What is your favorite wedding day memory?
My favorite memory from our wedding day was walking down the wooden staircase to see my husband-to-be looking right back at me. Chris arranged for a mens’ a capella trio to sing “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley as I walked down the aisle with my dad. Three of our dear friends were the ones to sing. It was so special!
What did you DIY for your wedding?
We DIY’d the centerpieces, flowers, invitations, signs, garters and veil. I spent months collecting mason jars, pickle jars, Snapple jars, wine bottles and even whisky bottles prior to the wedding. I invited friends and family over to decorate the jars and bottles with burlap, lace, and gold glitter! It was a fun evening! We purchased our flowers wholesale from Pikes Peak in Houston. My mom, aunt, cousin and several great friends put all of the arrangements together the night before the wedding and stored them in our travel trailer to keep them cold. My aunt made my gorgeous cascading bouquet with silver dollar eucalyptus, peonies, roses and Christmas greens.
I purchased materials for our invitations at Hobby Lobby. I waited until the wedding section went on sale and then bought the gold foil stamped invitations and RSVP cards for 50% OFF! They were plain and blank other than the gold lettering. I bought some light brown cardstock, a decorative hole puncher and some clear glue to make these invitations our own! I used the His + Hers template to design and print our invitations and RSVP cards at home. Once printed, I hole punched the decorative sides and glued it onto an 8.5 by 5.5 piece of light brown card stock. They were gorgeous! I added a map and registry card to complete the wedding suite, wrapped it with a gold ribbon and placed it in the beautiful white and gold envelope!
My sister/maid of honor and I hand painted all of the signs that were displayed at the wedding. My aunt Laurie made my garters using my grandmother’s lace and ribbon that had been saved for years for this day specifically. She added a plaid pocket flap from one of my grandpa’s famous pearl snap shirts. My Nana made my veil. Additionally, we cut about 220 fabric squares for our guest quilt. We sewed a 1/2 inch boarder around each square to help everyone stay out of the seam. quilting is a huge part of my life so this was such a fun idea!!
Did you have a something old, new, borrowed and blue?
My something old was a necklace that my late grandfather gave to me when I was born. It is gold necklace with three small pearls. Thankfully choker necklaces are back in style because that necklace doesn’t fit quite like it did when I was a baby! The necklace is special because it survived a house fire where we lost everything from our childhood. My something new was my cute, sparkley, Kate Spade shoes!! I LOVED them and danced the night away in comfort! I did not have something borrowed, but my something blue was the ribbon that my late grandmother saved for me on my garter.
Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?
The BEST piece of advice I can give is to spend more time planning for your marriage and you do planning for your wedding. The wedding is just one day and your marriage is for the rest of your life! Take time to go through premarital counseling and spend time talking to your future hubby about yours and his expectations and assumed roles. It will get you both so excited for the wedding as well as your future life together! -Malorie, the Bride
Photography: Joanna Krueger // Venue: The Springs Event Venue // Wedding Planner: KG Weddings and Events // Officiant: Wade Henderson // Florist: Pikes Peak Floral // Catering: Waller County Catering // DJ: Jerry Diaz and Hanna's Reef // Rentals: Southern Chic Rentals // Engagement Ring: Westbrooke Jewelers // Bride's Attire: La Reve Bridal Couture // Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade Keds // Bridesmaid's Robes: Rosify Co. // Bridesmaid's Attire: David's Bridal // Hair + Make-up: BP Artistry // Groom's Attire: Menguin // Groom's Shoes: BYO Boots // Koozies: Crazy Apes Tees