Sometimes when things look less "put together" they end up coming together beautifully, and that is most certainly the case with this Texas Wedding by Allen Arrick Photography. So many little details joined forces to make this one fabulous fête. From the chandelier-filled barn to the sweet as can be memory tree, you'll need to take some serious time in the full gallery of images to take it all in!
From the Bride... This wedding has been a whirlwind from the beginning. With only 5 1/2 months to plan it ourselves, my mom and I really had to go to work. My vision started out when I bought my dress. I knew that I wanted something untraditional, different, and jaw dropping. Maggie Sottero not only had the perfect dress for me, but it was offered in a wonderful, nontraditional color (light gold/champagne). It was a no brainer for me. The vision of my wedding revolved around my dress. I wanted to incorporate my favorite color, plum, into it somehow and found some great shoes by Jessica Simpson that did the trick.
I wanted the majority of the wedding and reception to be homemade and vintage. We spent months going to antique shops looking for tons of vintage lace, jewelry, brooches, and ideas. We also got much of our inspiration from wedding blogs and websites. ETSY also offered many ideas, from the vintage letters, to the flower girl buckets, to the vintage hankies.
I wanted my guests to walk in and have lots of stuff to look at and do when they entered the reception. We decided to make a memory tree that also incorporated stories from guests and pictures of Chad and I growing up. This was a big hit. Making the trees was tricky, but it turned out beautifully. We also wanted some way for guests to leave us some advice. We found a 100 year old door and decorated it with random, vintage hooks that we found. We then rented lots of old keys and had guests write their advice on a gift tage and attach it to the keys and hang it on the door for us. The room was sprinkled with old bird cages, whimsical birds, pearls, and old fabrics. I did not want each table to match. I wanted it to look less "put together" and more shabby.
One of my favorite projects was the lavander bags. Mom and I found lots of old fabrics and sewed our own satchels for each guest. We ordered lots of lavender seeds and filled the bags with them. The guests used these satchels full of seeds to toss at us as we left the venue. Not only was it different, but it smelled so wonderful! We wanted our guests to feel at home while at the reception. We found some antique quilts that guests could use as they sat on the patio. We also wanted the men to be able to relax and smoke cigars if they wanted. We found several old lighters and lots of funky matchbooks for them to use.
Best advice for brides: Don't get caught up in the details. Trust other people to help make your vision come to life. It makes it so much less stressful!
Wedding Photography: Allen Arrick Photography / Flowers: Brosang's Flowers / Event Design & Planning: The Bride / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: Stone Oak Ranch / Wedding Cake: Designs by D'Anne / Bride's Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Vintage Letters, Hankies & Flower Girl Buckets: Etsy