Modern Interfaith Destination Wedding from Mercedes Morgan Photography

The Modern Interfaith Wedding Details

Alanna and Noah chose to do a very simple wedding with nods to both her Buddhist as well as Noah’s Jewish backgrounds. They opted out of a wedding party and instead focused on having a day to celebrate their union as well as all of their closest friends and family. The paper parasols that hung near the chuppah in the oak trees above the bride and groom were directly from Thailand, where Alanna and her family are from.

Alanna and Noah both took the time to make little succulent planters to adorn the ceremony aisle as well as the table to welcome guests. They also collected the vintage picture frames, fabrics and vessels for the lovely flowers.

From Alanna and Noah:

Noah and I met at work in the lunchroom. It was a chance meeting, since our company is fairly large and we didn’t work together. It started out as a friendship and it grew into something more. Sparks flew and rules were broken. We kept our relationship a secret for two years, and have been inseparable since.

After dating for three years, Noah proposed with a beautiful diamond ring. He called me on a Tuesday afternoon, and instructed me to come home immediately. He said that there was something very important that he needed to talk to me about. By the tone in his voice, I knew something serious was going on and rushed home after my client meeting. When I arrived home, the house was lit with candles and there were flowers everywhere. He spent the entire morning arranging flowers and candles for his proposal. He proposed right when I walked through the door. It was very romantic.

We decided that we wanted to do a destination wedding and make it a vacation for everyone. We live in Houston, Texas and fell in love with Fredericksburg, Texas and the Texas Wine Country. Our families live out of state, and the Texas Wine Country is the perfect location to show Texas at its very finest.

We stayed at the Hoffman Haus on a previous trip to Fredericksburg, and when it came time to selecting a location, I knew that this small B & B would be the perfect location for our small intimate wedding. We loved the serene atmosphere of the garden; the old trees, lush greeneries and wood work backdrop was the perfect setting for our ceremony. The Great Hall is an old tobacco barn, and had perfect qualities for our reception space; the rustic wood work, warm lighting and antique feel provided the romantic feel that I wanted our wedding to be about.

My one splurge was my wedding dress. I bought the dress after trying it once in a bridal salon in Boston. The dress is Amsale Summer- it has hints of romance and glamour, which was the look that I was going for. I wore a mid-length veil and glittery sandals to pull the look together (I didn’t want to be bothered by heels on my big day!). I wore no jewelry because I wanted the dress to shine by itself.

The color palette of our wedding was rose pink, silver, hints of sage green and rustic wood colors. Our wedding style was rustic meets romance. I wanted the wedding to look timeless and unique, as well as highlight the reasons why we fell in love with the Hoffman Haus, antique look of the venue.

Noah made the chuppah from tree limbs from our backyard, and we covered the top of the chuppah with Thai Silk that my mother brought back from Thailand. He spent hours constructing it to make sure it would stay up for our ceremony.

In the ceremony space, we hung hand painted paper umbrellas upside down from Thailand on tree limbs. It was important for me to have elements of Thailand in my wedding. We also lined the aisle way with wood from our yard and mason jar flower arrangements to compliment the intimate garden look.

I am a DIY bride. The flowers were ordered by me and arranged by my wedding coordinator. I used roses, hydrangeas and carnations—these flowers were budget friendly and had antique qualities. I used mason jars and large vases for the arrangements. I also used succulents throughout the reception space. I collected wine bottles from friends and family, and cut the tops off for the succulent arrangements.

For the centerpieces, I liked the layered look, so I collected old wood frames and lined them with chevron pink patterned fabric. I placed the succulents, mason jar flower arrangements and candles in different patterns on each table. I also used small old frames for table numbers.

Our cocktail hour was held outside in the courtyard in front of the Great Hall. We had our favorite food truck from Austin, Chil’antro, serve Korean beef and chicken tacos, kim chi fries and fried kim chi balls right from the food truck. We had an outdoor bar with a two piece band playing and corn hole games available to everyone.

It was important that our guests left our wedding full and jolly, so we had a sit down dinner with braised beef short ribs, almond crusted halibut complimented by my favorite cake, berry Chantilly. After dinner was over, the party started—we had a DJ spinning dance music with strobe lights and a fog machine.

We wanted to make sure that everyone had a great time at our wedding. We made sure that everyone went away with good memories of our special day. We told the DJ to pump up the music and turn on the strobe lights and fog machine to change the atmosphere from wedding to party.

We personalized almost all the decor in the wedding. It was a labor of love.”

Mazel Tov Alanna & Noah

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Vendor Resources:  Photographer:  Mercedes Morgan Photography//Musicians: Gypsy Moon//Caterer: Delicious Details Catering, LLC//Food Truck:  Chi’Lantro BBQ//Event Venue: Hoffman Haus//Equipment Rentals: Whim Rentals//

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