We’re kicking off the week with a shabby chic Texas wedding at The Prairie – a destination wedding for this Michigander bride and her California groom! Favorite details from this wedding: the bride made her own veil, the shabby chic venue (literally! it’s Rachel Ashwell’s property!), and the adorable creamsicle cake.
“When I started describing to my mom what my dream wedding would look like, the first place that she thought of was The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell,” says Lizzy. “It was absolutely perfect, but when I realized it was in Texas, I thought it was too crazy to try to have a destination wedding. I’m so glad I got over that notion! Having our wedding at The Prairie made it so special. Everything was beautiful, and it was the perfect weekend getaway spot.
“We were married in the LDS temple in Houston, which was a private religious ceremony and most of my friends couldn’t come in to witness it,” says Lizzy. “We decided in addition to our marriage sealing in the temple, that we would also do an outdoor ring ceremony. We asked a close family friend to officiate and explain what we had done earlier that day in the temple. As a couple, we also wrote our own vows/speeches.”
Your ceremony in three words. Religious, Sweet, Intimate.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The best part was staring into the eyes of someone you love and promising yourself to them, and letting the rest of the the room slip away.
“Our wedding location seemed random to a lot of people since neither my husband nor I are from Texas, but everything really came together to tell our story. It was personal, intimate, and unique, with a big emphasis on dancing and just having a good time with the people we love. The day was a whirlwind, but we loved the way everything turned out. From the pictures, to the floral design, to the cake – it was all what I had envisioned! I got to break out my country boots and have the intimate and rustic wedding I always dreamed of!”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was really inspired by pastels and rustic-meets-upscale decor. I wanted simplicity and something that felt light and airy.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. One of my favorite details of the wedding was that we had vintage floral mismatched cloth napkins at each table setting. I thought it added such a fun shabby chic flare!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I did something old, new, borrow, and blue. I wore my mother’s ring, had my grandma’s handkerchief, new earrings, and borrowed a photo of a beloved friend that I lost in a car accident 4 years ago.
First Dance Song: “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite moment (after marrying my sweetheart) was definitely the father-daughter dance. My very talented friend did an acoustic arrangement to an upbeat song I loved and wanted as our dance. She performed it live and the whole room was crying by the end. Getting to have that special and unique dance with my dad was the only way I could think of to really show him how special he was to me and thank him for all he’d done.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I think one of the best things I heard was that when the day finally arrives, you can’t really control it if things go wrong, so just be happy. When it started pouring about 5 minutes after we left our ceremony to take pictures, I wanted to cry, but I remembered that I couldn’t control it and I chose to enjoy the day and stay as calm as I could.