Stormi & Joseph’s Festive and Cozy New Year’s Day Wedding
Welcome to another week of funky wedding inspiration everyone! Let’s rewind back a few months to New Year’s Day when adorable couple Stormi and Joseph tied the knot with a cozy ceremony in a charming little chapel-on-a-hill. Red accents and retro styled elements let them put a stamp on their event and they only had the closest of family with them, which resulted in a relaxed and memorable celebration filled with personal, meaningful touches.
We have Andy Sams Photography to thank for the beautiful photos and here he is with a backgrounder on the event:
I was lucky enough to be a part of a few very intimate weddings at the beginning of this year and I’m thrilled to share Stormi and Joseph’s New Years’ Day wedding with you. Stormi has such a fantastically retro look about her that I loved being more up close and personal to capture her details, as I didn’t have the task of photographing of a large wedding party. Jospeh is definitely the more quiet, stoic of the pair, but seeing him open up throughout the day was so special. He has so much love for Stormi and their families have so much love for them both.
The ceremony took place out at Chapel Dulcinea, one of my favorite venues to photograph. I love the vast and peaceful scenery and especially the bell tower in the chapel. This bundle-of-fun bunch headed out to Olive & June for dinner and toasts. Olive & June couldn’t have been more perfect because it matched the bride’s aesthetic exactly and it really set the mood for a sweet evening celebrating Stormi and Joseph.
How cute are these two? I just love their sweet vintage style… and short-haired brides-to-be, if you’re thinking of growing your hair for the wedding just because “it’s the norm”, maybe Stormi’s pretty short ‘do can serve as your inspiration to keep it short! 🙂
From here on I will let the lovely bride tell you more about her and Joseph’s love story + their wedding:
We live in Corpus Christi, TX. We met at work and became good friends and eventually turned into more. We were dating for a little over 2 years when he proposed. Joseph is a quite man, the kind that only says something if it’s really important. And I’m the chatterbox who could have a conversation with a brick wall just because it’s there. Ha! But it works for us. He mellows me out and I open him up to new things. We are genuinely happy and madly in love.
Our wedding was immediate family only. 12 people total including bride and groom. We opted for a small, intimate wedding because we are very private, intimate people. We’ve been to several large weddings with 200+ guests and a ridiculous budget and it always seemed like the bride and groom were more worried about impressing their guests instead of committing to each other. We wanted our day to be a true joining of two families. We even worked a commitment statement into our ceremony where our whole family stood up and committed to our marriage. It was so much more meaningful then being surrounded by people that we would never even remember being there in the first place.
All of our attire was very vintage, with tons of class. We wanted everyone to be comfortable in what they wore so there were no guidelines to follow. With it being New Years Day everyone chose festive attire and it all tied together nicely. One theme we did incorporate was fur for the ladies. The bride, maid of honor, mother of the bride and mother of the groom all wore fur. Very vintage 🙂
If you’re having an intimate wedding too, do read these parting words of advice from the couple:
We had several friends and family members who were upset or offended that they weren’t a part of the day. Eventually we had to just say, “Look, this is what we want, it’s our day, so just be happy for us and wish us well in our new adventure together or keep it to yourself.” So my advice would be to always remember to make yourself happy on your wedding day, not other people. When we sat down to dinner surrounded by the most important people in our lives we had absolutely no regrets about the decision to go intimate. We couldn’t imagine walking around a crowd of people having to entertain them and greet them. It’s just not the same, you lose focus on each other, which is the last thing we wanted to do!
Thank you Andy for sending this sweet, cozy holiday wedding my way and congratulations Stormi and Joseph! Thanks for giving us a little peek into your beautiful, intimate wedding! 🙂
Photographer: Andy Sams Photography
Event Venue: Chapel Dulcinea, The Wizard Academy in Austin, TX
Reception Venue: Olive & June
Floral Designer: HEB Blooms
Bride’s Dress: Piperlime, from BellaBridal in Lubbock, TX
Bride’s brooch bouquet: put together by Box of Rain in Lubbock, TX
Bride’s pearls: belonged to her great grandmother and were from Ward’s
Bride’s shoes: Joan & David
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Jos. A Bank, Macy’s
Music: Terra Vista Strings (cello)
Image submission via Two Bright Lights