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Kyle Wedding at the Inn Above Onion Creek

Planning a Texas wedding all the way from England isn’t exactly what I would call an easy task, but for this stunning bride and groom it was one that came together seamlessly.  I’m talking an awesome team of vendors, fabulous friends + family and romantic rainy day weather all coming together to create one seriously dreamy affair.  See it all captured by Geoff Duncan right here.


From the Bride… After Jon and I got engaged in January 2013, there was initially a lot of back and forth over where the actual wedding would take place. Jon is from the south coast of England, and I’m from Texas, and even though people kept telling us that it was our wedding so we should have it in the place that makes us happiest, we didn’t want it to be really difficult for all of our family and friends to make it. We eventually decided that it made more sense to have it in Texas as I have SUCH a large family – and at the time we thought we would definitely get better weather (yeah right!) and be able to have the wedding outdoors. Plus, a couple of Jon’s English friends told us we’d “better not have it in the UK” – they wanted to “go somewhere exotic, like Texas!”

Jon and I both knew we didn’t want to have the wedding in a big city – so Dallas, where I’m originally from, was ruled out pretty quickly. Our wedding location and theme inspiration actually came from one of Jon’s groomsmen’s weddings that we attended together the first weekend I moved to the UK in early 2011. Their wedding was up in the Scottish Highlands – the most uninhabited, wildest, remotest area you could imagine. We flew into Glasgow, rented a car, and drove another 3 hours north into the middle of nowhere. Most of the people attending the wedding were staying in the same hotel (or nearby) for the whole weekend and it was this (probably hundreds of years old) stone building overlooking a beautiful lake. The quaint old church was just up the road – and funnily enough – it POURED before, during and after their whole ceremony – sounds familiar. It was really romantic though during the ceremony because we were all huddled in this warm little church with the wind and rain howling outside. We really liked the idea of doing a similar thing where everyone was staying in the same area and it was out in the countryside – and we could all spend the weekend together. We thought we’d be safe from the rain in Texas summer though – we didn’t expect Scotland weather!

Planning the wedding in Texas from London did NOT prove to be an easy task. At first I thought I was on top of things – I wasn’t working and I was able to get most of my big vendors booked. But then I got a new job in July and that’s when things became really difficult. I underestimated how many little details there would be – but luckily for me – my mom and dad really pulled together and helped out – a lot. I found a lot of my ideas for the little details on Pinterest (as you do) and found the materials I needed to do them on Etsy. I would order everything I needed for one of my ideas and then try to work with my mom to see how it could get done. The mason jars were one example – I ordered 100 mason jars, labels, straws, etc and had them shipped to mom. Then I got mom to pass the labels to my invite girl (who is AMAZING by the way) and she had everyone’s names printed on the labels and gave them back to mom who stuck them on the jars. And so most of the little details were done that way! I don’t think I could have done it all without all of the amazing help I had – mom, dad, my coordinator and other amazing vendors.

Jon and I flew into Dallas the week before the wedding to help finish up some things before the day and to get used to the horrible time change. The wedding weekend started in Austin on the Thursday before because the Inn Above Onion Creek required the whole hotel was rented out for all three nights. It ended up working out great though and gave me an extra night to spend with all of my family and Jon’s friends in one place. The whole weekend was really special (obviously the actual wedding night was the best!), but it was amazing not only having all of our loved ones in one spot, but watching how well they all got along and how much fun everyone seemed to be having.

The whole week leading up to the wedding, Jon and I had been nervously checking the forecast every five minutes. Unfortunately, a rainy forecast would just NOT go away for the actual wedding day, but it kept jumping from 20% to 50% and back to 20% – total torture. EVERYONE kept saying “Ohhh don’t worry! It’s definitely not going to rain. It never does – probably will be clear skies!” SO it was really not stressful at all when three hours before the ceremony, the worst rain I’ve seen in years rolled in (well that could partly be because it only drizzles in London) but literally the sky was falling. I was probably a delight to be around during that time. Luckily as I said before – I had amazing vendors that were able to keep everything together (while I was a mess) and everything turned out beautifully. The rain stopped for the ceremony (thankfully!) and the skies even cleared which provided a beautiful backdrop for all of the group pictures. Everything seemed to be flowing smoothly and we had SO much fun talking to everyone and dancing towards the end of the night.

We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out – it was literally everything we could have hoped for. We only felt like it flew by way too fast!

Photography: Geoff Duncan | Cinematography: Jerry Malcolm 2nd Generation Films | Cake: The Cupcake Bar | Stationery: Love And Wit Paper Co. | Hair & Makeup: Erica Gray | DJ: DJ Floyd Banks | Officiant: Sarah Reed | Alcohol: Specs | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Inn Above Onion Creek | Coordination: Style And Grace Events | Mixologists: Bar Divas | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Iron Cactus 6th Street | Rentals: Illusions Rentals

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Texas Wedding at The Winfield Inn from Chelsey Schrader Photography

This lovely lady is a SMP Bride through and through. With her careful attention to detail and love of pink, pink and more pink – her wedding had us at hello. It only takes one look at her oh-so-pretty day by Chelsey Schrader Photography  to see why we feel in love with every single image sitting in this gallery - and you can do the same, right here.


From the Bride… While many people will tell you that “rain on your wedding day is good luck”, when I awoke on my big day to find grey and dreary skies threatening our outdoor ceremony, I was not thrilled. Yet as the day went on, the sun struggled to peak out from behind the clouds, and by the time I was about to walk down the aisle, I was greeted by a bright, cheery sky that seemed to be fueled by my own excitement.

As we had guests traveling from far and wide–many from California (where the groom and I went to college) and Kansas (where the groom is originally from)–we wanted to make their trip to our wedding completely effortless. Each decision we made for our big day was fueled by trying to give our guests the best possible experience. In that vein, we hired vintage trolley cars to transport our guests from Downtown Austin to Kyle, we had water and lemonade waiting for guests pre-ceremony, stocked the bathrooms with sunscreen and bug spray, and had specialty cocktails and wine awaiting the guests on their stroll to cocktail hour.

But beyond comfort, I also took on several DIY projects to give the day a personal touch. Each of our tables were named after a significant place or event in our relationship, and listed the story of the name on the table card; for example, some guests sat at a table named “Snuggie” (the first present my hubby ever gave me) or “Kebabalicious” (the food trailer we were eating at when we changed our Facebook status to “in a relationship”.) As we’re big fans of hosting game nights for our friends, we also incorporated that with custom cornhole boards and croquet during the cocktail hour. Guests also signed in on Jenga blocks instead of a traditional guestbook. Other small touches abounded, like personalized seed packet escort cards strung up on a lattice work clothes rack, individually made toss bags filled with lavender, and homemade chocolate chip cookies with milk in place of a groom’s cake.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, and one I will never forget, full of everyone we loved, countless smiles, and some (fairly awful) dance moves. When the limo pulled away at the end of the night, we got a text from our day of coordinator that it had JUST started raining at the venue, for the first time that day. I think, at the end, the rain just couldn’t stand up to all that love and happiness.

Photography: Chelsey Schrader Photography | Floral Design: Wild Bunches | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Cakes by Kathy | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Hair and Makeup: | Men's Attire: Indochino | Bridal Jewelry: Tejani | Bridesmaids Fashion: Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Day of Coordinator: Brass Tacks Events | Programs: Minted | Reception Band: Groove Knight | Transportation: Carey of Austin | Wedding Venue: The Winfield Inn

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Kyle Wedding at the Winfield Inn from Sunny 16 Photography

This couple? I love them. Truly, honestly, want to be their best friend – love them. After one peek at the lovely Bride’s description below and I realized why this wedding captured by Sunny 16 Photography looked so “them” – it was planned by them. Both of them, hand in hand making it a detail-filled love fest everything they both wanted, and that just warmed my heart. The result is one gorgeous (and fun) fête, and you can see it all here.


From the Bride… Geoff and I both have backgrounds in theater and design, so we had an advantage on the initial planning of our wedding in that we know how to create a beautiful setting and work cohesively with each other. Geoff, from the get-go, was not going to be one of those grooms who let me decide and do everything, and I never liked the idea that our wedding was “MY day”, it was OUR day and it was important to me that we make decisions-yes, even linen colors-together.  

Geoff and I started off our wedding designing process by attempting to fit everything into a category, “Southern Romance” as both of us have roots in the south. When we were choosing fonts and cups, pictures and flowers, everything had to fit into this theme or it was out. We also had to remind ourselves that more than just a party that we happened to be getting married at, we wanted our wedding to be a celebration and demonstration of commitment and love joined by God and undone by no one. Ever.

Even though Geoff and I were making decisions completely together, there were two mainstays that I envisioned as a little girl that I could not let go. One, my dad was going to marry us (his dad is also an ordained minister, so we had both of them participate in the ceremony) and two, we got married outside. Both worked out magnificently, even though August in Texas is pretty brutal.

I had read a blog where the bride’s advice was to “let go of the details” but that just wasn’t going to work for us as a couple, who relishes in the tiny moments and details. On the big day, both of us knew about the little things, even if others didn’t know how much time we’d put into things. A lot of them didn’t work out so well, but I don’t think we cared. One of my details was along the aisle, I created jars with tiny LED lights in them like fireflies. Unfortunately it was too bright and they were lost, but I liked having them there.

As far as personal details, I was wearing my maternal grandmother’s necklace, my paternal grandmother’s cameo from her great grandmother and my great grandmother’s earrings as shoe clips. I had a lot of woman power with me.

I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses, which turned out perfectly in the end but for a while was a pain in the butt because of all the options! My last tiny detail that also may have been lost to the crowd (but not to me) was each of my bridesmaid’s bouquets had a ribbon around them with their own quote from a favorite movie or book. Mine was from The Princess Bride.

Wedding Photography: Sunny 16 Photography | Wedding Venue: The Winfield Inn in Kyle, Texas | Floral Design: Courtney Landers Events | Pie: Texas Pie Company | Wedding Dress: Blue Bridal Boutique | Hair: Laura Wyrtzen from Jco Salon and Company