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A Blush and Gold Garden-Inspired Wedding Fit for a Spring Princess

This Galveston wedding is so gorgeous, you’d never know there were a few hiccups along the way (including a wardrobe malfunction and flower girl breakdown). But from Laura Hooper Calligraphy‘s wooden signage to the Bride’s pretty pink peep toe pumps to the classic reception, this day is all kinds of pretty. Feel all the love, courtesy of Courtney Leigh Photography, in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Peter and I were married on Good Friday, in a little beach town perched precariously on the sand barrier island of Galveston Texas. Galveston is decorated with character and charm. We said our “I do’s” in front of the ones we loved the most in a quaint little chapel called the Lyceum that has weathered hundreds of storms. We were told while venue hunting, that the Lyceum had actually floated off its foundation during a hurricane. The Lyceum was restored to its original location and re-anchored. To us, this symbolizes how marriage can drift off its foundation too but both individuals have to work to reroot the marriage foundation through faith. We were sold. My now husband, is also a complete history buff so it was only fitting that the Hotel Galvez known as the “Queen of the Gulf” caught our eye to host the wedding reception. The Hotel Galvez is a symbol of Galveston’s restoration efforts following the Great Storm of 1900. It is uniquely beautiful, historically rooted, majestically resilient and maybe a little bit haunted.

My Galvy girls and I boarded the trolley to the church, a few wardrobe malfunctions and flower girl break downs later, I was ready to roll. I walked down the aisle with my paternal grandfather’s wedding band attached to my bouquet and married the man of my dreams. After the ceremony, my husband and I were dashing to our get away car and I felt a tug on my veil that sent it whirling around into the sky high above our heads, maybe to serve as a little reminder the man upstairs and my grandpa had a perfect view for our wedding day.

The spring vibes played well in to my garden theme. The floral arrangements were full of fresh blooms, my colors blush and gold colors were light and airy, and the cocktail hour was held on the hotels private lawn called the Oleander Garden. We danced and ate goat cheese lollipops and red velvet cake from my hometown bakery. We laughed, had an anniversary dance off to Last Dance by Floyd Cramer, drank shark bites inspired by our pup Clark, and were whisked away to the Tremont House in a white Rolls Royce cloud. What a whirlwind. It was both romantic and a little bit wild, like the best parties are.

Times of great anticipation also come with times of great sadness. Shortly after setting a date and picking the venue, my mother was diagnosed with Stage III Ovarian Cancer. Looking back now, we embraced wedding planning in efforts to bridge the gap between a great celebration and the harsh reality of surgery, treatments and waiting. Of course, the planning piece came with its share of hiccups, headaches, and an excessive amounts of midnight oil; but it was a labor of love. My creative juices were flowing as the count down grew closer. My inner accountant put the kibosh on a few outrageous ideas. I snapped photos of every detail that inspired me. I think my phone hit its max photo capacity the first few months we were engaged. I drew inspiration from all things wedding; blogs, styled shoots, photography sites, Pinterest, Etsy, letterpress, friends weddings, family heirlooms and traditions, and childhood dreams. Almost a year later, my mother has weathered the cancer storm and is in remission! Ah, it’s been a year of tears, fears, smiles laughs and a whole lot of love. How soon is too soon to do a vow renewal, kidding.

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Photography: Courtney Leigh Photography | Event Planning: Heather Benge Events | Floral Design: Island Flowers | Wedding Dress: Whittington Bridal | Cake: Rise Cupcakes | Invitations: HH Design House | Ceremony Venue: The Lyceum | Reception Venue: Hotel Galvez Onsite Restaurant | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair + Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Calligraphy: Nib and Pixel | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Transportation: Vintage Car Services | Hotel: The Tremont House | Photography - Assistance: Awake Photography | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Sound: Divisi Strings | Trolley: The Original Trolley Company | Veil : BHLDN | Wooden Calligraphy Signage: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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Romantic Galveston Wedding at the Olympia Grill

Ladies and gents, this is a wedding you’ll want to set aside some serious time to devour. Because tucked in this gorgeous gallery from Shaun Menary are far too many sweet (and steal-worthy) details to soak up in one sitting. Planned to perfection by Events & Experiences, every touch is filled with personality and love, making this gallery simply beyond.

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From Shaun Menary PhotographyJennifer and Gardy Garcia’s wedding was a breath of fresh air; they did something personal and beautifully reflective of their personal style and beliefs. Jennifer’s parents are the Senior Pastors and founders of Abundant Life Christian Center in LaMarque, TX, so the ceremony location was a given. The couple opened the ceremony to their entire congregation, or extended family, as far as the Garcias are concerned. They then hosted a reception in the church’s lobby, where guests enjoyed cake (the CUTEST cakes!) and a plethora of other goodies. For their formal reception, the couple’s family and close friends enjoyed a waterfront dinner at Olympia Grill in Galveston. Floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound deck offered the guests stunning views of the ocean while they enjoyed fresh seafood served up from the restaurant. The entire affair was heartfelt and lovely, and we were happy to be the ones to document it. Cheers to the Garcias!

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Videography: Karbon Media | Event Planning: Chelsey Dane Arnal | Florist: Maxit Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Who Made the Cake! | Invitations: The Paper Source | Ceremony Venue: Abundant Life Christian Center | Reception Venue: Olympia Grill | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Calligraphy And Signage: Artful Designs By Rachel Nieman | Ceremony Backdrop: French Knot Studio | Custom Printing: Cheree Berry Paper | Goody Bags And Napkins: The Paper Source | Linens: Over the Top Linens | Save The Dates: Minted

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Shipwrecked Seaside Wedding Inspiration

If ever there were a fairy tale by the sea, this would be it. Inspired by a washed ashore mermaid bride and a handsome shipwrecked groom, every inch of this sandy shoot is covered in a laid back beach-y vibe fit for seaside lovers. Tamara Menges Designs‘ wild florals float with the wind and Jen Rios Weddings pulled every pretty touch together seamlessly. Drift away in all the romance here.

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From Archetype StudioThe inspiration started with a vision of a handsome “shipwrecked” Groom who elopes with a stunning mystical mermaid. We wanted to evoke a sense of romance mixed with classical beach elements. Our tablescape was set on an antique chest that may have washed ashore with our mermaid bride. We created a gorgeous floral runner with shells and a silvery fish net mixed in. The place settings were a mix of old and new – the plates from Anthropologie that resembled the inside of an oyster shells and vintage flatware and glassware that could have perhaps been found in the chest with other treasures. Our Bride and Groom announced their nuptials by sending their loved ones a message in a bottle and inviting them to a reception later in the year to celebrate. Our mermaid bride wore a gorgeous Enaura gown with sparkly scallop detail evoking a similar pattern to a mermaid’s tail. Her long flowing hair and glistening skin was perfectly styled to give her that fairy tale look. 

Photography: Archetype Studio | Design: Jen Rios Weddings | Floral Design: Tamara Menges Designs | Wedding Dress: Mia Bridal Couture | Wedding Dress: Mia Bridal Couture | Makeup And Hair: Rayven Walker | Calligraphy: The Weekend Type | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Beach: Constance Dryden-Island Flowers | Bride Model: Brittany A Wendl | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Groom Model: Thomas S. Mackie III | Headbands: Mia Bridal Couture | Nautical Accessories: Nautical Antiques, Galveston TX | Plates: Anthropologie | Vintage Rentals: Cru Vintage Rentals