I have actually had the pleasure of seeing a few wedding albums by AlexM Photography, and I have to say that he never seems to disappoint! Not only does Alex have a great style, but he appears to have a remarkable ability to pinpoint what's most unique about each wedding and each couple, maximize, and capture it beautifully. This is, of course, the case with today's wedding!
Ross and Melissa's wedding was a sweet blend of soft details, rustic style and earthy decor. I love it because it doesn't fit a specific mold, and it didn't try too hard to be anything except what the bride and groom wanted it to be. Ross and Melissa first met in college at Texas A&M, and officially tied the knot a whopping 7 years later on April 2, 2011. That's right...Just a few weeks ago! While the bride and groom were involved in all of the details that went into their day, the bride's mother, Jan, took a significant role in putting together this sweet wedding alongside Event Designer Keely Thorne.
Ross and Melissa welcomed 250 guests to their big day, which began with a classic church ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour and an evening reception at a private Texas residence. I was pretty surprised to hear that all of the floral bouquets were made of silk flowers, which Melissa's mother made herself! Both the wedding cake and the groom's cake were created by a close family friend, and the fresh flowers that were integrated into the wedding decor were arranged by another close friend. Crazy, right? All of them should quit their day jobs and start up a wedding business together, if they haven't already.
There were several personal touches that made this spring wedding so soft and charming, including an assortment of unique wine glasses that Ross and Melissa collected and placed on display for their guests to choose and drink from at their wedding wine bar. The glasses made great conversation pieces, and at the very least, guests never had to wonder which glass was theirs!
The bride and groom thanked guests with bags of piping hot Whataburger taquitos, which were served as late night snacks toward the end of the evening. Each guest was also received a camo printed Koozie, a wedding favor inspired by the groom's special request to somehow incorporate the camo print into his and Melissa's wedding day.
The cakes at Melissa and Ross' wedding were quite impressive, as well. A traditional wedding cake was on full display throughout the reception, with three tiers of white cake seperated with fresh white and green flowers sitting on top of a moss covered cake stand. Alternatively, the groom's cake had a personality all of its own! A proud hunting and fishing enthusiast, Ross wanted a cake made out of rice krispies (he's not a fan of real cake), that was inspired by his love of the great outdoors. The cake was decorated with a hunting dog's head holding a duck in its mouth, which sat upon a chocolate frosted cake sprinkled with big red bullets. The labrador cake topper was purchased from a hobby and craft store, and then painted a dark brown in order to honor the family's three generations of chocolate brown labs.
Soft, Rustic Wedding in the Texas Countryside - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: AlexM Photography
Wedding Invitations: Anne Werme Stationers
Caterer: Grand Finale Catering
Event Designer: Keely Thorne Events
Ceremony Venue: St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Cinema and Video: Vanessa McKellar Productions
DJ: Southwest Sound Entertainment
Hair Stylist: The Upper Hand Salon
Wedding dress: Maggie Sottero
Bride's shoes & earrings: Nine West and Nordstrom Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Melissa Sweet
Florals by the bride's mother, Jan Marek and her close friend, Laura Sergent.
Wedding and groom's cakes by a family friend, Janeal Whitefield.