The Collins’

My favorite way to start a weekend?  With a Friday wedding of course!  I was so lucky to have been chosen by Candice and Mike to officiate their lovely evening ceremony.

The setting they had chosen was The Allen House, a charming Victorian home in downtown Austin.  Pretty much everything was held outside though the house was open to guests who needed a break in cooler air (though it wasn’t a hot day, it was warm and the sun was unrelenting during the ceremony).

Candice was surrounded by three bridesmaids all in similar knee-length, chiffon dresses in the same shade of blue.  I am a big fan of this unified but individualized approach to bridesmaids.  Candice looked gorgeous in her simple strapless chiffon sheath with sweetheart neckline.  It may sound clichéd, but she was glowing.

Mike and his men wore grey tuxedo style suits with blue ties to match the ladies’ dresses.  And here is a surprise: one of Mike’s party was a lovely lady!  Instead of having her wear the same dress as the bridal party, she wore one similar but in grey.  I loved it!  I’ve seen mixed parties before but usually the ladies all wear the same style/color – I loved that she was able to stand out a little more as supporting the groom.

The accent color was yellow with bright flowers in the bouquets and boutonnieres.  I loved the happy and upbeat color palette.

The ceremony was short – barely 10 minutes.  Candice and Mike had made it clear to me they were destined to be together…to be married.  We were sure to include that sentiment in the ceremony.  There was one reading of the song Thank You by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Candice and Mike, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Be Carefree,



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