Meke Stephens & Antonio Smith
A Surprise Wedding for the Family
Sep 27, 2018
Dallas , Texas
The Amber Studio
For Meke Stephens and Antonio Smith, both hair industry professionals in the Dallas area, it took crossing paths for a year and half for the two to realize they were meant to be. Four years later, the happy couple was vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico when Smith dropped to one knee and proposed.
With the plan to get married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Stephens and Smith wanted to find a way to have a ceremony in Dallas for those friends and family that wouldn’t be able to make it to their destination wedding. The Stoneleigh, a luxury boutique hotel in Dallas, came to the rescue. After meeting with wedding planner Marion Marshall of Absolutely Blooming, the couple agreed to be a part of The Stoneleigh Wedding, a semi-private progressive wedding open house for wedding planners and engaged couples. The catch, the wedding had to be a surprise, so Stephens and Smith told their unsuspecting guests that they were hosting a reception at The Stoneleigh for those that couldn’t attend their wedding in Cabo.
The Big Day
On September 27, 2018 – just four weeks after speaking with the event planner – the surprise wedding was underway. The ceremony took place outside in The Stoneleigh’s courtyard on a crisp fall evening. Students from the Booker T. Washington Jazz Choir began singing as guests were asked to take their seats. To everyone’s amazement, Smith joined the minister at the altar as Stephens started to glide down the aisle. The ceremony was followed by a magical night of celebrating and dancing.
A few weeks later, Stephens and Smith had their destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They stayed in Cabo for their honeymoon where they enjoyed the beautiful beach, good food, and the relaxing atmosphere.
The Amber Studio
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE
Dallas Affaires Cake Co.
My DFW DJ, DFW Parties, + Booker T. Washington Jazz Choir
EVENT PLANNER + FLOWERS
Providence Place Bridal Boutique
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
RENTALS + DECOR
Top Tier Event Rentals and Staffing
Bread’n’Butter Plant Design and Rental
Marrica Evans Photography
Val’s Cheesecakes + Creme de la Cookie
A and K Photo Booth