Reviews

Occasions at Stone River — The Premier Dallas Wedding Venue!
Reviews from Brides and their Families…

Angela!!!

Thank you sooo much for everything! You accommodated my EVERY want, need, and crazy request. Occasions made all our wedding dreams come true! We both loved every minute of our wedding day. I also enjoyed everything leading up to Saturday. Working with everyone on staff was a dream. You met us at every possible road block and really customized our wedding and made it special for us.

You were sooo sweet and easy to talk to. I always felt comfortable asking you for things we needed or asking questions. You’re so personable. We cannot say thank you enough!

We loved the dedications we did with Peter. They were totally worth the HOURS and TEARS!! It helped making everything so special for everyone involved!

Allison Lippens

*****

Angela –

We just wanted to say thank you so much for helping make our wedding so special.  Everything was so smooth and great because of you!  Thank you for being our photographer too!  You did an amazing job!  You are such a sweet person and we can say thank you enough.

Bradley and Angela Arledge

*****

Occasions:

The staff was excellent,professional and very service oriented. The wedding coordinators, the DJ, the photographer, the videographer and the pastor on site were all outstanding, courteous, polite and had a positive attitude. The venue was gorgeous, well maintained and exquisitely decorated. The reception, food and wait staff were all excellent, efficient and very amenable. I give the venue a “10!”

Suzi and Dave Weathers

*****

I just wanted to take the time to tell you how wonderful everything was for the Chapman and Davenport wedding.   I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work that each and every one of your staff put in towards making the rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner, the wedding and the wedding reception such a memorable experience. The food at the rehearsal and the food at the reception were absolutely delicious. I have had so many people that attended tell me how wonderful the wedding was and everything that they experienced was fabulous.

The audio that Peter did with Wayne and Amber was absolutely incredible, it left me totally speechless. This is something that I will always treasure and have for many years to come. I know there was a lot of hard work put into making this. Wayne, Amber and Peter had a long day setting it up. Then all the work that Peter had to do on it after Wayne and Amber had recorded the entire story. I have had people calling me to tell me how wonderful the audio was and that there was not a dry eye at their table when they were listening to it. This audio should be a MUST for all weddings…it is something they will cherish forever. Thank you Peter and Occasions for the fairy tale wedding Amber and Wayne deserved.

Thank you,
Sandy Davenport

*****

Thank you so much for making our wedding not only one for us to remember, but for our family and friends to remember, as well. Angela did an awesome job working with us and helping us through all of the wedding chaos. She checked on us many times to make sure we were doing alright and to see if we needed anything—we were very glad she was there! The reception hall looked amazing! We have heard numerous comments about what a beautiful venue we chose. And the food—YUM! Our compliments to the chef! People kept asking for seconds. Great job! We want to add a very big thank you to our DJ, Peter, for making the night as easy on us as possible. We had unexpected changes, which he dealt with and then rolled on without a hitch. All of the music flowed smoothly from one song to the next. And we all loved the three word messages! Too cool! Also, the overhead projector was awesome for the kids. It was hilarious watching them dance! We look forward to coming back for our 10-year wedding anniversary! Thank you again so much for making everything so painless! Special thanks to John Crenshaw as the presiding minister for blessing the day and performing the wedding ceremony. We would also like to thank him for the Bible he gave us; there could be no better wedding gift.

Thanks again to everyone involved,
Shane and Jessica Sugg

*****

Angela:

Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding the perfect day!  You truly went above and beyond and I could not have asked for a better experience.  The day was absolutely perfect and Dan and I have you to thank!  Thank you!!!

Tracy and Dan

*****

Occasions at Stone River is the place to go if you want an elegant atmosphere at a reasonable price! Our wedding was less than a week ago (Saturday, June 23, 2012), and I could not wait to return from my honeymoon and write a great review!

Although my husband and I live in the Grand Prairie area (about an hour away from the venue), we knew that Occasions at Stone River was the our wedding venue as soon as we saw it! Our wedding theme was “country elegance”, and Occasions at Stone River delivered!

Venue: The venue looks exactly like the pictures! We were stunned when we saw it for the first time. It’s really beautiful. I loved the ceremony area because it was an intimate setting. Sometimes, large spaces make it seem like there is a small number of guests. Our guests kept raving about the wedding! They loved the laid back, country atmosphere outside. They also loved the setting inside the ceremony building and the elegance of the reception space. We had our wedding inside, but everyone loved seeing the swans and the gazebo.

Food: Everyone loooooved the food! Our families know good food, and several people thanked us for choosing good food. We chose the Ranchers Menu, which included smoked pork, beef, and turkey along with a roll. We chose mashed potatoes and green bean almondine for the sides. We added a special punch that Occasions makes. People kept saying how much they loved it. It was really good. The food was great.

Music: Peter the Motivator DJ was a joy to work with during our wedding. He had some problems finding some songs that we really wanted, but he fixed the issue and joined up with Micah, the DJ. Micah added the other songs and kept that going while Peter kept the party going! Peter was very organized and contacted me many times before the wedding. He was personable, fun, and happy… which was a joy. His great ideas such as the money dance and the anniversary dance as well as the special entrance really kept the party going. Some people were worried that the wedding would not be as exciting because our ceremony was at 11:30am, but it was quite the opposite… thanks to Peter! When I had no idea of what to do, Peter filled it in and made great choices. Peter and Micah worked it out at our wedding!

Service: I can’t say enough about Ms. Angela and Ms. Betty! They were so nice and accommodating from the very start! They were awesome. They had ideas and were in control and laid back even when I was a worried bride. Our cake caterer had an accident and left us with no wedding cake caterer less than two months before our wedding. Ms.Angela called one of her contacts in Royse City (Simply Everything),
and we were able to do a tasting that same day. The cake was delicious, creative, and less expensive than the other cake! Ms. Angela and Ms. Betty went above and beyond my expectations! Also, the servers at the wedding were very courteous and professional.

My husband and I had the wedding of our DREAMS! Our wedding day was so much MORE than we could have imagined. I don’t know how they did it, but they “wowed” me … and I’m the bride! lol. I felt like we had a wedding that costs twice as much as it really did. I would suggest Occasions at Stone River to any and every bride! Don’t worry about it being far. We had a packed ceremony and reception. Everyone made it. Don’t worry about having an early wedding (if you choose that option), it can still be just as fun if not more fun than an evening one! CHOOSE OCCASIONS at STONE RIVER today!

  *****

Occasions was the first place my husband and I looked at for our wedding ceremony/reception and we booked it that day. I love the all inclusive feel of occasions but the wedding party still has control of the day and what they want. The catering occasions provides is top of the line, big shout out to Chef Zach and his amazing team. Everyone raved about the food. Angela our wedding day coordinator is the best at what she does. She is so calm and level headed, exactly what I needed the day of. This venue is gorgeous!

Sevcan

*****

I’m so happy I picked Occasion’s for my wedding. The place looked fabulous and the food was amazing! Angela is very helpful and knows the in and outs of wedding planning. I wish I would have trusted her and Occasions more from start and it would have saved me lots of $. I brought in way too many little decorations and such which were not needed, when she says they have candles, ashtrays, and other items believe her! Also paid for outside florist, which really isn’t needed with all the centerpieces they provide. Great place to get married!

Brandi

*****

Occasions at Stone River was everything we had hoped for and then some! From the moment that we first stepped foot on the property, to the moment we drove away on the night of our wedding, we were treated like royalty. We want to especially thank Betty for all of her help and answering our many emails. She wanted to make our day perfect and she did. The amenities are unbelievable and we could not have asked for more. Every detail was paid attention to! There is no where on this earth that we could have gotten all that we did and at such a great price. This is definitely THE place to have your dream wedding!

Thanks again,
Cody and Rachel Stewart

 *****

Occasions at Stone River gave me the most amazing wedding ever! Being the first to ever book with Occasions off of the floor plans, I have had the opportunity to watch it grow into such a wonderful wedding venue. The staff are professional and dependable.  They were very easy to work with and really cared about what we wanted. They customize every wedding to fit each couple. Their prices are also very reasonable. Although each bride may use the vendor of her choice, the vendors they recommended made it a lot easier on the planning process for the bride.  We used one of  their DJ’s (Michael O’Brien), florist (Darby from Rockwall Flowers), and executive chef (Zach). They all did such a great job and we were very pleased with their work.

The bride is treated like a princess at Occasions. It is all about her and her special day. The bridal suite upstairs is the coolest bridal suite I have ever seen! The bride and bridesmaids have more than enough space to get ready. My favorite part was that the suite had its own separate air conditioning unit so the bride can stay as cool as she wants! My husband loved the groom’s suite because there were so many games that he and his groomsmen could play to relieve stress before the ceremony. They also provided snacks and drinks in the bride and groom suites.

The ceremony was elegant and sweet. It was the perfect size for the amount of people attending. Everything was organized and set up beautifully. The reception was awesome!! Everything was exactly how I wanted it or better! The food was so good, the table decorations were beautiful, and the music was awesome. We liked how we were constantly being asked by the staff if we needed anything. The entire evening was such a blast, especially the dancing part of the reception. My husband and I still talk about how much fun we had.

Betty worked very hard to make sure all details were taken care of.  She tried to make everything simpler and less stressful for me. I was able to put my complete trust in her and she always went above and beyond what was asked of her.  I could not have asked for anything more.  She is the nicest and most sincere person you will ever meet.

I have heard nothing but good reports from many of my friends and family since the wedding. They all said it was so beautiful. Everyone had such a great time.  Most importantly, my husband and I loved every minute of the most important day of our lives!

From the very beginning, I have been so impressed with Occasions and it was a joy being able to work with Betty and the staff there. It was such a great experience that my husband and I will never forget! I highly recommend Occasions at Stone River. They made everything absolutely perfect! It truly was the wedding of my dreams! Thank you so much!

Love,                  Natalie and Brandon Pitts

*****

Occasions at Stone River is an amazing venue. It is absolutely stunning, and the employees all the way to the amazing owners are involved in every step of the big day. Occasions really worked with our budget to make my fantasy dream wedding become a reality on a budget… I could not have dreamed of a more beautiful wedding. All of the amenities that they offer, especially Peter, are just amazing… All of you are the best, and I could not ask for a better place to have gotten married…

                  Penny and Jimmy Kay

 *****

Angela

Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding the perfect day. You truly went above and beyond, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The day was absolutely perfect and Dan and I have you to thank.

Thank you!!!
Tracy and Dan Weathers

*****

Occasions Staff:

                  Matt and I had a vision for our wedding. We were to be married in Vegas in a garden. After we learned that a lot of our friends and family could not make it, we scrambled to find a place. I called Peter Silander, the Motivator DJ, and he advised that he knew of the perfect place for a magical day-it was Occasions at Stone River in Royse City. When we arrived, they were still under construction. You could see that it was going to be beautiful. We spoke with Betty and she was so helpful. Betty has an on-staff Chef that was amazing. The menu was very affordable and had so many options.

There were several packages to choose from. There are so many positive things to this location. The bridal suite is separate from the bridesmaid’s suite, but close to each other. This will allow room and privacy for the bride to get prepared for her day. In the groom and groomsmen’s suite, they have foosball, a poker table and the Wii. We watched over the next few months and saw a wonderful transformation.

When the construction was complete, the garden was breathtaking. There is a pond sitting next to a white bridge with white swans. The Gazebo sets between the pond and the golf course as a back drop. Prior to our wedding date, Peter the Motivator DJ had Matt, my son Corbin and I do a recording of our “love story”. This recording was played at the beginning of our reception. It was so touching, many people cried. Peter adds such a special touch to your wedding planning. I couldn’t have asked for a better DJ. He is the most energetic person I have ever met.

Betty went above and beyond to ensure that I had my dream wedding. The day of my wedding it rained. At the last minute we had to plan for an indoor wedding in the chapel at Occasions at Stone River. Matt and I were not prepared for decorations or flowers for an indoor wedding. Betty worked her magic and made certain that we had everything we needed. The chapel was just gorgeous. Not only did Betty ensure that Matt and I were taken care of, she had her staff helped my guests from the chapel to the reception hall with umbrellas so that they would stay dry. It is little things, gestures such as this that make Occasions at Stone River a stand alone, top choice wedding location that will meet your every need. Betty said from the beginning when we first met her that she cares for each and every one of her brides. I will tell you that she means every word of that promise. After our wedding we received so may compliments. Most said that it was the most beautiful and fun wedding they have ever attended. You will find that Occasions at Stone River adds such a personal touch that you will not see anywhere else. I have faith that our wedding was meant to be at Occasions at Stone River. It was meant to be our perfect fairy tale wedding.

Betty, thank you for being our star in the dark night. God truly sent us an angel when he brought you to our lives. Thank you for giving us our fairly tale!

Love- Matt, Shirley and Corbin S.

 *****

Thank you for hosting the wedding for my daughter Sonja and son-in-law Joe Frans. I can remember when Sonja was 4 years old playing dress up and wishing for the perfect wedding. I have prayed my whole life for God to bless Sonja with a soul mate and for God to provide the perfect wedding for Sonja.

I searched the internet and found about 10 locations. I knew from the time I viewed Occasions website that God had planned for Sonja and Joe to get married at the Chapel at Occasions.

Sonja and Joe agreed to tour the location, so we set up an appointment with the office.   I can remember pulling up in the parking lot and they both lit up. I could see the joy in their face. We toured the Grand Ballroom first. The tables are decorated so fancy with gorgeous table arrangements. The dance floor and the special lighting are very impressive. The Chapel is decorated so pretty. Sonja loved the staircase and the ivory satin chair covers.

Betty went above and beyond to help Sonja and Joe. I am so blessed and thankful for the service that was provided. The prices are very reasonable and we were given lots of options to help customize our needs. Angela Johnson did an awesome job. She made Sonja and Joe feel like royalty. She captured all the little details on the pictures and they are perfect.

On the wedding day Angela and Donna made sure everything was stress free. The bridal suite is so cool. Sonja and the bridesmaids had so much space to get ready. Joe and the groomsmen had fun playing games and enjoyed the snacks.

The Ceremony was perfect. Everyone could hear and had plenty of seating room. Every moment and every detail was stress free. The staff at Occasions took care of everything.

Peter, the Motivator DJ, did an awesome job. He made the reception so much fun. All of the guests were so impressed with the Love story. The introductions of the bridesmaids & groomsmen made the entire guests feel that they knew them on a personal level. Peter was so kind and is truly blessed with a talent of making people feel good.

Thank you for creating an amazing experience. Everyone made it stress free. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you for hosting the wedding of my daughter’s dreams. Your staff is truly a blessing.

Michelle Garrett

Thank you!

*****

I don’t know where to begin… I just wanted to thank you guys for everything. Our wedding was BEAUTIFUL! I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Adam and I really enjoyed it, all of our guests said they couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. Angela was AMAZING… I’ve never felt so special. She really did make sure I was getting all the pictures I wanted, and took the time to listen if I had any questions. I’ve never met a Photographer as talented as she. We can’t wait to see the pictures. The slide show was amazing and everyone loved it.
Betty, thank you sooooooo much for allowing us to get married out there. It was my dream come true. We spent all night last night talking about how wonderful it was and how we couldn’t believe we had everything we did. We owe you more than you know… saying thank you is nowhere near enough.

Love you!
Amanda and Adam Gilbert

*****

Dear Angela and Staff at The Occasions,

I am sorry to be late in sending this letter of thanks to all of you. I think of the wedding for Brandy and Sean every day and will continue to talk about it for a long time. I can’t say anything that will not be repetitious with what everyone else has written about how wonderful everything turns out at your venue. The praise you have received from others is well deserved and I support their feelings 100 percent. Brandy was our first child to get married. I wanted everything perfect for her day. I fretted the week before wishing I could have a visual run through of just how it would be and prayed all would be as I had envisioned. i can only say that you exceeded my expectations. Many of our guests said it was the most beautiful wedding they had been to. I was so grateful the weather cooperated…it was a picture perfect evening for an outdoor wedding. The food was scrumptious, Peter was incredible, what an outstanding job he did orchestrating the reception. The staff was remarkable and Angela, thank you so much for guiding us through this and seeing that our every needs were met. Sean and Brandy were thrilled, the family couldn’t have been more pleased and our guests all expressed what a wonderful evening they had and what a terrific venue you have. Our hats are off to you Angela, Peter, and all of the staff at Occasions. Thank you for making October 9 a truly special occasion.

Blessings,
Linda Norman

 *****

Occasions Wonderful Staff:

                  I wanted to tell you that I am still very emotional when I stop and think about how perfect this day was for Kaitlan and Matt. They had a beautiful, beautiful wedding thanks to Occasions. It was every brides dream come true. Everyone was so wonderful, Janet the coordinator, Peter the DJ, Angela putting together the picture video, the service at the reception was just absolutely perfect.

I just wanted you to know that it could not have been any different, it was PERFECT.

Thank You for a wonderful memory,
T. Anderson

*****

Angela,

Thank you for all your wonderful advice, personalized attention and expertise that made Tracy and Dan’s wedding so perfect!

Debbie and Paul Lonadey

      *****

Occasions:

                  As a bride, there are so many deadlines to meet and decisions to make; it gets very overwhelming, but with the staff at Occasions’, I felt at ease with all you had to offer. The facilities are absolutely stunning, the staff is extremely helpful, and they make sure your day is picture-perfect!

Seeing my life-long dream of “The Perfect Wedding” unfold right before my eyes confirmed that this was the perfect place! From the very first consultation, where we were introduced with the vision of Occasions’, to driving away in our “get-away” car on our Wedding Day, everything ran smoothly and stress-free. I was able to enjoy every moment. The Staff at Occasions’ took care of every tiny detail. The Chapel’s elegance and the overall feel of the reception matched each and every picture I cut out of the Bridal Magazines.

I used many of the referrals Occasions’ had to offer.

Zach, our Executive Chef did an amazing job customizing the menu to fit our budget and giving us everything we requested. Everyone said the food was great!

Our photographer caught every special moment from the engagement to the Wedding Day. Those memories will be with us forever!

Peter the “Motivator DJ” did an outstanding job! I still get people raving about the fun they had at the reception! Peter customized our Wedding Reception to fit our personalities, and it was reflected in the amount of time Peter spent with us making sure everything was perfect. The “Love Story” unfolded the history of how we fell in love, the personal introductions of the wedding party allowed the guests to learn more about our party, but my favorite, was the recording I made for my dad that played over our “Father/ Daughter Dance.” Peter is a “Must-Have” at your wedding!

Thank you again for such an amazing experience!
C. S.

*****

Dear Occasions,

                  Our Wedding was March 21st, and it still feels like it was just yesterday. We still can’t believe how amazing it was. The Occasions’ staff did an excellent job. I still think about how beautiful the Bridal Suite was decorated and how it had all the personal touches. All of my family and Bridal Party were extremely impressed. We were constantly checked on to make sure that anything and everything we needed, we had. The Chapel was exactly how I imagined. As do most Brides, every girl has this image that they’ve had since they were little girls of how they want their ‘day’ to be. Everything I had ever wanted was accomplished and MORE. The Grand Ball room was exactly how we wanted. Our Reception was more than we ever imagined. We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ; he made sure that all of our requests were met and kept the whole crowd moving. The slide show that Angela had made was beautiful. We actually have people still asking if they can get copies of it because they’ve never seen anything put together as sweet and professional as her presentation was. Angela was the BEST Photographer. She honestly made me feel like a Princess. Every moment of that day was captured. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Betty, you really are an amazing person. I couldn’t have done this without you. You have made this day a day to remember. We’ve only known each other for a couple months, but I feel like it’s been years. I remember the first day we met, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to experience this with you and the Staff @ Occasions’. I have nothing but great memories of that day and I owe it to you. It is an honor to say that I was the ‘First Bride at Occasions at Stone River’. That’s something that I’ll always remember.

Thank you for everything,
A. Gilbert

 *****

Angela

Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding, and for all of your help and guidance. We will remember this day forever.

Thanks,
Jennifer and Scott Smith

*****

Dear Occasions,

                  Thank you for hosting the wedding of our dreams. Justin and I knew we were to have our wedding at Occasions at Stone River from the very first meeting. The structure was up, and the rest was portrayed in beautiful detail for our imagination to create the perfect picture. As the months went by, we found our wedding desires coming true. The location is absolutely stunning. It chapel represented every aspect we were looking for. Justin felt it was important to have the ceremony in a Church, but after listening to the hearts of Johnny and Betty Crenshaw, we knew we were exactly where we needed to be. I had been browsing through bridal magazines for years, and had everything clipped for my ideal wedding. Occasions went above and beyond with it all. From the best flowers arrangements to the exact chairs and table overlays- they had it all!

The four months leading up to the wedding were intense, but it was definitely manageable with the amazing staff. Darby was my personal wedding coordinator, and she was a tremendous help! She was available for me any time I needed her! Justin and I wanted everything to run smoothly. Darby was always one step ahead of me. It was great to know that every detail was getting taken care of.

Our rehearsal was on the coldest day in March, so we asked for the rehearsal to be quick, and we finished without any problems. I gave Darby the last minute details, and when we walked in the next afternoon, everything was picture-perfect.

The Wedding Day was completely peaceful. The Bridal suite was amazing. We had plenty of room to get ready, and had so much fun getting to relax before the evening started. The groomsmen said they had a great time in the Groom’s room playing on the Wii! Moments before the ceremony began, the flower girl got sick and her mom took her home, yet Darby was able to accommodate the change quickly and the processional looked perfect!

The Chapel’s décor only enhanced our formal pictures, the stage is absolutely gorgeous! The Banquet Hall fit our guests perfectly, which was a nice surprise, finding out that we had planned for 125 guests and 160 stayed for the Reception! Johnny, Betty and the staff quickly added more tables to facilitate the extra guests. Johnny and Betty even provided the food to feed them! What an exceptional heart of service.

I recommend Occasions at Stone River to each and every bride who wants to know their wedding will be incomparable, unique and most importantly a “Dream Come True!”

C. Schmidt

 *****

Occasions:

                  I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciated and enjoyed your venue last Saturday night for our daughter’s wedding. Your new facility turned out awesome. Everyone I talked to during the night was awed by the elegance of the decor and all the special touches that you incorporated to make it feel like home. It was amazing! All of your furnishings and details in the bridal suite, groom’s quarters and lounge areas are delightful and I cannot think of anything that would make it better. The food was delicious and the ballroom and chapel are stunning. Peter is amazing also. I have listened to the recording he made with Rachel and Justin several times already. We loved it all. Our coordinator, Darby was the best too. All of your staff were very friendly, helpful, and professional. The whole night went perfectly.  Please thank everyone again for us.

Sincerely,                  D & B Langley

*****

Angela

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us through the whole process and especially for making our wedding day so easy on us. God bless you and the whole OASR staff.

Love,
The Hagers

*****

Dear Peter,

Thank you for creating an amazing experience for us and our guests! Everyone was completely blown away with all you had prepared for our reception. Thank you for spending countless hours to make our reception a huge hit! The time you helped Justin and I create our unique reception recordings were memories we will never forget!  The services you offer are incomparable with any other DJ service.

Everyone in the wedding party was eager to hear what we had said about them, and when the truth came out… there was lots of laughter, smiles and tears. The wedding day wouldn’t have been the same without you! Peter, you went above and beyond in helping us express our gratitude for our wedding party. You have an exceptional heart of service.

Peter hosted the party perfectly. He was able to get everyone to dance! They all had a great time celebrating with us! My favorite recording Peter helped us with was for the father/daughter dance. I was able to record a “Thank You” to my dad, over the song we had chosen. As the song continued, we ended up singing the song to each other. That memory will be with me forever!

I recommend Peter the “Motivator DJ” to each and every bride who wants to know their reception will be incomparable, unique and most importantly a “Dream Come True!”