Marriage was the furthest thing from Kristen Tenney’s mind when she met future husband Joshua Kuhlman. However, despite her belief that she was someone who would never get married, she soon came to the realization that her life would change because of Joshua. “The first time I ever saw him, I knew I was going to marry him,” said Kristen.
Her sudden change of heart was due not only to their instant connection but also the fact that Joshua was dressed in a costume resembling Peter Pan when they first met, which ironically but perfectly suited Kristen’s longtime nickname of Tinkerbelle. They were introduced by friends during the Renaissance Festival in Houston, an interest that the two of them share. “We were inseparable from there,” Kristen said.
Their common passions and similar personalities quickly solidified the relationship, and the couple was soon discussing future plans. A year after they were first introduced, marriage was a main topic. Even though the two of them picked out Kristen’s engagement ring together, Joshua still managed to catch her off guard with his proposal in an enchanted garden area of the same Renaissance Festival where they had met a year earlier.
As they began making wedding plans, the couple knew exactly what type of venue they wanted for their wedding day. With a wooded, forest-like atmosphere in mind, the engaged pair finally located their ideal location on the scenic grounds of Kindred Oaks in Georgetown. “The people there were so nice. It was like visiting family,” said Kristen.
The outdoor setting was the perfect atmosphere for the Shakespearean Midsummer Night’s Dream type of event that the bride and groom envisioned, an inspiration that they even carried out with a special reading of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets at the beginning of their ceremony. The couple also incorporated several Celtic traditions in honor of both Kristen and Joshua’s Scotch-Irish heritage. The programs featured a special Celtic symbol, while a bagpiper and drummer provided traditional Highland music including “Scotland the Brave” for the couple’s recessional song.
The flowers for the event, provided by Kindred Oaks’ in-house florist Zu-Zu’s Petals, also paid homage to the couples’ ancestry with the addition of traditional Celtic thistle in the bouquets and boutonnieres. The hint of purple complemented Kristen’s bridal bouquet full of greenery and white and cream-colored flowers that included roses and stephanotis surrounded by ivy to give the arrangement a natural feel.
Each of the four bridesmaids carried a bouquet of mostly white and cream flowers with touches of purple thistle to set off their light green, floor-length organza gowns. The flower girl carried a moss-covered basket and wore a white gown with a floral head wreath and fairy wings that Kristen had made.
The bride’s gown was a white strapless a-line dress with beaded detail along the bodice, waist line, and train. “It was the one traditional thing I really wanted for my wedding,” explained Kristen. In addition to an elbow length veil, she also wore a sparkling tiara, one detail of her wedding attire that she knew she wanted even before selecting the gown. “I have one for every occasion!” said Kristen.
During the outdoor reception under the venue’s covered pavilion, guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and light hors d’oeuvres perfectly suiting the warm summer evening, courtesy of Eudora’s Cuisine. The tables were decorated with glass bowl terrariums full of greenery. Instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake and separate groom’s cake, Kristen and Joshua opted for individual layers of cake, each one white with green ivy icing detail, that were spread out and situated on stands made to resemble tree trunks with fresh moss and other greenery surrounding them. Guests were also given favors of M&M candies printed with Celtic symbols and phrases and were invited to have their picture taken at a photo booth set up to capture the fun of the evening and leave the newlyweds with a scrapbook commemorating the event.
Following the lively reception, the married couple changed from their wedding attire into t-shirts and shorts, with the exception of Kristen still wearing her bridal tiara, and joined a small group of friends for an after-party at a karaoke bar in Austin. Once all of the weekend’s festivities were over, Kristen and Joshua returned to their home to relax for a few days before embarking on a romantic honeymoon in St. Lucia. The newlyweds now reside in Marshall, Texas.