This garden wedding we have for you today is absolutely gorgeous! From a tall oak tree as the backdrop for the ceremony, to a venue with an already-existing beauty- only to be complemented perfectly by peach florals and gold accents. Planned by Heather Benge Events and photographed by Awake Photography, this Houston wedding is full of gorgeous, inspiring details, and we have the bride, Carrie, with us today to share some insight into her wedding planning experience…
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
During the planning process my husband and I really worked as a team and tackled everything together. On my wedding day, my planner Heather Benge helped me the most. I tend to be somewhat of a perfectionist, and it was such a relief to be able to pass off the reins to her and know that everything would be taken care of perfectly! It really allowed me to enjoy my wedding day.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Choosing vendors was overwhelming at first, because getting married in a big city meant there were so many vendor options! I quickly realized that picking vendors who were enjoyable to be around was incredibly important, because you’re going to be communicating with them a lot and you want to feel comfortable working with them. This was particularly true for vendors I spent a lot of time with on my wedding day, such as my planner Heather Benge, and my photographer Paige Budde of Awake Photography. On my wedding day I valued not only their talent and skill at their jobs, but also their personalities and that they helped make me and everyone else feel comfortable and happy.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I was inspired by my venue, particularly the floor-to-ceiling windows that look into the beautiful courtyard with the giant oak tree under which we held our ceremony. I wanted the glow from the outdoor fountain and the hanging lanterns in the tree coming in through the windows into the reception area to be the main focus, so we used minimal decor with lots of candles and sparkly gold accents to make everything shine. Our venue had so much natural beauty that I focused on complementing what was already there, and let that guide many of my decisions.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Some of my favorite things (I can’t pick just one!) are the little details we added in to reflect both ourselves individually and us as a couple. Our escort cards were vintage postcards from St. Louis, which is where we met and currently live. The pictures on them showed places important to our relationship such as the university where we met, and the park where he proposed. Anyone who knows my husband knows his obsession with chocolate chip cookies, so we chose a giant cookie cake as a groom’s cake. I wore a sapphire necklace, ring, and bracelet that were a originally a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother, and were worn by my older sister in her wedding a few years ago. I know that not everyone recognized the significance of these little details, but they helped remind us that in the end this day was about us and our love for each other.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Make a conscious decision to enjoy your wedding day no matter what. Things may not go as exactly you plan, and it is easy to get caught up in details, but if you go into it determined to have fun, you will!
I love the way the decor is elegant, but it still has a bit of whimsy to it too! As Carrie said, it reflected her and her husband perfectly. Oh, and did you catch the signature drinks inspired by their hometowns? Such a great idea!
So are you planning on including any details that will be inspired by something personal to you, like your hometown? What are you thinking of doing?
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