I couldn’t possibly put my finger on what I love most about this gorgeous ballroom beauty captured by Day7. The first thing I fell in love with was this bride’s gorgeous BHLDN gown. It’s a stunner. Then I fell in love with the palette of soft pinks. It doesn’t get prettier. But then I saw the way this Groom looked at his lovely Bride, and all of the things I loved so much went out the window, because that look is priceless. See even more of this gorgeous ballroom wedding here.
From the Bride…The day was how I imagined, full of love and laughter, surrounded by family and friends, sharing that special day with all of them. I remember praying the morning of that it wouldn’t be a horribly hot and humid day that Houston was known for. The ceremony and reception was indoors, but our first look was outside next to the church and we both sweat a LOT! Thankfully, it was somewhat tolerable. I tried to remember as much of the day as I could, since everyone always says the day passes by in a blur! I made it a point to take a step back and take in each moment. It certainly helped that my father is so goofy. The guests and I will never forget when he found the traditional pace of the father and daughter dance too slow and he broke out his own dance moves.
Most of my inspiration came from Style Me Pretty which I browsed a LOT! My sister would even comment that I was addicted. This was how I decided to go with a neutral palette with gold accents and even choose PINK! (well, if we’re being technical, blush) for my bridesmaids. I never really liked pink, but it evoked the feeling of soft romance that I was going for in my wedding. As for tradition, I am somewhat of a reformed traditionalist and wasn’t set on having something new, old, borrowed, and blue. However, my bridesmaids sweetly surprised me with a hand-stitched “tear-chief” (handkerchief for my tears) with D + J and our wedding date in blue letters that was my something blue. One aspect I absolutely adored was incorporating our love of giraffes into the wedding. Instead of a pillow for the rings, I found a stuffed giraffe for the ring boys to carry down the altar.
I am so grateful for all the family and friends who helped with the wedding. All my bridesmaids and wedding coordinator, whose own experiences with their own wedding gave me insights and made the planning process easier. It also helped a lot that they are so crafty (see “tear-chief” above) because we were able to make all the floral centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. This allowed us to add peonies (my favorite!), to the bouquet, since we found them for a steal from the local grocery store. Since I wanted to bring the outside in, my friend had the brilliant idea to cut pear branches from her yard to complete the look with the cloudberries for the altar arrangements. I am also blessed to have a graphic designer friend who did all the stationary and kept me sane throughout the printing process. On the day of, my sister did my makeup, and my mom, who did my hair, magically transformed me. Take advantage of any special skills your family and friends have to offer. It definitely made my wedding more personal and memorable.
Photography: Day7 | Ceremony + Reception Location: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice | Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie | Reception Music: DJU Productions | Photobooth: Smirk’n | Wedding Dress: BHLDN (Catherine Deane) | Shoes: Nine West