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Vintage Garden Wedding

Say the word “vintage” and you’ll see my heart quicken at an unusually fast pace.  But throw in the term “garden party” and the event planning prowess of Soireebliss! Events and it’s game, set, match in the love department.  Think stunning blooms from Stems Floral Design, fabulous images from Daniel Chee and a one VERY adorable bride and groom.  Fall in love right here.


From Soireebliss! Events… Cynthia Castillo & Matthew Jeter married on March 9, 2013 at the Orchards at Caney Creek. They wanted to host a semi-destination wedding in the Texas country where a majority of their guests could stay the weekend. The venue has multiple cottages on property. The colors chosen were dove gray and shades or coral. Theme: very chic garden vintage with lots of personal touches. The couple spent the day relaxing with friends. The groom made his famous gumbo for the guests staying on property. The couple married on the side lawn in front of the “wedding tree”. The bride’s father especially crafted a set or iron gates to designate the opening to the ceremony. The wedding program was displayed on a free-standing chalkboard at the ceremony entrance. In honor of the Groom’s Irish heritage, they chose to do a hand fasting ceremony in place of a unity candle.

The bride gave each of her bridesmaids a personally monogrammed PJ shirt – hand embroidered by her Mother. The bride’s bouquet was wrapped in lace from her mother’s dress. She wore a blue sapphire necklace as a piece of her wedding day ensemble. The piece was a wedding gift from the Groom. The bride loved the coral color and felt it best that her bridesmaids choose a shade that fit their skin tone best – which created a nice array of coral shade. As part of the bridesmaids gifts, the bride gave them Kendra Scott earrings to match their dress. As a wedding gift from her Grandmother, she carried a hand stitched handkerchief as her something old. The Groom and groomsmen let their fun personalities shine through in the style of dress socks. Each chose a pair that reflected their personality. The Groom’s was by far the most eclectic design – reflecting his fun vibrant personality.

The reception took place in the main house on property that had an oversized wrap around porch that overlooked the property’s lake. The couple served a scrumptious buffet meal and danced the night away under the cafe lights on the deck to the swinging tunes of the Collector’s Item Band. The band is one of the Groom’s favorite and has been to many of their performances in the past. Displayed on the bride’s cake table was wedding pictures from each of their parents’ wedding days. The unique quality that was discovered is that each set of parents had chosen the same cake design and same veil for their wedding day. Each centerpiece for the guest tables varied in design with similar vintage elements simply arranged differently – lanterns, bud vases, stalked vintage books (books provided from the Bride’s father’s personal collection) and unique vases filled with tulips. The Bride’s father collects vintage vehicles. He had purchased a vintage truck the same year the Bride was born. He knew on her wedding day that this would be her getaway vehicle. Through the course of her life, he slowly restored the vehicle. The Bride and Groom departed the evening to a sparkler send-off. It was truly a remarkable wedding filled with true personal details from start to finish. The table runners for the reception were hand sewn by the Mother of the Bride. The couple truly enjoyed unique wines and opted to have a wine bottle guest book. Each bottle was designated with a future anniversary year – the guests would write notes on the bottles for the couple to read on the designated anniversary year. A close friend of the couple played their first dance on an acoustic guitar accompanied by the band. The song, “Always and Forever” by Cory Morrow, was played by Ben Phillips (friend).

Photography: Daniel Chee | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design | Cake: Edible Designs By Jessie | Catering: Orchards At Caney Creek | Hair & Makeup: Blush & Co | Band: Collector’s Item | Ceremony Music: Dreams Come True Music | Wedding Planenr: Soireebliss! Events

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Colorful Rustic Wedding

No one does rustic chic quite like the state of Texas.  From the cowboy boot donning brides to the lace-covered gowns to the lovely burlap infused in every last stunning detail, you ladies and gents have it down in spades.  And this gorgeous Pecan Springs Ranch affair?  Well, it’s all of the aforementioned with a touch of romance that will make your head spin.  See it all captured by Mint Photography right here.


From the Bride… Our chic Texas wedding took place on July 13, 2013 in the heat of a summer day under the shady pecan trees at the gorgeous Pecan Springs Ranch in Austin, TX. We added alot of DIY flare to our wedding to make it unique to us, and involved a lot of talented friends and family in the making of our special day. My husband and I are both from Austin but currently live in Arizona, so we also wanted a down home, backyard party, bright and summery, full-on Texas feel to our wedding.

I had always envisioned an outdoor wedding but with a chapel feel for the ceremony, so my dad helped me to create a wall out of old barnwood that came from a 1900′s shed from behind my great grandparents’ house. We removed the old white doors as well so that I would be able to have “chapel doors” to walk through for the ceremony. My dad also created an arch out of cedar trees from our ranch and surprised me by putting a cross on the top of the arch to finish off the old chapel look.

Another project we worked on was a popcorn stand during our cocktail hour for our guests to munch on prior to the buffet opening. My husband’s family owns a kettle corn business and made three different flavors of popcorn the day before the wedding for our guests. It was a huge hit! We also had my husband’s favorite donut shop, Round Rock Donuts, make a bunch of glazed and chocolate donuts for our wedding instead of doing a groom’s cake. Our guests loved them and they were gone before we even cut the cake!

My sweet friend Kortni recently started a flower business and I had her do all of my floral design and bouquets. She did an amazing job and I was so impressed by her work, especially on the arch! I also collected bottles, wood boxes, and jars for months to decorate our tables with and the look turned out better than I had hoped for.

Another incredibly talented friend, Kate Stafford, did all of our paper design including invitations, programs, and thank you cards on the place settings. She did a beautiful job and I was so pleased with the way they all turned out!

Our wedding planner, Paige, is so detailed and creative. She made all of the chalkboards and displays at the wedding and blew me away with her gorgeous style. I could not have made it through the day without her and was so impressed with her work.

Mint Photography shot the photos of our wedding and Kelly’s work is stunning. She captured the feel of our day so perfectly and makes the lighting look amazing! She’s fabulous and I’m so thankful for the way our photos turned out.

Lastly, I had a seamstress (and also amazing designer) from my hometown make the flower girl dresses. We found fabric from a store in town and then she got creative with making the dress. I thought they turned out adorable! The bridesmaids all chose their own dress in different shades of gray and found them from stores like BHLDN, J.Crew and Etsy. I chose gray because I wanted their gorgeous flowers to stand out against the color of the dress. The groomsmen wore white shirts with khaki pants and then created their own style of Vans shoes in gray.

We love how all of the details turned out!

Photographer: Mint Photography | Floral Design: The Color Yellow Co. | Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Invitations: Kate Stafford | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Etsy | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Werner's Catering | Wedding Planner: Paige Smith | DJ: Sean Alan | Bride's Dress: Schaffer's | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch

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Modern Indian Laguna Gloria Wedding

Leave it to a pair of architects to plan the most visually appealing wedding I think  I’ve ever laid eyes on. The juxtaposition of the 1920s venue and the modern decor, all captured brilliantly by Q Weddings, has quickened my pulse to a level I reserve only for the prettiest of all the pretty fetes!


From Q Weddings… Nisha and Pablo chose Laguna Gloria as it is architecturally unique in Austin. Formerly a private residence and now an art museum, Laguna Gloria is a Spanish Italianate villa built in the 1920s. The grounds are filled with gardens, oak trees and sculptures. It’s beautiful in March, making for an elegant garden party, with guests dining al fresco.

The overall effect of the decor was clean, simple, sophisticated:
– Since Nisha and Pablo are both architects, they wanted to balance the classic 1920s building with a modern aesthetic.
– The table centerpieces and cocktail hour florals were succulents in vases made of gray concrete, dipped in paint in the color of Yves Klein blue.
– The table linens were cinder gray linen.
– The table numbers were the colorful NYC subway symbols for the various subway lines that are special to Nisha and Pablo.
– The invitations were letterpressed in a charcoal gray, with a playful typography style.

Items of significance:
– Since it was Easter Sunday, eggs were hidden around the grounds and the many children in attendance had a blast scooping up the eggs and finding the treats inside.
– Guests of all cultural backgrounds honored Nisha’s Indian heritage by wearing saris and having their hands henna’d the day before at the mehndi.
– A Spanish guitarist and stand-up bass played before the ceremony and during cocktail hour. The ceremony floral arrangements were more succulents, but this time in tall, traditional vases, surrounded by blooming bougainvillas. During the processional, all of the children were honored by being asked to walk down the aisle before the bride and her father.
– Nisha and Pablo’s grand exit was in a yellow cab, as a nod to New York City where they live.

Photography: Q Weddings | Wedding Gown: Lanvin | Florist: Unexpected Elements | Caterer: Primizie | DJ: Kit Ktterman Of Austin Professional Music | Coordinator & Event Designer: BZ Events | Henna Artist: Anju Garg Of Mehndi Time | Venue: Laguna Gloria

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