Winery weddings seem to make wedding-loving folks like ourselves a bit giddy. The surroundings are guaranteed to be stunning and the couples that choose these pretty venues always seem to be darling. Well this Monday morning, Jess Barfield Photography is bringing us just such a sweet soiree. It’s a beauty for sure, and the full gallery of images is the perfect way to start your day!

From the Bride… When we first got engaged, I had a vision of a small backyard-type wedding with only our closest friends and family, but Marius had a vision of a traditional wedding with a huge party for the reception. After talking over what was most important to us, we realized that we actually wanted the same thing — an event that felt like “us,” was a whole lot of fun and involved everyone who was important to us. We decided to throw out tradition and anything we felt like we “had” to do and just do things our way. We stopped worrying about what anyone else would think, and in the end, our wedding was perfect and exactly what we wanted.

We had both the ceremony and reception at a local winery, and the complimentary glass of wine for guests as they arrived was a big hit! Our outdoor ceremony had very little additional decor because we wanted the natural setting to speak for itself. The only thing we added were jars of hydrangeas hanging from shepherds hooks along the aisle that were thrown together very last minute by my bridesmaids! We were able to incorporate some Filipino traditions into the ceremony, which was important to Marius’ family. We made a chalkboard program instead of having a traditional paper program — I bought a frame from a thrift store and painted over the picture with chalkboard paint. We also decided that instead of a traditional guest book, we would have guests sign corks, and I love having them on display in a hurricane in our living room now.

All of the reception decor was also made by us. Again, we wanted things to feel simple and natural, so we hung our own cafe string lights under the tent, made table numbers out of old wine bottles, cut table runners from burlap and purchased stems of white hydrangeas to put in mason jars on the tables. For the escort cards, I used manila hang tags and pinned them to a homemade fabric cork board that was also made from a thrift store frame. I had originally wanted to hire someone to do all of the decor, but we decided to DIY to save money, and that turned out to be our favorite part of wedding planning! Overall, we were absolutely in love with our wedding day, and I think the biggest reason (besides marrying each other, of course) was because we stayed true to ourselves and created an event that had everything we wanted and nothing we didn’t.

Wedding Photography: Jess Barfield Photography / Wedding Venue: Lone Oak Winery in Burleson, Texas / Floral Design: Bella Flora of Dallas / Catering: Reata Restaurant / Wedding Cakes: Sugar Bee Sweets / DJ: Craig Smith of LeForce Entertainment / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal + Custom Alterations / Bride’s Sash + Hairpiece: Handcrafted Affairs / Hair: Goldwaves Salon / Makeup: Erin Blair Gobin / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew, Nordstrom, Zara + Custom / Kimono Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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