This insanely gorgeous Texas wedding justifies our love for the iconic Arrowhead Hill. Mikaela and Charles celebrated their love just as they should — in a beautifully curated setting, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Alyssa Meeks Events went above and beyond to produce a timeless design we won’t soon forget. Every moment was filled with exceptional beauty thanks to the flower-forward work of Maxit Flower Design. If you’re a summer bride-to-be, this wedding is for you! There’s so much to love about this fairytale day in the full gallery, artistically captured by Courtney Leigh Photography!
From Courtney Leigh Photography… From custom bars, custom signature cocktails named after the couple’s fur babies, a fully restored (by the bride’s father) Bronco as the get-away car that doubled as a photo-op throughout the wedding day, to timeless florals and details, to fine dining and nods to the family’s business – this wedding was one we will never forget! Mikaela and Charles were beaming with joy all day long and we can’t help but swoon over the linens, blooms and modern yet timeless design of their wedding day.
From the Bride… Charles and I really wanted our wedding weekend to be something our guests would always remember. We wanted each guest to come into the doors feeling welcomed and loved. I also wanted every detail to be well thought out and have a purpose. We never formally decided on colors but overtime realized that it turned out to be neutrals and whites with a pop of a beautiful light blue.
We knew that we wanted our wedding to be a weekend long experience for our wedding party, instead of just a day, which is why we were so excited to have our wedding at Arrowhead Hill (along with a million other reasons, including the family who owns it being the sweetest people, and yes we love family owned businesses); Arrowhead has the cutest cottages on the property for everyone to stay at during the weekend. We greeted each guest with a beautiful, detailed welcome box that incorporated our wedding colors, custom monogram and designs, along with our favorite sweets: chocolate chip cookies, Homemade Texas Trail-Mix, Homemade Popcorn, and a light blue emergency kit packed with all the necessities. Staying on the property allowed Charles, our dads, and his groomsmen to go skeet-shooting the day of the wedding while the girls were getting ready – it was the perfect activity for them!
There were a few special details that we knew we wanted to incorporate into our big day: our precious puppies, Honey & Ivory (White Lab and Golden Retriever), and my family’s business that my parents started from the ground up that has been in our life ever since I can remember: Aquamarine Pools. We created “The Honey & Ivory” cocktail, which was a blend of Honey, Lemonade and Whiskey topped with a Honey Stick Stirrer and the “The Aquapools” cocktail which was a Blue Patron Margarita, with a blue salt rim, topped with a custom Aquapools logo stirrer stick. We also made napkins with custom pictures of Honey & Ivory in watercolors. Charles and I met at Texas A&M so we knew he had to make an Aggie Grooms cake – Cakes by Gina went above and beyond for both of our cakes! My mom played in the worship band at our church growing up; needless to say, she loves music. She was so excited when it came to both of us choosing our band: Drywater Band. They did an amazing job, and even learned our First Dance Song “Touching Heaven” for Charles and I (we heard this song for the first time during a NeedtoBreathe and JohnnySwim concert near the same location he ended up proposing at just a year later). Drywater also learned two songs we wanted sung at our ceremony. One of the songs was “The Blessing” during communion; the words are so powerful and they learned it perfectly. This has been our prayer over the future of our family. It really made the ceremony personal and emotional!
A few things detail wise that I was most excited about was the dance floor, the escort wall, and the food. I had originally wanted a black and white checkered dance floor until our wedding planner, Alyssa, found a BLUE and white checkered dance floor – this was the most beautiful and exciting yes! Our escort wall was made of acrylic and placed in front of Arrowhead’s beautiful property so you could watch the sunset through the acrylic walls under the tent. Wolfgang Puck exceeded all expectations when it came to our catering. They made every detail so perfect and even went above and beyond when it came to customizing our final plates. The Hors d’Oeuvres consisted of Spago’s Signature Spicy Tuna Tartare in a Sesame Miso Cone (my favorite), Wagyu Carpaccio, Mini Beef Wellingtons, their famous Chicken Pot Pies and Vegetable Spring Rolls. The main dish consisted of a Roasted Filet and Main Crab Cake – it was perfect.
Finally, my dad allowed us to use his remodeled Bronco that he had been working on for a few years as our getaway car – this was my favorite car of his. He was so excited and made sure it was spotless and ready for the wedding weekend. It was so fun watching the guests take pictures in front of it upon their arrival as it was parked right in front of the chapel. Alyssa had the wonderful idea of decorating it with all the beautiful florals and a wreath that Maria from Maxit Flower Design hand crafted.
I am so thankful for my parents, Alyssa (our wedding planner), and every single vendor who made sure every detail came to life perfectly!
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Photography: Courtney Leigh Photography | Videography: The Crakes | Event Planning: Alyssa Meeks Events | Floral Design: Maxit Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Invitations: Alyssa Meeks Events | Ceremony Venue: Arrowhead Hill | Reception Venue: Arrowhead Hill | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Hair and Makeup: Etoilly Artistry | Band: The Drywater Band | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Aztec Events | Rentals: Blooming Gallery Scott Konitzer | Rentals: Mikes Dance Floors