Nimitz Museum Wedding by Sprout + SMS Photography
July 8, 2011

This bride doesn't know it yet, but she's my new best friend.  Yes, any bride who rocks a pair of fab.u.lous Jimmy Choos AND cowboy boots on her big day is most definitely my new hero.  And, if that weren't enough, she enlisted the uber-amazing talents of Sprout and Elizabeth Harris to create some of the most incredible florals and event design I have ever seen.  Hello anemone, crystals and antlers!  All captured in stunning images by SMS Photography, these nuptials are a Hill Country dream come true.  I plan to swoon over these photos all day long.  So, you know where I'll be...  In the gallery!










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From Sprout... Natalie and Allen chose to get married near her parents’ home in Fredericksburg, Texas.  As it was February, Natalie wanted the decor to be warm and inviting for her guests who would be traveling in winter weather. The rehearsal dinner was held in the beautifully contemporary dining room of August E’s restaurant with table settings playing off of Allen’s love of hunting and Natalie’s fondness for pink. Deer antlers, lush white flowers and pink glass votives playfully encircled silver candelabras on tablecloths of gunmetal gray. Handmade place cards with pink stitching finished off the place settings.

The next evening carried on the theme of candlelight and metallic accents with a beautifully lighted tent and floral arrangements of white hydrangeas, orchids, roses and tulips incorporating mercury glass, handprinted gold leaf paper, silver trumpet vases, vintage crystals and hanging votives.

From the Bride...It was at Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, Louisiana that Allen and I first met, but our relationship was nothing more than attending the same school and occasionally running in a similar crowd. Three years later our paths crossed again at the University of Texas, where we became great friends and eventually years after that, fell in love. Allen proposed two years after we began dating on the field at Darrell K. Royal stadium during the University of Texas v. Wyoming game at our cheerleader alumni weekend...and I of course said yes!

Our wedding weekend was inspired by a combination of our Louisiana roots, our love for Texas, and the charm of the Texas Hill Country. The wedding was held in February in the midst of the great ice storm that had just blown through the country, but our big day was somehow beautiful and dry. A winter white wedding that incorporated white flowers, warm metallic tones and lots of candles was exactly what I was hoping for, and was executed beautifully by Elizabeth and Michelle. Our ceremony was held at my grandparents' small church, Saint Barnabas Episcopal, where the aisle was lined with pillar candles and the altar was filled with a variety of white candles that created a completely romantic glow throughout the church. Allen and I met beforehand in the small chapel in front of the church, which to us symbolized that we were going through the process together and that as long as we had each other, everything else would fall into place.

The reception was held in the garden at the Nimitz Museum in a large tent and Elizabeth and Michelle had decorated it with the intimacy that we desired and the elegance that I always dreamed of. A variety of white flowers were spread around the room with creative centerpieces incorporating romantic branches, hanging votive candles, vintage crystals and large silver vases. The tables were dressed in a soft golden fabric and the ceiling was lit with a decorative lighting effect Elizabeth had chosen to achieve the atmosphere and feeling we were looking for, topped off with crystal lined chandeliers.  One of the most important aspects to us was the overall feel of a fun party.  We spent a great deal of time picking out the perfect band that would keep our guests dancing all night, and All Funk Radio Show was just that.  Surrounded by our family and closest friends was truly a wonderful beginning to our life as husband and wife. We loved every detail of our wedding and thank our parents and all the vendors involved for making it so perfect!

Wedding Photography: Stacy Sodolak of SMS Photography / Floral Design: Sprout / Event Design: Elizabeth Harris Event Design / Ceremony Location: St. Barnabas Church / Reception Location: Admiral Nimitz Museum / Catering: Sterling Affairs / Wedding Cake: Sophie’s Choice Bakery / Lighting: Ilios Lighting / Tent: Marquis Tents / Event Rentals: Illusions Rentals and Design / Reception Music: All Funk Radio Show