A Romantic, Country Club Wedding at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas

After working together as camp counselors after their freshman year of college, Ellie Spears (24 and works in commercial real estate) and Kevin Walker (24 and works in advertising) became friends, and eventually their relationship blossomed into a romantic one. Kevin later took her on a day trip to the small town of Gruene, Texas, where he proposed. Later that summer, Ellie and Kevin said "I do" at Smith Family Chapel, which featured a white limestone interior that required little decoration, apart from large stone urns with ivory florals and greenery. There were also arrangements on the pews. They took Communion as a couple as a string quartet played in the background. Ellie wore a lace dress with a trumpet-style shape with satin pumps and a cathedral-length veil. She carried a bouquet of white peonies, ranunculus and freesias with a piece of lace from her mother’s gown. Ellie's bridesmaids wore blush chiffon dresses in styles of their own choosing, while her attendants wore short navy dresses. The groom, groomsmen and ushers wore black tuxedos with suspenders. Kevin stood out with a white bow tie. After the ceremony guests moved to Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas, where Ellie’s family had been members for many years. “I had special memories there as a child, and I had always dreamed about having my wedding there,” the bride says. Plush seating areas were set up around the ballroom, and flower arrangements were set all around. Guests dined on chicken biscuits and gluten-free cake for the bride. Kevin also had his own chocolate cake inspired by his love of fly-fishing. Ellie and Kevin danced their first song to "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli, a crowd-pleaser. “We had the best time dancing! By the end of the song, all the guests were singing along with the band.” Another touch was having an artist paint their first dance live, which gave them an extra reminder of the special day. The pair left to sparklers and were driven away in a classic car. Ellie and Kevin encourage other couples to think about their marriage more than wedding day details: “It is the best day of your lives, and it is so important to enjoy it, but it is also just one day. Focus on developing your marriage instead of stressing about the table linens being the wrong shade of beige.” —Caroline Eubanks