah; Debbie Brooks Chamber Ensemble for Strings
Catering EuroCater, Fort Worth
Cake Crème de la Crème
Rings Kubes Jewelers, Fort Worth