I've been like a kid at Christmas just bursting with excitement to share this second part of Emily and Aaron's wedding! If you missed Part 1 you missed out on a whole lot of pretty ~ take a look here.
The bright and modern decor, Emily's fabulous write up (and sweet emails) and Ellie, the adorable labrador, make this one of my all time favourite real wedding features.
Before Emily gives us all the details, I just have to share this gorgeous, light filled photo from their ceremony one more time because, quite frankly, it's rustic chic perfection. And I love the way Ellie wanted to be a part of the ceremony too!
The funniest moment was probably Ellie sitting on my train in the middle of the wedding ceremony in order to get a sticker out of her paw…priceless.
The Wedding Music
For our ceremony we chose songs that had meaning to us and that we loved – traditional just wasn’t our style. Don Crandall, a family friend played the piano for the ceremony and it was just perfect and simple.
During the ceremony my dad played his guitar and sang a solo – The Road Never Ends, Keali'i Reichel. We just happened to come across this sweet song on You Tube by accident and it couldn’t be more true for something my mom and dad would have told us. It was probably one of the most special moments in the day to have my dad sing & play it to us at our wedding.
[audiotube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5qp0FQWq2M” caption=”The Road Never Ends ~ Kealii Reichel”]
For the reception we embraced the mid centery modern look of the club house. White draping, white leather tufted panels, ottomans and and white bar set the stage. The cake looked just like I had envisioned and made a huge visual impact against the white leather tufted panels and the table was a craigslist find that I painted. We used the yellow, cream, & grey damask fabric and the yellow and grey stripe fabric for custom (square) lampshade centerpieces and as cocktail linens to create a harmony between the ceremony and reception. The custom lighting made such an impact in the space—it was truly transformed. We kept the charcoal linens and yellow napkins simple and let the floral centerpieces and lighting make the statement.
I wanted the centerpieces to be simple, yet beautiful and modern – Tricia came up with a gathering of 3 white vases with a pillow cushion detail and single varieties in each vase and then a tall square white vase topped with a custom made button trimmed lampshade (aaron made the lampshades as well and Viridian trimmed them in buttons).
Ultimately Tricia and all the fabulous girls at Viridian pulled the entire look together with fabulous pieces like the Armiore used for gifts, the china blanks used throughout the vignettes and the beautiful florals and the styling of each of the locations.
The meal consisted of Comanche Trace Caesar Salad served with a Fried Goat Cheese Medallion & Prosciutto Crumbles, Roasted Breast of Chicken topped with a wild mushroom marsala sauce, rice pilaf and broccoli. And desert was wedding cake – we had a red velvet layer and a white with raspberry filling layer.
Jenn the Cookie Chic made us the most fabulous Lemon with Cream Cheese frosting Cupcakes in a Jar – I purchased the jars, she filled them and we added a yellow silk flower to the top and a custom label designed by Delightful Designs that said THANK YOU, You Take the Cake
For the entertainment, Men in Black (the band my dad is a guitarist and singer for) played and we were lucky enough to have Josh Grider (up and coming texas country singer/songwriter) and his beautiful wife Kristy accompany the band for the night – how lucky can a girl get?? My dad was able to play some of the music but let Josh and the wonderful guys of Men in Black play the rest of the evening. The evening could not have been more fabulous and was more than I could have ever imagined.
I first met Erin my freshman year in college at Abilene Christian University in drawing class. I had a such a great time getting to know her and learn about her passion for art – I think she was just taking it as an elective and boy did she have some talent. I believe the next year or two she began photographing people and I would see it come up on facebook and grew more and more in love with her work and her eye and attention to detail. By my Senior year at ACU, I knew that I would use Erin when Mr. Right came along!!
Come back tomorrow to see their beautiful wedding film and watch their oh so lovely wedding in motion!