This gorgeous, traditional wedding proves that you can still have a unique and personal wedding inside a large ballroom. It seems like the number one thing brides everywhere struggle with is how to infuse their taste and personality into their indoor wedding. Well, pay attention my friends, because this bride, along with the talented Marli Maloney Couch Events has done just that. There are so many unique and beautiful details, all captured to perfection by Lindsay Elizabeth Photography so join me in the gallery for even more!
From Marli Maloney Couch Events: Like many SMP readers, my Houston brides often struggle with how to make a large ballroom wedding look and feel like one of the weddings featured on SMP. Kayla was no exception. The Junior League is a beautiful, traditional building with a large ballroom. Like many ballrooms, however, the Junior League has some distinctive décor that Kayla didn’t want to emphasize. She also wanted to add a touch of modern elements as the building is very traditional. Don’t try to compete with the existing decoration in an ornate ballroom. Our ballroom, like many, had very distinctive blue and gold wallpaper and other ornate décor. Instead of trying to match or compete, the bride selected muted champagne and taupe tones, that felt like neutrals, for the linens. We added ivory, cream, and blush flowers. To make the decoration feel a bit more modern, we used all clear glass vases and streamlined glass candlesticks. We used as many candles as we could find and Blooming Gallery provided many floating candles in large glass containers. The candlelight reflecting in the water and glass was stunning and still worked in the very traditional space.
You can still get gorgeous outdoor photos when you have an indoor ceremony and reception. Be creative with where you take your photos. The church had very strict rules about taking most of the pre- ceremony photos inside. To capture some natural light, we had the photographer come to the hotel where Kayla was getting ready. We scouted out a little courtyard at the hotel restaurant and an unused driveway to get shots of the bride and bridemaids. If we had only taken those photos at the church, the indoor space would have been a completely different look. Also Lindsay (the photographer) took great advantage of the soft light against the stucco walls of the church right after the reception. Some of my favorite shots are the bride and groom outside right after the ceremony and the golden light against the blush stucco looks very much like the colors Kayla selected for décor at the reception.
Just because the wedding has a larger guest count, don’t forgo the small personal details. Everything we selected tied back to Kayla and Josh or something they love. Kayla and her mom are big champagne fans, so guests were greeted at the reception with trays of champagne, each garnished with a fresh raspberry. Hors d'oeuvres included mini grilled cheese sandwiches and shots of tomato soup because that was one of the first meals the couple cooked together. Kayla’s Louisiana heritage inspired the Cajun dishes on the buffet. For the photobooth we added mardi gras beads and the couple’s college pennant to the normal array of props. At the end of the night guests were treated to homemade chocolate chip cookies, one of Kayla and Josh’s favorites, and photos of them as kids.
Photography: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography / Flowers: Blooming Gallery / Event Planning: Marli Maloney Couch Events / Ceremony Location: St. Anne's / Reception Location: The Junior League of Houston / Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew / Cakes: Cake Affairs and Culinary Creations / Photobooth: Houston Party Booths / DJ: Rock N Robin / Linens + Chair Covers: Distinctive Details