All pictures were taken by Dorothy Gautreaux Photography. Dorothy is incredibly awesome. Seriously. I fell in love with her work and was beyond thrilled when I learned that not only were her prices within our budget, but she did not have the ego I had always heard Dallas photographers had. She is the sweetest, nicest person and was so much fun to work with!! For the engagement and bridals shoots as well as the wedding itself. I cannot thank her enough as she really did an amazing job, and I have these gorgeous photos to remember our wedding day.
Before I get to the ceremony and rest of the night, here are some of my favorite details:
The flowers at the altar were not only gorgeous but so incredibly fragrant. You did not have to be standing right next to them to smell their intoxicating fragrance.
The bouquets were a mix of lilies, roses and anemones. They were perfect:
Even the boys had anemone boutonnieres:
The programs, which were designed to be reminiscent of books:
The bride's cake, which was not only gorgeous but so delicious as well. I only got a bite of it at the reception, but they put a big chunk of it in our to go bag so we had wedding cake for breakfast before we left for Jamaica:
The groom's cake in the shape of books. DH picked out the titles:
On half the tables at the reception - these gorgeous flowers in white vases:
On the other half of the tables - a lantern perched on top of books, or love stories to be more precise:
My shoes and pearls - I know this one's a shocker:
And of course - my dress:
So I stepped out to meet my future. And he looked good in a tux. From the moment my dad and I turned the corner to walk down the aisle, I could not take my eyes off of him.
The ceremony we personalized with a scripture and poetry reading as well as the Declaration about how marriage opens your heart. Also, my dad played "Ave Maria" on his guitar accompanied by another guitarist and dolcimerist.
DH struggled to get through his vows without breaking down. I will never forget the tears in his eyes and how his chin quivered. I surprised myself by not crying. Instead I squeezed his hands and looked deep in his eyes to lend him my strength while I committed the look on his face to memory.
The poem my friend Laurel read is by e.e. cummings:
i carry your heart with me(i carry it inAnd then, we were married!
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Newlywed with the gorgeous background of downtown Fort Worth:
We eventually made our way to the ballroom for the party and but first some more pictures. I love this one:
We had our first dance to "Brighter than Sunshine" by Aqualung:
The night was full of food, laughter, wonderful conversations with family and friends and the typical wedding reception activities, including eating cake:
There were silly little moments throughout the night that really made it special for me, like this one were my dad crashed our sipping champagne:
And of course there was a lot of dancing:
Anytime two Aggies get married, the Aggie War Hymn must be played - I think it's in the school constitution or something. Our wedding was no exception:
And more dancing:
Though it was such a fun, amazing day, it was also long and emotional and it was time to say goodbye:
Like I said... it was a perfect day.