This Texas wedding epitomizes rustic beauty: the Airstream “getting ready” trailer, the sweet bouquets, the oak tree ceremony backdrop, the outdoor reception… beautiful! And while I’m always a fan of formal updos, I absolutely love Rebecca’s relaxed bridal hairstyle – it fits the whole look of the wedding perfectly!
Rebecca’s bouquet included peonies, anemones, ranunculus, sweet peas, and maiden hair fern.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? For it’s rustic beauty and enchanting oak trees.
Your ceremony in three words. Intimate, Personal, Secular
How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony? James’s parents still had the script they used during their ceremony thirty-something years ago. It was so special for us to read through and we were able to use it as a launching pad for our own ceremony. Otherwise, we scoured through other examples and readings. In the end, we mixed and matched the pieces that resonated with us.
Who officiated your ceremony? It was important for us to have someone we know officiate the wedding, so we were thrilled to have our friend, Jason, officiate.
What was your ceremony music?
Seating of Parents & Grandparents: “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding
Processional, Bridal Party: “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Vallie
Processional, Bride: “Better Days” By Jack Johnson
Recessional: “Dusty’s” by Marvin Gaye
What were your ceremony readings? “Union” by Robert Fulghum and “A Marriage Made for Two”
What were your vows like? We chose to write our own vows. We read through so many and used those as a framework to add our own personal touches.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Honestly, when it was over! There’s so much anticipation and build up to the ceremony, walking down the aisle with one another as husband and wife was just entirely joyous and we had the rest of the evening to just celebrate with all of our favorite people.
How would you describe your reception? Relaxed. Fun.
First Dance: “This Is Love” by Bob Marley
Father/Daughter: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
Signature Cocktail: Gin + Ginger Cocktail // Passed Hors d’oeuvres: Tuna Tartare Tacos with Citron-Soy, Avocado & Red Chili Aioli / Caprese Skewers with White Balsamic Drizzle / Sweet Corn Chowder Soup Sips with Kale Chips // Salad: Butter Lettuce with Avocado, Grilled Corn, Shaved Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Spiced Pecans & Smoked Paprika Ranch // Entrees: Thyme-Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Cauliflower & Turnips, Horseradish Mustard & Kalamata Olive Rolls / Citrus Marinated & Grilled Breast of Chicken Garnished with Edible Blossoms & Candied Zest, Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary, Salt Sauteed Broccolini & Wild Mushrooms // Crispy Gnocchi with Sugar Snap Peas & Sorrel Crema // Dessert: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Salted Caramel Filling, Tiny Salted Caramel Milkshakes with Flaked Sea Salt / Red Velvet Cake
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Our speeches were so heartwarming, funny and fantastic! // Our friend actually baked our cake which was entirely gorgeous, delicious and made with love. She also ended up catching the bouquet at the end of the night! // We met one another in NYC, so we finished off the night playing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” It was reminiscent of our beginnings as a couple but all our guests joined arms and created this massive circle of a kickline which was the best possible way to kick off our future life together as a married couple!
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Much of it was such a whirlwind and somewhat of a blur, which I think is largely just the nature of getting married. But still, I’d try to relax more, be present and really soak it all in.