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Kelcie & John | The Dunlavy Wedding

It was all sunshine and butterflies for this gorgeous River Oaks Garden Club’s wedding ceremony & reception full of surprises at the Dunlavy Houston! We always love the Dunlavy for weddings in Houston.

First of all, we could spend all day gushing about this stunning Houston wedding venue’s dreamy natural light and elegant touches around every corner. So when you combine a glowing outdoor ceremony at the River Oaks Garden Club with a spectacular surprise-filled reception at the Dunlavy Houston, you have the recipe for one perfect wedding day.

Kelcie and John’s wedding reception took our love to another level! This wedding was epic! The enormous paper floral wall backdrop from Glo Paper Flowers, the vintage camper photo booth from Cypress Photo Camper, the Latin dancers squad and surprise guest, Juan Carlos (Houston’s roller skating legend) certainly made this day one to remember!

We are thrilled to share Kelcie and John’s epic spring Houston wedding with you!!

Getting Ready | River Oaks Garden Club

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How absolutely stunning are Kelcie and her sweet momma? They are head to toe goals. Butter Artistry styled these beauties to perfection!

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Spending the morning with Kelcie and her tribe of besties was the best! We loved soaking up every sunny minute at the River Oaks Garden Club.

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First Look | River Oaks Garden Club

Let’s talk first looks for a second! When it comes to the flow of your day, a First Look can be a huge time saver. Not only does it save time but it is an ultra-sweet private moment for the bride and groom before becoming man and wife. Just look at how exciting John was to see Kelcie! He was beaming!

The First Look on their wedding day also allowed for stress-free family portraits before switching locations for the reception. Considering multiple locations? A first look may be the perfect plan to get more portrait time and remove the rush when making your way to your reception.

Not sure what is perfect for your special day? Read our five reasons to do the First Look here!

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These love birds were thrilled to snuggle in close for sunny portraits. All-day their favorite place was arm in arm. Kelcie and John, we just love your magnetic chemistry!

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Family Portraits | River Oaks Garden Club Wedding

The River Oaks Garden Club is a daydream to photograph. The River Oaks Garden Club has an unmatched romantic intimacy and old-world charm.

The courtyard made the perfect romantic backdrop for Kelcie and John’s romantic afternoon ceremony, while the gardens made for a lovely spot to capture some elegant family portraits.

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Bridal Party Portraits | River Oaks Garden Club

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Everyone may be smiling a little bigger because we were literally inside a bush photographing the bridal party. We definitely got a few laughs, and it was ever so worth it!

Our couples trust that we will do anything to catch that beautiful glowing light on your wedding day and we love that.

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If only you could smell these blooms from John Friedman Florals! The whole house smelled like fresh gardenias. It made the day even more magical.

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Houston Wedding Ceremony | River Oaks Garden Club

Big Ass Balloons and Paper Floral Artistry added so much whimsey and soft texture to the ceremony space.

If you are head over heels for this handcrafted stunning arch just wait until you see the massive backdrop created for the entrance to Kelcie and John’s reception!

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This smile rarely left John’s face all day. That “over the top, cannot live without you” love is the best.

Knowing John will look at Kelcie this way 50 years from now is the reason we love our Cotton couples.

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Wedding Reception | The Dunlavy Houston

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This sweet little Cypress Photo Camper greeted guests as they arrived. They have the most charming photo booth campers and were a delight to work with!

As promised, the reveal of the most jaw-dropping floral backdrop is only a tiny scroll away.

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How fantastic is this sprawling flower wall?? All the guests were blown away. It is not every day we can fit an entire bridal party in front of a handcrafted backdrop and still have room to spare.

It was the perfect way to set the tone for the soiree to follow!

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Their planner, Jace from Jitter and Cocktails, made everything possible. She is kind-hearted and at the top of her game.

Having a coordinator who loves their clients the way she does makes all the difference!

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Kelcie & John | The Dunlavy Houston Wedding

The flow of Kelcie and John’s wedding day was an absolute dream. We were able to catch the perfect last bit of light before sunset.

They were even able to get a quick bite and say hello to friends before making their grand entrance.

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Kelcie and John’s families make you feel right at home in their presence. This sweet couple has so many kind-hearted, genuine men cheering for their love story.

So they honored each relationship with a dance with her dads, speeches filled with tears and joyful laughter, and a special guest appearance by a local legend in tribute to their beautifully built family.

This is certainly the kind of family that will make you smile from ear to ear and want to be on the list for Sunday dinners!

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Sometimes testing the light means getting the best Behind The Scenes photo of Rachel ever. A little pre cake cutting BTS with our coordinator extraordinaire!

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One of our all-time favorites, Whisk Bakery, provided the cakes. Add in some pretty blush blooms and we are in love!

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The dance floor never had a dull moment. Tambourine solos and rocking dance moves made the night fly by. There was a surprise every hour until the end!

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Houston’s Own Rollerblader | Juan Carlos

First of all, talk about a hot dance floor! Houston legend Juan Carlos even made a cameo! He charmed everyone in the room and was a huge hit. The look on John and Kelcie’s faces said it all!

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Also, Juan Carlos’s dance moves are electric. He had everyone out on the dance floor to celebrate!

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Finally, just when we thought the night could not possibly get any better, a Latin dance troop swung in and wowed everyone. Skirts flew and the room exploded in cheers. Such a thrilling addition to surprise their guests!

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Also Drywater band, one of Houston’s best wedding bands, really brought down the house per usual. They were dancing in the crowd and kept the energy high all night. This was one of the most dazzling nights!

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A grand exit through a sea of lights with all their favorite people made the perfect end to Kelcie and John’s unforgettable day!

Kelcie and John, we know you are going to have a life full of joyful surprises and exciting adventures together. Above all, we cannot wait to see all that God has in store for your beautiful life together!!


Alyssa, Rachel & Michelle

Talented Houston Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony: River Oaks Garden Club | Reception Venue: The Dunlavy | HMU: Butter | Planning: Jitters & Cocktails | Florals: John Friedman Flowers, LC | Cake: Whisk Bakery | Band: Drywater Band | Dress: Lovely Bride Houston | Invites: The Sensible Type | Balloons: Big Ass Balloons | Photobooth: Cypress Photo Camper | Ceremony Musicians: Third Floor Strings | Paper Flower Wall: Glo Paper Flowers | Paper Flower Arch: Paper Floral Artistry

Want to see more fun and exciting weddings in Houston?

A Citrus themed wedding at The River Oaks Country Club 

Modern Industrial Wedding at The Revaire

Extravagant Wedding Featuring Orbit from the Houston Astros! 

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