Today’s feature goes to show you don’t have to go far to get the feeling of a destination wedding. The venue for Taylor and David’s Texas wedding was like a little paradise just a short drive away. We love all the bright pops of color and the palm trees make us want to hold on to summer for a little while longer!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Don’t overthink anything or stress. Remember what is important about the day—you and your spouse. If things don’t go perfectly, your friends and family will still have a good time.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? It was a location that was close to our home, yet when you stepped through the doors you felt like you were in paradise. They also took care of everything from the flowers, from the catering to the DJ. This was helpful since I was finishing up my last few months of grad school.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Nature was my biggest influence. It was also important to include pieces of both David’s and my personalities.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? David is from South Africa—as a surprise, I got him South African flag groom’s cake. We also had small hand-made Zulu shields in place of boutonnieres for all the boys.
“Having all of our closest friends from all over the world together with us as we shared this special moment. We wanted a really intimate wedding.”
Your ceremony in three words. Rustic, elegant, religious
What were your ceremony readings? Lines from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières, and I Carry Your Heart by E.E. Cummings.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? I used the knot wedding planner, which was incredibly helpful. Our venue also included a wedding coordinator. She helped us plan all aspects of our wedding.
“Our reception was just plain fun. We wanted it to be a celebration of our families coming together. It was very laid back, with delicious food and dancing.”
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a chocolate ganache groom’s cake made to look like the South African flag. Our wedding cake was amaretto with a raspberry and cream cheese filling, and grand marnier with a pineapple filling. We also had a popcorn bar and gave our guests hand stamped linen bags to fill as our favors.
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter dance?
First dance: “I Wont Give Up” by Jason Mraz
Father/daughter dance: “Baby Mine”
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? It’s so hard to choose! The whole evening was a blast. I loved when our Matron of Honor and Best Man shared their speeches with us. And the bouquet/ garter toss was so fun! I mostly enjoyed getting to spend time with friends and family that we don’t get to see very often. That was so special to us.