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Valerie & Jonathan's Mercury Hall/Tee Pee Wedding!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jonathan's "Sway Table"














This artistic couple spend a summer in the Desert which inspired their wedding. Since the groom is a furniture designer they knew they wanted a comfortable outdoor space for guests to relax. Jonathan custom made a lot of the furniture for the wedding but they also included galvanized metal tables, a tee pee, gold painted tumbleweeds and colloborated with an  amazing floral designer - Articulture Designs- they  used cacti, succulents  air plants along with colored recycled skulls,feathers, wood, glass, bones, turtle shells and snake skins into rusted metal planters for the dinning table. 

 Valerie said she came up with their unique wedding inspiration from their time in Big Bend.

" We went with what we love and a place that holds memories for us both. We based our theme around Big Bend National Park and the surrounding areas. We truly enjoy the outskirts of BB…Marfa Texas, Chinati Hot Springs, Marathon, Terlingua. It’s a place where life slows down and you feel like you can be free. Jon proposed in Big Bend with Bogart (our dog) by his side underneath a waterfall. Yes, a water fall we hiked into in the middle of the dessert. The desert has a beauty to it that steals your soul.

I was inspired by photos we took while in Big Bend, things we came across and people we met. We wanted it to feel like West Texas with a unique twist. The biggest part to planning is finding the right inspiration. Once you do, you know its right and the rest falls into place.  Mostly everything we used in our wedding had a story. The best compliments we received all night was that our wedding “really represented Jon and I down to every last detail.”

For the furniture and tee pee Valerie said,
"The main focus for our wedding was that we simply wanted people to have fun. We also wanted it to represent Jon and I as a couple. One of our pre Mr. and Mrs. life experiences we took together was hiking over 2000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast. I think that sealed the deal for Jon if he had any doubts if I was the one. Before our departure we had a going away party with friend and family to kick off our happy trails. Jon built a huge teepee in our back yard and it was a huge hit. To us, the teepee represented the beginning of the rest of our lives…plus, we just love teepees! We also wanted to have a relaxed feel to our wedding d├ęcor. Still wanted it to be beautiful but we wanted people to feel at home---like they were at a good friends back yard, eating great food, drinking wonderful drinks and in a romantic, natural atmosphere. "

Valerie also choose a non traditional green lace dress from BHLD  which she wore with custom jewelry  and turquoise and white polka dot D’ Orsays pumps by Bettye Muller. 
( unfortunately they got stuck in the mud during the ceremony)!
They gifted their bridemaids and groomsmen with one of a kind unique gifts. For the bridemaids- Valerie choose jewelry  specifically made for each bridesmaid and flower girl from Revised in Bastrop. The necklaces are made from vintage pieces selected by the bride that  reflected each of personalities and the lockets hold lost vintage photographs!  The Groomsmen each received a tie clip with their first initial made from a vintage typewriter key from Petite V.

Even the cakes were unique, the beautiful un frosted wedding cake from Stardust Bakery and the funky green mustached pickle cake from Envy Pastries. Jonathan choose the pickle as a whimisical attempt to represent his Polish /German roots- plus his love for everything pickled!
The wedding wouldn't have been complete with out their faithful dog Bogart as the ring bearer and  the amazing polka band Brave Combo rocking the reception.

Venue: Mercury Hall 
Wedding Coordinator: Cortney With BZ Events 
Custom Benches and furniture by the Groom: Ten Gallon Hats Designs
Tee Pee: Unexpected Elements
Lighting: FILO Designs
Rentals: Premiere Party Rental
Florist: Articulture Designs
Caterer: Pink Avocado 
Officiant: Tom Houck 
Band: Brave Combo and Mariachi Relampago 
DJ: DJ Kit Groove Labs 
Dress, Shoes & Jewelry: BHLDN by Anthropologie 
Suit: Zara 
Wedding Cake: Stardust Bakery 
Groom's Cake  Envy Pastries 
Videographer: Rings and Cake 
Brides Hair and Makeup: Janet St. Paul
Photobooth & Second shooting: Stella Alesi
Vintage Cadillac: Enchanted Antique Limos
Invitation Designer:  The Creative Parasol

One Response to “Valerie & Jonathan's Mercury Hall/Tee Pee Wedding!”

Andrew Billington said...

Great looking day with some fantastic details shots. Beautiful work and it looks like it was a lot of fun :)