Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Shannon & Jason's Super 8 Wedding Highlights | Houston, Texas

Ni hao, y'all!

That was the greeting du jour at Shannon and Jason's wedding, which celebrated the uniting of two folks with very different heritages- Shannon grew up in Texas, while Jason was born in China. The event took place at the family's ranch outside of Houston, where Shannon spent most of her childhood. It was a very festive, colorful affair, with a Mexican fiesta theme. The night before and morning of the wedding brought sheets and sheets of rain, but things cleared up beautifully in time for photos. We started out with the sweet first look on the old railroad trail, then moved out into the field of yellow flowers for the gorgeous photo session. The guests were then escorted by horse-drawn carriages to the ceremony, which was originally meant to take place next to a river but was moved under a tent by the the rain.

The tent was decorated with hanging paper lanterns and birds, flowers, and cut-paper flags. The couples' siblings served as attendants, officiants, and readers, and Shannon and Jason recited super sweet and funny vows to each other. There was an interlude in the middle of the proceedings when the guests were asked to toss a handful of wildflower seeds out into the grass, to serve as a reminder in the years to come of the special occasion. I loved that because it made everything seem less formal and more communal.

After the ceremony and family photos, everyone headed to the barn for the cocktail hour. A mariachi band serenaded everyone while they enjoyed margaritas and an avocado bar. Then a guest from each table was invited to have a whack at a pinata, and the team whose pinata burst first got to start in on the buffet! How fun is that? So ensued a fajita dinner, wedding cake and tres leches for dessert, and dancing under lighted lanterns. After their "getaway" everyone retired to the big bonfire, where I presume stories were told late into the night.

It really was a wonderful wedding hosted by a wonderfully sweet couple. Check out the highlights Brent and I put together for them to show at their reception in Hong Kong. The entire wedding was filmed in Super 8 and I had so much great stuff to choose from, it was hard to make it less than four minutes long!

Photographer: The Nichols
Coordinator: Aimee Capra, Clink Events
Catering: Pappas
String Quartet: Divisi Strings
Mariachi Band: Mariachi Viajeros
DJ: Groove Labs
Flowers: purchased from Billabong Fresh Flowers; arranged by cousin
Invitations: Hello!Lucky
Hairpiece: flower fascinator made by the bride; veil from Etsy

Shannon said, "I hope this video will be as much a family memento and ranch keepsake as it is a record of the wedding itself. Even the highlights already did an AMAZING job of that - thank you. I've had so many people tell me that they cried watching it. Including people I barely know - so you guys captured some core emotions that universally resonate with everyone..."

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1 comment:

LaDonna said...

sweet sweet video! Loved it!