Lindsey + Andrew have always been great admirers of the earth. They love to explore nature’s wonders and find no greater joy than the peace of a rainy day, the thrill of a crashing wave, or the embrace of a warm sunrise. So it comes as no surprise that for their wedding they wanted to bring a hybrid of glamorous and natural elements together. :) Their wedding took place on their family’s land out in Maband, Texas – right on Cedar Creek Lake.
From Lindsey, “Love is like a tree; it must be nurtured and it must grow deep roots, and yet the mightiest trees stand amidst a forest. We wanted our wedding to represent our forest and we wanted it to remind all those involved of how much we appreciate all their years of love, support, and nourishment. It was a party to celebrate us, but also our guests.”
The ceremony took place among the trees and our guests sat in a full circle all the way around us. There wasn’t an aisle and there weren’t bride and groom sides.
Processional: Girl from the North Country – Johnny Cash with Bob Dylan
Recessional: 1, 2, 3, 4 – Feist
First Dance: Lorraine’s Song (My Heart Was A Lonely Hunter) – Theresa Anderson
During the ceremony, Andrew and I planted a tree together. As we shoveled dirt, one of our dearest friends, Jess Williamson, played her banjo and sang our favorite song (Southern Cross, by Crosby, Stills, & Nash). Jess completely transformed this song. She made it exactly how we wanted to wedding to feel and gave it a richness and a meaning that I will cherish for the rest of my life. After the tree was planted we just stood there – holding hands and listening to the song together. It was magical.
We had a Jazz band during cocktails, dinner and cake and then everyone went outside for a fireworks show. After the show Andrew and I made a fake getaway (the way bands do before they come back for an encore). We re-entered the reception hall and all the lights changed to vibrant colors, a cookies and milk bar was set up, all the guests were given dessert shots, and a DJ was playing crazy fun dance music. The actual dance party didn’t end until 2:30 am. My feet were so tired!
My advice to you is – don’t sweat the small stuff and make it a party. We had plenty of things go awry on our big day, even some big things, but no one really noticed. I noticed everything, because I’m a control freak, but I just told myself “laugh it off, who really cares?” All of my guests had a blast and that was what I really wanted. And don’t forget to dance!
photography: The Nichols // venue: Private Residence, Mabank, Texas // event design + planning: Bryan Long Flowers & Events // floral designer: Bryan Long Flowers & Events // wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier // shoes + veil: Paris by Debra Moreland // bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN // hair + makeup: Rachel Harris // groom suit: Jeans- APC, Jacket- Band of Outsiders // cinematography: Joe Simon Wedding Films // paper goods: Southern Fried Paper // catering: Abraham Salum // cake: Romano’s Bakery // music: Jess Williamson, John Adams, DJ Lucy Wrubel