An Elegant Garden Getaway at a Private Residence in Houston, Texas

Ashley Taraborelli (26, culinary scientist) and Carlos “Freddy” Diaz (29, chef) met in Texas, but their love took them on a multitude of adventures ac

Ashley Taraborelli (26, culinary scientist) and Carlos “Freddy” Diaz (29, chef) met in Texas, but their love took them on a multitude of adventures across the United States before returning home to the Lone Star State. Freddy proposed in the couple’s Texas backyard garden, so it seemed fitting for the couple’s intimate, elegant wedding to take place in the backyard garden at Ashley’s parents’ home in Houston. The backyard transformed into a beautiful garden party with white linen tents and bursts of pastel flowers to set the stage for a romantic spring day. Ashley and Freddy’s first initials, crafted from pink flowers and resting on a bed of moss, floated around the pool with islands of candles and flowers. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed in formal attire to match the modern, sophisticated atmosphere. Peonies, Ashley’s favorite flowers, were in season and played a major role in all the floral arrangements and bouquets. The reception tents were draped in dramatic white chiffon with crystal chandeliers handing from the ceiling and featured refined tablescapes of pink, green and white flowers alongside mercury glass candleholders. Ashley and Freddy’s romantic garden party embraced the colors of spring and the beautiful outdoors to create a romantic and intimate backyard wedding where guests enjoyed classic hospitality and danced the night away.

Ashley and Freddy wanted their backyard garden getaway ceremony and reception to have a romantic, modern feel while keeping with traditional spring elements. They chose a classic pastel color palette of pink, green and white.
Pastel Tablescape for Backyard Garden Reception
By keeping the the color palette light with soft and fluffy floral textures, the design team created a whimsical, but that "grand" feeling in the reception tents.
Tulle Wrap on Reception Chair with Florals
Elegant Spring Garden Party Reception Tent
Pastel Rose and Peony Floral Arrangement
Light Sage Green Framed Table Numers
Ivory and Pink Spring Floral Decor
Cocktail hour immediately followed the ceremony and was set around the home’s private pool. Ashley and Freddy each created a cocktail inspired by their favorite drinks.
Poolside Cocktail Hour with Floating Decor
Spring Garden Party Getaway Bridal Processional
The bridesmaids wore strapless, floor-length chiffon silk gowns in a light sage green, with a single pearl necklace from Ashley as a token of appreciation.
Ashley and Freddy exchanged their vows under a lush arbor of ivory roses, snapdragons and greenery. Their ceremony took place in Ashley's parents' backyard.
Ceremony Vows in Backyard Garden Party
Vow Exchange at Garden Party Ceremony
As Ashley’s favorite flowers, peonies played a big role in all the floral arrangements and bouquets. Other flowers included roses, hydrangeas, snapdragons and dusty miller.
Pink Rose and Ivory Peony Bridesmaid Bouquet
The couple’s wedding cake featured three square ivory tiers framed in light sage green lace with a trio of bright pink peonies in the center.
Whimsical Popcorn-Themed Groom's Cake
Classic, Formal Garden Party Tent Reception
To carry the romantic feel through to the reception, the party tents were draped in white chiffon with crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The tablescapes featured the chosen flowers with champagne table linens and mercury glass candleholders to accent the pastel colors.
After dinner, the guests were led into the adjoining dancing tent where a 14-piece band was waiting to get everyone in the party mood. Ashley and Freddy chose "Moon River" by Henri Mancini as their first dance song.
Sparkler Recessional from Formal Backyard Reception