Republished – Original Post: OneFabDay Blog
To round off the week, we have something more than a little bit special for you this morning: our first ever Vow Renewal. And it’s an amazing inspiration for those of you married readers (we know you’re there who might be wishing for a special moment to celebrate your marriage. Since their elopement ten years ago, Megan and Danny have been through a lot together: a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, a cross country move for treatment, a clean bill of health, and the adoption of their daughter. They had always planned to renew their vows, so when the dust settled, they did just that. We’re excited to show you photos from Awake Your Soul Photography from their wonderful garden party vow renewal – it’s gorgeous!
Megan and Danny met when Megan’s staffing firm was hired to find employees for Danny’s company in Chicago…Megan was not overly successful at finding employees but she was excellent at flirting with Danny. Despite her poor professional showing, the flirting was enough to lock down the account, and months later, a husband. Sounds like a win-win!
These custom shirts from Claridge and King are a great idea for the bridal party on the wedding day – they’re classy and also unbutton easily so you won’t mess up your hair and makeup. You can even have the pocket monogrammed, making a sweet pajama top for years to come.
When it came time to plan the vow renewal, Megan knew she wanted a rustic garden party vibe. She chose a pretty lace dress from BHLDN, and the rest of the details started falling into place. Megan’s dress is just exquisite and suits a vow renewal perfectly because it isn’t too dressy but still has a hint of bridal with the cream colour and the lace. It would also suit a bride who’s looking for a dress that’s a little less traditional.
Megan chose Brennan’s restaurant in Houston, Texas, as the venue for the vow renewal because it suited her garden party theme perfectly….Brennan’s outdoor space has a lot of greenery, exposed brick, and is overall very quaint – perfect for a garden party feel.
Because Megan is a writer, the vintage books that adorned the dessert table were especially meaningful.
Megan worked with stylist Alyson Fulcher of Mimosas in the Morning, to put together the garden party. They were able to source bouquets from their local grocery store in Houston, Texas. Can you believe these blooms come from a grocery store? They’re stunning and we love the wild tendrils on the bride’s bouquet.
They even managed to squeeze in a few succulents into the flower arrangements – we love this trend!
Megan’s mini blusher veil was also from BHLDN, and it just suits the occasion perfectly. Her maids wore dresses in soft peach and gold which created a beautiful palette along side Megan and her cream lace dress.
This is a sweet take on the vintage book trend we see frequently in table decor – prop open a book and tuck in a little poesy of flowers. It adds an interesting element and another way to showcase fabulous florals.
The place settings were beyond simple, but just so lovely. Layered white plates, a textured linen napkin, and a sprig of rosemary tied with a piece of ribbon to the silverware. Such a lovely little detail!
Megan and Danny’s tables also included little goblets filled with fresh berries. These added to the garden party feel, but they also make a sweet snack for your guests!
Here’s another fabulous way to set up your place settings – a folded napkin and a sprig of herbs. Simple but so sweet.
The cakes from Silver Cake Studio are just amazing, aren’t they? We love that Megan and Danny let them speak for themselves – the dessert table has a few decorations, but it’s not overcrowded. And of course, lace bunting to tie in perfectly with Megan’s dress!
Danny’s outfit suits the garden party to a tee – a little green in his sweater and pink in his shirt, but not overly fancy.
We think this little girl quickly stole the show! Her little lace romper is beyond adorable.
These frames are such a lovely touch for the signage on the day. You could DIY something similar using charity shop frames, spray painted gold.
Megan has a little advice for those of you who might worry you can’t afford the wedding of your dreams at the moment. If you can’t afford nor do you want to do a big wedding day to start, you always have the option to go all out in years to come with a vow renewal ceremony. So true. If you aren’t able to have the celebration of your dreams today, that doesn’t mean it can never happen. We love that Megan and Danny put together a day to celebrate all they’ve been through in their marriage and have the garden party celebration they’ve always wanted!
Thanks, Megan and Danny for sharing your beautiful love story and your gorgeous vow renewal with us. And thanks to Awake Your Soul Photography for sharing these stunning images.
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