Madison and Michael wanted a venue that honored the legacy of her beloved grandmother, who grew to admire French fashion while attending a French school as a young girl. The hand-painted wallpaper imported from France and unique French styled architecture of the Kingwood Center Garden exuded a certain je ne sais quoi that magnificently transported guests to a breathtaking countryside chateau, and brought back cherished memories of Madison’s grandmother.
Their timeless celebration was filled with simple yet significant details that spoke true to the beautiful people that Madison and Michael are, and paid tribute to the heritage and traditions that have been lovingly passed down to them by those who matter most.
From the start of their wedding day, the warmth of loved ones, and the love they carefully cultivated for one another throughout their ten-year story surrounded Madison and Michael. Michael surprised this bride with a bouquet pendant enclosed with a photo of her grandmother that read “so that she can be with us on our special day”, a gesture that was felt deep in the hearts of everyone primping together with Madison for the big day ahead. Madison too presented a gift from the heart with a journal filled of poured over thoughts and prayers for Michael from the past five years.
Madison and Michael’s ceremony was a beautiful representation of their love for each other, and their even deeper love for Christ. They invited three pastors to conduct their ceremony, all of which celebrated a unique season with the couple. Following the ceremony, Madison and Michael shared several moments alone together under a large established tree, moments that seemed to stand still in time for the newly married couple.
The reception was equally as meaningful and wonderfully fun! The family style seating arrangement brought everyone together in an authentically hospitable manner. Guests danced the night away with carefree spirits to music played by near-and-dear friends, and they sent Madison and Michael off in to marital bliss at the end of the evening.
Virginia Grace Social is absolutely head-over-heals for Madison and Michael and their wedding for many reasons. The caring couple thanked their guests with adoring welcome baskets complete with dedicate goodies made locally, including a bottle of red wine from Eldchrist Winery. Madison celebrated her Egyptian heritage by sharing sugarcoated almonds, a tradition that represents life and symbolizes hope that newlyweds will experience more sweet in their life than bitter. She carefully wrapped the almonds in hand painted treat bags adorned with her new monogram, a labor of love from her heart to those Madison and Michael care for most.
Madison and Michael cultivated an extraordinary wedding celebration true to the soul of VGS. They exuded warm hospitality to their guests, incorporated age-old traditions that celebrated the heritage and legacy of many people they love dearly, and above all, they stayed focused on their love for each other, cultivating the beginning of a fine marriage. Cheers!
Photography: Justine Milton
Cinematography: Little Tree Studios
Event Coordination: Umbrella Barrel
Make: Columbus Wedding Makeup
Invitations and Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy
Venue: Kingwood Center Garden
Event Planning and Styling: Birds & Honey Events