Put a smile on those Monday Morning Faces LBBers because this bride has smiles for miles and we're loving every minute of her happy, happy day. Seen through the lens of Forever Photography Studio (some of our favorites!) this wedding is perfectly chic, perfectly Texas, and perfectly purple. Seriously - it's purple. We love when a color palette comes together so well, and purple is definitely the color of the day. Get your plum on in the full image gallery!
And just because we all need a little more purple in our lives, here is the highlight film from The Wedding Theater!
I don’t remember the first time we met as I embarrassingly introduced myself to Josh at a singles gathering through Second Baptist Church Houston. We were on the elevator and the walls started closing in on me as I realized not only had I met the guy I just introduced myself to, we had had a full conversation about where we were from, where we had attended school, and our careers. I was so embarrassed after that I made sure to remember Josh from then on out, never thinking that one day he might be my husband.
We began working together in sports ministry for our bible study class. As our friendship began to develop, we started to enjoy spending more and more time together and after a year of being best friends, we decided maybe we were more than just good friends and began dating.
On March 18th of 2011, Josh popped the question under the stars at the George Observatory. It was the night of the super moon so there really wasn’t much to see, so he creatively placed glow in the dark stars on the headliner/ceiling of the car that spelled out “Marry Me?” I of course said yes and then the wedding planning began.
Once I saw Villa Antonia, I knew we had to get married there. The views are breathtaking and the architecture of the place is truly unique for Texas. As you drive up the windy rode to the venue you begin to feel as if you have happened upon the Italian countryside. We planned the entire wedding in less than five months without a wedding coordinator. I can’t say that it was easy and entirely stress free at times, but it was completely worth it at the end of the day when I was married to the man I love.
The ceremony was on the Terrace overlooking the Austin Hill country. The Terrace has a wooden Lattice, which was decorated with wild smilax and deep purple stock flowers. The isle leading to the Terrace was covered in rose petals. We had flowers on the sides of the chairs draped with deep purple and lavender ribbons. A close family friend was the minister for our ceremony. During the main ceremony we performed what is called the Cord of Three strands. The cord of three strands symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of our marriage, His love will continue to bind us together as one throughout our marriage. Each strand is a different color. The gold strand represents God, the white strand represents the bride and purple strand represents the groom. During the ceremony we had one of the bridesmaids sing the song “A Hundred More Years” by Francesca Battistelli. Since it was outside in August our programs were fans. They were deep purple and lavender. We found them from a boutique on Etsy.
We had two separate areas for the reception. The dining area was in the wine cellar room. For the dining tables we had eggplant satin tablecloths with Chiavari chairs. The decorations were kept simple with clear candle votives on every table and a mixture of large and small flower arrangements. The large flower arrangements were in tall clear vases with floating flowers throughout the vase. The room also had candles around the outer walls. The Bridal party and family table had reserved signs on handmade aluminum stands with a heart on the bottom. The aluminum stands were found on Etsy. The signs were handmade by the bride out of solid and patterned scrapbook paper and matched the signs on the candy table. The chairs for the bride and groom had purple signs hand painted by my cousin in script that said simply Mr. and Mrs.
For the second part of the reception we moved to the chapel for cake, the wedding toast, and dancing. The chapel tables were decorated the same as the dining tables. Illios lighting set the mood in the Chapel with purple uplights and a custom monogramed gobo set on the center of the dance floor. We announced our entire wedding party through the side doors and then we entered into the Chapel through the grand wooden doors at the back. We wanted to start it off with fun music so announcements were done basketball style to Jock Jams. We immediately went into our first dance by Brad Paisley, “Then”. We had everyone blow bubbles during our first dance creating a truly unique atmosphere. Then we proceeded to the father/daughter dance and the mother/son dance. After that the toast were given by the maid of honor, best man, and the father of the bride.
For our “thank you gift,” we set up a candy table in the Chapel. My sister-in-law put the whole candy table together. We used only purple, white, and silver candy. Many of the pieces of candy were personalized including the m&ms with our picture on them and initialized mini Hershey bars. The candle table had handmade signs made by my sister-in-law wrapped around an assortment of clear glass vases. The candy table included white swirly pops, purple jelly beans, white gum balls, Hershey mini bars, milk chocolate kisses, white wedding sweet tarts, laffy taffy and more. The table was adorned with a hand painted sign painted by my cousin that said “Love is sweet, so take a treat.”
Photography: Forever Photography Studio / Venue: Villa Antonia / Floral Design: Coby Neal, The Flower Studio / Lighting: Illios Lighting / Entertainment: DJ Sean Allen of ATX DJ / Wedding Rings: Deutsch and Deutsch / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasion / Wedding Gown: Lazaro / Cake: Simon Lee Bakery / Catering: Sterling Affairs / Cinematography: The Wedding Theater / Makeup artist: Maris Malone Calderon