Hello country charmer of a wedding by Keely Thorne Events! It’s a perfect mix of traditional elegance and down home country style. It’s all Texas, and it’s all good in my book. With a beautiful, natural color palette and fluffy florals from Darryl & Co. gracing us with their prettiness at every turn, how can you really go wrong? Thanks to Studio 563 there is even more of this country affair to see – so boot, scoot and boogie on over to the full gallery of images.

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From the Bride… The idea behind my wedding was to combine classic elegance and country charm. We wanted to embrace our Texas roots and provide a country experience for our out-of-town guests, but also keep things fancy and elegant. We decided to nix the traditional ballroom hotel theme and have our wedding and reception in the small town of Navasota, Texas where my parents own a ranch.

The catalyst for my theme came from the designs of Tracy Brockhouse of Bluebird Designs. She truly captured our vision in a rustic yet elegant wooden backed invitation. Additionally, she created all of our invitations, menus, programs and even designed a family crest that was used through out all of our wedding pieces.

After our ceremony at an old Catholic church, guests headed to a tented reception held on the patio of my parent’s home. We chose an earthy, simple color scheme of whites, ivories, greens and browns. Very early on, I fell in love with the idea of covering the tent with the glow of soft candle light from lanterns. Darryl and Co. made that vision a reality with lantern centerpieces, lanterns on the walkways around the tent and lanterns hanging from the corners of the dance floor on tall clusters of branches. Two antler chandeliers were hung on each side of the tent to tie in the rustic outdoor theme. There were three different flower arrangements designed to give depth and a variance of height on the tables. Some were lanterns with clusters of flowers around the base and top, some were tall topiaries and some were urns filled with floral. We used details such as the table assignments hanging from lantern hooks outside the tent as guests approached, custom made signage around the reception tent made by my father-in-law and tables named after indigenous trees and flowers in the area to tie into the theme.

Since I’m Italian and our favorite restaurant is Carrabba’s we decided to have a 6 course seated dinner by Carrabba’s for our reception dinner. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour of drinks and appetizers before we arrived and were able to spend time outside the tent at the adjacent pond where we set up a nearby retreat for guests to enjoy a view of the property. The wedding cake was a traditional cream cheese frosting and lemon cake and the grooms cake was a double chocolate fudge cake and chocolate frosting in the shape of a Makers Mark whiskey bottle – the groom’s favorite whiskey.

Shortly after dinner and speeches, The Revelators began playing and dancing was well underway.  The bouquet and garter toss was off the side of a slight hill near the edge of the house and our exit was made out to the exit car by the light of sparklers.

Wedding Photography: Studio 563 / Floral Design & Event Decor: Darryl & Co. / Event Coordination: Emily Moise with Keely Thorne Events / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Joseph’s Catholic Chapel / Wedding Reception Location: La Dolce Vita Ranch, Private Residence / Wedding Invitations: Tracy Brockhouse of Bluebird Design Studios / Wedding Cakes: Who Made the Cake! / Groom & Groomsmen Hair: V’s Barbershop / Catering: Carrabba’s Italian Grill / Hair & Makeup: Your Beautiful Face / Wine: Becker Vineyards / Band: The Revelators / Wedding Dress: Watters via Brickhouse Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy via Ventura’s Bridal / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s Wedding Band: Michael Klein’s Fine Jewelry / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri / Bride’s Sash: Kirsten Kuehn Designs / Reception Signage: Father of the Groom / Favors: Beau Coup + Jelly Belly / Sparklers: Sparklers R Us

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