Thursday, August 30

mr. and mrs. chastain: part 7

after our outdoor reception, we had a second dinner & dancing reception at cowboy's golf club in grapevine. it was the perfect place to hold a celebration on our wedding day.  their main dining room is so beautiful, with austin stone and dark wood accents, it was a perfect backdrop to create our vision.
 
when erin, the site coordinator, first took us into the reception hall, i started tearing up.  almost one year of planning and worrying and creating, and it turned out more beautifully than i ever imagined. she and her fabulous team nailed it.
 
 
we used red table cloths on all the tables, and my mama and mother-in-law made beautiful burlap runners with fabric and lace details.
my mom also made the mr. and mrs. signs for our chairs. such a cute surprise!
 
we had 5 branch arrangements spread throughout the room, and it was a great way to create height and variety.
the rest of the tables were filled with a random collection of 7-9 jars and vases full of sunflowers, white stock, ranunculus, peonies, and a few other stem flowers. we also had woodcuts of various thicknesses that were stacked with jars, and red candles.
 
i had to fight for those tree-branch centerpieces, and i am so glad everyone came around and gave in.
i really loved the look of manzanita branch centerpieces, but did not want to spend that much money.
so we collected branches from the side of the road and from neighbors, filled buckets with concrete and created our own.  we dangled votives from the branches for an extra touch of fun.
my mom came up with the idea to place peonies and hydrangeas in the top of the bucket, and i think it was the perfect finishing touch.
thank goodness for summer storms and a dad with a chain saw!
 
we used smaller branches to create place card holders. my dad and brothers sliced the branches into 3-4 inch sections, and then added a slice across the top to place the cards. each table was named after a school monument or icon.  half of the tables were named for Texas A&M and the other half were named for Texas Tech.
 
 
 
i was in love with the design of my wedding cake. knew i wanted something simple, but rustic and fresh, and i was so happy with how it turned out. because the design of the cake was so simple, the flowers were able to steal the show! and if you look closely, you can see the woodcut cake stand my dad made!
bub-hub loves chocolate covered strawberries, so we made sure to load them up! we even had a bride and groom set of strawberries. how cute is that?
and no reception is complete without a little cake in the face.
for the record,
bub-hub started it, and i was forced to retaliate.
 
i was 100% blown away with the way the dinner reception turned out.
for almost a year, my mom and i planned and talked and planned, but the hardest part about being a planning bride is having no control over the day of set up, which is why i am 100% a fan of having a planner and being picky with your vendors.
 
 
all photos were taken by Jana at bella bee photography.
the wedding was coordinated by Rhonda at precisely as planned.
the reception was coordinated by Erin at cowboys golf club.
 
 
  

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! I love the branches!

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  2. I LOVE the branch centerpieces! I'm glad everyone caved and listened to you too! Branches are just so dang classy and it adds such a whimsical touch! :) Everything looked beautiful!

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