Written by: Kelly Ann Earls

It was a hot day on June 27th, but also a wedding day, and Ellanesque’s LeighAnne and myself were preparing for an outside ceremony. The venue was Town Hall Texas, a charming rustic themed spot where our couple wanted casual for the ceremony and elegant for the reception. A gazebo overlooking the lake on the property was decorated with sheer white curtains, stringed lights, and ceiling fans twirled away to keep guests cool.

 

The wooden building that would hold the reception looked like it could be the front cover for a Texas postcard, with its vintage signs nailed to the sides. LeighAnne, was immediately ready to work as soon as she stepped out of her car. We greeted one of the venue owners and took a look inside the reception building since the gazebo was all ready to go.

Inside, tables were connected down the room and already covered with a neutral colored tablecloth. A bar was nestled to the back right hand side of the room, so guests could quench their thirst before and after the ceremony. There was also a small stage for dancing at the back of the room as well, where LeighAnne and I would later join the guests for The Cupid Shuffle and The Wobble.

The place was nice and casual, so how would Ellanesque make it romantic and a bit more elegant for after the ceremony? LeighAnne, had us start by adding the linens and silverware to the table to create a more formal atmosphere. As you know from my last post Ellanesque loves paying special attention to the smaller details as they impact the layout in a big way. She then showed me how she wanted the linen to be placed and how the silverware would be set for each seat. The napkins had to be the same length as their neighbor going down and also even with their opposite partner and same with the silverware; to the point that they mirrored one another perfectly.

Next LeighAnne and I set up trays with cheeses, crackers, and fruit for the guests to munch on before the ceremony. They were set up on tables outside along with lemonade and the classic Southern sweet tea.

The florist arrived with vases of different sizes with the flower of choice for the wedding, the hydrangea (my favorite flower), and she began to place them at certain points for center pieces on the tables. Also set around these square vases were painted wine bottles with purple orchids and baby’s breath. So beautiful, but I learned an interesting fact about my favorite flower.

Interesting Wedding Fact: Hydrangeas wilt quickly in heat, so it’s important, especially for a wedding to keep them cool as long as possible before the event.

The florist was already on it, making sure they didn’t wilt and they stayed gorgeous all night long.

 

The bridal party and the guests started to arrive and so we made sure everyone was comfortable and everything for the ceremony was in place such as coloring pages and crayons for the kids with their own drink bucket of ice cold sodas in a special space outside. We made sure the food trays stayed full for the guests before the ceremony, checked on our bride to make sure she wasn't nervous and was treated like a queen by the make-up/hair stylist, and then checked on the groom. We had nothing to worry about though, as everyone in the bridal party was all smiles and sharing jokes. The guests seemed content as well, just mingling until we gently directed them to the gazebo for the ceremony. LeighAnne, did one last check to make sure everything was set and then the bride made her way down the aisle to "A Thousand Years," by Christina Perri. As soon as we saw the ceremony was underway and all seemed well, we rushed into the reception area to add the last details.

Now that the flowers were set up on the table, we needed to add one more idea to set the mood. LeighAnne, had spoken to the bride who loves DIY projects, to put candles at the top of wine bottles and let those work as the lighting for the evening meal. Instead of letting the bride worry about the craft, Ellanesque and the florist worked together to set the candles on top of the bottles and melted to stay in place. They were then set between the floral arrangements with some small candles surrounding the flowers themselves. We would not light them till all the guests were at the ceremony, so when they returned after saying, “I do,” they would walk into…

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Beautiful isn’t it? The guests gasped and their eyes lit up at the change of the room and the bride was ecstatic that Ellanesque had pulled it off. Guests sat down for grace to bless the new marriage and the wonderful food they were about to receive from Los Cucos who catered. 

For after dinner, next to the bar, a dessert table was set up with mini strawberry, vanilla, red velvet and chocolate cupcakes, as well as heart shaped cookies. This little table only added to the new elegance of the room and many guests took pictures of the little treats before eating them. The baker had set it up perfectly to look both appealing and delicious.

With their bellies now full, it was time…TO DANCE! While most guests mingled and caught up with old friends and left their thumbprint for the guestbook tree; there were some dancing to country and classic rock tunes (especially the children) and as I mentioned before LeighAnne helped get those guests on the dance floor with the bride to dance The Wobble and The Cupid Shuffle. I also joined in and it was so much fun, just being able to spend some time to relax and celebrate with the bridal party and guests who were so kind, hilarious, and welcoming to our team. Such a casual and fun group and I wish the new couple all the best and it was a delight to help make their day memorable.