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Modern Meets Rustic Ranch Wedding

In the land of beautiful weddings, rustic meets modern is one of my favorite style combos.  There’s just something about mason jars and twine mix and mingling with bold patterns and crazy cool details that makes my heart race… and this gorgeous affair from Lindsey Shea?  Amazing.  It’s chevron meets soft gray hues meets one fabulous setting (hello Thistle Springs Ranch).  See it all right here.


From the Bride… We met at Baylor University where we both attended college. We dated for a few months in college where we were able to get to know each other better. After going out separate ways, Mark moved to Dallas and started his career while I stayed in Waco to finish up school and then later work as an Interior Designer in Waco. At my sister wedding we were able to reconnect and began dating. After just a few months of dating we knew that we would spend the rest of our lives together.

Our inspiration for the wedding was “rustic modern”. The venue we choose was our rustic; it was a ranch with a beautifully stained wooden barn with gorgeous rustic details. I wanted to add a lot of modern so I did gray and white chevron table toppers and runners. We had both stained wooden barn tables and covered round tables with toppers. Our colors were mint and gray with hints of navy to tie in the guys navy suits. Bridesmaids wore gray floor length dresses with mint necklaces from and the flowers girls were dressed in white tutus.

I really wanted a very detail oriented wedding that you could see both of our personalities throughout. The ceremony was held outside overlooking a pond. Baby’s breath wrapped in jute lined the aisles and a grouping of baby’s breath was placed on the ceremony arch. There were 2 groupings of tree stumps with candles bunched by the entrance doors where I walked out.
Guests were welcomed under a pavilion for cocktail hour and hors d’oevres. There were hanging mason jars filled with baby’s breath and candles along the pavilion beams. Guests names and table numbers were written on a large chalkboard near the entrance to the reception; which was a gorgeous barn. We used tree trunk chargers with floral arrangements, mint napkins which were tied together with burlap ribbon and a gray “M” on the front. A gray and white straw completed the look. Take home gifts were mason jar glasses with chalk board labels for the guests to use for whatever drink they preferred.

Another important item placed on the table was a prayer/advice card. We asked every person to write either a prayer or special words of wisdom. The floral arrangements were whites and greens. We wanted the rustic/elegant feel. We used baby’s breath, roses and hydrangeas to complete the look. We also used lanterns to bring in the rustic feel as well as mercury glass to bring in the modern. The bride and mother also wrapped wine bottles with jute for vases used on tables.

After a delicious dinner by Oliver’s Catering, guests were treated to cake and a wide variety of desserts. The bride’s cake was a three tiered Italian cream with cream cheese filling , the groom’s cake was a round chocolate with Oreo filling cake with BU for Baylor. We had a wide variety of desserts including small pies, cake pops, rice crispies, cookies, cupcakes, and much more. We also had a late night Trail mix bar where you could create your own trail mix. The snacks were a perfect blend of sweets for me and salty for my husband.

Photographer: Lindsey Shea Photography | Videographer: 2me Productions | Flowers: We + You | Invitations: Paper Lion | Bridesmaids' Dresses: B2 | Bride's Dress: Wtoo By Watters | Programs: Krista Jeffrey Designs | Venue: Thistle Springs Ranch

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Colorful Indian Wedding

This wedding is insanely beautiful.  But that’s not surprising, considering it’s a gold, pink and red infused cultural beauty crafted by one seriously talented team of Texas vendors.  Think Posey Floral and Event DesignCaroline + Ben Photography and 36th Street Events, all coming together to create a day that highlights true love and one of the cutest duos you will ever meet.  See it all here in the full gallery.

And a sweet film from Photohouse Films… awesome.


From the Bride… We met in Tokyo in 2005. We were both teaching English. We were good friends at first but we both knew there was something more to it and in 2006 we became a couple.

Our theme started off as “light” but I think as it progressed when we found our quote (“We went to find ourselves and found each other”) and that became the theme, as it was on our invitations, our sign and our video.

We made the bar signs (“Are you Reddy for a night Phull of fun?”), the escort table signs and escort cards which were based on the skylines of our respective home cities (London, Chicago) and the city we met in (Tokyo).

Our planner Beth made the main marquee sign which was the centerpiece for the room. It contained our quote – “We went to find ourselves and found each other.”

We bought some speech bubble white and chalk boards from Etsy so people could write down their marital advice and take pictures of themselves.

We also asked a friend to put together a video of pictures of us growing up with our friends and families and then us together with each other’s friends and families which we played before our entrance to the reception hall.

We found having a wedding planner was key. Especially seen as it was a location wedding. Also, we used the website to keep our guests informed through our website, to do our RSVPs and keep tabs on who was coming.

My favorite moment of the day was peeping through the doors just before our entrance into the reception hall, watching all of our guests laughing (and crying) at our video.

My biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms planning their wedding today: You will not please everyone. Don’t try to.

Photographer: Caroline + Ben Photography | Videographer: Photohouse Films | Dress: Ritu Kumar | Florist: Posey Floral and Event Design | Shoes: Nine West | Catering: Barton Creek Resort & Spa | Wedding Planner: 36th Street Events | Lighting: Illios Lighting | Groom's Suit: Jaeger | Ceremony Set-up: Prashe | Hair & Make-up: Pearl Hair & Make-up Studio | Linen, Chairs & Plates: Marquee Rents | Venue: Barton Creek Resort & Spa

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Singing Slowly Robes

Here at SMP, we love anything that makes a bride and her ladies feel like royalty on the big day! Case in point — Singing Slowly robes. Offering both ready-made and custom options, these floral pretties are as fabulous as they are functional and are wearable long after “I do!”

Whether you’re loving one of the stunning ready-made, knee-lenght options (see them all here) or you’re wanting something totally custom, Singing Slowly has you covered.  Perfect for the bride wanting longer lengths, extra coverage or something truly unique, Singing Slowly offers “from scratch” options, all made from gorgeous floral limited edition fabrics! Taking up to five weeks to complete (it’s well worth the wait!) custom robes can be personalized with incredible details such as satin cord-piping, draped sleeves, in-seam pockets and satin sashes! Take a peek here at the collection of available cotton fabrics and here for lined chiffon + satin! 

I must admit, I’m head-over-heels for these sweet robes. For more information on Singing Slowly robes, head over here! Ready to get started on your custom order? Email singingslowly{at}