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Romantic Garden Party Wedding Inspiration

This tablescape is both intimately romantic and chic, one where I can see myself getting comfortable among Petal, Ink’s florals for hours. But add in that gorgeous gown by Nha Khanh and this celebration becomes wedding material, with my love for it growing even more. Kate Anfinson’s photos are downright frame worthy and I won’t be closing out of this gallery anytime soon.

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Fall
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Museum

From Kate Anfinson PhotographyThis garden wedding styled shoot is filled with vibrant pink and shimmering metallic accents set against a backdrop of neutral and organic elements. Laguna Gloria provides the perfect setting to create a romantic garden atmosphere. Lovely Letters Shop’s invitation suite with rose gold calligraphy sets the tone for elegance and femininity. Our model, Emily, looks stunning with side swept hair and glowing makeup done by Makenzi Laine.

An understated Nha Khanh lace gown and delicate rose gold earrings complete the look. Florals by Petals Ink feature pops of magenta amid blush, white and peach hues – a perfect complement to the vintage gold china and berry tinted goblets in the tablescape by Birch and Brass. Green Lily Bakery’s gorgeous cake and small desserts, including macarons brushed with copper, were the finishing touch.

Photography: Kate Anfinson Photography | Floral Design: Petals, Ink. | Wedding Dress: Nha Khanh | Hair and Makeup: Makenzi Laine | Venue: Laguna Gloria | Cake and Desserts: Green Lily Bakery | Earrings: Allure Wedding Jewelry | Film Processing: PhotoVision | Paper Goods: Lovely Letters Shop | Rentals: Birch & Brass

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Southern Texas Spring Wedding

It’s sweet weddings like this one that melt my heart. For once this Bride knew she wanted to celebrate on her family farm, her loving father made those dreams into reality. Crafting a day filled with significance and history, it’s a hometown affair dotted with handmade details that celebrate love from all angles. From their barn reception, to dancing beneath the oak tree where it all began, Ryan Price snapped it all here!

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Spring
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Ranch
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Rustic

From Ryan Price PhotographyAllison and Drew’s gorgeous Texas wedding took place in the small town of Bay City on the Bride’s family grass farm. The couple exchanged vows at the church that Allison grew up in and made their way back to the southern style estate for the reception. As guests drove down the winding road leading to the reception, they were ushered in my stunning moss covered trees with evening sunlight hitting them at just the right angle and pointing to the barn filled with handmade details that celebrated their love.

Being from a small town, the event was a community effort, bringing together friends and family to all chip in their time and talents to make the wedding unique to Allison and Drew. As the children enjoyed yard games and guests visited under a giant oak tree while drinking their glass bottle sodas, it was clear that the wedding was a celebration of a couple that values their heritage the people in their life.

From the beautiful Bride… Drew and I met in Vinto, Bolivia in 2012 where we were both doing medical mission work for the summer. I was in nursing school at Texas A&M University and Drew was pre-med at Wheaton College in Illinois. Three days into my trip while setting up a clinic, I started to talk to him. Once conversation about the clinic had run dry, Drew asked me if I was a nursing student, to which I knew that he knew the answer. I smiled, answered his question, and after a summer we’ll never forget, we knew we had to spend the rest of our lives together. After 543 days, 36 flights, two 36 hour road trips, and 1,100 miles of separation between us, Drew moved to Texas in January. We got married three months later in the same church my parents did by the same person who married them, my grandfather.

Before Drew even asked me to marry him, I knew I wanted to have our reception on my family’s ranch. Only problem, there wasn’t really a place to have a reception on the land. One day while visiting my parents, my dad took me on a walk and we looked at a barn with a dirt floor that housed tractors, mowers, and dirt bikes. My dad saw my vision and began cleaning everything up and adding a concrete floor. What really made the barn special was the beautiful oak tree behind it that Drew proposed to me under. After convincing quite a few people in my traditional southern family that it was actually possible to have a reception in a barn, we all went to work.

Our wedding planner was my “second mom” growing up and planning the wedding with her and my mom was so fun. As I think back, every part of our wedding décor was made by someone who loved us. The cross that we were married under was built by a family friend, my friends from church made the paper flowers that hung behind us at the reception, my dad and sister spent an entire day wrapping twine around wine bottles with an electric screw driver (don’t ask!), our wedding planner chalked and painted all the signs, my MOH picked out old windows and decorated them with pictures, my grandmother planted flowers that surrounded the barn, and my mom, bless her amazing heart, sewed all of our table runners and the beautiful banners that hung in the barn.

Celebrating our union with our family and friends in that barn on my family’s land meant everything to us. Walking into the reception and seeing everyone enjoying the beautiful landscape, the delicious BBQ, sweet tea, and pecan pie, and dancing under the oak tree is something I will never forget.

Photography: Ryan Price Photography | Event Planning: Fara Ashcraft | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Sunny Sweets | Catering: Hinze's BBQ | Venue: Private Ranch

Dallas Fall Garden Wedding

Sunflowers and red wine roses filled this gorgeous garden wedding with bright hues and love. A must-see first look captured by Charla Storey started this wedding off perfectly ending with a sparkling departure fit for this loving couple. You won’t want to miss a moment of this garden magic here!

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Fall
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Romantic
From the Bride … My husband, Davy, and I met in college at Texas Christian University. He was a baseball player and I was a cheerleader. We will both tell you it was love at first sight! We began dating the summer after our sophomore year in 2010. In February 2014, we went snow skiing for the first time together with some friends in Colorado. On a sunset snowshoe tour the day after Valentine’s Day, he proposed to me on top of a mountain with my best friend capturing it all on camera. I was in total shock! We immediately started talking about when we would get married.

Since we had been together nearly four years at that point, we really didn’t want a long engagement. We both love the fall, especially since it can be so beautiful and pleasant in Texas. So that’s how we decided to get married in November. I had always pictured my wedding in the fall in Texas, complete with a stunning fall palette and breathtaking flowers. Chandor Gardens is a breathtakingly beautiful private estate with sprawling gardens. The property belonged to a painter and his wife, and the gardens were his gift to his wife. It’s the perfect love story and we knew right away this would be the place for our garden wedding we had always dreamed of. It was also the perfect size for accommodating our 130 guests. 

Because I knew I wanted a fall color palette, I fell in love with mocha for the bridesmaids’ dresses, which is pretty much a cross between gray and brown. The dresses would contrast the flowers perfectly and it’s a color that looked flattering on everyone. For the guys, we went with wheat-colored suits. They were the perfect complement to the bridesmaids’ mocha dresses, as well as the outdoor backdrop we were working with. The suits weren’t too casual or too formal. They were perfect!

For our flowers, I chose a true fall palette with our florist, Justine’s Flowers. They turned out beautiful and I heard so many compliments about how stunning the flowers were. She created a blend of sunflowers, wine red roses and a blend of other fall colors that turned out just wonderfully. I cannot express how pleased I was with the flowers.

Our ceremony included a string quartet, which truly helped set the mood. I walked down the aisle lined with white rose petals. We said our vows upon a rock staircase with our friends and family looking on. Behind us was a fountain, which strategically erupted as we exchanged our first kiss as husband and wife. It was truly magical. Our reception took place right around the corner behind the home in the garden area. The circular tables were scattered around the garden, some under the pergola, and some in the open garden. They were set with burlap and lace runners atop white tablecloths. The centerpieces were beautiful black lanterns with tea lights and champagne bottles dipped in gold glitter for a bit of bling. The DJ and dance floor were set up under a huge tree and everyone danced the night away. For the departure, our guests lined the pathway and sent us off into the night with sparklers, which was such a magical experience. We hopped into a brand new black Maserati and drove into the night as husband and wife, our lives forever changed.

Photography: Charla Storey | Event Planning: Merren Events | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Creme De La Creme | Venue: Chandor Gardens | Dress Shop: De Ma Fille Bridal | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Floral: Justine's Flowers

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Elegant Italian Inspired Texas Wedding

I’ve long heard the glories of Austin but I had no idea that it possessed a wedding wonder in its vicinity like Villa Del Lago. Transformed into an Italian escape for this couple’s summer celebration, it was covered with beautiful blush blooms from Flora Fetish. Jana Williams worked her magic behind the lens and these pics might just trick you into believing that they actually were taken in Tuscany.

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Villa

From Jana Williams PhotographyConnie and Daniel fell in love after meeting on Coffee Meets Bagel. The New Yorkers have a love for Europe and wanted to get married in a place that felt like Italy. They found that location in Austin, Texas. Villa Del Lago stole their hearts with its breathtaking views and grand structure.

Connie chose a beautiful Jenny Lee gown that was so elegant and feminine; it reminded me of a rose from the back and moved with such grace.

She added a fashion aspect by choosing the amazing Sergio Rossi booties as her wedding shoes.
The 100 guests that flew in from all over the world enjoyed an outside luxurious dinner under the stars after the ceremony. The day was perfect from start to finish.

On top of this being the perfect place to get married, Villa Del Lago also donates 50 percent of the proceeds to a local charity. My heart was touched so much by that news. I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I enjoyed capturing it.

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Event Planning: Austin Wedding Planners By Rosa | Floral Design: Flora Fetish | Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee Bridal | Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tai | Makeup: Laura Martinez | Hair: Erica Rae | Wedding Venue: Villa Del Lago

Elegant Eco-Friendly Texas Wedding

This Bride knows a thing or two about sustainability and her wedding was no better place to put those practices to work. Loft Photography captured every thought out detail at their gorgeous venue, Ma Maison, and this gallery is not only beautiful, but pretty darn inspiring as well. If this Bride can be this conscientious at her own wedding, I’m motivated to step it up a bit in my own daily life.

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Fall
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From Loft PhotographyAnn and Cody had one of the most unique and beautiful weddings that we’ve had the privilege of being a part of it. The couple’s focus on economic sustainability was both intriguing and well done, their love for each other was contagious and inspiring, and their wedding day was as pretty as they come!

From The Bride… As a recent graduate of a Masters program in Sustainability with a personal focus on lifestyle choices, I knew my own wedding was a perfect platform to try and flex my sustainable event planning muscles. As I care deeply for the environment and human well-being within it, I was out to prove that I could have a sustainable wedding without sacrificing the elegance I’d always hoped for. For a year, I worked diligently with my planner and the vendors to identify the parts of the wedding that we could make the most sustainable. This means as little environmental impact as possible, and thinking about lessening the number of “links in the supply chain” that items had to travel to get to our wedding, in addition to the livelihoods and well-being of those providing services to us. That’s a lot to think about, but I believe in the coming years, it will become an easier process as brides demand sustainable elements for their events. The venue we selected is built of reclaimed materials. We used as many local vendors in Austin as we could for food, florals, music, photography and much more. All the florals were of organic origin. Family heirloom candelabras and antique rugs were used for ceremony decor. The potted trees present at the reception were Lacebark Elms and are native to the Austin region. Three were donated to the Girl Scouts to plant, and one was donated to Ma Maison to be planted at the venue. Most of the food was seasonal, USDA-certified organic and locally sourced. By serving seasonal and local veggies as the largest part of the wedding dinner, we prevented shipments having to come from distant regions that subsequently produce huge amounts of carbon. Any leftovers were composted by the caterer at our request. We’d like to highlight that one of the meats served was local Wild Boar. This animal is growing in destructive numbers across the south and is fairly dangerous to people. It has a wonderful rustic flavor, and made quite a tasty ravioli filling at our wedding. There were few, if any disposables at the wedding besides cocktail napkins, and for our grand exit we opted for organic rose petals to be tossed instead of sparklers. Sparklers are made of mined metals that can come from environmentally stressed regions and have dangerous conditions for workers.

Photography: Loft Photography | Cinematography: PhotoVision | Event Planning: Clearly Classy Events | Floral Design: Eco Chic Floral | Wedding Dress: Blush By Hayley Paige | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Stationery: The Inviting Pear | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Catering: Crave Catering | Hair And Makeup: Beauty Secrets Salon | Lighting: Altared Weddings | Band: Will Taylor And The Strings Attached | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Ma Maison | Bride's Accessories: BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: LoveShineBridal | Groom's Cufflinks: The Lysine Contingency | Rentals: Whim Event Rentals | Veil: Brenda's Bridal Veils

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Rustic Texas Hill Country Ranch Wedding

You know you’re in a country wedding when the Bride has got her cowgirl boots on! This couple chose to wed in a real working longhorn ranch for its rustic charm, yet they kept it elegant with a open-air barn reception decorated with the prettiest floral arrangements and candle-lit lanterns! Joshua Aull photographed all the lovely details in the full gallery right here.

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Fall
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Ranch

From the beautiful Bride… My husband and I met in October, got engaged in March and were married one day after our first date, a year later in October. We had quite the accelerated wedding planning process, but thanks to our amazing vendors and our families help, it all came together just as we both had envisioned. We knew we wanted a rustic but elegant and romantic wedding and we both fell absolutely in love with the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, TX- it being the first and only venue that we looked at. We felt it offered us this rustic elegance we were looking for.

I absolutely love all of the pastel colors, so my bridesmaids wore long Amsale blush colored chiffon dresses in three different styles. The dresses were purchased at Bella Bridesmaid. The groomsmen wore light gray pants and vests, white shirts and light brown shoes, with the Groom in a full suit. The colors were perfect against the pale green background of the ranch.

We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony under a gorgeous grapevine laced with beautiful flowers draping down either side. We then transitioned into a relaxed cocktail hour outside of the barn where traditional San Antonio foods such as gorditas and chicken white wings were served. There were live longhorns that the kids and adults could feed in the pens right outside of the barn, giving it that true ranch feel we were looking for. After the cocktail hour, the double doors opened into the back of the barn and the guests were seated in the reception area. I can’t even put into words how beautiful this area looked. Our florist designed a gorgeous hanging wood plank that hung over the head table. It had beautiful flowing flowers and greens dangling down with big plush garden roses mixed in, as well as lanterns with lit candles spaced across the plank. It gave it a very romantic and garden feel. It was perfect! The tables were dressed with silk, blush colored napkins with clear glass chargers to add a touch of elegance. Beautiful lanterns with floral arrangements in colors of blush, coral, green and hints of dark purple sat in the center of the table.

Our day was nothing short of a fairy tale. The ranch was absolutely gorgeous on its own, but with the help of our incredibly talented florist, Patti Beebe of the Elegant Bee in Bourne, TX; our wonderful wedding planner, Tracy French of The French Connection Events in San Antonio, TX; our wonderful parents and one handsome Groom- we pulled off our dream wedding. Our amazing photographer, Joshua Aull, captured our day beautifully! It is truly a day that we will never forget!

Photography: Joshua Aull | Coordination: Tracy French | Floral Design: Elegant Bee | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Ceremony Venue: Don Strange Ranch | Reception Venue: Don Strange Ranch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Film Processing: Photovision | Print Work & Signage: The French Connection