This wedding was so lovely…and I haven’t really shared much about it. My friend Kelsey from Feather and Twine is just the best. After working on our mid century metal shoot last year she started recommending me to all of her clients. Recommendations like this don’t
always ever work out because a lot of people hiring a photographer already have a planner…so the fact that Katherine didn’t was awesome. There was a catch though, Katherine didn’t need a planner- she only wanted a day of coordinator. Which I don’t really do anymore…BUT I just couldn’t say no to a chance to work with Kelsey. It didn’t hurt that Katherine and Chris were really awesome and sweet, all those things that I want in my potential clients. They kind of won me over, so I took the job. In Dallas no less. Topher and I had a lot of fun making those Dallas trips last year. We don’t get to spend a lot of one on one time alone together so these trips were little mini bonding experiences. Kind of like- Oh hey, remember me? I’m your husband. I can still tell a mean joke that isn’t mickey mouse or lego related.
So Katherine confided me a few months after she hired me that she really wanted to open her own planning and design company after her wedding. This is why she wanted to have complete control over the planning and the design- she needed to gain all of that experience and know how for her future business. And Katherine really is talented, plus the fact that she planned her wedding in her father’s backyard- made for an even better experience since she had the added bonus of learning all the tricky logistics of planning a wedding at home.
I have to say that Katherine and Chris’ wedding is up there as one of my favorites…I’m really a sucker for back-yard affairs. They are so personal and special and despite all their logistical challenges are just so so worth it. My Kris actually said this was probably his favorite wedding that we have done do far and one he would have liked to have been a guest at. There were a lot of really sweet and personal details. A lot of handmade projects that Katherine’s father put blood, sweat, and tears (I’m sure) into. I’ll try to point out all the Ric (Katherine’s dad) projects along the way. This guy was so talented, so nice, and just such a treat to work with on the day of the wedding. He told me and my Kris so many times to “make ourselves to home”.
Have I mentioned that Katherine and Chris live in London? They actually had two different weddings- one in Dallas and one in London- color me jealous that Kelsey got to travel to London to photograph the other one.
Katherine’s dad built this entire ceremony set up- the platform, the backdrop, the covering- which Kate Foley made completely gorgeous by weaving florals throughout.
The wheel of love- something else Katherine’s dad built and was just super cool. Guests were able to spin it throughout the night and then were challenged to do the tasks appointed. It made for some fun impromptu moments sprinkled throughout the night.
They named each of their tables a song lyric and then tables were released to go to the buffet as their song played. It was a fun way to keep the buffet line under control and was cute to see each table realize their song was playing, start cheering, and head to the buffet.
This is Ric. He needs a medal for everything he did for this wedding. He is extremely talented indeed.
He hand-made all of these wooden trays that the caterers served food on- and then branded them with Katherine and Chris’ wedding logo.
He also built the cake table and cake stands…obviously.
Here he is getting it put back together after we linened the table.
Katherine and Chris- thank you to letting me play a role in your special day. You two were truly a treat!
Need more of this couple? Here are their engagements in London!
Vendor Credits: Venue: Private Residence | Event Coordination: Jennifer Laura Design | Event Planning and Design: Katherine (bride) with Ardour Events | Florals: Kate Foley Designs | Vintage Rentals: Rent My Dust | Hair/Makeup: Tracy Melton | Band: Royal Dukes | Aisle Runner: Love Burlap