7/11/09, a midsummer, hotter-than-usual day in Waco, Texas. A Saturday long-anticipated by a family and friends who were here to celebrate a blessed union with gusto, regardless of the heat. Yes – there were cold drinks in abundance, paper fans, electric fans, battery-operated fans, cool icy cloths for wipedowns, an icy trough for foot dipping, & the temperature did cool down a little as the sun set. It was hot, but fun was not deterred – the gardens were beautiful, so many friends were together…. & after all, Texans can always retreat to a cool shower and air conditioning later!
WHO: Event planner and bride Lauren (Lauren Kelly Events) & groom James Venable WHAT: A summer wedding & reception with 400+ guests — when both dads & the groom are ministers, and both families are from a small Texas town the guest list IS going to be long! WHERE: wedding on the “meadow” side of the double gazebo, reception in the tent & under the pecans. THE DAY’S OBJECTIVES & GOALS: A hour-long marriage ceremony followed by a relaxed, fun party with no alcohol (yes, a fun party CAN HAPPEN with no alcohol). A FEW EVENT DETAILS: A white, bright yellow & lime green color theme gave the appearance of a cool day (108 degrees). Yellow parasols everywhere. Paper fans fluttering, silver trays of iced lemon water & rolled icy cloths passed to guests by EHHPG staff during the ceremony. Huge balloons staked in the grass as sculptures (and self-popping surprises). Bridal bouquet & a swag on the cross by Bloomingal’s. A colorful, cheerful candy table. A picture table. The tent’s bar laden w/ variety of icy cold drinks including custom slurpies. Sweet & savory hor’duerves served by New Zango Catering. A 3-tier pale yellow bride’s cake and James’ camo cake by baker Bobby Rudeen. Music by a Frank Sinatra impersonator. Lots of dancing. Photographer Abigail Criner captured the entire day on film, including James’ & Lauren’s sparkler departure in a classic Rolls Royce.
Galvanized tub, icy water & floating flowers
Lauren’s event was participatory on many levels: Guests donned sports team shirts for Friday evening’s sports-themed rehearsal dinner setup under the cottage oak. Earlier that Friday flowers were delivered to the cottage from Wolfe Wholesale Florist, where Lauren, mom Kelly, aunts & friends assembled bouts, corsages, bouquets & varied centerpieces to the tune of giggles and laughter. A variety of beloved desserts were delivered by family members; Lauren had compiled their recipes in booklets which were given as guest favors. Lauren’s DIY projects with friends and family surely created memories that will be held dear by those lucky enough to help. Her planning and coordinating skills were evident as they all worked together; she also entrusted her team of family, friends and professionals with much of the work in order to let go, BE A BRIDE and enjoy the day. We enjoying helping to create this wedding planner-bride’s experience for HER OWN favorite wedding – thanks Lauren!