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DIY Coral + Turquoise Wedding

A good DIY is really the way to this girls heart. But a whole beautiful DIY wedding like this one from Jenny McCann steals my heart, runs away with it, and never gives it back. Handmade, hand grown, and hand painted, the wedding was a true labor of love, and with a floral design from Sprout, you really can’t go wrong.


From the beautiful bride… We wanted our wedding to have a casual, fun backyard party feel! We chose our venue because it was large enough to have our ceremony and reception all in one location without having to move. We didn’t have a huge budget to work with so all the decorations were homemade by our families. My mom hand painted approximately 100 lanterns the wedding colors. The center pieces consisted of glass vases and bottles we thrifted and potted succulents. We bought the succulents from Lowes and had a planting party. My mom also painted and decorated the flower pots. I made the backdrop for the ceremony from different color strips of burlap, lace, and fabric. Another cost cutting method we used was instead of hiring a baker for the wedding cake we bought our cupcakes from Whole Foods. The cupcakes were displayed on tree slices that my dad cut from a trunk that had been cut down in my grandma’s backyard. I gave the bridesmaids a color swatch and they purchased their own dresses from Modcloth, Target, and Franchesca’s Closet.

Since our wedding was also a destination wedding my husband’s parents rented a UHaul and drove all the decorations to the wedding venue. We were incredibly lucky to have supportive family and friends that showed up several days before the wedding to help decorate. The night and weekend truly reflected us and our style since so much of it was homemade.

Photography: Jenny McCann | Flowers: Sprout | Wedding Dress: Unbridaled | Cupcakes: Whole Foods Market | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell fringe boots | Suits: Jos A. Bank | Bicycle Topper: Panache Bride | Sash: Rosy Posy Designs | location: The Ruff Haus

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Rustic Hill Country Wedding

A bride and groom with this much style deserve a party.  The kind of party where you shut the office door, turn those phones to silent and sit back to soak in hours upon hours of rustic pretty.  Because when Becker VineyardsThe Lodge Event Center and the fabulous stylings of Jordan Payne Events meet, it’s one seriously epic day here at SMP.  See it all captured by Shaun Menary in the full gallery.


From the Bride… Grayson and I met in high school when we were 15. He sat behind me in English class and probably passed me a note that said “Will you be my girlfriend?” I got to marry my high school sweetheart!

When starting our wedding planning process we knew we wanted our wedding to be outside, laid-back, slightly informal and lots of fun! We also knew we loved the idea of a destination wedding. We wanted it to be close enough so that most of our guests wouldn’t have to fly, but far enough for it to feel like a get-away wedding. Fredericksburg was that perfect distance away from our home in Dallas. We had been to Fredericksburg a few times as a family and the first time I went to Becker Vineyards I remember thinking “what a pretty place for a wedding.”

It was special to me to have pieces of old and new incorporated in our wedding. My engagement ring was Grayson’s great grandmother’s wedding ring that has been passed down through the women in the family. I wore my great grandmother’s and grandfather’s wedding bands on my other hand that have also been passed down. I also wore the same purple suede shoes my grandmother wore when she got married. She gave them to me quite a few years ago. I knew right away that I wanted to try and wear them when I got married so they had been sitting in the top of my closet waiting for the day to come. All made for a special touch to the special day.

If I had any advice for future brides it would be to make planning stress free! Don’t stress about every single tiny little detail. One of my favorite parts of the day was just getting to hang out with all of my best friends and not worrying about a thing. Also, when budgeting for your wedding, regardless of what your budget is, make photography a top priority. When your wedding day finally gets here, it literally flashes right by. I love how Shaun captured every moment of my day. A great photographer enables you to be in that moment again, every time you even just glance at a photo!

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Florist: Carson Castellaw, Jordan Payne Events | Ceremony Venue: Becker Vineyards | Reception Venue: The Lodge Event Center | Catering: Cartewheels Catering | Hair And Makeup: Fairy Godmother Bridal, Mo Bowers | Lighting: The Entertainment Company | Bridesmaids' Dress Shop: Lulu's Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids' Gifts: Etsy | Ceremony Quartet: Hill Country Strings | Dessert: Fredericksburg Pie Company | Groom's Bow Tie: Esty | Prep Venue: Country Inn Cabins | Reception Band: Newsboyz | Rentals: BBJ Linen | Stationer: Southern Fried Paper | Wedding Design/Coordination: Jordan Payne Events | Wedding Dress Shop: Lulu's Bridal Boutique

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Boot Ranch Wedding in Fredericksburg from The Nichols

What can I say about The Nichols, other than they seriously rock my world?  It’s like this talented twosome just lives for capturing drop-dead gorgeous weddings, and when they send one of their latest masterpieces our way, it’s akin to Christmas morning.  Need proof?  Check out this darling Fredericksburg gem, an oh-so-fabulous party mixed with some of the loveliest rustic details you will ever see (thank you, Maggie Gillespie Designs).  Get your pretty on right here in the full gallery.

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From The Nichols… Kristen’s classic bridal style reminded me of Grace Kelly… such a stunning bride! The neutral palette of greens and whites suited her look so well. And the chevron-patterned table runners brought in just the right touch of modern to the natural decor. We were blown away by this new Texas Hill Country venue! Boot Ranch was a beautiful backdrop for Kristen + Kyle, and although the rain moved the ceremony indoors, nothing could put a damper on this joyful celebration! 

From the bride… Kyle and I had talked about our desire to get married outside, so when we decided on my hometown of Fredericksburg, we knew we wanted to highlight the beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Boot Ranch, located atop a hill with views stretching for miles, was the absolute perfect venue to do just that.

We wanted our wedding to feel comfortable and light, with the focus on bringing our family and close friends together in this beautiful place for a once in a lifetime celebration. We chose to let the beauty of the environment speak for itself, so complementary decor was selected that felt green and organic — we used clear vessels with lots of foliage and big white blooms, adding contemporary accents of chevron runners and succulents in glass, while keeping the color palette very clean and natural with greens, gray and touches of blue.

The night was filled with favorite moments: when rain showed up, our incredible design crew moved the wedding indoors so beautifully you couldn’t tell we hadn’t planned it that way. And for the rest of the night we celebrated with our friends and family, all together in one beautiful place, where we enjoyed delicious food and danced to a wonderful band that had everyone out on the dance floor all night. Altogether, the night was such a perfect one made even better with an unexpected surprise at the end. As Kyle and I made our exit under a happy shower of long sparklers, we found my dad unable to start the 1955 Bel Air convertible we were supposed to leave in. Kyle and I got into the car any way, hoping to get one last good photo. My new husband decided to give the car one more try and turned the key in the ignition — and the engine started right up as if it had been waiting for him, making that a perfect ending to a very special day.

Photography: The Nichols | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Catering: Boot Ranch, Chef Aaron Staudenmaier | Band: The Mott's | Bridal Boutique: Serendipity Bridal | Classic Car: Street Dreams | Floral and Event Designer: Maggie Gillespie Designs | Wedding Venue: Boot Ranch

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