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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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Hill Country Wedding from Tara Welch Photography

If we were giving out awards for the most fun-filled (+ drop-dead gorgeous) wedding of the week, this sweet Hill Country affair would most definitely be in the running.  Because this isn’t just a seriously stunning set of nuptials featuring two of the world’s cutest sweeties, it also happens to be a joy-filled love fest with a good old fashioned Texas dance party.  In other words, it’s an amazingly good time all captured by the ever-talented Tara Welch Photography.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… As soon as Brady proposed to me, I knew that we had to get married in Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg has always held a special place in our hearts. From birthday celebrations, anniversaries and an LSAT completion dinner, many a special occasion throughout our relationship has been spent there. Brady popped the question on a beautiful scenic loop right outside of town called Willow City Loop- which positively sparkles in the Spring with wildflowers. We were cruising along listening to old country tunes and sipping a Shiner when he proposed, so I felt strongly about incorporating these elements of the proposal into the wedding itself. Hence, all of the wildflowers, rustic wood, cowboy boots, antlers and Shiner beer that appeared at the wedding.

As for me, all that I knew for certain was that I wanted to still maintain my identity on my wedding day. I didn’t want to walk down the aisle and have Brady hardly recognize me. Instead, I opted to wear my hair in a natural way and I chose a dress that reflected my personal style. I knew that I wanted a simple lace dress with no embellishments and not too poofy. My J.Crew dress fit the bill beautifully. I kept the lace theme going with other lace elements, including the tablecloths and the lace ribbon curtain that hung behind us during the ceremony (one of my favorite parts!). Although our plans of an outdoor wedding were foiled by a random thunderstorm, hey, it’s Texas. You just have to go with the flow. And that’s just what we did. Our wedding was just as it was supposed to be, filled with love, laughter, and lots of fabulous music.

Photography: Tara Welch Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Albert Dance Hall | Getting Ready Location: Red Barn at Pepper Ranch | Floral Design: Sprout | Wedding Planning + Coordination: Annabelle Mode | Cake: Sophie’s Choice | Catering: Smoke Shack BBQ | Music: Justin Furstenfeld from Blue October + Texas Renegade + Caliche | Party Rentals: Whim Event | Makeup + Hair:  Kalli Kunz of Fredericksburg, TX | Wedding Dress + Shoes : J.Crew

Hill Country Watercolor Inspired Photo Shoot from Mayhar Design + Caroline Joy Photography + Sprout

There is something so incredibly romantic about a pastel color palette. It’s soft and ethereal and pretty much perfect for a summer wedding. Which makes this inspiration designed by Mayhar Design along with florals by Sprout and photography by Caroline Joy, all the more relevant on this warm June day. P.S. if you’re having a Fall, Winter or Spring wedding, this inspiration works for those too! Around here, we believe pretty transcends all seasons. Have a look at the full gallery for even more.

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From Mayhar Design…We are in love with this industry. It offers us the gift of working alongside brides and grooms as they plan one of the most magical and important days of their lives! Additionally, it provides us the great joy of collaborating with an amazingly talented group of artists and professionals. We truly admire and respect the work of so many artists in the wedding industry, and were thrilled to design and plan this photo shoot.
 
From the start, we knew that we wanted to create an event that was romantic and timeless. We also wanted to express our vision through a soft and dreamy “watercolor garden” palette. Our goal was to couple the softest shades of watery peach and pink with calming and tranquil bursts of mint, aqua and green – all against a lush and romantic hill country garden backdrop.

Our first step was to find a photographer. We adore the work of Caroline (Caroline Joy Photography), and were thrilled when she was among the first to join our team. We cannot speak highly enough of her exquisite attention to detail and her ability to lovingly capture images with the most intimate and beautiful softness. Florals (one of our all-time favorite elements) were so important for the look and feel of the shoot – and we were ecstatic to enlist the talent of our dear friend and gifted designer, Michelle Hodges (Sprout). The beautiful Hoffman Haus, in Fredericksburg, was our top pick to achieve the natural and elegant garden setting that we had been looking for.

As soon as these decisions were made, it was time to focus on the colorful details and finishing touches – we were beyond blessed to have such gifted artists bring to life the remaining elements. Stunning calligraphy was provided by the talented Nicole Black (The Left Handed Calligrapher) and our friend and artist, Noelle Palm, hand-painted love rocks for us. Jessica from Bird Bakery designed decadent, custom pear tarts, while Angi of Blue Note Bakery painted a three-tired water-colored cake to compliment our stationary and add a perfect touch of sweetness to the shoot.

Our models were dressed in breathtaking attire, thanks to the generosity of Kelly Skahan with Nordstrom Bridal Suite (in Jenny Yoo), Kim Spradlin of Bella Bridesmaid (San Antonio) and Corie Barlow (our gifted grandmother whom we convinced to make a custom flower girl skirt and petticoat). The lovely ladies of Kendra Scott graciously shared their jewels with us for the day, while Vanessa Rios (hair) and Mandy Morrison (make-up) worked their gifted hands and magic on our sweet models. Last but not least, we were so thrilled to work with Whitley Rubinson and Micah Leiss, and our precious niece Lexie Freiermuth, who all brought such an amazing life and energy to the styling and the day as our models! We cannot thank our vendors enough for making the shoot such a joy to design and style – we truly are blessed to have worked with such a generous dream team!

Photographer: Caroline Joy Photography | Design + Styling: Mayhar Design | Floral Design: Sprout | Venue: Hoffman Haus | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Hair: Vanessa Rios | Make-Up: Mandy Morrison | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo via Nordstrom Bridal Suite | Maid of Honor’s Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Jewelry (necklaces and earrings): Kendra Scott | Cake: Blue Note Bakery | Tarts: BIRD Bakery | Painted Rocks: Noelle Palm | Ring Pillow, Hair Petals, Ribbon Wands, Pillows, Flower Wand: Mayhar Design | Flower Girl’s Skirt: Corie Barlow | Bride: Whitley Rubinson | Maid of Honor: Micah Leiss | Flower Girl: Lexie Freiermuth

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Texas Hill Country Wedding from Briana Purser Photography

Although I’ve never personally been to Hill Country, after spending some serious quality time with this gorgeous gallery from  Briana Purser Photography I’m pretty sure I need to make a stop soon. Because not only does it look absolutely beautiful, the people also seem to be the nicest, sweetest people in all the land. Take this couple for instance. I’m pretty sure I would want to be their bestie if they would have me just from seeing their wedding. So even though I can literally take a trip to lovely Hill Country this morning, you can bet your bottom dollar I am taking a virtual trip right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Tom and I have been together six years and have lived together almost just as long, so this was a long time coming! For our wedding, we knew we wanted to spend as much time as we could celebrating with our friends and family, as this was the one time we could get them all together in one place. I was really involved with planning all the details, researching and crafting with friends. I collected vintage bottles from flea markets, made gold painted mason jars, chalkboards and chose all the songs for the wedding and reception. Our friends and family were also very much involved. My bridesmaids and I made the bouquets while our other friends put the flower arrangements together for the tables the day-of, my father made the stumps for the centerpieces, Tom’s uncle made the BBQ, and some other friends made our cake. Everyone helped out in one way or another, it was truly special. The best compliment we received afterwards was the “The wedding was just so US!” That’s exactly what we were going for! We rented a house near Jester King Brewery for the wedding weekend to hang out after the reception with friends and family. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: Briana and James of Briana Purser Photography | Wedding Venue: Jester King Brewery | Floral Design: Austin Flower Company, assembled by friends and bridesmaids | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal via Classy Concepts, Mansfield, Texas | Groom’s Attire: Bar III via Macy’s | Catering: Groom’s Uncle Ron’s BBQ + Red’s Porch | Invitations: Etsy | Photobooth: Al’s Photobooth | DJ: Sean Costarell

Austin Wedding at Vista West Ranch by Mike Reed Photo

Looking to create a “rustic cabin in the wintery woods” feel for their big day, this stunning bride and groom turned to Vista West Ranch, the breathtaking Hill Country locale where hosting drop-dead gorgeous weddings is like second nature.  The result?  A seriously stunning affair filled with uber-amazing florals from Petal Pushers, sweet vintage details and personalized touches aplenty, including a dessert buffet.  Yummy.  See every love-filled moment captured by Mike Reed Photo in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… My husband Darron and I have definitely been coined old souls from our taste in music to design and style preferences.  We channeled that while planning our wedding exactly the way we wanted it; set against the Texas Hill Country backdrop. I had always envisioned an outdoor ceremony, so that, paired with an indoor ranch style reception, gave us a lot of space to add our personal touches.  Meaningful song quotes were sprinkled throughout our wedding from the invitations to the welcome baskets to even being displayed on wooden signs and chalkboards on the wedding day.  I had a bartender tell me “I knew this wedding was going to be fun when I saw the Led Zeppelin quote displayed during the cocktail hour.”  We also handpicked practically every song played that night from the ceremony to dinner music and, of course, for dancing. It was a lot of work but it accented the night perfectly and represented Darron and I in such a fun way.

When I tried to describe my vision to my floral and design planner I remember using the phrase “rustic cabin in the wintery woods minus any animal decor.”  The output was lots of muted flowers, branches, pine cones, antique books, vintage door hardware for table numbers, and tons of candlelight.   The warm candlelight ambiance at Vista West Ranch at night is to die for.  It felt almost magical. It was important that our wedding would not be confused as a Christmas party despite the December date; hence no poinsettias, mistletoe, or garland were present.

We enjoyed personalizing the timeline by skipping a lot of the reception cliches: instead of a cake we had a dessert station; I presented my bouquet to my mom instead of tossing it; and a family style dinner comprised of mostly locally grown and organic food was served instead of a buffet. When I first proposed the idea of doing a choreographed dance to Darron he gave me that “you’re crazy” stare, but now we look back at those late night dance sessions fondly and they actually helped me to de-stress quite a bit leading up to the wedding. I choreographed the dance to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s song “Home” and had both sets of parents and all of our wedding party incorporated.  It was a huge success and one of my favorite memories of the night. In our eyes, the wedding was absolutely perfect which is in large part is due to all of our amazing vendors who made our vision a reality.

Photogrpaher: Mike Reed Photo | Coordination: Coordinate This | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Venue: Vista West Ranch | Dress: Essense of Australia

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Hill Country Wedding from Tara Welch Photography + Nostalgia Film

I love Tara Welch.  And not just because she’s one of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet (she sooo is), but because she also happens to snap up some crazy gorgeous images.  Crazy gorgeous images that never fail to leave me breathless.  And, in the case of this beautiful Hill Country wedding, a little speechless, too. Because when you combine sweet vintage details, stunning yellow and gray hues and mesmerizing blooms from Bouquets of Austin, sometimes you lose the ability to speak.  (Seriously.)  Oh, and the beautiful favors painted by the bride’s grandfather?  SOOO awesome.  See so much more right here.

And even more pretty from the amazing Nostalgia Film.  Enjoy, lovelies.

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From the Bride… The day of our wedding was perfection in every way. From trying to sneak up on Peter during our first look – but my dress was way too loud – to smashing the cake up his nose (whoops). We had the best time and love was all over our faces… or so we were told by our guests! My number one goal for the day was for everyone to have fun and enjoy the evening! With a 90′s cover-band, the hand sketched photo-booth, the wine and a sparkling exit I think everyone had a blast!

When we starting planning we knew the first decision to make was where to have the wedding. Peter comes from a very big Texas family and even though I originally wanted a Napa Vineyard wedding I knew it wasn’t fair to ask so many people to travel.  Everyone had to be there since we are very close to our families! Peter suggested Hill Country for a happy medium! It was perfect… vineyards in Texas, who knew?!

I didn’t really know what “type” of wedding I wanted to have but after we found the Duchman Family Vineyard, it became my inspiration for the big day. It has such a romantic old Tuscan feel, I went with vintage details for almost everything. And I love shopping at flea markets and vintage stores! I did know I wanted yellow and gray, which actually came from my parents’ wedding. I remember looking through their wedding album and seeing her bridesmaids’ dresses that were yellow!  The yellow in the photos made the day seem so happy! So I modernized that with the popular yellow and gray trend!

Some vintage details I knew I had to have when I started to plan were: 1.) A “family tree,” as I called it, which was a tree that had photos hanging of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days by yellow and grey ribbon.  2.) Old handkerchiefs to pass out before the ceremony for tears of joy. (We decided to hold these in an old violin case which went perfect since we had a mandolin & strings playing as people found their seats.)  3.) I have collected milk glass vases over the years and knew they would be perfect for the low centerpieces at the reception! Bouquets of Austin did an amazing job with them! 4.) Lastly I knew I wanted my grandfather to be a part of the day! He is an unbelievable painter. so for wedding favors I wanted him to paint scenes of vineyards & Austin that I could give guests. He agreed to help and painted 125 postcard size paintings for us; he is AMAZING!

Some accidental details happened while the planning was going on… skeleton keys for escort cards was one of them! When shopping in vintage shops I came across SO many skeleton keys and I wanted to use them somehow, so I tied ribbon to each key attaching it to an escort card. The front would have the guest’s name and back of the card would have their assigned table. The table names for the reception were a vintage find that wasn’t supposed to happen! We were originally going to do basic table numbers but came across little cards that had the CUTEST names and sayings on them such as “Summer Time Sweethearts”, “Autumn Colors”, “Honeymooning”, “Flying the Coop”… and so became our table names.

The most fun, and last detail, was my toss bouquet. I personally hate going to weddings and diving for the bouquet when I was single so I wanted to give ALL the girls a chance to catch it! I tied lottery tickets to the bouquet to up the ante… too bad the lotto tickets only came to $10 when the girl cashed them in!!!

Wedding Photography: Tara Welch Photography | Wedding Cinematography: Nostalgia Film  | Wedding Venue: Duchman Family Vineyards in Driftwood, Texas | Wedding Coordinator: Austin Wedding Planners by Rosa | Floral Design: Bouquets of Austin | Caterer: Pink Avocado Catering | Wedding Cakes: Michelle’s Patisserie | Band: Zoodust | Linen Rental: Sweet Sunday Event | Wedding Invitations: Jessica Suhr | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Earrings: Diana Warner | Groom’s Attire: JoS.A.Bank | Groom’s Shoes: Custom | Hair: Sunny Webb from Orbit Salon

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