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A Rainy & Romantic Fort Worth Fall Elopement

If this beautiful Bride hadn’t just married her soulmate, I’d swear she was mine—at the very least, my wedding soulmate because this intimate elopement is everything. The gorgeous fall flowers, the lovely lace dress, the beautiful photos from Bethany Erin Photography and this incredible Bride and Groom—it doesn’t get any better than this. See every stunning moment and fall in love with it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…October 22, 2015 was the most amazing day of my life, a day I’ll never forget: my wedding day. Was my wedding the exact wedding I had dreamed of my entire childhood, through my teenage years and even as an adult? Were the wedding bells ringing as I took the proverbial walk down the aisle, my tuxedoed father at my side? Were the bridesmaids in beautiful dresses, the groomsmen looking fit for GQ, with the wedding party anxiously watching every minute of the ceremony? NO. Not even close. No aisle, no bridesmaids, no groomsmen, no bells. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

On that very rainy afternoon, my husband and I were married at the Tarrant County courthouse in Fort Worth, TX. Our only audience was the Justice of the Peace who married us, and our lovely photographer Bethany Wilson. In this elegant and historic courthouse, I made vows to the love of my life in what was the most intimate wedding ceremony I’ve ever witnessed. It was an elopement of sorts. All of our family lives in Utah or on the East Coast. They knew we were getting married, but we wanted to share that special moment distraction free. No cake, no dancing, no being pulled in 100 directions, no drama. As we exchanged vows, we were able to gaze into each other’s eyes, truly focus on the promises we were making and simply enjoy and live in the moment. It was perfect.

My husband and I are from Utah. He transferred to Dallas for work and we knew we wanted to get married in the place we would be starting our new life together. Not knowing a single soul in the area, we turned to the one source we knew we could count on- Social Media. We searched dozens of hashtags (yes they actually come in handy) on Facebook, Twitter and most of all Instagram. We were able to find the most talented photographer who not only took photos of us that day, but also did an engagement session. She was a trooper to say the least. She braved the cold and rain to get some amazing shots that day.She even helped me with my hair for the wedding! Bethany shoots a lot of her photos using actual film-you know like the way people took photos 100 years ago. Her unique style makes for the most breathtaking pictures.

We were also able to find the best florist in Dallas, hands down- The Backyard Bouquet, Lauren Clinkscales. She made the most gorgeous wedding bouquet and boutonniere, using only local flowers from farms and gardens in the DFW. She even took time out of her day to deliver the flowers right to me. We couldn’t have found the most perfect duo for flowers and photos. My wedding day was the best day of my life. It was simple. It was real. It was honest. It was beautiful.

From Bethany Erin PhotographyWhen Crystal first contacted me about photographing her elopement wedding I was immediately excited. I had recently done a styled shoot with an elopement theme because I wanted to show brides that simple elopements can be photographed beautifully, and that even if you decide to skip out on a big wedding, you don’t have to miss out on beautiful wedding photographs. I immediately shared my preferred vendor list with her, but she told me she had already chosen everyone. I had never heard of the florist that she chose, The Backyard Bouquet, but when I visited her instagram account I was immediately excited again because her work was beautiful, and I knew Crystal’s wedding aesthetic was something I would love to photograph.

We emailed back and forth over the next few weeks about their choice of hotel, where we would take their portraits, little details that she could add to make her day even more special and the timeline for the day. When the week of October 22 arrived, however, I was pretty heartbroken when the forecast predicted rain. I came armed with a pretty umbrella, but was truly hoping that we wouldn’t need it. For the first half of the day while we were in the hotel photographing details and bridal boudoir, the rain held off. However, as we began our short walk from, The Worthington to the historic Tarrant County Courthouse, drops began to fall as I captured a few shots of the couple walking down the charming sidewalks of downtown Fort Worth. Whenever we emerged from the courthouse after the ceremony we were met with a torrential downpour, and we had to wait it out on the courthouse steps. We were now faced with the decision of whether to travel to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or whether to stay downtown and do photos whenever the rain passed. Ultimately, Crystal made the call to stick with the original plan of traveling to the Botanic Garden, and when we arrived we still sat, hoping that the rain would end in enough time to allow us to get some pretty photos. However, the opposite occurred as the heavens seemed to empty endless showers on this sweet couple’s wedding day. I asked Crystal and Jacob if they were open to holding the umbrella and letting me get a few shots of them in the rain, and then if they would like more photos in the future we could schedule a bride and groom session then. Thankfully, they were more than happy to huddle under an umbrella and be romantic while I stood in the rain juggling a manual focus medium format film camera and an umbrella. I could not be more pleased with the real, honest photos that we captured in the midst of a rainstorm. I think that is truly what wedding photography is about, capturing the reality of each couple’s day, embracing the unexpected and finding the beauty that chooses to reveal itself in each moment, because sometimes clouds have silver linings, and sometimes raindrops do.

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Photography: Bethany Erin Photography | Floral Design: The Backyard Bouquet | Ceremony Venue: Tarrant County Historic Courthouse | Makeup: Blushington | Calligraphy: Scribbles & Swirls | Hotel: The Worthington Renaissance | Outdoor Portraits: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Bold + Beautiful Texas Wedding Film

I love a bold Bride and this Southern sweetie is just that and more. She wasn’t afraid to mix patterns from the La Tavola linens to the pretty prints on her maid’s dresses courtesy of Bella Bridesmaid. Elan Makeup Studio ensured she shined her brightest and with Owl & Tree Films capturing every second, we too get to feel like the lucky guests at this beautiful bash. Sit back and enjoy this Texas treat!

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From the Bride… After months of planning a year long travel adventure around the world with my brother and a few friends, Robert conveniently interceded. February 2014 was my tentative departure date and in January I decided that the year long travel adventure could be put on hold, because he was worth waiting back for. I am so thankful I stayed!

We met at a mutual friend’s lake house over Memorial Weekend, both surprised we hadn’t met each other sooner. I had announced at the lake that a friend and I were going to hike to the Guadalupe mountains and needed some company. A few days after meeting at the lake, I got a call from Robert saying he wanted to join us on the hike. Our first group date consisted of 14 hour car ride to and from the Guadalupe mountains. We always tell each other we both knew that if we could hold an interesting conversation for 14+ hours on our first “date,” the odds were in our favor. We spent the weekend hiking, talking, drinking wine at sunset, cooking burgers on a portable stove, and two-stepping at the top of Texas.

So many things I love about Robert; his laugh and sense of humor, his wisdom, his love for family, his loyalty, his positivity is contagious, his faithfulness, his ambition and dedication, his sense of adventure, his curiosity, and most of all the way he loves me. I could not have possibly asked for a man who effortlessly loves me every single day of his life. I am so excited for this new chapter in life and so very thankful you have chosen me to be your wife. I am excited to take on the challenges of life with you by my side.

From the Groom… After two long years of working in New York, I made the decision to move back to Texas – it was the best decision I ever made. I met Kelcey for the first time at the Daigle’s lake house during a Memorial Day weekend getaway with a few friends. I introduced myself and attempted to charm her with a well-thought out pickup line about how her beautiful necklace matched her inner beauty – it didn’t work. A couple weeks went by and we all went back to the Daigle’s for their 4th of July weekend party. After failing several times to impress her / get her attention, I decided to go to extreme measures and pull out the only card I had left. If not executed perfectly, my chances would be shot. Needless to say, my 2-steppin moves were executed to perfection and the rest is history. The last two years have been the best of my life. Kelcey is truly the kindest, most caring, and loving person I have ever met in my life. She makes me want to be a better person every day that I’m with her. I can’t wait to love and treat her right for the rest of our lives.

From the Bride… Right after we were engaged, we took a leap and moved to NYC for Robert’s job. Nothing like moving over 3,000 miles away to plan a wedding (not to mention I planned the entire wedding on my own). I have always had a passion for planning and organizing events (I plan large corporate events for Deloitte for a living) – my taste is very eclectic and “mismatched.” I wanted Robert and my personalities to shine through every detail of the wedding.

Our linens were my most favorite! I chose three separate linens each with a bold pattern, my favorite being one with pom pom flowers that that were attached to the linen (still in the neutral family), however it definitely gave the room character. I also used blue and white antique vases for our florals accompanied by candelabras which I have always loved. I love how candelabras can add so much to a room – they are so royal and classic. I feel like many weddings get lost in the “everything needs to match” category – but I completely disagree! The more patterns and more colors the better. As you’ll see, my maid of honor, Abby wore a different dress than the other bridesmaids. I thought this would be a really fun thing to do and would add color and texture to the photos.

My favorite moment (other than breaking it down on the dance floor) was standing at the altar with Robert listening to the words that were being spoken by his brother (his brother married us). We have been to so many weddings and I think the words kind of float in and out of your ears – but when it is your own wedding, the words are being spoken for the two of us together – the words then become so much more powerful and emotional. Although it all happened so fast, I could feel God’s presence in that moment. Looking at all the people in the pews that had traveled near and far were there to support Robert and I in our new life together was truly remarkable.

WE LOVE CAKE. I feel like we chose very interesting flavors but everyone seemed to love the change of pace from standard vanilla and chocolate. Robert loves cowboy boots and Texas (I can’t stress that enough) so naturally we designed his cake to tailor to both TCU cowboy boots and a Texas flag. The boots were made out of rice crispies. Mine were banana chocolate chip and Robert’s were lemon with fresh raspberries.

My dress – oh I felt like a princess wearing it! I knew I wanted a dress that was different and had an open back. I had tried on many that had a plain open back, but I loved this particular dress because of the flowers and design that was sewn into the open back of the dress. I loved the illusion neckline – I think it is flawless and gives a different yet classic look to brides. I knew I wanted my hair to be funky (I always wear my hair up in a top knot and teased of course, i’m from Texas duh!) so I wanted a fun high neck dress that would look “cool” with my hair. Not sure any bride has ever chosen their dress based on their hair vision – but yep for me it happened!

My only piece of advice is let the love between the bride and groom outshine all the details. Although details are nice, looking back at our wedding video and seeing all of the love and laughter from that day, it was so much more important than the flowers on the table. Robert absolutely was the most important detail the day we were married.


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Photography: Lauren Peele | Cinematography: Owl & Tree | Floral Design: Kate Foley | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Hello Tenfold | Ceremony Venue: TCU Robert Carr Chapel | Reception Venue: River Crest Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair + Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio | Band: Grady Gaines And The Texas Upsetters | Cigar Roller: Hight Cigar | Engagement Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Getting Ready Dresses: Nativa | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Table Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen

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Tropical Garden Wedding Inspiration

The colorful imagery you’re about to peruse, brought sooo my cheer to my screen when I opened the doors to this insanely pretty shoot from Ben Q. Photography. In. an. instant. It’s inspiration for garden romance, elevated to a tropical fusion… overflowing petals in the happiest hues, courtesy of The Southern Table, rentals from Bella Acento and an intriguing Ines Di Santo dress, for starters. The rest? I promise you want to visit THE VAULT.

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From Ben Q. PhotographyTexas is known for it’s amazing Tex-Mex food and there is one restaurant that is legendary among the locals. Joe T Garcia’s is a popular eatery with a phenomenal outdoor patio. Their large garden is ideal for weddings with a destination/tropical feel. For this shoot we wanted to highlight their lush greenery and charming architecture. The portillo (porch area) is a great spot for a long head table with gorgeous views all around. We wanted to keep the design elements natural with a cool etched wood menu and fresh fruit in the arrangements. And what better dessert to celebrate with than some cinnamony sopapillas!

Photography: Ben Q. Photography | Coordination: Events By Kristin | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Stationery: Southern Fried Paper | Hair And Makeup: Meg B | Venue: Joe T. Garcia's | Bridal Boutique: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Model: Molli With Callidus Agency | Rentals: Bella Acento

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