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Whimsical Zoo Styled Shoot at San Antonio Zoo

I absolutely adore a unique and inspiring venue. They never fail to make my heart pitter patter just a wee bit faster. So this whimsical shoot at San Antonio Zoo captured by Diaz And Diaz Weddings and beautifully designed by Statue Of Design is so up my alley. Trust me, it’s sure to inspire your entire day, and you can see what I mean right here.


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Summer
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Zoo
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Whimsical

From Statue of DesignInspiration for our photo shoot at the San Antonio Zoo came from a combination of various elements. We had been itching to do a styled shoot at the zoo, but wanted to make sure that our details were cohesive but not overpowering the star attractions at the venue…the animals. With the San Antonio Zoo’s upcoming centennial anniversary, we thought the time was perfect to gather together some of our colleagues and work on a vintage zoo inspired shoot. We worked with Bella Bridesmaids in selecting a muted pastel color palette as a throwback to the vintage “carnival” era. The bridal party featured various floral elements complementing the soft color palettes, from pink to yellow’s and even soft blues. We worked with the team at Spice of Life catering in developing a whimsical themed menu highlighting the catering company’s bold flavors. Our colleagues at Event Ignition highlighted the venue’s unique space with their superior lighting skills, while Luxe Event Décor provided stunning rentals from chameleon chairs to their raj tents. And lastly we worked with Girl General on all of our paper products from invitations to menu, tying in zoo elements as well as paying homage to the vintage theme.

Photography: Diaz And Diaz Weddings | Event Design: Statue Of Design | Floral Design: Statue Of Design | Wedding Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Invitations: Girl General | Reception Venue: San Antonio Zoo | Catering: Spice Of Life | Lighting Design: Event Ignition | Rentals: Luxe Event Decor

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Rustic Chic Farm Pasture Wedding

Little known fact? Cowgirl boots and ballgowns are the quickest way to my country loving heart. Rollicking yet refined, from the DesignII blooms, to peach jam favors, and the clothesline of photos, every aspect of this pasture affair is effortlessly elegant. Korie Lynn snapped up a gallery that is a mixture of familiarity and romanticism, and you can see it all here!

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Fall
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Farm

From the beautiful Bride… The groom and I have always been inspired by community, heritage, and travel. When we began to plan our wedding, we considered first, the German and Czech Biergartens that we grew up with in Texas and second, the semester that we studied together in Paris. We ultimately decided on a celebration that was both rowdy and refined—a mixture of familiarity and romanticism, of country and city, of landscape and architecture.

A beer garden is a sort of communal free-for-all, and we wanted to maintain that spirit of sharing at our reception with long farm tables and a local family-style meal. Meanwhile, we equipped the tabletops with vintage champagne coupes and loosely-arranged flowers to give the setting a little edge of effortless French elegance. We also tried to incorporate details from our daily life, like color-coordinated Trivial Pursuit cards reminiscent of those at Henri’s, our favorite French restaurant in Austin, and strands of yellow-tinged globe lights lining the peaks of our pole tent.

We completed countless DIY projects leading up to the wedding, including our stationery and guestbook, our peach jam favors, and our clothesline of photos. Our parents scoured thrift stores for champagne coupes, mismatched vases, and wicker breadbaskets. The groom’s mother even freehanded our menu chalkboards!

For the venue we chose a family farm just west of Brenham, Texas—a small town located halfway between Austin and Houston, where the groom and I grew up, respectively. October is usually the most beautiful month in The Lonestar State, but the morning of our wedding it rained… and rained… and rained. We were beyond relieved when the clouds decided to pull it together just an hour before our first look.

Our ceremony was entirely otherworldly. It was surreal to see his family, my family, and all of our closest friends—some of them from thousands of miles away—all under the same grove of trees. Our photographer perfectly captured the giddiness and whimsy of the day.

Most importantly, we wanted our guests to feel comfortable and relaxed. Our band played a mixture of country, Cajun, Zydeco, and rock n roll that kept everyone grooving all night. Around ten in the evening, some of our distant neighbors overheard the music and came over to join the dance party! We could not have asked for a more welcoming celebration of love and marriage.

Photography: Korie Lynn Photography | Event Planning: DesignII | Floral Design: DesignII | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Wedding Dress: Serendipity Bridal | Cake: Brenham Olde Towne Bakery | Invitations: The Bride & Groom | Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Ravens' Refuge | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: DesignII | Makeup: Thyme Day Spa & Salon | Hair: Thyme Day Spa & Salon | Band: The Stringbenders | Groom's Attire: Capra And Cavelli | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire (Ties): Tux & Tulle | Wedding Boots: Lucchese Boots | Wedding Venue: Private Residence: The Miller Farm

Romantic Outdoor Art Museum Wedding

Maybe it’s the streamliner reception, the cafe lights adorning the scenery, or the fact that this Bride is one serious baker, but something is seriously special about this outdoor affair. Starting with the perfectly pink Petals, Ink. bouquets, to the couple’s sweetly sentimental vows, every moment Luxe Photography snapped up is sweet and sentimental. See it all right here!

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Summer
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Romantic

From the beautiful Bride… I first met Will through work. We worked at a large company of over six hundred employees in Austin, Texas. Will and I worked on separate floors but we worked on similar projects so we spoke over the phone quite often. After a few months of subtle flirting, I found myself developing a small crush on Will without ever having seen his face. I had started making up reasons to call him just so I could hear his voice. I decided that this was unacceptable and that I had to see what he looked liked once and for all. Once I did, it was all over for me. I fell head over heels for his boyish grin and puppy dog eyes. My small crush had turned into a full blown one.

Having never pursued a man before, I took my mothers wise advise “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”! I started baking treats like cookies and brownies every Friday to take down to his floor with the excuse “I just think we all should get to know each other better!” I of course went around and talked to everyone and passed out cookies so that I wouldn’t look too desperate, but I of course lingered a little longer at Will’s desk to make sure he knew it was all for him. After a few weeks of this he was mine!

Fast forward three years and we were engaged! Within a week of getting engaged, I fell in love for a second time with Laguna Gloria and booked it on the spot! I move fast when I know what I want! Being at Laguna Gloria is like being in a secret garden in Italy. The gorgeous house built in the 1920′s brings you back in time and the lake view makes one feel like you are in another country. It was the perfect outdoor setting that we were looking for and that I had always imagined.

Will and I got married under the Temple of Love surrounded by our closest friends and family on a warm June evening. The gazebo was tucked away on a lagoon with trees and water surrounding us. The beauty was further enhanced by the lush and vibrant pink bouquets adorning the gazebo. Our fairytale ceremony turned out to be exactly what we wanted. It was heartfelt, spiritual and intimate.

The reception was equally important to Will and I. Our main concern was for everyone to have fun and relax. We picked an amazing local band to get everyone up and dancing. I can still remember the moment the sun went down and the twinkle lights turned on, it felt like magic. After that, you couldn’t pull us off the dance floor! We did take a short break to cut the bride and grooms cake! I had decided to make the groom’s cake myself. After four years of baking, my simple cookies and brownies that I made for friends had evolved into more extravagant cakes that I charged for money. It only seemed fitting that I make his cake considering that’s how I won his heart. It took a lot of preparation and time the week before the wedding but it turned out to be my best cake yet. I even went so far as to make edible sugar beer bottles! I was so happy that I was able to create something so memorable and so perfectly catered to Will for the wedding since it was his day too!

I’m amazed how smooth the day went and how everything just fell into place. We had the best night of our lives and wish we could do it again. I’m so thankful we have beautiful pictures and video to look back on and remember our magical day!

Photography: Luxe Photography | Videography: Ryan Serr | Wedding Coordinator: Rosa Gibson | Floral Design: Petals, Ink. | Wedding Dress: Mayfair Bridal (Demitrios--designer) | Cake: Sugar Mama's Bakeshop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom (Jenny Yoo) | Catering: Pink Avocado | Makeup: Adore Makeup Boutique | Band: The Royal Dukes | Wedding Venue: The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria

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