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Rustic Romance at Cibolo Creek Ranch

This week has been an absolute doozy my friends—filled to the brim with SO much gorgeous from a few of our favorite people. So, of course, we have no other choice but to go out with a bang. That bang comes in the form of this beautifully unique Cibolo Creek Ranch wedding captured by Kayla Barker and graced with the talents of Keely Thorne Events and Bows And Arrows. And bonus? We get to see it all in motion in the sweet film from 31 Films. Get your Southwestern vibe on in the gallery!

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Summer
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Ranch
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Rustic

From The Bride…Texas is a very special place for us. We met in Houston at Rice University. Kyle’s family is from Texas and Althea’s godfather has a ranch, Cibolo Creek Ranch, in west Texas. Not only is Cibolo a beautiful family owned property making it a clear front runner, but it was the first vacation we took together in 2007. Marfa is such a unique place that feels stuck in time; we knew that having a wedding there would mean our friends and family would spend a lot of time together, something that can sometimes be lost in the hustle and bustle of a city wedding. In fact, we spent many nights leading up to the wedding playing board games with family and friends. We wanted our wedding to feel fun and laid back, and we spent a lot of time working with each of our vendors to make sure everything from the invitations to the cocktails to the night’s activities reflected our personalities. Getting to Marfa is definitely not an easy journey (a four hour drive from either of the nearest airports), so we were so lucky and grateful to have 120 guests attend from all over the country. Many of our guests were coming from California or New York and we were so happy to share the beautiful Marfa, TX with them.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Videography: 31 Films | Event Planning: Keely Thorne Events | Floral Design: Bows And Arrows | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla Maija | Cake: Katy Rose Elsasser | Invitations: Papellerie | Necklace: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Cibolo Creek Ranch | Boots: Gameday Boots | Bridal Boutique: Marina Morrison Bridal | Fireworks: Illumination Fireworks | Food Truck: Food Shark | Hair & Make-Up: Bridesmaid Priya Katari | Musician: Hale Baskin & Her Jazz Addiction | Ranch: Cibolo Creek Ranch | Suits & Shirts: Bonobos | Wedding Rings: Randy Poli, Poli Trading Co.

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Austin Engagement Session at Le San Michele

I gotta get myself to Austin pronto! These colors, plants and flowers alone are fantastic, then on top of all that, we have these two lovebirds and their adorableness. Emily Delamater captured their love among the grounds of Le San Michele and we get to soak up all the goodness in this gallery. And stay tuned; we have the rustic and uber romantic wedding for these cuties coming on Monday!

From Emily Delamater… Such a gorgeous couple and such a gorgeous spot. I have to admit I was completely giddy while photographing Karissa and John at Le San Michele. They have such an ease with each other and were so fun to collaborate with. They live in Austin now but both grew up in New England – so we were so happy to get to come to them to photograph their engagement photos before we would capture their wedding in Maine later that season. It is always fun to get to photograph a couple in a new place, I feel like you get to see things with fresh eyes and every city and place has a quality of light all its own.

Photography: Emily Delamater | Hair And Makeup: Milk + Honey Spa | Venue: Le San Michele

Elegant + Organic Wedding in Texas

Thinking about a short engagement? Take this couple, who managed to pull of this elegant affair with only 5 months to plan. Using inspiration from the outdoors, the simplistic nature captured by Shaun Menary Photography is what makes it all the more special. Graced with Sugar Bee Sweets and a Candlelight Films, you can see the entire day unfold below!

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Spring
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Adam and I met in June 2014 through mutual friends at Watermark Community Church. July 24, 2014 was our first date which started with coffee and ended with dinner 4 hours later. That same Saturday we planned to hang out for a bit which turned into a 12 hour adventure. We sat under a tree at White Rock Lake. We both knew we wanted to get married. Official dating followed shortly after that. As we began to share our passions, our purpose and the redemption we have both experienced through Christ we were confident Christ had a purpose for our relationship. December 3, 2014 Adam took me to dinner. After dinner be handed me a notebook with character traits he saw in me that would be beneficial in marriage. As I read them I knew… We arrived at the same tree at White Rock where we first learned so much about each other. Adam asked me to marry and I of course said yes. Thankfully our families and friends have been incredibly supportive.

My planning experience was short and sweet with only 3.5 months to plan. I could not have done so without Adam’s constant encouragement and support. We looked at two venues. With such a short engagement most everything was booked. We decided on a Sunday evening and loved our venue. Food and beverages were decided upon based on the venue. We chose a baker that one of our friends had just used for my cake. One of Adam’s buddies baked his gig ‘em cake. I ordered my dress online and was able to try it on and return it if the size didn’t work. I ended up only trying on two different styles. I was familiar with the florist and loved their style. I had very little to do with the florist other than our first meeting to give an idea of what I liked. Our DJ was recommended by a friend in my community group. I didn’t seek many options but went with my instinct. We sent save the dates out via email and quickly picked our wedding invitations.

Our design inspiration came from the outdoors. I like the beautiful simplicity that natural gives. We didn’t have many extras as far as decoration. Our wedding was outside so we didn’t need anything more than each other. Inside for the reception I know I wanted banquet style seating and Edison lights over the dance floor for the main effect. There were simple green runners and votives along the tables. We used sustainable bamboo plates and sliver flatware. I liked the combo. We stuck with simplicity.

The first meaningful detail of our wedding was that our grandmothers took the place of the traditional flower girls. I wanted to follow in the foot steps of women who have done marriage well for the past 57+ years. My youth pastor officiated the service so having him walk us into one of the most important seasons of our lives was great.

For brides currently planning their weddings, I would say don’t make engagement long. Everything that is necessary can get done quickly so don’t stress. Your wedding day will be perfect regardless of small glitches along the way. I’m so thankful we didn’t have time to spend on things that we would not have remembered. There are endless possibilities and options for a wedding but don’t weigh yourself down. Take time weekly to spend time with your fiancé make a point to not talk about the wedding. Don’t lose site of the purpose of the wedding. For us that was to resemble Christ’s love for the church and to vow to pursue that same self sacrificing love Christ demonstrated. Everything will get done and if it doesn’t, it didn’t need to be anyway. Enjoy this season! You can learn so much about your fiancé.

Most importantly, have fun! Your wedding is just the beginning. Marriage is so much more than a dress, cake, flowers… Those things make the wedding day so special and important which it is and should be! So, enjoy the planning and all that it entails. Adam and I think marriage is a big deal and wanted to celebrate that. The best advice Adam and I have received was from my Papa who has been married to my Nana over 60 years. He told us to “try hard everyday”. Enjoy this season of engagement and look forward to the many years ahead. Marriage is awesome!

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Videographer: Candlelight Films | Floral Design: DIRT Design Studio | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cakes: Sugar Bee Sweets | Caterer: Bolsa | DJ: David Allen | Wedding Venue: Trinity River Audubon Center

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Colorful Hill Country Dinner Party Inspired Wedding

Tucked away in the Hill Country of Texas, this home state fete is cozy with a capital C. For it was over an intimate meal with friends that this duo decided they wanted their Big Day to feel just like fun dinner party, and I have to say they NAILED it. From the cupcake pedestals to the the hand-built arbor crafted by the Bride’s grandfather, to the musical DIY boutonnieresLove, The Nelsons captured it all in the gallery!

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Summer
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Vineyard
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride… I think the inspiration for our wedding started over dinner with friends. Dave and I were hosting and doing exactly what we love to do which is have the best time with friends and family over a cozy meal and a glass of wine. I remember talking to Dave and discussing that we wanted almost a “dinner party atmosphere” for our wedding. Something that really was indicative of our life as a couple. Dave and I live in Nebraska, but I am a born and raised girl from Texas and I couldn’t imagine not getting married in my home state! After that was determined our team of vendors fell together naturally. My aunt and her husband own Pilot Knob Vineyard tucked away in the Hill Country of Bertram, Texas. It is gorgeous with unsoiled views that go for miles. My amazing planner, Ellen Westcott, and I have been friends since our high school dance team days. I remember her bringing wedding magazines to read on the bus on the way to football games. This girl was born to plan weddings. :) Then I scooped up Love, The Nelsons as our photographers whom I actually met years ago when we were neighbors! Such a small world. Dave and I were very adamant about finding an officiant who could make our ceremony something special. We found Reverend Lorelei of Sacred Affairs and couldn’t have been happier. It was personal, Christ-centered and unlike any other wedding ceremony I have experienced. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the bunch!

With Ellen and Pinterest to guide my way we nailed down a vision and set out to make it happen. Dave and I started with a bang by sending viewmasters with a custom reel as our wedding invitations. We wanted to signal to family and friends that this was going to be a FUN party and totally representative of us as a couple. A couple of my favorite DIY projects were the ceremony arbor that my grandpa built. I will cherish that forever and plan to have many snuggly nights under it! I made the groom and his groomsmen’s boutonnieres. They are all musicians and I managed to find Christmas ornaments that looked just like their actual instruments. It was a fun surprise for them and a cool, unique spin on the boutonniere. My other favorite touch was our cupcake place cards. I went to thrift stores and antique stores almost every weekend for a full year collecting anything glass that would work as a cupcake pedestal. We ended up with an assortment of candlesticks and sorbet cups which we spray painted gold. It was the perfect personal touch for everyone to have their name in a cupcake on it’s very own pedestal. Meredith Speer with Bristol Lane did the most amazing job on our florals. Everything from my bouquet to the centerpieces was a gorgeous work of art! Since we had people coming in from all over the country, we worked with Catering With A Twist to create a seriously delicious spread with a touch of southern flare including chicken and waffle teasers. They also did our cupcakes and a s’mores bar as a late night snack. I wish we could eat our wedding meal every night!

I look back at our photos and am so happy to see that it was everything we wanted. It felt like the dinner parties we love to host which is exactly the experience we were after. You can tell from the photos that everyone was genuinely having fun, smiling and celebrating with us. It was absolutely perfect.

Photography: Love, The Nelsons | Videographer: Second Generation | Florist: Bristol Lane Florals | Invitations: Image3D | Ceremony: Pilot Knob Vineyard | Reception Venue: Pilot Knob Vineyard | Bride's Shoes : J. Crew | Bridesmaids Dresses: Rent The Runway | Catering: Catering With A Twist | Lighting: D&H Stage Lighting | DJ: Friends Of The Bride And Groom | Officiant: Rev. Lorelei Starbuck | Transportation: Clark Travel | Bride's Lace Topper: BHLDN | Design And Coordination : Westcott Weddings | Groom And Groomsmen Suits: Studio Suits | Bride's Dress : Nicole Miller | Film Scan Processing: Photo Vision | Gold Leaf Terracotta Pots, Cupcake Stands, Boutonnieres, Escort : DIY By Bride | Hair And Make-Up: Mindy Orsak | Reception Band: The Innocence | Rentals: Marquee | Table Numbers: Better Off Wed | Table Runners: La Tavola

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Elegant Downtown Dallas Ballroom Wedding

From the dramatic steps to the Corinthian stone columns, the portico of the Dallas Scottish Rite Temple stole our hearts. This wedding’s a delight for the eyes, thanks to talents like Significant Events Of Texas and Erin Blair Make Up & Hair Design. But our favorite thing? How adorable and absolutely in love the couple are. See all the special moments, captured by Anna Routh Photography, right here.

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Spring
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Ballroom
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Elegant

From Anna Routh PhotographyErin and Zach are two of the most wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. Not only are they just so easy going, but they love each other and their friends and family so immensely. The joy on their faces throughout the day was so evident and so amazing. They were so excited to join their lives and their families and it showed. Erin and Zach chose the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Downtown Dallas (where they live) to tie the knot. The setting could not have been more perfect – the regal front porch, the stunning ballroom and all the details were just on point. Erin and Zach had a beautiful time celebrating with their friends and family, and it was such an honor for me to be able to capture their bond.

Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Floral Design: Stems Of Dallas | Cakes: Frosted Art Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral - Dallas | Reception Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral - Dallas | Hair And Makeup: Shannon Gobin Of Erin Blair Make Up & Hair Design | Event Planning And Coordination: Significant Events Of Texas | Getaway Car: Blue Diamond Limousines | Reception Band: Professor D

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Bouquet Breakdown: Boho Glam Texas Hill Country Bouquet

Happy weekend, loves! We already knew you were major fans of this stunning  Colorful Boho Glam Hill Country Texas Wedding – since it was one of last week’s top pins on Pinterest! — so we got the how-to from floral designer  Ashlyn Gibbens Hobbs, of Sweet Magnolia Floral, for this show-stopping boho-glam bouquet. Read on for the how-to, and the story behind this gorgeous wedding and its sweet Bride.

Colorful Boho Glam Texas Hill Country Wedding Bouquet

  • 5 Stems Romantic Antique Garden Roses
  • 3 Stems Caramel Antique Garden Roses
  • 2 Stems Sarah Peonies
  • 3 Stems Red Charm Peonies
  • 2 Stems Burgundy Dahlia
  • 3 Stems Blush Larkspur
  • 6 Stems Blue Thistle
  • 7 Stems Magenta Anemone
  • 5 Stems Red Scabiosa
  • 6 Stems Blue Veronica
  • 3 Stems White Japanese Andromeda
  • 3 Stems Sunset Coral Ranunculus
  • 3 Stems Hot Pink Ranunculus
  • 3 Stems Blush Ranunculus
  • 2 Stems Blush Heather
  • 5 Stems Plumosa Fern Foliage
  • 5 Stems Bay Laurel Foliage
  • 3 Stems Camellia Greens
  • 1 Yard 3″-Wide Fuschia Chainette Fringe

From Ashlyn Gibbens Hobbs of Sweet Magnolia FloralLocated in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, most of the weddings we design at Sweet Magnolia are destination weddings. Because family and friends have traveled so far to help celebrate, it is really important that the flowers reflect the unique personalities of our clients and truly encompass the vision each couple has for their wedding day! Known for lush bouquets and garden style arrangements, our designs at Sweet Magnolia are full of seasonal materials sourced from local farmers and our aesthetic is one driven by the nature around us. 

We start with a color pallet and key words to begin our design process. Hannah was inspired by watercolor, and knew she wanted raspberry blooms with pops of bright colors to be the main focus of her wedding decor. The theme was “Boho Glam” and the beautiful bridesmaids wore a mixture of champagne and blush dresses. When having a mix and match bridal party, it is important that the bouquets tie the look together. In addition to the large raspberry statement flowers, we added pops of gold toned garden roses and ranunculus in all shades of pink to reflect the colors of the ladies’ gowns. 
Hannah is stunning, inside and out, and I wanted to create a bouquet that truly reflected her huge heart and always cheerful demeanor. March is prime flower season here in Texas, and we used a variety of foliage, ranunculus, and anemones grown locally in our garden as well as right down the road by our friends at Prickly Pair Farm. It doesn’t get any better than working with materials that are cut literally the same day as the wedding. To create a contrast, I accented the romantic peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus with items that have unique textures, like thistle and veronica. Draped with fuchsia fringe, this bouquet was the epitome of Boho Glam yet still classic and refined, like sweet Hannah. In my opinion, mixing romantic blooms with uncommon components are what makes a bouquet photograph well — turning a standard floral design into a work of art!