Abby and I were both born and raised in Texas. So when we tell you about the 20 golden days of October, well...we know what we're talking about! Both of Abby's sisters were married in Houston, in October and we couldn't have asked for any better weather. Impressed the heck out of all of our northern kinfolk! Almost convinced them that we don't live in the desert ... almost! And like all Texas Octobers ~ these past few weeks in Houston have been spot on with glorious days!
Sometimes, we get to share our Little Black Book members' own weddings, but today ... LBB photographer Andrea Polito is one of the lovely maids in the wedding! Her friends Alexis and Andy were married on one of those golden October days (2008) in a gorgeous fall wedding in Dallas!
Here's what Alexis had to tell us about her wedding...
Our floral designers from Fete des Fleurs in Dallas created the most romantic arch for the ceremony with leaves and flowers in rust, cream, and green. Our wedding was in October and we wanted something with a great fall feel, even though Dallas is still pretty green in October. The venue, Marie Gabrielle, created the perfect backdrop with its beautiful trees and gardens, and the flowers (orchids, moss, ranunculus) and small accents (Jan Barboglio iron candelabras, centerpieces, and chargers; candles everywhere, including hanging from the trees; white lights; matchbooks from For Your Party; caramel apple favors from Tart Bakery with hand-calligraphy on letterpress cards by Bella Figura; the flowy green bridesmaids dresses by Vera Wang; the sparkler send-off; our vintage Cadillac getaway car) just tied everything together.
My amazing photographer, Andrea Polito, is a close friend and did double duty at the wedding by also serving as one of my bridesmaids! She was also pregnant and in heels, but was determined to capture all of the details...which she did! She was amazing to watch and during the ceremony had two staff photographers shooting while she stood by my side! It was really great to work with a friend who also happens to be one of the best in the business! She took time to shoot all the little things that often get overlooked, and those details have been the most fun looking back on.
I wore a gown by Lela Rose, a Texan-born designer who I love. She uses unconventional fabrics in her wedding dresses, and I loved the embroidered lace detail all over the dress. I wanted something with a vintage feel that was also comfortable and timeless, and it was perfect. I also wore a vintage diamond watch that belonged to my great grandmother and carried my grandma's handkerchief. I found my clutch on Etsy and pinned a brooch on it that matched the ones in my hair. Even though you really couldn't see my shoes under my dress, I felt so great peeking down at them and seeing those feathers...They are still on display in my closet!
When asked what the most important thing about their wedding was?
Probably the ceremony and vows...We wanted a very personal ceremony, so we pulled from lots of different vows, poems, and traditions to create a custom ceremony that felt like us. We come from different faith backgrounds, so we blended passages that spoke to both of us. My cousin is a judge in Dallas and one of the only people I know who actually towers over my husband, so he officiated. We recognized our grandparents who were no longer with us and had a moment of silence in honor of them. I was very close with my grandmother, in particular, and carried an embroidered handkerchief that belonged to her with her initials. My husband's brother and best man read a unique version of "these are the hands" during the ceremony, and it was really special to have members from both sides of our family participate in the wedding.
AK Event Design was there for day-of coordination ...
Andy and I both love music and knew from the beginning that we wanted a band...He said he knew it was meant to be when I professed my love for Tom Waits the first night we met. ;) We're both big fans of 70s and 80s rock (Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin), and I've always loved Bowie, The Cars, Talking Heads, etc. We listened to a ton of wedding bands online and then came across Skyrocket, a band out of Austin. They were voted Best Cover Band in Austin by the The Austin Chronicle, and we knew we'd found our band! Their setlist had everything from Hot Legs and Rock the Casbah to Brown Sugar and Whole Lotta Love...We were sold! All of the musicians in the band are also recording artists in their own right, including Trish Murphy who fronts the group, so we knew we were getting the best of both worlds...Really talented and really fun! It was a great pick, because everyone from our generation to the older generation was on the dance floor getting down! My husband even did an "unplugged" guitar solo with the band during American Girl that was the highlight of my night!
Ahhhhhh ... such a pretty day! Happy Anniversary Alexis & Andy!
And thank you to Andrea Polito for sending us these beautiful images from the celebration!
Andrea has another terrific wedding that she JUST posted on her blog that also took place at Marie Gabrielle ~ Jennifer & Matthew's wedding celebration!!