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Against All Odds, This Bride and Groom Got Their Happily Ever After

Not all fairytales start smoothly – just ask Ashley and Tyler. For when their original venue suddenly closed they thought all was lost, but thankfully their misfortune was short lived. Soon after they discovered Cherokee Ranch And Castle and their fairy godmother Lisa O’Dwyer. Joined by Fortuna Films behind the lens, see their storybook ending in The Vault!



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From Lisa O’DwyerAshley and Tyler’s wedding is at a Cherokee Castle, a historic castle in Colorado near Denver built by an English family in the 1920s. The couple had lost their original wedding venue when it closed suddenly, but their planner Isabelle Kline found a gorgeous new one for them that they fell in love with! I loved the garlanded market lighting for their outside reception which looked very European amongst the English castle-inspired architecture.

From The Bride…The inspiration for our wedding really came from both Tyler and my backgrounds. I was born and raised in Central California, which is also the same place that we met and started dating. Tyler was born and raised in Littleton, and obviously would be the place where we would choose to start our lives together. It was important for the both of us to incorporate both California and Colorado themes into our wedding by way of California wines, Colorado craft beers, and a Colorado-inspired menu, while still keeping it very timeless and classy. As most of our guests were traveling to Colorado from over 15 different states, it was also important to us that we could share what we love about where we were beginning our future with our family and friends.

In regards to the venue that we lost, now that we’ve both been able to really look back on the whole thing, what we thought at the time was a complete wedding planning disaster turned into us wondering how we would have had anything different. Being able to host a wedding in a Colorado historical landmark was another way to entertain our guests, too. We decided against offering wedding favors, and instead giving them an experience we hope they’ll never forget through castle tours, local craft beer tastings (which were hand-made by my Dad), the wildlife and the incredible views on top of the mountain, literally. I did the calligraphy for the invitations and signs (my company is Aspens and Inks on Etsy).

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Photography: Lisa O'Dwyer | Cinematography: Fortuna Films | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cupcakes: Gigi's Cupcakes | Invitations: Paper Source | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure | Catering: Three Tomatoes | Hair: Avalon Aveda Salon | Calligraphy: Aspens And Inks On Etsy | Band: Masterful Musicians | Venue: Cherokee Ranch And Castle | Bride's Rings: Shane & Co | Dress Alterations: Needle Me Knot | Event Planning + Floral Design: Isabelle Kline Designs | Groom's Ring: 2nd Street Ringcraft | Lighting + Garland: Lighting and Design by Scott | Linens: Luxe Linen

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Say “I Do” at The Greenhouse at Driftwood

Texas Hill Country is made for marrying, I don’t need to tell you that.  And when it comes to choosing a locale in this pretty little Lone Star State paradise, look no further than The Greenhouse at Driftwood, a breathtaking venue that is equal parts elegant AND unique. Think lush foliage, natural open spaces and a true attention to conservation and sustainability.  We’re honestly obsessed.

Tucked amidst the Onion and Jackson Creeks just miles from the Austin city limits, The Greenhouse at Driftwood is unlike any other venue you will ever have the privilege to visit with amazing structures and surroundings all cared for by THREE generations of the same family.  Yep, from the century-old Oaks to their beautiful greenhouse to their breathtaking deck, The Greenhouse at Driftwood is giving Hill Country weddings a whole new meaning.  Not to mention that The Greenhouse has been collecting rainwater for primary water use since the 1970’s, uses rooftop solar panels for most of their power needs AND proudly supports Hill Country Conservancy and the Travis Audubon Society. We love that.

Can’t wait to say “I do” amongst the native plants and awe-inspiring scenery of The Greenhouse at Driftwood?  Contact them TODAY to start planning the wedding you’ve always wanted.  It’s going to be awesome, lovelies.

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Photography: Ashley Bosnick Photography | Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Photography: Ashley Garmon Photographers | Floral Design: Oh Deery Floral | Floral Design: Rose Hip Flora | Wedding Venue: The Greenhouse at Driftwood | Planning: Grit and Gold Weddings | Planning: 36th Street Events | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals


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Stunning Bridesmaid Dresses with twobirds Bridesmaid + A Giveaway!

twobirds Bridesmaid is awesome, I don’t need to tell you that.  I mean, gorgeous bridesmaid frocks that can be wrapped in endless ways to flatter ALL body types?  Genius.  From their amazing selection of soft + stunning fabrics to their 40+ color options to their fab new collections, twobirds Bridesmaid is the best thing to happen to weddings since, well… gold, glitter and peonies.  Soak them all in below.

We’ve all been there.  That crazy day of bridesmaid dress shopping that turns into an almost impossible task, because, well… each one of your besties is sooo different.  Enter twobirds Bridesmaid and their insanely gorgeous lineup of convertible dresses.  I’m talking dresses that requires ZERO alterations, are totally maternity friendly and can be worn time and time again… long after the Big Day is over.  Not to mention their lineup of beautiful hues + brilliant fabric options.  It’s a mixing and matching lovers dream with options in jersey, tulle AND rosette.  And don’t even get me started on the many styling options. These dresses are magic.

Ready to begin your journey towards the world’s happiest bridal party?  Head to twobirds Bridesmaid TODAY to peruse the pretty.  And stay tuned for new collection featuring their bridal gown in lace (!), tulle ombre and jumpsuits.  Not able to visit the showroom in New York? No worries.  twobirds Bridesmaid will ship you samples you can try on in the comfort of your own home, because, well… they’re amazing.


What: twobirds Bridesmaid is giving away THREE convertible dresses to one lucky bride and her bridal party! (Value $930)

Who: One lucky bride, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.

How: Enter below, lovelies! Good luck! xo

SMP Southwest Giveaway!