From the Bride... When Nathan and I decided to get married, we decided to have a short engagement. We were only engaged for three months! We hit the ground running and immediately started planning our wedding! For three months we made spreadsheets of task lists, vendors, details we wanted to include and timelines. We had prepared so much that once our wedding day rolled around, I felt like I was really able to enjoy the day and felt very calm, excited, and relieved. I spent the day getting ready with my family at a local Austin salon, Paloma, which was really relaxing and fun. It also gave me the opportunity to spend some one on one time with my female family members before the wedding started!
Nate and I did a first look, which was great! I was so excited to see him and we were able to check-in with each other and spend time together before we walked down the aisle.
We were really inspired by the desert, Mexican culture, Texas culture, and family picnics. We wanted our wedding to feel like a family friendly-rustic-Texas picnic. Nate is from Arizona and I am from West Texas, it was really important to me that our wedding incorporated "desert beauty." Nate, my mom, my sister, and I picked out the flowers and did a trial arrangement with mason jars and Topo Chico bottles. The day of the wedding, Nate's Aunts arranged all of our floral centerpieces (which included 88 mason jars and 88 Topo Chico bottles)! They did an amazing job. Other wedding details were done by my mom and aunt, we sent each other ideas and inspirations and they executed it beautifully! The details of our wedding were truly a family affair and I feel really lucky to have had so many loving, helping hands at our wedding!
DIY projects included the floral centerpieces, the candy bar, my cousin Max and I stamped each candy bag with a bride and groom and each table number two nights before the wedding. My mom, dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles all worked on the candy bar, choosing the candy, and filling the jars. Throughout our engagement, Nate and I saved all of our Topo Chico bottles to be used for centerpieces. The weekend of the wedding we didn't have enough and my aunts started a Topo Chico drinking campaign so that we would have enough bottles to fill up the tables!
One of the most special parts of our wedding was the incorporation of our family in the ceremony, we did not have the traditional bridal/groom party. Instead, we only had our siblings, parents, and grandparents walk down the aisle. We chose all of the Baha'i Writings and selected specific family members to read them. Nate's brother, Jon, was the master of ceremony.
Wedding Photography: Day 7 Photography | Wedding Venue: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas | Wedding Planning: Heavenly Day Events | Floral Design: Petals Ink | Catering: Pink Avocado | Macarons: Hello! Macaron | DJ: Spacecraft Entertainment | Rentals: Marquee Event Group | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Ring: Cathy Waterman | Bride's Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom's Tie: Burberry | Groom's Ring: Calvin's Jewelers | Groom's Shoes: To Boot New York | Makeup: Hedieh Fakhriyazdi, friend