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Oak Valley Vineyard Vow Renewal

When tragedy hits a family, sometimes the core can be shaken. But after the shockwaves settle, that core has the opportunity to get stronger, ten-fold. And that’s exactly what happened since Amy DeYoung and her husband said “I do” 11 years prior, prompting them to host the ultimate vow renewal celebration. Anne Marie Photography captured the day in gorgeous fashion, and all waiting right over here.

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Fall
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Vineyard
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Casual

From the Bride… When it came time to decide what we wanted the overall feel of the day to be and to choose our vendors, it was really fun. As a photographer in the wedding industry, I feel privileged to see all kinds of talent at the events that I cover and work with truly wonderful people. I had a vision for how I wanted this day to come together, but I only sought out the best in their field to make it happen. That is where it all came alive and we could not have been more thrilled with how it turned out! It will go down as one of the best days of my life!

Our story: We were young when we married in 2002. Both of us knew within the first week of meeting that we had found “the one”. While we eagerly stepped forward into our lives together, the true weight of marriage evaded us. We were excited about what was to come. Eleven years together brought multiple moves across the country, 2 baby boys, starting a business, job changes, travels and a goldmine of laughter.

It wasn’t until 2012 and the loss of Paul’s sister that we realized exactly how fragile and fleeting life truly is. Ellen was a bright light that shined in our lives and her loss effected each of us deeply. The loss rippled over into other areas of our lives and eventually threatened our marriage. We were suddenly in a place where we had to fight within our marriage to survive and keep our family as one. Through all of this, God showed us what true agape love, grace and forgiveness can and will do. Our marriage is stronger than it has ever been and it is because we chose to sail through the storm with one another.

When you have walked through fire together and can honestly say that you would do it all over again to get to where you now are… you know you’re with the right person. This is why we chose to have a ceremony to recommit our lives to one another; celebrate a fresh start; a new beginning. We’ve been through the fire and we’ve seen the beauty that comes after the ashes settle. It’s so much better than before and without a doubt worth celebrating!

Photography: Anne Marie Photography | Videography: Pretty Sweet Weddings | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Flowers: The Tuscan Rose | Cake/cupcakes: Sweet Traditions | Furniture: Revive Vintage Rentals | Gold Chairs: DPC Media Services | Makeup By Alyssa Garcia: Alyssa Garcia | The Vineyards Restaurant: Oak Valley Vineyard | Video: Pretty Sweet Weddings | Vintage Dishes: Parties By Design, Charlene

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San Antonio Engagement from May Carlson Fine Art Photography

This couple is adorable in ways I didn’t know were possible.  They’re fabulously stylish (seriously… look at them), literally glow in front of the camera and the true love they are feeling for one another?  It’s palpable.  This, my loves, is engagement session perfection happening right here, right now on SMP.  See it all captured by May Carlson in the full gallery.

From May Carlson Fine Art Photography… I met Ilianna and Andy last year when I was photographing their friend’s wedding. We all realized we shared the same passion for art and film photography, so naturally I was thrilled when they announced their engagement and asked me to be a part of the journey!

We knew their engagement session would be a perfect way to show off their love, excitement, and individual style! Ilianna loved all the natural bohemian styled photos we went through for inspiration. We wanted to give their engagement shoot a little more warmth and rich color. One of Ilianna’s favorite colors is orange, so I knew the orange ranunculus would be a perfect fit amongst some large white dahlias and wax flowers. The orange hues worked as a beautiful compliment to Ilianna’s soft gray and purple gown. Their engagement session was photographed 100% on film and was shot at the beautiful Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio on a recent fall afternoon.

They met in high school and reconnected in college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They carried on a three-and-a-half year long courtship before Andy asked Ilianna to be his wife on September 29th, 2013.

I am so honored that they asked me to capture all the priceless moments as they unite in marriage on March 8th, 2014 outside of their hometown in Comfort, Texas. They plan on moving to Kansas shortly after their wedding where Andy plans to attend grad school.

Photography: May Carlson Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: May Carlson | Hair and Make-up : Twyst

San Antonio Wedding from Oh Goodie Designs + Style.Inspired

Even though I’ve seen about a million and one fabulous Texas weddings (it’s an estimate), I still can’t seem to get over just how crazy awesome they are.  It’s like you lovelies out there in Texas know something the rest of us don’t… a secret “amazing wedding” potion, if you will.  And when it comes to being floored by some serious Lone Star State pretty, this San Antonio beauty is most definitely hitting the nail on the head.  It’s the stellar stylings of Style.Inspired meets amazing party products from Oh Goodie Designs meets one glorious image after another captured by Al Gawlik.  See them all right here.

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Fall
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Museum

From Oh Goodie Designs… This wedding was envisoined for a native Texas couple with love for the outdoors yet sophisticated taste. The marriage of rustic and natural elements as well as chic, preppy taste came together beautifully just as the Bride and Groom. It took place at The Texas Heritage Museum along the banks of the San Antonio River and historic Brackenridge Park.

The guests were welcomed with Lemonade bar service in quilted Mason jars and striped straws as they signed in at the table using a state of Texas puzzle, in pieces, as they were a special piece of the couple’s lives. They then took a seat at the ceremony site on limestone benches on a grassy knoll that overlooked the San Antonio River. They were able to grab a quilt if the air was too chilly and watched as the precious flower girls, beautiful Bridesmaids and Groomsmen took their place. The Bride was preceeded with a pennent banner handmade to read “Here Comes the Bride.”  After the service the pennant banner was turned around to read “Just Married” and the happy couple made their way to the reception area.

The reception area was softly lit to reflect the natural scenery there as well as the glass building in view. Round tables welcomed the guests and as they took their seats in dark cherry wood Chiavari chairs. Servers passed h’ors d’ourves as well as an open bar that was available. Style elements used on the tables were deer antlers intermixed with orange roses, blue hydrangea, dusty miller and baby’s breath in Mason jars which sat upon cuts of wood and navy and white gingham table runners. The Mason jars were wrapped in burlap and lace and added that special touch of down South as did the custom printed kaft silverware bags that greeted each guest at their seat. Included was a navy striped straw with guest’s name as well as knife, fork and spoon. The bag read “R+M dinner is served.”

After dinner the couple cut thier sweet fig (a family favorite) infused vanilla bean cake with thick Buttercream frosting. The Groom’s cake was Dark chocolate with blood oranges. All desserts had a special meaning as family recipes were pulled to make the  carrot cake mini bundt cakes, sand tarts and spice cake mini cupcakes. Wooden plates and forks stamped “i do” in navy were used to serve the guests. Antique lampshades were draped with lace and burlap and lit to enhance the lighting in the large oak trees that surrounded the cake and dessert table.

The Bride and Groom danced the night away under the stars on a cobblestone and brick dance floor that wrapped around a large oak tree draped with lights. Guests enjoyed games such as dominos, checkers, a custom designed corn hole bean bag toss and bottle ring toss. No one seemed to mind the Texas style cold front that made it’s way in unexpectedly during the night. The Bride wore a mink stole when needed and patchwork quilts were made available for guests to cuddle by the heaters. Guests sent the happy couple away by waving custom made burlap flags with the couple’s initials, R+M, which was the theme throughout the event. They drove away in a family owned antique Ford Model T.

Photography: Al Gawlik Photography | Event Design + Styling: Style.Inspired | Floral Design: Eden’s Echo | Venue: Texas Heritage Museum at The Witte Musuem | Lighting: Event Ignition | Cakes: 2tarts | Sweet Desserts from Family Recipes: Debbie’s Cookies, Aunt of the Bride | Custom Printed Party Products: Oh Goodie Designs | Graphic Design + Invitation Suite: Harper Gray Designs | Pie Pop favors: Tiny Pies | Chalkboard Art, Bride Groom Chair Signs, Just Married Sign + Here Comes the Bride + Just Married Pennent: Mika Beverly of PartyCreative | Lemonade Bar: The Lemonade Co. | Catering: Rosemary’s Catering | Rentals: Illusions | Wedding dress: Julian Gold Bridal Suite | Bridesmaids Attire: Bella Bridesmaid | Custom Design Boots for the Bride: Lucchese Boots

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