Anna Cook & Skyler Wheeler
November 20, 2021
Following a whirlwind courtship years in the making, a spellbound pair say “I do” with an elegant and bewitching Austin extravaganza.
Decisiveness, Anna Cook admits, is not one of her strong suits. Yet she made swift and certain work of two important ones: Her person and her planner.
She met beau Skyler Wheeler the week they both transferred to TCU, but for the next seven years, the timing was never right. “And then she moved to Chicago, and I thought she was gone,” Skyler says.
But in August 2020, he came across a profile of particular interest while perusing Hinge: Anna’s. “We finally went out and it was the best first date ever,” he says. With social calendars cleared by quarantine and plenty of intimate, at-home dates on the agenda, their relationship moved quickly. “It’s almost like The Bachelor in reverse,” Anna says. “You get all the good, daily-life stuff and none of the extravagant stuff that can distract you.”
Just four months later, the girl who has trouble making decisions was sure it was forever and accepted his Christmas Day proposal.
The bride-to-be was equally as convicted about hiring planner Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events. Armed with a few key directives and a mutual obsession with Harry Potter, Wendy hit the ground running, orchestrating a grand, tented celebration for nearly 300 that managed to feel intimate and intensely personal. Though Wendy had some initial misgivings about the green-and-white color palette—“I don’t really have that in my portfolio; I do a lot of colorful weddings,” she says—she challenged herself to make the neutral scheme sing.
On November 20, 2021, the Fort Worth–based couple said “I do” in a timeless and elegant celebration that, thanks to Wendy’s eye for detail and lots of custom touches, was anything but ordinary.
Wedding planner Wendy Kay prides herself on her ability to convey her clients’ personalities through idiosyncratic wedding-day details. It’s the primary reason she only books four weddings per year—to allow her the opportunity to get to know clients intimately “to really think about who these people are, what they’re about, and what their wedding should look like, instead of just dropping two people into any generic wedding design.” She starts their working relationship by administering extensive questionnaires, which reveal a couple’s favorite hobbies, colors, or—in Anna and Skyler’s case—books. “Part of the reason they hired me is because we share a mutual obsession with Harry Potter,” Wendy says. “So I knew we had to have some sort of Harry Potter aspect within the wedding.”
Oftentimes, though, Wendy knows a great deal about what makes a client tick even prior to the design stage, as she considers their personalities before taking them on. “I actually market directly to certain Enneagram types,” the planner says. That perfect client-professional match is what, she says, allows them to make matrimonial magic happen.
Something Blue: Anna’s toenail polish
First Dance: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis
Cake Flavors: Vanilla and chocolate dual plated with banana pudding, Skyler’s favorite dessert
Charla Storey Photography
Bridal Gown Designer (ceremony and after party)
Bridal Gown Designer (reception)
Bridal Gown Retailer (ceremony)
Bridal Gown Retailer (reception)
Ivory Bridal Atelier (reception)
Bridal Gown Retailer (after party)
Hair & Makeup
Kiss by Katie
Groom’s Attire (tuxedo)
Groom’s Attire (bow tie)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designer
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Retailer
Remi + Gold
Southern Fried Paper
Cake & Desserts
Cakes by Shannon Starr
Austin Event Lighting
Peyton Frank Films
Marquee Event Rentals
Monarch Event Rentals
Gabrielle Hurwitz Bridal Styling (bridal and bridal party styling)
Center Stage Floors
The Artisan Gift