Real Wedding | Caroline + Dustin

Delicate…sophisticated…elegant…all perfect ways to describe the gorgeous wedding of Caroline and Dustin. Caroline had always dreamed of an all white wedding. By adding DIY touches, and some pastel accents for interest, she bought everything together beautifully. Don’t miss her “lace” wedding cake. It’s one of the loveliest I’ve seen, and looks almost too pretty to eat!

Caroline + Dustin  | July 16, 2011 | Houston, Texas

The ceremony

We woke up to a forecast of thunderstorms on our wedding day. The morning started with a bit of drizzle, but the rest of the day was clear with glowing sun. People told us it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day, it’s a sign of a happy marriage!

Both sides of our family are religious Buddhist, so it made sense for us to have a traditional Buddhist wedding ceremony. We began the ceremony with incense placed in front of the shrine to Buddha and offering flowers. We exchanged rings and beads with the monks chanting the song of blessing. The ceremony concluded by reciting blessings of Buddha’s teaching, conveying the message that marriage should be based upon a foundation of mutual respect, and that the couple should be equal partners.

The reception

The reception was a seated formal dinner in the main dining room on the top floor of Hotel ZaZa, in Houston. The room overlooks a breathtaking view of the sunset and the beautiful Houston skyline. I always wanted a white wedding, so I kept everything white and had all my bridesmaids wear different colors and styles dresses to keep it interesting. Since it was a small and intimate wedding, for the decor, I wanted to add some personal touches to connect with our guests. We created DIY projects for the ceremony programs, place cards, table numbers, guest favors. The “Out of Town” gift bags, the candy bar and signs at the reception were our own creations, too. My favorite design element of the big day was our white lace wedding cake! With our beloved family and great friends, our wedding was the most incredible experience and undoubtedly the greatest day of our lives.

How Caroline found her dream wedding dress

The dress was truly a dream come true. I always knew that I wanted a dress in A line/ball gown style. When I saw Vera Wang’s Diana dress, it simply took my breath away with its amazing handwork of swirly tulle and the delicate sweet-heart neckline! The dress was so different in an AMAZING way. I knew there and then that it was THE dress.

The way Caroline felt in her wedding dress

Glamorous, chic, stunning.

Why Caroline decided to sell her wedding dress

Everyone loved the dress, especially my husband. As much as I would love to wear it again there is no other occasion. I feel it’s a shame for a dress that beautiful just sitting in the closet, so I hope to have someone wear it again and feel as beautiful as I did!

Caroline’s wedding dress: Vera Wang, Diana

Photography: Akil Bennett Photography