A Bevy of Vivid Colors Set the Tone for This Fun, Modern Micro Wedding in Texas
After two years of dating and a romantic proposal over a rainy weekend getaway, Hannah Hinds and Josh Erickson began planning a wedding for April 2020. Unfortunately, when the pandemic began shuttering the world just one month out, the pair went from confidently prepping to officially rescheduling in the span of a day. "It was an emotional whirlwind," says Hannah. The next difficult decision came as their new October wedding date drew nearer—with no end to the pandemic in sight, their options were to reschedule again or downsize the event. The couple chose the latter. "It was hard to accept that we would be enjoying our big day without so many of our friends by our sides," says the bride, "and there was definitely a period of sadness." However, the pair eventually embraced their decision to move forward with just 35 guests and found that it came with unexpected advantages. "One example of something cool that came from it was that I got to include my brother in the bridal party," says Hannah. "I originally planned to have five bridesmaids, but since we pivoted to family-only, I was able to include him! That was kind of special."
The micro celebration ultimately took place at Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas, and both the bride and groom took part in the preparation process. "The minimalist venue allowed us to create our own unique style choices throughout the space," says Josh. "Also, the outdoor ceremony area had a beautiful view overlooking the Texas Hill Country." Thanks to a creative PowerPoint presentation created by the bride (a graphic designer), the pair selected a palette of indigo, raspberry, citron, and sea-mist green to bring to life a theme of modern, colorful intentions.
"We sought out simple, intentional elements that enhanced the natural, contemporary vibe of the venue and the youthful joy that the couple had," says event planner and designer Kimberley Bentley of Silver Thistle Events. "Both Hannah and Josh expressed that their goal was to throw a great party that guests would enjoy and remember." The pair's devotion to the safety and comfort of their loved ones was also paramount, and with an eye towards both, they swapped out their planned dance floor for a ping pong table and photo booth that allowed for social distancing. The bride combined style and safety by creating custom-printed face masks for guests, and the guest-list reduction left ample space for tables to be distanced during the reception.
While the wedding was not what they originally envisioned, the pair poured their creativity into a lively alternative that was thoroughly on-brand for them as a couple. "You have to remove your expectations for what your wedding could have been," says Josh, "and embrace what is—and that's an amazing, intimate celebration with those who are closest to you."
Hannah put her professional skills to work, designing a bright, contemporary invitation suite that was printed by Moo.
It was love at first sight when Hannah came across the silk georgette "Miri" wedding dress from Alexandra Grecco on Pinterest. "I immediately loved that it looked like a t-shirt!" she enthuses. "That kind of casual elegance is just my style. I tried on a lot of other dresses but that was the only one where I really felt like myself. It was meant to be." A delicate veil and block-heeled sandals marbled in white and blue completed her ensemble.
In Living Color
Josh wore a slim blue suit with a black tie decorated with a bright floral pattern. A vintage Mickey Mouse watch passed down from his late maternal grandfather made for a meaningful accessory.
The Look of Love
The groom was captivated by his bride during their first look on the serene grounds of Prospect House. "It was amazing to see Hannah in her wedding dress for the first time," he says. "She looked amazing and the dress fit her style perfectly."
Hannah's lavish, oblong bouquet—created by Corynn Key of Kismet Flowers—was bursting with a variety of roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, and bleached Italian ruscus in shades of apricot, cayenne, and blush. Burgundy-dyed ferns added even more color and texture, while two of the blue streamers matched the shade of the groom's suit.
Wedding Party of Four
The bride's brother, who served as one of her attendants, donned the same blue suit as the groomsmen; her maid of honor coordinated perfectly in a chic mid-length dress.
Father of the Bride
Hannah's dad swept her into a warm embrace before they headed towards the outdoor ceremony site.
In the Bag
The masks the bride designed for guests were presented in custom blush-colored bags.
Wide Open Spaces
Hannah and Josh exchanged traditional vows on a raised platform with a modern, unadorned structure that framed the beautiful countryside. The service was officiated by Josh's father, a minister, who included special anecdotes from the bride and groom's relationship.
They took a moment before the reception to toast to their new status as husband and wife.
Off the Charts
Guests found their table assignments via a modern black-and-white sign that the bride designed.
Merry and Bright
The reception's bright palette and playful, modern touches beautifully reflected the duo's aesthetic. A ceiling installation composed of vivid strips of fabric washed the room in color while natural-wood tables and chairs offered a grounding, neutral touch.
Table for Two
The newly-minted spouses enjoyed their party at a sweetheart's table, where brightly colored candles glowed and bright signage pulled in the tangerine chairs and coral hues from the bride's bouquet.
Flowing cheesecloth runners in alternating shades of pale yellow and blue were topped with petite textured centerpieces and taper candles in strong tones of burgundy, mustard, and indigo. Black matte flatware and sea-mist napkins finished the eclectic look.
A vibrant lounge area was not only stylish, but thoughtfully spaced to accommodate for social distancing.
"The first dance is this moment where you're at a party but the only thing that matters is each other," says Hannah. Aptly, the couple's took place to "Any Party" by Feist. "We loved the sweet sentiment around the hook," shares Josh.
A three-tier cake from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop was covered with fresh floral accents, set against the smooth white finish of the buttercream.
A Cut Above
Hannah and Josh sliced through almond- and chocolate-flavored layers during their traditional cake cutting ceremony.
In lieu of a dance floor, the couple set up ping pong and other games that allowed guests to socially distance—for this fun-loving couple, there was no better way to end their big night than with a round or two of good, old competition.
Photography, Becca Lea Photography
Venue, Prospect House
Wedding Planning and Event Design, Kimberley Bentley for Silver Thistle Events
Flowers, Corynn Key for Kismet Flowers
Invitations and Stationery, Hannah Hinds (designer); Moo.com (printer)
Officiant, Reverend Dr. Rob Erickson
Bride's Gown, Alexandra Grecco
Bridal Salon, Lovely Bride NYC
Hair and Makeup, Selma Sosa Makeup + Styling
Maid of Honor's Dress, Reformation
Engagement Ring, Catbird
Bride's Wedding Band, Ferkos Fine Jewelry
Groom's Wedding Band, Eliza Page
Guest Book, Artifact Uprising
Music, Santiago Dietche for Dart Collective
Catering, Leslie LaSorsa for Crave Catering
Cake, Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
Rentals, Bee Lavish; Premier Events; Reventals
Photo Booth, Oh Happy Day Booth
Favors, For Your Party (personalized masks); Zazzle (playing cards)
Transportation, Transportation Consultants; Uptown Events Travel
Livestream, North Shore Media Productions
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