REAL WEDDING: A Dreamy Texan Wedding – Kenz & Taz
When two different wedding cultures come together, it can a masterful concoction of craziness, love, joy and tender respect. Not only is the new relationship being celebrated, but there is also the true contentment of two families who take on the challenge of intertwining their dreams for their children. This is the story of one such incredible couple…
Makenzie and Taz met four years ago on Tinder. A swipe and a few years later, on January 2021 they were engaged in Zanzibar with a well thought out fake photoshoot on a pier planned by Taz. A little over a year later they then went all out with the most incredible 2-day wedding in Texas in March. One day for the traditional American wedding of her dreams, and one for the Indian wedding of his.
You chose to have two wedding celebrations to honour both of your cultures! Today, let’s talk about your American/ Western wedding. Where did you choose to hold this event and why?
We decided to have the American wedding in Texas at this beautiful venue called Gruene Estate. It was funny how it came to be; we had a lot of venues to look at and my grandmother kept insisting that we look at a place five minutes down the road from her house. I refused repeatedly but finally we were done looking at venues and had some free time — so we decided to humour her and gave in. Once we got there, we knew it was perfect for us.
How Did You Decide Upon a Wedding Theme?
There honestly wasn’t much of a theme, I more so gravitated towards capturing a feeling and a personality. I wanted guests to walk in and think “Wow, this is so Makenzie and Taz”, and I really think we accomplished that! It was weird, fun, and happy – just like us!
Tell Us about the Venue?
The venue was absolutely incredible. It had the perfect rustic-chic vibe I always wanted when I was a kid and dreamt of my special day. There was a beautiful open-air chapel with stained glass windows and a gorgeous chandelier. There was a huge field right behind it with horses, longhorns, and deer – there was greenery everywhere. There was so much we could do with it.
The Dress? What Style Did You opt For and How Did You Feel When You Wore Your Gown for The First Time?
My dress matched the unique feeling I was looking for. It’s more of a ballgown style, but still light and comfortable. The tulle fabric was full of sparkle and the train was to DIE for. I knew it was the dress I wanted as soon as I tried it on. I did give others a shot after it but there was really nothing else that could compare. I did almost pick the dress that I tried on Say Yes to the Dress, but in the end, I wanted something more uniquely me.
Did You and Taz Agree on All Parts Of The American Wedding Or Did You Butt Heads?
Neither really, we decided early on to split the planning. He and his family would plan the Indian wedding and I would plan the American wedding. I did run things by him though as he wanted to be involved. Luckily, we have very similar taste on a lot of things, so it was honestly very smooth overall.
What Was the Best Part of Your Wedding Planning Experience?
Seeing everything come together! I was worried that it would be one of those situations where you have things laid out in your mind but it doesn’t look EXACTLY as you thought it would. But everything came together perfectly, and it was my dream came alive. It really was perfect and made everything worth it.
And The Most Stressful?
The budget. I was lucky enough to have my parents pay for pretty much the whole wedding. But I was so stressed about telling them how much things were and asking them to make the payments.
Your Top 3 Tips for Couples Planning a multicultural wedding and/or destination wedding from Dubai?
1. Weekday weddings. You’re going to save so much money and people are taking time off anyway.
2. Remember it’s your wedding. Not your guests or your parents. Do what you want! Make it yours.
3. Join a Facebook group in the area you’re getting married. You’ll get good ideas, second hand decor, and suggestions on vendors. Use websites like www.brideclubme.com too.
Finally, what 3 words would you use to describe your American wedding day?
Unique, Happy, Love
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Now isn’t that heart-warming? Multicultural weddings are truly the future as the world slowly gets smaller. Especially when expat cities like Dubai and Singapore bring together people from all parts of the world and watches as we fall in love with each other!
Incorporating parts of each other’s culture or even devoting a day each to other’s traditions is a truly beautiful way of not only honouring your loved one’s heritage but also helps to bring families together in truly special ways. Add in the fun of destination wedding where everyone from both sides have to bond together as the family they truly are… you are left with memories to cherish forever. Stay tuned for part two of Kenz and Taz’s wedding, the Indian side! We can’t wait!
Take a look at the beautiful wedding video below