REAL TEXAS WEDDING | Whitney + Jorge | Awesome florals, killer color, no stress and a ninja cake… + Bambino :)

So, yesterday’s post was all about a big important lesson on stress and how it’s like so totally ridiculous and you should probably stop it.  Well, today’s wedding, submitted by Adam Nyholt, is kind of a picture show on what it means NOT TO BE STRESSED OUT ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.  Which means, yup, it’s a fun wedding.  Also, it’s super awesome and I love it.  Wanna know why?  Well, it’s pretty straightforward, actually, because it’s got those elements you guys KNOW I covet.  Such as, but not limited to:

1. CRAZY DANCING.  And I mean CRAZY, or, as The Khloe Kardashian would call it, “cray.” (Yeah, I’m doing that.)

2. GLITTER & SPARKLE.  It’s there, you’ll see it.  Scrrrrroooollllllllll my pretties. :)

3. A NINJA CAKE COMPLETE WITH NINJA THROWING STARS.   Because I mean, what?  A ninja cake?  What?  That’s why.

And also because, for some reason, according to my Honey, guys like things that have to do with ninjas.  Which is slightly out of what always seemed to be his character, but ladies and gentlemen, they come in all shapes and sizes, these men.  Once you think you’ve got them figured out, they go and tell you they like ninjas.  I like it; keeps it fresh, keeps it new.  Always learning.

Enjoy!  And, of course, stay tuned for another installment of Life with Bambino.  (Yup, he’s bickity back.)

I love that shot of Whitney.  You guys, this couple?  They’re kinda fun.

… What’s that?  You need more evidence?

Well, as you can see in this example below, the large, furry hat is removed to reveal a miniature, glittery hat beneath.

He looks like fun, but I’m just guessin’.

Here’s the rundown from our lovely bride, Whitney:

Jorge and I had a mutual friend, Eddie, who really wanted to set us up.  We knew of each other at the time but weren’t that big of fans.  One day Eddie asked me to go to brunch and then surprised me by saying he invited Jorge as well.  We ended up going to brunch, and then to a movie, and spent the rest of the weekend together.  Eddie knew all along that we were meant for each other, he just needed to get us alone together!

We worked really hard to make this wedding a representation of ourselves.  We included our friends and family in the ceremony as much as we could, and we really wanted our own music for the ceremony as well. We are non-traditionalists, and we wanted our wedding to be special for us, as well as all of our guests.  We knew that the wedding is really about the feel of the ceremony, as well as the food and the music, so we put a lot of thought into those areas.

We had a sunset ceremony on the hilly property of the Chavez ranch, overlooking a pond.  We served champagne and wine during the ceremony and lined the entrance with white parasols. My husband’s best friend was our officiant and we wrote our entire ceremony.  I entered with my father in a white Phantom Rolls Royce. We used non-traditional songs to enter, the wedding party entered to Somewhere Only We know by Keane and I walked in to Hysterics by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  The groom’s best friend from Mexico and good friend from graduate school played And I Loved Her by The Beatles, and the groom’s brother played Bach’s Aria on violin.  My brother read a The Art of Marriage by Wilferd A. Peterson and my husband’s cousin read a poem his late Uncle wrote for us on his deathbed.  We had 5 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen, two ring bearers, and two flower girls.  My bridesmaids wore purple and the groomsmen wore gray tuxedos. We exited to Queens Another One Bites the Dust.  When the wedding party had exited, the mariachis started playing and led the group to the reception.

The Mariachis played during the cocktail hour while people were served passed appetizers, micheladas, and Mexican Martinis. After that they were let into the main hall were we had several bars set up and serving tables for food.  My husband and I entered to Feeling Good by Nina Simone and then did our first dance to Strangers in the Night by Cake, followed by the Father Daughter Dance Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison.  Our first band was an amazing Austin Wedding Band called the Skyrockets who played various 70’s 80’s and 90’s songs and the front woman did several costume changes.  We cut the cake around 9, I had a 6 tiered cake in various shapes, and various colors of purple, the groom’s cake was silver and had a ninja theme.  The food was upscale Mexican, with a ceviche bar, salsa and queso bar, and various other meat dishes.  Our second band came on at midnight and was the Spazmatics, they rocked the house.  We had 2 photo booths with various props, as well as props for the dance floor, which include big hats, little hats, sunglasses, inflatable microphones, blinking rings, glow sticks, etc.  Around 1am they brought out the churros and cajeta, as well as sweet potato fries. And then at 2am they brought out the chiliquiles.   There was a main dance floor with tables around the perimeter and a room off to the side where you could still see the band which was more loungy. The party was shut down at 4am and we shuttled people to and from their hotels nearby.

And now, again, because you ask for it (!!!), another day in the life of Bambino McPuppypants:

So here’s what he does whenever I put him on the couch to lounge (that is, when *on my lap* has become a bit of a hindrance to the ol’ worky worky).

Nothing wrong, right?  Innocuous behavior; he’s clearly just a Mac enthusiast, or he’s feeling chilly so he wants to warm up by the fire that is my MacBook Pro, which is incessantly EN FUEGO.

Now, honestly, I wouldn’t even consider all of the above “something wrong” if he didn’t have the following reaction to me walking over, every time…

Clearly, he’s doing something seedy.  Further investigation required; I’ll report back.

Sigh.  You guys.  If you keep encouraging it, you KNOW I’ll keep doing it.  It’s all your fault. ;)

Anywho, what do you think of this weddin’, yo?!

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography: Adam Nyholt / Cinematography: Lady Flash out of Austin / Rehearsal Dinner: Red River Saloon / Ceremony Location: Chavez Ranch, Tomball / Reception Location: Chavez Ranch, Tomball / Wedding Consultant: Christine Hoffer of Belle of the Ball / Cake: Who Made the Cake / Caterer: A Fare Extraordinaire / Invitations: Atelier du Paper / Flowers: Events in Bloom / Makeup: Corrine Williams at Façade Uptown / Wedding Gown: Kleinfelds, Anna Maier / Shoes: Kleinfelds / Bridesmaids/Mother of the Bride Dresses: Saks Fifth Avenue / Tuxedos: Calvin Klein via Al’s Formalwear, the Groom wore Armani / Décor and Rentals: Events in Bloom / Bands: Skyrockets and Spazmatics

Label(s): Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Purple, Yellow, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Elle on May 19, 2011

    That wedding was gorgeous! I LOVE how much thought they put into all the music – I get sick of hearing all the same ole’ same ole’ at weddings.

    And Bambino…. he was just looking at some fine bitches….. Step off ma.

    bahahah. :)

  2. Laura on May 19, 2011

    Wow, looks like such a fun wedding. I am loving all of her sparkle and her tattoo. I love brides with tattoos!

  3. Christine on May 19, 2011

    What a fun wedding! I loved the colors and the CAKE (the non-ninja one; though the ninja one was pretty cool too). They looked they were having a fun time. I can only hope mine is the same way.

    I will always encourage McPuppyPants! Photos of him make my day….seriously, they do.

  4. Alison on May 19, 2011

    Elle – lolololoollololololololololololool. :)

    Laura – Me too! And the plus is that they tend to have such fun weddings! :)

    Christine – I’m sure yours WILL be just as fun – it’s all about letting loose and letting yourself feel the day! :)

  5. Victoria Derrick on May 19, 2011

    This wedding is beautiful, from the colors to the big ballin’ white ride.
    The dog, is precious seriously, but you already knew that!

  6. Desiree on May 19, 2011

    your dog is killing me with cuteness!

  7. Lindsey B on May 19, 2011

    Puppy puppy puppy =]

  8. Alison on May 19, 2011

    Victoria – it truly is a big ballin’ white ride. I like the way you put it :)

    Desiree – tee hee :)

    Lindsey B – double tee hee :)

  9. Megan Powers on May 19, 2011

    What fun! I love the tiny hat — crazy fun makes the best weddings. :)

  10. Maegan on May 19, 2011

    oh you’re killing me with those Frenchie shots … I want one in every color. I’m so in love with mine it’s ridic. …and this wedding is pretty.

  11. Lena on May 19, 2011

    This wedding is AMAZING. Real, actual fun is being had there, and I love that. I mean, a ninja cake? Absolutely genius. And I want to be friends with Whitney, because she seems absolutely awesome.

    AND, Bambino is KILLING ME WITH CUTE. That look when you walk up to him? GAAAAAH!


  12. Emma on May 19, 2011

    loooove this wedding. they look like they genuinely had an amazing time. love that.

  13. Madison on May 19, 2011

    Love the photo of the groom and his ushers jumping. Such a gorgeous wedding, so well styled. That huge flower circle with hanging candles thing…WOW! Looks like such a fun reception. Bambino reminds me of a penguin when he looks up to you hehe.

  14. anon on May 19, 2011

    I love the colors for this wedding. And I LOVE (that’s code for WANT) your frenchie! We have one already…he’s cream and almost 2 years old. And I still can’t get over his cuteness/sweetness. By the way, does he lick his paws frequently? If so, this is usually a sign of allergy in Frenchies. He might be allergic to something you’re feeding him. You may want to look into it!!

  15. Alison on May 19, 2011

    Megan P – Isn’t the tiny hat THE FUNNIEST. It’s the funniest.

    Christine – How insane is that purple cake, right? Seriously. I totally agree; the cake is a stunna. But I do have a special place in my heart for the ninjas. A very tiny… but very special, place. ;)

    Maegan – I know, I’m addicted to him and his hug-smell. He smells like hugs, I mean. I want another and another.

    anon – I love the colors, too – bright and cheery are always winners! And thanks for looking out for our wittle puppy – he appreciates it :)

    Madison – That’s totally my favorite shot, could you tell? ;)

    Lena – That’s so the written manifestation of the exact sound he would seem to be making if he were capable of making a sound like that. That felt like a run-on sentence back there.

    Emma – Totally agree. That’s, like, the whole point of the day, aside from the getting married part. :)

  16. Marlene on May 19, 2011

    i adore your dog and find myself reading your blog specifically to catch glimpses of him! i’ve also showed him to my fiance a number of time in the hopes that he will finally crack and let us get a dog. Bambino’s images are the closes we’ve coming to my fiance saying “maybe” – haha! love it!

  17. Jillian on May 19, 2011

    I love the expressions on their faces and how it’s so apparent that they had a blast that entire day. I completely agree with what you said yesterday about it being the point- what’s the point if you’re not gonna enjoy yourselves?

    And his little hat under a big hat is simply much too funny. :)

  18. claire on May 19, 2011

    Um, this wedding rocks. Serious, serious wedding envy. That floral chandelier? That cake? The band? The rosette tableclothes? The pillows? The pink/purple lights?

    WHAT THE. so amazinnnng.

  19. Gloria @ I Do Venues on May 20, 2011

    Obviously style is alive in the lone star state. This is just gorgeous. I love how the bride has combined a modern theme with glass and lounge items and some very cool vintage touches. The deep purple tones are wonderful- LUV it.

  20. lizzie on May 20, 2011

    okay…that ninja cake is pretty badass.

  21. Stephanie@Geezees on May 20, 2011

    That wedding looks like so much FUN! I LOVE the photo of the groom and his guys jumping in the air, awesome shot! Great post!

  22. Chris on May 21, 2011

    Such an amazing wedding. Love the jumping group shot and the ring shots, great work. The dog is so so cute

  23. Courtney {pizzazzerie} on May 21, 2011

    OMG Your puppy is so cute. I can’t WAIT to get mine so I can post shots of him that are hopefully 1/2 as cute as yours. And that wedding? Adore. Love the bouquet!

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