Kirby Stuart and Adam Gaulding’s Wow-Worthy Wedding at the Olana

Kirby Stuart

Adam Gaulding

November 16, 2019

Former reality show producer Kirby Stuart knows how to throw a party that’s camera-ready. Between wrangling tiara-clad toddlers and adult-sized egos, she worked with a host of local talent to put together showstopping events for various plot twists. That’s when she met floral pro Maxine Owens, and the pair instantly hit it off—so much so, that Kirby eventually left the world of confessionals and call sheets to work for Maxine as she launched her floral company. 

But even as Kirby found her match professionally, her personal life was wanting. She reluctantly tried a dating app—and swiped right on Adam Gaulding. “He was handsome, tall, and kind,” she says. When he mentioned on their first date that he was making a Chewbacca suit for Halloween, Kirby was immediately smitten. They were engaged 18 months later.

The couple decided on the Olana for the big production, and on November 16, 2019, everything went according to script. While the bride counts the sailcloth tent, lush florals, and Vera Wang gown as top-notch supporting players, for Kirby, it was the scene at the altar that was the star of the show. “Our officiant spoke of Adam’s kind and giving heart, and that’s exactly right. It was moving to hear him talk about Adam and me as a couple, and then send us out into the world.” —Laura Kostelny

 

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For her nuptials at the Olana, Kirby wanted a fall wedding that didn’t feel too, well, fall. “I didn’t want Barney purple and vintage orange,” she explains. So together with Maxine Owens of Max Owens Design and friend and wedding planner Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events, she focused on crafting a scene that celebrated three of the bride’s great passions: Adam, disco, and fashion. “Kirby loves disco,” says Wendy. “So we created a ‘disco garden’ in the reception space. And Chanel’s runway had a lot of trellis work that year, so Kirby built a similar structure for the escort-card display herself.” Meanwhile, Maxine eased any remaining fears Kirby may have had about a fall-friendly palette with an abundance of jewel-toned blooms and gold-dipped smilax vines. Notes Maxine: “Autumn flowers really provide gorgeous tones and diversity, rich in color and a great mix of bloom varieties.”

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This article originally appeared in the Fall / Winter 2021 issue of D Weddings. Purchase yours online .

Credits

  • Ceremony/Reception Site

    The Olana

  • Photographer

    Jose Villa

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Vera Wang

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Naeem Khan

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    Vera Wang Bridal House (NYC)

  • Hair & Makeup

    Natalia Issa

  • Groom’s Attire

    The Black Tux

  • Groomsmen’s Attire

    The Black Tux

  • Flowers

    Max Owens Design

  • Stationery

    Southern Fried Paper

  • Cake

    Cakes by Shannon Star

  • Catering

    The Olana

  • Music

    Serenata Strings; Royal Dukes

  • Lighting

    Beyond Lighting

  • Videographer

    Peyton Frank

  • Wedding Rentals

    Bella Acento

  • Wedding Rentals

    La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

  • Wedding Rentals

    Party! Dallas Rentals

  • Wedding Rentals

    Perch Décor

  • Wedding Rentals

    POSH Couture Rentals

  • Wedding Rentals

    Top Tier Event Rentals

  • Wedding Rentals

    Party Tables; Whim Hospitality

  • Wedding Planner

    Birds of a Feather Events

  • Wedding Designer

    Wendy Kay, Birds of a Feather Events

  • Additional Vendors

    Smile, Bish (photo booth); Jennefer Wilson for Smile, Bish (portrait studio); Encore Productions (disco dancers); Premier Transportation; Elite Valet; Carrie Goldberg (bridal stylist)

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