Tell us your love story in one sentence.
Gideon has brought immeasurable joy into my life. My favorite moments are when we read and dream together. He is intentional, thoughtful, fun, and genuine.
Tell us all about the proposal!
Gideon designed my ring. The center stone is a round diamond from his mother’s ring. The two side stones are pear shaped. I have two daughters so Gideon liked the three stone ring to symbolize me and my girls. Gideon picked the largest gold band he could find! He loves gold as it matches the watch he inherited from his grandfather.
When did y’all get married?
October 29th, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress.
Felicia wore a custom gown by Nardos Design. Her gown is a one of a kind custom couture gown created by Nardos. The gown is inspired by the Italian Heritage of Felicia’s family The silhouette is a fitted draped french silk in pristine white with an Italian hand beaded lace bodice and delicate eyelash details. Felicia’s grace and femininity were the inspiration for Nardos from the sketching to the final fitting.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you?
We picked Travaasa Austin. Gideon and I really wanted a destination wedding where all our closest friends and family could spend a weekend together. We envisioned friends and family participating in activities together and seeing each other often through the weekend. We liked the idea of guests not having to drive from one venue to the next with all wedding related events in one convenient location. We also both really love Texas! So we wanted a destination type wedding but we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else but the state we so dearly love. Travaasa Austin was perfect. We reserved the entire resort for our wedding weekend to provide that destination and community environment we were looking for. I am from San Antonio and Gideon is from Dallas so Austin was a great place for us to meet in the middle. And who doesn’t love the Texas hill country!
What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? Did you write your own vows? (If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line?) Have any special readings, traditions, or participants? Tell us!
Having communion was an important part of the ceremony for both Gideon and I. We felt strongly that this sacred act should be the first thing we do together in our marriage.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Walking down the aisle, back up the aisle, first dance, etc.
Pretty much all music was non traditional. We had a string quartet play the music – but it was all contemporary. We also had two close friends sing a beautiful song during communion. The song was Divine Romance by Phil Wickham. Max Helmerich was vocal and guitar (he is in the band Wilderado) and Jesse Ihde was harmony.
What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? Why did you choose it?
The bridal cake was red velvet. It is my favorite! It was topped with beautiful flowers. The groom’s cake was decorated like an oil rig complete with geology under the surface (Gideon is in the oil and gas business). The groom’s cake was chocolate.
What was Southern about your wedding? Please include details or traditions you included in your celebration.
Gathering our friends and family in one place for the weekend was of the upmost importance to usn, so Travaasa was the perfect venue. Guests checked in on Friday for a full day of scheduled resort activities (horseback riding, yoga, spa appointments, ropes course, etc.!), followed by “An Evening Under the Texas Stars.” The evening kicked off with a rehearsal dinner at the resort’s Solidago Gardens, where guests sipped bourbon cocktails and dined family style (literally, under the stars!) in the open-air courtyard. The menu consisted of southern favorites such as short ribs, quail, grits, and Texas sheet cake.
On Saturday, we utilized all of the remaining space at Travaasa for a four-part marriage celebration! We were married in the late afternoon in the Live Oak Courtyard–a gorgeous lawn with views of the Hill Country. I wore a fitted silk and lace gown, and Gideon and his groomsmen were perfect southern gentlemen in crisp blue jeans and cowboy hats.
Following the ceremony, guests traveled down to the pool deck for cocktails and appetizers. The pool deck has an incredible view and looks out over Lake Travis–the perfect spot for watching the sun set. One of my favorite details was set here–an escort card wall filled with native blooms.
We hand tied each invitation with the organic plant dyed silk ribbon. Escort cards used various flowers and plants found on Gideon’s ranch. He actually hand painted each one! The flowers were then attached to a card with each guests name hand calligraphied in navy ink.
When it was time for dinner, guests were invited up to the Mesquite Patio, which earned it’s name for the gorgeous trees whose branches cover the space. The band, Icehouse, kicked dinner off by leading guests in “Texas Our Texas,” and then, following the blessing, guests dined at long tables under twinkling lights.
When dinner wound down, everyone was invited to the Lone Star Ballroom for dessert and dancing. My cake was red velvet, and Gideon’s mom surprised him with a groom’s cake designed after an oil derrick. The band kept everyone on the dance floor until the final, confetti-filled song. We departed under a sea of rose petals on a golf cart decked out with a Texas flag.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? (Please note, this will appear in your post.)
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding?
I would say, “Hire Ellen Westcott to do EVERYTHING!” My only regret was not paying her more to do more!! She was amazing. All our vendors were phenomenal. Aside from Ellen I would also recommend The Nichols for photography. They were wonderful to work with and very focused on getting everything done in a timely manner.
I would also say that it is so easy to get caught up in the details of a wedding. You can go crazy looking at Pinterest at what others have done that has been beautiful or creative and you may feel pressure to have everything perfect or exactly how you’ve always dreamed it would be. My advice is to focus less on the details and more on the moments you will be creating with your new husband, family, and friends. The details will not seem as important as time rolls forward. What you will hold dear in your heart is how you felt when you walked down the aisle…you will remember the time you spent with your girlfriends getting ready for the big event…and celebrating after the ceremony. Do not let the joy of this most precious day get lost in a sea of expectations that will distract you. Take the time to visit with each guest (if possible) to thank them for sharing this special moment in time with you. Soak in every joyous moment in.
Nichols Photographers / www.nicholsphotographers.com
Westcott Weddings / www.westcottweddings.com
Travaasa Austin / www.travaasa.com/austin
Travaasa Austin / www.travaasa.com/austin
Sprout / www.sproutflowers.com
Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker:
Sweet Treats / http://www.sweettreetsbakery.com/#cake-consultation
La Tavola, Loot Vintage, and Marquee Events
ILD / http://www.ildlighting.com/
Band or DJ:
Ice House Band / http://icehouseband.com/
The Inviting Pear / http://www.theinvitingpear.com/ and The Boarding School Collective / http://www.boardingschoolcollective.com/
Satellite Salon / Kate Leatherwood