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Whimsical Pink Wedding in Austin

When weddings like this come along, I thank my lucky stars for vendors like Bird Dog Wedding who make planning impossibly chic events look easy. They worked with one darling couple who opted for Southern style on their own terms, and Julie Cate’s camera didn’t miss a beat. Settle into page upon page of pin-able goodness right here.


From The Bride…Ted and I met when we were both working at a bookstore here in Austin. I had just moved back home after college in New York, and Ted had managed to work his way down here from Fargo via Minneapolis. Needless to say, we’re both total nerds and revel in finding that other person who effortlessly “gets” your weirdness.

Everyone says your wedding is your day, all about you. But we both knew that probably the biggest reason we were throwing this party was for our family and friends. So throughout the entire planning process, we tried to keep our wedding party and guests very much in mind.

The venue was perfect. I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding, which in Texas means any time except summer pretty much. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in March is as lovely as it gets. (My “something blue” was a pressed bluebonnet in my shoe.) Somehow, it had rained every weekend in March and then for our wedding it was absolutely gorgeous. We had guests from places as cold as Minneapolis, Massachusetts and even Iceland ready to move down here :)

With my bridesmaids, I wanted them to feel beautiful so I just gave them a color palette, and I was really happy with the result. Ted’s dad runs the men’s clothing store that’s been their family business for about 100 years, so he generously helped out a lot of the groomsmen with their suits.

When I started planning, I made one Pinterest board (naturally), but as I delved deep into the world of wedding blogs, I found I had to create a spinoff board just for all the florals. Flowers, flowers, flowers, all the time. My uncle, an award-winning pastry chef, made the wedding cake, and even though he’s so talented and could do anything, I made him just do white fondant so I could decorate the cake with flowers.

Luckily, I found Bird Dog Weddings. From our first meeting, I knew Emily had the same vision that I did and it was such a relief to just let her and Sarah do their thing and know it would turn out perfect. And they didn’t call me crazy when I gave them a list of flowers I didn’t want to use based on their Victorian meanings, haha (sorry anemones).

And Julie, our photographer, was such a delight. I wasn’t even going to send her a query because she was based in Florida, but I just loved her photography that I had seen online so I figured I might as well just in case. But she was happy to travel to Austin and was so sweet that she just put all of her subjects at ease and made them look wonderful.

When everything came together, it was even better than I had imagined. You can plan and plan and plan, you can attend millions of other weddings, but there’s really no way to prepare for the sheer joy of marrying the person you love.

Photography: Julie Cate | Cake: Bride's Uncle | Catering: Word Of Mouth | Hair: Urban Betty | DJ: Alex K. | Beer, Wine And Spirits: Austin Wine Merchant | Ceremony And Cocktail Hour Music: Joseph Palmer | Film Lab: Little Film Lab | Getaway Car: Bluebonnet Limo | Rentals: Premiere Events | Wedding Planning, Florals And Design: Bird Dog Wedding | Wedding Venue: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Dallas Engagement at White Rock Lake

Inspired by the same themes they’re infusing in their wedding day, this e-session is the epitome of classic. Set in a romantic garden at White Rock Lake, we can’t get enough of this pretty shoot. From the lush greens to the lakeside sunset, the backdrops are to die for. Click here for all the beautiful shots by Marcie Meredith Photography.


From The Bride…Reid and I met the old-fashioned way– online! My college roommate had met her now-fiance’ online a few years ago, and as a result she had a prepaid account sitting unused. She put it back to work by changing all the profile information to mine! She told me to log on and start using it, since I’d be getting messages whether I liked it or not. A few emails from Reid and a single date with him later, my online dating career came to a quick end. A year and one cat later, Reid asked me to marry him standing in the Cervantes Rose Garden in Barcelona. We’re now happily planning a summer celebration with our family and friends next Memorial Day weekend! Our engagement shoot was inspired by the same themes we’re involving as we plan our wedding– a fresh take on classic with romantic, lush, garden vibes and saturated colors.

Photography: Marcie Meredith Photography | Wedding Planner: After Yes | Hair And Makeup: Lauren Phillips At Green Peridot Salon | Film Lab: Photovision | Flower Blouse: Anthropologie | Lemon Dress: Kate Spade | Venue: White Rock Lake

Romantic and Elegant Lubbock Texas Wedding at The Historic Watson Building

I am pretty darn sure I’ll be spending my entire day devouring each and every stunning image sitting in this gallery from Marcie Meredith Photography. Because not only is there a whole lot of pretty tucked in that gorgeous collection of images, but there is also a whole lot of love. The result? A wedding I simply can’t get enough of.

From the Bride…James and I met during our first year of medical school in Lubbock, Texas and started dating two years later. Living in Lubbock was such an important time in both of our lives that we knew there was no better place to get married. We spent 7 months planning our wedding while interviewing and applying for residency positions across the United States. Because of the difficult process of “Matching” into residency, we were not sure if we would be living in the same city, let alone the same state, once we were married. It was a bit stressful. Regardless, we wanted our wedding day to be a celebration of the love that we have for each other and our family and friends.

We found the Kent R. Hance Chapel to be intimate with a sense of elegance that set the mood for the evening. We also wanted the ceremony to be fun, in matching with our personalities. Our sign in “book” was a wooden Texas (we’re moving to Georgia and wanted to take a piece of Texas with us.) My Daddy and I fist bumped before he gave me away, and James and I walked out to “You’ve Got What I Need” by Freddie Scott.

The reception was located at the Watson Building with beautiful hardwood floors and tall ceilings.
We had 3-foot diameter balloons floating high above the tables with ivory ribbon hanging down. This was definitely my favorite touch to our decorations. Lou Dee’s Floral also created gorgeous arrangements with champagne, blush, raspberry and gold colors in both the reception and ceremony spaces.

The evening was spent out on the dance floor, and enjoying laughter and love with our friends and family. It could not have been any better. Most of all, the best part is we’re now married and get to spend the rest of our lives together!

Photography: Marcie Meredith Photography | Videographer: Adam Paul Stone | Floral Design: Lou Dee's Floral | Wedding Dress: Nordstrom | Cake: Simply Decadent Bakery | Invitations: The Woolberry Press | Ceremony Venue: Kent R. Hance Chapel | Reception Venue: The Historic Watson Building | Shoes: Marc Defang | Bridesmaids Dresses: Perfect Bridal | Catering: Ambrosia | Hair And Makeup: Savannah King | DJ: Music To The Maxx | Grooms Attire: Jos A. Bank | Film Processing: Photovision | Planning: Tammy Maxx | Rentals: Lou Dee's Floral