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These Children Had the Sweetest Gift for Their Parents’ Wedding

Less than 50 people gathered to witness Melanie and Nathan exchange rings and vows at their heartfelt destination wedding in Texas Hill Country. But the sweet, intimate ceremony wasn’t the only heartwarming moment of the evening. Later, after a delicious meal from Cartewheels Catering, a few of the Bride and Groom’s children sang a song as a wedding gift to their newlywed parents. And thankfully Philip Thomas Photography caught it all for us to enjoy in The Vault!

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From Philip Thomas PhotographyA charming destination wedding in the hill country of Texas in a small German town called Fredericksburg. Hoffman Haus is an upscale luxury bed and breakfast with a once tobacco barn in the center of the property that has been restored and now called The Great Hall.

The welcome dinner was catered by Cartewheels Catering who served farm to table cuisine under bistro lights and long tables decorated with herbs down the center of the table.

The guests received a welcome farmer’s basket filled with Peach tea, a locally made candle, marinating sauce, and lavender soap from a nearby farm.

The ceremony near a pond on the property with Melanie and Nathan’s closest family and friends, less than 50 people gathered to see them exchange rings and vows. It was heartfelt, sincere, and emotional.

Cartewheels designed another delicious menu for the reception. Dinner and dancing followed inside The Great Hall with pale blush pink and mint green linens with loosely arranged floral in urns and weaved through driftwood, a common thing found in the Texas Hill Country. Watercolored menu cards and place cards by Rachel Nieman at each place setting.

Melanie and Nathan’s love was so apparent as they were surrounded by their children, a few of whom offered a song as their gift to the newlyweds.

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Photography: Philip Thomas Photography | Floral Design: Sprout | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sophie's Choice Bakery | Stationery: Artful Designs By Rachel Nieman | Catering: CarteWheels Caterers, Inc | Venue: Hoffman Haus | Event Design + Coordination: Ashley Joseph of Two Be Wed | Linen Rentals: Aztec Events

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See Why Oatmeal + Terracotta Are This Seasons New ‘IT’ Colors

A new take on neutrals? You bet, and it’s all thanks to Bows And Arrows for hosting the loveliest workshop. Tucked away in the gardens in Dallas layers of blush, camel, and oatmeal come out to play in the prettiest way. With Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography behind the lens, this is one inspiration that you’ll want to bookmark pronto. See it all in The Vault!

From Bows And Arrows … We had the privilege to host a mother-daughter duo of Candelaria Designs in Dallas at the home of Julie Cohn, a fine art jewelry designer, to explore the world of design and aesthetics. We were tucked away in the gardens of Julie’s home and used tones of blush, coral, camel and oatmeal to lay the groundwork of our tablescape. We draped the table in a gorgeous oatmeal La Tavola linen and had a centerpiece overflowing with garden roses, pom dahlia, hellebores, allium, amaranthus, foraged vines, textures and pomegranates. The place cards were written by Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye, and all beautifully captured by our dear friend Kayla Barker. We used the natural, botanical elements of the garden to lay an effortless backdrop for our shoot to allow the attendees to explore within their own aesthetic and design to create a concept that was equally elegant, minimal and approachable.

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Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Ring: Julie Cohn Design | Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown eye | Dresses: Claire Pettiebone | Hair + Make-up: Meg B | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Model: Kelli Rika | Ribbon: FrouFrou Ribbon | Workshop Host: Bows and Arrows

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Find the Perfect Reception Dress with Blogger Bride LivvyLand

Hello fellow Brides-to-be! In my numerous months of wedding planning leading up to our Big Day, one of the items on my checklist I’ve had the most fun with is picking out a reception dress. I should also mention that we’re having an outdoor ceremony in Texas which means it will be very hot, so slipping into something breezier will provide quite a relief to me towards the end of the night!

I love the combination of nude and ivory, so this plunging neckline lace dress was a no brainer to add to this list! Not to mention the lace overlay against the nude slip is a beautiful combination worthy of a double-take (…which I assure you’ll receive plenty in this dress!). This particular dress comes in a few other combinations, so if you’re looking for white on white for your big day, that’s available, too.

This high neck lace number is pure magic! The combination of it being a form fitting dress with a high neckline and modest hem make the dress sexy yet classy – it’s a timeless pick and absolutely beautiful in photos. Though there are a ton of little white lace dresses to choose from, this one shines above the rest with the numerous details (did you catch the high-low lace back?) and overall knockout fit. Trust me, you’ll feel absolutely amazing in this dress – and it won’t break the bank!

For the fashion forward bride, I am in LOVE with the idea of wearing a gorgeous jumpsuit in place of a reception dress. Depending on how formal your wedding is, it would even be fun to wear a fabulous white or ivory silk romper and show some leg – definitely a good idea for a summer wedding! Keep you wedding shoes and jewelry as is, and swap your gown for something that allows you to command the dance floor (…can you tell we’ll be a dancing pair at our wedding? Ha!). A jumpsuit is classy, chic and elegant – and this one by Trina Turk gives off that old Hollywood glamour vibe that I adore so much.

If you’ve always envisioned yourself running to the car in your wedding gown, then by all means make that your wedding day reality! That’s the beauty of a wedding – you can make your vision come to life, whether than involves a quick outfit change or not. Given the amount of times we’ll wear white throughout the wedding planning process (think showers, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid luncheons), you can do no wrong investing in a timeless little white dress!

Shop a few of my favorite reception dresses and jumpsuits below!

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Photography: Kathryn Frazer Photography | Wedding Venue: The Contemporary Austin | Blogger Bride:Olivia Watson | High Neck Lace Dress: ASTR | Jumpsuit: Trina Turk | Nude + Ivory Lace Dress: Dress The Population

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