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Getaway Car Wedding Inspiration

I’ve always believed the most romantic part of a wedding comes down to the getaway. You know – those major moments of bliss as you pull away with the one you love on the best day ever? So when Reagen Taylor and Caroline Joy joined forces to bring that very vision to life, it took all I had not to pin every. last. image. Have a look for yourself in the full gallery right here!


From Reagen Taylor… After our first style shoot together, Caroline and I immediately came up with the idea to do a getaway car-inspired style shoot. I spent the next couple weeks in a giddy daze as I sketched out ideas, wandered through flower markets, drove until I got lost in the Hill Country searching for the perfect setting, held creative collaboration sessions, and crafted (which consequently led to the spreading of gold glitter all over my studio…whoops).

On my adventure through the Hill Country, I found a picturesque hunting ranch outside Dripping Springs, TX which served as the perfect backdrop for the style shoot against the meadows, rolling hills, and centuries-old oak trees. To maintain a classically elegant feel, the models, Kristen and Hunter (super sweet real-life husband and wife), wore simple black and white dress. For the flowers, I used rich jewel tones (garnet, amethyst, ruby, sapphire) to stand out dramatically against the simplicity of the classic car and attire.

Then, I had a vision that an old stained-glass window should be used in the middle of a meadow as a ceremony backdrop. I ended up creating a three-panel ‘stained glass’ window out of vintage lace so the sun would glow through the lace in delicate patterns. The invitations were designed and hand-painted by the lovely and talented Wynne and Mozelle from Inviting Affairs. I’m so thankful for all of the wonderful people who helped pull this style shoot together, and to be blessed with the opportunity to work with such amazingly creative and genuine people.

Photography: Caroline Joy Photography | Invitations: Inviting Affairs | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Hair & Makeup: Rae Cosmetics | Dress & Veil: Second Summer Bride | Floral Design/ Concept + Styling: Reagen Taylor | Models: Kristen & Hunter Smith | Venue: Longhorn River Ranch | Vintage Car: Jim Coffman

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Texas Hill Country Wedding from Apryl Ann Photography

I’ve never met a Hill Country Wedding I don’t want to be a guest at. They have that rustic Texas flavor and always look like a wildly good time. Cowboy boots and lawn games being major factors in that fun equation. This particular installment captured by Apryl Ann Photography has all the above plus a crazy good layer of florals by Verbena Floral and the backdrop of Camp Lucy to add to its major awesomeness. One look at the full gallery and I guarantee you’ll be jumping on the Hill Country bandwagon too.


From the Bride… As an interior designer, naturally, I had planned and dreamed of this day for so long– All of the vintage-y design details, the “Hill Country Chic” theme, the peachy-pink and gray color scheme, etc. etc. — I know every bride says it, but the day was honestly SO much more than we could have ever dreamed, planned or expected!

Our amazing day took place on Easter Sunday- 3.31.13 (exactly a year from the date of our spectacular proposal in Puerto Rico). Our event was set atop of a gorgeous peak overlooking the Texas Hill Country at “Camp Lucy” in Dripping Springs, TX. The spring landscaping was beautiful and the scenery was breathtaking… Since Michael and I are transplants from Wisconsin and Puerto Rico and most of our guests were visiting us from afar, we wanted our wedding to showcase our lives here in Texas. We even held a Welcome Dinner at Salt Lick Barbecue and had our Rehearsal Dinner at the local Brewpub we own, Bastrop Brewhouse, to introduce our guests to Texas music, food, drink and lifestyle. Camp Lucy was the perfect venue to represent the true and natural beauty of Texas-our new home state.

Since we were our own wedding planner, we relied heavily on our small wedding party and close family members to help us pull all of our planning and details together the day of the wedding.”Premier Party Rentals” helped to deliver the white ceremony chairs, rustic farm tables and antiqued chairs for the outdoor reception pavilion. The tables were simply adorned with burlap runners, hundreds of clear glass candlesticks, and mercury glass urns with peachy-pink roses, gray succulents and dusty miller from “Verbena Floral”. Clear glass beaded chargers with vintage silver place settings also provided a feminine contrast to the reclaimed wood of the farmhouse tables. The ceremony site was simplistically grand, set on the outdoor lawn under a large live oak tree with hanging crystal chandeliers provided by Ilios Lighting. Our program and schedule of events were written on a large vintage framed chalkboard at the ceremony entrance and rustic wine barrels held a small pale of “irish wedding bells” for our guests to ring as the newly married couple walked down the aisle (both created by the MOB). Pastel colored Easter eggs were hidden throughout the property for an Easter Egg Hunt for the little guests. Rustic painted signs pointed to lawn games like bocce ball, croquet and bean bags, which were personalized with our wedding logo. The bar, set atop rustic wine barrels and covered with lace, was stocked with Bastrop Brewhouse brews and personalized mason jar favors for guests to use throughout the night. The cocktail tables were set with flowering succulents that were planted in vintage tea cups and set above stacked antique books. Blue mason jars served as “tip jars” at each table with small Kraft paper tags for guests to write their “tips” and advice for the couple. Coordinating “I do” coloring books and “I spy” games were also fun for the kids (and adults!). Vintage sofas, chairs and side tables were sprinkled throughout the venue to provide additional seating and conversation. A tufted gold couch sat beneath a stone arch overlooking a breathtaking Hill Country View. Vintage white frames and props were available nearby to complete the Polaroid “photo booth”. An antique peach secretary desk with a vintage typewriter acted as our guest book, while stacked luggage served as our “card box”. Nearby, framed photos of loved ones who have passed sat on an old turquoise painted mantle. Apothecary jars with jelly beans, easter chocolates, and cupcakes from “Simply Sweet” in Bastrop sat on top of a white antique buffet and our 3-tiered ruffled grand mariner cake from “Simon Lee Bakery” was the center piece. The food was prepared by our own team at Bastrop Brewhouse and was served family style. Acoustic music was provided by “Tanner Louis and the Aviators”. And of course, there were the dresses! My Enzoani dress from “Blush Bridal” was fun, feminine and unexpected. It was ethereal and eclectic with a fitted bodice tied by a vintage sash and feathery tulle bottom. My bridesmaids wore pale slate gray chiffon dresses from “J crew ” with the cowboy boots that were given to the girls as their bridesmaids gifts early in the day. The groom and his groomsmen wore black suits with gray vests from Men’s Wearhouse, and little Aiden, our son and ring bearer, wore peach polka dot suspenders and a bow tie from Etsy.

I could go on and on about all of the incredible details! But what truly made our wedding so incredible, memorable and unique, was the overwhelming LOVE that was felt throughout the day. From the loving words spoken by the officiant/ Father of the Bride, to the personal vows we shared as a family, to the series of tearful toasts by the wedding party… The day was filled with love. We are so lucky and blessed to have spent such a special day with the most important people in our lives. We will cherish these memories and photos forever!

Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Bastrop Brewhouse | Lighting: Ilios Lighting | Desserts: Simon Lee Bakery | Floral: Verbena Floral | Reception Music: Tanner Lewis Music | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals

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Whimsical Austin Texas Wedding from The Bird and The Bear + Petals, Ink.

DIY Brides these days are my heroes. The pretty they can whip up just blows my wedding-loving mind, and this lovely Bride is a fine example. Her perfectly crafted day filled the gorgeous pictures from The Bird and The Bear with so much love, I simply can’t get over it. Sprinkle in some gorgeous florals from Petals, Ink., and lovelies, we’ve got one gorgeous gallery on our hands. See it all here.


From Petals Ink… It’s impossible not to adore all of the handmade details of this wedding. Colors and textures collide to create a delight for the senses in a picturesque, Texas Hill Country Venue. Fringe garland, ruffled icing, succulents in tiny clay pots, wooden and lit signage throughout! But beyond all the lovely details, there is this gorgeous couple so obviously, wildly in love with each other. Nothing ever tops that!

From the Bride… My husband and I knew we had to get married in Austin, Texas; it’s a short drive down the road from our alma mater, Baylor, where we met our freshman year. The only problem was, I had moved home to Pennsylvania after I graduated while he finished an extra semester, and he was about to move back to California to start his new job after he graduated! So, in a nutshell, it was complicated from the start. But we were heart set that was the place, so we made it work! I planned the entire wedding while living on the east coast, which was definitely a challenge. I had to give up on a lot of my initial dreams and ideas because it just wasn’t possible with the distance. But in the end, it all turned out perfectly and many of those “crushed” dreams were forgotten. We wanted to get married as soon as we could, and I had to have an outdoor wedding, so that complicated things as well with the summer heat in Texas. We finally chose June 16, a little over 6 months from the day we got engaged. My goals when planning the wedding were: be frugal, make it personal, and make it casual. It was never in the budget for me to hire a full-on wedding planner, but I did take some advice from a few friends and hired a day-of coordinator who was absolutely amazing (I would say that was worth every penny to not have stress for anyone the day of the wedding).

I wanted the day to feel like a backyard party; casual and really fun. I hand made almost everything. I wanted my hands to be in all the details so that they would be super personalized to fit us as a couple. I worked around the color scheme of green and yellow (for Baylor, where we met at our freshman orientation), and worked it into yellow and mint and then with some blues and turquoises thrown in. I played a lot with different design elements, so I didn’t have one specific theme. It was kind of colorful-meets-rustic-meets-DIY. All the wooden signs I made out of old shipping pallets, my mom hand sewed the streamers draped in the barn, and we both scoured vintage and thrift shops for months for antique items to place around for an added rustic look.

I would say I am very laid-back and a nontraditional bride. My main focuses were the personalization of all the details, the photography and the food and desserts! The dress was probably last on my list. I had a really hard time spending so much on a dress that I would only wear once (it looked great though)! My mother actually handmade the one-shoulder lace jacket I wore for the ceremony. She sewed on the buttons from her (and my nana’s) wedding dress for a personal touch. It turned out perfectly, and it was fun to transition to another look after the ceremony! The day of the wedding, it was a perfect sunny day with a bit of a breeze to cut the summer heat. Half of our guests were from California (and struggled a bit in the heat) and the other half were from Texas. We got married in front of an old mantle I found at a thrift store that I had my dad prop upright and add a frame on top. The hole of the frame and the open part of the mantle had a perfect view of the Texas Hill country; it was absolutely beautiful. I struggled a little bit during the ceremony because the sun was shining right in my eyes, but it actually helped me not cry as much as I probably would have! Spencer, on the other hand, was a mess. It was so sweet! One thing I will never forget was being at the reception and seeing so many faces, all of which I knew and had a personal story with. It was the coolest experience ever to have so many people who meant so much to us in the same place, celebrating us. Our photographers, Caryn and Brian from the Bird and the Bear did an absolutely phenomenal job capturing the day. I have never been more proud of something in my life, seeing all my ideas come to life after such hard work!

Photography: The Bird and The Bear | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Invitations: Kramer Drive Designs | Shoes: Anthropologie | Catering: Whole Foods Market | Catering: The Peached Tortilla | Band: The Royal Dukes | Florals : Petals, Ink. | Get Away Car: Austin Classic Limo | Groomsmen Attire: Urban Outfitters | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals

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