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Photographer’s Intimate + Whimsical Scottish-Inspired Wedding

This is my kind of wedding. Not only are there gorgeous flowers from Bows And Arrows, a pair of killer Miu Miu shoes and a completely adorable Bride and Groom, but there are three wedding cakes—talk about a cause for celebration. And thanks to Apryl Ann Photography, we have cause for celebration, too: gorgeous photos to pore over and pin in The Vault!

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From Apryl Ann PhotographySamantha was born and raised in Scotland and is now a photographer in Dallas. She wanted to throw an intimate affair that reflected her heritage since all of her family was coming to the wedding from Scotland! The entire wedding was relaxed and full of love.

From The Bride…Inspiration came my engagement ring which was an unusual hexagon shaped diamond on white-gold – I loved the idea of geometric shapes and metallics juxtaposed with natural greenery.

I especially loved the terrarium-type hurricanes we got for the table centerpieces from Anthropologie. Our florist filled them with beautiful little succulents, tiny roses and moss. We also had a smores station next to the fire pits in the garden which could have backfired had the weather been warmer. Fortunately, it was a touch chilly in the evening so it was perfect and everyone enjoyed sitting around the fire, eating smores and drinking hot chocolate.

As I’m from Scotland, having a piper was especially important. We hired Jimmy Mitchell, who was fantastic and at the start of our day, could be heard playing amongst the trees as guests arrived. We also had a traditional quaich ceremony with my uncle George explaining to our American guests. He had brought over the traditional silver cup and sourced a whiskey that was distilled only a couple of miles from where I was born in Scotland. We shared our first drink as husband and wife from that cup; and subsequently, I think all our guests got a drink of whiskey from it throughout the night (as per tradition!)

We also opted to organize a classic ceilidh dance mid-reception, “Strip the Willow” – which was utter chaos and had everyone laughing. Another small touch was my mum organizing little Scottish shortbread hearts in bags, tied with tartan ribbon (our clan tartan!) as favors.

Another favor for guests, I made small scented travel candles from scratch, in two different scents; rosemary mint and Madagascar vanilla. I’m a bit candle-obsessed, it was the only thing I could think of that I’d like to receive at a wedding as a favor!

My advice is don’t get caught up in trying to make things ‘perfect’, definitely learn to delegate tasks and if possible, budget for a coordinator! Highly recommend it!

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Photography: Apryl Ann Photography | Event Planning: Each & Every Detail, LLC | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Cake: Layered Bake Shop | Catering: Wendy Krispin | Hair + Makeup: Cher Hukill | Officiant: Love Notes | Transportation: Premiere Transportation | Venue: Avalon Legacy Ranch | Piper: Jimmy Mitchell | Shortbread Cookie Favors: Thistle Baking Company | Vendor: Mui Mui

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North Texas Engagement Session at Mitas Hill Vineyard

I’m obsessing over the amazing Italian theme that permeates throughout this couple’s relationship. From the proposal on a gondola to their upcoming honeymoon in Italy itself, these two are sealing the deal in a deliciously fantastic fashion. And so it’s only fitting that their engagement pics, captured by Allen Tsai, were shot at a vineyard where they continue to get better and better… much like a glass of Italian vino – see them all in our VAULT right here!

From the Bride-to-be… Our best friends worked together and thought Daniel and I would be great for each other and turns out they were right! Thanks to them, an outing in uptown and a few wonderful years of dating we are now getting married!

Before we say our “I do’s,” Daniel made it very easy for me to say “Yes” when he popped the question during a beautiful surprise gondola ride. The gondolier sang while we sipped on champagne and ate chocolates. The weather was amazing and Daniel gave me a lovely message in a bottle shortly before asking me to marry him.

We had well over one year before the wedding but no time was wasted to start the planning. We instantly fell in love with the same venues, set a date and when it came to our photographer I knew I had to have Allen Tsai Photography capture our memories. It took only one meeting for Daniel to agree and thanks to Allen we already have amazing engagement pictures and could not be more excited for our big day.

We chose to have our engagement photos taken at the Mitas Hill Vineyard because of its romantic setting, unique and gorgeous landscaping, and the food and wine there is simply amazing! We also felt that vineyard engagement photos would complement our wedding photos very well. We’re so lucky that we don’t have to travel far now to set foot on a beautiful vineyard in North Texas! Keestone Events provided the lovely bouquet with bright colors to complement all the greenery at the vineyard. We also loved the asymmetry and organic feel it had with a touch of modern to it.

Our first date was at an amazing Italian restaurant, we cook by the rule “you can never have too much garlic,” our proposal story was in a gondola so it makes sense that we are continuing the Italian tradition by getting married in an Italian villa and then honeymooning in Italy. Every love story is beautiful but ours is definitely my favorite.

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: Keestone Events | Venue: Mitas Hill Vineyard | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab

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Romantic New Year’s Eve Wedding

When it comes to seriously fun + seriously gorgeous weddings, this sweet New Year’s Eve affair reigns supreme.  Think two of the cutest high school sweethearts you will ever meet (truly) tying the knot in a vintage meets boho party that is the definition of pretty.  From the beautiful blooms from Petals Couture to the breathtaking captures from Cassidy Carson.  See it all in the full gallery.  

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From The Bride…When I met Grant at fifteen years old, I had no idea he would someday be my husband.

I met Grant at orientation the summer before my sophomore year of high school. I was nervous meeting so many new people, but when I met and locked eyes with Grant, I immediately felt at ease. His long curly hair was messy, and his green eyes sparkled with joy. Can you tell I was enamored?

I was so surprised by my feelings and how pulled I felt towards this guy that I completely forgot his name. When I got home, I told my mom that I had met someone so different and so wonderful. “What’s his name??” she asked, naturally. “Well, I don’t know.” One step at a time, I guess.

It only took about 8 weeks before Grant asked me to be his girlfriend, and our love story began full force. I’ll admit, our relationship for the next year or so was purely built on how big of a crush we had on one another. Our personalities were so different, and it made spending time together so much fun. It was probably during my senior year of high school that I realized Grant was more to me than a boyfriend, he was becoming my best friend. He knew my insecurities, successes, failures, and he still seemed crazy about me.

When it came time for college, we made the decision to stay together, but also to allow one another to grow as individuals into the people God was equipping us to be. This decision made all the difference in our relationship, and I believe it’s the reason we were able to date for over 6 years before we were married.

For our wedding, Grant and I really wanted the décor and the night’s events to reflect the love and gratitude we felt for all the friends and family that supported and prayed us through 6 years of dating. Because Grant and I have very different personalities, we knew our wedding would be eclectic.

Grant loves when events are classy but fun, and I love all things vintage and boho. Because we knew we wanted to get married in December, we decided on an evening New Year’s Eve wedding. For all the gold and colors we wanted to incorporate into the evening, I knew we needed a unique venue that also left us with a clean slate to work with. The outdoor/indoor vintage Mckinney Cotton Mill was an easy decision.

Our décor at the old mill reflected deep jewel tones and vintage gold. Every bit of our wedding day between the deep red flowers, clocks on every table, and the amazing band that kept us all dancing into the New Year, reflected Grant and I’s journey and relationship.

It was a celebration of our friends and family, our relationship, and most importantly of God’s amazing grace and love for us all.

Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Videographer: HMH Productions | Coordination: Events By Shelbi Rene | Florist: Petals Couture | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cakes: Delicious Cakes | Jewelry: Bride's Own | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Caterer: Two Sisters Catering | Band: Downtown Fever | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Transportation Solutions | Wedding Venue: Mckinney Cotton Mill | Furs: Macy's | Headpiece: Petals Couture | MUAH: Emily Sinha | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth

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