The Retreat at Balcones Springs Wedding by Kristin Light Photographie
January 27, 2012
Happy Friday SMP Texas! We're wrapping up the week with this super cute outdoor fete sent into us by the fabulous Kristin Light Photographie. Inspired by their childhood weekend trips to the lake, these college sweethearts created a day that was both meaningful and oh so pretty. We're loving all the charming, rustic details. Click here for even more!

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From the bride... Reese and I met in college at Trinity University. During my first week on campus, my car battery died and he and his good friend Bryan came to my rescue.  I quickly fell hard for Reese’s sweet Kansas charm!

Growing up, both Reese and I enjoyed annual family vacations at the lake. Reese’s family has been going to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and my family has been going to Lake Titus in New York every summer for as far back as we can remember. We both have amazing memories of from these family vacations and we wanted to recreate that feeling with our wedding!  Because our families are not spread out, we initially struggled with our wedding location. Luckily, once we started searching for the right venue, we quickly found The Retreat at Balcones Springs just up 281 North in the Texas Hill Country.  It was absolutely everything we were looking for — it is located on the lake and had enough space for our guests to stay onsite. Once we had our wedding weekend venue, everything else fell into place. I found Kristin Light through my good friend. I checked out her website and knew she was exactly what we were looking for in style. As soon as we spoke on the phone, she quickly sealed the deal with her friendly and fun attitude! We found the perfect church in Horseshoe Bay that has beautiful huge windows that overlook the lake below.

Our main inspiration was our annual lake trips but we tried to incorporate other important parts of our lives as well. We used Reese’s grandpa’s 1968 Ford Galaxie as our “wedding weekend” car. (We couldn’t save it for just the get-away because we were too excited about it!) We also incorporated Reese’s Kansan roots by having the flower girls carry sunflowers (the Kansas state flower). We brought in a touch of the Adirondacks with our Adirondack chair guest book. I wore the pearls my grandmother, mother and aunt wore at their weddings. So many of the other touches at our wedding were made possible by our friends and family – from the apple pies to the cocktail straws. Throughout our wedding process, I was constantly reminded that we are very lucky to have such amazing friends and family – there was an outpouring of love & support. We had a blast and we’ll remember our wedding weekend fondly for years to come!

Wedding Photography: Kristin Light Photographie / Ceremony: St. Paul's Apostle Church / Reception: The Retreat at Balcones Springs in Marble Falls, Texas / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza via Serendipity Bridal / Bridesmaid + Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew / Groom's Suit: Reiss / Flowers: White Magnolia / Shoes: BHLDN + TOMS / Cake: Michelle's Patisserie / Bridal Party Gifts: J.Crew Shirts + Anthropologie Tea Cups / Wedding Invitation Suite, Save the Dates + Paper Goods: The Bride +  Papier Lapin / Wedding Sign: True Connection / Twine M's: ELDetail / Dog Collars: Silly Buddy / Garter: Lollie Couture / "Love is Sweet" Banner: Mirtillo / Mr. & Mrs. Pillows: Homemade Gems / Straw Tags, Burlap Wine Table Numbers: Kate Skelley Wilson, Friend of the Bride / Apple Pies: Mother of the Bride / "e & r" pillows: Aunt of the Bride / I SPY Game: Martha Stewart Weddings