Real Weddings: Randi and Jon’s Intimate Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor wedding in Texas. Photo by Treva Tribit

Randi, 26 and Jon, 27

McKinney, Texas

Wedding Date: June 7, 2008

Number of Guests: 75

Wedding Cost: $7,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Katie’s Garden at the historical Heard Craig home

Wedding Reception Location: Heard Craig Hall

Outdoor bride closeup in Texas. Photo by Treva Tribit Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We were on a budget but also wanted to have a ceremony and reception where we had time to mingle with everyone and just relax and enjoy the day!

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

A lot of wholesale things  are cheaper when they come in way-too- large quantities. Deciding on the guest list was another challenge.

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

A little. You don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but you have to be realistic about what you can afford and the maximum number of guests you really want there. We tried to choose the people that are important to us, not just acquaintances or coworkers that we hardly know, but people that have a meaning in our lives.

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Not really I think everybody was pretty understanding. We did our best to be tactful and explain our decision.

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Our officiant was really funny. It was a really hot day and the ceremony was at six in the evening outside in the Texas humidity, so needless to say my groom (in a tux) was sweating just a little! During the ceremony he had us look at each other’s hands and he talked about the things that our loving hands would provide for one another and one of the things he said while Jon was looking at my hands was that my hands would wipe the sweat from his brow (so I did) everyone laughed and I’ll never forget it!

What were the highlights of the reception?

Jon sang, he is a really good singer but never sings in public he’s too shy. We had been dating for 9 ½ years before we got married and I always told him he had to sing to me at our wedding. (I always thought that was what took him so long to propose! lol) He sang our song to me during our first dance then we had karaoke set up and he sang on a microphone in front of everyone! I was so proud of him! The cake cutting was fun also. We went for the smashing in the face approach. I had cake up my nose probably even in my eyes. It was so funny and very yummy too!

Bride and bridesmaids. An intimate Texas wedding. Photo by Treva Tribit What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

I think everything was more personal and not so chaotic. You could hear all the people at your table talking because the noise level wasn’t outrageous and we saved a lot of money.

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Just make sure that it is feasible for you. Look at how big your families are and how many people you consider “have to invite guests”. Make sure you make it personal and special. You only get to do this once {hopefully}so make it memorable!


Officiant: Chaplin Ricky Hargrave, he did a wonderful job he was funny but not over the top he added in some humor but kept it very emotional and personal!

Venue: Heard Craig . The garden is beautiful, tones of colors a gazebo a gorgeous historical home behind you and a carriage house to get ready in it was perfect and the hall was awesome it has a beautiful stained glass skylight that just happened to be blue and yellow which were the colors of our wedding. It has a stage for dancing, a kitchen for catering, and plenty of room for guests. I was shocked when I found out it was so reasonably priced

Photography: Treva Tribit Photography . WOW! We started with an engagement session in the spring, it was freezing and windy outside but if you look at our pictures you would think it was 80 and sunny! They were fantastic she captured the emotion in the picture, the sparkle in our eyes and the love in our kiss! Not to mention we had a blast during the session. Then came the wedding and again it was perfect, Treva and her husband Bob captured every moment and some how stayed out of the way and out of each others pictures. They got every memorable moment from getting dressed to driving away as husband and wife. I’m so happy we will have those memories forever!! They have wedding packages for any style of wedding big or small!

Flowers: Edwards Floral Design , Fifty Flowers . Fifty Flowers has the most beautiful blue roses and I had to have them. I was a little unsure about making my own bouquet but was going to try. We decided to use Edwards Floral in McKinney for the boutonnières and corsages, the staff there was great, they even let me bring in my blue roses and they put together my gorges blue and yellow bouquet!

Cake: The Cake Stand . Oh my gosh the cake’s there are delicious and beautiful. It was so hard to decide what flavors of cake and filling and how many layers and what design but the staff there is great! The tasting was one on one so we could ask all of our questions and taste the cakes and fillings. The cake was delivered on time, was more beautiful than I had imagined and was delicious (and easy to clean out of my nose, lol)

An small outdoor wedding ceremony. Photo courtesy of Treva Tribit. Hair: T & T Designs (972) 542-7342, they did a great job even on my 4 year old daughter’s very fine hair (she looked like a princess). Traylyn is an artist she has a vision and will work until she gets it perfect!

Dress: David’s Bridal.   You get a great little coupon book when you buy you wedding gown there that has discounts on the bridesmaid dresses, shoes and all kinds of other things!

Photos: Treva Tribit Photography

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  1. Posted by Treva on January 30th, 2009 at 5:46pm

    You did a fantastic job with the feature-thank you for considering ALL brides and their needs!
  2. Posted by Mary on March 22nd, 2010 at 3:44pm

    Beautiful photos of what was obviously a beautiful wedding. I don't think any couples should feel obliged to have a big wedding if you don't want/can't afford it. The wedding is about you getting married, that's what really matters.
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