This magical editorial by Naheeda Spencer Photography had a twist; it was also a vow renewal.
Photographer Sarah Williams of HWB fave The Silhouette Studio recently shared her own 2013 vow renewal with us—and we are so glad she did. Not just any ol’ restating of sacred commitments (although it involved that, too), Williams’ wondrous Elmwood Gardens vow renewal was a chance for the photographer and her one-and-only, Caleb, to have the celebration they didn’t get a chance to when the two eloped back in 2011 while Caleb, a Marine, was in training. Feast your eyes on Williams’ beautiful event, created with help from a slate of super-talented East Texas wedding specialists—shot by the bride herself (except for portraits of Williams and her family, which are the work of Krystle Akin Photography). And while you’re at it, check out Williams’ work on HWB, and get the full love story behind her vow renewal on her own blog. Congratulations, Sarah, we couldn’t be happier for you and Caleb!
Photos: The Silhouette Studio (portrait photos by Krystle Akin Photography) ~ Coordination: Bella Spree ~ Desserts: Sassy Sweets ~ Flowers: La Tee Da ~ Venue: Elmwood Gardens
Remember when Houston blogger Megan Silianoff of Greetings From Texas shared with us her guest post on her dream vow renewal a few months back? Well we are super excited to feature her DREAM COME TRUE! Today we’re treating y’all to Awake Photography’s breathlessly beautiful styled shoot based on Megan’s fantasy event and starring Megan (in her fantasy BHLDN dress!) and her beautiful family. Shot at Brennan’s Houston with styling assistance from Mimosas in the Morning’s Allyson Fulcher—another fave HWB guest blogger—and ridiculously lovely flowers from HEB Blooms, this lush, vintage-feel garden party wedding is an absolute breath of fresh, cool air on a warm summer day. Let it delight and inspire you—and prompt you to leave your comment here!
Photos & Creative Design: Awake Photography ~ Photography Assitant: Andy Hemingway ~ Bride’s Dress: BHLDN ~ Hair & Makeup: Do or Dye TX ~ Cakes: Silver Cake Studio ~ Cake Topper: April Hiler Designs ~ Invitations: Little Rhino Paper Co. ~ Envelope Design & Letterpress: Bluebonnet Press~ Custom Sweethearts Cameo: Though Very Humble ~ Flowers: HEB Blooms ~ Styling: Allyson Fulcher ~ Venue: Brennan’s Houston
Veil Jcrew Birdcage Veil ~ “Something Blue” Purse Chanel Vintage ~ Color Palette DVF ~ Flower Girl Dress T Length Dress ~ Wedding Dress Agata Swing ~ Centerpiece BHLDN ~ Getting Ready Shirt Claridge & King ~ Shoes Joie Sandal & Victoria Secret Mid Heel, which comes in tons of different colors!
“Hi! I’m Megan from Greetings from Texas! I’m a writer/blogger living in Houston’s Medical Center. My husband, Danny, and I eloped* five years ago (come May) so we never got to have that full out, kit and caboodle of a wedding. Because Danny had been married once before and I’d been engaged, we wanted to sneak away discreetly to tie the knot as, clearly, we’d had our fill of wedding related drama. =)
Five years later, however, it’s a different story. We’re now living in the era of Pinterest! Instagram! Blogs! With their influence, along with some distance from our past relationships, I’ve got a dream wedding inside my head that’s dying to get out. This is what it will look like when it comes to full fruition.
*Note: I’m using the term “elope” loosely. We did invite our immediate families to our wedding at The Four Seasons in Austin. They were sworn to secrecy however and prohibited from telling friends or extended family members!
What My Vow Renewal Will Entail
The Dress: I eloped in a white, strapless, cocktail dress from White House Black Market. I didn’t even like it but because I didn’t want to wear a formal wedding dress, my options were slim. This was a pre-BHLDN era! This time around, part of me thinks I should don the same dress and make it more likeable with accessories; gloves, a veil, jewelry, etc. The other part of me says “ah, screw it” and just wants to buy this one.
Flower Girl & Ring Bearer: Danny and I have adopted one child and one pet since we married 5 years ago. Booker, our dog who we got from a Chicago shelter, will be our ring bearer. Chances are he’ll never make it down the aisle but we’ll roll with it. Our beautiful baby girl, Macy, came to us just four months ago through an Austin adoption agency. (More details about her adoption here on my blog.)
The Cake: Chocolate for me. Carrot for him.
The Wedding Photographer: Paige Budde of Awake Photography–she’s a personal friend.
The Location: Something al fresco and on a ranch; perhaps Old Glory Ranch.
DIY: Last time around we DIY’ed our invitations and programs. It’d be more work this time around with a significantly larger guest list but I’m up for the challenge.
Wedding Song: Last time around there was no DJ or band – just an IPod playing music throughout dinner. We got up and danced, however, when Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” came on, unintentionally making it our wedding song. This time around we’ll dance to even more Beyoncé songs, in addition to tunes by her hubby!
And that y’all, concludes what I’m envisioning. Now on to the execution!=)