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Rustic Romance at Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose is dripping in old world elegance; the kind of place that easily lends itself to a romantic affair. And this inspiration crafted by Without Wax, Katy, Mayhar Design and Taylor Lord Photography knows what’s up. With rambling hand-written stationery by The Left Handed Calligrapher and the prettiest pastel color palette, this photo shoot has romance by the bucketful.

From Without Wax, Katy & Mayhar DesignWhen we decided to jointly collaborate on a photo shoot, we were unanimous in our desire to create something that was authentic and timeless and above all, honored and enhanced the original beauty of the environment. Our hearts fell immediately in love with the breathtaking backdrop of San Antonio’s Mission San Jose. After an initial site visit, we quickly set to planning, basing all color and design direction around the color palette and detailing of the mission itself. We quickly brought on a team of local artisans that we dearly admired and are so thrilled with the gifts and talent that each person brought to the table!

It is always our ultimate goal to create a product that is elegant and honest and that portrays a genuine beauty. We cannot thank our amazing team of collaborators enough and hope that you enjoy what we came up with!

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Design: Without Wax, Katy | Design: Mayhar Design | Floral Design: Katy Bohls Of Without Wax, Katy | Cake: 2tarts Bakery | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Antique Pewter, China And Silverware: La Belle Vie | Custom Dress Cape: Kathleen Lothringer | Dining Chair And Velvet Stool: Furbish | Hairpiece: Lacielle Rose | Lace Table Drapery: Heirloom Bed Company | Location: Mission San Jose | Makeup And Hair: Beauty And The Blush | Match Pewter + Monogrammed Linens: Lin Marche

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Tented Arabian Wedding in Texas

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you cross backyard elegance with a little cultural flair, this wedding holds the answer. Designed by LUXE Event Decor and covered in blooms by Uptown Flowers, it’s black tie glam with an Arabian fusion, and the result is something truly special. Prepare for jaw-dropping goodness captured by J Wilkinson Co, and you can click here for so much more. 


From the Bride…. Having Arab blood in me I have always been drawn to Arabian style. There is a mystery and a beauty that is deep in the culture. I arrived at my style by looking at a lot of pictures on Pinterest, online and going with what felt good in my spirit. I just had a lot of fun, I added ideas my friends and vendors had. The raj tents took my breath away. When it came to making decisions about the decor I asked myself, does it fit within the context of what I want to experience on my wedding day?

Before I met Chris, I was learning about the power of intention, setting the intention and then believing and trusting God for the mechanisms and the results. I wrote…”I want to be in a healthy, wildly romantic, passionate, and long lasting relationship with a wonderful man on or before 90 days.” Signed up for Within a month I was already chatting with Chris. While at first I did not think we were a match – city girl meets real ranching cowboy if you know what I mean – the sparks between us were undeniable. It was my daughter who insisted I give him a chance. I’m really glad I did.

Chris proposed on a night that was storming in San Antonio. We had gone out to dinner with his friend Brian and had planned on going dancing yet because of the weather decided to take his friend who was staying at Chris house home. The storm got worse and lights went out at Chris’s house. Chris and I were embracing and kissing when all of a sudden he tells me he has a ring. It was a romantic night. I felt silly thinking surly he is kidding. Sure enough it was happening. He was proposing.

His home has impressive, top to bottom main room windows and some wall to wall windows in other rooms. I felt shock when he asked and was not expecting it. As soon as he placed the ring on my finger lightning hit the transformer in his back yard. Sparks went everywhere as if you were in a fireworks show. He’s proposal was heart felt and timing could not have been more perfect as scared as i felt and unprepared. It was also his grandmother Mary’s ring, who was very special in his life. That made it super special for me.

I feel there were so many special touches starting with our guest list. We were surrounded by people we had real connection with. To make it super special for the guest, I printed images of all our guests. Images of special times in our lives with them or just great images of them. We ask them to sigh in on the back or front of the image that was mounted on art board. Many left some crazy amazing love notes that had me crying on the couch as I read them after our wedding.

As a photographer in the industry I was blessed to have my best friend who was a wedding planner plan my wedding. I was supported by many great friends in the industry, who with great joy and excitement showed up to play, give and work the event. We released Chinese lanterns as the sun set as a tribute to both our grandmothers and Chris’s mom who had past away before I met him. Our vows were beautiful and vulnerable. For someone who does not cry especially in public I was a mess.

One of the most special moments was when it started raining and sheet lighting covered the sky as we were photographed by Jeanann Wilkinson. In the rain and I felt the presence of God blessing our day.

Photography: J Wilkinson Co | Floral Design: Uptown Flowers | Wedding Cake: Cathy Young | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Signature Catering | Food: Taco Truck | Band: Nick Laurence Country Band | Band: China Town Band | Raj Tents: LUXE Event Decor | Rentals: Touch Of Elegance | Rentals: LUXE Event Decor | Tuxedos: Tuxedo Heights | Venue: Denman Estate | Wedding Cards: Sonny & Danny Graves | Wedding Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm | Wedding Planning + Design: Tracy Reeder - Ooh La-La Couture Events

Rustic Texas Wedding At Live Oak Ranch

When life rains on your wedding…you pile into the barn! It might have rained for this Texas Bride’s rustic ranch nuptials, but there’s nothing a pair of Hunter Boots and a good attitude can’t amend. Right? Thankfully, Anne Marie Photography was there to capture the day in all it’s stormy glory. For even more inspiration look here!


From the Bride… I wanted my day to be about family, to have everyone I loved close around me. This worked out really well, because there was a 60% chance of thunderstorms leading up to my wedding and that made me have to move the wedding into the barn, which I did NOT want to do. It goes to show that planning and planning doesn’t really matter all that much, because life can throw you a curve ball. But isn’t it funny how whenever you least expect it, what you didn’t want to happen ended up being perfect. I definitely got the closeness feel at my ceremony because brining the reception into the barn required us to fit everybody in there. It was a tight fit, but a perfect fit. No one wants it to rain on their wedding day, but I chose not to let it ruin my day, my only day, and it was more beautiful that I could have imagined. We even ended up getting to take pictures outside.

I think the intimate setting, the many, many candles, and family made my day special. Our wedding made everyone feel like family. We had a very big bridal party, the more the merrier, and our pastor was my dad’s best friend. The ceremony had worship songs that were sung by my best friend that lived overseas. There were many laughs, and lots of tears.

The colors at the wedding were what I wanted, very neutral. The barn with the lights, and the field behind it was so beautiful that I didn’t want to mess it up with a bunch of color. I loved the flowers at my wedding. I had seen some pictures on Pinterest that had really neutral colors with lots of succulents. I loved the idea, so that was incorporated in a lot of my flowers. I absolutely love mercury, that was used in a lot of the center pieces and even up at the altar. My sister and I created a lot of homemade signs that went around the barn and even outside. It made it feel really personal and just about us. There was an old truck at the ranch that obviously couldn’t run, but we had some people back it up into the barn and we used it as a cake table. We relocated the tailgate, and it had “Ford” on it, which is my middle name, so it made it really special to me.

My cake was another inspiration I had. I had seen a picture of a “naked” cake idea; my cake lady didn’t want me to do it because she said it would dry out the cake. But I have to say, it tasted like the best cake ever to me. It was something really different, and it was what I wanted because I don’t like icing. My mom was a lifesaver, we didn’t have a wedding planner or anyone and my cousins ran the day of coordinating.

It wasn’t exactly as I planned — it was better. I loved every moment, and would do it over and over exactly the same if I could.

Photography: Anne Marie Photography | Cakes: Cakes By Cathy Young | Shoes: Hunter Boots | Catering: Sullivan Street Caterers | Ranch : Live Oak Ranch | Rentals: Aztec Rentals | Rentals: Revive Vintage Rentals | Transportation: Mission Golf Cars

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