A Classic Wedding at River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics in Houston, Texas

"Classic" only begins to describe this lush garden wedding. Once Monica Coimbra (25 and a photo organizer) and Andrew Seagraves (29 and a research sci

"Classic" only begins to describe this lush garden wedding. Once Monica Coimbra (25 and a photo organizer) and Andrew Seagraves (29 and a research scientist) saw River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics in Houston, Texas, they knew it was the perfect venue for its natural beauty and mesmerizing green arches. Their fall celebration drew on the setting with this jaw-dropping ivy wedding arch covered in roses, gold pear escort card holders, natural rose aisle decor and these lush, low centerpieces from Something Special In Flowers. Monica and Andy’s wedding style also provided the perfect atmosphere for their family-centric affair. “My favorite thing about the garden look is that you can get the polished, refined design but still feel like you’re just hanging out with good friends,” Monica says. With help from Two Be Wed, they made sure this relaxed feeling was enhanced with family-style tables, low centerpieces and an intimate group of 80 guests. This way, everyone could chat, laugh, dance and mingle under the tent. Another detail we couldn't get over was the live entertainment by Monica’s former roommate, Christa Gniadek. “She was the reason Andy and I met,” Monica says. “It felt like our dating went full circle, and Christa was the beginning and end point for that part of our life.” See every heartfelt moment and breathtaking detail shot by Sarah McKenzie Photography, below. 

Monica knew she wanted the bridesmaids to wear gray so the color would flatter them and match the bouquets. After she picked out the exact hue and chiffon material from J.Crew, each of the five women picked out her favorite neckline to go with the dress. Their choice of gold shoes and these knotted Kate Spade bracelets tied everything together.
Lush Rose and Eucalyptus Aisle Decor
Their wedding arch brought the outside in with this incredible arrangement from Something Special in Flowers. Greenery, ivy and amaranthus completely covered the vintage metal frame. These three large arrangements of blush and pink roses, white hydrangeas and curly willow added some color and overflowed from each post as well as as the canopy. An elegant chandelier was the only other visible accent as it hung overhead. “When I walked into the room, I was in complete awe,” Monica says. "The arch made me feel as though I was in the Secret Garden. It was incredibly whimsical and romantic.”
Classic White Erica Koesler Fingertip-Length Veil
Since Monica loves the garden-style, it was no surprise that her bouquet looked like a gorgeous garden within itself. Something Special in Flowers filled the arrangement with blush, ivory and pink roses, pink and white dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, lamb’s ears and Queen Anne’s lace all wrapped in this classic ivory ribbon.
These were no ordinary tuxedos! Andy and his groomsmen switched out the classic black looks for these modern, slate blue Allure tuxedos from Al’s Formal Wear. Each man wore his suit with a white shirt and brown shoes so the only distinction was in the boutonnieres and bow ties. Andy wore a white bow tie, while the rest of them paired their single rose boutonnieres with a blush bow ties.
Pink and White Dahlia Bouquet
Low Rose and Amaranthus Centerpiece
Since their wedding was in October, they wanted to match the garden setting with a few fall touches. Escort cards for their friends and family members were  held in gold pears. As for the nearby favors, nothing says autumn like jam. A gold thank-you card was attached to each one as they took home sweet, different-flavored jars from Kitchen Kettle Village as their gifts.
Choosing family-style tables was a concept from the beginning. Monica and Andy wanted their wedding to be a true family-oriented affair and quickly opted for the elongated seating. “I loved the style of everyone sitting together, celebrating and enjoying a meal,” Monica says. They even kept the centerpieces low, so guests could see and talk and laugh with the people around them.
Gold Table Number With Polka Dots
“My favorite thing about the garden look is that you can get the polished, refined look but still feel like you’re just hanging out with good friends,” Monica says. This sentiment was even carried into their reception seating. Monica and Andy had natural accents added to their reception chairs with these lush arrangements of blush, ivory and pink roses, amaranthus and eucalyptus from Something Special in Flowers. Each one brought in their theme but without being too expensive, so friends and family members had plenty of room to come and say “hi.”
Calligraphy Escort Card on Pear Holder
Classic Wedding Day Makeup
This four-tier confection was covered with different textures, flavors and designs. Cakes by Gina separated the amaretto cake with raspberry filling and covered its four tiers in buttercream frosting. Then fun ruffles, sophisticated ribbed layers of frosting and Swiss dots to match Monica’s dress were all added to the design. A sweet, gold “to the moon and back” topper gave the convection a personal look.
'To the Moon and Back' Gold Cake Topper
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
Monica and Andy love their dog, Ori, so of course he was a part of their wedding. In addition to being at the celebration, he was honored during the ceremony with a reading of “Love Is Like Owning a Dog.” “The reading was perfect for us and hilarious,” Monica says. “It was nice to hear our guests laugh.”