Brittni and John-Mark say ‘I do’!

Always such a joy to perform the wedding for any of my friend’s kids! This was special because Brittni’s mom and I have been prayer partners for over 7 years! I so love Brittni, and have prayed for Brittni along with all our kids, and her wedding was proof that God hears a mothers prayers and God loves our kids!

The wedding was at Brittni’s mother and dad’s home in my neighborhood. I had the pleasure of meeting John-Mark a few months before the wedding because the couple lives out of state. I really love this young man. What a leader he is and what a strong but quiet presence he is in Brittni’s life. Together with her sweet and nurturing spirit they will become such role models for marriage, and parenthood when that season comes along.

I have full confidence that these two are so well suited for married life and all God has for them, I along with their families will be on tip toes to see what great things God has in store for Brittni and John-Mark.

Enjoy these wedding photos from this beautiful couple on their beautiful wedding day!

I look very serious don't I? I do! I do!

Signing on the dotted line. Signing the certificate!

Bless You,

Chaplain Tara

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Yvanna and Chase have their Dream Wedding!

Early in April I had the joy of uniting a sweet friend of mines son Chase, and his beautiful fiancé Yvanna. This couple is so mature, smart and in love that they made excellent students! Chase and Yvanna chose to enroll in the Prepare-Enrich Pre-Marital course that I am a certified facilitator for.

I am always so happy to see couples do this because it gives them so many ‘tools’ to put in their tool belt that can carry them through the years.

Yvanna is already so beautiful and in that wedding dress, wow is all I can say! Chase is such a unique combination of smarts and relationships. He has forged some of the best guy friendships which was reflected in his groomsmen, even down to them each saying something to Chase as they walked by him to the altar. Chase and Yvanna have all odds FOR them as they head into married life.

I have full confidence they will see each other grow old and have the future children and grandchildren as proof of the fruitful life God will give them as they participate with Him in this beautiful, crazy dance we call marriage.

Enjoy this beautiful couple with a few wedding pictures.

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Bless You,

Chaplain Tara

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Home Wedding for Kathleen and Michael!

This was such a blessing to me to be able to be trusted with this couples special day. They are both about 50 and it was a lovely and elegant home wedding. Kathleen looked beautiful in her navy blue dress with the perfect touch of a beautiful pearl drop necklace. They had a few family members present and then were headed off to have lunch at Perry’s Steakhouse.

I loved hearing their story, love has no time limits whether you are in your 20’s or 50’s or beyond! Congratulations to Kathleen and Michael on the brand new family God created at the altar today. Here’s a little photo of the bride and groom.

Kathleen and Michael

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Laurel and Brian Tie the Knot!

In all my family summer activities I have gotten a little behind on my blog posts! This was really one of my favorite couples because I got to know them so well during their pre-marital Prepare-Enrich sessions. Brian is steady and quiet and Laurel is outgoing and friendly!

I think they are a perfect compliment to each other and they will do well in married life!

I still keep in touch as they have begun this new season of their lives and I am sure glad she emails me with updates on her job and their new home!

Enjoy a few pictures of this adorable couple….

Almost go time! An important Date! Engagement Photo

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Amber and Andrew’s Tuscany Villa Wedding

Several weeks ago I performed the wedding for Amber and Andrew in Katy at Tuscany Villa. I have never done a wedding in Katy or at Tuscany Villa! It was a lovely venue and such a fun wedding.

This wedding party was so organized and had so many cute touches. They read their own vows, which were filled with humorous and sweet words. A little laughter during the ceremony is actually a good thing, it can bring a sigh of relief to a case of nerves that is common for the wedding day!

I visited them several months ago at school in Huntsville as they are both students. Their house will be filled with fun and lots of laughter which can carry married life through many challenges!

Enjoy a few photos from their wedding day!

wed2 wedThe bride watching the flower girls get their picture taken!I told you they were organized!!

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Stephanie and Jared’s Resort Wedding

I had the joy of joining in marriage Stephanie and Jared a few weeks ago. Not only was this couple absolutely darling, but I fell in love with their families and friends as well! Such a fun sweet couple and group!

The ceremony and reception were at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center. It was amazing. The brides dress was enough to knock not only the groom’s socks off, but everyone else’s as well!

I loved the special touches this bride had, like the cute fans for everyone to take outside for the ceremony to keep cool by. The bridal party and the parents all listed by name on the fan! What a great idea! Jared has a law practice in a nearby city, while Stephanie travels to train folks for a software company.  This couple has many resources of their own, and many to pull from with such a great and supportive family and many friends cheering them on all the way! Enjoy a few photo’s from their special day.

Bless you,

Tara

 

Stephanie and JaredLook at the detail on her dress...Great idea!The 'I do's'!Off they go!

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A Firefighter Wedding!!

Well those of you who know me know what a special place in my heart I have for firefighters.  Last month I had the joy of officiating for one of the young men I knew from my days as a First Responder Chaplain at the Fire Department. I knew David when he was still in High School! He was always a nice kid, but to see him now as a young man with the most adorable bride was such a big deal to me!

Erin has the heart of a mommy and David is a devoted civil servant who loves what he does. I loved working with this couple and am excited knowing I can always stay in touch because of the history I have with him and the fire department. Good things are coming to this sweet couple! Enjoy some of their wedding day photos.

David and his groomsmen.

David and his groomsmen.

I have more and more couples using the Unity Cross during the ceremony, and I have to say I love it!

I have more and more couples using the Unity Cross during the ceremony, and I have to say I love it!

Grooms cake, Firefighter Cake of course!

Groom’s cake, Firefighter Cake of course!

Bride's cake.

Bride’s cake.

Almost husband and wife!

Almost husband and wife!

A cowboy always removes his hat to kiss his bride!

A cowboy always removes his hat to kiss his bride!

Man and wife!

Man and wife!

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Kelly and Josh at the Altar!

This is really such a cute couple and both have such fun families! Kelly reminds me of Ali Wentworth! The actress/comedian who is married to George Stephanopoulos!! It was so surreal, I told her mother every time I talk to Kelly I feel like I am talking to Ali!

Kelly and Josh are honestly two of the sweetest people I have ever met. They both describe each other as honest and I think that says a lot about the foundation they begin their new life with. I have the highest confidence that this sweet couple will make it over the long haul. Here are a few peeks at their wedding day.

Moffitt Oaks is always beautiful, in the ballroom or barn, it is first class!

Moffitt Oaks is always beautiful, in the ballroom or barn, it is first class!

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Everyone had to wait in one room before we walked to the altar. Here you can see they made the groom face the wall so he couldn’t see his bride!

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Everyone was waiting trying to stay calm before we made our way to the altar.

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Hiding out after the ceremony until the ballroom cleared to take some family pictures…Kiss, kiss!

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Surrounded by family…. Families are a great resource as you navigate the different seasons of marriage. Josh and Kelly have some great ones!

Blessing

Beautiful Moffitt Oaks

Mr and Mrs

Off they go!

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Lauren and David meet me at the altar!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of performing the wedding of the cutest couple, Lauren and David. They were so adorable from the time they sat down with me at my kitchen table all the way through to the wedding day.

I smile when I think they ‘giggled’ all the way through the ceremony! I told Lauren laughter will carry you into a long life and marriage. I can see that David adores this woman and she shines with inner confidence under his love and care.

I have no doubt that this new family will grow and flourish in the years ahead. Here are a few of my photos…Mine pale in comparison to the photographers (Photography by Niki) photos, hopefully I can purchase and add when they are ready!

Enjoy their day with them!

Bless you,

Chaplain Tara

Lauren and David

Lauren and David

Can you see her? She looked glorious in her gown!

Can you see her? She looked glorious in her gown!

David and his grandmother who raised him. <3

David and his grandmother who raised him. <3[/caption][caption id="attachment_232" align="alignnone" width="225"]My friend Kristin from Treasured Spaces, the event coordinator, was everywhere working so hard to make their fairy tale day perfect! My friend Kristin from Treasured Spaces, the event coordinator, was everywhere working so hard to make their fairy tale day perfect!

Some of David's groomsmen...they were a fun group!

Some of David’s groomsmen…they were a fun group!

Kristen stopped long enough for me to snap our photo, this was our first (of many we hope) wedding to do together!

Kristen stopped long enough for me to snap our photo, this was our first (of many we hope) wedding to do together!

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Florists and Flowers by Brittni Walker

I am so happy to introduce you to Brittni Walker, lead Floral Designer at Iona’s Flower Market in beautiful Rosemary Beach, Florida. Brittni has created some of the most stunning florals not only at Iona’s but also when she was with Hubble and Hudson in The Woodlands, Tx. I think she gives such excellent advice for Brides when looking for a florist and thinking about what flowers you should consider for your wedding day. Please enjoy Britnni’s expert advice and feel free to contact her even if you don’t live in Rosemary Beach!

Blessings,
Chaplain Tara

Florist and Flowers

by Brittni Walker
http://www.ionasflowers.com

Being a Florist has been such a blessing to me. I get to meet so many people from all walks of life. I not only get to exercise my creativity, I also get to bring joy to the ones who are going through a hard time or going through a time of excitement. Flowers represent happiness and providing that happiness on somones wedding day is the best feeling a Florist can experience. At least that is how I feel about it. My name is Brittni Walker and I am the Manager and Lead Floral Designer for Iona’s Flower Market in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Rosemary and the towns surrounding provide the right ambiance for the perfect beach destination wedding and you don’t even have to leave the country.

Having a shop in one of the top wedding spots, I have had a lot of experience when it comes to “ The Wedding Flower Shenanigans” and what you need to know as a Bride to make the right decision on finding the right florist for you and your wedding. I will also provide information you would need to help the process and make it a little less complicated.

1) Research:
Take your time and find the right florist for you! Do some research on their location and what kind of work they do. When you have chosen, get to know them a little bit. The more we get to know you the easier it is for us to help out when it comes to the right flower decision. Also, it brings trust to you and lets you know that your florist is committed.

2) Location, location, location:
Try to pick a florist who is close to your venue. The benefit from picking someone close is, though not intended, if anything were to go wrong or you need back-up they can be right there to fix whatever floral issue you may have.

3) Choosing your perfect flowers:
A lot of brides have their flowers picked out way before they are even engaged. Dreaming that you will have those beautiful, luscious, pink peonies in December might not happen since their peek season is in spring. Keep in mind that all flowers are seasonal. Always do your research on which flower correlates with what season. If you aren’t sure always feel free to call or email your florist with any questions you have.

4) Pictures, pictures and more pictures!
Provide as many pictures, ideas, Pinterest boards, etc. of what you have in mind for your big day. Know that you can never provide too much of that kind of stuff. It helps us see the same vision you have. Also, it helps us get to know you a little better and what your expectations are.

5) Budget.
It’s always the elephant in the room when a bride comes in for a consultation. Know that there is no way around it, it has to come out sometime and rather sooner than later. Florists understand and deal with budgets on a daily basis. You do not need to be afraid or embarrassed when providing a price point. It is very important to let your florist know your budget so they know what they can work with. We are here for you and to make your wedding day magnificent with any budget. Also, be prepared if there is a payment plan in action. All different florists vary when it comes to deposits. Just plan to be ready and aware.

6) The wedding party:
It is very easy to accidently leave someone out (un-intentionally, of course), especially if your wedding party is a big one. Before you meet with your florist write down a list of everyone in the party and their roles in your wedding. This will be vital information during your consultation and also makes make the price quote process run smoother for your florist.

7) Candelabras, Unity Candles, Etc.
If you would like flowers for any of these items, please let us know. These are the most forgotten when it comes to wedding flowers. Just make a note of it.

8) The Wedding and Reception:
Letting your florist know the following during your consultation saves a lot of time and emails.
• The time, date and location of the wedding and reception.
• How many People there are in your wedding party
• How many people attending your reception
• How many tables and if there are any extra tables such as sign in table, food table, picture table, etc. at your reception

9) The questionnaire:
Most Florists have a questionnaire for all of their brides to fill out that will pretty much cover everything I just told you. Just be prepared to have the knowledge of everything that we covered and it won’t be as intimidating as it looks. We do understand that some of you are just coming in to get an idea and you don’t have location, colors, or bridesmaids pick out yet. That is okay, no worries. Just fill out as much information that you can provide.

10) Communication:
I cannot stress enough on how important communication is between the bride and her florist. Please do not hesitate or be afraid to ask questions. Tell your florist if you don’t like something, or even if you want to change your mind (in a timely manner of course). Once you have signed that contract, the flowers are ordered and that down payment is made you are locked in on what flowers you chose, so please be vocal. Remember, we are here for you and want to make your day the day that you dreamt of!

I hope these little pointers help you out when the time comes for you to choose your florist and flowers for your wedding. I know weddings can be stressful but with the right florist and the proper communication. I believe that it can be pulled off without a hitch. Congratulations!

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