03 Dec Our Wedding // Looking Back on that Day 5 Years Later
Our wedding was 5 years ago today! I can’t believe it’s already been 5 whole years since F and I married! Our wedding was honestly one of the very best days of my life. I remember never wanting it to end! I figured that, in honor of our 5th anniversary, I’d share some photos and a video of that special day, especially since many of you have only known me since I’ve been married. Here’s the highlight video of the wedding weekend!
Scroll down for some fun details, more photos, a list of the vendors and all the links!
Our wedding was on December 3rd, 2011 in Austin, TX. I’m the oldest of 5, so my family was so excited to celebrate our day and I’m beyond blessed to say that my mom and dad threw us the most beautiful event possible! Everything about it was just perfect! We wanted a winter wedding… a Christmas wedding, but we also didn’t want to do the standard red and green Christmas. Instead, we opted for jewel tones, silvers, golds and, of course, white! While the wedding ended up being a rather… ehhmm… large… event, I still wanted personal touches throughout the night so that our guests left feeling like they all really knew our love story. Here were some of the personal touches:
-We married in the same church where my parents were married 30 years prior, Hyde Park Baptist Church. Our wedding party and our guests [along with us] stayed at The Historic Stephen F. Austin Hotel, which is where the accommodations for my parents’s wedding were! I stayed the night before the wedding and got dressed in the same bridal suite my mother did 30 years prior.
-Two ministers married us. Joe White, the president of the Christian camp we both grew up attending, officiated the ceremony and shared the gospel, which was a request I specifically had. Dr. Smith led us in our vows and ring exchange and actually carried out the marriage portion of our wedding ceremony. He married my parents 30 years prior in the exact same place!
-My older brother passed away tragically when I was young, so I wanted to honor him somehow in the ceremony. We purposely had one more bridesmaid than we had groomsmen. During the ceremony, we had a candle standing in the place of the spot of the groomsman who couldn’t be there with us in person… my big brother.
More personal touches were…
-Golf plays a HUGE role in F’s life. We added touches of golf throughout the event, like a golf-game ice luge at the bar [winners got a shot of his favorite tequila] cake balls made to look like SMU-stamped golf balls and a “groom’s lounge” decorated to look like an old-school country club.
-My father and I danced to “Venus in Blue Jeans” by Jimmy Clanton… it’s an oldies song that many people don’t know… the band had to learn how to play it! We both share a love for oldies music, and my dad used to pick me up and we’d dance to “Venus in Blue Jeans” together! My dad, siblings and I interrupted the father-daughter dance with a flash-mob to “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen… it’s one of his favorite songs and we all grew up dancing to it with him. it was a great way to get guests on the dance floor right away!
-The photographer captured our first kiss as husband and wife and immediately RAN to her car and drove to kinks. In a matter of minutes, she had printed the photo and had it frame and ready for our guests to see as they entered our wedding reception. People asked us if we staged the wedding for the photo to be taken ahead of time! Haha!
-F and I danced to “Just the Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, which is totally cliche… what people don’t know is that F specifically asked for that song about a month into our relationship because there’s a line in there that says “and that laugh that wrinkles your nose…” which reminded him of the way I smile when I’m a little tipsy… my friends and F call it “The Scrunched Nose.”
While our wedding was picture perfect, no event goes by without something hilariously wrong to report back. It was 76 degrees and raining that day [I was praying for snow… yeah, I know. I’m insane!] and the fur muffs the bridesmaids carried were a LITTLE warm! The ceremony was intimate and full of love, but it was also very long… like… REALLY long… like, so long, a groomsman passed out! He was okay though and ready to party at the reception! I had a fur wrap I was going to wear during the exit, but totally forgot it at the hotel… My husband and I got into the limo after the ceremony to a voicemail from our security system… someone had tried to break into our garage [unsuccessfully]… None of those things could put even the slightest damper on the evening, and the reality is that we never thought twice about them [okay, we make fun of Cricker about it sometimes… haha]! However, I do share them to say to all brides out there… something WILL go wrong… and guess what… It’s okay. The party will still be fabulous!
Speaking of fabulous, here are the amazing vendors we used for our wedding:
Photography by Jennifer Lindberg Weddings, Event Designer and Consultant: Barbara Shorts – Verve Austin, Transportation: Bill Talley Transportation Consultants, Calligrapher: Sandy Odom, Caterer: Rosemary Catering San Antonio, Cigar Roller: Bablou, Florist: Fete de Fleures, Ceremony: Hyde Park Baptist Church, Ice Carving: Rosemary Catering / Burr Rasmussen, Lighting: Illios Lighting, Videographer: Joe Simon Films, Make Up: Denise Vasquez, Rochelle Rae Cosmetics, and Mandy Rothenberg, Musicians: Houston Boys’ Choir, Wedding programs and monogram boxes: Paper Place, Monogramed robes: Party Cat, Invitations and Party Favors: Personally Yours, Reception: Texas State History Museum “Bob Bullock”, Soloist: Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig & Dean, Strait Music Company, Strings: Artisan Quartet, Strong Productions, Suite 206, Cakes: Sylvia Weinstock Cakes [wedding cake] and The Cake Plate [groom’s cake], Custom Runner: The Original Runner Company, Band: The Pictures
The people mentioned above, along with my mother’s incredible taste, eye for beauty and design abilities [plus, her best friend, Aimee], curated the most amazing event to celebrate our marriage. I am so, completely blessed to have been the bride and recipient of all their time and talents. I am blown away by the love that was shown to me by my parents for this amazing celebration they put together for me. I am in awe to be so loved.
I’m honored to say that our wedding has been featured in the following publications:
msn.com // How They Knew They Had Found the One
theknot.com // A Chic Winter Wedding in Austin, TX
thehuffingtonpost.com // 21 Show-Stopping Wedding Cakes That Have Some Serious Wow Factor
jenniferlindbergweddings.com // Most of all, I Remember…