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New Year’s Eve Wedding Shoot

In my book, black + gold is THE killer combo for New Year’s celebrations. And when paired alongside modern stripes and glitter accents, it’s enough to leave this Monday morn’ feeling more like a Friday afternoon. With the careful styling of  Borrowed & Blue and elegant florals from Events A La Carte, this shoot is filled with New Year’s inspiration like you’ve never, ever seen. Elisabeth Carol snapped up the goodies and Jordan Laessig filmed a behind-the-scenes look you just mustn’t miss!

From Britni of Borrowed & Blue… New Years is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a fun shoot full of lots of glitter, laughter and good old fashioned black and white stripes?! This shoot was a mix of some of our favorite things that have to do with the New Year and the traditional details that make a wedding a wedding.

This time around we chose to stick with a very classy black, white and gold theme, but with some flair. I am always a fan of glitter, so when we decided to go in the direction of a New Years Eve celebration, I was all over that.

Photography: Elisabeth Carol Photography | Videography: Jordan Laessig | Coordination: Borrowed & Blue | Floral Design: Events A La Carte | Wedding Dress: Classy Concepts | Cake: Sweetie Mae's Sweetcakes | Grooms Attire: Express | Venue: Michelle Monk Studio | Rentals: Belltower Chapel And Gardens

An Engagement Session at Brewed in Fort Worth from Tucker Images

I cannot wait to see the wedding of these two lovebirds. Seriously, these engagement photos from Tucker Images are proof enough that a stylish shindig is in the works. Until then, I’ll be in the gallery, poring over every little spec of love.


From Tucker Images… Ali and Corey are getting married in April of next year on the beach! Their amazing coordinator, Linda, from Wedfully Yours sent them our way and we were so pumped to be a part of such an awesome team. Linda found, BREWED, in downtown Ft Worth. It’s got the perfect balance of charm, color, quirky furniture and of course awesome staff! Linda, styled the later part of the session with an adorable picnic under some seriously amazing light. All tied together with an adorable couple who’s love for each other is apparent in every grin and kiss it made for a perfect Texas afternoon!

Photography: Tucker Images | Styling: Wedfully Yours | Coordination: Wedfully Yours | Coffee Shop: Brewed

Fort Worth, Texas Wedding from Jeremy & Kristin Photography

It goes without saying that I love weddings. I’ve been gushing about them for years now on the pages of SMP, but they truly never get old to me. Even though I am knee deep in them daily, the way a couple looks at each other still sends a flutter through me I just can’t shake. Take this couple for instane, who love each other so much it shows in every gorgeous picture snapped up by Jeremy & Kristin. It’s reason number 1,305 that I will never tire of swooning over nuptials, and you can see why here.


From Jeremy & KristinJoJo and Gio’s wedding was the epitome of elegance and simple beauty. Early in the planning process JoJo wanted her theme to be vintage elegance. While there were aspects to her day that were vintage, there were also details and florals that made the wedding appear more graceful and exquisite. A unique aspect to their wedding was the range of culture. JoJo is half Indian and half Chinese and it was very important for her to reflect her heritage and allow her guests to experience a multi-ethnic wedding. One way JoJo accomplished this was by hiring Bollywood Dance Instructors. These two girls did a fabulous dance routine as a performance and then JoJo invited all of the wedding guests to join her on the dance floor to learn some simple Bollywood moves. This was a first for Gio and many of the guests. JoJo’s reception venue, the Ashton Depot, was a perfect setting for their immaculate reception. The grandeur of the chandeliers and vaulted ceilings were the perfect ascetic for this wedding. JoJo even mentioned the most important aspect of her wedding were her flowers, and it shows. Her bouquets and centerpieces were gorgeous and added a light soft color to the day. Jen Rios with Jen Rios Design helped JoJo with coordination and styling and played an integral part in making the wedding day the success that it was!

Photography: Jeremy & Kristin | Floral Design: Blooming Accents | Cake: Sweet Memories | Ceremony Venue: St. Michaels | Reception Venue: The Ashton Depot | DJ: DFW Party Mix | Transportation: Scene | Coordination + Styling: Jen Rios Design | Gelato: Paciguo West 7th | Hair + Makeup: WAFU Artistry | Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth

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Springtown Texas Barn Wedding from Dyan Kethley + Meredith Bacon

You know what I love about this wedding?  Well, besides everything?  It’s the adorable bride and groom. A duo that dove head first into creating and crafting their big Texas soiree all of the way from Tennessee. It’s some serious dedication that totally paid off with a breathtaking affair chock-full of personality and, well… you know how we adore those.  From the sweet Oak Knoll Ranch setting to the succulent-filled blooms from Dr. Delphinium to an entire gallery of pretty from Dyan Kethley and Meredith Bacon, it’s the perfect start to your Friday.  Kick off the weekend in style in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Chris and I dated long distance a year before I moved to Tennessee in May 2012 and got engaged soon after on September 1, 2012. We were so excited to get married and start our new life together as man and wife!

When we started thinking about our wedding, we wanted it to be a celebration of the union of two people whom the Lord brought together, but also of two families joining together—filled with the all of the people we love. Our wedding day was filled with family and friends from all walks of our lives; people who have impacted our lives and played integral roles in molding us into who we are today, surrounded us with love, support, and encouragement as we spoke our vows and committed our lives to each other forever. There were a few important family members that were not able to be at the wedding, namely, Chris’s Granny, with whom he is very close to. He was able to honor her by wearing her late husband’s, Chris’s grandfather’s, high school class ring. Chris also honored his other grandfather by wearing Doc’s cuff links that have the family crest embossed on them. I wore my great grandmother’s wedding band on our wedding day to honor and celebrate her life, as well.

The barn we were married at was on my family’s ranch. My Dad grew up on a farm in Ohio and used barn wood from the Ohio farm inside the barn on the ranch. The beauty in the reclaimed wood on the walls in the new barn is breathtaking, beauty not only from the wood, but from the story and meaning from where the wood is from.

Our wedding had lots of personal touches reflecting our relationship, loves, and passions. The look I was wanting was lovely, simple, and delicate. The delicate details to add beauty, simple decorations such as the burlap runners, and lovely—which was exquisitely captured by the barn and ceremony. My mom did a wonderful job helping with the flowers, and worked with the flower vendor based on pictures I sent her to capture the natural, soft look I had hoped for, and incorporated our wedding colors beautifully! The barn has a functioning antique photo booth, providing fun pictures for everyone! All of the barn antiques are a cool aspect as this is a love of mine that I share with both Chris and my Dad.

Chris and I absolutely love building things together and are passionate DIY’ers. We wanted to incorporate this in our wedding in as many details as we could despite the distance of living in Tennessee and getting married in Texas. Chris built the “family” signs for the tables as well as the direction signs for the wedding with wood from a pallet that he pulled apart. Chris’s mother and I spent several nights chalking, cutting, and fraying the burlap runners for all of the tables which were so much fun to make with her! I was able to make little things while in Tennessee to send home to use at the wedding, which appeased my adoration for “little lovelies”—things that would add beauty but not take away from the splendor of the barn. I wrapped jute around several letter “K’s” to put around the guest book table and the inside of the barn. My younger sister decorated a chalkboard that said, “Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy” on it, that was hung in the entrance of the barn. As a little surprise and way to honor Chris, a University of Tennessee Volunteer, I got UT orange garters and hand embroidered “Go Vols” on the toss garter myself in orange thread. As an Arkansas Razorback, I have told my new husband, I will fully support and cheer on the Vols at every game, until they play the Hogs. I also made each of the flower girl’s headbands, which were made of elastic lace ribbon, rolled rosettes of navy, white, and grey, and had little seed pearls in the middle of the rosettes. We added other personal touches through our colors: orange—for the University of Tennessee of course, yellow and gray—I have a small obsession with yellow and gray, and navy simply because we felt it complemented the other colors we chose. One of my favorite things was our guest favors—UT orange koozies that said “To have and to hold” on one side, and “The Kennedys, 04.27.13” on the other. I had the graphic design company I worked for in college make them which was fun to be able to include them in our special day. On our wedding RSVPS, we had each guest write in a song request when they RSVPed to our wedding, all of which were played during the reception. It was so much fun to dance with everyone on the dance floor, especially when the song requests came on—you could see the excitement in everyone to hear their song requests!

Another fun, personal touch is who married us. One of the officiants was one of Chris’s Dad’s very best friends, who flew in from Florida to marry us, which was very special and meaningful to Chris and I. One of our brother-in-law’s fathers also took part in officiating the ceremony, blessing us with a person from each side of the family uniting Chris and I in marriage. We asked each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen pick out their own dress and suit based on the color we gave them because we wanted them to like what they were wearing and be comfortable in it as well. The complementing shades of navy and gray and mixing of dresses was a stunning array of beauty lined up at the ceremony, celebrating each of our friend’s individual beauty, uniqueness, and how much they mean to Chris and me. We wanted our day to not be solely about us, but about the Lord’s provision and seeing us fit to be married, celebrating the people who have helped us grow into who we are, praising the Lord for who He is, and what He will do in and through our marriage.

We are so thankful for all of the vendors that helped make our day the special, joy-filled day it was. Thank you for everything!

Photographers: Dyan Kethley Photography + Meredith Bacon Photography | Wedding Venue: Oak Knoll Ranch | Event Planner: Events by Kristin | Catering: Gil’s Elegant Catering | Floral Design: Dr. Delphinium | Tables: Shag Carpet | Chairs: M&M Special Events Company | DJ: It’s Your Night Entertainment | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta via Stardust Celebrations | Koozies: B-Unlimited Inc. | Cake: Two Chicks Cake Tricks | Hair + Makeup: Susie Gray Uphues | Bride’s Shoes: Milk & Honey

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Thistle Hill Mansion Wedding from Ivy Weddings

I’m bad at surprises. Love them! But I can’t keep a secret for the life of me, out of pure excitement. So, I love seeing others pull it off, like this sweet Groom did for his proposal to his Bride, immediately followed by a pre-planned engagement party with family and friends (bonus points!). Melts your heart, right? And it all led to the prettiest wedding day captured by Ivy Weddings, so well, that you wouldn’t even know a drop of rain fell from the sky. Visit the gallery for even more.

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 From the Bride… Jordan and I met through his sister, who I had recently met and become friends with at church. Jordan lived out of town and had flown in to spend the holidays with his family. Our paths crossed when he tagged along with Katie to church one night. We spent that evening talking and getting to know each other. The next week we had our first date at the shooting range, and I knew this guy would be different!

After a year and a half of dating long distance, I flew to visit Jordan in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He had planned a beautiful, and totally unexpected, proposal on a cliff overlooking the Tennessee River. I was even more surprised when he took me back into town and there waiting for us was an engagement party filled with our family and friends. All of them were in on the surprise and had flown in from all over the world just to celebrate with us! It was a perfect day I will never forget.

We planned an outdoor wedding and after a week of perfect weather, a torrential downpour started just a few minutes before our ceremony. Jordan and I were both set on keeping our ceremony outdoors, so we waited until the rain slowed down a little and had the ceremony in the rain. By the end of the ceremony, the sun came back out and the rest of the day was perfect. I think the rainy ceremony made our wedding all the more beautiful and memorable. It was the perfect start to the rest of our lives.

Photographer: Ivy Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Thistle Hill Mansion | Reception Venue: Reata Restaurant | Officiant: Michael Santiago  | Wedding Day Coordinator: Bethany Roszhart | Floral Design: The Blooming Bride | Wedding Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Catering: Reata | Invitations: DIY Design with Kimberly Kadlubar of Swoozie’s | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Mockingbird Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: J. Renee | Hair Comb: Charming Charlie | Veil: Borrowed | Hair + Makeup: Shanna Gobin | Jewelry: Family Jewels | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor  | Bridesmaids’  Clutches: KellysKeepsakes | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Charming Charlie | Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Keyboard: Laura Cummings | MC: DoubleTake Productions

 

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Bohemian Fort Worth Inspiration Shoot from Charla Storey Photography

A post-wedding Bridal Session.  Now there’s an idea I can get behind.  Especially if it’s one that is as amazingly beautiful as this one captured by Charla Storey Photography.  Because if there is anything in the world as exciting as stepping into your wedding gown on your Big Day, it’s getting to do it all over again.  And with stunning florals from Kate Foley Designs and a crazy cool Brewed Coffee Shop setting? This should most definitely be mandatory.  Click here for all of the pretty.

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From Charla Storey PhotographyWe shot this bridal session with Bohemian-inspired flowers and hair at a hot new amazing coffee shop in Fort Worth called Brewed (it has an Austin or Anthorpologie feel to it, with amazing coffee to boot!) that opened in October! This bride is already married and decided it’s never to late to get your bridal pictures done! She got all dolled up and we shot her bridal images in time for Valentine’s Day! This shoot was so fun, whimsical and filled with yummy light!

Wedding Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Location: Brewed Coffee Shop + Trinity Park in Forth Worth, Texas | Floral Design: Kate Foley Designs | Wedding Dress: Casablanca via Classy Concepts Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edleman