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Wedding Wednesday

Myles + Chris
Ceremony: Riverbend Smith Family Chapel
Reception: Barton Creek Resort

Myles and Chris came to CLINK hoping to merge the elements of a traditional and elegant wedding with a unique, organic look and feel.  What resulted was three separate looks for their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception that shared a common thread of the use of organic elements.  We added personalized touches that gave a nod to Myles’ love of pink and the couple’s engagement story, and highlighted the one thing Myles and Chris love more than each other – sweets!  The end result was pure organic elegance – gorgeous, warm, welcoming and fun – just like Myles and Chris!

The ceremony paid homage to Myles’ love of pink.  She told us “pink makes me happy” and we knew pink had to be a part of her big day!  Organic elements included a sign-in floral display made up of tall white birch bark-wrapped cylinders filled with tall birch branches, accented with white dendrobium orchid blooms and green scented geranium (which smelled divine!), surrounded by ivory pillar candles and lush green mood moss.  Moss-covered “M” and “C” initials hung from double doors leading to the aisle upon which a custom ivory cotton aisle runner with a natural burlap border was placed and lined with iron candelabras.

Within the chapel, hints of pink were found in the use of trailing pink jasmine and pink garden roses.  Bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses and carried rounded bouquets composed of green garden roses, pale pink spray roses and pale pink peonies, with accents of white ranunculus and green hypericum berries. The bouquets were wrapped in ivory raw silk with organic accents of thin natural woven ribbon.  The flower girl carried a pink flower wand and was accompanied by the ring bearer who rang a silver bride to alert guests of the bride’s impending entrance.  Myles was breathtaking in an ivory mermaid cut gown and cathedral veil. She carried a rounded bouquet of ivory garden roses, ivory hydrangea, white ranunculus, and white stephanotis, with a single accent of ivory peonies with pale pink centers. The groom’s christening cap was wrapped around the bride’s bouquet with pale pink crystal pinheads.

Following a heart-felt ceremony, guests were chauffeured to Barton Creek Resort and Spa to celebrate the couple’s happy union.  Cocktail hour paid tribute to the couple’s love of the ocean, most specifically to Half Moon Bay in California where their proposal took place.  Cocktail tables were draped in gorgeous blue-green taffeta linens and adorned with clear glass cubes lined with sand and natural tumbled sea glass and topped with a unique succulent (which now reside on the couple’s back porch as a happy reminder of their wedding day.)

Finally, the ballroom doors opened to reveal a traditional ballroom that had been transformed into an elegant, warm, romantic organic forest – a look that perfectly united the design preferences of Myles and Chris.  Round and square dining tables were draped in grass green taffeta and surrounded by fruitwood chivari chairs.  Each place setting had a fruitwood charger wrapped in a bright white napkin with either a sprig of hypericum berries or small green galax leaf.  Floral centerpieces of lush greens and bright whites and included hydrangea, hypericum berries, lily grass, lemon leaf, scented geranium, peonies, spray roses  and man-made “blooming branches” created from natural birch branches and curly willow accented with white dendrobium orchids.  Centerpieces were placed on natural wood-stained light boxes that had been wrapped with a banding of white birch bark and natural woven ribbon, all of which was surrounded by mood moss.

Once seated, guests were invited to dine on an eclectic and sumptuous buffet that included pan seared ahi tuna, sticky soy sauce on a fried wonton, peppered beef tenderloin carpaccio crostini, pork potstickers, pan-seared gulf coast crab cakes, chicken and roasted poblano chimichanga, sesame seed crusted chicken tenders; as well as a trio of pastas and a carving station.  Yum!

After dinner, the bride and groom entertained guests with a beautifully choreographed first dance to “It Had To Be You.”  Merriment and dancing continued throughout the evening fueled by a fully-stocked candy bar and a late night snack of breakfast tacos.  Many special memories were created that evening . . . such as when the groomsmen sang “Sweet Home Alabama” on stage, and when Myles and Chris stole the show with their dance moves to the rap song “Teach Me How To Dougie,” and when the father of the bride dedicated and sung “Hard Headed Woman” to the groom, and when all of the wedding guests formed a kick line to ”New York, New York,” just to name a few!  The perfect day came to a close as Myles and Chris made their exit beneath a shower of flutterfetti and rode off in a golf cart into the night.

Myles and Chris, you are a beautiful couple inside and out and we hope you will always keep dancing!  Thank you for allowing CLINK to be a part of your wedding team.  We wish you much love and happiness now and always!

Photography Courtesy of Ashley Garmon Photographers

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