Trevor Tamlyn knew very early on that he wanted to marry Haley Hall; however, he waited until the perfect moment to propose. After receiving the blessings of her parents, the groom-to-be planned a trip to New York City. On the rooftop of a luxury hotel, Trevor asked Haley to be his wife, following in the footsteps of Haley’s father and grandfather, who had proposed to her mother and grandmother, respectively, in “The Empire State” years earlier.
When planning the details of their nuptials, the affianced pair agreed on two things: the ceremony would take place in a house of worship and the reception would be held at the bride’s family home – a dream of hers since childhood. “Both of our families are traditional, and having our marriage blessed in a church was important to us,” notes the groom. It was also important to the bride that her Catholic priest co-officiate their Presbyterian ceremony, so they received approval from the bishop to be married at the stunning church just one block away from her home, making it possible them to take part in the much-loved callejoneada tradition in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico of walking the streets following the ceremony.
As guests began to take their seats, a repertoire of classical music was performed by a string quartet, before a brass quintet and timpani brought the room to attention with trumpets signaling the grand entrance of the bride. Haley was gorgeous in an off-the-shoulder lace gown and a glamorous European cathedral veil. She clutched a hand-tied bouquet of white garden roses, baby ivory majolica roses, wispy astilbe, sweet peas, and seasonal ranunculus as she met her groom at the altar. Following the vow exchange, the bride’s parents surprised the newlyweds with mariachis who led them and their loved ones from the church through the streets back to Haley’s family home for the reception – a highlight for the groom.
As attendees turned the corner, servers could be seen lining either side of the azalea-lined walkway to the residence; they held silver trays topped with Champagne coupes to offer to friends and family. “We had so many unique features thanks to Haley’s mom Michelle, who is so creative,” muses Trevor. “The most unique was having the reception at Haley’s parents’ house, which was very special and felt different than any wedding I’ve ever been to!” The décor played off the architecture of the stunning Spanish Colonial home. Thousands of flowers and lush greenery adorned all of the alfresco archways, as well as the iron railing of the staircase and hand-carved furniture inside the house, beautifully accentuating the dreamy property.
Friends and family mingled in the courtyard beneath a large tree featuring suspended lanterns overhead. A custom bar with a motif inspired by Spanish tiles wrapped around the tree provided the “Tamlyn Twist” – a specialty cocktail poured through an ice luge decorated with the couple’s names and fresh flower petals – as well as other libations served with monogrammed ice cubes. For the sit-down dinner service, loved ones enjoyed fare at two long distressed wood tables embellished with low arrangements of lush blooms and real candlelight, which required the mother of the bride to hire a flame attendant to supervise the candles beneath the tent.
Loved ones savored slices of a classic four-layer cake, made by the brother-in-law of the family’s housekeeper for over 20 years, before making their way to the dance floor, which featured the same tile-inspired design seen on the bar. Guests also enjoyed late-night snacks to keep their energy up. Pizzas from a stone-fire grill were served, as well as churros and donuts packaged with the pair’s monogram, to continue the revelry. At the end of the evening, Haley and Trevor exited the celebration in a Flutter Fetti® send-off before joining friends and family in the living room for the after-party.
The newlyweds were thrilled with their decision to have a beautifully personalized at-home event. “It was always my dream to have an at-home wedding,” smiles Haley. When asked if he would do anything differently, the groom jokes: “Do it twice! Honestly, everything was incredible.”