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Gold + Silver Texas Glam Wedding

We don’t hear from the grooms all that often which makes this gentleman’s story special from the start. But the way he describes the “most amazing day of his life” and his breathtaking wife, well, it brought tears to my eyes. Becca Lea captured every moment of their special day and thanks to her pics, our VAULT just got a major boost of Texas glam gorgeousness – see it all this way!

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From the Groom… The day I married Amanda was by far the most amazing day of my life. It was the culmination of a beautiful journey we had started four years prior and it ended up being everything we wanted it to be. I began that beautiful July day arriving at the mansion where our ceremony and reception would be taking place. I remember Amanda seeing the mansion for the first time and saying this is where we HAVE to get married. We hadn’t even walked inside, but I knew our search for a venue was over. The mansion encompassed all the things we wanted; a beautiful outdoor ceremony location, a reception space by the pool, and an on-site groom and bride’s suite that were large enough to accommodate our wedding party of 20. The flower girl even asked if princesses lived in the mansion.

We had decided to do a first look and I remember when Becca called me up to get ready for it I was so excited I could barely stand it. Amanda had kept every aspect about her wedding day look a secret, but knowing her there was no doubt that she would be a perfect combination of glamorous and classic. I could not wait to see the woman of my dreams in her wedding dress. I stood with my back turned waiting on her to walk up to me, I could hear her footsteps and excited laughter as her approach came near, I had a smile from ear to ear before I even laid eyes on her and when I finally did she looked more breathtaking than I could have ever imagined. I was a little hesitant about the first look in the beginning, but I would definitely do it again. It was such an intimate moment that we got to share before saying “I do.”

After pictures we waited for the ceremony to begin. I walked down to the big oak tree in front of the mansion where our ceremony was going occur. Amanda and I wanted the ceremony to be simple and intimate, so even the people that didn’t know us well would be able to feel the love we have for each other. Once, everyone was in position the stringed musicians began to play “At Last” by Etta James and I could see Amanda begin her walk with her father. Once I saw her it seemed as though everything else in the entire place faded away, it was just me and her. That was the happiest moment of my life thus far. I was so thankful that my college roommate and close friend, Brian, was able to officiate our wedding. He did an amazing job at making our ceremony personal and fun while telling our story. We decided to write our vows, something I was quite nervous about prior to the ceremony but once it began it just flowed out so natural and easy, I didn’t feel nervous at all, I was just so happy to be marrying this amazing woman and everything just felt so right up there.

After the ceremony we made our way to the reception. The theme that Amanda had put together looked great; it was a perfect balance of who we were, I believe she called it “Texas Glam.” It makes me laugh just writing that but it summed the look and feel up great; a backyard Texas environment with all the glamour and beauty that my wife brings to everything she touches. We could not have asked for a more beautiful venue and night. Surrounded by our family and friends we danced the night away and celebrated our love, it was night I will never forget and always cherish.

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Photography: Becca Lea Photography | Cinematography: Robert Oberg | Event Planning: Lindsey Brunk | Floral Design: The Elegant Petal | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe | Bride's Shoes: Lauren Lorraine | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Lone Star Mansion | Hair + Makeup: Chelsea Teran | Groom's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Venue: Lone Star Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Lulu's Bridal Boutique | Bride + Maid Of Honor Rompers: Xenia | Bridesmaids' Rompers: Forever21

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Burleson, Texas Wedding from Heather Hawkins Photography

After getting to know this bride a bit through her writeup, I’m completely convinced we could be the best of friends. She’s got wit, style and knows how to keep her cool in even the stickest of circumstances (read: dress rip on wedding day!) And while I wish I could steal every aspect of her fairytale nuptials — not to mention that bouquet by Megan Wilkes — I think I’ll stick to living vicariously with a visit to the gallery. Join me for a swoon-sesh of Heather Hawkins’ captures right here.

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From the Bride… To write about our wedding day has proven to be a challenge because I want to stray from using the cliche phrases that are so sugary sweet that people go into a coma reading them. Sugary sweetness, however, is exactly what comes out of my mouth every time I begin to describe the day that I married my best friend. It is the most nervous, the most delirious, and the most invigorated I have ever been, and since I am married to Ben, I can legally say that he whole heartedly agrees with me. That’s a thing, right?

Our wedding was perfect because every vendor we chose worked tirelessly and flawlessly, the weather cooperated, people actually showed up, which disproved my recurring wedding nightmare, and we danced the night away. (Not to mention Ben pulling off the biggest surprise ever in the form of a helicopter get-away vehicle). I really do believe that even if no one showed up, and all of our vendors emailed us the day before saying all the things were broken, I would have had an equally awesome time because no matter what, I was going to walk down that aisle to my blue-eyed hunk and forever be Mrs. Howard. And I think I have merit in saying that, because my dress for real ripped and I did not wig completely out and send everyone home.

Basically, I relive June 8th, 2013 in my head regularly and go full-on girl and tear up about it. After a year of engagement, many prayers, a little tiny speck of stress, and lots of encouragement, we got married in front of our God and our dearest friends and family. How could that not be perfect?

Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Floral Design: Megan Wilkes | Cake: Delicious Cakes | Stationery: Paul Wilkes at Foundry Co. | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Distinct Elegance Bridal Boutique | Catering: Festive Occasions | Hair + Makeup: One Fine Day | Venue: Lone Star Mansion | Bridal Salon: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Bridesmaids' Hangers: WhiskeynWeddingBells | Bridesmaids' Robes: MaySilk | Wedding Dress ("Destiny"): Reem Acra

Lone Star Mansion Wedding From Double Knot Photography

Pastels always make me swoon. It’s a fact. Bridesmaids in flowing frocks in the prettiest of pastel hues? Well that’s just swoon-worthy and then some. Add a gorgeous Bride, a dashing Groom and too many pretty details to list – and that’s the recipe for a perfect SMP Texas feature. We get to enjoy just such a feature thanks to the stunning images from Double Knot Photography, and you can start the swooning right here, in the full gallery of images.

Bethany and Chris – Lone Star Mansion Wedding Video from Soulbox Productions on Vimeo.

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From the Bride… When Chris and I got engaged, we had been together for over 5 years so we knew that a destination wedding wasn’t an option for us. We wanted to share our wedding day with all of our family and friends that have loved and supported us through the years. We immediately started looking for venues in our current home town of Granbury, Texas. I grew up in Seattle and a lot of my family would be making the trip to Texas for the wedding. In their minds, we ride horses to and from work, so I wanted to give them that very southern Texas wedding. I initially began looking at barns and rustic venues but after months of searching I couldn’t find “the one.” I wanted something that was country but could still be very elegant when decorated and had a great outdoor area for the ceremony. While scouring the internet, I stumbled across the Lone Star Mansion in Burleson and immediately booked an appointment to go see it. After driving through the mansion’s white gates, I knew it would be our wedding venue. The main drive up to the mansion was lined with white picket fences and a large picturesque pond with two white swans gliding across the water (seriously, I’m not making that up). On the mansion’s 18 acres, a large oak tree stood in the very center which would be perfect for our ceremony. The mansion was breathtaking in all its southern glory.

Once we found the venue, I started planning the rest of the details right away. I didn’t want to be confined to one or two colors so when anyone asked me what my colors were, my answer was always pastels. One of the first things we did was start looking for bridesmaids dresses and of course, my dress. I’m a huge fashion lover so this was probably the most exciting part for me. My vision for my wedding dress changed two or three times. First I wanted lace, then I wanted something with a large skirt and somehow I ended up at tulle. We went to three different bridal boutiques. We found the bridesmaids dresses at the second one. I wanted something simple that came in several different colors so each girl could have a different pastel. I was definitely stressed about how they would all look together (Are they going to look like an Easter egg?!) but they turned out better than I had hoped. The colors looked so amazing together and all of my bridesmaids looked stunning in them. We ended up finding my dress at our third stop, Stardust Celebrations in Plano. I saw it on the rack and was positive that would be my dress. It was the first dress we put on and sure enough, it was the one. The details and bodice were so different than anything I had seen anywhere else and the layered tulle just warmed my soul. I tried on several dresses after it, but nothing compared. It was perfect for me. Later in the process I ended up getting a second dress for the reception that fulfilled my lace love.

The mansion was so stunning on its own that we didn’t need to do much for decor. For the ceremony we put up a chandelier under the tree and draped some white fabric for a simple ethereal look. The fabric ended up getting a little crazy considering we had 19 mph hour winds but it flowed, hit our officiant in the face and added a little special touch. Our florist was an absolute whiz. I would mention one flower and she would pop off with 15 others that would go with it. She adorned every other chair with simple bouquets in mason jars and lined the aisle with flower petals that somehow stayed pretty well despite the wind.

I wanted to stick with pinks, whites and silvers for the reception decor but bring in more of the color and pastels with the flowers. I didn’t want a large centerpiece that would hinder my guests from chatting across the table so we decided to go with small clusters of glass vases. I love how they turned out with the varying sizes and colors, it was simple but so pretty. I couldn’t find any table numbers in stores that I liked so I ordered 20 pastel pink wooden frames and painstakingly cut out the numbers from glitter paper. It took two evenings after work but it was definitely worth it. We used chalkboards for all of our informational signs including the program and seating chart. I hired a local cheerleader with pretty handwriting to decorate these, I loved the look!

My family is a huge supporter of game nights. Whenever I am back in Seattle visiting, a game night is absolutely mandatory. Our most recent favorite has been Farkle so I thought that would be a perfect wedding favor for our guests. I found some really great burlap bags on Etsy that could be personalized with our initials and filled each bag with 6 dice and instructions for Farkle. My Mom surprised me with custom dice, so everyone went home with one special die with our B+C wedding logo.

In the end, our main goal was to have a great party, host our guests and show them how much we love and cherish them in our lives. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and we could not have done it without our amazing vendors, our supportive families and our best friends. HUGE thank you to my mom for listening, helping and stressing with me every single step of the way. I don’t think I made one decision without her opinion. She was my rock throughout the whole planning process. Tips to brides: Organize everything and delegate before the wedding day! You won’t have as much time as you think to run around and make sure everything is set up correctly. And if things don’t go exactly the way you wanted, let it go! All of the minor details that I fretted about days leading up to the wedding were completely out the window when I saw my husband standing at the end of the aisle. I am so thankful to have found such an amazing man to share my life with. As we read in our vows “Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you stay, I will stay.”

Wedding Photography: Double Knot Photography | Cinematography: Soulbox Productions| Floral Decor: Daydreaming Daisies | Wedding Venue: Lone Star Mansion Burleson, Texas | Invitations: Kimberly Fitzsimons | Wedding Cake: Delicious Cakes | Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN |Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige Bridal from Stardust Celebrations | Bride’s Headpiece + Earrings: Paris by Debra Moreland | S’mores Bar: Bella Wedding Rentals| Koozies: 4imprint | Favor Burlap Bags: magdalinenHome | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Allure Bridals | Hair + Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio | DJ: Brandon Fitzgerald | Wedding Coordinator: Rochelle Ragas | Transportation: My-DFW-Limo | Chalkboards: Sara Henry

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