Photographer Lauren Apel‘s account of Katie + Josh’s Houston wedding was so incredibly sweet we had to share it up front in this feature! She says, There were the most happy tears at this wedding. A gorgeous Free People slip turned wedding dress. A waffle food truck serving up chicken and waffles for dinner. A lot of margaritas. A first look at the bride + groom’s first home. This day was tender, and sweet, and beautiful with plenty of gorgeous DIY details. Beautiful flower crowns galore and the raddest ceremony space flooded with natural light. One of those days you feel lucky to be a part of!
Her words give you a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of the details, but we knew there was more to hear from the hands-on DIY bride. Katie shares, More than anything we wanted the wedding to feel like us. A representation of our love. More about our marriage and vows and promises than cakes and ribbons. Simple enough, at the end of the day we would be married, and that was just the best thing. We knew the coming together of all our favorite people in the world had to be intimate and special. So we strived to do just that.
Get ready to be inspired by the fashion, styling + overall emotion of Katie + Josh’s beautiful celebration at Ecclesia Houston in Houston, Texas!
Katie: The most memorable moment for me was our vows. I will never forget the feeling of being on that stage, locked eyes with Joshua, barely able to squeak out my vows I was so excited / overwhelmed / overjoyed. It was the most amazing moment and feeling, promising forever to him in front of everyone we love. The first look was also big for me. I was so nervous and anxious leading up to seeing Josh, but once I hugged my honey all my worries washed away and we had the most peaceful moments together. We were able to soak up the joy and intimate moments leading up to the ceremony. Not to mention we were at our home! That time was so precious to me.
Josh: My most memorable moment was definitely watching Katie walk down the aisle. In that moment, as she was walking towards me, the chaos and pressure of the day all went away and I was overwhelmed with love for my bride.
Chicken + Waffles = a wedding food win!
Make this time about you and your love. You get to marry your sweetheart, and that's the best thing ever! Cherish the little moments with the people who love you and want to contribute; this time will bring you so much closer to them. Some of my favorite memories are of spending time with my mom while she altered my wedding dress. Be as present as possible on the wedding day. All of your favorite people in the world will be there to hug you and celebrate with you, which is an amazing feeling. Throw an awesome party and dance!
photography: Lauren Apel Photo // venue name: Ecclesia Houston, Houston, Texas // event design: bride // planning: Kenz. & Co. // florals: 6120creative // wedding dress: Free People // hairpiece: 6120creative // bride's shoes: Dolce Vita // bridesmaid dresses: variety of dresses chosen by bridesmaids // hair stylist: Angela Karr // makeup artist: Angela Karr // groom attire: Zara // paper goods: 6120creative // catering: The Waffle Bus Food Truck // cake: Whole Foods // music: playlists created by bride + groom // officiant: father of the groom // rentals: most from Ecclesia (venue), some from Aztec Events & Tents