Worth the Wait
Doug and I took three years to decide and create every detail of our wedding day. As recent transplants to Austin from the west coast, we knew our friends and family would be traveling to the wedding from all over the country. We wanted our wedding to be a portrait of us — full of our culture, music and our new home in Texas. We designed and assembled all of our wedding stationery, from save-the-dates to thanks you cards — it was a lot! Our honeymoon was in Ecuador and provided the theme for our cake topper. I used vintage frames to display table numbers and guest seating. Goodwill made that a very green and affordable alternative to having individual place cards. Doug and I would correspond through letters when we lived apart. It gave me the idea to turn our guest book into a collection of love letters to us from our guests. Each guest wrote a note and tucked it in petite envelopes fastened to the pages of an album. My sweet friends from out of town helped make the fanciful “hooray” flags just days before the wedding. My mother is Mexican, and both our fathers are Jewish. We included a little from each culture: married beneath a chuppa and smashing a glass, immediately followed by bright and festive and jovial mariachi during the cocktail hour. I grew up dancing folklorico, and I love bold, rich colors. I wanted a natural crown for my hair and big gold jewelry. Stems Floral created my gorgeous rose clusters — those ladies are masters at their craft. We wanted a lot of herbs and soft, subtle floral decor to offset the deep reds donned by the girls and me. Lavender, rosemary and basil were dropped by our flower girl, and all the boutonnieres and corsages contained them as well. I loved the idea of the scent as a part of the memory of the day. The wonderful Rick Rabon and Barr Mansion took care of the rest. They have have a lovely staff, are completely organic and provided all dining accommodations as well. The food and desserts were phenomenal, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. They even made our wedding favors. Once the music started, the party was on. Guests threw off their shoes and got down on some live soul music. Everyone was on the floor getting sweaty to the sweet sounds of Lost Soul Revue until the very end. To end the night we scurried through a tunnel of glittering sparklers to a longhorn-nosed limo. The whole day was an absolute dream, and guests agree it was well worth the three years’ wait.