D&H27 Oct, 2019
The story of our wedding
For our wedding, it was my dream to put together a celebration that would be personal, beautiful, and still work in our (relatively small) budget. We kept our guest list limited to only our closest friends and family and found a venue that wasn't the most traditional, but was perfect for an intimate celebration.
My husband's family is Jewish, and my family isn't religious so we needed a ceremony that would blend our traditions. A friend of mine is ordained and I've planned on him officiating my wedding since before I ever met my husband, and he was happy to put together a ceremony for us that would include elements of the Jewish faith. My husband's parents helped us immensely by building a custom chuppah that was perfect fr the style of our venue.
I originally wanted a Halloween themed wedding, however the pastel colors and florals in our venue inspired me to do an Autumn theme with a hint of woodland whimsy. I created all the decorations myself (except the flowers), including recycling old gardening books from my library into bunting. My bridesmaids and sister-in-law helped do all the set up the night before, and made the place stunning.
We wanted a very small wedding party so I only had my two closest friends walk down the aisle with me. One carried her six month old baby. He was meant to be the ring bearer, and then he slept for the entire ceremony! Another friend acted as a kind of coordinator for the ceremony and usher. My husband asked his best friend to stand up with him. We both walked down the aisle with both of our parents, per Jewish tradition. We had a close call when, two days before, my husband's mother had to have emergency surgery! She had her galbladder out, got out of the hospital the day before the wedding, and still managed to be there with is.
At the reception, we did games instead of dancing. We aren't big on dancing, and I didn't think my family would be either, so I created wedding programs that included pages for four games. We even had prizes for the winners! To keep up with the fun and games, we gave everyone a $1 scratch off lotto ticket as a party favor. My family has a tradition of handing out scratch offs for Christmas, so carrying that over to our wedding felt very special and fun. Sadly, no one got rich.
When I look at the photos of the wedding, it just makes me so happy to see all the personal touches our friends and family contributed and how it came together into something special. I wore a necklace from my mother, my sister did my hair, my sister-in-law read the Seven Blessings for us, it all felt like our families coming together as one and celebrating our marriage.
David and Haley's vendor team
Other Texas weddings
Get inspired with Real Weddings
Other purple weddings
Other Fall weddings
Other casual weddings