Kaleigh and Jared were high school sweethearts. He chose Texas A&M, and she chose Houston, but it wasn’t long before she transferred to be closer to him. After two years of dating, Jared could not control his excitement and told Kaleigh he had purchased a ring. “I practically knew when he was proposing,” she says. On New Year’s Eve, at a restaurant overlooking the Mexican ocean, he stood up in front of her entire family (and all the patrons!) to ask for her hand in marriage.
June 4, 2011 was magical, to say the least. From the distressed blue and gold vintage invitations, to the guest’s arrival via trolley (The Original Trolley Co.), this bride’s nuptials were served with an extra dose of down-home hospitality. The ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner reception each highlighted different areas of her serene family estate in Cypress.
For the ceremony, the wedding aisle started at the estate’s double doors and lead to a rose-adorned trellis. It continued down the garden path to the sheer-draped pool gazebo.
After the ceremony, the cocktail hour featured farm tables with vintage platters. The menu was divine: herb and floral encrusted chevre, Canadian cheddar, and St. Andre served with honeycomb, raisin baguettes, water crackers, seedless grapes, and strawberries. The crudites bar of asparagus, baby carrots, cucumbers, and bright peppers was accompanied by hummus and oven baked pita slices.
To beat the summer heat, multiple flavors of lemonade were available at a lemonade stand. Ice water with fresh cucumbers came to life when the family harvested cucumbers from their garden the day before. The signature drink, Mojitos was completed with mint from the family garden.
With no walls to restrict the evening, the dinner reception’s footprint was wedding planner Kat Creech’s dream come true. Family-style tables surrounded the wooden dance floor and light strands and lanterns gave the area a fairy tale glow. The perimeter lighting highlighted the enchanting trees.
Their elegant theme continued with silk linen from Elegant Beginnings, antique gold leaf chargers and blue water goblets. The centerpieces were collected from consignment shops and flea markets; no two were alike. The floral arrangements created by Dream Bouquet, included white and green hydrangeas, classic mums, and more. To complete the vintage vibe, small accents of birds, handkerchiefs, picture frames, and other natural accents pulled together the eclectic tablescape. Finally, a 50′ long boxwood wall, salvaged vintage doors, lounge furniture, and assorted bird cages completed the vintage setting. The perfect Enzoani dress from Parvani Vida inspired cake maven Nadine Moon from Who Made the Cake to re-create the lace on a four-tier confectionary delight.
After the guests danced the night away, wish lanterns were set free in the sky. In doing so, a silent wish was granted to the bride and groom.
Kaleigh’s Advice: Make it unique! She and her father built the rose-adorned trellis together, adding an original touch to her special day.
Article by: Laurette Veres
Photography by: Steve Lee Weddings