In early March we hit the road to get Nina and Joey married in Aledo, TX! The ceremony and reception both took place at the home of Nina's Grandmother. It was a day filled with love, a slight chill and good times!
I have known Nina since the fifth grade, so when she reached out to me regarding my Full Planning Package I was thrilled! I leaned in from the very beginning stages of planning to ensure her and Joey's vision became a reality. From vendor selections, to timelines and floor plans - working side by side with Nina was such a blast! I honestly miss our weekly calls now that they are over - lol!
One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is always the details! Nina's classy blue shoes and her hand written vows photographed so beautifully - and the extra florals really elevated these detail shots! The details always help to tell the story of who the couple is and what's important to them - I love seeing all of the unique items my couples show up with on wedding days!
The girls prepped for the day at a nearby hotel - hair and make up services by Kelsey Dorsett started bright and early! Prep was spent with lots of laughs, hugs and even a few happy tears. Nina is from Louisiana, but now lives in Texas - you could very clearly see how special it was to have friends and family from back home all in the same place to spend this special day with her!
Lindsey with Light as Gold Photography was so fantastic to work with and it's very obvious how talented she is! These prep photos are some of my favorites from the whole day.
Nina and Joey met and started dating when we were all in high school - I remember the first school dance she brought him to like it was yesterday! To be there when it all started and also when they said "I Do" is something I'll always hold close to my heart. They are both so kind, loving and deserve all the happiness in the world - I'm so happy they found it in each other!
It's safe to say this day was long awaited by so many, you could feel the love radiating from their friends and family throughout the whole day. As the ceremony time grew closer, you could fill the anticipation building for Nina, Joey and their loved ones. Upon arriving to her Grandmother's - Nina shared a sweet first look with her dad. Seeing a daddy tear up when seeing his baby girl on her wedding day gets me every single time! While waiting Joey received hugs, hand shakes and pep talks from family and friends.
One thing was certain by this point in the day - everyone was excited to get the show on the road!
The outdoor ceremony setup was simple, but so beautiful. The wooden cross back chairs fit in perfectly with the natural backdrop. With such a beautiful tree as the ceremony focal point, we knew we had to create something special - and boy did Sarah with The Floral Market deliver! I could have stared at this beautiful floral piece for hours, the magnolias paired with baby's breath gave the ceremony space both a pop and a nod to Nina & Joey's home state of Louisiana.
As Nina was escorted up the aisle by her dad, you could see the excitement in Joey's face as he saw his bride for the first time! Nina's bouquet had magnolias and blue bonnets to represent both Louisiana and Texas - two special places in her heart.
During the ceremony Nina and Joey exchanged vows they prepared for each other - I don't think there was a dry eye there. You could feel the love the two of them share and it was so obvious how great they are together! Their ceremony was intimate and so personalized - it was even more special that it was only shared with those so near and dear to their hearts.
There was so many fun touches and personal details tied into the reception!
A few of my favorites included:
A Leon Bridges record as their sign in, which features "Beyond" on it - this was their first dance song!
The signature drinks were the "Boozy Belle" and the "Roux Roux Rita" in honor of their two dogs.
By special request the groom's cake was a carrot cake made by Joey's sister - because it's his favorite!
The temperatures started to drop as the sun went down, but the reception tent still felt warm and cozy. Inside two long tables were available for guests to gather and spend time catching up. Each table had a beautiful baby's breath garland with candles. Nina also wanted to tie in spring colors, so the linens were lilac with a white, lace overlay - such a fun touch! The string lights helped to pull the whole look together and set such a romantic tone.
Nina and Joey shared a seated meal with their guests catered by Cherry on Top Catering. The food was so delicious and the catering staff was some of the kindest people I've ever had the pleasure of working with - they truly went above and beyond the entire evening. After dinner a few of their friends and family shared speeches they prepared with the group - they brought out a lot of laughter and happy tears. Then everyone enjoyed cake from Moonlight Bakery, it was seriously a true treat!
The remainder of the night was filled with signature cocktails, rad dance moves and laughs. Eventually the jackets had to come out to fight off the cold, but honestly how often do we get to wear fur coats in the South?! How fun!
Nina and Joey truly had a beautiful wedding that was so unique to them. It was a joy to play a part in such a momentous day in their lives. I'm so happy for my two friends and I can't wait to see all the amazing things the future has in store for them!
Photographer: Light As Gold
Florist: The Floral Market
Cake: Moonlight Cakes
Caterer: Cherry on Top Catering
Bridal Gown: Vivienne Atelier
Hair & Make Up: Kelsey Dorsett
Rentals: Taylor's Rental Equipment
Transportation: Weatherford Transportation Services