Cocktail Hour with Dinos for Wedding at Perot Museum of Nature & Science

A stylish wedding held at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Texas. We love the fashionable bride as well as the gold dino planters, faux trees, and tablescapes with lots of greenery and succulents. We’ll let the bride (Samantha) tell her story below, enjoy!


“We chose the Perot Museum of Nature and Science as our wedding venue because we really wanted our wedding to be a unique experience for our 120 guests. We wanted to let the venue speak for itself, so for our theme, we played off the museum elements of Nature and Science.

“We had gold dinosaur planters, faux trees, geodes, agates, and beaker vases as our centerpieces. Instead of flowers, our tables were scaped with lots of greenery and succulents. We kept our color scheme light with pale colors of blue and purple.

“Our table number assignment cards were displayed with colorful agate slices that the guests could take home with them. Our cake was marbled fondant with a geode cut out in the top two layers.

“Our ceremony was held in the Gems and Minerals exhibit in front of the giant amethyst geode. Our guests enjoyed cocktail hour with the dinosaurs and live jazz music by David Carr Jr.

“Finally, our reception was held in the main lobby with live music by In10city Band. Our guests were also able to explore the museum throughout the evening.

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Best Advice

“Splurge on a wedding planner! We ultimately decided on a month of a wedding planner and are so happy with that investment! She was available for advice and questions throughout the whole planning process, but handing the reigns over to someone else a month before the wedding was a lifesaver.

“Our wedding day went so smoothly and was absolutely perfect. Knowing that Chloe was on top of everything allowed both of us and our families and wedding party to truly enjoy the whole day.”

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Advice for Other Brides

“Do your research on vendors and chose the options that are best for your vision and budget. Decide on the things that are most important to you for your wedding and chose a vendor that will make it happen.”

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Stories from the Wedding Day

Stories from the Wedding Day

“My bridesmaids and I spent the day being pampered and enjoying champagne while getting ready. The boys relaxed at the hotel until it was time to get dressed and then shared a toast and a glass of Adam’s drink of choice, scotch on the rocks.

“After getting dressed and exchanging gifts, we headed to the Perot Museum. We were hidden away on different levels of the museum as our guests arrived.

“Guests were escorted up to the Gems and Minerals exhibit on level three where they were greeted with fruit hors devours and jazz sounds played by David Carr Jr. live on saxophone.

“Our ceremony was beautiful with all the gemstones as the backdrop. After the ceremony, our guests were directed up to the fourth level to enjoy cocktails amongst the dinosaurs before heading down to the main lobby for dinner.

“Guests table assignments were displayed as they entered the main lobby and each card was held with a small agate slice. Each table had a different centerpiece of gold dinosaur planters, faux trees scaped with large raw amethyst, or beakers filled with flowers and greenery.

“The museum ticket counter was converted to a fully stocked bar and the large ticket screens above displayed our names and one of our favorite engagement photos taken in downtown with the cityscape as our backdrop.

“Adam and I made our grand entrance and danced our first dance as husband and wife. During our parent dances, we were surprised with a slideshow of childhood pictures that each of our parents had put together and coordinated with the museum to play on a screen near the stage. After dinner and toasts, we danced the night away to In10city Band live.

“Guests were able to take a break from the party and explore the museum if they wanted, and the band music was played throughout the museum levels.

“At the end of the night, our guests bid us farewell with glow sticks and cheers!”

Favorite Moment

Favorite Moment

“There are so many moments I will treasure from that day, but two of my most favorite were the few special moments with my dad before he walked me down and Adam’s reaction when he saw me for the first time that day as I was coming down the aisle.

“My dad is always calm and collected and has always been the one to calm my nerves before big moments in my life. That day, he was the one that needed me to ease his nerves as he was about to walk his little girl down the aisle and present her to her husband. Walking down the aisle is exhilarating because all eyes are on you in a moment where you feel the most beautiful you’ve ever felt in your entire life.

“Seeing Adam’s face light up was amazing and I could see all the emotions overcome him of love and amazement as I walked towards him to become his wife. I could relive those moments of my wedding over and over!”

Proposal story

Proposal story

“Adam and I have gone to the Dallas Margarita Ball for the last five years and it is one of our favorite events. Our favorite spot to hang out at the Margarita Ball is in the main hall watching the jazz band play (David Carr Jr.). We would always be the last couple in front of his stage dancing. Our fourth year to go to the Ball, Adam knew he was going to propose and had spent the week preparing and secretly asking my parents for their blessing.

“The night of the Ball, we were in front of the jazz stage as always and Adam told me he was going to grab a drink and would be right back. What he actually went to do was ask David Carr Jr. to help him out as he proposed.

“Adam came back as the band resumed playing and asked me to dance with him. As the song ended, I started walking away from the dance area when I heard David say, ‘where is Adam at?’

“I turned around to ask Adam if the band leader had just called out his name and saw Adam smiling from ear to ear. I was so confused as Adam grabbed my hand and guided me to the front of the stage. He was telling me how much he loved me and how beautiful I looked that night and before I knew it he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand, asking me to marry him!

“I said yes through happy tears and guests of the Margarita Ball cheered. David Carr Jr. And his band played us a song called, Remember this Moment and the two of us danced while guests of the Ball stood by to let us have that special moment on the dance floor all to ourselves.

“It was the most magical experience in my life! We knew we had to book David Carr Jr. for our wedding and he played during our ceremony, cocktail hour, and my father-daughter dance.”


Photographer: George Street Photo & Video
Museum: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Rings: Robbins Brothers
Tuxes: Michael Kors from
Flowers: A Stylish Soirée
Dress: Bridal Boutique Lewisville
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters and Wtoo – Beside the Bride Lewisville
Planner: A Stylish Soirée
Hair & Makeup: Salon Pompeo
Music: In10city Band and David Carr Jr.
Cake: Delicious Cakes in Addison
Catering: Beyond the Box Catering

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