Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor, Spring, TX, US
C. Baron Photography beautifully captured Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor in Spring, TX, US.
Event Date: November 4, 2017 – Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor
From C. Baron Photography: Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor
Kelley & Paul are one of the nicest couples we have ever had the pleasure of following through their wedding journey. From their engagement, to bridal, to wedding we could not stop smiling at how much love they clearly share. They chose to wed at a very quaint bed and breakfast in Spring, Texas.
Q and A with the couple: Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
The inspiration behind the theme/style was the incredible oak tree at the venue! As soon as I saw that tree, I knew that’s where we had to get married! And the house on the property was so beautiful and quaint and just added to the romantic feeling. We incorporated the tree theme into our invitations and went with a vintage style to go along with the house! The color palette was navy and gold – I love those colors together and they were perfect for an evening wedding in the fall.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
For the decor, we had gold geometric centerpieces filled with flowers (all done by our florist), gold accents such as the table numbers and signs (all DIY), gold sequin table runners, and gold chargers. The place cards were all held in place by antique keys, to match the style of the venue. We had two large displays with pictures from my husband’s childhood and my childhood along with a table that had pictures of Paul’s late father and all of our grandparents.
We had a beautiful sign (from Etsy) that was an antique gold picture frame with open glass and our names and the wedding date painted on the glass in calligraphy along with a framed picture from our engagement photo shoot. And we rented some vintage furniture that was just incredible, it really set a wonderful tone for the wedding – there was an old elaborate dresser for the cake tables, a beautiful sectional sofa with end tables, and a cute settee for the sweetheart table. We also rented two amazing farmhouse tables to use as the bridesmaid and groomsmen (+guests) tables on either side of the sweetheart table.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
The flowers were also beautiful, and were used more as an accent to the overall decor. We had the bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets (which were similar in style to the bridal bouquet), boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen, and fathers, corsages for the mothers and grandmother, and flowers for the centerpieces.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We set up some lawn games to play during the cocktail hour while we were taking pictures after the ceremony. One of the games we had was corn hole, and our corn hole boards were Chicago Cubs themed since my husband is from the Chicago area and is obsessed with the Cubs. We also had a Cubs groom’s cake!
We also did the Nuremberg Wedding Cup, which is a tradition in my husband’s family. It’s a metal cup designed to be a woman in a dress, where the bell of her dress creates a large cup, and she is holding a small cup above her head. The two cups are filled up, and the bride drinks from the small cup and the groom drinks from the large cup. Whoever finishes their cup first is said to wear the pants in the family. It was hilarious, especially since my husband is a bit taller than me! We ended up tying, which is also pretty funny!
And of course, as a little entertainment/activity for the guests we had a photo booth, which is always a lot of fun. Some of my favorite parts of the wedding (other than marrying my husband, of course!) were the awesome dance party that we had, the beautiful antique furniture, and the oak tree wrapped in white lights that made the whole evening shine.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
I have always loved dresses that had interesting backs, so I knew that I had to find a dress that had a detailed back. That was actually the deciding factor to make my final choice between the two dresses that I had narrowed my selection down to. I also just love lace dresses, and the lace also fit will with my antique style for the wedding. The dress I picked was actually the very first wedding dress I ever tried on – it was love at first sight!
For the bridesmaids, I knew I wanted them in navy dresses and I wanted to find a dress style that would look great and feel comfortable on all body types. The dresses we found were perfect – easy to wear, comfortable, and gorgeous – the small sequin detail on the dresses just made them sparkle in the evening light with all the candles we had around!
For the groom, we knew that we wanted to go with a suit instead of a tux because we did not want the wedding to feel overly formal. We also wanted to go with navy to fit the theme, but also because my husband looks great in navy! We chose light gray suits for the groomsmen because I didn’t want the entire bridal party in navy. I have always loved weddings where the groomsmen were in light gray suits, and it was a great accent to the navy. They also had navy vests for the suits to tie them in with the color.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Paul and I both work for the same company, and we met in Beaumont, TX when he started working at the plant where I was working. Paul went to West Point, and his 10-year reunion happened after we had been dating for a couple of years. We traveled up to New York to go to the reunion, and I got to see the beautiful campus for the first time.
On the morning of the second day of our trip, we stopped at Trophy Point, where you can see the “Million Dollar View” of the Hudson River Valley. One of Paul’s friends was with us, and he asked his friend to take a picture of us with the view. When we were positioned for the picture, he reached into the inside pocket of his sport coat, said “I have a question to ask you,” and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so perfect!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
My most anticipated moment for the day was walking down the aisle and Paul seeing me in my wedding dress for the first time. I couldn’t wait to see his reaction and meet him at the end of the aisle to get married!! It was everything I hoped it would be!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
My wedding planning advice is to keep the big picture in mind – when all the little details are starting to stress you out, just think about the significance of the day. You are marrying the love of your life, and because of that everything else will be perfect. No matter how much planning you do, there will be things that go wrong the day of the wedding, but it will be ok – those make for the best stories!
My advice for marriage (only 6 months in, so I’m very much still learning!) is to be understanding of each other. Everyone has flaws, but it is important to focus on your partner’s love for you and the wonderful things they do instead of nit-picking small flaws. Focus on all of the many positives, appreciate each other, and express your love often!
Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor:
Associated Pros/Vendors: Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor
Design and Decor: Love Birds Vintage Rentals & Styling
Event Venue: Oak Tree Manor
Dress Store: Mia Bridal Couture
Floral Designer: Striking Stems
Lighting: J&A Entertainment
Cake Designer: Cakes by Gina
Hair Stylist: Adorne Artistry
Event Planner: A Particular Event
Photographer, Cinema, Video: C. Baron Photography – other examples of their work featured on AisleMemories – Alison and Conrad Engagement at John F. Ward Elementary School, Houston, TX and Lacy and Paul Wedding at Oak Tree Manor, Spring, TX, US and Chasity and Christopher Wedding at the Carriage House, Conroe, TX, US
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C. Baron Photography: Kelley-Paul Wedding-Oak Tree Manor
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