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Whimsical Southern Spanish Moss Wedding Inspiration

I’m a Southern California girl myself, but I’ve always been a sucker for vintage romance and Southern charm, so when this stunning photo shoot came across my desk, I was thrilled. With unique floral pairings, the softest pastel color palette, and gorgeous silvery curtains of Spanish Moss framing it all,  this gallery from Mallory Gilani Photography will make you want to book a flight to The Lonestar State ASAP!


From Heather Benge EventsNestled a few short miles outside of the hustle and bustle of Houston, TX is a gorgeous country side filled with southern spanish moss trees. We played off of the fairy tale feel of the trees and created a dreamy, whimsical styled shoot. For the bride and bridesmaid, we gave them a soft, flowy updo and a more neutral makeup look to really bring out the romantic vision we were after. From the hand calligraphy on the invitation suite to the hand painted wedding cake, I am pretty sure this styled shoot is what dreams are made of.

Photography: Mallory Gilani Photography | Wedding Planner: Heather Benge Events | Floral Design: Bramble & Bee | Cake: Whisk Bakery | Stationery: Artful Designs By Rachel Nieman | Hair & Makeup: Hey Lovely | Linens: Over The Top Linen | Rentals: Bourbon & Bloom | Wedding & Bridesmaid Dress: Damsel White Label

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Richmond Wedding at Briscoe Manor from Julie Wilhite Photography

Traditional affairs in Texas have a style all their own.  A sort of “traditional with a kick,” if you will.  And when that amped-up style meets two seriously stunning cuties and the amazing work of Julie Wilhite Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level.  A level planned to absolute perfection by Something to Celebrate and boasting beautiful blooms from Blooming Gallery and a whole lot of sweetness overload from Susie’s Cakes.  See it all right here in the full gallery.  It’s crazy amazing.

And a gorgeous film from Perry Evan Films for even more beautiful inspiration…

From Julie Wilhite… Andrew and Kelly initially met through friends, but the timing was not quite right. They later reconnected on Facebook and have never left each other’s sides. Through a mutual love of adventure and travel, they fell in love. Their wedding was elegant and romantic using the colors silver and royal blue. The flowers were absolutely stunning, bringing the garden inside the chapel just for the two of them.

Wedding Photography: Julie Wilhite Photography | Wedding Venue: Briscoe Manor | Officiant: Mark Welshimer | Event Planning: Lauren Carrillo of Something to Celebrate | Floral Designer: Blooming Gallery | Cinematography: Perry Evan Films | Cake: Susie’s Cakes | Catering: Behind the Bash | DJ: Jonny Black Productions | Lighting: Bright Star Productions | Makeup: Blush & Co | Transportation: Monarch Limousine

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Richmond Wedding at Briscoe Manor by J. Cogliandro Photography

These college sweethearts knew exactly how they envisioned their big day and it included lots of personal touches and family involvement. From the cute as can be chapel to the toss of the bride’s gorgeous bouquet, this wedding is clear perfection. And how amazing are those coral colored bridesmaid dresses? Belle of the Ball whipped up all the pretty while J. Cogliandro Photography captured it for life and there’s so much more right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… The most important things to Daniel and me when we set out to plan our wedding were that the ceremony was about the Lord and that the reception was a big celebration. Briscoe Manor is a good distance from where each of our parents live, but we fell in love with it anyway. We loved the rustic yet beautiful look and that the chapel and the reception hall are both onsite. Also, I had always dreamed of getting married in a chapel that was completely full. So, the venue was absolutely perfect for our wedding.

I really wanted there to be personal touches throughout the wedding so that it was a true representation of us. We felt like having close friends and family involved in the ceremony would be a good place to start. My mom’s brother is a pastor, so it was extra special to have him marry us. Also, close friends did almost all of the ceremony music. Both Daniel and I wanted to honor our grandparents who have passed away, so on my bouquet I had my grandmother’s brooch and Daniel’s grandfather’s wedding ring tied to it. We also had to have a “BU” ice sculpture at the reception — after all it is where we met! Plus, Daniel worked for the Baylor football team and I was a cheerleader, so the loyalty runs deep. My wonderful wedding planner suggested in passing the idea of having my bridesmaids hold umbrellas in some pictures, rather than bouquets. It’s something a little different … and kept off some of the heat from taking pictures outside in July! I also did a lot of little DIY projects such as making signs, bags, and wreaths. It was really fun to see those touches the day of the wedding and knowing that I had made them!

Each detail of the wedding was so important to me. And yes, I did make myself (and everyone else around me) crazy. But, when I think about our wedding and look back at pictures, it was truly perfect for us. It was the wedding of both of our dreams, but we also felt so much love and support from all the family and friends that were there to show support and celebrate with us. We feel like we accomplished both of our goals: honoring the Lord and having a lot of fun!

Wedding Photography: J. Cogliandro Photography / Wedding Venue: Briscoe Manor in Richmond, Texas / Floral Design: Wedding Flowers by Lisa / Wedding Planner: Natalie Narula Laskowski of Belle of the Ball / Wedding Cinematography: A&A Video / Catering: Behind the Bash / Wedding Cakes: Susie’s Cakes / String Trio: Fine Arts Strings / Band: Doppelganger / Paper Goods: Invitation Solutions / Ice Sculpture: Ice Designs / Signs, Bags + Wreaths: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm via Weddings by Debbie / Hair + Makeup: Your Beautiful Face

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Vintage Styled Wedding At Richmond’s Safari Texas Ranch

Laura Burlton with D. Jones Photography in Houston sent us two really fabulous weddings that she shot, and it was such a toss-up which one to start with! Their styles are so different. Their locations are so different. But they both stand testament to the fact that with love ~ laughter ~ friends & family ~ and a great photographer, your wedding day will be nothing short of fantastic!

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

from Laura

Katie & Blake’s wedding was held at the Safari Texas Ranch in Sugar Land, Texas. The facility has many different venues to choose from and they chose the rustic simplicity of the lodge there. It had a great big veranda out back that they held the ceremony on and then the reception was inside the lodge afterwards. The grounds of the Safari Ranch have some livestock and exotic animals on site. There were goats and deer and I have heard there is a giraffe, although we did not see it. The most visible were the peacocks running free along the grounds. They provided much comic relief during the ceremony with their mating calls!

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

Katie’s invitations and wedding paper pieces were designed by her very talented sister, Courtney Albright.

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

I love this shot with the bridal party in the background!

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

Laura Burlton ~ D.Jones Photography

Laura really captured the spirit of this vintage-styled and lively Texas party! Congratulations Katie & Blake!!

Next up … the Dominican Republic from today’s featured Little Black Book photographer, Laura Burlton and D. Jones Photography

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{ps… if you look on the map, the actual venue looks like it’s in Sugar Land, but the physical address is Richmond. Sorry about that!}