Ciara Nicole Cooley And Huntington Edward Barton Biggers Wed

By Rob Giardinelli         Photography by Sarah Kate Photography

It was teatime at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas. Ciara Cooley had arranged a reservation for a date with Hunt Biggers. Little did Ciara know that Hunt was one step ahead of her. He had already made a reservation and planned to pop the question during this special date with a surprise celebration afterward. The proposal was the perfect anecdote to the couple’s adventurousness. “What I first noticed about Hunt was how he relaxed he was and how much he enjoyed life,” enthused Ciara Biggers. Hunt Biggers remembers “How easygoing, and adventurous Ciara was.” The couple was initially drawn together as both love to travel and explore new places.

Thus began the 14-month engagement of Ciara Nicole Cooley, the daughter of Lisa and Clay Cooley of Dallas, and Huntington “Hunt” Edward Barton Biggers, the son of Kathryn and Ted Biggers of Dallas, who had been dating for just under two years when the couple became official. The engagement culminated in a lovely wedding and reception at Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek. The wedding included just over 200 family members and close friends, including a wedding party of six bridesmaids and six groomsmen.

The wedding day itself featured three different vignettes that reflected the sense of adventure and interests of the couple as the night progressed. The bride looked stunning in a dress designed by Monique Lhuillier. For the ceremony, Molly Rasmussen of Pop Parties collaborated with Garden Gate Floral Design to create a beautifully serene color palette of soft pinks, whites, and golds with a dash of lavender. Guests were greeted with light bites and champagne as they walked down an aisle of floral archways where violinists lined the path to the ceremony. Once the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife, a 10-piece gospel choir surprised guests with recessional music that led to the cocktail space for the start of the reception.

The reception, held in a tented space on the Arlington Hall grounds, was where David Kimmel Design transformed the space with a vibrant color pallet of pinks, purples, greens, and whites. It also served as a beautiful backdrop as the couple danced their first song to Clint Black’s When I Said I Do. The seated dinner featured personal seafood towers served in individual ice sculptures, a duet entrée dinner, and individual mini cakes for dessert. The main wedding cake was placed in a breathtaking vignette of floor-to-ceiling flowers, complete with flower chandeliers draped from the ceiling, while the groom’s cake was of the couple’s beloved dog, Remi. Just before the transition to the after party, the bride’s mother, Lisa Cooley, surprised the newlyweds with late-night fireworks, a Pitbull impersonator, and fireball shots to the song, Fireball. This served as a perfect transition to the after party, which was transformed from the earlier cocktail party space into a gorgeous red, hot pink, and black environment where the crowd danced the night away to the tunes of LeForce Entertainment.

The bride received her bachelor’s and MBA from Southern Methodist University and works with her family business, Clay Cooley Auto Group. The groom graduated from Texas A&M, received his law degree from Southern Methodist University, and works with his family’s business at The Biggers Law Firm. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica and reside in Dallas.