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Elegant Eco-Friendly Texas Wedding

This Bride knows a thing or two about sustainability and her wedding was no better place to put those practices to work. Loft Photography captured every thought out detail at their gorgeous venue, Ma Maison, and this gallery is not only beautiful, but pretty darn inspiring as well. If this Bride can be this conscientious at her own wedding, I’m motivated to step it up a bit in my own daily life.

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From Loft PhotographyAnn and Cody had one of the most unique and beautiful weddings that we’ve had the privilege of being a part of it. The couple’s focus on economic sustainability was both intriguing and well done, their love for each other was contagious and inspiring, and their wedding day was as pretty as they come!

From The Bride… As a recent graduate of a Masters program in Sustainability with a personal focus on lifestyle choices, I knew my own wedding was a perfect platform to try and flex my sustainable event planning muscles. As I care deeply for the environment and human well-being within it, I was out to prove that I could have a sustainable wedding without sacrificing the elegance I’d always hoped for. For a year, I worked diligently with my planner and the vendors to identify the parts of the wedding that we could make the most sustainable. This means as little environmental impact as possible, and thinking about lessening the number of “links in the supply chain” that items had to travel to get to our wedding, in addition to the livelihoods and well-being of those providing services to us. That’s a lot to think about, but I believe in the coming years, it will become an easier process as brides demand sustainable elements for their events. The venue we selected is built of reclaimed materials. We used as many local vendors in Austin as we could for food, florals, music, photography and much more. All the florals were of organic origin. Family heirloom candelabras and antique rugs were used for ceremony decor. The potted trees present at the reception were Lacebark Elms and are native to the Austin region. Three were donated to the Girl Scouts to plant, and one was donated to Ma Maison to be planted at the venue. Most of the food was seasonal, USDA-certified organic and locally sourced. By serving seasonal and local veggies as the largest part of the wedding dinner, we prevented shipments having to come from distant regions that subsequently produce huge amounts of carbon. Any leftovers were composted by the caterer at our request. We’d like to highlight that one of the meats served was local Wild Boar. This animal is growing in destructive numbers across the south and is fairly dangerous to people. It has a wonderful rustic flavor, and made quite a tasty ravioli filling at our wedding. There were few, if any disposables at the wedding besides cocktail napkins, and for our grand exit we opted for organic rose petals to be tossed instead of sparklers. Sparklers are made of mined metals that can come from environmentally stressed regions and have dangerous conditions for workers.

Photography: Loft Photography | Cinematography: PhotoVision | Event Planning: Clearly Classy Events | Floral Design: Eco Chic Floral | Wedding Dress: Blush By Hayley Paige | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Stationery: The Inviting Pear | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Catering: Crave Catering | Hair And Makeup: Beauty Secrets Salon | Lighting: Altared Weddings | Band: Will Taylor And The Strings Attached | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Ma Maison | Bride's Accessories: BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: LoveShineBridal | Groom's Cufflinks: The Lysine Contingency | Rentals: Whim Event Rentals | Veil: Brenda's Bridal Veils

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Rustic Texas Hill Country Ranch Wedding

You know you’re in a country wedding when the Bride has got her cowgirl boots on! This couple chose to wed in a real working longhorn ranch for its rustic charm, yet they kept it elegant with a open-air barn reception decorated with the prettiest floral arrangements and candle-lit lanterns! Joshua Aull photographed all the lovely details in the full gallery right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… My husband and I met in October, got engaged in March and were married one day after our first date, a year later in October. We had quite the accelerated wedding planning process, but thanks to our amazing vendors and our families help, it all came together just as we both had envisioned. We knew we wanted a rustic but elegant and romantic wedding and we both fell absolutely in love with the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, TX- it being the first and only venue that we looked at. We felt it offered us this rustic elegance we were looking for.

I absolutely love all of the pastel colors, so my bridesmaids wore long Amsale blush colored chiffon dresses in three different styles. The dresses were purchased at Bella Bridesmaid. The groomsmen wore light gray pants and vests, white shirts and light brown shoes, with the Groom in a full suit. The colors were perfect against the pale green background of the ranch.

We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony under a gorgeous grapevine laced with beautiful flowers draping down either side. We then transitioned into a relaxed cocktail hour outside of the barn where traditional San Antonio foods such as gorditas and chicken white wings were served. There were live longhorns that the kids and adults could feed in the pens right outside of the barn, giving it that true ranch feel we were looking for. After the cocktail hour, the double doors opened into the back of the barn and the guests were seated in the reception area. I can’t even put into words how beautiful this area looked. Our florist designed a gorgeous hanging wood plank that hung over the head table. It had beautiful flowing flowers and greens dangling down with big plush garden roses mixed in, as well as lanterns with lit candles spaced across the plank. It gave it a very romantic and garden feel. It was perfect! The tables were dressed with silk, blush colored napkins with clear glass chargers to add a touch of elegance. Beautiful lanterns with floral arrangements in colors of blush, coral, green and hints of dark purple sat in the center of the table.

Our day was nothing short of a fairy tale. The ranch was absolutely gorgeous on its own, but with the help of our incredibly talented florist, Patti Beebe of the Elegant Bee in Bourne, TX; our wonderful wedding planner, Tracy French of The French Connection Events in San Antonio, TX; our wonderful parents and one handsome Groom- we pulled off our dream wedding. Our amazing photographer, Joshua Aull, captured our day beautifully! It is truly a day that we will never forget!

Photography: Joshua Aull | Coordination: Tracy French | Floral Design: Elegant Bee | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Ceremony Venue: Don Strange Ranch | Reception Venue: Don Strange Ranch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Film Processing: Photovision | Print Work & Signage: The French Connection

Rustic Texas Chapel Wedding

We can’t help but sing The Dixie Cups hit “Chapel of Love” while going through the gallery of this adorable chapel wedding. It’s all even sweeter when you learn the couple are getting married at the very same chapel the Bride’s grandparents wed in many years ago! Don’t miss any of the beautiful details captured by Mint Photography, which can be found in the full gallery right here.

From Mint PhotographyI loved the sweet, intimate and charming setting of this affair. The ceremony took place in a precious white chapel, so historic that the Bride’s grandparents got married in the same spot many, many years ago. With a setting so timeless and classic, Kristen and John Robert still managed to incorporate their quirky and unique personalities into the attire and details of the wedding. The colors were warm and rich and popped perfectly against the soft and romantic backdrop. I’m in LOVE with the florals done by one of my favorite florists in the Austin area, Clementine Floral Design. Their celebrations went late into the evening with dancing, laughter, and warm weather at their all open air evening reception. 

Photography: Mint Photography | Videography: Alamo HD Weddings | Floral Design: Clementine Floral Design | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Villa Bonita | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Beauty By Christina | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Event Coordination: Traditions Weddings And Occasions | Film Processing : Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Sugar And Spice

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Rustic Texas Camp Wedding

Weddings are filled with once-in-a-lifetime moments, a time when you proclaim your love for the world to witness. An amplified celebration, Maureen Riebel crafted this timeless day with romantic touches and camp-inspired bohemian glamour. From the Bride’s wildly elegant floral crown to their fairytale ceremony, Anne Marie Photography shared it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding was about sharing the special event with the people we love. That is why we chose Camp Waldemar and had a weekend event. I had been inspired by the location and wanted a romantic bohemian vibe. We had beautiful surroundings and they were amplified by the special touches. The flowers were a beautiful earthy mix of greenery,blooms, and texture. I loved how wild yet elegant they turned out. All of the decor fit the relaxed environment of the camp but added enough sophistication to set the romantic mood. We truly had a fairytale wedding.

Photography: Anne Marie Photography | Floral Design: Clementine | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Cake: Sophie's Choice Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Annabelle By Jenny Yoo | Catering: Absolutely Delicious Catering | Lighting: Digital Music Productions | Ceremony Music: Kevin McCormik | Venue: Camp Waldemar | Event Coordination: Maureen Riebel | Reception Music: Digital Music Productions | Rentals: Aztec Events

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Sunset Desert Elopement Inspiration

It’s obvious that Kayla Barker has a way with the lens. Such a way that even the High desert look like magic, especially when combined with a crazy talented team of vendors like Bows And Arrows and East Six . It’s an inspiration shoot overflowing with golden light and one gorgeous gown (have you SEEN that embroidered back?!), and the gallery is the perfect place to swoon it all!

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From Kayla Barker Fine Art PhotographyWhat better place to elope than in the white sand of the desert? This elopement inspiration shoot is sunkissed, glowing and incorporates the colors of the desert sunset in the beautiful flowers by Bows & Arrows. A beautiful lace back Claire Pettibone dress adds romance along with the candles in the sand that play off the gorgeous sunset. A simple and intimate table is set in the rolling desert sands with flowing lace and Silk & Willow runner. Wind, lace, sun and romance make up this unique and remote elopement inspiration.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Bows And Arrows | Invitations: East Six | Make-Up: Let's Face It Makeup Studio | Diamond Ring: Heidi Gibson | Dress Courtesy Of: The Dress Theory | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Earrings: Kash Crystals | Model: Mattie Steger of Fit is Chic | National Park: Monahans Sandhills | Ribbons & Scarf: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Veil & Earrings: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart

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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!

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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