Wow! You guys, this is our last real wedding feature of 2014! Next week we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite details from this year’s posts, and then doing some “re-runs” of our favorite gorgeous weddings, and then before you know it we’ll be celebrating New Year’s and kicking off another year of beautiful wedding inspiration! Whew! But this is a lovely wedding to send us into the holidays, from photographer Shaun Menary.
“We knew we wanted to do something outside of Dallas, but not necessarily somewhere most of our guests would have to hop on a plane to. Blake’s parents used to live in the hill country, and we would always love to go visit because it is incredibly beautiful. When we stumbled upon Camp Lucy, we knew right away that we had to get married there. We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception, and I have never seen a more incredible ceremony site than Camp Lucy’s! The huge oak trees that cover the whole site are so beautiful- it just blew us away. The space was so magnificent that we could’ve done completely without any additional decor or florals. It also helped that the reception site was steps away from the ceremony site. It made it so convenient for both us and our guests.”
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, God-glorifying, Traditional.
How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony? There were two things we knew we wanted our wedding to be: short-and-sweet, and Christ-centered. That being said, we really worked with our officiant to plan the ceremony. He sent us a rough template of the usual order of events that he uses, and we switched some things around so it worked best for us. And of course our coordinator helped as well.
Who officiated your ceremony? Our dear friend John Elmore officiated our ceremony. He is a pastor at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. We knew we wanted someone who knows us well to perform the ceremony, because we wanted that personal touch. He is such a gifted speaker as well.
What was your ceremony music? My family is very musical, so the music for our ceremony was very important to me. It actually probably took me the longest to decide of anything for my wedding! My mom really loves “Canon in D,” so I chose that for the seating of the parents to honor her. “In Christ Alone” is one of my favorite songs ever, and is so incredibly beautiful on strings. The first time I heard a sample of it by a string quartet I wept.
Seating of Parents/Grandparents: “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
Bridesmaid Processional: “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Bridal Processional: “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
Recessional: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? The handkerchief that I carried with me during the ceremony was my great grandmother’s that she had used for her wedding, as well as my grandmother and my mother.
What were your vows like? We knew we wanted to say traditional vows from the very beginning. There was something so romantic about repeating the same vows that people have said to each other for generations – and in the incredibly magical setting under the huge oak trees of the ceremony site. It was amazing.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? John had asked each of us a series of questions about each other (how did we meet, what do we love most about each other, when did we know we wanted to get married, etc.) and had us answer privately and send to him before the wedding. He kept them secret until the ceremony where he read the answers to each of us. It was incredibly sweet and such an amazing way to personalize the ceremony. So many of our guests commented that that was also their favorite part. It was so special to us that we actually asked John to send us the notes after the wedding so that we could keep them. Such a sweet way to look back on our day; we will cherish those forever.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? This is something kind of funny… on the day of the wedding, right before the ceremony started it all of a sudden got sort of cloudy and looked as though some weather may be moving in. It had been completely still the whole day, but as soon as I walked down the aisle a huge rush of wind came through and almost blew my veil out of my hair! In the moment I was sort of disappointed because I felt like it sort of distracted me from that first moment of seeing my soon to be husband, but so many of the guests commented on how powerful of a moment it was. It was almost like God sweeping through and saying “I’m here and this is good.”
“Our reception was so romantic…and SO fun! Petal Pushers did an amazing job with the flowers, and there were candles EVERYWHERE! The whole room was just glowing. And I may be a little biased, but our band was the best wedding band I’ve ever seen! Everyone was dancing the entire night, which was so important to us! Since most of our guests were traveling to be at our wedding, we wanted it to be well worth their time – and I think it was! It was just a huge party.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The space is pretty large and there is a lot of stone, so we definitely wanted to warm it up a little. In regards to decor, I was very inspired by garden-type florals with a lot of lush flowers and greenery. I also knew I wanted a romantic feel, and the hundreds of candles were the perfect answer.
passed hors d’oeuvres: pulled pork tostaditas with cilantro aioli and apple pico de gallo / classic jumbo lump crab cakes with tarragon caper aioli / and jalapeno and monterey jack stuffed jumbo shrimp wrapped with peppered bacon // appetizer: salad of romaine and field greens with fresh strawberries, feta, candied pecans and champagne vinaigrette // dinner buffet: garlic and rosemary roasted prime rib of beef with natural jus / maple pecan crusted & shiner bock glazed house smoked salmon / seasonal roasted and grilled vegetables / mac and cheese bar with various choices of toppings // dessert: almond wedding cake with vanilla buttercream icing and a bavarian cream filling with fresh strawberries / dark chocolate groom’s cake with chocolate buttercream icing and chocolate mousse filling / Tiny Pies
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To utilize your friends and family that have gone through the process already! I was overwhelmed at the beginning because I had no idea where to start or what I was doing, and I got so much good advice and direction from my married girl friends.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? It is so easy for us (mostly us girls) to get wrapped up in all of the details of planning a wedding that we can completely forget what the whole point of the wedding is. The thing that matters the most is the marriage, not the wedding. Keep your focus on that and I promise everything will work out just fine. ALSO, the best money I spent on my wedding was on my coordinator, Kristen. She was incredibly helpful during the planning process and she made the day of go so smoothly (dispite a hiccup with the guest transportation). If you can afford to get a planner/coordinator, do it!
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? I have a slight obsession with Patty Griffin, and I have always loved the song “Heavenly Day”. I’ve known for years that I wanted to dance to that at my wedding with my husband. The father/daughter dance was to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, and Blake and his mom joined us halfway through.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The dance party! I have never danced so much in my life. The whole band were the ultimate professionals. They were so good at reading the crowd and playing exactly what we wanted to hear and what would keep us out on the dance floor. The dance floor was never empty.