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A Blush and Gold Garden-Inspired Wedding Fit for a Spring Princess

This Galveston wedding is so gorgeous, you’d never know there were a few hiccups along the way (including a wardrobe malfunction and flower girl breakdown). But from Laura Hooper Calligraphy‘s wooden signage to the Bride’s pretty pink peep toe pumps to the classic reception, this day is all kinds of pretty. Feel all the love, courtesy of Courtney Leigh Photography, in The Vault!

From The Bride…Peter and I were married on Good Friday, in a little beach town perched precariously on the sand barrier island of Galveston Texas. Galveston is decorated with character and charm. We said our “I do’s” in front of the ones we loved the most in a quaint little chapel called the Lyceum that has weathered hundreds of storms. We were told while venue hunting, that the Lyceum had actually floated off its foundation during a hurricane. The Lyceum was restored to its original location and re-anchored. To us, this symbolizes how marriage can drift off its foundation too but both individuals have to work to reroot the marriage foundation through faith. We were sold. My now husband, is also a complete history buff so it was only fitting that the Hotel Galvez known as the “Queen of the Gulf” caught our eye to host the wedding reception. The Hotel Galvez is a symbol of Galveston’s restoration efforts following the Great Storm of 1900. It is uniquely beautiful, historically rooted, majestically resilient and maybe a little bit haunted.

My Galvy girls and I boarded the trolley to the church, a few wardrobe malfunctions and flower girl break downs later, I was ready to roll. I walked down the aisle with my paternal grandfather’s wedding band attached to my bouquet and married the man of my dreams. After the ceremony, my husband and I were dashing to our get away car and I felt a tug on my veil that sent it whirling around into the sky high above our heads, maybe to serve as a little reminder the man upstairs and my grandpa had a perfect view for our wedding day.

The spring vibes played well in to my garden theme. The floral arrangements were full of fresh blooms, my colors blush and gold colors were light and airy, and the cocktail hour was held on the hotels private lawn called the Oleander Garden. We danced and ate goat cheese lollipops and red velvet cake from my hometown bakery. We laughed, had an anniversary dance off to Last Dance by Floyd Cramer, drank shark bites inspired by our pup Clark, and were whisked away to the Tremont House in a white Rolls Royce cloud. What a whirlwind. It was both romantic and a little bit wild, like the best parties are.

Times of great anticipation also come with times of great sadness. Shortly after setting a date and picking the venue, my mother was diagnosed with Stage III Ovarian Cancer. Looking back now, we embraced wedding planning in efforts to bridge the gap between a great celebration and the harsh reality of surgery, treatments and waiting. Of course, the planning piece came with its share of hiccups, headaches, and an excessive amounts of midnight oil; but it was a labor of love. My creative juices were flowing as the count down grew closer. My inner accountant put the kibosh on a few outrageous ideas. I snapped photos of every detail that inspired me. I think my phone hit its max photo capacity the first few months we were engaged. I drew inspiration from all things wedding; blogs, styled shoots, photography sites, Pinterest, Etsy, letterpress, friends weddings, family heirlooms and traditions, and childhood dreams. Almost a year later, my mother has weathered the cancer storm and is in remission! Ah, it’s been a year of tears, fears, smiles laughs and a whole lot of love. How soon is too soon to do a vow renewal, kidding.

Photography: Courtney Leigh Photography | Event Planning: Heather Benge Events | Floral Design: Constance Dryden-Island Flowers | Wedding Dress: Whittington Bridal | Cake: Rise Cupcakes | Invitations: Hayley Hardcastle | Ceremony Venue: The Lyceum | Reception Venue: Hotel Galvez | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Calligraphy: Nib And Pixel | Groom's Attire: Jos A Bank | Transportation: Vintage Car Services | Hotel: The Tremont House | Photography - Assistance: Awake Photography | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Sound: Divisi Strings | Trolley: Original Trolley Co. | Veil : BHLDN | Wooden Calligraphy Signage: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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Romantic Galveston Wedding at the Olympia Grill

Ladies and gents, this is a wedding you’ll want to set aside some serious time to devour. Because tucked in this gorgeous gallery from Shaun Menary are far too many sweet (and steal-worthy) details to soak up in one sitting. Planned to perfection by Events & Experiences, every touch is filled with personality and love, making this gallery simply beyond.

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From Shaun Menary PhotographyJennifer and Gardy Garcia’s wedding was a breath of fresh air; they did something personal and beautifully reflective of their personal style and beliefs. Jennifer’s parents are the Senior Pastors and founders of Abundant Life Christian Center in LaMarque, TX, so the ceremony location was a given. The couple opened the ceremony to their entire congregation, or extended family, as far as the Garcias are concerned. They then hosted a reception in the church’s lobby, where guests enjoyed cake (the CUTEST cakes!) and a plethora of other goodies. For their formal reception, the couple’s family and close friends enjoyed a waterfront dinner at Olympia Grill in Galveston. Floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound deck offered the guests stunning views of the ocean while they enjoyed fresh seafood served up from the restaurant. The entire affair was heartfelt and lovely, and we were happy to be the ones to document it. Cheers to the Garcias!

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Videography: Karbon Media | Event Planning: Events & Experiences | Florist: Maxit Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Who Made The Cake! | Invitations: The Paper Source | Ceremony Venue: Abundant Life Christian Center | Reception Venue: Olympia Grill | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Calligraphy And Signage: Artful Designs By Rachel Nieman | Ceremony Backdrop: French Knot Studios | Custom Printing: Cheree Berry Paper | Goody Bags And Napkins: The Paper Source | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Save The Dates: Minted

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Shipwrecked Seaside Wedding Inspiration

If ever there were a fairy tale by the sea, this would be it. Inspired by a washed ashore mermaid bride and a handsome shipwrecked groom, every inch of this sandy shoot is covered in a laid back beach-y vibe fit for seaside lovers. Tamara Menges Designs‘ wild florals float with the wind and Jen Rios Weddings pulled every pretty touch together seamlessly. Drift away in all the romance here.

From Archetype StudioThe inspiration started with a vision of a handsome “shipwrecked” Groom who elopes with a stunning mystical mermaid. We wanted to evoke a sense of romance mixed with classical beach elements. Our tablescape was set on an antique chest that may have washed ashore with our mermaid bride. We created a gorgeous floral runner with shells and a silvery fish net mixed in. The place settings were a mix of old and new – the plates from Anthropologie that resembled the inside of an oyster shells and vintage flatware and glassware that could have perhaps been found in the chest with other treasures. Our Bride and Groom announced their nuptials by sending their loved ones a message in a bottle and inviting them to a reception later in the year to celebrate. Our mermaid bride wore a gorgeous Enaura gown with sparkly scallop detail evoking a similar pattern to a mermaid’s tail. Her long flowing hair and glistening skin was perfectly styled to give her that fairy tale look. 

Photography: Koby Brown Photography | Design: Jen Rios Weddings | Floral Design: Tamara Menges Designs | Wedding Dress: Mia Bridal Couture | Wedding Dress: Mia Bridal Couture | Makeup And Hair: Beauty And The Blush | Calligraphy: The Weekend Type | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Beach: Constance Dryden-Island Flowers | Bride Model: Brittany A Wendl | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Groom Model: Thomas S. Mackie III | Headbands: Mia Bridal Couture | Nautical Accessories: Nautical Antiques, Galveston TX | Plates: Anthropologie | Vintage Rentals: Cru Vintage Rentals

Boho Waterfront Elopement Inspiration

Over the years, we’ve noticed elopements taking a not-so-subtle shift. Gone are the days when eloping meant sacrificing style as more and more couples opt for thoughtful, lovingly designed “I dos” for two. It’s a trend we’re 110% behind, and thanks to Jennifer Laura Design , Bella Bloom and Awake Photography there’s so much inspiration to be had right over here.

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From Jennifer Laura Design… This was a free spirited elopement styled shoot. The photographer (Paige with Awake Photography) collaborated on the details like the oyster, gold sequin, and feather backdrop, the fern bouquet, and the fishtail braid down the model’s shoulder. We found a gorgeous backdrop for this elopement in some of the marshes leading to Galveston, Texas.

Photographer: Awake Photography | Florist: Bella Bloom | Dress: Free People | Designer: Jennifer Laura Design | Second Photographer: Joni Bilderback

Romantic Galveston Elopement from C. Baron Photography

There are elopements, and then there is this little slice of wedding heaven, a day so fabulous, it’s almost indescribable.  I’m talking a beachside shindig with lush pink florals from Floral Events, the fab stylings of Perfect Parties of Houston and a bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning.  It’s a wedding trifecta of awesome, with the perfect dash of whimsy.  See every intimate, love-filled moment captured by C.Baron Photography right here in the full gallery.

And even more lovely with this beautiful film from C.Baron Photography.  Enjoy, lovelies…

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From C.Baron Photography It was a rainy, misty, foggy day on the beach, but that didn’t stop our cute couple, Lisa Marie and Travis from having a gorgeous wedding just for them. Our bride had already planned a full-blown wedding, complete with guests, bridal party and the like and did it in a style to please everyone. After seeing this dress, it gave her the idea of having a completely DIFFERENT type of wedding – very elegant, girly and on the beach, just for herself! C. Baron Photography had so much fun with this couple – they are just a joy to work with – and looked absolutely AMAZING during their day considering the rain – the rest of us looked like drowned rats! I don’t know how they did it! The film follows them from their engagement session on The Strand in Galveston, to getting ready in their hotel at The Tremont House and ending on the Galveston Seawall at Hotel Galvez.

From the Bride… I’m pretty easy-going, I think – I planned my wedding the same way. My family is out of town and came in early on to help me plan, pick my dress, etc. And while I loved my dress, venue, and decor, there was still another dress that I loved – it was very different than anything else I had seen and just wasn’t very popular with the family. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. We are so lucky to live in an area where so much is available to us, especially a beach (I’m from a land-locked state!) – I figured why not have another wedding, styled completely different from the big one. Since it was just us (except for the residents in their beach houses, standing on their balconies clapping for us), it was a very romantic, fun day. Even with all the rain. Travis and I called this our “practice” wedding. It was such a special moment, plus I got to wear my super cute hi-lo dress – it was so perfect for the beach – the wind made it look awesome in photos! Our table and altar were just incredible. It was more than I ever expected. I just loved all the golds, pinks and ivories – and how the cake matched my dress with the rosettes and waves/ruffles. And even with all the elegance, there were little touches of the beach everywhere – from the giant conch shell full of flowers, to the starfish on the chairs. So pretty! Am I a lucky girl or what?!?!

Cake: Sugar Muse Bakery | Beauty (hair/make up): LP Makeup and Beauty | Floral & Altar: Floral Events | Photography & Cinematography: C. Baron Photography | Style: Perfect Parties of Houston

Great Gatsby Inspired Galveston Wedding from Mustard Seed Photography

Let me tell you why this wedding is completely awesome.  1. A drop-dead gorgeous + elegant “Great Gatsby” theme that channels all of the glamour of the 1920’s with just a few modern touches (hello chevron stripes).  2. The amazing duo saying “I do,” a twosome who knew just what they wanted and threw a wedding day where details reign supreme.  And last, but not least?  3. The to-die-for images captured by Mustard Seed Photography.  They are simply amazing and you can see them all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… We took inspiration for our theme from our venue and the history of Galveston Island. We studied the history of the island in the 1920’s- 1940’s when Galveston was booming with wealth and opulence and known for it’s secret affairs, much like the descriptions of the era in ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Therefore, we framed the theme of the wedding around the feel of the book and the island during those decades. We used gold, silver, and black for most décor along with art deco fonts and art deco styled geometrical shapes everywhere we could. We used champagne saucers and had a lot of greenery in the flower arrangements as a nod to the era, as well. We also had the guests fill out postcards with advice that were decorated with seven different pictures of Hotel Galvez during various stages of its life from 1900-2013. To add a modern twist, we used some new trends such as chevron designs on the invitations, table numbers, and other décor.

We chose Hotel Galvez for numerous reasons. First, it’s unique history shines through in all of the décor (especially in the Terrace Ballroom and Veranda) and exudes a special vintage ambiance. Secondly, Galveston has been a go to vacation spot where Travis and I have spent many weekends together. Hotel Galvez is also where he proposed. Lastly, it carries special meaning with my family since one of my grandmothers was originally from Galveston. The Lyceum was a church built in the early 1900s in the Historic Strand area and reflected our theme and strong Christian upbringings. The beautiful stained glass windows and restored dark woods captured our hearts as the perfect backdrop to our wedding ceremony.

Photography: Mustard Seed Photography | Cinematography: Green Leaf Films | Event Planning: Polished Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Dream Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Jula | Invitations: Southland Fox | Ceremony Venue: The Lyceum | Reception Venue: Hotel Galvez | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JS Collections | Catering: Hotel Galvez | Band: Skyline | Suits: Vera Wang | Groom's Accessories: Brooks Brothers | Veil: Houston Bridal Gallery

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Galveston Texas Wedding from Steve Lee Photography

This bride? She is a vision. And her wedding? Equally breathtaking. The images, captured beautifully by Steve Lee Photography, paint the picture of a perfect Texas day complete with all the things that make us swoon at SMP Texas (I’m talking to you, amazing Monique Lhuillier gown). So if you are wise (and I know you are), get comfy and cozy up real close to this gorgeous gallery. It’s a must see. See it all here.

From the Bride… My husband proposed in Iceland under the Northern Lights, in February, and it was very romantic, even though it was so cold I couldn’t feel my feet. Maybe that’s why a warm Texas wedding sounded so appealing to me, even though I never saw myself as a traditional bride.

Once we decided to have a proper wedding, it was important to me to have it close to home–Southeast Texas. I wanted all of my family, including all four of my grandparents, to be there. We got married in Galveston, an island on the Gulf Coast with a lot of character, and that was the guiding theme of our wedding celebrations. We kicked the weekend off with a rehearsal dinner on the historic grounds of the Galveston Railroad Museum, where we had BBQ, 2-step dance lessons, and a train engine and caboose for our guests to ride!

Both of our wedding day venues were beautiful buildings that had survived the great storm of 1900. Our ceremony took place at St. Joseph’s, a former Catholic Church that was constructed by Galveston’s community of German immigrants. The wooden building, now maintained by the Galveston Historical Foundation, is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas. We hosted a cocktail hour and reception at the Garten Verein, a unique octagonal structure that was also built by Galveston’s German community as a venue for dances and other social events.

We wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration, with lots of interesting things for our guests to enjoy, especially since most of them were from out of town. Our invitations and a special “flipbook” made by a friend (the flip-through animation showed Dave and I performing an actual flip) were Texas-themed.

We transported our guests with trolleys to evoke the trolleys that once traveled Galveston’s streets. Mariachis at the cocktail hour, Cajun food at the reception, and an amazing local band also captured the flavor of this colorful island.

As a surprise for Dave, I hired an airplane banner to fly over the reception just before dinner—it read “Bonnie (heart) David” in red letters, which really stood out against the blue Texas sky. To judge by the evidence of the photo booth we had at the reception, love was in the air.

All in all, it was a wonderful celebration. I was overwhelmed with the happiness and joy that all of our guests brought to our special day. We are grateful to Steve Lee for creating these wonderful photographs for us to remember our wedding by.

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Wedding Photography: Steve Lee Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Church | Reception Venue: Garten Verein | Event + Floral Design: Pam Durham, Moments Event Planning and Design | Event Planning: Pam Durham of Moments Event Planning and Design | Invitations: AReidtx Photography + Graphics | Cake: Cakes by Jula | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Casa De Novia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Rings: Anna Sheffield | Groom’s Attire: Doyle Meuser Bespoke | Ceremony Music: Terese Weber | Cocktail Hour Music: Emperadores Mariachi | Reception Band: The Line Up | Transportation: The Original Trolley Company | Photobooth: Lasting Images | Airplane Banner: FlySigns Aerial Advertising

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Santa Fe, Texas Wedding from Sarah Ainsworth Photography

When I fall in love with a wedding gown, I fall hard.  As in, I pin away like crazy, forward it to all of my friends and save it in a folder I call “someday”.  Yep… I love me some bridal fashion.  So, when I first spotted this gorgeous Marisa gown, it was like fireworks in every sense of the word.  Because this is the kind of gown that you can only dream of wearing in your vintage meets rustic chic meets backyard soiree.  Oh, and the bride rockin’ this lacy masterpiece?  She’s stunning.  See so much more of her day captured by Sarah Ainsworth in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Tucker and I knew from the start that we wanted a laid back outdoor wedding where everyone could feel right at home. We started off  looking at a number of locations around the Texas Hill Country before we finally saw the potential of what was right in front of us. Tucker’s parents have a couple of acres of land just about 5 minutes away from where we live, so we decided to have it right in their backyard. The beauty of it was that we could transform it into practically anything we wanted with the money we would save by not renting out a location.

I envisioned a vintage country style wedding with lots of antique lace mixed with burlap and beautiful chandeliers. The real challenge was making this vision happen within a 6 month time frame. I took to Pinterest immediately and came up with all kinds of great little touches and hunted antique stores on a regular basis for old jars and lace doilies. All of our friends and family came together to help us make our vision come true. My stepfather built the arbor for the ceremony as well as put together the old doors that were used as a back drop for the cake. My cousins husband’s BBQ cook-off team catered the wedding and it was amazing! We are so thankful for all of the help we received and could not have ever dreamed of a more beautiful intimate wedding!

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Wedding Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography | Wedding Venue: Family Home in Santa Fe, Texas | Floral Design: Bennett Floral | Wedding Cake: Scrumdilliyum Cakes & More | Rental: Houston Party Tent and Event | DJ: Dwayne “Hank” Hankamer | Honey Favors: Coplin Bee Farm | Wedding Dress: Marisa via Weddings by Debbie | Veil: Weddings by Debbie | Headpiece Flower: the Bride | Earrings: BHLDN | Boots: Corral | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Ann Taylor | Hair: Bride’s Mother | Makeup: Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry

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Galveston Engagement Session from The Bird & The Bear Photography

When you live in Houston and are a huge fan of the beach and surfing, it’s a no brainer to head to Galveston. So this super cool couple hit the beach they are so fond of with The Bird & The Bear, the bride-to-be mother’s handmade wedding dress from the 60’s and a super fab little lace tent to really add some style – and the result is one amazing e-session, complete with their puppy popping in for a few pics. Click here for the full gallery. 

Don’t miss their adorable film, also by The Bird & The Bear:

From The Bird & The Bear… Daley and Gerrit are a really cool couple. They live in Houston and love the beach and surfing, so we centered their engagement session around their love story and the things they love the most! As part of the session, Daley also wore her mother’s wedding dress that she made herself in the 60’s, which meant a lot to both of them. To go with the surfer/60’s vibe, we also hand made a lace teepee out of pvc pipe and twine!

Photography + Cinematography:  The Bird & The Bear

Galveston Engagement Session by Amanda Green Photography

I love all things vintage, all things beach and all things love – so when they all come together in such a pretty way thanks to the gorgeous images by Amanda Green Photography, I’m done. Finito. I can’t even pretend to keep my cool when something this cute comes across my screen. So I don’t even try, I just embrace the giddiness in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride-to-Be… Alen and I both love swimming and laying out by the water, so, we thought a beach engagement photo session would be truly fitting! Last year I had been inspired by other vintage beach engagement sessions from other couples and decided to whip one up for me and my honey. I just needed some vintage items to set the scene! Alen had bought me a beach cruiser for Christmas last year, and I knew this was the perfect time to use it. He knew I had wanted a red bike (badly) and was disappointed that the bike he bought online ended up being hot pink when it showed up in the mail! The bike is so simple in structure, though, I was able to just spray paint it a nice candy apple red. So, with bikes and other various vintage props in hand, we took ourselves to Galveston to meet up with my friend and amazing natural light photographer, Mrs. Amanda Green. Before meeting her at the beach we stopped by a local grocery shop to pick up some flowers and vintage-looking sodas. We biked down to Murdoch’s Bathhouse just as the sun was setting and met up with her, both a little nervous to be taking pictures. Alen was such a trooper — this was his first time riding a bike ever, and he basically looked like a pro. Amanda was just as excited as we were to take the pictures, and she had a ton of great ideas! There was no reason to be nervous anymore because she was so personable and easy to work with. It was like we were just hanging out. The one thing I was still worried about (because it was Memorial Day weekend) was that there would be a million other people in the photos — but she was so amazing at maneuvering us that there was not a single photo-bomb. After the photo session, we enjoyed the rest of our time in Galveston before making our way back home. It was a wonderful weekend!

Photography: Amanda Green Photography / Engagement Session Location: Galveston, Texas / Flowers: DIY / Dress: CurryBeth / Swim Trunks + Swim Suit: J.Crew / Hair + Makeup: DIY

Galveston Wedding by Julie Wilhite Photography

If you are in the mood for some romance this lovely Friday morning, then you most certainly came to the right place.  This breathtaking Galveston soiree is delivering a big ol’ bundle of romance and then some with its stunning seaside location, muted tones and beach chic meets elegant style.  Not to mention that the uber-gorgeous bride also happens to be a DIY genius and crafted almost every detail of the day all by herself, including that fabulous bouquet.  Talk about inspiring.  Luckily, Julie Wilhite Photography was on hand to capture each and every breathtaking moment, which means there is an entire gallery of brilliant images just waiting to be adored.  Join me there for even more!

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From Julie Wilhite Photography After 11 years of being together and creating a beautiful family of four, Nicole and Jack were married on the beach in Galveston, TX.  Surrounded by the most important people in their lives, in a sand-shaped heart, they tied the knot.

What I love so much about this wedding is that almost everything was made by the bride herself – her bouquet, her garter, her hair piece, the boutonnieres, her daughter’s dress… all made lovingly with her wedding in mind.  Everything was so unique and personal, it made the day even more special!

Wedding Photography: Julie Wilhite Photography / Bouquet, Boutonnieres, Daughter’s Dress, Garter: The Lovely Bliss (The Bride) / Preparations: Hotel Galvez / Wedding Ceremony Location: Beach in Galveston, TX / Wedding Dress: Kathy Ireland by 2be / Wedding Hanger: Wisconmon / Jewelry: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: Allure / Groom’s Suit & Son’s Suit: Ralph Lauren

Galveston Artillery Club Wedding by Alyse French Photography

Before we get into this gorgeous Galveston wedding by Alyse French Photography, I highly advise you scroll on down to the darling Bride’s lovely words and read her proposal story, because it.is.a.gem. Bravo to the handsome groom, bravo indeed. The wedding is just as darling and filled with gorgeous florals from Knapp Flower Shop and of course love from the handsome pair. It’s all around lovely, and there is even more in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride…I grew up in Galveston, so I knew from the moment Shane proposed and even before then really, that the wedding had to be in Galveston. Speaking of proposals, Shane’s proposal was perfect. I was completely surprised, shocked even, when it happened. Shane is an artist and had been commissioned to paint a bench on the seawall. He chose to paint a cherry blossom tree on the bench. Later, he painted his proposal on the bench with the words “Laura Hughes, will you marry me?” Of course, when he asked me to take a walk along the beach at dusk on December 27, 2009, I had no idea about the painted proposal. As we got closer to the bench, I noticed there was a box on top and a bottle sitting next to it. When I saw the words, I stopped in my tracks and my mouth fell open. Suddenly, my parents and Shane’s parents popped out from their hiding spaces. Shane popped the bottle of champagne and we all toasted the occasion at sunset on the beach. It was beautiful. And, of course, I said yes.

I took the plunge and approached someone at the church about my idea of having the wedding outside. Luckily, the church said yes! After considering a number of factors (no mosquitoes, still relatively cool, beautiful flowers naturally in bloom), Shane and I decided to have the wedding in early May. The time of year also helped me home in on my wedding colors: light blue, soft purple, and pink.

For the reception, I wanted an intimate venue where guests could mingle indoors and outdoors. The Galveston Artillery Club delivered just that. Because the club is divided into several rooms, its layout provided a certain intimacy that giant ballrooms lack. Initially, Shane and I wanted to have the reception at my parents’ house, but the wedding grew too large. Instead, we decided to throw the rehearsal dinner at my parents and have the reception at the club. Each venue was personal and intimate, in its own unique way.

Although I did not have a wedding planner, I had lots of time to plan. Before Shane proposed, we had been dating for almost seven years. By the time we got married, we had been dating for almost eight. Our wedding was a long time in the making, but in the end, it was everything that I had ever dreamed and more. Also, many people in our families contributed to making the wedding what it was. My mother-in-law made the food for the rehearsal dinner, decorated the flower baskets, and found bubble bottles. Shane’s sister’s mother-in-law sewed the flower girl dresses along with the ring bearer’s tux and pillow. A coworker sewed my garter and located materials and ribbons. My friend and bridesmaid, Nancy Hite, decorated the birdcage and bubble basket with love and care. She also found sparklers. So many people did so many wonderful things. It’s amazing how weddings manage to bring out the best in people – and how so many people are willing to help. To my wonderful family and friends, thank you.

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Make-up + Hair: LuLu’s, The Salon & Day Spa / Flowers: Knapp Flower Shop / Wedding Stationery: Paper Source / Wedding Photography: Alyse French Photography / Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church / Reception Venue: Galveston Artillery Club / DJ: Rock N Robin / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes

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