I am a few days late on this one…and for that I apologize. This past weekend I had the pleasure of coordinating for Catherine and Jake. Catherine and Jake were married at Saint Mary Cathedral and had their reception at Texas Old Town in Kyle – and this is where I come in.
This was my first experience at Texas Old Town. It is a lovely property with three separate halls of varying sizes. Each hall has its own parking lot and signs at the entrance direct you to the correct one for your wedding party. This reception was at Sage Hall which I understand to be the newest on the property.
The inside is a fairly blank slate – floors and walls are all hardwood and well-kept. There is a stage at one end of the hall and a permanent bar and buffet at the other end. Other amenities included a large Groom’s Room downstairs, an even larger Bride’s room upstairs, and a large kitchen with a pass through for easy clean-up (hidden from your guests by a wall behind the buffet). The rafters are hung with tulle and white lights but that is the only decoration.
With this wedding being so close to Valentine’s Day, Catherine and Jake decided to embrace that and had a vintage Valentine theme. The guest tables were all covered in red satin table cloths from Premiere Party Central with white lace overlays made by the groom’s mother. Each table had an assortment of candle holders – some votives, some tea lights, and some with tapers and had either a wide bowl with floating candles or vases which we put the bridesmaids bouquets in (a great way to make your floral budget go a little farther). Other tables, like the cake table, sign in or gift tables were deep purple with gold overlays gathered into swags. There was also a very popular Make Your Own Valentine table and a Candy Buffet!
The bridal party all wore red, floor-length gowns of their own choosing from David’s Bridal with gold wraps and leopard print shoes. Her junior bridesmaids all wore identical deep purple, floor length strapless gowns with leopard print wraps. The bride wore a gorgeous gown with straps with several pick-ups in the skirt. And underneath? Red cowboy boots!
The groom’s party all wore black tuxedos with red with the groom adding a black cowboy hat for the reception.
Catering was provided by Donn’s Barbecue and I must admit I was impressed. This guest list numbered nearly 300 and I was concerned about a one-sided buffet. But all guests were served in about 45 minutes and that deserves some kudos!
The cakes by The Sweet Stuff were beautiful. The bridal cake was a white, 3 tiered cake with vintage Valentine’s printed on edible paper decorating the layers. A little cowboy bride and groom sat on top. The groom’s cake was a masterpiece that made Jake cry…it was a surprise from his bride. The cake was made to look like a giant box of Whitman’s Samplers, complete with the lid propped open to reveal candy inside! Jake’s grandfather always gave his grandkids a box of chocolates and this was a beautiful way for Catherine to have him be a part of the wedding.
Everyone danced and had a great time – we practically had to force people to leave at the end! After a quick change into a different tux for Jake and a cute black and cream dress for Catherine, the happy couple exited while their guests cheered them on while blowing bubbles.
Catherine and Jake – I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.