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Rustic Fall Wedding at Paniolo Ranch

I can admit it, I’m supremely jealous of this Bride and her amazingly chic short hair. As someone who plans to chop off inches post-wedding, I love when I stumble upon a beautiful bride with short locks and this one is not only stylish, but absolutely glowing. And who wouldn’t be, with such a colorful, festive fall celebration, captured by Mint Photography. Kickstart your day the right way, right here.

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From Mint Photography… This stunning wedding took place in the heart of the Hill Country at Paniolo Ranch. The views are like none other and the grounds of the property offer charm and an upscale vibe. I love how the bride went with tons bright pastel color flowers to contrast against the neutral cream colors of the building. One of my favorite aspects of their wedding was the custom ceremony arch. It was covered in flowers with backdrop against the Hill Country views. The light was soft and warm this day and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Definitely one of our favorites wedding!

From the Bride… Almost all of my family is from out of state, and though Lyon and I love our home town of Houston, it is not the most scenic place. We wanted to take the opportunity to show my family how beautiful Texas can be. Lyon’s family has a ranch in the Hill Country, and visiting it over the last six years, I have really fallen in love with the area. We looked at a lot of venues spanning from Austin to San Antonio, but the second we drove up to Paniolo Ranch, we canceled our other appointments. We both knew it was the place we wanted to get married.

The garden and ceremony area were so naturally gorgeous that we hardly had to add anything. The reception hall, however, though it had beautiful views, was pretty bare. To dress it up, we rented 12 ficus trees from a local nursery, wrapped their pots in burlap, and draped their leaves in twinkle lights. Erin from Eden’s Echo created a diverse range of stunning floral arrangements, to bring a little more of the outdoor beauty in. My mom and I created some additional cocktail table centerpieces by collecting old books from stores and relatives, stacking them, and planting succulents in the top. The book decor and guest book (an embossed, leather-bound dictionary) were homages to Lyon’s love of words. To warm up the entrance, we brought lamps from our apartment and an oriental rug from my parents house. We also used command strips to hang pictures of Lyon and me on the walls, and collected and framed pictures of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings to display on a side table. We even created rustic signage by using a soldering pen to burn the information into tree slices. All of these things really helped to give the space a more warm, organic feeling.

From there we tweaked the standard wedding format a bit: Having five brothers between the two of us and no sisters, we didn’t have a wedding party, so the color scheme came almost entirely from the flowers. Additionally, we opted for a cocktail style dinner with eight rounds of passed appetizers, a cheese table, and a bruschetta table, instead of the standard seated dinner or buffet. We did this so that everyone could start dancing immediately after the cocktail hour and so that, rather than being stuck at a table with the same 6 or 7 people most of the night, all of our out-of-town guests could catch up with or meet as many different people as possible. Instead of one wedding cake, we served 11 different flavors of cheesecake. We also hosted a karaoke after-party at the venue after a “faux exit” signaled the end of the reception. We served Whataburger and kept the bar open and the party going until 1am. It was so much fun to spend the entire night dancing and singing with our closest friends and family.

Photography : Mint Photography | Videography : Infinity Event Productions | Event Design : All In The Details Events | Floral Design: Edens Echo | Cake: The Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery | Catering: Cartewheels Catering | Officiant : Olive Tree Officiating | Venue: Paniolo Ranch | Guitarists : Hot Sauce | Make Up Artist : Prim & Powder | Photo Booth: SmileBooth | Tree Rental: Burns Garden Center

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Mint Equestrian Kendall Plantation Wedding

If this is the result of a well timed downpour, I hope that every wedding in 2014 is preceded by a great, big rain storm because the light, captured by Mint Photography, is quite possibly the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. And it shines perfectly on this stunning, stunning wedding!


From the phtographer… The romantic affair took place at the beautiful Kendall Plantation. A gem of a venue that sits in the bill country of Boerne Tx. Their details were adorned with soft shades of pastels, timeless details, and a backdrop that will make you ohh and ahh. What was so magical about this day was it poured all day long and minutes before the ceremony the rain cleared and we were left this beautiful perfect and even light. Enjoy!!

Photography: Mint Photography | Event Planning: A Grand Occasion | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool | Cake: Cupcake Chateau | Catering: Absolutely Delicious Catering | Venue: Kendall Plantation | Groom\'s Attire: Vera Wang

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Texas Hill Country Wedding at Don Strange Ranch from Ryan Ray Photography

We’ve been chomping at the bit over the long weekend go get this week started on SMP, particularly because this pretty little number by Ryan Ray was first on the lineup of lovely. Thankfully the time has come to share the pretty, so we don’t have to wait a moment longer to soak up all the sweetness of this Texas fête. One little scroll through all the gorgeous images and you’ll see why we had ants in our pants to get it on your screen – and believe it or not, there is so much more to swoon over right here!

From the Bride… The most important aspect of our wedding was being wed before God with all of our friends and family there in support. As long as that was our focus, we knew the wedding itself would be beautiful. We had many more guests than we originally anticipated, so we tried to keep the ceremony and reception intimate with as many personal details as possible. These included all of the groom’s favorite deserts at his cake table, honey from the county his parents grew up in for favors, a picture of the bride’s grandfather sewn to her bouquet, a family Bible as the ring pillow and a stone altar that was transported to the family ranch for generations to come to enjoy. Our ceremony was held outdoors in the Texas Hill Country and we could not have been more lucky with the weather in May! The creek was running, the clouds rolled over right before the bridal processional, and the breeze was perfect. While most people look forward to the reception, we will never forget our wedding ceremony!

Wedding Photography: Ryan Ray Photography / Wedding Venue: Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas / Floral + Event Design: Razzle Dazzle Event Decorating / Wedding Coordination: Melody Agee of One Fine Day / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Bess Zowarka / Makeup: The Makeup Maven and Company / Groom’s Attire: Wilke Rodriguez

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Boerne Wedding at Kendall Plantation by Archetype Studio Inc.

There is something so sweet about a soiree filled to the brim with southern elegance. It’s one of the reasons we can’t get enough of SMP Texas – y’all do southern elegance like no other! This pretty party captured by Archetype Studio Inc. is the perfect example of classic style meets southern charm, and we couldn’t love it more. With a pretty as can be color palette, florals galore and homemade margaritas as the signature cocktail (which the Groom made the night before!), this is one full gallery of images that can’t be missed!

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And before we send you off into the weekend, here’s this adorable duo’s fabulous wedding film by Weiss Eubanks Films

From the Bride… Brian and I knew instantly that we wanted to get married in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and at the same time, we wanted to bring a sense of elegance to the countryside. We found our venue Kendall Plantation before they even started building it, but we knew it was exactly what we were looking for. Southern elegance mixed with Texas Hill Country charm — what could be better? We chose navy and pink as our color scheme because, naturally, I love pink, and navy is such a classic color. I just loved the combo especially the way pink can just pop next to the navy (hence the hot pink bridesmaid shoes!). Shopping for my dress was easy. I knew within a week of getting engaged it was the one — when you know you know! I loved the way it was very form fitting and simple with just some beading on the belt and on the side where it gathers.

After a year and a half of planning, there was still lots of stress all the way to the very end, but there were also many great friendships formed and tons of memories made in the process. Our wedding to us was — charming, upbeat and unforgettable. It was everything we could have imagined it would be and more. One of the most meaningful things to me at the wedding was getting to walk down the aisle with my dad, who nearly lost his life this last year. He spent five months trying to learn how to walk again. Getting down those steps was his biggest goal and well accomplished! Another really meaningful thing to us was getting married by our pastor, who also married my parents many years ago.

I loved that there was such a large abundance of flowers everywhere, from the ceremony outside to the tabletops of the reception inside. My bouquet was everything I had dreamed about since I was a little girl — a tight collection of white roses and peonies (my favorite). Our guests were greeted after the ceremony with our signature cocktail drink of strawberry margaritas  — which Brian made himself the day before — served in mason jars with navy and pink striped straws. My maids of honor and bridesmaids surprised us with a hilarious Ice Ice Baby rap/dance instead of the traditional speech, which totally caught me off guard but was beyond hilarious and perfectly matched my personality. The band then kicked off the night with a bunch of oldies dance music, and the photo booth with its hilarious props was a continuous hit all night! My favorite memory of the evening was looking into my future husband’s eyes during the ceremony and not being nervous at all about taking that step but just getting lost in his stare and thinking about how happy we are.

Wedding Photography: Koby + Terilyn Brown of Archetype Studio Inc. / Wedding Venue: Kendall Plantation in Boerne, Texas / Event Design + Planning: Katherine Lopez of Sweet August Events / Floral Design: Fresh Urban Flowers / Wedding Cinematography: Weiss Eubanks Films / Wedding Cake: Cathy Young / Ceremony Music: Ivette of Allegretto (210-497-8831) / Wedding Dress: Sottero & Midgley / Shoes: luichiny / Makeup: Mistique Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo

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Don Strange Ranch Wedding by Anne Marie Photography

This gorgeous San Antonio wedding by Anne Marie Photography has fully and completely converted me into a purple lover.  The flowing, ruffled bridesmaids dresses are the most delicious lilac hue and perfectly compliment the rustic, barn setting.  If you are a super fan of rustic elegance like I am then you are going to be swooning over all the delightful details.  See them all in the full gallery!

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From the bride… It was difficult for some of our friends and family from across the country and around the world to understand why we — a couple who met in Southern California — decided to marry nine years later on a ranch in San Antonio, Texas. As we explained in our wedding programs, “In every chapter, Texas has held a special place in our hearts. It is where the bride has her roots and where the groom earned his wings.”

The ceremony and reception took place at the Don Strange Ranch, beginning in the rustic Kendall Creek barn past dirt roads, longhorns, and wooden signs with hearts and arrows leading the way. The contrast of delicate ivory rose petals lining cement floors, musicians playing string instruments from wooden folding chairs, and glass votive jars hanging from wooden rafters made for a magical setting. Standing before a wooden cross decorated with flowers and barn door panels with light casting shadows through the cracks, the bridesmaids wore flowing, wisteria-colored, floor-length dresses, and the groomsmen wore traditional tuxes and bow-ties. The candles by the altar were votives placed in an antique sugar mold my mom found at my grandparents’ house. After the ceremony, which had most of the bridesmaids drying their eyes with the handmade handkerchiefs they held behind their bouquets, guests made their way just down the road past the creek and the windmill to the open air pavilion where the reception was held.

With every detail, from the cowboy boots beneath my lace wedding dress to the candles, gold chargers, and mason jars with flowers on every table, to the waffle cones and Blue Bell ice cream enjoyed toward the end of the evening, the wedding was both rustic and elegant with a reception that was both formal and fun. Our cake knife was the same one my parents used when they were married 30+ years ago, at ages 20 and 21. It’s engraved with their names and wedding date on one side and our names and wedding date on the other. We are so grateful to, and would highly recommend, everyone who worked so hard on the event, from our wedding planner who made the vision a reality, to our band that had couples slow dancing beneath the twinkle lights and later got the whole group dancing to “Thriller” in front of the stage, to the photographers who captured every moment beautifully.

Wedding Photography: Anne Marie Photography / Flowers: Tom Cardenas of RTC Floristry / Wedding Venue: Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas / Wedding Band: Blind Date / Wedding Planning + Design: Chris Wells, Wedding Planning Worldwide (Based in Washington, D.C., cwells@weddingplanningworldwide.com) / Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Wooden Sign on Chair at Reception: RumpelstreetBoutique / All Other Wooden Signs: DIY / Bride’s Boots: Frye / Handkerchiefs: Vintage via The Flea Market at Eastern Market

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