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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.


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.


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.


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

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