Preston & Elise | Albert Ice House & Dance Hall Wedding | Albert, TX

October 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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I absolutely love the chemistry between these two. They are probably two of the sweetest people I've ever met. The wedding was timed perfect as far as the weather. Rain was coming for us, but held out just long enough to get photos outside and then it poured almost instantly when we got into the reception hall and cooled everything off. The rain made for some magical night photos!

We couldn't have asked for a better day.

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Q : Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A : Our love began at a dancehall, it only made sense to begin our life together at one. We met at a dance in San Angelo and our first date was at London Dancehall where we fell head over boots for each other. The only reason our love has stayed strong is because we continue to dance together. When we discovered Albert Icehouse and dancehall, we instantly knew that was were we wanted to tie the knot.

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Q : Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A : Decorating was exciting in itself. Most of our decorations were antiques and sentimental pieces from family and friends. We utilized doors from my grandfather's ranch house as the entrance to our ceremony. It's unique for the doors came from a cabin where my grandfather lived for several young years of his life. We married outside under two large beautiful oak trees underneath an antique rod iron arch that which my family has used as a tradition to marry under for years. The reception hall was filled with antiques such as old whiskey barrels, an antique quilt my great grandmother had quilted, and vintage doilies from family. We had Mason jars at every table with burlap table runners. The dancehall was stunning!

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Q : What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A : The story behind the flowers is a special one. The original floral arrangements froze in the cooler. Which this disaster was actually a blessing in disguise. Family and friends pulled together and created stunning flower arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnières. The fact that the original arrangements froze is sad but the blessing it brought bringing two families together, was well worth it. We were blessed with baby's breath, white and blush roses, hydrangeas, and beautiful greenery. It couldn't have turned out better if we had asked for it!

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Q : Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A : Preston proposed by carving "Marry Me" into a tree. We cut the tree and had it standing by the entrance of the reception hall. We also took the limbs from that tree and cut them into round pieces that we placed on every table to symbolize Preston and I sharing our love with all friends and family. It was incredibly special for us to share with everyone our love story for it is so special to us.

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Q : Let's talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.

A : Preston and I are a very rustic couple. We have never been the type to be flashy or fancy so we chose to have Preston and his groomsmen wear jeans and boots with a handsome tan jacket to match the wood on the tables in the reception hall. The Wedding Gown was a beautiful off-the-shoulder long sleeve A-line lace dress with vintage appeal. While the exterior was elegant and vintage, I still preferred to wear my boots underneath my dress.

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Q : How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A : The House of FiFi DuBois is the coolest retro lounge in west Texas located in the historic downtown San Angelo. So cool, there is a VIP room that was created out of an vintage airstream. Live music and dancing every weekend. I went with my family to go dancing and Preston went with his friends. Preston asked me to dance....and I said yes.We've been together ever since. He proposed on my family's ranch in Mason County the opening weekend of hunting season. He carved marry me in a tree near our blind but far enough away that I could only see it with binoculars. We sat in the blind and waited for the feeder to go off. As we were sitting, he pointed towards the hill and said he saw something over by a tree. I looked through the binoculars and without seeing a thing, I put the binoculars down. He pointed again for me to look closer saying that he was sure there was something over by a tree. So again, I picked up the binoculars and looked for what I was hoping was a big buck. What I saw, was even better. I could see the words "Marry Me?" carved into a tree. It took me a few seconds to gather my emotions and realize this moment was real. He saw me smile and when I turned to look at him, he was holding the ring. We both laughed and cried after he asked me to marry him in that old hunting blind. Best hunting trip ever.

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Q : What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A : While the day was fun for all involved, there was one moment that was the most special. Standing in front of all our friends and family during our marriage vows was the most exciting moment of our lives. We knew this moment would initiate the beginning of the rest of our lives together. The joy it brought us to have everyone we love gather together to witness this vow, made this moment last forever in our hearts. So happy to have this dance for the rest of my life!

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Q : Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?

A : Our only useful advice to any newly engaged couples or newly wed couples, is to listen. Be quick to listen and slow to respond. For those beginning to plan your wedding day, be open to everyone's input. Your special day is also special to so many others. Keep in mind how to keep your day special for everyone involved, not just the bride and groom.


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