For this art-loving couple, the best part of their wedding venue, La Colombe d’Or, wasn’t the stately wood paneling, extravagant chandeliers or the old-fashioned bar. It was the incredible art collection. And against this backdrop, the ivory and gold color scheme, lush flower arrangements and beautiful couple make this wedding a gorgeous work of art. See it all from Jenna McElroy in THE VAULT!
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From The Bride…Andy and I wanted our wedding to have an elegant, old world feel, and we found that immediately at La Colombe d’Or. We loved the centuries old wood paneling and the dramatic chandeliers (ok….I loved the paneling and chandeliers, Andy liked the large, old fashioned bar). What really sold us, though, was the art! We love browsing galleries and museums, and La Colombe d’Or has the most incredible collection. Our décor, designed by Plants N Petals, centered around loose florals with lots of greenery for a romantic feel.
The most important thing to us (besides the ceremony, of course) was a fun and wild dance party. The Royal Dukes Band kept everyone on the dance floor all night long! We were so lucky that our amazing photographer Jenna got hundreds of candid shots to capture the shenanigans!
Photography: Jenna McElroy | Event Planning: Two Be Wed | Floral Design: Plants N Petals | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: World Catering | Invitations: Paper Source | Ceremony Venue: St. Anne's | Reception Venue: La Colombe D'Or Hotel | Bride's Shoes: Valentino D'Orsay | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Hair: Etheria Salon | Band: Royal Dukes | Bridal Boutique: Mia Bridal Couture | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother
I’m a proud book nerd (let’s not even get started chatting recommendations!) and the more greenery the better I say, so combine these two loves and what do we get? This masterpiece right here by Keely Thorne Events, overflowing with gorgeous green florals and literary love all around. Shaun Menary captured it all, and I’ll be soaking up everything, from chapter one to the end, in our VAULT right here!
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From the Bride… Hunter and I live in San Antonio, but we decided to have our wedding in Houston because we both grew up there and most of our family is there. As soon as I saw the Julia Ideson Library in downtown Houston I was hooked – there was no question in my mind that this was the place we were going to celebrate our marriage. Luckily Hunter (who was back in San Antonio at the time) ended up loving the library just as much as I did, and from there the architecture and color scheme of the library really drove most of our planning process. I grew up in the Methodist church, so once we found the library it was an easy decision to have the ceremony at the beautiful St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located just outside of downtown.
We wanted to incorporate elements of the library into the wedding so we added small touches like printing out our Save-The-Dates on bookmarks, displaying the escort cards in card catalogs, and having the table numbers printed on library cards. The Spanish Renaissance style of the library was already gorgeous on its own, so we created a color scheme that complemented the colors that were already there – lots of greenery, white and neutral colored flowers, and gold accents. Our wedding planner, Jennifer Hobson-Kaldis with Keely Thorne Events, did an amazing job of tying together all of our ideas, and all of our vendors were so creative and easy to work with. Even after almost a year of planning our jaws dropped when we first walked into the library that night! After dinner, everyone danced to music by the Kris Gordon Band; one of our groomsmen – a close friend who was there both the night Hunter and I met and the day we got engaged – plays guitar for the band, and we loved how personal it felt having a band that we have seen many times and enjoy listening to so much.
The whole night was perfect. Looking back, we’re so glad that we worked in little moments of private time throughout the day. We did a first look, ate a quick private dinner during the cocktail hour so we could visit with everyone during dinner, and we had a private last dance before our exit. Everything went so quickly and was such a blur, it meant a lot to us to have a few minutes together to soak it all in.
Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Coordination: Keely Thorne Events | Floral Design: Events In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Susie's Cakes & Confections | Invitations: Pressing Events | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul's United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Julia Ideson Library | Bride's Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Rings: Americus Diamond | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: A Fare Extraordinaire | Makeup: Jentry Kelley | Hair: Brandy Perez | Band: Kris Gordon Band | Favors: Rook Design Co. | Transportation: Sam's Limousine | Bridal Boutique: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Getaway Car: Monarch Limousine | Getting Ready Venue: Courtyard Marriott | Rentals: A Finer Event | Sound: Pro Sound | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother
This whole wedding is fun and fabulous but I just can’t contain my excitement over one specific item – the whimsical backdrop for this ceremony! The perfect addition to an overall amazing celebration, the backdrop is giving me heart eyes for days. Dana Fernandez captured this and more, filling our VAULT with Pinterest ideas just aching to inspire us all in the New Year’s – see them all right this way!
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From the Bride… Our wedding day was better than I could have imagined! I was beyond excited and overjoyed to celebrate such an important day in our lives with family and friends. For Franklin and I it was important to bring homemade, personal touches because we wanted our wedding to feel intimate and for guests to see a reflection of us. We decided on handmade paper flowers and other pieces that we could tie with coordinating colors and design. We wanted whimsical and fun, and I think we accomplished that. It was such a wonderful night celebrating with the people we hold dear to our hearts and I’m so happy with how it all turned out.
Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | Event Planning: Paige Kristian Planning | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Senterpiece | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Cake: Whisk Bakery | Invitations: DH Fitzgerald | Hair + Makeup: Hayley & Co | Venue: Station 3 | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Linen Rentals: Monrreal & Co | Rentals: Avalon Event Rentals | Veil: Joan Pillow Bridal | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother