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Pulling off a Crazy Gorgeous Outdoor Wedding with 100% Chance of Rain

We are in a Southern Weddings state of mind today. It started with a chat about the best Southern wedding traditions and now we’re diving into a Texas celebration that blows it out of the water in terms of elegance and grace. And all with a forecast that called for 100% chance of rain! Draped in florals by Bristol Lane Florals and all the pretty images you could possibly dream of by Michelle Boyd Photography, have a look at Southern elegance done so, so right.

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From the Photographer… Gabriella and Eric may have met by accident – she thought he was someone else at a party! – but their love grew immediately on purpose. They’ve lived and worked in New York for a while now, Gabriella a model and Eric a brand manager, but decided to return to Gabriella’s home state of Texas for the big day.

Here in Texas, we are no strangers to the fickleness of the weather. The happy couple planned their September outdoor ceremony and as the days grew closer, they never batted an eye- even though the forecast said 100% chance of rain! As preparations began for the day, the decision was made to keep with Plan A and just wait it out… And we are SO glad we did! It may have been a monsoon for the hours leading up to the ceremony, but neither Gabriella nor Eric showed any concern or worry. Their incredible florists worked – IN the rain – to prepare their ceremony installation, and just before the guests arrived the sun came out and dried the ground with a vengeance. Gabriella surrounded herself with the sweetest bridesmaids and “bridesmen”, and Eric’s family flew from across the world to celebrate their sweet union. What a sweet and wonderful day it was!

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Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography | Floral Design: Bristol Lane Florals | Cake: Sweet Treets | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair & Makeup: Makenzi Laine | DJ: Look No Further Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings | Venue: The Winfield Inn

Lush Garden Wedding With Greens Galore!

If you’re the kind of bride who dreams of lush, organic florals, or of an utterly romantic gown to take your groom’s breath away…this wedding is for you. Set it Kyle, Texas, it’s an outdoor affair designed by Westcott Weddings and captured by Michelle Boyd behind the camera. Alex Widmer crafted the film and you can press “play” below!

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From Michelle Boyd PhotographyEven though Meredith & Gregg’s wedding day was threatened by April showers, the clouds held back until the covered reception began, and their smiles never stopped from dawn until rainy dusk!! They are a couple so intent on loving and honoring each other well, and serving their families with such humility, that their wedding was an absolute joy to be a part of. Westcott Weddings designed and planned everything to a T, and it couldn’t have fallen together more perfectly!

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Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography | Cinematography: Alex Widmer | Event Planning + Design: Westcott Weddings | Floral Design: Clementine Botanical Art | Cake: Feathers and Frosting | Invitations: J.RoCro Arts + Letters | Catering: The Winfield Inn | Makeup: Rae Cosmetics | Hair: Simply Mandy | Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Ceremony Music: Bride's Brother & Friends | Transportation: R&R Transportation | Venue: The Winfield Inn | Accent Furniture Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Cake Stands: Melody's Joy | Cigar Roller: Bobalu | Cocktail Hour Mariachi Band: Mariachi Amor | Linen Rentals, Stage, Draping Rentals: Marquee Event Group | Napkins: BBJ | Reception Chairs: Sweet Sunday Events

Elegant + Romantic Garden Wedding

One scroll through this garden fete and I’m all smiles. Why? Just look at the love between these two! It’s couples like this that make our hearts go pitter patter, and with Laura Leslie behind the lens it’s sure to get yours racing. Overflowing with sentimental details, from the cake topper to the ceremonial arch, one peek at the gorgeous gallery and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. See it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Two special details come to mind because they were so personal: First was the arch we stood under during our ceremony was envisioned and created by my dad and a couple of other very talented friends… adding a very sentimental touch to our ceremony. The second was a gift from my older sister; a unique spin on the cake topper. She gave us a custom made cake topper the day before our wedding, featuring a clay version of Bryan and myself, a replica of the photo that we used for our save the date. The picture was originally taken in front of a wall in Austin, Tx the weekend of our engagement. I loved that this particular photo was close by throughout our entire wedding.

We used a friend’s hot sauce, “Hotlanta” as a wedding favor. Bryan and I both share a love for anything spicy and thought this was also a great way to pay homage to the city we call home.

The most stressful part of planning was finding the perfect venue. We knew that we wanted to have a wedding within the city, yet I had always imagined myself getting married outdoors (and was unwilling to let go of that image). Bryan and I also wanted to be able to have both our ceremony and reception at the same location. That being said, we scoured the city for venues that would allow us to have both a garden-like ceremony, with also having to be large enough to accommodate all of our guests and at the same time, fit within our budget. After a long, painstaking search we stumbled upon Callanwolde which was the perfect fit for us.

Photography: Laura Leslie Photography | Videography : Just Peachy Pictures | Event Planner : B. Moore Events | Florist : On Occasions of Atlanta | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Sweet Caroline's Cakes | Invitations: Kelly Luther | Catering: Highland Bakery | Hair : Kyle | DJ : D Street Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center | Accessories : BHLDN

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