I cannot peel myself away from this wedding — The setting is stunning; the bride is glowing, and all of the paper goods are to die for! What a gorgeous couple, a gorgeous setting and a simply gorgeous day. The full gallery of photos makes me want to go out and design something with paper — not to mention have a piece of the adorable bow tie groom’s cake! A big thanks to Jenny DeMarco Photography for the amazing images.

From the Bride… I am HUGE into details. My mom and I filled the day with tons of DIY projects — everything from stenciling all of the burlap table runners to drink stir sticks to programs, favors, tags and signage. I love all the paper goods (I have a slight obsession with paper). I made the cards to write our letters to each other that we read during our first look. I wanted something that would be pretty to keep and not just a scribbled on piece of paper. The invitation was from Betsy White , and I bought the digital logo to make the reception cards, favor labels, stickers for the program, etc. I also had a stamp made that I used to make the stir sticks and cocktail napkins. We also incorporated the logo on the first page of our wedding album. I made the signage by printing the words and logo onto iron-on transfer paper from Michael’s and then ironing it onto the muslin. I have it hanging in our house now. The frame was from IKEA and spray-painted white. The lanterns are actually a good story as well — I found them in El Paso, and when I tried to ship back one of the large ones back to Dallas, it broke. Since I couldn’t just go buy more (they were a clearance item that I bought all of), Alexa and I ended up driving them to my parents’ house in Granbury. We bought our dads bow ties to fit each of their personalities (fish on my dad’s and golf flags on his dad’s), and the groomsmen wore bow ties too. The groom’s cake is also in the shape of a bow tie.

Besides marrying David and seeing all of our friends and family, I had so much fun getting ready with my bridesmaids and hanging out on the balcony of the mansion. As far as advice, do a first look! I was against it at first, but it made things so much more personal. We read vows/letters we wrote to each other during our first look so we were much more at ease during the actual ceremony.

Wedding Photography: Jenny DeMarco Photography / Ceremony: Central Christian Church in Austin, Texas / Reception + Catering: Mansion at Judges’ Hill in Austin, Texas / Floral Design: Lindy Floral / Wedding Decor: DIY by the Bride + Her Mother / Wedding Cakes: Simon Lee Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Betsywhite Stationery / Band: RADIOSTAR / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair + Makeup: Keep Austin Gorgeous / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy

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