Houston Wedding at The Grove from Day 7 Photography
September 23, 2013
Classic WeddingsEateryReligious Institution
Good food, good company and good music.  Three key ingredients for any seriously fun set of nuptials, and the "priority list" these two sweeties decided on when tackling their big day party.  A day that was not only drop-dead gorgeous, but chock-full of those kind of stunningly gorgeous details that just make your heart sing.  I'm talking contemporary meets pretty in every possible way.  Dive into every love-filled moment captured by Day 7 Photography right here in the full gallery.
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From the Bride... I love good food, Alex loves good music. So, when we started planning the wedding, we picked only three priorities - good company, good food, and good music- and chose to not sweat the small stuff. So much of our joy comes from sharing in the happiness of our loved ones, and for Alex and I to share the things that make us happy in order to make others happy was all we could ask for! Because we had chosen to not worry about all the small details, the big day was relaxing, stress-free and so enjoyable. The ceremony was quirky, fun, and serious all at the same time... I especially loved Alex's personal vows (they were in poem form!!) and how we chose to memorize our traditional vows so we could say them to each other as we placed wedding bands on each others' fingers. The music throughout the ceremony was performed by a few of Alex's good friends, making it even more meaningful and beautiful. Our reception was amazing as well: the food was out of this world (more than one guest told me it was the best wedding food they'd ever had!) and I had a ton of fun greeting our guests and listening to our close friends' and family members' heart-warming toasts.

Alex and I both really love being in nature and admiring God's awesome creation. Since I was a little girl, I've always loved trees - climbing them, drawing them, daydreaming under them... and so when I was picking a wedding motif, trees immediately came to mind. Trees represent what we strive toward in our marriage: they start small, from just one seed, but grow with time and careful cultivation into solid structures capable of patiently weathering the different seasons of life with grace and beauty. I incorporated the natural look and colors of trees, branches, and floral touches into the wedding invitations and programs, the styling of the bouquets and centerpieces, the table number tags, the guestbook, and, of course, into the choice of reception venue (The Grove's second floor is called "The Treehouse" after all!). When I walked into the reception for the first time with my husband and gazed out across the room, I was surrounded on all sides by natural light and beautiful treetops - it was absolutely perfect!

Another main inspiration behind our wedding was to have our guests "share our joy." We didn't want our wedding to only be a celebration centered around us. We wanted our guests to see that our joy had come from trusting in God and using His example of love for us to love one another. One detail of this was our wedding favors. Alex and his groomsmen put together small care packages as wedding favors for our guests to take and give to someone in need. Whenever they gave them out, we hoped that they could remember to "share our joy" by loving and encouraging someone who needed it.

Many details were, of course, found on Pinterest and wedding blogs. Two of my very talented bridesmaids helped DIY the cupcake stand from scratch and draw the table number tags, another friend of mine drew the guestbook tree, and of course, one of the groomsmen was in charge of assembling all the care package favors.