Sunday, May 27, 2012

our wedding style

After we got engaged, I never really spent any time perusing bridal magazines.  Rather, an image appeared in my mind, and it came from my love for all things vintage and timeless.  The question was how do we mix chic elegance with simplicity?  We wanted something special with lots of attention to small details; lavish and ostentatious just doesn’t define us.  We toured a number of venues in the Houston area, and soon realized we were way off course -- we wanted to celebrate at a place that was not completely plucked from the blue.  The focus was on intimacy and illustrating the love we possess for one another without the monetary setback that most weddings incur.

Birdcage veil. My veil had a couture look, but really is DIY.  Remember, however, if you’re making something that you plan to wear on your wedding day, give yourself plenty of time to get it perfect.  In other words, start now!

The dress.  My dress was a Pronovias -- Bangkok model -- ivory in color.  Gina and Chrissy can attest to the fact that it was the first dress I tried on at the first appointment.  Some things are just meant to be, and this dress was suited especially for me. *swoon*

My favorite memories: The sounds from the cello and violin setting the mood.  The opera talent singing my most loved classical song, Ave Maria.  The smiles from a few of our closest family and friends in attendance.  Though my favorite part of that day was walking toward my children and fianc√© waiting for me at the end of the isle, and meeting Pete for our “first look” – seeing the Cheshire grin on his face and reveling in that very special once-in-a-lifetime moment with my handsome husband-to-be.

Wooden chalk board sign.  While this idea isn’t totally new, we love a variety of typography (hence the invitations).  Pete did the hard work, devising a plan to construct a wooden welcome that could stand on its own.  Brilliant is he; a chalkboard, stained to resemble a finished wooden frame – he’s so handy like that.  The night before the wedding, I sketched on paper the ideal layout for what the board would say, and then transferred it in chalk…and on a much larger scale.  I was proud of the way it turned out.  And the best part is that it’s erasable if you make a mistake.

Chair poms.  Silk luscious green florals with the stems removed.  (Cutting wire is truly Pete’s specialty.)  The flowers were wrapped with floral wire with which the satin brown ribbon would hang on just the inner row of chairs.

Bouquets and boutonni√®re.  Homemade with love; white and cream silk flowers wrapped with cream-colored satin ribbon.  And did I mention baby-proof?  Baby Reef often beat my bouquet like a hand drum, keeping him happy during photo shoots, and it still looks as good as new.

The restaurant’s glamour didn’t need any help of mine.  The cascading water wall back-dropped the dinner setting, and the dimmed lanterns gave the room a romantic ambience.  We added our own little touch with shimmering candles, sparkling glass and gorgeous orange ruffled florals.  Everything personalized by the bride and groom, all the way down to the place cards.  We had a vision and both absolutely loved creating the look and how it all came together; it wouldn’t have been the same had we not put our own distinctive stamp on the wedding.

Centerpieces.  We needed to choose a flower or plant that was resilient.  So, we chose silks.  And with every gush of awe from guests and/or restaurant staff, I wanted so badly to exclaim, “they’re fake!”  They were placed in rectangular glass vases, filled with whole coffee beans, and complimented with a bazillion square candle votives.

Favors. Stem-less wine glasses were our favors.  Embossed with an old-fashioned car from the 40s. 

Place cards.  Completely DIY.  Simply printed on 40# cardstock in a beautiful Palace Script.  Cut by hand.  So incredibly simple, but so ridiculously elegant.

It could not have been more perfect and we had an absolutely amazing time celebrating with our loved ones – eating, drinking, and merrymaking.  I’m still overwhelmed by all the love and joy, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our happily ever after with our best friend.

Song: Marry Me   Artist: Train

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