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Sweet Backyard Wedding in Austin, Texas

This must have been the most lovely day. Simple yet incredibly sweet, every gorgeous image from J. Bird Photography paints the picture of a simply perfect day. A day filled with so much love you know this couple and their guests will never stop talking about every magical moment, and you can see why here.


From J. Bird PhotographyThis wedding is probably one of my favorites to date with a precious couple, simple but gorgeous details, and a custom made wedding dress that was designed by the bride herself.

From The Bride…The inspiration behind our wedding came from a focus on things I have always loved and to keep things simple and natural. Our hope was to have a pretty day that centered around the celebration of our marriage and a great party with our friends and family, but no sweat over tons of details! Ryan and I love to be outside so having an outdoor ceremony was a no brainer. My parents backyard has always been a peaceful place to me and I couldn’t imagine anything sweeter than having the ceremony there. It is also located very close to a beautiful field that I spent much of life walking through to get to my favorite pool (Barton Springs) and stopping to enjoy the green and the trees with my sister as we grew up and have now shared it with Ryan. We just love it and that is where we took the pictures after the ceremony. My dad built the alter at our wedding which was so special and my friend Kortni (our florist) covered it with simple greenery and flowers. Potted flowers and herbs are some of my favorite things and I included those throughout the decor as well— and now they adorn our front porch! The reception was located at the Palm Door which I have always admired for it’s blank white wooden walls and wood floors. I already had a bunch of old vases and metal tins that we used for the flowers along with a few we borrowed from friends and family. My florist (Kortni) is a good friend of mine and we had so much fun dreaming up whites and greens and simple arrangements— the kind you might find on your kitchen table after going to the grocery store, nothing too over the top, but still simple and sweet. I love how light and airy the flowers were as well as the tiny greenery Kortni hung from the rafters— so perfect!

As for the dress and grooms attire, we had the same kind of theme. I didn’t want anything too fancy, but I still wanted it to feel wedding-like. Ryan wore a grey suit and his groomsmen wore different combinations of vests, ties, greys, navies, etc. We liked the casual look and it corresponded well with our bridesmaids attire. I told my bridesmaids they could pick whatever color dress they wanted as long as it was a soft color an they all ended up in pale pinks! Which turned out great— they all looked beautiful! I had my dress made by a talented lady here in Austin. I’ve always been the kind of person that has a picture in their head and can’t ever find it in real life, so I told her what I wanted and she executed it beautifully! I had gotten a dress at a garage sale and had fallen in love with the neckline so that’s where we started— the rest was in my head. I also liked the idea of having an off-white but not a ivory off-white so we went with a hint of dove-grey and a white lace bodice.

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DIY Backyard Texas Wedding

I want to squeeze this wedding it’s so darling. It’s charming yet gorgeous, with so much heart I can feel the love through every gorgeous image snapped up by Luxe Photography. The result is a wedding that will probably dance in my dreams for some time now, and trust me, I have no complaints. See why here.

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From The Bride…Chris and I met on my 22nd birthday at my parents house. The story of how we met is something we still laugh about today. Chris owns a computer/internet company in Brady, Tx. My parents were new to town, and called his company to have internet installed into their new home. I was living in Dallas at the time, and was only there to help them get settled and celebrate my birthday with family. Chris and his brother came to set everything up, and throughout the day my dad had been hinting at me that he thought Chris was handsome and I should “make a move”. I would roll my eyes, exclaim “Dad, he’s gross!”, and ignore him. It was probably a 100 degrees that day and Chris was covered in sweat and dirt.. and I was not interested. Towards the end of the day, Chris was wrapping up his work and about to leave when my parents told me they had invited him to my party that night. I was embarrassed, and fairly annoyed, when they insisted I go outside and invite him myself. Reluctantly, I went outside to tell him he should come to the party. He told me no a couple of times saying he didn’t want to impose- I reassured him it was fine, so he agreed. That evening, a very attractive man walks around the corner of the house and knocked on the door. Chris cleaned up very nice, and I was quite taken with him. The rest, truly is history!

After two years of dating, Chris proposed and we started the adventure of planning a wedding. I like to work with my hands and tend to love the DIY wedding, and details- so from the beginning I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Chris and I both wanted our guests to feel comfortable and enjoy the day just as we would. At first our guest list was quite large for us, at about 140 people. After much evaluation and hiccups in our planning, we decided the best route was a family oriented wedding in my parents backyard; the very place we met.

Chris’s family owns a ranch just north of town, and Chris really wanted to have the ceremony out there. The property sits up high, offering a beautiful view of the stretching country side. It was lovely and so sentimental!

Chris’s mom placed an order at an Austin flower market, and drove the flowers 2 hours to Brady. With the help of my Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid, we created the bouquets, bouts, centerpieces and all of the decor the day before the wedding. I could not have been more pleased with the result, they turned out romantic, soft, and exactly what I envisioned! For the cake/dessert table, I wanted something that was homemade, and fun! My mother-in-law made my wedding cake and cupcakes, and my Aunt Beth brought the Texas Tech cake from a bakery in Denton, Tx. I made the programs myself with Photoshop, and printed them out at home!

The whole day went exactly as planned. We wouldn’t have chosen any other way to share our day with our loved ones. The only vendors we hired were the caterer and a photographer. Above everything else, we wanted to come out of the wedding with amazing pictures that we could look back on and cherish for years. We couldn’t have picked someone better! Jennifer from Luxe Photography was utterly amazing, and she captured our day more beautifully than we could have imagined!

Photography: Luxe Photography | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: MAC's BBQ | Suits: Men's Warehouse | Linens: Linen Tablecloth | Venue: Family Ranch

Garden Party Inspired Bridal Shoot

We’re certainly no strangers to a good garden party, but when all that elegance and whimsy is taken indoors, we’re bound to be smitten. Think sequin tablecloths and cross back chairs, overflowing blooms and clusters of candles. It’s all styled to perfection by Bows & Arrows and Stefanie Miles, and lucky for us Heather Hawkins snapped up every yummy bit. More right here.

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From Heather Hawkins Photography… This shoot was a lovely collaboration between the team of Heather Hawkins, Stefanie Miles, Bows & Arrows and a few other amazing talents, and may just inspire you to throw a garden party of your own!

The gorgeous natural light and lightly colored interiors allowed us to bring the outdoors in, without compromising the natural and organic elements we desired for this visual story. The historic building held the celebration, and provided ample opportunities for wistful and charming portraits to capture the radiance of the bride. We always recommend thinking carefully about venue selection, as it is so important to creating the atmosphere for the celebration!

We wanted to create a lush, romantic and dreamy atmosphere for a elegant celebration, and did so using a colorful mix of loosely arranged florals in various tones of blush, peach, cream, salmon, and pink. The addition of antique brass candlesticks antique silver flatware added warmth and character, while the clean-lined blush plates kept the scene fresh and modern.

The bride wore gowns by Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, and Oscar de la Renta. Two bouquets were designed, one made of hellebores, olive leaf, patience garden rose, sweet pea and the other of sword fern, jasmine vine, poppies, peony, peach juliet garden rose, charity garden rose, miranda garden rose, ranunculus, sweet pea, anemone, hellebores, and scented geranium.

Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Floral Design: Bows & Arrows | Designer & Stylist: Stefanie Miles | Gowns: Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar De La Renta From Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon In Dallas, TX | Linen Provider: La Tavola | Makeup: Love Dose Beauty | Models: Bishop & Holland | Veils: Monique Lhuillier And Reem Acra From Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon In Dallas, TX

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