Cassie Detering And John Milam Say “I Do” In Storybook Ceremony
By Molly Bayme
Photography by Chris Bailey Photography
Five-hundred guests, sixteen bridesmaids, sixteen groomsmen, four flower girls, two ring bearers, three dogs, and one charming Houston couple made the winning combination for a fabulously endearing “happily ever after” Texas-sized wedding story where Cassie Detering and John Milam said: “I do.”
The magnitude of precision needed to plan and execute an unforgettable wedding is immense. Of course, one of the most important details of wedding planning comes down to: location, location, and location. Cassie, daughter of Kit and Carl Detering and John, son of Ann and Dr. Hughes Milam, unwaveringly selected the picturesque backyard of Cassie’s parents for the intimate ceremony and The Forest Club for the reception, where the blissful celebration would continue.
Wedding event planner Emily Moise of Keely Thorne Events, Kit Detering, and the bride herself created the flawless execution. In the planning process, Cassie embraced details that were representative of herself and her “husband to be” as a couple and their lives, which without a doubt, demonstrated their love for their friends and family and added another a layer of exceptional distinction to the wedding day.
From incorporating a dear friend’s watercolor illustrations for Papellerie to use throughout the entire wedding, courtesy of Inslee Designs – from save the dates to wedding programs – to including her three adorable pups (Tex, Chessie, and Mollie) in the celebration – two of which “walked” her mother down the aisle – the couple depicted their genuine and unique persona throughout their special day.
Before the intimate ceremony began, guests mingled amongst themselves while waiters passed out champagne, beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres at the Detering residence. Then the ceremony began and the bridal party made their way down the aisle. The bride was stunning in her Oscar de La Renta Dress from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, and an ensemble that included Jimmy Choo shoes, an antique diamond aquamarine ring belonging to her godfather’s mother, and diamond studs gifted by her husband-to-be on their big day. The bridesmaid dresses were by Amsale at Julian Gold.
The ceremony consisted of huge grins and happy tears as the beloved couple embarked upon their exciting journey as a family. To express the excitement of this joyous occasion, their ceremony ended with a bang of pink confetti and bag pipers leading the way for everyone to process out of the backyard down the street to the Forest Club. Guests could follow the melody by means of foot or by trolley to the highly anticipated celebration at the Forest Club.
The Forest Club in Saddlebrook has immense sentimental value to the Detering family. In addition to the family’s love for its locality, Cassie’s grandfather also established this club in the Saddlebrook setting. Cassie stated, “I wanted to honor that heritage and my grandfather, celebrating our history and our love for Saddlebrook by having our wedding in these two locales.” The wedding was serenaded by Divisi Strings and was afterward the ceremony’s finish was pronounced by American Bag Pipes to the glee of the guests.
Luxuriously decorated tents were supplied by Aztec Events & Tents at the club for the guests while they dined and celebrated the endeared happy couple, illuminated by Pro Sound. The ceremony’s catering was done by Stone Kitchen and The Forest Club supplied the reception meal. With vibrant peach, orange, pink, and green floral accents, lounge furniture, hanging lanterns, flower baskets, and luminous café lights, the wedding atmosphere was colorfully spectacular. After much mingling, a delectable Texas style meal, cutting the cake, and dancing the night away, the bride and groom partook in a private final dance alone in the tent before they made their exit from their wonderland of a wedding.
The results of the wedding are just as phenomenal as the wedding itself. Cassie Detering proclaimed that she wouldn’t change a thing about the wedding. “It was the absolute best time of my life, hands down. And the best part of all? I get to spend the rest of my life with my very best friend, my husband.” The happy couple will reside in Houston and we wish them only wonderful things in their life together.