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Rustic Backyard Wedding

True story: anytime a wedding has a mac ‘n’ cheese bar, I am allll over it.  But show me a wedding with the aforementioned yummy goodness from Cartewheels Cateringplus a world of rustic meets vintage details and that’s what I call a wedding wonderland of epic proportions.  It’s a sweeter than sweet backyard setting meets romantic blooms from Petals, ink. meets all kinds of lovely captured by Lahra Bryant Photography.  See it all here.

From the Bride…Growing up, I never had my dream wedding planned or had even really given it much thought, but after an amazing dating relationship and a picture perfect engagement the vision for my big day all began to piece together. From the beginning of my husband, Jordan, and I’s relationship its been about the simple things in life, hard work, enjoying a cold beer and cherishing those who have impacted our life; so we wanted our wedding to reflect the Texas charm and hometown culture we enjoyed growing up. Over our 16-month engagement we both spent time getting things ready. Jordan worked with my dad to extend the deck of the house and build the stairs that lead down to the recently added lawn terracing where the reception would take place. While my mom, sister and I designed and created Texas chic lamp shades of burlap and lace and mason jar chandeliers to hang in the oak trees, centerpieces using collected antique pottery vases, oak stumps cut from trees on the property and hurricane lanterns , and creating the perfect seating vignettes for our guest to enjoy the celebration.

When the big day finally arrived everything went as planned! Early in the morning I was out with my mom and the groomsmen getting the reception site set up making sure each lamp shade and chandelier were in their proper place while the men did the heavy lifting getting seating arrangements in their appropriate location. Ever the perfectionist inside, I was content it was time to get myself ready for this day! Back at the Hillside Acres Resort my bridesmaids and I relaxed and enjoyed getting pampered by Bella Marie as they did our hair and make-up. Once we were picture perfect, we were off for a few pre-ceremony pictures and before I knew it I was walking down the aisle between the wooden pews in Historic Johnson City First Baptist Church as the sun shown through the stain glass windows. In the moment, the ceremony was all a blur, I remember exchanging personal vows Jordan and I had written, the wedding kiss and walking out the back of the church as Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Sawyer. After, the ceremony, guests were transported by trolleys to the reception site where they enjoyed a hayride in from the road to be greeted by Cartwheels Catering with passed h’orderves and signature drinks served from our customized cedar bar. When the bridal party and family finished with an amazing post ceremony photo session with Lahra Bryant we joined our guests to celebrate.

Upon entering my imagined wonderland, Jordan and I were showered with so much love from our friends and family as we got to mix and mingle as the sun disappeared behind the hills and the deer grazed in the background. Before enjoying a delicious mix of on the spot crafted Quesadillas, a Mac-n-cheese bar, and Fried Green Tomatoes with pork sliders, my dad took our guests down memory lane and highlighted the beautiful relationship he had seen develop between Jordan and me. It was a priceless father’s speech and a blessing as everyone enjoyed a great laugh and some tears at the end. After dinner we kicked up our heels with dancing under a light strung dance floor and enjoyed our delicious Lemon Bridal cupcakes and Chocolate Bavarian groom’s cake from Sophie’s Bakery. The rest of the evening was spent boot scooting around the dance floor to the outstanding music provided by Ross Phillips with Look No Further Entertainment. Finally it was time for Jordan and I to enjoy one last dance under the star filled Texas sky before we enjoyed our hayride and we waved goodbye to our guests and hello to our exciting life as Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Sawyer.

Photography: Lahra Bryant Photography | Floral Design: Petals, Ink. | Cake: Sophie's Choice Bakery | Catering: Cartewheels Catering | DJ: Look No Further Entertainment | Location: Private Residence

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Vintage Garden Wedding

Say the word “vintage” and you’ll see my heart quicken at an unusually fast pace.  But throw in the term “garden party” and the event planning prowess of Soireebliss! Events and it’s game, set, match in the love department.  Think stunning blooms from Stems Floral Design, fabulous images from Daniel Chee and a one VERY adorable bride and groom.  Fall in love right here.

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From Soireebliss! Events… Cynthia Castillo & Matthew Jeter married on March 9, 2013 at the Orchards at Caney Creek. They wanted to host a semi-destination wedding in the Texas country where a majority of their guests could stay the weekend. The venue has multiple cottages on property. The colors chosen were dove gray and shades or coral. Theme: very chic garden vintage with lots of personal touches. The couple spent the day relaxing with friends. The groom made his famous gumbo for the guests staying on property. The couple married on the side lawn in front of the “wedding tree”. The bride’s father especially crafted a set or iron gates to designate the opening to the ceremony. The wedding program was displayed on a free-standing chalkboard at the ceremony entrance. In honor of the Groom’s Irish heritage, they chose to do a hand fasting ceremony in place of a unity candle.

The bride gave each of her bridesmaids a personally monogrammed PJ shirt – hand embroidered by her Mother. The bride’s bouquet was wrapped in lace from her mother’s dress. She wore a blue sapphire necklace as a piece of her wedding day ensemble. The piece was a wedding gift from the Groom. The bride loved the coral color and felt it best that her bridesmaids choose a shade that fit their skin tone best – which created a nice array of coral shade. As part of the bridesmaids gifts, the bride gave them Kendra Scott earrings to match their dress. As a wedding gift from her Grandmother, she carried a hand stitched handkerchief as her something old. The Groom and groomsmen let their fun personalities shine through in the style of dress socks. Each chose a pair that reflected their personality. The Groom’s was by far the most eclectic design – reflecting his fun vibrant personality.

The reception took place in the main house on property that had an oversized wrap around porch that overlooked the property’s lake. The couple served a scrumptious buffet meal and danced the night away under the cafe lights on the deck to the swinging tunes of the Collector’s Item Band. The band is one of the Groom’s favorite and has been to many of their performances in the past. Displayed on the bride’s cake table was wedding pictures from each of their parents’ wedding days. The unique quality that was discovered is that each set of parents had chosen the same cake design and same veil for their wedding day. Each centerpiece for the guest tables varied in design with similar vintage elements simply arranged differently – lanterns, bud vases, stalked vintage books (books provided from the Bride’s father’s personal collection) and unique vases filled with tulips. The Bride’s father collects vintage vehicles. He had purchased a vintage truck the same year the Bride was born. He knew on her wedding day that this would be her getaway vehicle. Through the course of her life, he slowly restored the vehicle. The Bride and Groom departed the evening to a sparkler send-off. It was truly a remarkable wedding filled with true personal details from start to finish. The table runners for the reception were hand sewn by the Mother of the Bride. The couple truly enjoyed unique wines and opted to have a wine bottle guest book. Each bottle was designated with a future anniversary year – the guests would write notes on the bottles for the couple to read on the designated anniversary year. A close friend of the couple played their first dance on an acoustic guitar accompanied by the band. The song, “Always and Forever” by Cory Morrow, was played by Ben Phillips (friend).

Photography: Daniel Chee | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design | Cake: Edible Designs By Jessie | Catering: Orchards At Caney Creek | Hair & Makeup: Blush & Co | Band: Collector’s Item | Ceremony Music: Dreams Come True Music | Wedding Planenr: Soireebliss! Events

Hill Country Wedding from Rebecca McCoy Photography

This, my friends, is the reason I love Texas weddings.  The reason my hearts stop when I see a sweet rustic setting joining forces with romantic details and heartwarming moments aplenty.  And it’s also the reason I’ve been spending a crazy amount of time in the full gallery, soaking in every last precious moment captured by Rebecca McCoy Photography, from the crazy gorgeous florals from Fit to be Tied Events to the love-filled reception at The Wildflower Barn to the bride and groom who will leave a giant, giant smile on your face.  Click here for all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… Living on the Texas coast, we originally wanted a beach wedding, but the conditions are almost always less than perfect, so we decided on our second favorite area, the Texas Hill Country.  With my family from north Texas and his from southeast Texas, the Hill Country was right in the middle for our guests and is an area that we absolutely love.  Since we were four hours away, I knew I wanted a planner to help with coordinating it all and found Brandi at Fit to be Tied events who executed my vision and feel perfectly.  Our rule of our wedding from day one was to keep it a light-hearted, simple, laid-back affair with country music and the outdoors.  I lost my father a year-and-a-half before the wedding and didn’t want it to be sad in any way because he wasn’t there.  My mother gave me a small pendant with his picture for my bouquet and I gave my Maid of Honor, my aunt Tracey, one with my late uncle’s picture that I was very close to.  That was all we needed as a reminder and to have them with us.  We wanted it to be a celebration of friends and family getting together again in a springtime, country backyard BBQ environment that was very casual and soft, bringing in natural elements like weathered wood, wildflowers, old glassware, and rustic antiques which I love.  I still wanted a little beach in our wedding so Matt and I collected driftwood which Brandi wonderfully incorporated into the centerpieces.  It was the perfect touch of beachiness and, afterall, the wedding was in Driftwood, Texas!   We also made nods to Matt’s alma mater, Texas A&M, in the table “numbers” which were A&M-related words, Messina Hof wine which is made in Bryan, and we played the Aggie War Hymn which Matt and all our Aggie friends sang.  Our ceremony was kept simple by having just a maid of honor and best man with an “honorary” wedding party.   We wanted our friends to enjoy themselves as guests but still be a part of our wedding so they picked their own attire based on just our requests of color/style and took part in our pictures which worked out great.   

I consider myself pretty crafty so I knew I wanted to DIY some projects from the beginning, all inspired by countless hours on Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, and Etsy.  I made our save-the-date coasters, the escort cards, chalkboards out of rustic frames and windows, signs out of old fence posts, the boutonnieres, about 50 crocheted rosettes, a ribbon backdrop, and the lavender toss cones.  Many family members and friends also had a hand in our wedding which I love because it made it that much more special.  My amazing cousins Jake and Jessie played acoustic Beatles, Allison Krauss, and Canon in D for our ceremony.  My maid of honor made 125 jars of various jams (most of it grown in her own garden) and brought native potted plants, complete with sewn pot covers, from the flower farm she works on.  Another aunt made my garters out of lace, blue seersucker, satin and pearls.  My sweet bridesmaids made the cork “M” at the bar, the jute “LOVES” (something we all say to each other), as well as the redneck wine glasses.  Our officiant was our family friend Mike who I have known almost my whole life and was one of my father’s best friends.  His wife has her own cake business and although she swore off doing wedding cakes, I finally talked her in to doing ours and they were one of my favorite aspects to the wedding.  I was more nervous about the cake making it down the bumpy dirt road in one piece than anything while getting ready!  Matt was so excited about his surprise groom’s cake, a cobia, he forgave me for smuggling one of his favorite lures up to put on it.

Brandi was so easy to work with as she knew exactly what style we were going for and had great ideas that fit right in, it was all exactly how I had envisioned it!  Rebecca McCoy is a dear friend of Brandi’s and had an amazing portfolio so I never worried once about the photography.  The day before the wedding was actually the first communication I had with Rebecca since it was all handled through Brandi and the day of, I felt as if she was one of my girlfriends I had known for years!  She fit right in with the family and wedding party and made me feel so relaxed and pretty in all of our pictures.  I felt like we were very taken care of by these ladies and were understood throughout the wedding festivities so that we could relax with everyone as much as possible.

Advice to future brides would be to not take on too much and if there is any possible way you can, hire an event planner!  Brandi’s coordination was invaluable, especially for the day-of and for our long-distance planning.  I would have had many an absolute breakdown if I had to deal with everything myself.  I always thought the “something always goes wrong but it won’t matter to you on that day” saying was a mean cliché but yes some things will, and yes they will frustrate you, and yes it may upset you on your wedding day (and for days after) but it honestly doesn’t matter once you walk out there, your mind just clears and it’s all about you and your love and it all goes by so very fast.

We feel like our wedding was the perfect reflection of us and that it conveyed exactly the feel we wanted.  We were so happy to see everyone and were honored for them to come be a part of our day. I will never forget the feeling of seeing Matt at our first look, of marrying my absolute best friend while saying our sweet and funny personal vows, seeing everyone so dear to us when we turned around, and of two-stepping the night away with my new husband just as we did when we met that first night, minus the trash can.

Photography: Rebecca McCoy Photography | Planning, Floral + Event Design: Brandi Hines, Fit to be Tied Events | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Wildflower Barn | Rentals: Hill Country Event Rentals | Cakes: Donna Bateman, A Slice of Heaven Cakes | Cake Toppers: sweet reverie | Ceremony Musicians: Cousins of the Bride | Reception DJ: Todd Green, 5150 Productions | Invitations: Fit to be Tied Events + InvitaPaperStudio | Save the Dates: DIY by the bride + lovetocreatestamps | Reception Decor: Fit to be Tied Events + Bride  | Jam favors: Maid of Honor | Catering + Bar Service: The Salt Lick | Rehearsal Dinner: Creek Road Café | Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock via Unbridaled  | Bride’s Shoes: Tom’s | Maid of Honor Dress: Victoria’s Secret | Bridesmaids Dresses: Various | Groom + Best Man Attire: J.Crew + Banana Republic | Groomsmen Attire: Various | Bride’s Jewelry: Bride’s Grandmother’s + BunnyBisous + all about romance

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