Over the years, we’ve noticed elopements taking a not-so-subtle shift. Gone are the days when eloping meant sacrificing style as more and more couples opt for thoughtful, lovingly designed “I dos” for two. It’s a trend we’re 110% behind, and thanks to Jennifer Laura Design , Bella Bloom and Awake Photography there’s so much inspiration to be had right over here.
From Jennifer Laura Design… This was a free spirited elopement styled shoot. The photographer (Paige with Awake Photography) collaborated on the details like the oyster, gold sequin, and feather backdrop, the fern bouquet, and the fishtail braid down the model’s shoulder. We found a gorgeous backdrop for this elopement in some of the marshes leading to Galveston, Texas.
There are elopements, and then there is this little slice of wedding heaven, a day so fabulous, it’s almost indescribable. I’m talking a beachside shindig with lush pink florals from Floral Events, the fab stylings of Perfect Parties of Houston and a bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning. It’s a wedding trifecta of awesome, with the perfect dash of whimsy. See every intimate, love-filled moment captured by C.Baron Photography right here in the full gallery.
From C.Baron Photography…It was a rainy, misty, foggy day on the beach, but that didn’t stop our cute couple, Lisa Marie and Travis from having a gorgeous wedding just for them. Our bride had already planned a full-blown wedding, complete with guests, bridal party and the like and did it in a style to please everyone. After seeing this dress, it gave her the idea of having a completely DIFFERENT type of wedding – very elegant, girly and on the beach, just for herself! C. Baron Photography had so much fun with this couple – they are just a joy to work with – and looked absolutely AMAZING during their day considering the rain – the rest of us looked like drowned rats! I don’t know how they did it! The film follows them from their engagement session on The Strand in Galveston, to getting ready in their hotel at The Tremont House and ending on the Galveston Seawall at Hotel Galvez.
From the Bride… I’m pretty easy-going, I think – I planned my wedding the same way. My family is out of town and came in early on to help me plan, pick my dress, etc. And while I loved my dress, venue, and decor, there was still another dress that I loved – it was very different than anything else I had seen and just wasn’t very popular with the family. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. We are so lucky to live in an area where so much is available to us, especially a beach (I’m from a land-locked state!) – I figured why not have another wedding, styled completely different from the big one. Since it was just us (except for the residents in their beach houses, standing on their balconies clapping for us), it was a very romantic, fun day. Even with all the rain. Travis and I called this our “practice” wedding. It was such a special moment, plus I got to wear my super cute hi-lo dress – it was so perfect for the beach – the wind made it look awesome in photos! Our table and altar were just incredible. It was more than I ever expected. I just loved all the golds, pinks and ivories – and how the cake matched my dress with the rosettes and waves/ruffles. And even with all the elegance, there were little touches of the beach everywhere – from the giant conch shell full of flowers, to the starfish on the chairs. So pretty! Am I a lucky girl or what?!?!
Let me tell you why this wedding is completely awesome. 1. A drop-dead gorgeous + elegant “Great Gatsby” theme that channels all of the glamour of the 1920′s with just a few modern touches (hello chevron stripes). 2. The amazing duo saying “I do,” a twosome who knew just what they wanted and threw a wedding day where details reign supreme. And last, but not least? 3. The to-die-for images captured by Mustard Seed Photography. They are simply amazing and you can see them all right here in the full gallery.
From the Bride… We took inspiration for our theme from our venue and the history of Galveston Island. We studied the history of the island in the 1920′s- 1940′s when Galveston was booming with wealth and opulence and known for it’s secret affairs, much like the descriptions of the era in ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Therefore, we framed the theme of the wedding around the feel of the book and the island during those decades. We used gold, silver, and black for most décor along with art deco fonts and art deco styled geometrical shapes everywhere we could. We used champagne saucers and had a lot of greenery in the flower arrangements as a nod to the era, as well. We also had the guests fill out postcards with advice that were decorated with seven different pictures of Hotel Galvez during various stages of its life from 1900-2013. To add a modern twist, we used some new trends such as chevron designs on the invitations, table numbers, and other décor.
We chose Hotel Galvez for numerous reasons. First, it’s unique history shines through in all of the décor (especially in the Terrace Ballroom and Veranda) and exudes a special vintage ambiance. Secondly, Galveston has been a go to vacation spot where Travis and I have spent many weekends together. Hotel Galvez is also where he proposed. Lastly, it carries special meaning with my family since one of my grandmothers was originally from Galveston. The Lyceum was a church built in the early 1900s in the Historic Strand area and reflected our theme and strong Christian upbringings. The beautiful stained glass windows and restored dark woods captured our hearts as the perfect backdrop to our wedding ceremony.