I absolutely love how playful Kelly and Carlton’s wedding was! As photographer Kristi Wright shares: “The two of them got dressed together – something that doesn’t happen nearly enough. Kelly walked down the aisle to 100 kazoos humming Here Comes the Bride. There were pretzels from Easy Tiger and wood fired pizza from Bola Pizza. They wanted to spend time with their friends and family, no fussing over traditions. Just a gorgeous day together. It was awesome – a breath of fresh air to photograph.” Not to mention it took place at a wonderfully unique venue, during the beautiful Texas springtime…
Another playful detail? The guest book table had a doodle book, colorful pens, and a sign that read: Do you doodle? Find a page you like and let the book take you where it may. Don’t worry if you can’t draw or aren’t sure what to do. Just have fun with it.
“We got engaged in November and wanted to get married in the spring,” share Kelly and Carlton, “so our venue options were limited. I remembered the Plant from planning a bachelorette party a few years prior, and it was the first and only venue we visited. We knew immediately it was the place where we wanted to get married. The property is so unique and visually stunning, but what surprised both of us was how tranquil it is. As soon as you arrive all of your stress just evaporates.”
“We wanted a simple ceremony, something that was light and fun, not too serious,” says the bride. “We had my brother marry us, so the content of our ceremony was very personal. I had always thought there was something nice about the idea of saying traditional vows, the same ones your parents and grandparents said, and I was surprised to find out that there are hundreds of versions of ‘traditional,’ so we just picked out whatever sounded best to us. I had always had anxiety about walking down the aisle with everyone staring at me, so we handed out kazoos to our guests to play the wedding march as I walked down the aisle, which had me laughing the whole way.”
Your ceremony in three words. Non-traditional, Playful, Brief.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? After the ceremony was over, when Carlton and I were walking back down the aisle, there was a huge sense of relief knowing all of that nonsense was over and it was time to party.
“Carlton’s co-worker told us that your wedding is the only chance you have to get everyone you love together in the same place,” says Kelly. “We kept that in mind when we were planning to remind us why we were even having a wedding in the first place. We wanted our wedding to feel like a family reunion or a backyard party – something relaxed and casual where people could just have fun.”
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. My grandfather’s friend, Jesse, is an amazing fiddle player. Growing up he would play at my grandparent’s parties and my grandfather would always pull me out to dance. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and having Jesse play our reception felt like having him there.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We didn’t want anything to distract us from our guests and the fun of the evening, so there were no traditional elements planned for our wedding, but they sort of just organically occurred. Our 6 flower girls demanded that I toss the bouquet, and at the end of the night, Carlton and I ended up having a first dance.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Not to get too caught up in the details. Which is much easier advice to give than to take.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Prepare to have the most surprising people questioning you about your choices. Really be true to yourself and what you want out of the day. And know that none of it really matters, because in the end you’ll be married.