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A Colorful Celebration at Villa Antonia With a Spectacular 6-Foot Floral Arch


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]AML Weddings designed a stunning European inspired wedding that complimented the Spanish inspired venue, Villa Antonia.

AML Weddings meticulous attention to detail, combined with the timeless charm of Villa Antonia and the allure of a Tuscan summer palette, culminates in a a wedding celebration that is as enchanting as it is unforgettable[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Peri envisioned a Tuscan summer getaway for the vibes of their wedding. Villa Antonia features a European-inspired design and architecture, providing a touch of elegance and sophistication to any event. It sits on a sprawling 10-acre estate with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, making it a popular choice for couples seeking a picturesque backdrop for their wedding day. Butterfly ranunculus & spray roses complimented the lush apricot lisianthus in the floral recipe creating a stunning sweep of crisp colorful abundance. [/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Guests were greeted with Lavender Lemonade, adorned with custom acrylic names with their table numbers delicately placed on the rim, adding a personalized touch to each mocktail. For those craving a kick of spice, “The Teddi” Spicy Margarita tantalized taste buds with its blend of tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice, its rim dusted with Tajin and garnished with fiery jalapeño slices. Meanwhile, “The Abe” Old Fashioned beckoned those with a taste for tradition, featuring a smooth mix of whiskey, bitters, and simple syrup, elevated by a twist of fresh orange peel. As guests mingled, they indulged in delectable bites, including I Port Braised Fig Crostini adorned with herbed goat cheese and fig jam, each bite a harmonious balance of sweet and savory. The air was filled with the aroma of Grilled Chimichurri Beef Kebabs, perfectly charred and bursting with flavor, enticing guests to savor every mouthful. [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]A breathtaking focal point of the wedding ceremony was the stunning 6-foot floral arch adorned with Butterfly ranunculus and spray roses, perfectly complementing the lush apricot lisianthus. This captivating display not only provided a picturesque backdrop for the couple’s vows but also added a touch of whimsical elegance to the entire event, leaving guests in awe of its beauty.
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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The groom’s cake took center stage, boasting layers of rich double chocolate infused with luscious Nutella, each bite a heavenly indulgence complemented by hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries, adding a touch of decadence to the celebration. The bride’s cake stood as a testament to love’s diverse flavors, featuring three layers of exquisite tastes. From the refreshing tang of lemon raspberry to the velvety richness of red velvet adorned with sumptuous chocolate ganache, and finally, the enchanting blend of German chocolate, harmonizing cocoa, coconut, and pecans in a symphony of sweetness.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Nick’s voice trembled with so much emotion, he poured out his love, promising to cherish Peri for eternity, through every joy and challenge that life would bring. Tears welled up in the eyes of their guests, especially their parents, as they witnessed the depth of his commitment. Their words resonated with authenticity and vulnerability, leaving everyone present awestruck by the power of their love.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]As a sweet token of appreciation, guests were treated to wedding favors tailored to the couple’s individual tastes: miniature Twix bars, a nod to his favorite treat, and packs of Sour Patch Watermelon candies, a delightful homage to hers. These personalized gifts added a touch of sweetness to the festivities, ensuring that each guest departed with a cherished memento of the joyful celebration.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]During the reception, a delightful summer favorite awaited guests: a s’mores bar, beckoning with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate for guests to craft their perfect fireside treat. This thoughtful detail added a cozy and nostalgic touch to the celebration, inviting everyone to gather around the fire and savor the warmth of the evening.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]Guests were invited to leave their mark on the couple’s special day by signing Jenga blocks, transforming the classic game into a unique and interactive guest book. Meanwhile, elegant white parasols provided relief from the summer sun during the reception, offering guests both shade and style as they celebrated the joyous occasion.[/field]
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Photography: Stephanie Michelle Photography | Event Planning: AML Weddings | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Cake: Mariah's Cakery | Reception Venue: Villa Antonia | Catering: Sterling Events and Catering McKinney | DJ: Hype Rythm | Beauty: Lola Beauty | Ceremony Strings: Live Oak Trio

All Things Pretty and Pink at Boxwood Manor in Texas!


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]The wedding colors were shades of pink and burgundy. [/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]I wanted the wedding to be traditional and timeless, with a hint of a whimsical garden presence. Most importantly, I wanted all things bright, happy, and pink![/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Ben and I got engaged near my parent’s wedding anniversary, so the proposal was disguised as an anniversary celebration for them. He proposed to me under a beautiful oak tree with a picnic of champagne and strawberries. All our friends and family members were there, and the celebrations lasted well into the night. We all sang karaoke for hours. [/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]The wedding dress designer was Eva Lendel; my dress was the Lika dress. I fell in love with the elegance of the gown and the detachable cape for a subtle change after the ceremony. [/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]The bridesmaid’s dresses were the most elegant one-shoulder dresses. They were a soft blush color, and I felt like the style was timeless while still chic and modern. [/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]My husband and his groomsmen got their attire from The Black Tux. They wore a classic tuxedo that was timeless, traditional, and will never go out of style.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Keeping in line with a traditional wedding feel, we opted for a plated meal—more than anything, guests tend to remember the food. We served a two-course meal, beginning with a salad and moving on to an option of braised short rib or chicken Wellington.

Our signature drinks were very in line with our personalities. The bride’s drink was fruity, pink, and fresh, while the groom’s was an old fashion. [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]Lush and feminine garden-style florals full of delicate blooms and trailing vines exude an elegant and timeless charm.

Florals were used to surround the wedding cake, reminiscent of a picturesque floral meadow, creating a whimsical atmosphere and encapsulating the beauty of a serene garden setting. [/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The wedding cake was the height of nine tiers and covered in buttercream with cream cheese filling. It had a vintage and romantic feel, rich textures, and elegant edible lace.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Words have always been significant to me. I knew that the music, vows, and speeches would be something that I was very methodical about. Our pastor asked us to write down our favorite things about each other. We both put a lot of thought and explanation into these three things. It was read aloud by him during our ceremony and is still one of my most treasured parts of the wedding.

I walked down the aisle to the piano version of “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston—that first soft key at the beginning of the song made for a memorable entrance. [/field]
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Photography: Ruét Photo | Event Planning: Boxwood Manor | Floral Design: Poppy Leigh Floral | Cake: Cakes by Gina | Catering: City View Catering | Lighting: LG Events | DJ: LG Events | Officiant: Brad Butler | Wedding Venue: Boxwood Manor | Dance Floor: LG Events | H/MU: Etoilly Artistry | Ice Sculpture: DLG Ice Factory | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Rentals: Love Birds Vintage Rental | Signage: House of Hart Events | Video: Brad & Monica Wedding Films

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Spring Garden Wedding at Woodbine Mansion


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]White, Cream, Blush, Peach, and Small touches of Lavender [/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Happy, Fun, Whimsical, Garden Party[/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]After 4 years and a dog together, Nick began to prepare for the surprise of Chelsea’s life. As she regularly does, Chelsea was planning to meet up with some girl friends for drinks after work over on the Austin’s east side. It was Friday February 25th, 2023, extra memorable because of the record-holding cold temperature that hit Texas that week. After getting dropped off by her Uber at Sekrit Theater, Chelsea turns the corner to hear instrumental music playing and a picture frame with a handwritten love note waiting for her. Turns out, Nick had planned a beautiful three-part proposal with the help of Chelsea’s two best friends. After Chelsea said “YES!!!”, they met their families for an intimate dinner at Juniper followed by a surprise with all of their local Austin friends waiting to celebrate with them at Central Machine Works. [/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Nick and Chelsea were delighted with their decision to go with SoHo Catering for their wedding! Throughout the reception, many guests raved about the delicious food. The menu included Braised Short Rib, Pecan Crusted Chicken, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, and a definite crowd-pleaser – the bread rolls! Rebecca from SoHo was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. The signature drinks were never up for debate as the couple knew what they wanted early on. For Nick, he went with the classic Old Fashioned topped off with a “G” engraved ice cube. Chelsea had to have her favorite espresso martini that flowed through an ice luge, also courtesy of Spectrum Ice. However, the most popular might have been the “Rusty-rita” which was a spicy margarita with a tajin rim complete with a stir stick of their dog Rusty. [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]Working hand in hand with Simply XO Events during the design process was so much fun. They made everything feel collaborative from talking through the ceremony design, design of the reception in the tent, to even the small details such as the design of the dance floor, lighting, and rented bar. Once the couple booked Heather with Reverie Floristry, they knew they were going to be taken care of. Heather took the design deck from Simply XO Events & brought the color palette to life. She knew which areas were important to the couple, and what mattered vs didn’t matter to them. The bride, Chelsea, had fallen in love with the idea of a tan & white checkered dance floor, which served as the focal point of their mood board early on. The clear-top tent was transformed with luscious white draping, cascading twinkle lights, and clusters of rattan fixtures wrapped in greenery. [/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The wedding cake selection process was one of the easiest of them all. Immediately upon meeting Brittany from @Morganpearlcakes and describing their vision for the cake, Chelsea and Nick knew they could trust her. Opting for a stunning white 5-tiered cake in a sleek, modern design complete with scalloped detailing, their cake commanded attention as the centerpiece inside of Woodbine Mansion’s cake room. [/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Upon entering the ceremony, guests were greeted with Champagne & Topo Chico bottles along with the sound of live piano from The Nightowls band. The ceremony began to Nick, the bridal party and family walking down the aisle to the instrumental version of Bruno Mars’, “Marry you”. The bride’s recessional was to a rendition of “Here comes the sun”, a fitting tribute to the delightful April weather that graced their special day. During the ceremony, the couple chose to express their vows to one another, leaving not a single dry eye in the audience. One very special detail to the couple was that the same Pastor who married the bride’s parents was able to marry the two of them, 36 years later. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]There was no shortage of ways Nick & Chelsea incorporated their dog, Rusty, into their wedding details. From his seamless walk down the aisle in his custom tuxedo from @barkandgo, to the hand-painted champagne bottle with his portrait from @petportraitsbycaitlin, and finally cut-out Rusty heads as props in the Mir-Mir photo booth. With him being such a huge part of their lives & love story, Rusty needed his time to shine as well. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]As silver streamers pop around them, Nick and Chelsea departed down the mansion’s steps with The Nightowls second line parade following behind. For their getaway vehicle, the couple rented a gorgeous toffee cream vintage car. In fact, the same car was featured months earlier in their “Save the Date” engagement shoot at their favorite date night spot, Mattie’s. Leaving it’s mark on each stage of their growing love story, but now as husband and wife! [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]As an ode to one of their first dates, the couple had Via313 pizza delivered as their late night snack in order to keep the guests fueled for more time on the dance floor! Our only advice to couples planning would be to order MORE as the pizza was such a hit and went too fast. [/field]
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Photography: Ruét Photo | Coordination: Simply XO Events | Floral Design: Reverie Florals | Cake: Morgan Peral Cakes | Catering: Soho Catering | Makeup: Kristen Hitt | Makeup: Kristen Hitt Makeup | Hair: Anna Sullivan Hair | Lighting: ILIOS | Entertainment: The Nightowls | Transportation: Around Austin | Wedding Venue: Woodbine Mansion | Draping: Unique Design & Events | Flooring: Imperial Floors | Getaway Car: ATX Classic Cars | Ice Sculpture: Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Rentals: Premiere Events | Signage: Peach Paper Design | Video: Cloud Craft Studios

Garden Party Wedding with a Modern Twist in Austin Texas


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The wedding colors had some soft blushes and mustard and pops of black here and there.

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[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]With the bride being a wedding planner herself, a primary goal of hers was to keep their wedding authentic to them. They decided on a modern garden ambience, with soft colors, organic shapes and movement. They added trees and greenery into the reception to soften the venue and added warm linens and lighting to add to the space. A few personal choices included exchanging private letters before the ceremony without seeing each other, having her boss officiate their wedding and a few military traditions that were special to her groom, Jackson. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Their proposal is Kelly’s favorite memory of their love story. A few months after moving to Austin and working as a wedding planner, it was routine for her to assist her boss, Bianca, on wedding days. She didn’t bat an eye when she asked her to assist with a wedding where the “bride” requested vendors wear cocktail attire. It wasn’t until Kelly opened the doors to the greenhouse when she realized what was happening! Jackson welcomed her, there was music playing, candles and white petals everywhere. After the most heartfelt proposal, he surprised her with her closest friends. It was the most special day and she felt so lucky to have best friends and a boss who would work so closely with Jackson to accomplish the perfect surprise. They later used the same song he had playing during the proposal as the song for her processional down the aisle. [/field]
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Kelly wanted to find a modern yet romantic gown. She was looking for something with a soft, flowy texture, a modern shape, and subtle details. The first time she saw a photo of Alena Leena Bridal’s Armeria gown – she knew it was the one! She was covered in chills the first time trying it on. In order to keep the integrity of the gown, her seamstress decided to skip adding a bustle. However, she did not want the train to be ruined on the dance floor – which led her to find a reception gown. Having the opportunity to wear two outfits, she wanted them to be completely different. She chose a sleek, satin gown with a high neck and open back for the reception look.

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Bridesmaid’s dresses were a silky soft pink from Revelry.

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[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]Getting married in uniform was important to Jackson, however, they wanted him to stand out from a typical military wedding. After some searching, they decided on a less common white and black dress uniform. They discovered the clothier had stopped making this uniform so they worked with them to have his jacket custom made.
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]The couple cut their cake with Jackson’s sword which was so fun! They also included a bottle of champagne with it for the two of them to pop and enjoy alone together afterwards. [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]A modern garden ambience, with soft colors, organic shapes and movement. They added trees and greenery into the reception to soften the venue and added warm linens and lighting to add to the space.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]Another military tradition was their cake cutting. To go with his new uniform, they knew Jackson would be getting a saber. To make it special to their wedding, they had it engraved with their wedding date. Of course – Kelly wanted to balance the moment out with a little romance by surrounding their cake in a bed of flowers. Kelly was brought to tears when she saw the reception space design come to life.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]They included a few military traditions. First being the iconic saber arch as they recessed down the aisle. Being a romantic at heart, Kelly had their guests also toss petals during this moment. After Jackson’s best man patted Kelly and welcomed her to the Army family, they were able to kick off the rest of the night. [/field]
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After he proposed, they decided to create a family crest. They included D, for their last name. Mountains and stars to represent their love for nature and star gazing. Peonies; her favorite flower. This crest was used throughout their wedding day design and was engraved on a signet ring, which Jackson wears as his wedding band.

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Photography: Sarah Tribett Photography | Cinematography: Matthew Reid Films | Event Planning: Bianca Nichole and Co | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design + Event Styling | Wedding Dress: Alana Leena | Wedding Dress: Armeria | Cake: Michelle’s Patiserie | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: The Arlo | Reception Venue: The Arlo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry | Catering: Root Cellar Bakery | DJ: Smithers Productions | Beauty: Think Brink Beauty | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Lettered by Valerie | Rentals: Premiere Events | Rentals: Alpha-Lit New Orleans

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An Austin Rehearsal Dinner With Elevated Western Style


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]The rehearsal dinner palette is blue and white with deep and bright reds, oranges, and yellows. [/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]We definitely played up on the Texas location, with a western themed after party. Guests entered through a floral archway covered in straw cowboy hats, and guests were given colorful bandanas to wear. For the dinner it self, the linens featured a nature inspired pattern with birds. So, we decorated a large iron birdcage for the escort cards, etc. [/field]
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PASSED COLD HORS D’OEUVRES

• Smoked Duck and Vegetable Roll, Soy-Lime Sauce

• Jicama Tuna Tartare Taco

• Seasonal Freshly Shucked Oysters with Oyster Shucker/ Attendant

PASSED WARM HORS D’OEUVRES • Lamb Lollipop, Mustard-Thyme Crust

• Fried Avocado and Pork Belly Bite, Cilantro Emulsion, Sesame

• Mini Beef Wellington, Béarnaise Sauce

• Bacon- Wrapped Quail Breast, Date, Walnuts

• Black Bean Empanada

FIRST COURSE

• Shrimp Cocktail, Mexican Cocktail Sauce, House Made Tortilla Chips

SECOND COURSE

• Trio of Baby Iceberg Wedge, Tobacco Onions • Smoked Onion Vinaigrette, Herb Dressing, Blue Cheese- Buttermilk Dressing

THIRD COURSE- ENTRÉE

• Southern-Fried Chicken, with Butter Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Collard Greens, and Chef’s Seasonal Vegetables

• Freshly Baked Cornbread

FOURTH COURSE- DESSERT

• Carrot Cake • Regular and Decaffeinated Illy Coffee Selection of Hot Teas

LATE NIGHT SNACKS

• Mini Margherita Pizzas All Beef Pigs-In-A-Blanket, Assorted Mustards

• Brisket Sliders (No Onions) Casa Dragones Tequila- Joven, Casa Dragones Tequila- Reposado, Belvedere Vodka, Whistle Pig Whiskey, Knob Creek Bourbon, 12-Year-Old Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch, Templeton Rye Whiskey, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Bacardi Silver Rum

BAR WINES

Bin 373 Chardonnay Flowers Sonoma Coast, California 2021 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hedges Family Estate Washington, 2020 Bin 412 Pinot Noir, Presqu’ile, California, 2019 Bin 106 Sparkling Wine, Prince de Lise, France Bin 102 Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, Champagne, France, 2018

DINNER WINES

Bin 373 Chardonnay, Flowers Sonoma Coast, California 2021 Bin 412 Pinot Noir, Presqu’ile, California 2019

CHAMPAGNE TOAST

Bin 102 Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, Champagne, France, 2018

BEER

Bud Light, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra, Dos Equis, Fireman’s 4 Real Ale, Lost Gold IPA Real Ale, Shiner Bock, Stella Artois

OTHER

Non-Alcoholic Beer Assorted Soft Drinks & Mineral Waters

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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]Inspired by blue and white chinoserie, and the Texas location we created a Big Texas blue rehearsal dinner but softened and polished it up.
Steer/Texas longhorn notes were used in the cocktail hour decor, and in the antler chandeliers in the dinner tent. Natural rattan furniture and lanterns were used during cocktail hour and lining the walkway to the tent. A blue and white printed fabric with bird detail was also used on the linens at dinner, and to inspire other details like the seating card display. We used a large iron birdcage to display the seating cards.. and printed birds “picks” were used on cocktail hour menu items. The florals were bright and bold oranges, deep reds and yellows in mixed blue and white patterned containers… [/field]
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Photography: Megan Kay Photography | Videographer: ML Photo & Film | Event Design: Tara Guérard Soirée | Event Planning: Tara Guérard Soirée | Invitations: Lettered Olive | Beauty: Bride and Jen | Music: Mariachi Amor | Musicians: Royal Dukes Band | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Four Seasons Austin | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Four Seasons Austin | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Rentals: Premiere Events | Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals | Rentals: EncoreMX | Rentals: Stradley Davidson Linen Collective | Rentals: Nuage Designs

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A Black Tie Affair With a Floral Twist at Bar Mansion in Austin


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Sage green, ivory, and blush tones[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]The vision for the wedding was Garden Party Gala: a black tie affair with a floral twist. Guests were encouraged to wear pastels and floral patterns in their formalwear while enjoying an almost completely outdoor event. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held around golden hour, while dinner was served just as the sunset was ending. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]A little backstory: a few months into dating, Adam took Kyra out to Cape Cod where his mom lives. On a quiet beach with no one else around, Adam and Kyra exchanged their first “I love you”s. Fast forward to two years after that, the couple was back visiting family on the Cape. In Spohr Gardens on the water, just a short distance away from the original “I love you” spot, Adam proposed to Kyra. He was wearing the museum pin they received from their first date at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

While the engagement was something they had discussed, the proposal moment was a joyous surprise. Adam had even planned an engagement party the next day with their family and closest friends.[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]The ceremony gown was from Watters Designs, specifically their Willowby line. It was a white, A-line dress with full sleeves, an open back, and floral beading across the entire bust. The details provided the right amount of whimsy for the garden party theme.

After dinner, Kyra changed into a silk ivory dress from Shona Joy. [/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Kyra asked her bridesmaids to pick whatever dress they felt comfortable in, while staying in the color palette for the day. There was a lovely balance of pinks, sage tones, and one floral dress. [/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]While Adam wore a navy tux for the ceremony from Suit Supply, groomsmen wore black tuxedos from the Black Tux.

After dinner, Adam also changed into an ivory dinner jacket from the Black Tux. Per his request, the bride and groom wore matching Nike Dunks with their second outfits.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Food and drinks were all done by the venue, Barr Mansion, featuring seasonal produce from their own garden. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour, followed by a plated dinner. The couple chose their signature drink, the Hugo–based on the classic cocktail of prosecco, St. Germain, and sparkling water–to highlight their corgi of the same name.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]With a garden party theme, florals were very important to the bride. Christin from Clementine Botanical Art put together a stunning variety of flowers for aisle pieces, table centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. The chuppah covered in baby’s breath brought the entire vision to life.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The wedding cake was also made in-house at Barr Mansion. It featured a vanilla chiffon cake with strawberry mousse as the frosting. The external design was simple and classic with only a few flowers as an accent.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]The processional was split into three moments: the groom and his parents walked down the aisle to Wasteland, Baby! by Hozier, the wedding party walked down in pairs to Turning Page by Sleeping at Last, and the bride walked down with her parents to La Valse d’Amélie by Yann Tiersen (a piece from the score of her favorite movie Amélie).

Readings included the poem “[i carry your heart with me[i carry it in]” by e.e. cummings and a snippet from The Little Prince. The bride and groom’s wedding bands were engraved with a line from the poem.

At the reception, Adam performed Kyra’s father-daughter dance song, playing guitar and singing Stop This Train by John Mayer. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Kyra’s father Mickey officiated their non-traditional ceremony, blending elements from their Christian faith and Jewish heritage.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]As a designer herself, Kyra took up the challenge to design all digital and printed elements of the wedding. The website, save the dates, invitation suite, programs, menus, signage, and more were all lovingly created by the bride.[/field]
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Photography: Ruét Photo | Event Planning: 36th Street Events | Floral Design: Clementine Botanical Art | Lighting: Groove Labs | DJ: Dart Collective | Transportation: Sherpa Lux | Wedding Venue: Barr Mansion | H/MU: Hannah Zahner Beauty | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth | Rentals: Loot Rentals | Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals | Video: Reverent Wedding Films

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Playful Texas Wedding With Whimsical Decor & A Carousel Reception


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The colors were coral, peach, dusty blue, fuchsia, tangerine, marigold, and lilac.

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[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Big Texas energy was in order for Kelsey and Jesse’s wedding day, which brought forth a playful spirit, a vintage carnival aesthetic, and even a charming carousel ride for their guests. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Kelsey and Jesse arranged to meet outdoors for their first date. What was supposed to be a short hike turned into a casual fourteen miles, as they were too busy enjoying conversation with each passing mile. Not only did that day begin Kelsey and Jesse’s love story, but it also began their love of hiking together. Throughout their relationship, the couple began hiking in National Parks across the country. On one of these trips, Jesse proposed at the top of Emory Peak in Big Bend National Park, making it Kelsey’s favorite and most memorable trip together to date. [/field]
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Kelsey’s customPnina Tornai wedding gown also reflected the fantasy-like spirit, as it was detailed in floral lace and whimsical, three-dimensional touches.

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Jesse sported a custom tuxedo by Knot Standard.

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[field title=”Food & Drink”]The couple’s central Texas-inspired signature drinks included a prickly pear margarita and a Hill Country iced tea.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The ceremony was set with giant oak trees hung with chandeliers. Beneath them were arranged mix-and-match vintage chairs and couches in coordinating vibrant colors. A multi-colored floral chuppah stood in the center as the unique floral design melted one block of color into the next. This wildflower theme carried on throughout the night with an array of printed tablecloths, pressed floral signage, name cards, and floral-painted menus.[/field]
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An unforgettable wedding cake was decorated in pressed flowers that covered every inch of the five-tiered display.

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With a nod to Texas, the couple even designed custom hats for their entire wedding party from Milano Hat Company: ” I designed and customized each hat myself along with branding them myself. I wanted each hat to feel personal to each person in our wedding and wanted to put my own touch on each.”

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Kelsey hand-painted wildflowers around the diameter of their twelve-foot round bar to create a whimsical look at the reception.

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“We went to Africa on our honeymoon! There are no words to describe how incredible the trip was. We started off in Zambia, staying on the Zambezi River. From there, we did five nights of safaris in Botswana. We captured some amazing photos and saw so many animals on our game drives — I think the lion cubs were our favorite. For the second half of the trip, we went to the Seychelles to have some relaxing beach days. We stayed at the Four Seasons Resort, where the beaches were stunning. We spent one day hiking the island (of course), where we got some of the best views!”

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Photography: Carolines Collective | Design: K Bridges Design | Event Planning: Barbara Shorts | Floral Design: Remi and Gold | Cake: Iced Cakes & Confections | Catering: Contigo Catering | Makeup: Adore Makeup Salon | Lighting: ILIOS | DJ: TX Pro DJ | Band: Limelight | Ceremony Music: Barton Strings | Wedding Venue: Addison Grove | Beer Donkeys: Cross T Ranch | Carousel: M&C Attractions | Confetti & Fireworks: Big Dog Pyro | Custom Dress Designer: Pnina Tornai | Dance Floor: Mikes Dance Floors | Dress Store: Kleinfeld Bridal | Getaway Car: ATX Classic Cars | Late Night Snack: P. Terry's | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper Goods: The Inviting Pear | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Rentals: Unique Design & Events | Stilt Walkers: Epic Entertainment | Video: Photohouse Films

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Bringing the Lush Outdoors Inside at The Arlo


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Blush, Mustard (marigold), White, and Greens[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Meagan & Spencer knew they wanted to bring color to their venue, while still keeping the design elegant & classy. Meagan also was loving the ghost acrylic chairs, so with the the help of Simply XO Events, we decided to incorporate lucite/acrylic accents. We brought in lucite/acrylic in with the chairs, head table “acrylic” place mats, and lucite napkin rings.

With the color that came through in the floral and tables, the bride had her bridesmaids in white to create a very modern look with wedding party and ceremony moments. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]As many of Meagan & Spencer’s friends know, they are big Kansas City Chiefs fans. They went to a playoff game for Meagan’s birthday in 2022, and that’s when the proposal happened! Spencer got down on one knee (in Meagan’s Sherpa jacket, in true Spencer fashion) at the top of the KC Hotel, and asked Meagan to marry him with the Kansas City skyline behind them!
They celebrated the weekend with a Chiefs win as newly engaged, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. [/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Food and beverage were very important to the bride and groom. Meagan and Spencer knew the first touch point for their guests would be their arrival for the ceremony. They have a champagne cart out front for guests to have a chilled glass of champagne while walking to find their seat for the ceremony.
Cocktail hour was the next touch point for guests, so not only did they have a full open bar (with espresso martinis served down a custom ice luge) they had passed appetizers and roaming oysters.
Dinner was a plated dinner service served by SoHo Catering. [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The florals were luscious, with pops of white, yellow/marigold, and blush. Lovelily Flowers over delivered in every area, but one of the top WOW moments was her head table install we all dreamed up together. The vision was to have something up and over the head table to create a unique elevated moment in the reception room.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The cake moment was something classy and timeless. The cake was simple, with a little white texture added to it. Next to the cake was a champagne tower for the couple to pour after their cake cutting. This cake moment was designed by LBV Design House who provided the backdrop and cake stands. [/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Ceremony & cocktail hour music was played live by Josh Klaus, to add that “live music” element that guests expected to get when coming to a wedding in Austin, TX.
The reception band was Uptown Drive, which was a highlight specifically for the bride’s dad. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Lucite Accents – We really tried to play into the modern design with lucite chairs, head table acrylic place mats (to guide those guests to find their seat), acrylic napkin rings, and ghost/acrylic chairs. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]Interactive Seating Chart – We knew we wanted to have an interactive moment during cocktail hour, so we thought the seating chart was the best spot for that! When walking up to the seating chart, you would find your last name letter, then open the “mini door” to find your table assignment. LBV Design House brought our vision to life flawlessly. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]Head Table Floral Install – The head table floral moment was really a jaw dropping moments for guests when walking into the reception room. It was center and close to the dance floor, so it was hard to miss. [/field]
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Photography: The Crakes | Cinematography: Photohouse Films | Design: Simply XO Events | Event Planning: Simply XO Events | Floral Design: Lovelily Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Morgan Peral Cakes | Invitations: LBV Design House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry | Catering: Soho Catering | Band: Uptown Drive | Wedding Venue: The Arlo | Beauty: Lola Beauty | Champagne Truck: Champagne Supply Co. | Coffee Bar: Creature Coffee | Cold Sparks: Big Dog Pyro | Dance Floor: Mikes Dance Floors | Getaway Car: Four Leaf Limo | Ice Luge: Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures | Lighting Canopy: ILIOS | Musician: Josh Klaus | Painter: A.Curtis Creations | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth | Rentals: Imperial Floors | Rentals: Hostess Haven | Rentals: Loot Rentals | Rentals: Premiere Events | Signage & Paper Goods: LBV Design House

A Timeless Texas Wedding That Was Dripping In Custom Details


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The wedding colors were pale blush, ivory, and taupe with natural greenery accents.

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From the bride… My sweet girlfriends texted me to plan for a girl’s brunch date for an upcoming Saturday. What I didn’t know was that “brunch” would actually be the first day of forever with my husband. Saturday morning came along, and one of my friends came to pick me up at my house. She made sure I was dressed perfectly by telling me we were “dressing up for brunch.” Thirty minutes later, we pulled up to a beautiful garden where I saw my husband standing and waiting for me with roses in hand. At that moment I knew that it was happening!! Blake helped me out of the car and led me to a spot that he had picked out by a fountain. There, he pulled out seven letters he had written each day leading up to the proposal followed by a handwritten letter he wrote me which ended with him down on one knee. Of course, I was beaming with joy and quickly answered yes! Blake and I’s families came running out of some nearby bushes to congratulate us on our new engagement! After a little photo shoot with the photographer that Blake hired, we headed to my parents’ house on Lake Conroe where all of our friends and family were waiting to celebrate the future Browns! The rest of the weekend was full of so much joy and laughter with the people we love the most!

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From the bride… The way I found my wedding gown is actually a really funny story! I was scrolling through Tik Tok one day and saw this video of this beautiful A-line lace dress at a wedding boutique up north somewhere. I immediately sent it to my sister who was my Maid of Honor, who also was in complete love with this dress. I began to research the designer and find out who carried that designer here in Houston. With my luck, that designer was only found at Brickhouse Bridal in The Woodlands, Texas which ironically was the first wedding boutique that I would be going to that weekend! Come Saturday, we walked into Brickhouse Bridal and I told them I wanted to try on this dress first and foremost! The moment that I put that dress on I had no doubt it was the one! I felt truly so beautiful in it and never wanted to take it off! I loved the uniqueness of the dress from the lace corset, the hint of sparkle in the tule that glistening in the sunlight, the intricate beading work, and let’s not forget about the ten foot long train! I tried on many dresses after that first one, but no other dress came even close to it! On wedding day, I added on a twelve foot long veil along with dainty pearl earrings and a beautiful diamond bracelet from my husband.

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The bridesmaids were all dressed in Show Me Your Mumu‘s signature taupe shade, ‘Show Me The Ring.’ Each bridesmaid got their choice of silhouette in a chiffon fabric, while the Maid of Honor wore a satin dress in the same hue. We love how this cool-toned neutral paired with the rest of the wedding design (especially the florals!) It reads neutral while providing depth and texture.

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City View Catering created a masterful guest experience through their delectable stations meal and passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. Guests started by enjoying bruschetta, ceviche shooters, and par and brie bites under the cocktail hour tent. Inside, they started by enjoying a plated winter salad and then were treated to the multiple food stations that included a Chicken Wellington tower and a spiced pork tenderloin carving station, alongside scalloped potatoes and julienne vegetables. The bar experience was no less stellar than the food, featuring the couple’s signature cocktails which were a margarita on the rocks and a jack and coke. The drinks were dressed up with custom drink stirrers & cocktail napkins. Beyond that, guests were treated to a full-service bar.

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Madi & Blake’s wedding day was all-things timeless and romantic from a floral & design perspective. Flora + Fauna beautifully brought Madi’s ivory & blush tone dreams to life through the refined floral elements that were present on the wedding day. Some of our favorite components were the lush floral meadows that appeared in the ceremony space, the cocktail hour tent, and the stage facades in the reception. The bridal bouquet was refined in shape and featured the most beautiful mixture of garden roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, and other floral varieties. In the reception space, a mix of lush floral runners, elevated arrangements, and bud vase clusters created variety and dimension. We love the timelessness of the vessels that were used for both the florals and candles alike! Another design detail we loved was the linen selections — which were all neutral in color but featured a wide array of fabrics and tonal patterns that elevated the tablescape. BBJ La Tavola never disappoints with its curated selection. But of all of the design elements, our very favorite just might have to be the many custom details that were artfully created by Yellow Rose Calligraphy. The invitation suite was a treat to style and was made up of gorgeous calligraphy script, a tonal floral pattern, and a watercolor image of Arrowhead Hill. The balance of blush and grey tones took it from being an all-white suite to one that had more depth and dimension. In the day-of goods, those custom elements were expanded upon and included a gorgeous hand-calligraphy seating chart, stir sticks with watercolor portraits of Madi & Blake’s dogs, a custom dance floor vinyl, and thank you notes at each guest’s seat.

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Cakes by Gina created an absolute masterpiece of a bridal cake (and groom’s cake, too for that matter!) The bridal cake was an all-white cake with tonal floral detailing that tied in with not only the pattern on Madi’s dress but also the tonal floral pattern on the envelope liner. The cake was finished off with cascading fresh florals to bring in some blush and green tones. The groom’s cake incorporated all of Blake’s favorite things on an edible Yeti cooler, complete with Lonestar beer poking out the top of it. It was a work of art and almost too cool to eat — but that didn’t stop guests from enjoying the delicious cake inside!

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From the bride… Other than getting to marry the absolute love of my life, my two favorite details from our wedding day were our first dance and our exit! Our first dance was to “Sweet Symphony by Joy Oladokun and Chris Stapleton.” Halfway through our first dance, the DJ invited both of our parents onto the dance floor to join us. This was such a special moment for my husband and I getting to share our first dance as a married couple with the two married couples we look up to most.

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From the Bride… My next favorite memory was our exit! For about two years leading up to our wedding, my husband restored his first car, a CJ-7 Jeep. It was the sweetest time watching my husband put so much of his time and effort into restoring something so precious to him and then being able to drive away in it at the end of our wedding day. From the planner… The Jeep was a perfect photo-op spot for couple portraits, wedding party portraits, and even the photos that guests wanted to snap! It was dressed up with some florals to tie into the day-of design and was such a meaningful detail to honor the groom. Plus, it made for an epic exit with cold sparks at the end of the night!

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From the planner… the cocktail hour tent design was a favorite detail of ours — and ended up being a favorite detail of Madi’s too! We created a layout that balanced highboy tables with soft seating through both lounge sets and farmhouse tables. The mirror seating chart was the main focal point as guests entered the space and was finished off with a small ottoman and lush florals. Eyes were drawn up with the placement of the greenery chandeliers around the tent poles and the bistro lighting strung under the tent. We love how the intentional placement of the lounge sets allowed guests to gather in a more casual way, and the placement of the bar encouraged guests to move through the space. The sweeping views of the venue were the cherry on top, and the result was a comfortable, memorable gathering space for guests to mingle.

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Photography: Courtney Leigh Photography | Videography: Levi Hanusch | Floral Design: Flora and Fauna | Cake: Cakes by Gina | Invitations: Yellow Rose Calligraphy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: City View Catering | DJ: J A Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Generation Tux | Wedding Venue: Arrowhead Hill | Audio Guestbook: At The Beep | Beauty: Kiss And Makeup | Bridal Attire: Brickhouse Bridal | Dance Floor: Laced Vinyl Shoppe | Dinnerware: Premiere Events | Ice Cream: Madison Brown | Ice Cream Cart: Cypress Photo Camper | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Lounge Furniture: Love Birds Vintage Rental | Planning & Design: LNC Weddings + Events

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A French Garden Inspired This Couple’s Whimsical Summer Wedding


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Inspired by the picturesque backdrop of a coastal Hamptons retreat, Kali and Sam wanted their wedding to radiate with the serene beauty of monochromatic lime and apple greens, ice French blues, and soothing neutral tones. [/field]
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This multi-day event was a testament to their love inspired by their current life in Texas, their love of summers in the Hamptons, and a deep connection to their Jewish heritage. Every detail was meticulously curated, from the custom bridal gown delicately embroidered to the lavish apple green florals that adorned the venue. The showstopper was the Hidden Garden Oxford head table linen that added an extra layer of opulence to the affair. It was a celebration that seamlessly blended timeless elegance with coastal charm.

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[field title=”Proposal Story”]In the heart of Austin, Kali Lang and Sam Raphael’s love story began one balmy September night in 2018. Kali, dining at La Griglia with her parents, crossed paths with their friend Suzy Landa, who saw destiny’s hand at play. Suzy, knowing Sam lived in DC, believed he was Kali’s perfect match.

A swift call from Suzy to Sam’s mother, Lynne Raphael, set the stage for a serendipitous encounter. Unbeknownst to them, destiny had already been in motion. Days earlier, Kali playfully asked her college friend Graham Shuping about tall, single men in DC. To her surprise, Sam, Graham’s best friend, was the answer.

Their hearts were already entwined when Lynne called Sam. Their first date was a revelation, sparking an undeniable connection. Love blossomed, laughter filled their days, and they embraced a journey guided by fate.

Sam proposed to Kali by the serene waters of Town Lake, where they then celebrated their engagement with family and friends.
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