Going out with a bang. Truer words have never been spoken as we wrap up this week with a big ol' Texas celebration with even bigger heart. And we have the picture perfect musings of The Nichols to thank for all this beauty. Seeing the world through their lens is one of our favorite past times and this view is BEYOND. It's an impeccable mix of natural details, crazy gorgeous flowers by Sprout and color-packed whimsy and it's making this celebration one not to be missed. See it all here!
From the bride... I think the inspiration for our wedding actually stemmed from our photographers, The Nichols. Photography was one of the most important things to me, so after Darrell and I got engaged, I immediately started asking around. Someone sent me a link to The Nichols blog, and I instantly fell in love. THAT was what I wanted our wedding to be like — homey, authentic and happy. From there, we set out to find a venue, and stumbled upon the Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg, Texas. It's an adorable B&B — so sweet and comfortable. It felt like home, and I knew we had found the perfect place! One of the best things about the Hoffman Haus is that you take the entire property for the whole weekend, so we had the run of the place from Thursday night through Sunday morning. Our immediate family and the majority of our bridal party all got to stay on the property with us. It was exactly what we wanted — our families and all our friends coming together to celebrate with us all weekend. It was like a big house party! Before the rehearsal, everyone was hanging out in the garden, and Darrell looked at me and said, "This is perfect."
After we found our venue, everything else kind of fell into place. With Style Me Pretty and Pinterest as my guide, we ended up buying or making most of the decor for our wedding (with lots of help from our families!). The ribbon backdrop in our ceremony space was one of my favorite things. It looked beautiful and vibrant blowing in the breeze, and it added wonderful movement and color to our ceremony space. Michelle Hodges at Sprout did an incredible job of tying everything together with gorgeous flowers. (She even managed to find me peonies in November!) Darrell and I got engaged in London last September, so we wanted to incorporate at least a bit of British flair. Working with Jason at Royal Fig Catering, we settled on a British-inspired cocktail hour and served Pimm's cocktails and mini bangers-and-mash. Also on the topic of food, we decided to have an ice cream sundae bar in lieu of a groom's cake. My mom made all the cookies and brownies and shopped for the toppings, and Royal Fig provided homemade ice cream — salted caramel and vanilla bean. Darrell and I often make brownies and ice cream for dessert on the weekend now because so it was special to us!
I loved the sense of calm and excitement that came over me when I finally reached Darrell at the end of the aisle (I barely kept it together walking down the aisle, but was totally fine when I got to the end!). Our ceremony was magical — very personal but also Christ-centered. I loved seeing everyone sitting down to dinner together talking and laughing and having fun. Our maid of honor and best man gave the sweetest speeches that were both heartfelt and funny. In lieu of a more traditional dance (which would have left me in tears), my dad and I busted out a choreographed dance to N*Sync. The whole weekend was absolutely perfect — the best day of our lives.
Wedding Photography: The Nichols / Wedding Venue: Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg, Texas / Flowers: Sprout / Catering + Rentals: Royal Fig Catering / Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Aimee Villa of Lizze Belle Event Planning / Hair: Corinne Kimbro of Jackson Ruiz / Makeup: Deanna of Rae Cosmetics / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra via the Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus / Groom's Suit: Theory / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender / Wedding Invitations: Night Owl Paper Goods / DJ: Chris Hanson (DJ Rhythmic) / Wedding Cakes: The Peach Tree / Caramel Apples: Lone Star Candy Bar (830-990-9100) / Cake Stands: Sister's Vintage Party / Ribbon Ceremony Backdrop: DIY