Josh and I got married on August 14, 2010 at a tiny historical church near our home town. At the time we were 21 and 20 years old, respectively, in college, and on a budget but we knew that getting married is what we wanted.
So we set out to plan a meaningful celebration on a budget. We chose the Historical Texana Church as our ceremony location. As a kid, my family used to go ride bikes in the park the church is located in. My sisters and I would peek into the windows to look at the gorgeous interior and talk about our wedding day dreams. It just seemed like the perfect location for us. We wanted a smaller wedding so the size of church was just right. Right down the road, in the same park, was our reception location; right off of Lake Texana with a large deck that we used for dancing.
From the beginning, I set out to have a wedding full of DIY details. Throughout the planning process, mostly everything I saw in the stores didn’t fit with my vision of our day, so I got out my hot glue gun and got to work! I put together all of our flowers, centerpieces, guestbook, programs, and invitations. (Follow the links to see more details on these DIY projects)
On the day of our wedding, I woke up at my parent’s house around 10:00AM. I wasn’t really feeling nervous, but I was on a mission. My sisters and I ran to the grocery store to buy flowers for the cake and grab snacks for the day, and then headed to the reception location to start decorating. Together with the girls of my family (and my soon-to-be family), we dressed up the reception room and headed to the hotel to get ready. It wasn’t until I about 15 minutes before we left the hotel that I started feeling a little nervous. I was all dressed up in my veil and dress and I knew that the day I had planned for for months was about to happen. It was truly an amazing feeling.
Both Josh and I snagged our day-of attire at amazing discounts. I got my dress from Alfred Angelo during a sample sale for over 50% off and Josh scored his entire ensemble (suit + shoes) for under $125.00 and wore a collared shirt and tie that he already owned. I did my own makeup and hair so I could get ready 100% at my leisure. I did not want to spend the whole day running around to 30 places on our wedding day.
We kept a lot of traditions intact for our ceremony. My step-dad walked me down the aisle and we said traditional vows and the ceremony itself was a no-frills, heartfelt event. I kept the “something old, new, borrowed, and blue” tradition with a butterfly pin from my grandmother on my bouquet, new silver stud earrings from my mother (given to me the night before), a pearl necklace from my Aunt Brandi, and blue underthings. These traditions were meaningful to the two of us so we made sure they stayed as a part of our day. On the other hand, we did have a few non-traditional elements. I walked down the aisle to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and after being pronounced “man & wife” we marched out of that church to “With This Ring” by The Platters with huge grins on our faces. Music has always been a huge part of our separate lives and our life together and it was important that our sound selections represented our tastes. We also decided to go with just one attendant each. My sister, Tabetha, was my maid of honor and Josh’s brother Richard served as his best man. It kept our ceremony intimate.
And, as we left the church, we had Josh’s nephew Nathan ring the bell from the loft of the church, providing us with one of my absolute favorite wedding photos! That and the candid shot captured by my uncle of us stealing a kiss in a crowd of our family.
After we took photos, we headed to the party. Dinner was catered by a local restaurant called Greek Brothers, where Josh and I both worked at in high school. Our cake had three different flavors of cake; chocolate, marble, and strawberry, ordered from a local bakery. My mom decorated the cake with the daisies and spider mums we picked up at the store earlier and we threw cute aprons over our clothes to cut our first slice!
After lots of funny and sweet toasts, we moved outside to dance. Our band was a guitar/piano combo with two guys who used to play at Greek Brothers while we worked there. They just have a really chill style and our guests had a fun time dancing over the water with twinkly lights all around. Of course, being August in south Texas, it was still warm but the weather ended up being better than expected. We ended up with a beautiful night.
All of our photos were taken by a high school friend of ours and my Uncle Andy. And they both did a seriously amazing job. I loved all of our wedding photos! Usually, I’m one of those people who needs a few takes before I find a picture I like, but I truly loved how Josh and I looked in these pictures. I suppose the newly wedded bliss also helped with that.
For more details on our wedding, feel free to head over to the “Our Wedding” category for more DIY and planning posts.
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