I received exciting news last night, that an article I helped contribute to was published today on One Wed. It is all about “7 Outdoor Wedding Themes That Embrace Their Natural Elements” and it is a must read!  Today’s post is entitled Classic and Whimsical Pom Pom Wedding because the bride actually used pom poms for her wedding decor.  It is such a cute idea that I have never seen before and it was all captured by Meredith Bacon Photography. (Gotta love her name!)

Classic & Whimsical Pom Pom ~ Bride’s Comments

What was the overall theme for the ceremony and reception?

The two words that came to mind, when I started planning my wedding, were classic and whimsy. It was an outdoor wedding, so I wanted it to be fun, while at the same time be classy enough to feel like a wedding. I wanted to tie those two together by including just enough bold and handmade items, like the the poms poms, with several classic elements, like the gold tones in all the bottles.bridal bouquet with white hydrangea, peach roses and eucalyptus and white toms

What types of flowers did you have?

Posies & Poms (aka: both my mom’s and my business) Although I wasn’t much help because I was finishing up other details –  my sisters, mom and bridesmaids did an incredible job. We had succulents, peonies, roses, dusty miller, hydrangeas, wax flower, baby’s breath, and spider mums in all the flowers. They were beautiful!

Bridal and bridal sashStarbucks coffee with bride to be written on it and bride having her sash belt tiedBride with up do getting readybride with bridal party in mismatched dresses

Describe the bride/bridesmaids’ attire.

When I first got engaged, I wanted to get my dress off etsy or at a boutique, so that my dress would be unique and one of a kind. My mom and I were having a tough day a few days after he put a ring on it, and she said “let’s just go try on wedding dresses at David’s Bridal to get some ideas.” My dress was the third one I tried on. It was tulle with little polka dots all over it. It was long and flowed and I felt like a princess the moment I put it on. It needed a little umph so we went to a fabric store and I sewed my belt together. My veil was found at an antique shop. After a few alterations, I’m so glad I wore it because it was the perfect finishing touch. For the bridesmaids, I picked out a few paint chips from the store and had them pick out their own dresses in those colors. I chose a teal shoe from ModCloth and had them wear those for a little consistency.

bride with bridesmaids in mismatched lace dresses  holding bouquets with pink roses and white hygrageasGroom with bridesmaids in mismatched dressesgroom with groomsmen in mismatched ties and bow ties

What was the best advice you received when you were planning your wedding?

The best advice I received was from my friend who had just been married right when I got engaged. She said, “Make sure to bless those around you. Everyone expects your day to be all about you, but if you can shock them with making it about them, they’ll feel so loved and valued.” I wanted our wedding to honor all the people who made it there to celebrate us. In doing this, I felt so celebrated and relaxed on my wedding day.

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How many guests were invited and what was the final guest count?

We invited everyone we knew. It was a destination wedding, so we knew not everyone would be able to make it. We invited 200 guests and our final guest count ended up being 110 people.

Was it difficult to narrow down your guest list?

We really didn’t have to. We knew most people wouldn’t be able to make it since I am from California and he is from Alabama. Most of our mutual friends live in Texas, since that’s where we met so we wanted to cater to close friends mostly.

ring bearer and flower girl holding chalk board signguest in blue dress holding wedding program fan and bride walking down aisle with dad and pom poms lining the aisle

Which pieces of music did you use during the ceremony? (Processional, Brides Entrance, Interlude, Recessional)

Processional & Bride’s Entrance: “You’re Beautiful” – Phil Wickham, Interlude: “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” – Michael Pieper, Recessional: “I’m Gonna Be” – The Proclaimers

groom up at flower and crystam altar waiting for bride crying

What were the highlight from the ceremony & reception?

Our officiant did an excellent job explaining the purpose behind marriage and holding us accountable to what we were entering into in front of all our friends. Another highlight from the ceremony were my stinkin cute niece and nephew walking down the aisle. She was a “pom girl” and he held a sign telling Cole that I was next to walk down the aisle. For the reception, one of my highlights was when our wedding party made a tunnel for Cole and I to run through, while we entered the reception hall. Also, my dad and I surprised everyone with a choreographed dance instead of the traditional father daughter dance. We practiced for weeks and it was awesome!

Bride and groom at altar with pom pom decor lining the ground and hanging in treesbride and groom kissing under wedding veilround diamon with round halo and wood wedding bandbride and groom standing in a poppy fieldBride with flower girl on grass under veil

What was your budget? Did you go over or stay under? Where did you save money?

Our budget was $8,300 and we tried our very best to stay under that. I think all in all, we went about $1,500 over with last minute details. We ran out of alcohol because we didn’t expect our guests to enjoy cocktail hour so much, so last minute we had some groomsmen go get more alcohol. In the end, we wanted it to feel like a party so those little costs didn’t matter much to us.

chalkboard wedding welcomes sign and a grey vase with babys breat

What wedding favor did you give your guests?

My parents own a crystal engraving business, so they engraved little glass boxes and filled them with scrumptious chocolate and coconut truffles.

black rod iron bistro table for wedding reception with lace table cloth and white hydrangeaadvice for the couple card at place setting at wedding reception

Did you have your wedding invitations made or make them yourself?

I designed them and had them printed. My mom was the brains behind using the kraft paper behind the scalloped cream paper.

Wedding reception game to draw something and white and peach center peiceswedding reception place setting with bronze vases and babys breathwedding reception table center peices with wood and white vase and white hydragea, pink roses and babys breath

What were some challenges you faced planning your wedding?

One of the toughest things was making sure everyone who was helping me felt like their opinion was validated. I am such a go-getter, so I had an idea of what I wanted already. It was easy for me to say no to things without really listening to what their advice was. I learned quickly that the people who were involved were more important than me making sure every detail was perfect.

wedding reception table with gold and bronze vase babys breath and burlap runnerBride and bridesmaids dancing in bare feet

Any tips or tricks that you learned along the way and want to share with brides planning their own wedding?

I looked up so many catering companies and while they are all incredible, I found I could save money by ordering food from a restaurant and hiring staff to serve it. Instead of the average $30 a head with a caterer, we spent $10.25 on Rudy’s BBQ which suited our outdoor, casual wedding best.

bride and groom running under tunnel that bridal party makes with they hands

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went to an all-inclusive resort called Secrets Vallarta Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was magical. I could order 3 desserts, try them all and only eat my favorite because it’s all inclusive.

Venues:

Venue: Kali Kate Pavillion, Austin TX
Photography: Meredith Bacon Photography, Portland OR
Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Posies & Poms

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Comments

  1. samlee — Monday, July 7th, 2014
    these pictures are very beautiful. A great photographer! about these photos is a dream of every girl
    • Meredith — Monday, July 7th, 2014
      Stunning hey? And I love all the unique decor ideas.
      You know it was a great wedding when people start taking their shoes off and get onto the dance floor!
  2. lorahuang — Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    This is overwhelmingly lovely – those lush, vibrant florals with the sweet blush gown are too perfect!
    • Meredith — Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
      I agree, they all work so well together!!
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