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McAllen Texas Wedding from Anahi Weddings

Texas weddings hold a special place in my heart. Over the years as I have cozied up with all the goodness on SMP Texas, I’ve learned something important – whatever the particular style of a Texas wedding, whether it’s ballroom or backyard – they share two common ingredients, heart and family. Anahi Weddings brought us just such a heart warming wedding, where family had a hand in every gorgeous detail, and you can see every last love-filled one right here.


From the Bride and Groom… When Ross and I got engaged, we knew 3 things. We wanted to get married within the year, we wanted to get married in my home state of Texas (where my dad is an ordained Deacon), and we wanted an outdoor venue which would provide a gorgeous backdrop for our interfaith ceremony.

After much searching, we found an amazing venue, Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, Texas. The gorgeous hacienda estate is also a bird and wildlife sanctuary. After only seeing pictures online, we knew it was perfect! As wedding planning went into full swing, I soon realized that I would be taking on a lot of DIY projects. I was very inspired by artists on Etsy and took so much inspiration from Pinterest and various blogs, but I had a very distinct vision of a romantic, shabby chic, Mexican, bird-themed wedding. That is a tall order to ask, but after some searching, I found the Etsy shop Vintagebabydoll by Claudia Lucio. Claudia’s papel picado designs inspired me and really allowed me to create a cohesive creative vision for our wedding.

So, now that I had found my inspiration, my family and an amazing group of vendors came together to help me execute our dream wedding. Being super organized was key to staying on budget and ensuring we never felt too overwhelmed. Everyone was assigned projects and knew what their responsibilities were. My dad handled the bigger carpentry work. He made various chalkboard signs, large wood display crates for the dessert table, the bamboo chuppah, and became an expert “shabby chic” painter.

My mom was responsible for monitoring the inventory that would ship to my parents’ home almost daily. Mason jars to make center pieces for the cocktail tables. Lace, ribbons, twine, raffia ribbons from various Etsy shops. Vintage china and serveware from eBay. Love and birdcage charms from Hong Kong. Gorgeous bird ceramics from Israel. Paper string lights from Taiwan. We had so many details and keeping track of everything was a great challenge!

Luckily, my grandparents were also a wonderful help, folding delicate vintage handkerchiefs I bought on ebay, which before the ceremony were handed to guests along with handmade paddle fans. Once seated at their tables during the reception, guests found painted gold maracas at their seats, carafes of sangria on the tables, adorable birdcage center pieces, and our DIY napkin rings which featured our birdcage charms which came all the way from Hong Kong. I made the table numbers, as well as all the bar menus, and dessert signs. In honor of my Aunt Gloria who passed away, we even made mini recipe books of my aunt’s favorite recipes. All my other aunts, Gloria’s sisters, baked the goodies and made the dessert table extra special.

Susana Rosser of Dream Weddings did an amazing job making the venue feel extra romantic by hanging chandeliers and strands of beautiful papel picado through the courtyard where the reception was held. Our wedding coordinator Valerie Vance was a rock star and queen of cool all day. We truly feel we had the best people there taking care of us all day. Our family and friends were so impressed! And now we have beautiful photographs and our DIY keepsakes to always remind us of the best day of our lives!

Wedding Photography: Anahi Weddings | Wedding Venue: Quinta Mazatlan | Floral Design:  Special Flowers | Event Planning:  Bridal Trends Weddings by Valerie Ann Vance | Catering:  Wray+Co. Catering by Design | Cakes: Cynthia’s Cakes by Cynthia Ebrom | Linens: Dream Weddings by All Party Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Beautiful Brides by Rosemary

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South Texas Farm Wedding from Thompson Poole Photography

When magical farm settings and sweet, sweet nuptials combine, it’s a beautiful thing.  And in the case of this gorgeous Marburger Farm affair, it’s not only beautiful, it’s awe-inspiring.  Because when you pair up an adorable bride and groom with the fab stylings of Deborah Bradley Events & Designs, sweet blue hues and a breathtaking ceremony under the world’s most amazing Oak tree (complete with ribbons), that’s what happens.  Pure, unadulterated pretty.  See every last moment captured by Thompson Poole Photography in the full gallery.


From Deborah Bradley Events & Designs… From the very beginning, Houstonians Rachel and Zach knew they wanted to get married in the country. Rachel, an artist and Zach, a numbers and graphs kind of guy, wanted their wedding day to transport their guests out of their busy lives to a slower-pace — a place where smiles came easy and one could see the stars in the night sky. They were quick to choose Marburger Farm in Round Top, Texas, population 90. Marburger Farm is a 43-acre property with a collection of historic building situation to feel like a small town. This unique combination of yesteryear and rustic elegance set the tone for their Country Soiree.

Rachel’s artistic hand inspired most of the details for the wedding including the couple’s personal monogram and she created an amazing rendering on canvas of her wedding dress. The art was displayed at the reception. Rachel’s ivory crepe and lace dress with a sweeping train was the perfect gown for the petite bride. Her ensemble was accented with an ivory fascinator, an antique pearl bracelet and vintage taupe leather pumps embellished with blue velvet flowers. In a treasured moment, the Mother of the Bride helped with doing Rachel’s hair just one more time before her “little girl” was married. Many laughs and stories were shared as special memories were made.

The Bridesmaids were quick to spot Zach & the Groomsmen coming to “visit.” For a few moments Zach & Rachel had a chance to hold hands in the threshold of the the old house but without actually seeing each other. It was the perfect way to “be together” without breaking tradition.

The Ceremony was set under a grand canopy of trees. A large wooden cross was suspended from the mighty Oak while crystal prisms suspended by long ribbons danced in the breeze. The aisle was punctuated by burlap covered cones bursting with colorful blooms.

After guests enjoyed cocktail hour in and around the rustic, brick floored building known as The Blacksmith Shop they welcomed Rachel and Zach to the Wedding Banquet and Dance. The barn-like hall with white-washed walls and a very seasoned dance floor was the perfect setting for this simple and elegant gathering. Guest tables were installed on the bias and dressed in white, floor-length linens centered with burlap table runners and an abundance of flowers in antique glass containers. A large farm table centered on the far end of the hall served as the Sweetheart Table. It was decorated with a burlap table runner, crystal candelabrum, bird cages and an antique bench.

As the evening progressed the center of “town” was illuminated by hundreds of globe string lights. The celebration and dance went on for hours and was capped with a sparkling send off for Rachel and Zach in a vintage convertible.

It was a beautiful wedding overflowing with love and joy.

Wedding Photography: Thompson Poole Photography | Wedding Venue: Marburger Farm in Round Top, Texas | Event Planning + Design: Deborah Bradley Events & Designs | Floral Design: Gaby Sardinas & Friends | Catering: Uncommon Affairs | Wedding Cake: The Best Little Cake Shop in Texas | Pies: Royers Round Top Cafe

Brownsville Engagement Party by Anahi Navarro Photography

Everything is bigger in Texas for sure and this gorgeous engagement party by Anahi Navarro Photography is as big as it is beautiful. Gorgeous florals seem to be in every nook and cranny, their backyard is what dreams are made of and the trees all seemed to twinkle at night. The Lone Star state doesn’t mess around on anything, including engagement parties apparently! Oh Texas, you get me every time. See even more here!

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From Anahi Navarro PhotographyLauren and Paul’s engagement party had a casual elegant feel.  The attention to details literally shined through the hundreds of candles draping from the trees lighting the dinner tables.  The colors highlighted by the beautiful floral art pieces completed the look perfectly.  The evening highlight were the parents toast which expressed the nights emotions.  The party was capped off with great cigars out by the backyard lake.

Photography: Anahi Navarro Photography + Marcin from AGAiMAGES / Linens: Susana of All Party Rentals / Caterer: Nena Siller / Mini Cakes: Cynthia’s Cakes / Music: Blue Rio Band / Floral Design: Rene Salinas / Dress: Aidan Mattox

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