Our wedding was such a perfect day – truly the best day of our lives, and we were so happy being surrounded by our dearest friends and family who came from all over the country to support and celebrate with us. Since the wedding ceremony and reception were both held on my family’s farm in Texas, it was surreal to be exchanging vows in the same spot I learned to fly a kite, made mud pies, and climb trees.
I wanted to let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. I wanted everyone to have something that they were comfortable in, and and style that best flattered everyone’s figures. So, I created a color palette and Pinterest board of example styles, and they came together beautifully. From a soft blush to mint, sea foam green and dusty rose, the most fabulous women in my life finished off their look with cowboy boots – we would have had it no other way in Texas!
Please note our precious flower girl’s darling boots. Cutest li’l things I’ve ever seen…
That gorgeous arch than hung over us as we exchanged our vows was the combined handy work of my husband, dad and brother, who chose the perfect pecan branches and secured them with rope at the top. We adorned it with tulle and flowers, and it turned out more beautiful and romantic than I could have imagined.
One of the best parts of our wedding planning process was creating a ceremony that was both meaningful to us and true to our personalities. We selected two readings, both of which are below.
Adapted from Union, by Robert Fulghum
You’ve known each other from the very first glance to this moment today of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of “Yes,” to this moment of “I do,” you’ve been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married,” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you’re about to make are a way of saying to one another: “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before today you’ve been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a new threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
Because after today you’ll be saying to the world: ”This is my husband. This is my wife.”
Blessing of the Hands, author unknown
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
I’m lucky enough to have a mom and aunt who love to bake. Together, they tested recipes and came up with the perfect selections to compliment our wedding cake. Our cake, we wanted simply for the tradition of cutting the cake… but the real treats fame from the mini pecan tarts, lemon bars, wedding sand tarts and pecan brownie bites that adorned our dessert bar.
No wedding photo would have been complete without our beloved beagle girls who waited all night long to come out and play.