Alexis McDonald and Scott Moody’s Modernly Minimalist Celebration

Alexis McDonald and Scott Moody
January 18, 2020

“Are you about to propose right now?” After Scott Moody stopped and took Alexis McDonald for a walk in the middle of their drive to have dinner with her parents, she suspected he was close to dropping to one knee. The pair of Dallas natives became a couple after they met on a dating app, only to find they already shared several mutual friends. And on that day a year and a half later, when Alexis suspected their before-dinner detour was for more than just killing time, she was right—he popped the question, and the two sealed the deal at the Dallas Arboretum on January 18, 2020. “I’m not really a traditionalist when it comes to weddings,” says Alexis, who used her design background to create a modern event that reflected their personalities and offered an inviting atmosphere for friends and family to mix and mingle under the Texas night sky.

Sleek, Simple Style

With a background in architecture and design, Alexis knew she wanted her wedding to reflect her cool, modern style. With help from her mother as well as wedding planner Kristin Shepelwich of AK Event Design, her vision of an outdoor, Santa Barbara–style celebration came to life. “Our desire was for the wedding to tell a story, which started with an editorial picture from a fashion magazine her mom had found months before,” Kristin says. Alexis’ style—simple yet elegant, beautiful but low-maintenance, function over form—created the basis for the design decisions, with the reception layout purposefully curated to allow for mingling between the two families and sets of friends. Traditional table-and-chair dining was swapped with functional (and chic) lounge seating that fostered a more intimate environment. “We just wanted everyone to get to hang out and talk and chat,” Alexis says.

Guest Count: 250

First Dance:  “Baby I’m Yours” by the Arctic Monkeys

Cake: Chocolate, vanilla, and carrot cake

Specialty drinks: Margaritas


  • Ceremony Site

    Alex Camp House lawn, Dallas Arboretum

  • Photographer

    Grant Daniels Photography

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Nardos Design (ceremony)

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    Nardos Design

  • Hair

    Dana Twitty

  • Groom’s Attire

    Sid Mashburn

  • Bridesmaids' Dresses Retailer

    BHLDN; Nordstrom

  • Groomsmen's Attire

    The Black Tux

  • Reception Site

    Alex Camp House, Dallas Arboretum

  • Flowers

    R. Love Floral Design

  • Stationery & Calligraphy

    KM Designs

  • Cake

    Panini Bakery & Cakes

  • Catering

    Catering by Chef Kent Rathbun

  • Music


  • Band Lighting

    Absolute Lighting

  • Videographer

    Summer Films

  • Wedding Rentals

    DFW Dance Floor; Perch Event Decor; POSH Couture Rentals; Sandone Productions

  • Wedding Planner

    AK Event Design

  • Wedding Designer

    Kristin Shepelwich

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