You’re not going to read this paragraph; you’re just going to scroll straight down and hurry to get to the photos, so go on. I’ll wait. You’ll be back after you look at all the photos. I made the executive decision to exclude my family from this public sharing. A wedding day is very personal. I don’t want to exploit my friends and family on this site. Besides, if y’all saw how good looking our families are, you’d be trying to marrying into our clan. Kidding.
So, I hope you enjoyed photos of me & Brian, the food and the décor. Yes, we are Catholic. Yes, that is a waterfall braid in my hair. And most importantly: we are serious two-steppers. Serious. All photos by Wrenn Bird Photography.
This is our practice run at the Church on Friday night.
The last 24 hours before we were married!
Our rehearsal dinner was at the historical Dulaney house in McKinney, Texas. Our color for the evening was coral.
Dinner was crab cake salad, buttermilk fried catfish, jalapeno hushpuppies, fried okra (my personal favorite), cole slaw, and squash casserole. Dessert was lemon bars and peach cobbler.
Brian bravely gave a toast. I just held his hand and smiled.
Wrenn took this amazing photo of my dress and my boots.
Getting ready: I chose a waterfall braid for my hair style. My hair was off my face, yet still down. I loved it. A photo of Brian’s boutonniere before pinning it on. I love the succulents + wheat. We both wore boots for the Big Day.
Top ring is my grandmother’s wedding band. I love it. It has 63 years of happiness inside of it. The middle ring is my diamond (obviously). Hey girls who are about to get engaged: gold is back. For real. The bottom ring is his lovely thick milgrain band.
This is from my bridal portrait session. It’s a very Southern tradition for the bride to have her portrait done alone.
I love lace!
While we took photos after the ceremony, our guests enjoyed a whiskey tasting. Our guests also wrote us their ‘recipe for a happy marriage’ and placed them in a turquoise recipe box. They feasted on deviled eggs, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, and Tex-Mex chicken tartlets to soak up the booze. We sneaked in a shot of whiskey before entering the reception.
I couldn’t have been happier with the table decor. My wedding planner sourced vintage hobnail milk glass. My florist designed a mini-arrangement for each piece of milkglass. No two were alike!
I love the cake stands in the center pieces. I wanted to take them home!
Another theme of the decor was vintage scales. Since our reception was in a flour mill, we mimicked the large ground scales found throughout the building. My wedding planner made us personalized flour sacks that said ‘Lane Grass Fed Beef’ and ‘Lane Corn Fed Pork.’ I was so surprised! The bouquet in front made of wheat and cotton is from my maid of honor.
Let’s get to the food! Our menu was: smoked brisket, pulled pork sandwiches with Alabama white sauce, smoked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, Southern green beans, cornbread, yeast rolls, and a pickle plate. It was perfection.
The cake was as delicious as it was pretty! Two layers were caramel cake, and the middle layer was carrot cake (Brian’s favorite). Brian also had an ice cream bar as his groom’s cake.
We danced to two songs, back to back. First, we two-stepped to Randy Travis’ ‘I wouldn’t have nothing if I didn’t have you.’ Then, we immediately went into Aaron Watson’s ‘Breaker Breaker One Nine.’ Brian spun and flipped me all over that dance floor. It was so much fun! I love this photo because it shows the rustic vibe of the venue.
Our photographer saw a moment of perfect light shining through the window, so she grabbed us to snap this quick shot. I love the glow!
Weddings can’t last forever, although we wish they could! We said goodbye as our guests threw peach rose petals.
At this moment, I looked at Brian and said “We did it! We’re married!”
Christina Lane is the author of 3 cookbooks all about cooking and baking for two. She has scaled down hundreds of recipes into smaller servings so you can enjoy your favorite dishes without the leftovers! Valentine's Day is her favorite holiday.