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Dawn & Paul's Gartein Verien Wedding in Galveston

Wednesday, April 17, 2013








Dawn & Paul are both writers that fell in love while collecting vintage books & prints of  birds. This love carried over to their wedding from the bridesmaids bouquets which were books -to her feathered wedding gown &  little flower girl's dress.

This DIY  couple handmade all the invitations, programs and gift books with the help of  her  Micro press company called Little Red Leaves Textiles. (  

They  knew Galveston was  the perfect site for their wedding since Paul grew up on the Texas coast where a number of birds migrate for the winter. We found pelicans and water birds nesting under a bridge in the Harbor. They picked an alligator grooms cake since Paul grew up in Baytown Texas- he's always been fascinated with alligators and crocodiles and even has a scar from being bitten by a baby alligator as a child. His Mom Mindee decorated the cake table into the  beautiful wetland foliage of the Texas Bay. 

Even though Dawn got a little green icing on her  gown during the cake cutting she said 

" I still giggle when I think about getting a huge green blob of icing on my dress during the cake-cutting. While the dress was ruined, the memory is priceless. The alligator cake won the day in more ways than one"!

Ceremony & Reception: Kempner Park/ Garten Verein
Getting Ready Location: The Stern House , a historic Galveston venue where the Rat Pack as well as the Kennedys stayed during their visits to the island.
Florist: Mainland Flowers
Caterer:Yaga's Catering
Officiant: Larry Stephan
DJ: LG Entertainment
Brides Dress: San Patrick Calais
Brides rings: Vintage
Grooms ring: Vintage (Tiffany's)
Cake:   Cakes by Jula
Hair and Makeup: Bride's Sister
Decorations: Dawn and her friend Helen wrapped 2600 twinkle lights to light the reception.
Send Off Flags: The deer and bear sketch was sourced from an old Beatrice Potter sketch and handmade by the bride. 
Procession: Here Comes the Bride on French Horn and Saxophone by her Brother and Niece
Recession: Your Song by Elton John sung by her nieces
Father Daughter Dance: Some Kind of Wonderful by Grand Funk Railroad