Today, we’re celebrating two years of marriage – it truly has flown by! I love to look back on our wedding and since I’ve never shared much of it on Birdie Mae Designs, I thought this would be the perfect excuse. 😉
Our wedding wasn’t the biggest or fanciest, but I truly couldn’t imagine a more perfect day for the two of us. Chance and I dated for eight and a half years before we tied the knot and all we really wanted was to host our friends and family for a fun, relaxed evening.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a wedding with all of the details and all of the glam but more than anything, I love a wedding that perfectly represents the couple and what they hold dear. We tried our hardest to focus on the details that were the most important to us because, just a couple of years later, you won’t remember what was served at the bar – but you will remember that you wore your great-grandmother’s bracelet, that your nephews never left the dance floor and that you’ve never felt so surrounded by love.
Keep scrolling on for a few of my favorite memories of our big day!
It’s fun now to look back at some of our wedding details that I created and be able to see how much my design, writing and knowledge about invitations, calligraphy and day-of details has improved. Though I had designed several invitation suites before, our wedding was the first one where I started to jump into different printing processes. It was my first time to work with foil printing, to calligraph a large number of envelopes and to figure out how to mail them! I’m so glad I was my own guinea pig because I learned so much. Occasionally, I wish I’d known then what I know now but, truth be told, our wedding invitations are where my passion for Birdie Mae started – and I wouldn’t trade that for the world!
(Psst confused on how to mail your wedding invitations? Hop over here for my free how-to guide!)
This is one of the photos that I didn’t know I wanted so much (major props to The Big and Bright). I’ve come to realize that I come by my love for bling honestly. 😂 My grandmother passed away a few weeks before Chance proposed and, shortly after, I inherited a Diamond Saddle Ring she had made with diamonds from family heirlooms. Though it’s a ring I wear daily, I loved having a little reminder of her on my finger during a time when I missed her so much.
My great-grandmother was also a woman after my own heart – my Mom and I both wore her bracelets. Since she inherited my great-grandmothers wedding ring, my Mom has worn it and I have adored it. It actually was a big inspiration when it came time for me to pick out a wedding ring and when you look at these pictures, it’s pretty easy to see the resemblance.
It was important to both of us to be married in a full Catholic Mass and we hit the jackpot with Monsignor John at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas. Not only was does he have the Nuptial Mass down pat, but he made our guests – Catholic or not – feel comfortable. Out of all of the wedding advice I’ve ever heard, his was my favorite: “Don’t feel like you should yell or talk loud when you say your vows, as long as the both of you can hear it and God can hear it, that’s all that matters.”
Switching gears to completely material things (sharp left turn alert! 😂), I had one non-negotiable for our wedding: a cathedral length veil. I’m a sucker for the traditional church wedding, walking down the aisle with a long veil trailing behind and, when you’re at the front of the Church for an hour-long Catholic Mass, you might as well have a pretty, long veil behind you. My dress? It was meant to be – I had stumbled upon it on Pinterest a year or so before our wedding and loved it. I had no idea how old it was and wasn’t set on a style but I certainly couldn’t get it out of my head. When I walked into my hometown’s bridal boutique, Ruby & Jane, I thought I should ask if they had the Maggie Soterro Vera dress…and sure enough, they had one. In a sample size. On sale. And it fit like a glove. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a dress that was 75% off nor did I have my heart set on it when I walked in but, when it all happens like that, it’s hard to deny fate.
Our wedding reception was held at the Moore Ranch on the Brazos in Millican, Texas. It was a bit of a drive from the Church but the Texas vistas that the Moore Ranch offered were hard to beat. The oak trees and rolling pastures are perfect for photos.
And the sunsets really can’t be beat! I loved seeing how so many of our wedding guests posted their sunset photos on social media after our wedding.
One of my hands-down, best decisions was ordering “Ring Security” t-shirts for my nephews to change into – those two boogied their booties off all night long!
One of my favorite memories of our wedding is having one of our long-time friends, Kevin, sing our first dance song. We chose Robert Earl Keen’s song “I’ll Be Here” and Kevin’s version was absolutely perfect.
I’ll be here
when the sky turns gray
The sun goes blind
and the moon won’t stay
I’ll be the light to guide your way
onto some place new
I’ll be here
when the crowd is gone
The last note fades on the very last song
I’ll be the road to take you home
I’ll be here for you
Photography: The Big and Bright
Reception Coordinator: Wonderfully Wed
Ceremony: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Bryan, Texas
Reception: Moore Ranch on the Brazos
Catering: Texas County Catering
Cake: Cakes by Blondie
Dress, Veil: Ruby & Jane (Maggie Sotterro)