Choosing Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church was an easy decision for Elizabeth & Philip. This is the church Elizabeth’s family have been attending for the past 10 years. It was the right choice. The reception was at Piazza in the Village. The couple knew that was the right location the very minute they walked in, loving the elegance of the Piazza, and the service is top notch!
The couple elected to go with a relaxed but elegant theme. With long, flowing bridesmaids dresses in sea mist- one of Elizabeth’s favorite colors. The tuxes came from a shop in England (Philip is an Englishman), they were Ted Baker, & had peacock lining with Phil & the boys really liked. The long waistcoat is very traditional in England, and brought some of the English culture into their wedding. Elizabeth’s search for her dress led them to seven different shops, and spanned over two months! But Brides & Beuax in Colleyville made her dreams come true. A lace fit & flare from Maggie Sottero was the perfect fit! Elizabeth added a sash & veil with touches of crystal. Looking for comfort as well as style, she chose to go with platforms made by Vince Camuto. It was important she had enough height , so she would not have to hem her dress, due to the intricacy of the lace on the bottom edge. Her reception shoes came from Vince Camuto as well. To complete her look, Elizabeth added Swarovski earrings, along with her mom’s sapphire ring (something borrowed & blue!) Hair & make-up for Elizabeth & her girls was done at Shandora, the make-up artist, Zsanae was fantastic. All the girls looked absolutely flawless.
The flowers were from Out of the Garden. Using roses, garden roses, hydrangea, gray berries & Queen Anne’s Lace, along with succulents. Elizabeth’s grandfather loved cactuses, and succulents have a similar look. She even made sure to include cactus in some of her bridal portraits!
The invitations & stationary were done by Paper Planet in Fort Worth. Elizabeth was able to bring ideas she loved from Pinterest and worked with one of the designers. After an hour or so, they had achieved the right wording, and all agreed on the design. Paper Planet specially designed the invitations to capture the casual elegant feel of the wedding, and incorporated the succulents & coral roses used in her bouquet!
The reception was catered by Piazza in the Village. The menu consisted of tomato bisque for a soup course, with a wedge salad as second course. The guests had a choice of either bacon wrapped filet or wok charred salmon as entree. Dessert was wedding cake. The passed appetizers were Texas Hot Wings, Texas goat cheese& fig crostini (Elizabeth’s favorite),mango stuffed peppers, and artisan cheese & crackers. The couple had two special drinks, with Phil selecting a Teas Tea-Long Island w/tequila, Elizabeth chose Pimm’s, a popular English drink for summer. Each choosing a drink that represented the other’s origins.
Wedding favors consisted of homemade fudge cakes, made by Piazza, a candy bar, and photo strips from the Photo Booth. One of Elizabeth & Phil’s favorite things to do is going to his local video rental store, and hand picking a large paper bag of candy!
The Cakery supplied the wedding cake. Prior to making the “final” decision, they ordered cakes for every birthday, holiday & celebration before the wedding, so they could sample all the flavors. It was the best cake they ever had! Choosing the flavors was difficult, but they decided on a vanilla ganache with cream cheese icing & lemon raspberry with fresh raspberry preserves & buttercream. Katie drew up the design on the spot & even made a mini wedding cake for their one year anniversary.
The honeymoon was Hawaii for 7 nights, and the couple left the morning after the wedding. Originally planning to go to St Thomas, they found out Phil’s special visa restricted his travel to within the United States. Fortunately, Mr & Mrs Kinsey came to the rescue, making the necessary arrangements for Hawaii. Both Elizabeth & Phil felt it turned out for the better, as they had an amazing time and are looking forward to a return trip.
Asked what her most memorable moment of the day and Elizabeth told us it came just before the ceremony. Her mom came to her saying there was an issue with Elizabeth’s brother’s suit, and she was afraid he would not be able to stand up with the boys at the wedding. However, Phil solved the problem by saying he didn’t care what her brother wore, he just wanted him up front by his side. This only solidified the certainty she was marrying the right man. Congrats to the two of you!