Hannah + Luke | Jun 2, 2018
After spending a year abroad on a missions trip together in 2014, Luke and Hannah returned to the US and started 2015 off dating. For the first eight months, the couple dated long distance until Hannah moved to Waco, Texas to join Luke. Nearly two years later, Luke knew he wanted to propose.
A month prior to the day Luke planned for the proposal, he had one of Hannah’s friends who happened to be a photographer ask if she would be willing to pose for some pictures for her portfolio. On the morning of said photo shoot, Hannah’s friend texted Hannah telling her to wear a “cute, fall dress” but she still didn’t think anything of it. That evening, Hannah met her friend at a nature reserve outside of Waco. They started taking a few pictures when her friend had Hannah stop where she was, repositioned herself and told Hannah to turn a corner. When she turned the corner, she saw a full set up of wine, cheese, a table and chairs and of course, Luke waiting to propose.
When it came time to plan the wedding, the couple was on the same page of what they wanted.
“My husband and I were on the same page from the beginning of the wedding planning process – we both wanted it to be outdoors, with a strong focus on the worship aspect of a wedding ceremony, and have the reception feel like one massive family dinner,” told the bride.
On wedding day, while the outdoor ceremony and reception was being set up, the bride and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting ready at her childhood home. After her hair and makeup were complete, Hannah got dressed in her Essence of Australia A-line gown. The intricate lace top and low back with button detailing were perfection. Hannah finished the look with gold Jack Rodger sandals, and a simple bracelet, necklace and earrings.
“I found my dress on a complete whim, it was one of the first dresses I tried on!” said Hannah. “I knew I wanted the bodice to have lace details and the skirt to be light and flowy since the wedding was outside in June. It also didn't hurt that it didn't need alterations and I was able to buy the dress right off the rack!”
The outdoor ceremony was set in a grassy field at the country club overlooking the water with a completely clear blue sky. There was a dark wooden arbor wrapped with a greenery garland and a few single light pink and ivory blooms sprinkled throughout. It was the perfect accent for the natural greenery and trees that surrounded the space.
Hannah made her way down the aisle arm in arm with her dad carrying a bouquet full of natural greenery and more light pink and ivory peonies and roses, and then took her place next to her husband-to-be underneath the arbor. Luke wore a navy suit with tan suspenders and a blush bowtie, to tie in with the blush in the bridesmaid's tops. The bridesmaids wore a unique two piece dress that had a blush lace top and a glittery gold skirt. Definitely one of our favorite bridesmaids looks we’ve seen!
With the ceremony being so important to the couple, they were sure to include some special pieces that ended up being their – and their guests – favorite parts.
“We had a time of worship and took communion for the first time as a married couple,” the bride said. “Looking back, those are my two favorite parts of the ceremony — and are two of the things guests commented on afterwards as loving.”
After the ceremony, guests headed into the tented reception space overlooking the pool. The room was set with a variety of rectangular wooden tables that were set with mahogany Chiavari chairs. The tables were full of greenery and only greenery, but that was all that was needed to enhance the outdoor, natural vibe. Each place setting was set with a white rectangular dinner plate and white salad plate and topped with a menu card tied with blue fabric that they bride did herself.
The menu card, along with the welcome sign, ceremony programs, table “reserved” signs, food signs – basically any signage at the wedding – were all done by the bride’s friend who owns her own calligraphy business. It must be nice having such talented friends!
Once guests found a seat, the wedding party made their grand entrance and the couple shared their first dance together. It was so special to the couple to have all their family and friends there to share these big moments with them.
“Our wedding had people coming from all over — guests came from Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania, just to name a few places,” explained Hannah. “For one weekend, the people who cared most about us all gathered in a small town on the coast of North Carolina.”
For dinner, these out of towners got to enjoy some local food like bacon wrapped scallops and shrimp and grits. But they knew to save room for dessert because they saw the cupcake display they would enjoy later. From lemon blueberry to champagne to strawberry we don’t know how you would be able to pick just one flavor! Each cupcake platter was sat on top of a box draped with more of the blue fabric the bride found herself.
The day was full of love, family and worship – exactly as the couple wanted it!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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