Houston and Anna met in college at Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama through Anna’s brother Michael! Towards the end of Anna’s Freshman year, Houston and Anna started to become interested in one another. They talked over the summer but it wasn’t until the beginning of Anna’s sophomore and Houston’s senior year that Houston asked Michael’s permission to take her on their first date. Being the protective big brother, Michael responded, “Of course I’d love for you to take her out, but if you don’t think it’s going to be anything serious I’d rather you not take her out the first time. But you’re one of my best friends and I’d love for you to take her out!” That weekend they had their first date and have been together ever since.
Since Houston was two years older than Anna, he moved back to Atlanta when he graduated. They continued their relationship long distance but made it a priority to see each other as often as possible. Long distance was hard but it made them fall even more in love with each other. In April of Anna’s Senior year, Houston proposed and then Anna moved to Atlanta after graduation. Houston and Anna have fun doing anything as long as they are together. Their goofy personalities were made for each other!
Their wedding inspiration came from a variety of places. Houston and Anna knew they wanted it to be a formal, southern wedding that also reflected their fun personalities. They pulled ideas from weddings of their close friends. Their florist, Lee James, came up with the vision for the ceremony at First Baptist Orlando’s Henry Chapel. Brandee Gaar, their wedding planner, threw a Knot Party at Reunion Resort and they were able to use many elements they loved from that event toward their own reception. Their mothers contributed countless suggestions and it all came together to create the the most beautiful wedding their could have ever imagined.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without the love and support or our families and friends, our amazing wedding planner Brandee Gaar, our Dream Team of vendors and the overly accommodating staff at Reunion Resort! Thank you to everyone who made our day so incredibly special and more than we ever dreamed!” – Anna & Houston
Event Coordination: Brandee Gaar, Blush by Brandee Gaar
Ceremony: First Baptist Church of Orlando
Reception: Grande Ballroom at Reunion Resort
Photographer: Kristen Weaver Photography
Videographer: Imprint Cinema
Floral: Lee James Floral Design
Hair/Makeup: M3 Hair and Makeup
Chivari Chairs, Chargers & Flatware: A Chair Affair
Draping: Swag Decor
Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting
Linen: Over the Top
Cake: Party Flavors
Band: Leonard Brothers