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Modern Chic Wedding in Texas’s Hill Country

This goes out to all of you die-hard stripe lovers, lemon connoisseurs and modern aficionados. It’s a mod infused garden party ripe with citrus and greenery fashioned by JMG Designs along with coordination by Elegant Events  and maybe the chicest bridesmaid/ flower girl combo we’ve ever seen. Stripes and yellow look good on you, Hill Country. Check out even more of the day captured by Heather Rowland Photography right here.


This charming hill country wedding set at the Westin La Cantera Resort outside San Antonio was true perfection. The bride, Emily, found fresh lemon wreaths mixed with bold black and white canopy stripes as her inspiration. She accented kraft envelopes & touches of burlap throughout the event to give the bold black, white, and yellow a comfortable and relaxed feel for summer. Staying true to her classic charm, Emily wanted a touch of something unique and different yet tasteful and bold. Emily and Russ shared the vows on The El Fortin Lawn within limestone arches laced with breathtaking hill country views. Guests were seated under a historical oak tree that spanned across the entire lawn blanketing the congregation in perfect shade. The Reception took place on at the Club house and overlooked the acclaimed golf course, which was a perfect backdrop for photos of the newlyweds. The reception was appropriately cohesive to the overall feel of the wedding and also showcased bold black and white canopy stripes as table cloths. Each table had floral accents adored with fresh lemon give the entire venue the freshest citrus aroma. The couple had the most quaint seating arrangement, with framed monogrammed chalkboards noting their places. Vintage string lights wrapped around the reception site as guests danced the night away under the Texas stars. The newlyweds made their exit in a vintage Rolls-Royce and enjoyed a honeymoon in the Bahamas.

Photography: Heather Rowland Photography | Event Design: JMG Designs | Flowers: Patti Weaver & Ridgewood Designs | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Ceremony: The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio | Reception: The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering & Cake: The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio | Coordination: Maureen Riebel, Elegant Events | Invitation: Sparrow & Nest | Second Shooter: Carmen Rose Evans Of Love Carmen Rose | Transportation: Al Briseno Rolls-Royce

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Oak Valley Vineyard Vow Renewal

When tragedy hits a family, sometimes the core can be shaken. But after the shockwaves settle, that core has the opportunity to get stronger, ten-fold. And that’s exactly what happened since Amy DeYoung and her husband said “I do” 11 years prior, prompting them to host the ultimate vow renewal celebration. Anne Marie Photography captured the day in gorgeous fashion, and all waiting right over here.


From the Bride… When it came time to decide what we wanted the overall feel of the day to be and to choose our vendors, it was really fun. As a photographer in the wedding industry, I feel privileged to see all kinds of talent at the events that I cover and work with truly wonderful people. I had a vision for how I wanted this day to come together, but I only sought out the best in their field to make it happen. That is where it all came alive and we could not have been more thrilled with how it turned out! It will go down as one of the best days of my life!

Our story: We were young when we married in 2002. Both of us knew within the first week of meeting that we had found “the one”. While we eagerly stepped forward into our lives together, the true weight of marriage evaded us. We were excited about what was to come. Eleven years together brought multiple moves across the country, 2 baby boys, starting a business, job changes, travels and a goldmine of laughter.

It wasn’t until 2012 and the loss of Paul’s sister that we realized exactly how fragile and fleeting life truly is. Ellen was a bright light that shined in our lives and her loss effected each of us deeply. The loss rippled over into other areas of our lives and eventually threatened our marriage. We were suddenly in a place where we had to fight within our marriage to survive and keep our family as one. Through all of this, God showed us what true agape love, grace and forgiveness can and will do. Our marriage is stronger than it has ever been and it is because we chose to sail through the storm with one another.

When you have walked through fire together and can honestly say that you would do it all over again to get to where you now are… you know you’re with the right person. This is why we chose to have a ceremony to recommit our lives to one another; celebrate a fresh start; a new beginning. We’ve been through the fire and we’ve seen the beauty that comes after the ashes settle. It’s so much better than before and without a doubt worth celebrating!

Photography: Anne Marie Photography | Videography: Pretty Sweet Weddings | Flowers: The Tuscan Rose | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake/cupcakes: Sweet Traditions | Furniture: Revive Vintage Rentals | Gold Chairs: DPC Media Services | Makeup By Alyssa Garcia: Alyssa Garcia | The Vineyards Restaurant: Oak Valley Vineyard | Video: Pretty Sweet Weddings | Vintage Dishes: Parties By Design, Charlene

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San Antonio Engagement from May Carlson Fine Art Photography

This couple is adorable in ways I didn’t know were possible.  They’re fabulously stylish (seriously… look at them), literally glow in front of the camera and the true love they are feeling for one another?  It’s palpable.  This, my loves, is engagement session perfection happening right here, right now on SMP.  See it all captured by May Carlson in the full gallery.

From May Carlson Fine Art Photography… I met Ilianna and Andy last year when I was photographing their friend’s wedding. We all realized we shared the same passion for art and film photography, so naturally I was thrilled when they announced their engagement and asked me to be a part of the journey!

We knew their engagement session would be a perfect way to show off their love, excitement, and individual style! Ilianna loved all the natural bohemian styled photos we went through for inspiration. We wanted to give their engagement shoot a little more warmth and rich color. One of Ilianna’s favorite colors is orange, so I knew the orange ranunculus would be a perfect fit amongst some large white dahlias and wax flowers. The orange hues worked as a beautiful compliment to Ilianna’s soft gray and purple gown. Their engagement session was photographed 100% on film and was shot at the beautiful Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio on a recent fall afternoon.

They met in high school and reconnected in college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They carried on a three-and-a-half year long courtship before Andy asked Ilianna to be his wife on September 29th, 2013.

I am so honored that they asked me to capture all the priceless moments as they unite in marriage on March 8th, 2014 outside of their hometown in Comfort, Texas. They plan on moving to Kansas shortly after their wedding where Andy plans to attend grad school.

Photography: May Carlson Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: May Carlson | Hair and Make-up : Twyst