Muted sunset hues, a gown fit for a princess, and a dreamy gray barn setting – today’s wedding planned by Sweet Tea and Linen is a Pinterest board brought to life. The Farmer and I created heavenly arrangements of brightly colored blooms that made for the perfect color pop against the white interior walls of the venue. To see every last detail of their day captured by Courtney Leigh Photography, don’t forget to head on over to the full gallery of inspiration.
From Courtney Leigh Photo… Anna and Matt rescheduled their wedding from late spring to mid-summer due to Covid and they were finally able to have the wedding of their dreams. They booked a beautiful new venue in Montgomery, TX with a refined, modern and elegant barn design and based their colors and florals on a Texas sunset. Anna had the most meaningful details, from using her parents wedding cake topper to a ring bearer pillow made out of lace from her mom’s wedding dress, to the acrylic etched vows… This wedding was nothing short of a dream.
From the Bride… Matt and I are high school sweethearts turned college sweethearts. I was on our high school’s drill team and Matt was a Trumpet player in the band. In the stands every Friday night, the drill team and band were always right next to each other. It was known among my friends that I definitely had a crush on Matt, and I found out later that Matt also felt the same about me. We ended up hanging out with each other all night at our Senior Homecoming instead of with our dates and I even drove him home in the morning. He finally asked for my number (on Facebook) a few weeks later and then shortly after we began dating and have been together ever since!
What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?
The biggest thing I wanted and envisioned was an outdoor fall wedding. My now husband was completely opposed to a fall wedding simply because it would interfere with football season (Geaux Tigers!) while my parents told me I could get married outside, but my dad would drop me off at the alter then proceed to head indoors to sit in the AC with my mom watching from afar (if you know Texas and outdoor weddings, then you’ll understand the humor behind this!) Long story short, Matt said I do while not simultaneously asking for score updates and both of my parents were physically in attendance. : )
What was your color palette and your style vision?
My indecisiveness hit hard with determining the color palette, and after months of contemplation, a decision finally came to me. I ended up searching color palettes on pinterest and stumbled across one based off of a sunset and was instantly hooked. Muted sunset colors for my florals with my main color for bridesmaids dresses being a pretty blush pink.
What unique elements or details did you include?
I ended up finding someone who was able to etch our vows on to acrylic sheets. They turned out beautifully in photo and video for our wedding but also doubled as a beautiful keepsake. The cake topper that I placed beside my cake was actually my parents cake topper from their wedding. They have always had it displayed in our childhood home, along with a few other wedding keepsakes, and they decided to pass it on to us. My ring bearer pillow was made by my grandma from my mother’s wedding dress. One of our best decisions was asking our friend to officiate our wedding. He was one of Matt’s fraternity brothers and has been such a close friend of both of ours for years. It felt so personal having someone that is a part of both of our lives that we love dearly to marry us. He absolutely nailed it and Matt and I both agree it was one of our favorite small touches to our wedding day.
What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?
I feel like this is the hardest questions to have to come up with an answer for because it was my favorite day filled with so many amazing moments. From my matron of honor gifting me with a book of letters written by all my loved ones, to my first look with my dad where he asked me to carry my late grandad’s pocket knife, to my first look with Matt, to being prayed over by my sweet bridesmaids, to MARRYING my best friend then getting to celebrate the night away with our loved ones, it was our dream day. It’s not a single moment but looking back and being able to be married and celebrate with our loved ones will forever be one of my favorite memories. During this time of so much uncertainty, so many changed plans, and so many loved ones who were not able to attend, love still wins because I was able to say I married the love of my life.
From the Groom… Hands down, my favorite moment of the day would be hearing Anna’s vows for the first time. She is the one person on Earth that truly understands who I am at my core, and she loves me unconditionally. We are both so passionate for each other, and hearing that our loud on such a special day is something I will never forget.
Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.
Flowers = flawless. Carrington, owner and creative behind the Farmer and I, absolutely brought my dream to life. The only detail that stuck from beginning to end during my wedding planning process was that I wanted colorful flowers and Carrington 100% delivered. I stumbled across her on Instagram one day and instantly fell in love with her style and knew that I could trust her to bring my vision to life! Gown: I felt like a princess in my gown! I never thought I would be one to want or wear a ball gown, but I would not have wanted any other dress! I loved every detail from the sparkle to the lace! Cake: I surprised Matt with his groom’s cake, which ended up being a Whataburger cake with a little bit of LSU thrown in there as well! He loved it and it was just another way to say “hey we’re from Texas” and “Geaux Tigers!”
What is one piece of advice that you could give bride’s to be?
Remember that at the end of the day you will still be able to say you married the love of your life! My Matron of Honor and I, who were both going through having to plan a wedding in the midst of a pandemic, constantly reminded each other of this. Through all of the stress, upsetting news, and constant changes, it felt like having a wedding during this time wouldn’t be worth it with so many of our loved ones missing. I will say this to any and everyone, it was SO worth it. It was still our day, we were still surrounded by so many loved ones, and we because husband and wife! This is what getting married is about and all the rest is just the icing on the cake!
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Photography: Courtney Leigh Photography | Event Planning: Sweet Tea and Linen | Floral Design: The Farmer and I | Dress: Brickhouse Bridal | Wedding Dress: Brickhouse Bridal | Cake: Three Brothers Bakery | Invitations: Jo's Paper Kitchen | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: All Star Catering | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Vintage Car: Royal Coach Classic Limo | Wedding Venue: Arrowhead Hill | Acrylic Etched Vows: Etch Xpress | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | HMU: Hey Lovely Makeup