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Fredericksburg Wedding from Caroline Plus Ben Photography

You Texas lovelies really know how to throw a wedding.  Like those drop-dead gorgeous, heartwarming kind of affairs that are chock-full of beautiful details and magical moments every which way you turn. Basically, you Texans rock… and when you throw a group of uber-talented vendors in to the mix (hello Viridian Design Studio, CarteWheels Caterers,  Marquee Event Group and Caroline + Ben Photography), it’s like a literal lesson in just how awesome weddings can be.  See it all in the full gallery.

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Q. Most inspirational tool for deciding your wedding details?

Bride: I probably bought $400 worth of wedding magazines and just ripped out the pictures I liked and I didn’t like. I literally made a book for Tricia of my likes and dislikes and she took it from there. Obviously, anything Martha Stewart. Also, look at interior design magazines for floral and décor inspirations – Elle Décor, Veranda, Architectural Digest.

Q. Favorite Photo?

Bride: I honestly have about a million.

Groom: Us with the storm clouds in the background. It was fun, especially knowing that the storm never hit.

Q. Any DIY projects or Etsy goodies?

Bride: When you have a wedding coordinator like Tricia Hamil, she does it all.

Q. Were there any special additions to your ceremony that made it unique?

Bride: My Uncle Harris read from the same bible that was used when my grandparents got married. This was a total surprise, but obviously a wonderful and very touching surprise.

Q. What was the best moment of your wedding day?

Groom: Right after the Ceremony with our wedding party.

Bride: For me, seeing Philip for the first time. Tie for second – first dance with my father. Tie for second- Pre-wedding festivities – getting ready at my mom’s house with all my wonderful friends and family. We all had so much fun that day, I’m pretty sure I’ve never laughed so hard. It was truly so relaxing and fun. That is my advice to any bride – surround yourself with your best friends and family before the wedding and just have fun. I love all the pictures from mom’s house – opening up Stella Artois in the kitchen – such a classic.

Photographer: Eric from Caroline + Ben Photography | Wedding Planner: Viridian Design Studio | Flowers: Viridian Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sophie's Bakery | Invitations: Houston Invitation Service | Jewelry: Past Era | Catering: Cartewheels Catering | Make-up: Alyssa Garcia | Hair: Stephen Leleune | Groom's Attire: Jos A. Bank | Wedding Venue: Crabapple Church | Boots: Lucchese Boots | Rentals: Marquee Rents

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Fredericksburg Barn Wedding from Rachel Whyte

Barn weddings are amazing, that pretty much goes without saying.  But when you take a fabulously styled barn wedding and add in two cuties who are sooo in love, it’s palpable, it’s better than anything you could possibly imagine.  Because this is a day that is not only chock-full of pretty details, but a whole lot of heartwarming moments, too.  See every last one captured by Rachel Whyte in the full gallery.  It’s a love-filled beauty.

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From Rachel WhyteFrom the moment I met Rachel and Reed, I knew they were going to have a really unique wedding. Rachel is one of the kindest and most sincere brides I’ve ever had the honor of working with. Reed is a college football coach who really wanted to be involved in the wedding planning process. It was so refreshing! Their wedding took place in the historic town of Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. They rented out the precious Myrtle Cottage for the weekend for their entire wedding party. Rachel threw an awesome surprise wedding “after party” for Reed, and she even got his favorite band to come play! It blew me away how focused they both were on serving each other, their friends and family even though it was their special day.

Rachel and Reed chose the “party barn” at Alegria (between Fredericksburg and Kerrville) for their venue. The barn was built by jewelry designer James Avery as a place to have parties and retreats and it is such a hidden gem! A sketch of the barn was featured on their custom invitation suite, which I LOVED. I also loved the combination of gray dresses and mint green accessories Rachel chose for her bridesmaids.

She used a local grocery store, HEB, as her florist (who knew you could even do that?). Her mom did a majority of the table centerpieces, which were a mixture of vintage and rustic. The couple gave their guests flower seeds for favors which was such a sweet touch. All of the little DIY details were perfect, but the thing that stood out the most to me about their wedding was the pure emotion. Rachel and Reed’s love for each other is rare- it’s passionate and strong without an ounce of selfishness. While I’m a newlywed myself, I’ve been married long enough to know that that’s the kind of love you need to make a marriage last. Take notes, y’all!

Photography: Rachel Whyte Photography | Event Styling: The Bride & Mother of the Bride | Flowers: Lynn at HEB Fredericksburg | Cake: Sophie's Choice Bakery | Caterer: Calbob's Smoke Shack | DJ: Patrick Kelley | Venue: Alegria Barn | After-Party Band: Eleven Hundred Springs | Month of Coordinator: Viridian Design Studio, Inc. | Rentals: Pursuing Eden Vintage Rentals

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Fredericksburg Wedding from Style & Grace Events + Al Gawlik Photography

Apparently when you combine the charm of Hill Country with some fabulous vintage styling, you get one drop-dead gorgeous wedding. Because that’s precisely what happened in this little ditty whipped up by Crystal at Style & Grace Events. The images from Al Gawlik Photography make it all that much sweeter (if you can believe it), and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From Style & Grace Events… Rachelle & Matthew’s wedding was a perfect mix of hill country charm and vintage elegance. They were married under a large oak tree filled with hanging mason jars that were full of brightly colored sunflowers, stock, and roses. Two antique doors were placed on either side of the tree and included their initials made out of baby’s breath. Instead of a traditional unity candle the couple planted a small tree using dirt from each of their mom’s homes to represent both sides of their family becoming one. Vintage touches were included throughout the reception including a complete vintage seating area with antique glider, truck, suitcases, and hanging lace spheres. Black lanterns lined the outside walkway and guests were greeted with a welcome sign made from an antique window. The centerpieces were an eclectic mix of vintage bottle and vases filled with a mix of colorful flowers. The dessert table was designed with antique crates, doilies and chalkboards and the ceremony doors were brought inside to serve as the backdrop. The couple wanted to pay tribute to their Hill Country surroundings by only serving local wines and having each guest take home a handmade sachet filled with local lavender, displayed in a vintage baby bathtub. Finally the couple made their grand exit to handmade ribbon wands completed with bells which each guests waved as they left.

Wedding Photography: Al Gawlik Photography | Wedding Design + Styling + Coordination: Crystal Marek of Style & Grace Events | Wedding Venue: Kairos Celebration Barn, Fredericksburg, Texas | Floral Design: WOW Factor Designs | Vintage Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Desserts: Sophie’s Choice | Hair + Makeup: Belle Mariee | DJ: Christian with Altared Weddings | Invitations + Programs: The Paper Place | Bed & Breakfast: The Hoffman Haus | Wedding Gown: Unbridaled | Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse

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Fredericksburg Wedding from The Occasional Hello

There are about a million and one reasons that I happen to adore this darling Fredericksburg wedding (I’m looking at you, beautiful blooms from Visual Lyrics and fab paper goods from The Occasional Hello), but I have to say my favorite detail of all is the obvious love these two sweeties have for each other; the kind of love that jumps straight from the computer screen and fills your entire heart.  It’s a love that’s making every moment captured by James Dvorscak Photography pure bliss… and every last gorgeous second planned by Your Wedding, Your Way downright awesome.  Join me in the gallery for so much more.

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From the Bride… Jaime and I love old, European style churches and had toured a few of the Texas Painted Churches in Fredericksburg. Once we got engaged, we decided to try to get married in one of them. Most of the painted churches are in very small towns except for St. Mary’s in Fredericksburg. When we called the church a few days after our engagement, we were told that only members could get married there. A few weeks later, in casual conversation with one of my grad school professors, he mentioned that he was a member of that very church. He very generously offered to “sponsor” us so that we could get married there! We were very lucky and happy to be given such an amazing gift. A few days later, I left for a trip to Asia for a month. Jaime went to Fredericksburg over the Christmas holiday with his Uncle and the two of them picked out the reception and rehearsal dinner venues. I think I may be the only bride in history to have handed over these duties to the groom!

The Tin Star Ranch in Fredericksburg was the ultimate Texas venue for our reception. We had family coming from all over the United States and Mexico and for many this was their first time in the great state of Texas. Our reception was in the Longhorn Palace Saloon, a replica saloon complete with brothel rooms on the second story where many of our guests stayed. There is a Western town in front of the saloon including a replica Alamo. It was quite a treat for our guests!

It was important to Jaime and I to bring aspects of both of our cultures into our wedding day. Fredericksburg is a historic town settled by Germans and being that my family is mostly German, it was the perfect location! We served German fare at the rehearsal dinner, which was in a bier garten at The Fredericksburg Brewing Company. Jaime’s family is of Mexican descent, so we infused many touches of his culture as well. During our ceremony, Jaime’s cousins, Fabiola and Lalo, presented us with the “lasso”, a traditional part of Mexican wedding ceremonies. It resembles a large rosary and is placed around the bride and groom to symbolize unity.

The night we got engaged, Jaime surprised me by gathering our families together at a restaurant near where he proposed. That night, Jaime’s mom gave me a beautiful pair of heirloom earrings. Her father was a jeweler and these earrings have been in the family for many, many years. It was amazing because I absolutely love them and knew that I wanted to wear them on the wedding day as soon as she gave them to me. I wore my mom’s pearls as my “something borrowed” during the ceremony and then changed to these earrings and the monogram necklace Jaime had made for me as my wedding gift during the reception.

I found a shop on Etsy to create a papel picado, a traditional Mexican party decoration, with our names that we hung at the venue. I have always loved the intricacy of this decor and would often make it with my students during my days as a Spanish teacher. I also spent a summer studying in Guanajuato, Mexico, which is near the birthplace of Jose Guadalupe Posada, a famous Mexican artist whose most famous images are associated with the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. I have since collected Day of the Dead figurines and Jaime and I have some of Posada’s art in our house. The bride and groom dolls were given to me at the fiesta-themed bridal shower my bridesmaids’ threw for me a few days before the Day of the Dead. They decorated the shower with papel picado, paper flowers, and sugar skulls. It was absolutely perfect and fit us to a tee!

A mariachi band, a staple at many family parties, played during the cocktail hour, going table by table and taking requests from the crowd. It wouldn’t be an Ortegon party without Mariachi! The Mexican wedding cookies were brought by some of Jaime’s family that came from Mexico just for our day. They even used our wedding logo to decorate the bags. Jaime and I love macarons…they are our favorite dessert. We often bring them home to each other and try out new flavors and varieties in different places when we travel. Having these sweets on the dessert table was a no-brainer. The little details were so special to us. Inspired by my wedding gown, we incorporated lace throughout elements of our day, most prominently in our wedding invitations. I had one guest tell me that she carried the invitation around in her purse for a couple of weeks just to show people how pretty it was. We were thrilled with how our story was told throughout our wedding day and wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Photography: James Dvorscak Photography | Wedding Planning: Stefanie Yandell of Your Wedding, Your Way | Floral Design: Visual Lyrics | Reception Venue: Tin Star Ranch | Rehearsal Dinner: The Fredericksburg Brewing Company | Invitations: The Occasional Hello | Calligraphy: Blue Eye, Brown Eye | Ribbon Wands: Handmade by Heather 4U | Cinematography: Brian Dooley | Cake + Macarons: Krissy’s Cakes | Guest Tree Poster: Peachwik | Papel Picado: Ay Mujer | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Something Bleu | Veil: AlisaBrides | Earrings: Ortegon family heirloom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung by Dessy Group | Tuxes: JcPenney | Groom’s Boots: Ariat |

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Fredericksburg Wedding from Maggie Gillespie Designs + Jennifer Lindberg Weddings

This wedding is beyond beautiful; an amazing example of rustic meets elegance with more than its fair share of romance.  But when you peel back the layers upon layers of pretty, at its core is a story of love and family.  A love between a darling bride and her mother, a groom and his Mrs. and a whole host of amazing friends and family.  Planned (+ styled) to perfection by Maggie Gillespie Designs and captured in amazing imagery by Jennifer Lindberg Weddings this, my friends, is the epitome of lovely.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From Maggie GillespieWhen I got the call from Gina, I knew this would be something very special indeed. Her mother had recently been diagnosed with cancer and the bride wanted to make sure she would be able to be at her wedding, yet not incur any of the inevitable stress of putting on a big wedding. Time was of the essence… with little time to plan before the best date, a couple of weeks before Christmas. Gina wanted a warm country setting with an elegant dinner, world class photography, beautiful food and flowers, for a intimate wedding with family. Since it was to be a couple of weeks before Christmas, we carried the rustic yet elegant look to August E’s, with the wedding ceremony under Luckenbach’s 300-year-old live oak tree, dressed in crystal chandeliers and flowers.

Some things are simply beautiful in themselves as was this bride and her family, the groom and his, and it was an honor to do it for them. As an amazing grace to the story, the mother of the bride was in remission shortly before the wedding. And, as if on cue, the blue skies peeked out from the cloud cover for a picture perfect Texas wedding under a sheltering sky. An amazing ensemble cast of vendors and answers to prayers were evident that day.

Photography: Jennifer Lindberg Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Luckenbach, Texas | Reception Venue: August E’s, Fredericksburg, Texas | Event Planning + Floral Design + Lighting: Maggie Gillespie Designs | Cake: Sophie’s Bakery, Fredericksburg

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Hill Country Wedding at Trios Estate from Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

There are some couples that grace the pages of SMP I feel like I know after just a peek of their wedding. Because they seem to just ooze style and their wedding is packed to the gills with personality. This is just such a wedding, and the two lovebirds gracing the gorgeous images from Jennifer Crenshaw Photography are just such a couple. It only takes a few clicks through this gallery to realize that their day was so them, and really, isn’t that what every couple hopes for? Get to clicking here.

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From Jennifer Crenshaw Photography… This beautiful hill country wedding took place in Fredericksburg, Texas overlooking Enchanted Rock. The Trios Estate is a small village with an old world European style. It created an enchanting and romantic backdrop for such a perfect day. Diane and Kenneth are one of the most loving and truly passionate couples I have ever met. They share a love of adventure and music and had a Texas favorite, Bob Schneider, play at their reception. Guests stayed the weekend in this little slice of heaven and celebrated as their friends and family were married.

Wedding Photography: Jennifer Crenshaw Photography | Wedding Venue: Trios Estate at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas | Bouquet Floral Design: Bows + Arrows | Reception Floral Design: Blumenhandler Florist | Music: Angelic Strings + Bob Schneider | DJ: Tunes Across Texas

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