As if we didn’t already love a great Christmas wedding, today’s wedding captured by Eureka Photography is filled with so many sweet sentimental details we are obsessed! The bride wore her mother’s wedding gown from 1984 and it looked stunning! And the outdoor fireplace ceremony is about as cozy and Christmas as you can get!
“Winter Forest” was my vision. We thought black, cranberry red and white along with greenery, berries and pinecones would really make the wedding feel romantic and festive. I was a wedding caterer when I was in school and fell in love with Pecan Springs Ranch while working different weddings there. Riley fell in love with it once he knew there would be drink donkeys during cocktail hour. We wanted our wedding to be outdoors, but have a safe plan B if needed-in Texas – you never know what kind of weather you will get.
I always wanted to wear my mom’s wedding dress, so it was easy for me to “say yes to the dress”. We know being in a wedding can be expensive, so we really took that into consideration when looking for the attire for everyone. We chose black dresses for the girls because it is elegant looking and that color looks great on anyone! The bridesmaids LOVED wearing black and because you can’t mess this color up, I allowed them to wear whatever dress they wanted as long as it was long. They were happy they could go to any store of their choosing. We think it really adds a lot of character to our photos with the different dress styles. My two sisters were my maid/matron of honor and to stand out one wore a sparkly black dress while the other one incorporated gold in with the black. I really like how it came out.
We wanted the wedding to be sentimental, romantic and FUN! I knew without a doubt I wanted to get married in front of the fireplace with the fire roaring. We are big fans of keeping things simple, so for the ceremony we only had my grandmother’s wreath and matching garland on the mantle with a few vases of flowers in the aisle-it was my vision for the perfect winter wedding.
I was the happiest I have ever been in my life on my wedding day. Getting ready with my mom, mother-in-law, sisters, and best friends is just the coolest thing. I highly recommend doing a First Look. It was intimate and private. I loved having this last time with him before he became my husband. My dad passed away two years ago, so I had my mom walk me down the aisle while I was in her same wedding dress and veil from 1984 — the smile on my mom’s face was something I’ll never forget. To honor my dad, I asked a handful of men in my life that played “fatherly roles” to accompany me in my Father-Daughter dance. To have each man tell me how proud they are of me and that they knew my dad was smiling watching from Heaven was emotional BUT so happy. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire day.
All of the table decorations were put together by loving family members/friends. We had lanterns, candles, vases, votives, wood, garland, pinecones, berries (some weren’t berries and actually seeds from a Texas Mountain Laurel tree my mom has in the backyard AKA “burning beans”). I made all of the boutonnieres (except Riley’s) with faux berries from Hobby Lobby/Michael’s and used wire to attach it to real pine branch pieces. My aunt and uncle made candle holders with several wood branches and cut we some for centerpieces. Besides saying “I do”, the most important things to us were photography, venue, DJ, and the bar. We wanted everyone to let loose and have a great time. We had a budget, so we planned accordingly.
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