When I look back on Lani + Adam’s wedding day at Jennings Trace in Montgomery, Texas this April I just remember how much fun we all had. From shooting her gorgeous bridal details (everywhere I turned there was something stunning to take a picture of), to the bridesmaids reveal where all of her girls oohed and ahhed at her beaded A-line dress, to the sweetest First Look, at their reception, where EVERYONE was on the dance floor until last call, to our completely-improvised-on-the-fly Grand Exit. It was just a helluva fun day!
Lani put a lot of thought into the style of her wedding. “I personalized nearly everything with our AL logo. This logo was on our invitations, cups, koozies, hand sanitizers, guestbook, programs etc. I think this made our wedding feel upgraded and incredibly cohesive.”
One thing I loved about Lani’s wedding style was that it felt modern, sleek, yet timeless- which is exactly what she had envisioned. “The florals were extraordinarily important to me and the anemones were my main inspiration. Jennings Trace is so grand and minimalistic – sometimes florals can appear understated in JT’s large rooms. I wanted to ensure it felt like florals were everywhere, and I really think it did. One of my favorite florals was the white runner boxes down the aisle. My florist made those boxes for my wedding specifically. I also loved the black runner boxes down the wedding party table and the seating chart florals.”
Since her wedding was formal, Lani went with old-Hollywood style hair and makeup. Her bridesmaids were in classic one-shoulder fitted black gowns and the groomsmen wore black tuxes. All of that black really made the white flowers stand out, and her gold accents felt luxe- just like her stunning diamond ring.
But so much of what I loved from Lani + Adam’s wedding were the sweet or silly moments, like the Best Man’s hilarious speech (I think there was a T-Rex somewhere in that story judging by the photo I took), the groomsmen’s creative group poses, and Adam’s reaction to seeing Lani both at the First Look AND when she walked down the aisle. Adam is proof that just because you do a First Look doesn’t mean your groom won’t lose it again during your grand entrance.
“Honestly, the last dance may have been my favorite part. It was the first time all day I felt like Adam and I were alone as husband and wife. We danced to one of our favorite songs – You are Gold by the National Parks and we sang the lyrics to each other the whole dance: “you are gold, you are all I see.” In our first apartment together, we used to dance in the kitchen to this song.“
Lani said that the ceremony was another favorite moment. “Our officiant is one of our closest family friends and a personal role model for me. Hearing her words and having her up there was one of my favorite moments.”
But even Lani’s perfectly well-planned day didn’t go off without one little hiccup. We realized late into the evening that there was a mixup about her Grand Exit, no one had the sparklers, and so we had to improvise! Jennings Trace had a hand full of canned streamers they gave us, along with a few sacrificed few roses (they died for a good cause) and we created what is probably my favorite Grand Exit of all time. For those of you who want to recreate it, we had all the guests outside facing the bride and groom, with the wedding party circling around the couple. We counted them down and everyone either opened their can of streamers or tossed rose petals into the air and voila! Epic exit shot.
Congratulations to the Blakes! I can’t wait to capture your next big moment!
Venue: Jennings Trace Florals: Striking Stems Hair and makeup: Etoilly Coordinator: Katie Brinkman DJ: Johnny Black Production @iamdjchosen Rentals: Party Time Rentals Caterer: Catering by All Star Bridal shop: Brickhouse Bridal Dress designer: @misshaleypaige Groomsmen attire: Mens Wearhouse Invitation suite: Paper Tie Affair Shoes: @badgleymischka Floral wall: Houston Wallflower Co Custom ring box: @the_mrs_box Jewelry: @oliveandpiper Signage: LG Event Entertainment & Production Videographer: JWayne Production Second Shooter: Rachelle Powers #itakeblake
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