A Vintage Holiday Wedding at The Carrington in Buda, Texas

For their late-December wedding in Buda, Texas, Morgan Parker (23 and a sociologist/photographer) and Stanley Petit-Homme (23 and a US Air Force airman first class) combined '40s elegance with traditional festive touches to pull off a celebration that exuded romance and holiday cheer. The couple had originally planned to wed in their home state of Florida, but Stanley was stationed in San Angelo, Texas, not long after joining the Air Force. They planned their wedding around Stanley's Christmas leave, inviting their families and friends to celebrate in Buda, Texas, only 15 minutes from downtown Austin. The change in plans worked in their favor, bringing Morgan and Stanley to The Carrington. Built in 1908, the venue (a former pharmacy and antiques shop) checked off all the necessary boxes (and then some) with its lush English garden, historic architecture and innate Old-world charm. The intimate affair unfolded with a ceremony on the lawn, where Morgan and Stanley exchanged vows surrounded by their closest family members and friends. The pair incorporated hand-washing and unity-candle ceremonies into the proceedings, as well as a memorial bench that honored their grandfathers. Ivory pillar candles and a tiered chandelier cast a warm glow over the scene, illuminating the duo as they shared heartfelt “I dos.” Postceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed indoors for the cocktail hour and reception. Guests were greeted with glasses of warm cider, eggnog, Island-spice rum and signature cocktails like the Poinsettia Fizz, garnished with two cranberries and a mint leaf. To bring their vintage holiday vision to life, Morgan and Stanley looked to details like golden cutlery, vintage gold-rimmed stemware and a palette of gold, cranberry, blush and ivory. Handcrafted wreaths and a petite Christmas tree infused the dining room with seasonal flair, while bundles of white gypsophila and Italian ruscus designed by Morgan’s grandmother brought an air of freshness to the tabletops. After dinner, Morgan, Stanley and their guests hit the dance floor, where DJ Chad Chase spun a mix of jazz standards, Haitian compas and 1970s funk and R&B that kept everyone grooving. “Dancing was punctuated by line dancing, a 'Soul Train' line and a conga line, in which everyone in the room ages 6 months to 90 years participated,” Morgan says. “One of the most special moments was captured when my godfather Yelberton Watkins took the floor with Stanley’s eldest relative, Great Aunt Altide Alerte.” A tip from Morgan: “Make sure to surround yourself with people who love you and are willing to do anything for you; that was the only way my best day ever came together without a hitch. Stay true to yourself and your vision; make sure to have a list of your top-five non-negotiables.” —Libby MacCarthy