This sweetly Southern Texas wedding from Treasured Heart Events captured by Arden Prucha Photography is sure to make you smile! From the heirloom veil and cake topper to the romantic garden setting, this purple fall wedding was a dream!
I grew up in the city while my husband is a fourth generation rancher in West Texas. We had many things in common – including a love for the outdoors – but we both came from different worlds. It was very important to me to incorporate both our worlds. I wanted our wedding to be a beautiful mix of the things we loved and the parts of our world that helped shape us. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy our wedding. We also wanted it to portray the best of both worlds and to truly be uniquely us!
I wore my mother’s veil. This was very special to me and it matched beautifully with my dress. I also carried a handkerchief of my aunt who had passed away. It was a sweet and special sentiment to remember her on my wedding day. Lastly, one of my favorite touches was using my grandparent’s antique cake topper. The cake topper sat in her china cabinet, and I had talked about using it in my wedding since I was a little girl. My parent’s also used that same cake topper at their wedding, so it was very special to be able to include it in our wedding. I love things passed down!
While I did not do a first look with Gage, I did do one with my Dad. It was also a very special moment for us and another favorite part of my day. I highly recommend doing that – such a sweet moment with your Dad before he gives you away!
The style I wanted for my special day was casual elegance. I wanted it to be a grand, elegant event, but I also wanted it to be relaxed and comfortable. The garden with its beautiful, peaceful setting was perfect as it allowed me the freedom to dress it up and yet still have that relaxed feel. We didn’t want to take away from the beauty of The Horseshoe Garden, even the name fit our theme, so we just added a wooden arbor draped with white fabric and graced with asymmetrical floral arrangements of white hydrangea, lavender spray roses, purple stock, purple and ivory roses and lush greenery.
Another major factor into our wedding style inspiration was – TRADITIONS. This was also another way to incorporate our two worlds. We both come from big families steeped in traditions. That made it fun to incorporate traditions from both sides. My family is from Louisiana and one of the wedding traditions is to pin money onto the bride’s dress when you dance with her. This is always fun – and even more so when you are the bride, ha! Another tradition from my husband’s family is for the bride to be brought to the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. This was one of my favorite touches. My father-in-law brought me into the garden in a horse-drawn carriage for the ceremony. Then Gage and I left in the carriage following the ceremony. I loved that I was able to incorporate traditions from both sides into our wedding.
The reception took place under the beautiful oak tree canopy of the adjacent garden, The Grove. The weather was absolutely perfect, with spectacular sunshine and just the right temperature even though we had a 40’ x 160’ structure tent just in case it rained. Due to the beautiful weather we were able to spill out of the tent and enjoy even more of the natural setting. We had a Western Swing band, Jake Hooker & the Outsiders (my husband’s favorite) that also helped provide a western feel to our wedding. Of course, we had some DJ tunes during the band’s break as well to make sure everyone was on the dance floor at some point!
Truly the day was a perfect mix of our two worlds and a combination of our favorite things. I was happy because I felt like it was “us” – it paid tribute to our heritage and also showed the joining as one as we embark on our new life together. It had all the elegance of a garden wedding with the comforts of the at home ranch feel. I could go on and one about favorite moments of the day, but lastly, we loved having all of our favorite people in one place! It was so sweet to have so many people from different parts of our life all under one roof to celebrate with us. It truly made our wedding so special! It really was a beautiful day and truly a dream come true.
Photography | Arden Prucha Photography | Venue | Fort Worth Botanic Gardens | Coordination | Treasured Heart Events | Floral Design | Fox and the Fleur | Cake | Hopeful Hearth Baking Company | Catering | Reata | Rentals | Grand Event Rentals | Signage | Treasured Heart Events | Invitations | PS The Letter | Programs | Square 8 Studio | Videography | Ethnos Photography | Band | Jake Hooker Band | Dress | Martina Liana from De Ma Fille | Jewelry | BHLDN | Shoes | Dillard’s | Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy | Hair | Dean Allyn Salon | Makeup | Pencil and Lace