Amy & Olivia’s Hill Country Peacock Wedding

* Amy, Pastoral Student & Olivia, Social Worker * Photographer: Elissa R Photography * Soundtrack for Reading: “Parachute”  by Ingrid Michaelson (Olivia’s pick and their first dance) and “Everything” by Michael Buble (Amy’s pick and their recessional song) *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Amy: It was magical!!!
Olivia: We finally get to kiss!!!

The Info—Photographer: Elissa R Photography / Church: Lutheran Church of the ResurrectionVenue: Wimberley Community Center / Olivia’s Dress: Alfred Angelo (Olivia’s aunt took the dress apart and allowed Olivia to redesign it.) / Amy’s Suit: New York & Company / Handmade Cake Topper: The Air Castle / Hangers: From a friend’s sister’s Etsy shop, WisconMon / Wedding Cakes: My Dee Dee’s Pie Shoppe & Deli, owned by Olivia’s mom / Food: From Amy’s friend and favorite restaurant in Wimberley, Linda Allen Catering

Other cool stuff we should know about: Amy: It was the perfect day. I got to watch all of our hard work come together. I had so much fun helping bring our two separate ideas of what our wedding should be and mold it until this beautiful unit. Olivia’s twin brother and I worked together to create the centerpieces. My brother helped hang up over a hundred clear Christmas ornaments with peacock feathers in them. We gave away seeds in little packages that Olivia’s bridesmaids made. Olivia’s friend helped make all of our invitations and programs and write out addresses while we drank wine one evening. Our friends who all have degrees and/or have been practicing their instruments for years playing together at our wedding. My old coworker who made our flower arrangements and Olivia’s coworker who was our DJ. It was meaningful that so many people in our life wanted the day to be special and because of that want, it was perfect!

Olivia: Where do I start? The night before our wedding, during the rehearsal our pastor and Amy’s bridesmaid (also a Lutheran pastor) both laughed when I said, “When do we get to kiss?” And they laughed saying together, “Why does everyone ask that question?! It’s coming! It’s really coming!”

Our first dance was this slow acoustic version of “Parachute” by Ingrid Michaelson and then about a minute into the song it switched to a techno version of the song and all of our friend’s piled on the dance floor and danced in a big circle around us.

The first time I saw Amy in her suit it made my heart race. We had a lunch together in town that morning but after that we went our separate ways to get ready. We would yell down the hall at each other, “I’m coming down the hall, close the door.” We had this bet going about who would cry first. We both knew it would be Amy and she cried before I even stepped out on the carpet. It was like seeing each other for the first time ever…all over again.

I also really loved how we incorporated our engagement(s) into our wedding. The first engagement Amy asked me and the second engagement evening I asked Amy. We both added our own flair to our engagement but when Amy asked me she used this spiritual practice called a labyrinth. Our pastor, a few months prior, taught us to make labyrinths, and it’s a spiritual practice I have used for many years. Labyrinth is a fancy word for maze, but in a labyrinth there is only one way in and one way out. You never get lost and really you don’t make decisions during your walk. I walked into the labyrinth alone the night of our engagement but when walking out we left together holding hands. In the middle Amy shared the passage from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Both the labyrinth and the Ecclesiastes passage were used in our marriage ceremony several times.

Favorite thing about the wedding: Olivia: My favorite thing was when we put dirt in our peach tree. We had spent a long time picking out songs that meant something to us. During this part of our ceremony we had everyone sing “We Are Called” by David Haas, a very “Lutheran” song and our mothers brought us the tree Amy’s mom had given us. “We are called to act with justice. We are called to love tenderly. We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God,” is the refrain and pretty much sums up the relationship Amy and I strive for, walking humbly with God and always acting with justice. Amy fights for nutritional justice making sure no one goes to bed hungry and I fight for LGBT justice that we are all God’s children regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity. Our pastor turned her hymnal towards us to sing the last verse but I knew it by memory. I can’t wait for our peach tree to blossom. I’m sure we will enjoy many years of wine and peach ice cream.

Amy: The ceremony was my favorite part. It was special because we wrote the Lutheran service together with our dear friend and pastor. Our mothers gave each of us away. When my wife walked in I had already started crying because I could feel the love of our friends and family in that sanctuary! It was very meaningful and moving to hear our friends play the songs throughout the service. Every song we picked had meaning to us throughout our courtship and now I smile every time I hear a song on the radio.

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  • OMG those peacock shoes, I love them. And the cake toppers might be the cutest I have ever seen. And a peach tree. (and peach ice-cream for the years to come).
    I know I should attempt to say something deep, but it is just all so pretty. And the joy transcends too.
    May you live many happy years together.

    • Those shoes are just unbelievably awesome.

      • Olivia

        I shared how to get them at the bottom. Amy wears them all the time. I can’t wait until she is a pastor & wears those when she is preaching!

  • I’m so happy that Olivia and Amy’s wonderful wedding is getting some love here on APW! It was a really amazing day (and Olivia’s mom’s cake was phenomenal… I still have dreams about it).

    • Olivia

      Please stop by the shop next time you are in Houston. My twin would love to see you & I’m sure you would feel the same about other food we have there. :D

      • Emily

        My Dee Dee’s is DEFINITELY on my list of places to visit the next time I go home.

      • That’s soooo tempting. I’ll be there this weekend! But for another wedding… and there will be cake there, so hmmm… overload on cake…. :)

        • Olivia

          Get pie or lunch then. :)

      • Wait, you’re in Houston? I AM COMING FOR CAKE!

  • Class of 1980

    Me thinks you two are happy!


    • Olivia

      Very happy.

  • GAH!! So much stuff to love! Those shoes! That cake topper! THE PICTURE WITH THE EAR BITING EEEEE!

    Sorry, I usually can form words, but nope, your wedding is too awesome for them.

    (Also, that mother/daughter dance just made my heart melt, y’all.)

  • OhMGee that tree planting portion of the ceremony is adorable and I love the parachute cake topper!

  • This is gorgeous! I love all the peacock feathers at the ceremony, the piggyback entrance, and the whole reception looks like a blast!

  • The peacock shoes! The garter moment! The last photo! Seriously, love it all.

    Also: “Our first dance was this slow acoustic version of “Parachute” by Ingrid Michaelson and then about a minute into the song it switched to a techno version of the song and all of our friend’s piled on the dance floor and danced in a big circle around us.”

    Special request for Team Practical: can we get more suggestions for songs that would let one do this? Because I don’t think I can take more than a minute of slow dancing in front of a group of people and this sounds awesome.

    • Olivia

      We took Tango lessons and we couldn’t do more than about a minute of tango dancing cause I honestly just wanted to dance! So anyhow, our DJ (a friend of mine) mixed the song for us. We told her what we wanted and she found a techno version of our song. She meshed them together. She emailed us for final approval. No one expected it. It was a lot of fun!

  • Olivia

    The peacock shoes were hard to find in Amy’s size. They are “T.U.K. Women’s A7828L Pump.” We spent two months and probably 5-10 hours looking for them. We finally emailed TUK directly and the customer rep found a place selling them in Amy’s size and gave us a coupon for the company ModCloth where we purchase them. Modcloth (and Amazon) have a few pair currently.

  • aww We used that Ecclesiastes reading in our wedding ceremony. It’s perfect.

  • Everything about the ceremony and their relationship is so special and beautiful– I can tell that their marriage is going to be a HUGE force for good in this world! They just ooze and radiate joy, happiness, and fun. I couldn’t stop smiling while browsing the pictures and reading their words.

    I’m so happy they got married!!!

  • How absolutely lovely. Congratulations to you both!! (And that light painting photo is just the coolest thing.)

  • The peacock shoes! I’ve been trying to convince my sister to let me rock that pair at her September wedding . . . no dice so far, but I’m going to keep trying.

    Huge congrats to you both — looks like such a special day! That final sparkler photo is just awesome, as others have noted. Love it!

  • Ariel

    I’m reading through these because the picture caught my eye. I must say that your ceremony and your words about each other made me cry. So beautiful.

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