What first began at a New Years Party in Georgia eventually led Heather Dawn Posey and Philip Michael Eddy to a special sunrise engagement in Jacksonville, Fla. While the major milestones of their relationship span all across North America, they knew their wed- ding could not take place anywhere other than the bride’s hometown of Snyder, Texas.
On Mar. 26, 2011, guests arrived in this charming West Texas town for the couple’s nuptials at the 37th Street Church of Christ —a place Heather describes as where she “grew up, surrounded by family and friends.” Dressed in a classic, ruffled halter style gown from the David’s Bridal Galina Collection, Heather proceeded down the aisle holding a bouquet adorned with cotton, balsa wood flowers and lemon leaves to reflect the region’s staple crops. After a few joyful tears and a touching exchange of vows, the couple welcomed family and friends to their reception just down the way at Windmill Ranch.
Offering a sweet twist on conventional cocktail hour, Heather and Phil served guests old- fashioned root beer floats to pass time during their post-ceremony pictures. Once the bride and groom made their first entrance as husband and wife, it was time to party! Family friend Ronda White catered the event, arranging a full dessert bar complete with Italian crème cookies, Oreo cake pops, spice cupcakes and Mexican wedding cookies. Sticking with the timeless Southern tradition, a chocolate-flavored grooms cake shaped in the likeness of a red drum fish made an appearance alongside their lemon-flavored wedding cake.
Understanding her husband’s job would relocate them to the heart of the Yucatan, Heather desired her reception to be “one last Texas celebration.” From cowboy boots and mason jars, to cotton centerpieces and wooden accents, Heather and Phil’s rustic reception accomplished just that. When the time came for the newlyweds to exit, loved ones expressed their well wishes as the two drove away in a vintage Ford Mustang. Following the big day, Heather and Phil relaxed at a resort in Cancun on their honeymoon before settling into a new life in Merida, Mexico.
Heather claims that if she could change one thing, she would “take an extra week off of work to rest and relax before the wed- ding to enjoy time with family and friends.” She also encourages brides to, “think outside the box! We put our wedding on a budget and did things creatively.”
Photography by Kayla at Spink Studio