From the Groom...When we first started planning our wedding, we knew immediately that we wanted to accomplish three things: (1) create a relaxed, intimate setting designed to maximize our quality time with loved ones, (2) give honor to our family and our past throughout the night and (3) incorporate personal touches that held meaning to the both of us. What we didn’t know quite so immediately was how complex that planning could become. Thankfully, we found Elizabeth (with “After Yes”) who was able to translate our quirky style into the lovely wedding that we never knew we always wanted.
Strategically placed couches (covered with antique quilts) and carefully chosen local wines and beer created the relaxed environment we were looking for and a sit-down, four course meal gave us the opportunity to celebrate with our closest loved ones in a small personal setting.
My wife and I look to our parents as living roadmaps to a successful marriage (after all they’ve managed to make it work for some 40 odd years themselves) so a simple way we chose to honor them was to use their wedding colors as our own, blue for my folks and yellow for hers. My sister is famous for her homemade jam’s, so it was a “no-brainer” to gift our guests with her Banana Jam, our personal favorite (so much so that it also made its way as a filling into one of our five different wedding cakes). We were also able to hunt down and put on display old family photo’s of couples going back five generations on each side of our growing family tree.
My wife and I are embarrassingly obsessed with surrounding ourselves with antiques, so why would our wedding be any different? A few of our favorite items were: an antique typewriter serving as our “guest book” (also used when we addressed our invitations), a 1901 gramophone used during our first dance, a 1950’s Chevy pick-up truck used as our “get-away” vehicle and selected vintage Dallas postcards used as place settings.
For days after the wedding we heard over and over again that the night was “soooo you two”… and to us that’s the best compliment we could ever receive.
Wedding Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer / Floral Design: Bows and Arrows / Event Planning: After Yes / Ceremony + Reception Location: Hickory Street Annex / DJ: Astounding Sounds / Catering: Two Sisters / Cakes: Sugar Bee Sweets / Officiant: Love Notes / Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings / Hair + Make-up: Haute Facade / Invitations + Wooden Signs: Elefant Press / Bride's Shoes: BHLDN / Exit Car: Dallas Classic Chevy