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Classic Stonehouse Villa Wedding

This wedding is gorgeous; drop-dead gorgeous, actually.  But behind all of the breathtaking details is an amazing story that will make your heart happy.  It’s two sweeties saying “I do” in classic Texas style with a sweet surprise from the groom’s family, all overseen by the lovely Sarah Reed from Let’s Do It Vows.  Soak in all of the pretty captured by Al Gawlik here, and the sweet film from Photohouse Films below. 

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Winter
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Villa
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Rustic

From Let’s Do It Vows… Rosalyn, an American, and Christian, a Swede, were originally married in his home country. However, they wanted to also have a wedding in Texas, so they could celebrate with their US friends. Due to various factors, Christian’s family couldn’t attend the Texan ceremony (or so he thought!). The couple thoughtfully planned all the details, and Rosalyn planned one more … to surprise Christian by flying his family over to join in the celebration. The ceremony was going as planned, when mid-way through, Christian’s two brothers and their families entered, surprising everyone (except the bride and a select few who were “in the know”) and bringing the bride and groom, and many other guests, to tears! This wedding was a perfect illustration of a beautiful bride’s generosity and a couple’s love for each other and their family. Watch the amazing video for the full story!

Photography: Al Gawlik Photography | Videographer: Photohouse Films | Coordination: In Her Shoes Coordination | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Bride's Table | Catering: Royal Fig Catering | Catering: Dessert Divas | DJ: Look No Further Entertainment | Officiant: Let's Do It Vows | Sarah Reed, Officiant | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Paper Crown | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Kay Unger | Groom’s And Groomsmen Suits: Bonobos | Musicians: Musical Discovery Chamber Players | Venue: Stonehouse Villa

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Neutral La Rio Mansion Wedding Inspiration

If today’s styled engagement shoot from Mint Photography had you blushing, then you’re going to be head over heels for this neutral wedding goodness set at La Rio Mansion. I mean, these shoes?? Gahhh. And Blush Bridal Lounge provided the prettiest gowns to pair perfectly with them. Take a peek before you head off into the weekend, loves!

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Summer
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Mansion
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Elegant

From Mint PhotographyWe styled this “wedding day” at one of the newest venues in Belton – La Rio Mansion. We wanted to highlight everything this venue had to offer – from the beautiful spanish inspired architecture to the abundance of gorgeous nature surrounding the property! I mean how perfect is the sunset behind the “ceremony tree”?! The sun could not set in a better spot at this amazing location! We wanted to keep the color scheme light and minimal, providing just enough color to pop off of the whites and greens in the location itself. We love how the images came out and we can’t wait for brides to start booking their wedding day at La Rio Mansion!

Photography: Mint Photography | Floral Design: Lovely Leaves | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Lounge | Cakes: Lily's Cakes | Stationery: Studio W Designs | Hair And Makeup: Kimberly Cutler | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Venue: La Rio Mansion | Vintage Car: Antique Limos Of Austin

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La Rio Mansion Styled Engagement Session

We’ve got quite the treat for you on the LBB Blog today, SMPers—not one, but two shoots from Mint Photography set at the gorgeous La Rio Mansion. To say I’ve been excited to share these beauties with you all week is quite the understatement. First up, we’ve got this engagement sesh complete with a Hayley Paige dress from Blush Bridal Lounge. Stay tuned for the wedding shoot this afternoon!

From Mint PhotographyThis engagement session was styled to highlight the property of the new gorgeous Belton venue – La Rio Mansion. We took one of our real couples and dressed them up in a short Hayley Paige dress and vintage YSL jacket. The pale pink and navy blue popped perfectly off of the lush green backdrops that this property offers. Not to mention the navy blue blending perfectly with the spanish tiles the property also boasts. We love the light that came in – just in the perfect hazy amount – to warm up this beautiful winter day.

Photography: Mint Photography | Dress: Blush Bridal Lounge | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Hair/Makeup: Kimberly Cutler | Venue: La Rio Mansion

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Garden Inspired Austin Wedding

This, my friends, is the kind of wedding I live for: a laid-back, yet totally sophisticated affair that is equal parts sooo fun and sooo pretty.  From the beautiful blooms from Rosehip Flora to the garden-inspired loveliness crafted by Beau Tied Events (masters, I tell you) to that oh-so-cool Austin charm.  In other words?  It’s pure perfection… and the gallery from Kat Bevel?  As awesome as you think.  

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Summer
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Loft
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Elegant

From The Bride… Jeff and I began planning just over four months before our wedding day. When we started planning, all we knew was the location: Austin, Texas, where we met twelve years ago. Beyond that, we knew we wanted to keep things simple and fun, which for us meant focusing on things we love: food, music, and our wonderful family and friends.

Because we were planning a wedding in Austin from our home in San Francisco and we had both a short time frame and a strict budget, we knew we needed help, which is where our wedding planner, Kathlee Akers, came to the rescue. She listened to my stream of ideas and helped us plan a wedding that was beautiful, intimate, elegant, and completely true to our somewhat quirky personalities.

Within a month, we had booked the perfect venue, the Palm Door, in the heart of downtown Austin, and had found Erin at Rosehip Flora, who would transform the Palm Door into the indoor garden of my dreams. Pink Avocado, Palm Door’s in-house catering team, wowed us from our first tasting through the wedding day.

Our ceremony was brief but personal: we asked three of the people most dear to us to perform readings of poems that we love, then exchanged vows we had written ourselves and stored in our pockets as we walked up the aisle. We spent the rest of the evening eating, drinking, dancing, and talking to guests who had traveled to the heat of Texas in August from as far as London and Mozambique. Our close friend Will stepped in as our DJ and played songs that we love from the minute the ceremony started until we left for the night. Jeff and I managed a first dance without falling down and then, in lieu of the traditional father daughter dance, my father played “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead, which we sang together.

When Kat Bevel sent us the pictures of our wedding, I promptly burst into tears because they so perfectly captured our wedding day and the love that we felt for each other and our family and friends.

Unless you have unlimited time and unlimited resources, planning a wedding alone is impossible. My best advice is to find people you trust, whether friends and family or a wedding planner, and let them help you make decisions, especially for things you don’t feel strongly about.

Photography: Kat Bevel Photography | Event Planner: Beau Tied Events | Florist: Rosehip Flora | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Catering: Pink Avocado | Calligraphy: Carolyn Jane Designs | Rentals: Premiere Events | Stylist: Method Salon | Vintage Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Wedding Venue: Palm Door

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1920s Inspired Bridal Session

There are bridal sessions, and then there is this stunning masterpiece captured by the ever-talented Jeanann Wilkinson, which takes everything you l.o.v.e about these intimate shoots and kicks it up a notch with a breathtaking bouquet from Statue Of Design, a lovely lace gown from Elie Saab and one of the prettiest brides you will ever see (truly).  Soak in every 1920′s-inspired moment right here.

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Summer
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Hotel
Styles
Elegant

From Jeanann Wilkinson… This Bridal Session was designed by the photographer Jeanann Wilkinson of J Wilkinson Co. It started with the design of the wedding gown selected by a fantastic stylist, Mike Rodriguez.  The dress was designed by Ellie Saab, the 1920′s hair design was created by Erin McReynolds at Twirl Salon and the Make-up was by Jade, also at Twirl.  The shoes were by Reve Caviola and the bouquet was created by David Garcia of Statue of Design.

Our session had to be taken at our 1909 Historic Landmark Luxery Hotel, The St. Anthony, in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Our Bride Kati Trautman is having her wedding in the peacock alley of this lovely hotel on March 21, 2015.

Photography: Jeanann Wilkinson | Florist: David Garcia Of Statue Of Design | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab | Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Makeup: Jade | Hair: Erin McReynolds | Luxery Hotel: The St. Anthony Hotel

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