I love the beautiful lush surroundings of Lori and William’s wedding. No decorations necessary when something is so beautiful!
Lori and William took photographs with their guests and then the group walked to where chairs had been setup overlooking the Medina River for the ceremony.
Lori hails from Romania and her background is heavily influenced by Greece and Italy while and William’s lineage comes from Alsace, France. To give their guests a taste of Europe, the couple held an intimate reception dinner at the The Old Alsatian Steakhouse & Ristorante where they served authentic Italian cuisine.
Thank you to Lori and William for sharing their very special wedding with us today! We wish you all the love and happiness for your marriage!
With Spring in full bloom in Australia, I thought this wedding fit the bill for today. So much beautiful greenery surrounds this beautiful, intimate celebration of Lori and William! Lori shared with me how she and William met.
“We met at church one Sunday after service a group of singles were going out to lunch and I asked William if he was going. He replied that he didn’t think so. I razzed him a little about it and he ended up coming. While in line to order food I started asking him questions about himself and continued talking throughout lunch. The same evening at a singles church meeting he approached me and asked me out to a basketball game. I wasn’t ready to date at the time and I turned him down and said that it’s not about him in any way I am not ready to date at this time. Well he didn’t take no for an answer and continued to try.
About a month later he called me early in the morning. I was sitting in my college class waiting for the class to start. I was surprised to receive the call from him. (what girl doesn’t love being pursued, he didn’t give up yet found a respectful classy way to remind me that he is there) We started talking about everything and really had a great time talking to him. A few weeks later I was starting a bible study at my home and called him to invite him to join the group. He came and from that night on we began what was a weekend of “dating” He took me out the next day to the lake and had dinner together. That was the start of our relationship and from there we have been dating since November of 2007. He proposed in Colorado on September 13, 2008. It was the most perfect spot at a small lake nestled between mountains.”
Lori and William married in Castroville, Texas at the Landmark Inn Bed & Breakfast. A historic site in Texas, the town itself was founded in the 1800′s and William’s family helped establish the town. Lori and William had photos taken by the historic water mill which was once used to power the town.
Lori’s gown was made by Carmen ph: 972-939-6274.
Lori and William chose to have all of their photos taken before the ceremony.
Lori’s daughter Anna and stepdaughter Chelsea made up the bridal party.
Stay tuned for Lori and William’s intimate ceremony and fun reception!
Western Australian bride Julie came to me looking for some help with her nautical inspired wedding. She’d love to use a colour palette of red, sapphire blue, pale blue and ivory. Julie particularly loves red spider orchids (reminiscent of coral), but was having trouble with her table centrepieces.
Here’s some ideas I came up with for her centrepieces and other bits and pieces:
- fishing floats in different sizes sitting on sand on the tables amongst shells, starfish, sea glass, wooden sea horses
- keep the red orchids in lots of old bottles, grouped on the tables amongst the fishing floats
- tie a shell with twine around the vases/bottles, backs of chairs, a twine and shell garland around windows, fireplace etc, or use a striped ribbon in the sapphire or red colour to string the shells onto
- an overcloth in cotton, organza on top of your white tablecloths in the light blue, perhaps edged in seashells or starfish sewn onto the edge or just the corners to represent the sea
- garlands of flags – buy paper from a scrapbooking shop (use only your colours from your scheme, but the patterns on the paper could be many and varied) and cut simple triangles (two long sides and one shorter side) and bend an edge over on the short side and glue onto ribbon or twine and string behind your lolly or dessert table
- string shells, driftwood or bunting on twine and hang over doorways or windows like those beaded curtains of old
- if having a lolly table keep the lollies to your colour scheme – or just red and white might be easier to find. Tie the some of the jars with sapphire and light blue ribbons and add some of your paper flags, this time on sticks, stuck into a lolly jar purely for fun
- I wouldn’t have hydrangeas or red berries. Best to keep the theme to the more nautical elements, and use your red orchid as the only flower
- model boats somewhere in the room, perhaps on your lolly bar, or on a mantel piece
- Favours if you are having them, could incorporate small bottles with a heartfelt message written on beautiful paper peeping out from the neck (message in a bottle!), cute little wooden boats, shells
- your boys could wear navy nautical jackets, light blue shirts, cream pants and fun striped socks if the wedding is a little casual
- your idea of coloured shoes and/or coloured sash for your dress looks stunning
- what about driftwood – you could use this amongst your shells and sand on the tables and keep the fishing floats to quite small ones. This idea is to create a ‘tableau/scene’ on each table reminiscent of a small piece of beach with flotsam and jetsam
- you could go really mad and find on-line at nautical decor websites ships wheel, anchors, treasure chest etc to add to your theme
- provide a basket with sunscreen, beach balls, thongs, for beach games
- bottles of juice and water could be set on a table for guests to help themselves and labelled with a red, sapphire and pale blue label with your names on it, and tied with a miniature flag
- line the boardwalk, if you are allowed, in tealights, placed in nautical themed glass holders, or taller candles set in glass cylinders filled with sand. Create a special place at the end of the board walk for just the two of you, to take in the day for a few moments, with some seating, bunting fluttering in the breeze and the Indian Ocean – how romantic
Today’s giveaway is from one of the most talented wedding crafters on Etsy (I say one because there are just so many!). From appearing on almost every wedding blog imaginable to making her ‘Martha Stewart Weddings’ debut earlier this year, Caroline from Paloma’s Nest has made her mark on the wedding industry in such a creative way.
Paloma’s Nest “Have & To Hold” Ring Bearer Bowl™
Paloma’s Nest has also expanded her range to include bouquet charms, wooden bangles, paper mache sculptured hearts, ceramic eggs and tiny text tiles. Each handmade piece is perfect for a wedding or a gift.
I Do Bridal Bouquet Text Tile Charm, Custom Gold Dove Ring Bearer Bowl™
The creations are all hand made and stamped by Caroline herself with the Ring Bearer Bowl™ not only becoming a creative way to carry your rings but has also a sweet way to propose marriage.
Paloma’s Nest also recently made their Australian magazine debut in Bride To Be Magazine in their August 2009 Issue.
Bride To Be Magazine August 2009
In their “Green Day” shoot, Bride To Be Magazine featured the Paloma’s Nest Joy Dove bowl, Paloma’s Nest wrapped dove token and the Paloma’s Nest “Have & To Hold” Ring Bearer Bowl™.
Paloma’s Nest is giving one lucky bride to be a “Have & To Hold” Ring Bearer Bowl™ as featured in bride To Be magazine valued at $34US.
To win, simply write a poem in 25 words or less and include the phrase “To Have & To Hold”. Leave your poem in a comment on this entry.
Competition closes September 28th at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Competition is open to Australian & New Zealand residents only. Entrants must be aged 18 or older.