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Vintage Outdoor Wedding at the Wild Onion Ranch

Let me set the scene: a gorgeous vintage-inspired wedding, the beautiful Wild Onion Ranch and one mesmerizing moment after another captured in amazing images by Kristi Wright Photography.  This, my friends, is your perfect Tuesday.  I’m talking vibrant hues, stunning florals from Pollen Floral Art and a whole lot of happy.  See so much more right here in the full gallery.

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From Kristi Wright Photography… I love that I get to share this beautiful Austin wedding with you. Emily and James were married at the Wild Onion Ranch this Fall. I’ve photographed a number of weddings at this Austin venue and Wild Onion never disappoints! Emily’s romantic vintage inspired wedding was relaxed and fun. Her custom lace sleeved wedding dress by Nardos Imam might be the prettiest I’ve seen. Don’t even get me started on the flowers! Pollen Floral Art completely outdid themselves. The bouquets and the ceremony arch were so stylish. I remember watching Emily and James give each other sweet glances all day and every detail reflected their fun and hip personalities. They danced to Ween’s Stay Forever. Coolest couple ever? Yes and thank you. They are huge music lovers. James is a musician and they had TWO bands play at the reception. Piney Grove Ramblers, a blue grass band, started cocktail hour and The Motts brought the party! James sat in with The Motts for a song and it was rad. (FYI The Motts is fronted by the lead vocalist from What Made Milwaukee Famous!) This was my first wedding with the Motts and they were awesome!

Photography: Kristi Wright Photography | Event Planning: Kennedy Weddings | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery | Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: 2 Dine 4 Fine Catering | Make-up: Elizabeth Wiggins | Hair: Dana Vaughn Of Salon One (Ft Worth) | Lighting: Ilios | Band: The Mott's | Ceremony Music: Barton Strings | Music: Piney Grove Ramblers | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Reception Earrings: BHLDN | Veil: Vintage Brussels Veil From Groom's Family | Vintage Car: Austin Classic Limo | Wedding Venue: Wild Onion Ranch

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Surprise Wedding at The Vineyard At Chappel Lodge

I can only hope I am invited to a surprise wedding at one point in my life, because I just loooove them. I would probably squeal to high heavens, and I can only imagine how the guests of this darling surprise felt. Because what they thought was an engagement party turned out to be a beautiful and intimate wedding, and you can see the entire day unfold thanks to Savvy Images right here.


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From the Bride…Cully and I knew we wanted a unique & intimate wedding but we did not know where to start. Luckily, a few months into our engagement, my mom gave us the idea to have a surprise wedding. We loved the idea of surprising our favorite people & knew having it at our engagement party gave us a great time line (8 month engagement, 4 months to plan) to keep it from getting stressful or too hard to keep a secret. We agreed to only tell our parents, siblings, our friend that was going to marry us, and our photographer so they could support us in the planning & help us trick people along the way. Since we are both originally from Texas & Austin is one of our favorite cities, finding a great new-to-us venue was fun!

Planning this from Seattle was surprisingly easy because everyone we worked with was immediate in their communication, we knew what we wanted and had two weekends in April to work with for our date, so the planning took off. I found Chappell Lodge online the week I was heading down to Austin to be a bridesmaid in a best friend’s wedding. Skipping an optional bridesmaid pedicure, I took my sister to the venue & we both loved it! I texted pictures to Cully & we both agreed to pay the deposit right then! Date, venue were set and for the next 48 hours, I was a part of a wonderful wedding, with great friends I love to share things with but the secret keeping for our surprise wedding had begun. We knew we wanted a delicious brunch reception, bright beautiful flowers & natural tones for table cloths. Kristy, at Chappel Lodge, had a list of vendors she recommended & I picked who to call first based on the uniqueness in their name. So happy I did because they were great! I already knew Becky was going to do my hair & have Savvy Images as our photographer, so things were moving along!

The look. Three weeks later, I was home for Christmas break & planned a dress shopping day with my two sisters and best friend in San Antonio. We made our appointments (a must) & got lucky at Mayfair bridal! The secret keeping continued here because the ladies there knew my date, but my best friend had no idea, so we all got to be super excited I found the dress, was buying the one off the shelf with no wait time and she missed all those sneaky conversations! For the bridal party, my sister said it would be neat if they all wore nude-coral dressed as the ‘Engagement Party Hostesses’. A few got suspicious with this, luckily I had a quick response for every question & digging I sensed over the planning period. Cully told his guys he was wearing a suit & they could wear anything they wanted. The mismatched look we got was too perfect to be planned.

The feel. I loved the setting & the look my mom helped put together. We went with a more casual, rustic & natural feel, so my mom decorated the tables with blue mason jar vases as flower arrangements that complimented the wedding party flowers. She also had wonderful lace & crocheted table decorations from her & my grandmothers that she put under the vases. It was perfect! For our music, we used an awesome app called Myweddingdj. Found this on Pinterest & we loved it! We created playlists for the pre ceremony, processional, recessional & the brunch with our favorite songs. My brother in law cued the start & end of each playlist & the app did a great job of fading in and out so it sounded great!

We told the wedding party to arrive 1.5 hours earlier than the guests to decorate & hang out. As they did, my sisters casually pointed them to where I was & they saw me getting my hair done and my wedding dress. It was so fun! There were lots of happy tears & reviewing of all the misleading I had done. The guys arrived to find Cully and instead of tears, there were beers. Another layer to the wedding surprise was that one of our funniest friends, Mark, was going to marry us. The guys got a huge kick out of that after spending 3 days laughing with & at him at the bachelor party.The wedding party all met with our parents an hour before the wedding & did a quick run through to get everyone in the wedding mode. It was great for calming our nerves too. As the guests started arriving, they got the program that clued them in on the surprise. The ceremony was joyful, sincere, written by us & executed by our good friend Mark perfectly.

Food! I just have to say Pink Avocado was amazing! They planned the menu off of our breakfast favorites: grits, breakfast tacos & pancakes. Still wanting to be unique & stray from the typical, we wanted something different for dessert & they were on board. They did awesome on our donut hole tower/cake! Yes, it was ridiculously good.

Having a surprise wedding was ideal for us! I think having less people in the loop kept nerves & stress down for all involved. We loved getting to add more happiness & surprise the people that we enjoy so much. Thank goodness we have the wonderful pictures, our vows & all the music to enjoy over & over to relive this amazing day!

Floral Design: Verbena Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Mayfair Bridal | Stationery: Blackstone Studio | Bride's Shoes: Lucchese Cowboy Boots | Catering: Pink Avocado Catering | Hair: Pink Slipper Hair | Wedding: The Vineyard At Chappel Lodge

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Outdoor DIY Wedding in Austin

With a crafty, can-do attitude, great things can happen without breaking the bank. Just take this outdoor Austin affair DIYed from start to finish. Thanks to a bride who wasn’t afraid to get her hands a little dirty, and a few key vendors like Tiny Pies who joined the day, it’s a lesson that limited budget can still equal all out style. Need more proof? Visit the gallery from The Bird And The Bear right here.

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From the Bride… Wes and I are both from California but have been in Texas for three years, so we knew we wanted to have our family and friends come out to our new neck of the woods for our wedding. Before we got engaged, I had come across Three Points Ranch through the internet, and instantly fell in love for our “someday” wedding. Wes and I both love vintage airstreams and the Texas Hill Country, so it was perfect. The minute we walked the venue and met Sally, we knew this was where we wanted to celebrate our big day. She mentioned the 11 Oaks on the ranch, and the site of those beautiful oak trees, we knew that’s where we wanted to say our vows.

Then came the planning part! Because I am a very hands-on, DIY kind of girl (and a bit of a control freak) I knew I wanted to do as much of the wedding stuff on my own and incorporate as much of Wes and I into this day as I could. Plus our budget was limited, so keeping it simple was key. Wes is an avid home brewer, so he immediately volunteered to brew 20 gallons of home brewed beer for the reception. To incorporate his hobby, my sister handmade all the boutonnieres using bottle caps and burlap. Wes is also well known for his homemade jam, so naturally we had to make his famous peach habanero jam as our favors. I’m nuts about vintage mason jars, so I gathered my collection to use as centerpieces and kept it simple with candles and baby’s breath.

I also hand stamped our escort cards, added chalkboard labels and craft paper tags to all the mason jars for drinking, hand stamped the table name cards, made the flower girl bucket and my father made the wooden box for the ring bearer. My bridal bouquet was made the night before the wedding using flowers I picked up from Whole Foods. And since we both aren’t cake fans, it was only right to have mini pies (not handmade by me, but Tiny Pies). If anyone says a DIY wedding is hard, this is true! But I found it to be incredibly rewarding and personal.

Our day turned out to be so much more than we expected. One of my best friends married us, and her words were just amazing. Wes and I wrote our own vows, but to save us from having to speak and cry at the same time, she had us write them as “letters” to each other and read them. Our ceremony was equal amounts of love and laughter, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

The reception was relaxing (we actually got to eat!) and we had so many of our friends and family stand up and give speeches, I didn’t know there could be so much love for the two of us. Not to mention all the laughter! The rest of the night was spent dancing, relaxing by the fire pit, cooking smore’s and enjoying homemade beer. I couldn’t have asked for better photographers, Caryn and Bryan not only captured so many parts of the night, but their pictures are so stunning. Looking at them made us want to celebrate the day and night all over again!

Photography: The Bird And The Bear | Caterer: Pok-e-Jo's Smokehouse | DJ: Tunes Across Texas | Baker: Tiny Pies | Location: Three Points Ranch

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