Mercury Hall Wedding from Half Orange Photography
August 26, 2013
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Glamour, Texas style. That sums this beauty of a wedding at Mercury Hall quite nicely. It's burlap and sparkles, cowboy boots and gorgeous gowns. It's all around lovely, and filled with so much love, you can feel is seeping through every gorgeous image snapped up by Half Orange Photography. It's one fabulous way to start the work week, and it's all sitting pretty right here.
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From the Bride... James and I loved every minute of our wedding. The phrase I coined throughout the wedding planning process was Texas Glam, touches of burlap, cowboy boots, and the great outdoors, with even more splashes of art deco, sequins, and the unexpected detail. We had the paper heart garland curtain made by a Belgian paper artist on Etsy (lamiacasa), and were my absolute favorite touch. We wanted clean, elegant, simple, and personable. Over and over, James and I said, this wedding is not about decor, it's about our marriage! And that's exactly what we had. Our special day was memorable, joyful, laughter filled, bright, and beautiful. The most time consuming project I took on was the hand-painted art deco pallet. I found the pallet, spray painted it soft white, then cut out my own stencils based on an art deco font I found online. Then I stenciled the artwork with sponge brushes and black paint!

Another special thing I did, I went to Home Depot when I first got engaged, picked out 5 paint color swatches as the official wedding color palette and used that not only as reference for the months of planning, but also made 7 paint swatch fans to send to my bridesmaids! It worked PERFECTLY. I wrote a note that said, "Pick a dress!" So when my bridesmaids went out to search for their dress, they took their little color palette and showed up at the wedding with the perfect blend of colors. (They did call me before purchasing just to make sure there weren't too many girls wearing the same colors

Advice #1: Do not commit Pinterest overkill. Yes, I drew inspiration from my pins, but thought it was most important that our wedding looked like US, not my thousands of wedding boards.
Advice #2: Let others help you. It will be essential to your sanity that you let go, and let others carry out your vision. I made tubs of all my decor and special touches with labels, handed them to my coordinator, and said see you at the reception!
Advice #3: Focus on all that you do have, not what you do not. It is very easy to dwell on all the projects you failed to complete, or the people that RSVP'ed and didn't show. Instead, choose to focus on all the people that DID come to celebrate with you and how handsome your groom looks! [dotted]

Wedding Venue: Mercury Hall | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Makeup: Christy Edlin Makeup | Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Designed by Bride, Created by Tribe! (a friend who empowers women in northern Uganda) | Photography: Half Orange Photography | Invitations: Minted | Dress Designer: Blush by Jim Hjelm | Florist: Central Market | Cake: Central Market | DJ: Greenbelt DJ, Joel | Caterer: Vanilla Orchid Catering | Hair: Deanne Maraffa | Program: DIY by Bride