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This Wedding Takes Southern Chic to an Entirely New Level

This wedding right here?  It’s my happy place.  A perfect mix of rustic and romantic, all set against the breathtaking Creek Haus in Texas Hill Country.  From the insanely gorgeous florals crafted by Petal Pushers to that stunning Monique Lhuillier gown to the Southern-inspired treats of Crave Catering. Ready for an entire world of beautiful inspiration? See it all captured by Jenna McElroy in THE VAULT.

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Doug and Rocki have always had a love for adventure. After living in the Cayman Islands for three years together, their love for nature and the outdoors only grew stronger.

As a native Texan, Rocki has always had a love for the unique beauty and quaintness of the Texas Hill Country. Doug and Rocki wanted their wedding to encompass a rustic shabby chic feel which The Creek Haus, in the little town of Dripping Springs, was just what they were looking for.

The Creek Haus property is absolutely stunning! It has everything from a wooden alter made from distressed wood overlooking a creek with the rolling Texas hills painted in the background, to a rustic shabby chic indoor venue which the architecture was inspired after an elegant barn. They both fell in love with the fact that the property was able to capture both a whimsical and romantic feel with still keeping its Texas charm.

Their inspiration was to keep the natural rustic beauty of the property by using a neutral color palette with pops of burgundy and rust to tie into the Fall season. The decor was designed by Petal Pushers who did an undeniably beautiful job bringing their vision to life. They used assorted cylinder glass candles and mixed gold mercury votives to create an elegant antique feel with lots of greenery and cascading floral for a romantic feel. The floral design was like a dream which consisted of a lush mix of in peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and dark berries.

Doug and Rocki have are both huge foodies and two very important thing to us was making sure their guests had happy bellies and great music to groove to. Crave Catering served up a finger licking reception dinner of bison chili and shrimp grits just to name a few of the top hits. Doug searched everywhere for the perfect band for their guests to dance the night away and The Royal Dukes kept our guests on their feet all night long. They chose Jenna McElroy for their photographer to capture some of the best candid moments and the most memorable day.

Doug and Rocki feel every aspect of their wedding encompassed everything they wanted and is truly a day they will never forget!

Photography: Jenna Mcelroy | Cinematography: Lizama Videography | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Invitations: Smock | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Crave Catering | Hair + Makeup: Urban Betty | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Venue: Vista West Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Joan Pillow Bridal | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints

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Modern Austin Wedding at Prospect House

Weddings are like a page-turning novel to me. Each detail of a couples’ special day is like an enticing chapter I can’t wait to devour. Where did they meet? What did they love? Well, when I can figure all of that out by a single day alone, it’s pretty special. So watching a love story like this one unfold in the prettiest of ways (hello planning from Bird Dog Wedding and gorgeous imagery from Heather Curiel) might just be my favorite thing ever. See all the reasons why in the VAULT.

From The Bride…Neal and I met as random roommates in an apartment in Boston’s South End. We loved living in New England, but in need for a little adventure we moved south to Austin, Texas on a whim! Austin has been an amazing city to live in, and not long after we arrived Neal (with the help of our puppy, Brady) proposed! We couldn’t wait to show off our new city to our friends and family, so it was only fitting that we invite everyone down to Texas for our wedding.

Picking a venue in Texas was no easy feat. Our style is more modern than Texas-chic, but we wanted our guests to get an authentic Texas experience. Enter: Prospect House. We feel so fortunate to have come across this new venue in the Hill Country- the vibe is very modern-art-gallery-meets-Texas-barn and it was perfect!

Once the venue was set, all of the other details just seemed to fall into place. We kept the vibe very natural and elegant, playing off of the modern, clean lines of the venue. Even picking the dress came easy- I ended up with the very first one I tried on (despite trying on what seemed like hundreds of others)!

Including our friends in our big day was really important to us. Neal and I wrote the entire ceremony, including our own vows, and we had a very dear friend, Mike, officiate. He was ordained online, and having him there made the whole day feel so much more personal and special. We opted for a very small bridal party, but several of my girlfriends served as my “something blue” and sat up in the front row as a good omen.

Because our guests were all coming from out of town, we hosted a big welcome party at Terrace 59 on Congress, we made welcome bags full of Austin-made treats and a map of the local area highlights. Most of our guests made a long weekend out of the trip and took the time to really explore the city, which was exactly what we had hoped they’d do! There’s so much to see.

We wanted everyone to get the most out of their Austin experience, including a meal from a food truck. Dock and Roll drove out to Prospect House on Saturday night to deliver late-night lobster rolls and homemade chips- it was the perfect way to cap off an incredible evening and a great nod to our New England roots.

With the entire day behind us, my advice to future brides is that you opt for a “first look”. Neal and I were set on not seeing each other before the ceremony- he wanted to see me for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. But we had some minor snafus on the big day and by the time we arrived at the venue I knew that the only way I’d calm down was to see him. He’s my person- that’s why we were getting married in the first place. I had our photographer grab him for a quick hallway hug, and it was all I needed to feel excited and ready for the ceremony. The rest of the day was absolutely perfect!

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Photography: Heather Curiel | Event Planning: Bird Dog Wedding | Floral Design: Blackbird Floral | Cake: Green Lily Bakery | Catering: Royal Fig Catering | Makeup: Avery Allen Makeup | Band: Royal Dukes Band | String Quartet: Terra Vista Strings | Venue: Prospect House | Late Night Catering: Dock And Roll Diner

Ethereal Autumn Wedding at Vista West Ranch

Fall is my favorite. I love everything about the season so it’d be a bit of lie to say fall weddings don’t have a special little spot in my heart. And this masterpiece, captured by Mint Photography, is rising to the top of my list of amazing autumn evidence. From the full color palette to THIS bouquet, I’m jumping ahead a couple seasons and spending today in our Vault with this beauty.

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From Mint Photography… Molly and Ross’ fall wedding in the Texas Hill Country was one for the books. Can we just talk about their amazing style? Everything she chose, from her gown and bouquet to all of the venue decor, was simply amazing. I’ve never seen a more perfect fall/winter color palette incorporated into a wedding so wonderfully! The ambience in the room as the lights dimmed was so warm and inviting, just like this amazing couple. We couldn’t have been more honored to photograph this special day!

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Photography: Mint Photography | Wedding Coordination: Coordinate This | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Bird Bakery | Invitations: Elli | Catering: The Peached Tortilla | Makeup: maris malone calderón | makeup artist | Hair: Pearl Austin | Hair + Makeup | Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth | DJ: Complete Music | Venue: Vista West Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Serendipity Bridal | Cocktail Menu: Elli | Dinner Menu: Whitney Farnsworth | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Photography Assistance: Emilie Anne Photography | Place Cards: EverLettery | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Dress Belt: Untamed Petals

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Multicultural Texas Hill Country Fall Wedding

At SMP, we love when a Bride and Groom incorporates cultural traditions into their wedding day. This handsome groom and beautiful bride did just that, incorporating Persian traditions into the ceremony, Swedish customs into the reception and Southern touches throughout. If that wasn’t special enough, they had incredible vendors including Mint PhotographyPearl Events and Ma Maison. See all the special moments in THE VAULT!

From Mint PhotographyThis romantic Fall wedding was a fusion of different cultures and overall just a day of pure joy! We’ve never seen a bride smile as big as Carly did and being able to capture that happiness is exactly what we love about photographing this time in people’s lives, and what we loved about this couple!

From Pearl Events…The Sofreh aghd was the table with all of the meaningful items on it and it is a Persian wedding ceremony tradition. During dinner, we had a Swedish Toast Master who was in charge of pulling the people up for toasts throughout dinner. The couple also had a box of wishes that they asked guests to make for them so that they could read them throughout their marriage and even read some during the ceremony.

From the Bride… My husband is Swedish and Persian, and I am from Louisiana and Texas. In our wedding, we used Swedish and Persian traditions to honor my husband’s culture. My southern roots were reflected in our welcoming party and send off, as well as some of the touches we included at Ma Maison. As my family has been in Austin for 24 years, we selected Texas as the appropriate location to get married, and had friends and family fly in from over 30 countries. 

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Photography: Mint Photography | Coordination: Pearl Events Austin | Floral Design: Bouquets of Austin | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Catering: Rosemary's | DJ: Live Oak DJ | Venue: Ma Maison Wedding + Event Venue | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals

Southwestern Style Wedding in Dripping Springs, Texas

In the words of the Bride, “The style was simple and natural with a subtle Southwestern flair.” Loosely inspired by a Mexican fiesta theme, the couple opted for an outdoor celebration at Camp Lucy with succulents and papel picados woven in through the details. Loft Photography didn’t miss a beat, and your Friday is about to get a whole lot happier thanks to THE VAULT.

From Loft PhotographyWhat’s not to love about an adorable couple, their gorgeous wedding party, Alyssa’s Monique Lhuillier gown, a tented lawn reception, the prettiest table decor…we could go on and on! Every detail of this charming Hill Country celebration was perfectly thought out and beautiful.

From The Bride…The style was simple and natural with a subtle Southwestern flair. I knew I wanted succulents and papel picados from the very beginning but didn’t want to have an overwhelming “fiesta” theme. My family and I always took trips to Mexico growing up and I fell in love with the desert landscape of Cabo. When Scott and I began dating he started to come along and I fell in love with him and Mexico even more. The cream and blush color palette mirrored a more abstract idea of a Mexico elopement.

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Photography: Loft Photography LLC | Floral Design: Whim Hospitality | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts | Stationery: French Blue Hayden Avery | Rings: Kubes Jewelers | Catering: Whim Hospitality | Makeup: Pearl Austin | Hair + Makeup | Hair: Pearl Austin | Hair + Makeup | Band: Bulletproof Brass | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Venue: Camp Lucy | Bride's Bracelet: Samantha Wills | Bridesmaids' Rompers: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cigar Station: Bobalu | Going Away Attire: Stone Cold Fox | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Veil: Arte Latica

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Colorful + Vibrant Bohemian Inspired Wedding in Texas Hill Country

A cornucopia of pretty, this gallery is one you’re going to want to file under the“print and frame” category. Trust me, because once you’ve seen the captures from Mint Photography you’re going to understand completely why this Ma Maison wedding stand in a league all on it’s own. It’s the type of colorful day we’ve only dreamed of, and lucky for us because it’s all in THE VAULT

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From Mint PhotographyCaitlin and Nick’s bohemian inspired wedding in the Texas hill country was so beautiful we could have photographed this one over and over! From the gorgeous couple, to the bright blooms in her bohemian themed bouquets, to the aaaamazing draping at the ceremony site done by Stems – we couldn’t get enough of this one! Caitlin opted for a somewhat more traditional gown for herself in order to provide for a timeless look in her photos but still incorporated the theme she wanted for the overall wedding with her bridesmaids and the decor! We love this idea! They also did a slight incorporation of the grooms heritage with the bridesmaids wearing the CUTEST traditional Korean dresses.

Photography: Mint Photography | Coordination: Olive Belle Events | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design + Event Styling | Hair And Makeup: Lola Beauty | Venue: Ma Maison Wedding + Event Venue

Colorful Fall Vista West Ranch Wedding

The best kind of details? Those that are intangible. The traditions, the sentiments and the whole love that a wedding day is comprised of. They lie in a mother crafting a veil and sash for her daughter, a best man building his friends a communion table and a bride and groom-to-be spending an afternoon in the park discovering their vows and setting goals for their marriage. All the palpable pretty? This day is chock-full of it in THE VAULT thanks to Rachel Whyte. But the best bits live in the love that’s woven in.

From Rachel WhyteAs a photographer, Katie and Keller were ideal clients. Their love for one another was contagious and Katie has great taste. Their wedding was on a perfect, crisp (Texas) December day. They were both so gracious and kind on their wedding day and I now count them as friends.

From the Bride… Our favorite part of wedding planning were the sentimental details that guests probably didn’t notice! My mama made my veil and my sash, and I wore a fur stole that belonged to Keller’s great-grandmother (also a Katherine!) At our “legacy table,” we had wedding photos of our parents and grandparents, my grandma’s Chinese lace table cloth, and a silk bouquet that Keller’s grandma made by hand. Also, Keller’s best man built the small table we took communion on, and we got our vows engraved on the bottom. We brought it to Kentucky with us, and I love having such a meaningful part of our wedding day in our home.

We’re both writers, so writing our vows together was a really meaningful part of wedding planning. We spent an afternoon at the park, looking through scripture and talking about the way God describes the foundation of marriage. Once we did that, we wrote down goals for our marriage, and structured our vows around that. It was one of our favorite afternoons of engagement, and we both loved reading them on our wedding day.

We had our dream ceremony: outdoors, chilly December weather, all our best friends and family, a Civil-Wars-esque band playing (for real, they were unbelievable) and a powerful message about the gospel. We also took communion together and I walked down the aisle to “How Deep the Father’s Love.”

Our barn reception was so cozy and candle-lit! The hill country vendors were all unbelievable, and the best part was that they were all so used to working together, so it made the day-of prep a breeze for us. I had a lot of trouble choosing colors at first, because I didn’t want to be too Christmas-y in early December. I decided on a more muted palette of navy, gold, evergreen and ivory, with lots of mercury glass and richly colored flowers. Rustic and elegant are difficult to accomplish at the same time, but my florist and day-of coordinator did it perfectly.

Our planning advice? We knew getting married in Austin would be tricky since we would be planning almost all of it from a distance. First of all, be sure to choose vendors that you really trust! I tried to surround myself with really calm, low-key people that I knew would get the job done, even though I was states away. Also, don’t be afraid to use people who are new to the wedding industry! We saved a lot of money by using a new designer for our paper products (she’s SO talented), a friend who’s a film student (also SO talented), and by using a band from my college town who doesn’t normally play at weddings. It’s really fun to have a mash up of different people.

Soak up everything you can and then soak up some more. It’s overwhelming to have everyone you both love in one room, celebrating your new covenant with your favorite person in the world, but it’s the best kind of overwhelmed! Details matter so much less than you think they do, because you’re way too busy having a blast on your wedding day to even think about anything else. Also, sleep, vitamin C and water will be your best friends during your wedding week.

Wedding MVPS: Our sweet mamas, my photographer, Keller’s groomsman who flew in from London just for the wedding ceremony, my hairdresser/make up fixer-upper/the one who kept my nerves calm all day, my day-of coordinator, and Keller!

Photography: Rachel Whyte Photography | Videographer: Greer Stanley | Coordination: Jaime Dydalewicz | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Macy's | Catering: Verde's Mexican Parilla | DJ: Tristan Tully | Ceremony Music: The Union Revival

Outdoor Summer Hill Country Wedding

Strictly Texan with a touch of glamour, this fabulous Vista West Ranch fete from Heather Hawkins is Southern with a shabby chic flair. I’m talking a wedding party sporting cowboy boots and Texas Hill Country dressed up like you’ve never seen before. It’s rustic meets romance and it’s all waiting for you in the gallery!

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From Heather Hawkins… I’m eager to share this sweet outdoor summer wedding with you! It had been pouring rain all Spring in Texas and the clouds held back for this outdoor ceremony, lucky for the bride Katie!

From the beautiful Bride… My husband, Dalton, and I have a very unique love story. It’s one that we love to tell over and over, even when we sometimes get caught up in life. Our wedding was an exact reflection of our story, which began in Austin TX five years ago. Originally from New Jersey and having moved to Chicago for college, an outdoor Texas wedding was not exactly what I had always dreamed of since a little girl. However, it couldn’t have been more fitting for us as a couple. I wanted to bring to life all of the many qualities that made me fall in love with Dalton for our special day. When I met him, I found myself quickly at ease with his laid-back nature, free spirit, and gentle heart. Born and raised in Texas, Dalton grew up spending a lot of time on his family’s ranch in West Texas. On our first visit to Vista West Ranch, we immediately connected with the rustic hillside beauty and intricate Texas charm that I myself have come to love. Among all qualities about Dalton that I appreciate most, much like what I loved most about Vista West, was how different he was from any other relationship I have had. He was a country boy, yet sophisticated and simple with so much character; he could be quiet at times and others full of life. It was a familiar feeling, and one I was eager to share with all our friends and family a little over a year later.

After finding our golden venue, we got even luckier with owners Joe and Stacy from Vista West Ranch, who could not have been more inviting and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. From beginning to end, the perfect day we had imagined turned out to be just that and more. Every little detail was so well thought out by our wonderful vendors, “Team Huey,” especially our Day-Of Coordinator, Jaime, from Coordinate This. There’s something so surreal and romantic about an outdoor ceremony in the middle of Texas Hill Country that speaks to you, as if we were the only ones in that moment promising our lives to each other. I could not have imagined a more meaningful spot to say our vows than under the gorgeous lace and eucalyptus-entwined trellis that Lindsay from Petal Pushers designed for us. Continuing the tone of our ceremony, our head dinner table was lined with the same fresh eucalyptus runner over a lovely vintage farm table. The room was surrounded by natural exposed wood, draped burlap curtains and hanging ball twine lights, while outside our guests enjoyed our signature cocktails and sugar cookies by the bonfire under the twinkling-lit oak trees. Needless to say, the night was our kind of “dreamy.”

Our Texas Wedding would not have been complete without our wedding party dressed in cowboy boots and a first dance to Texas Country artist, Wade Bowen. The love and support was so present in the room, and looking back we would not have changed a thing. Thanks to our amazing photographer, Heather Hawkins, we are able to enjoy looking at all our photos of the day and night reminiscing all the little moments that seem to fly by so fast. Many traveled so far to share in our special day and now we’ll forever have the once in a lifetime memories.

Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Event Planning: Coordinate This | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Cupcakes: Toot Sweet Cupcakes | Venue: Vista West Ranch | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints

Glamorous Hill Country Wedding

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this magical Ma Maison wedding captured by Awake Photography. I mean, the Bride and Groom are just about as gorgeous as they get. And can we talk about her side braid for a minute? So Pinterest-worthy. Actually, it all is. With the perfect bit of glam, blush and gold Yellow Umbrella Events & Design &  WOW Factor Floral Design hit the ball out of the design park, and I’m officially drooling over every image. See them all here. 

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From Awake PhotographyLeah and Brian’s Cali-Tex wedding in the stunning Texas Hill Country was the truly a day to be remembered. Leah and her fabulous side braid were showstoppers alongside her bridesmaids in mix-matched blush sequins. The glam was amped up by Yellow Umbrella Events and the talented ladies at Wow Factor Floral. Touches of gold and plenty of blush tones tied the day together perfectly.

Photography: Awake Photography | Videographer: Photohouse Films | Event Design: Yellow Umbrella Events | Florals: WOW Factor Floral Design | Catering: Royal Fig Catering | DJ: TX Pro DJ | Venue: Ma Maison Wedding + Event Venue | Venue: Ma Maison Wedding + Event Venue | Cake and Desserts: Simon Lee Bakery | Chalkboard & Mirror Art: By His Grace | Lighting (Indoor & Out): Intelligent Lighting Design | Rentals: Premiere Events

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Romantic Hill Country Wedding at Camp Lucy

This is the kind of wedding that pulls my heart strings every which way. Because it’s not only filled with that kind of love that just pours off the screen, but it’s also filled to brim with pretty little details that make me swoon. It’s the best of both worlds, and thanks to Marilyn Duvall Photography, we get to see every precious moment of this stunning Camp Lucy wedding right here. 


From Marilyn Duvall PhotographyJennifer and Austin’s big day proved that love always withstands time. This wedding was extra special because these two are high school sweet hearts and so many years of love surrounded this momentous occasion. Every detail was thoughtfully planned from the custom calligraphy signs to the most adorable miniature donkeys. The couple’s romantic and classic style definitely radiated as they were surrounded by loved ones in the breathtaking Hill Country views.

Photography: Marilyn Duvall Photography | Wedding Planner : Camp Lucy | Floral Design: Whim Florals | Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture | Cake: Brides Table | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Whim Catering | Hair & Makeup : Adore Makeup Boutique | Calligraphy: Whitney Kaufold | Wedding Venue: Camp Lucy | Rentals: Whim Hospitality

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Garden-Inspired Summer Brunch Wedding at Camp Lucy

I love a bold Bride. A Bride who throws white out the door and rocks an unbelievably stunning navy Tara LaTour wedding dress, like this beauty. She’s kind of my new hero, and her Camp Lucy fete? It’s equal parts garden-lovely and sophisticated elegance and it now sits atop my faves list. With Mint Photography behind these gorgeous snaps, I’ve got a feeling you’ll fall in love with it too.

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From Mint PhotographyMegan and Drew’s brunch wedding was one of the most beautiful, easy going, wedding’s we’ve had the honor of capturing. Her wedding style was brunch/garden wedding themed, and her bold statement with a navy blue dress was flawless! We love unique brides with an effortless sense of style and Megan was definitely that bride! This wedding was full of morning sunshine, sweet people, elegant decor, and yummy brunch foods!

Photography: Mint Photography | Floral Design: Whim Florals | Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Camp Lucy | Bridal Boutique: Unbridaled | Bride's Hair And Makeup: maris malone calderón | makeup artist | Bridesmaids' Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dress: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids' Dress: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dress - Jenny Yoo From : Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dress - Jessica Howard From: Dillard's | Bridesmaids' Dress With Flower Belt: David's Bridal | Film Development/Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Programs: Tupelo Honey | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Whim Hospitality

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Elegant Eco-Friendly Texas Wedding

This Bride knows a thing or two about sustainability and her wedding was no better place to put those practices to work. Loft Photography captured every thought out detail at their gorgeous venue, Ma Maison, and this gallery is not only beautiful, but pretty darn inspiring as well. If this Bride can be this conscientious at her own wedding, I’m motivated to step it up a bit in my own daily life.

From Loft PhotographyAnn and Cody had one of the most unique and beautiful weddings that we’ve had the privilege of being a part of it. The couple’s focus on economic sustainability was both intriguing and well done, their love for each other was contagious and inspiring, and their wedding day was as pretty as they come!

From The Bride… As a recent graduate of a Masters program in Sustainability with a personal focus on lifestyle choices, I knew my own wedding was a perfect platform to try and flex my sustainable event planning muscles. As I care deeply for the environment and human well-being within it, I was out to prove that I could have a sustainable wedding without sacrificing the elegance I’d always hoped for. For a year, I worked diligently with my planner and the vendors to identify the parts of the wedding that we could make the most sustainable. This means as little environmental impact as possible, and thinking about lessening the number of “links in the supply chain” that items had to travel to get to our wedding, in addition to the livelihoods and well-being of those providing services to us. That’s a lot to think about, but I believe in the coming years, it will become an easier process as brides demand sustainable elements for their events. The venue we selected is built of reclaimed materials. We used as many local vendors in Austin as we could for food, florals, music, photography and much more. All the florals were of organic origin. Family heirloom candelabras and antique rugs were used for ceremony decor. The potted trees present at the reception were Lacebark Elms and are native to the Austin region. Three were donated to the Girl Scouts to plant, and one was donated to Ma Maison to be planted at the venue. Most of the food was seasonal, USDA-certified organic and locally sourced. By serving seasonal and local veggies as the largest part of the wedding dinner, we prevented shipments having to come from distant regions that subsequently produce huge amounts of carbon. Any leftovers were composted by the caterer at our request. We’d like to highlight that one of the meats served was local Wild Boar. This animal is growing in destructive numbers across the south and is fairly dangerous to people. It has a wonderful rustic flavor, and made quite a tasty ravioli filling at our wedding. There were few, if any disposables at the wedding besides cocktail napkins, and for our grand exit we opted for organic rose petals to be tossed instead of sparklers. Sparklers are made of mined metals that can come from environmentally stressed regions and have dangerous conditions for workers.

Photography: Loft Photography LLC | Cinematography: PhotoVision Prints | Event Planning: Clearly Classy Events | Floral Design: Eco Chic Floral | Wedding Dress: Bridal Beginnings | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Stationery: The Inviting Pear | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Catering: Crave Catering | Hair And Makeup: Beauty Secrets Salon | Lighting: Altared Wedding Productions | Band: Will Taylor & Strings Attached | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Ma Maison Wedding + Event Venue | Bride's Accessories: BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: Shine Bridal | Groom's Cufflinks: The Lysine Contingency | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Veil: Brenda's Bridal Veils

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Elegant Indoor Dripping Springs Wedding

With the prettiest bouquets, a gorgeous Bride (in an equally gorgeous lace back gown!) and handsome Groom, and one of the cutest little churches we ever did see, there’s no way this wedding wouldn’t be a stunner. Loft Photography captured all the pretty (and fun!) for us right here, so take a peek and get lost in this dreamy affair.

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From Loft PhotographyJillian and David created a relaxed Texas wedding with understated elegance & romantic details. An intentional couple, a beautiful venue offering the perfect backdrop for friends & family to gather, a soft and dreamy color palette, Jillian’s stunning Enzoani gown, and the prettiest flowers are just a few of the things that we adore about this wedding. This pair cares for people and warmly welcomed all of their guests to a lovely hill country evening of dinner, drinks & dancing.

Photography: Loft Photography LLC | Event Planning: Uptown Events Travel | Florist: Petal Pushers | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: HEB Blooms | Stationery: Bering's | Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Pink Avocado | DJ: Greenbelt DJ | Grooms Attire: Canali | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Wedding Venue: Heritage House | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Divisi Strings | Earrings: Penny Preville | Getaway Vehicle: Austin Classic Limo | Grooms Shoes: To Boot NY | Hair & Make-up: Pearl Austin | Hair + Makeup | Ice Cream Bar: Amy's Ice Cream | Rentals: Heritage House | Table Settings: Hill Country Event Rentals

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Elegant Winter Wedding in Hill Country

Texas Hill Country weddings are some of the prettiest you will ever see; that’s a fact.  But take a gorgeous peach and mint hued beauty and set it against the stunning Ma Maison and it’s an entirely new level of awesome.  Think lush blooms from Bella By Sara, stunning mismatched maids and an entire gallery of lovely captured by Mint Photography.  Join me there for more 

From Mint PhotographyBrooke and Daniel’s winter wedding took place at one of the most beautiful venues in the Texas Hill Country, Ma Maison. It seamlessly blends elegance with nature and we couldn’t adore it more.

Brooke and Daniel’s wedding style was chic with soft tones, and with the beautiful light we had on this winter day, it couldn’t have photographed more beautifully! Their wedding also took place on 12-13-14 which is pretty cool if we do say so ourselves!

Photography: Mint Photography | Coordination: Oh Henry Events | Floral Design: Bella By Sara | Reception Venue: Ma Maison Wedding + Event Venue

Chic Spring Wedding at Camp Lucy

I adore spring weddings (ok, so maybe I’m a little biased with my own upcoming nuptials); they’re a breath of fresh air after winter. And this one here is just that plus a hefty dose of pure style. Flora Fetish drenched this venue with gorgeous hydrangeas, roses, and more, and Taylor Lord snapped them all. It’s been a long week already and this gallery is the perfect treat yourself opportunity, so I say, go for it!

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From Flora Fetish… We have been dying to share Alex and Matt’s wedding at Camp Lucy with you. It was a dream to work with such a sweet bride and an awesome team of vendors. We loved the simplicity of her big day and how all of her carefully curated details came together. Enjoy!

From The Bride… Matt and I were introduced in 2009 by one of my best friends and bridesmaids, Taylor Trncak. Matt and Taylor are long-time friends and grew up across the street from each other. Their families spent a lot of time together, and they spent many vacations together. Matt and I hit it off from the start and had instant chemistry. We dated for a little over a year, before taking a four-month break. During this time, I realized Matt was who I wanted to be with for the rest of my life, and vice versa. We got back together and knew we were in it for the long haul. After dating another two years, Matt and I got engaged in Napa Valley on March 31, 2013, the day before Easter Sunday. Matt and I consider ourselves “foodies” and enjoy spending time together cooking and trying new restaurants. We love going to Texans games together and traveling to the hill country to Lake LBJ or to Fredricksburg to enjoy the wineries and his family ranch. We love drinking wine together and traveling. We especially love our two dachshunds, Tux and Teddy, who we have a special bond with. We also enjoy skiing together, as well as scuba diving. In general, we share the same passions and philosophies about life and love.

As we started to plan our wedding, we tried to stay mindful of the fact that this day was really about the two of us, and we wanted it to tell our accurately tell our love story. Neither one of us are big on tradition or the “status-quo”, so we didn’t want to do anything out of a sense of obligation. We wanted each part of our Big Day to embody the two of us and to be meaningful, and we tried to keep this in mind throughout the planning process. Neither one of us wanted our wedding day to be too conventional or just be “the Bride’s Day” – we wanted it to equally represent both of us. For this reason, the planning went incredibly smooth and was overall a great experience for both of us.

We had always envisioned our wedding to be sometime in the spring, and somewhere in the Texas Hill Country, as we have spent a lot of time there throughout our relationship and it holds special meaning to us. After only one trip down to Dripping Springs, TX, we knew we wanted our venue to be Camp Lucy. In fact, it was the first and only venue we visited. We were blown away by Ian’s Chapel and the setting that the grounds of Camp Lucy provided, and we knew it would provide the perfect backdrop for our wedding day. We loved that it was rustic and eclectic, yet still elegant and beautiful. We also really loved different ceremony and reception options the venue offered, as we hoped to have the wedding take place both indoor & outdoor. Once we had the venue booked and our wedding date, 4/26/14, everything else fell into place pretty seamlessly.

For the photographer, we picked Taylor Lord because we liked her style and the fact that she focuses on natural-light photography. We wanted everything to be as natural looking as possible and wanted to avoid having things look staged or posed. We also loved how she is more of an editorial photographer, and the fact that she uses film to shoot. Overall, I just loved her style and her body of work, and Matt and I thought she would be perfect considering our venue. We had so much faith in Taylor’s abilities, we didn’t even hire a videographer because we felt like Taylor could adequately capture the day, and she definitely did not disappoint. Matt and I were blown away with how well the photos turned out and how she was able to capture every moment so gracefully and elegantly. She has since gotten national recognition and has really blown up in the last year, so we feel very lucky to have had her as our photographer.

As far as the overall feel, we wanted it to feel rustic, but still elegant, which we later decided to call “rustic luxe.” We didn’t want anything to be too casual or too formal, as we wanted our guests to feel comfortable but yet still like they were at a nice wedding. This theme personifies who Matt and I both are; we love to get dressed up and “glammed-up” for certain occasions, but we are still very down-to-earth people at our core. Once we made the decision to hire the incredibly talented Carrie Beamer with Flora Fetish, the vision and theme of our wedding came together. I considered her my “stylist” as she really helped me pull everything together. After a few meetings, we had come up with a light pink, mint, and gold palette. We wanted to make sure the colors were balanced, and we tried to play up the juxtaposition of the rustic and luxe elements. For example, the ceremony was set outdoors in front of the chapel. I knew I wanted gold chiavari chairs, which really stood out against the rustic, stone elements of the church and the lawn. Matt and I wanted to have a cocktail hour with outdoor acoustic music to welcome our guests while we took pictures, and it turned out beautifully. We placed vintage furniture under the pavillion, and umbrella tables on the pavers outside the pavillion to provide a mix of seating for the guests. We had lawn games set out in the big lawn next to the pavillion, along with passed h’orderves and signature cocktails.

Inside the reception hall, the tables were set with gold candelabras covered in the white and pink floral, gold mercury glass, and vintage farm tables and chairs. It all looked stunning inside of the rustic hall with vaulted and wood beam ceilings.It was absolutely stunning. We ended up having around 200 people, which was the perfect size for us. It was still intimate enough to be able to see and talk to all of our family and friends, but not overwhelming. Matt and I knew we wanted to have stations for our catering, a big dance floor, and plenty of bars. The fact that we really tried to be strategic with the placements of everything inside the reception hall really helped the “flow” of the night. We wanted the tables to be assigned so guests didn’t have to worry about finding a seat.

As for the caterer, this was probably the biggest decision we made during the planning. Above all else, Matt and I wanted the wedding to be a “food” experience for our guests, and we really wanted the food to be a focal point of the night. We didn’t want to have the run-of-the mill food that you typically find at most weddings, and we wanted it to be delicious, most importantly. This is how we decided on Cordua Catering out of Houston, and it was a dream come true to have them for both Matt and I. They are some of the most talented and humble people I have met. David Cordua and Darla Hickman with Cordua helped Matt and I craft a one-of-a-kind menu, featuring South American cuisine with a Southern twist. We had everything from lobster corn dogs and lamp lolli-chops as appetizers, to seafood paella, their signature “churrasco” beef tenderloin carving station, shrimp and grits, ceviche station, and the infamous cutting-edge “salad wall”, which showcased Cordua’s playful and creative side. The food was definitely the highlight of the night, along with the band, and I still have people tell me that it was some of the best food they’ve ever had.

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Sweet Treats | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Arte Latica | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Saks Fifth Avenue | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bloomingdales | Catering: Cordua Catering | Hair: Miranda McGuire | Band: The Drywater Band | Venue: Camp Lucy | Floral And Design: Flora Fetish LLC | Furniture Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Strings: Hill Country Strings

Classic Vintage Camp Lucy Wedding

We’re getting a good ol’ dose of the fluffy white stuff again today here in Boston and all I can do is dream my heart away over somewhere warm and full of love. A place like Camp Lucy, where this fall fete is touched with a warm Southwestern breeze and darling vintage details galore. Allie Lindsey stood behind her pretty lens and snapped sooo much goodness that you can cozy up to right here.

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From Allie Lindsey PhotographyThis was an incredible wedding taken that took place in the foothills of Austin, TX at the most breathtaking wedding venue, Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks. It was a destination wedding for the bride and groom and the photographers. The whole day was so beautiful down to every single detail. The bride has the most impeccable taste and took everyones breathe away in her beautiful vintage inspired wedding dress. The day was truly a fairy take, especially when the bride and groom saw each other for the first time and spoke only in french to each other.

Photography: Allie Lindsey Photography | Event Planning: Camp Lucy | Floral Design: Whim Hospitality | Wedding Dress: Vintage | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Whim Catering | Makeup: Cakes To Di For | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Groomsmen's Own | Wedding Venue: Camp Lucy | Custom Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Robes: Silk And More | Saxophone Quartet: Hill Country Strings

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Southern Chic Camp Lucy Wedding

I’ve got a serious venue crush on Camp Lucy and I dare say, if beautiful Texas were my wedding destination, it’d be a top contender for sure. All it takes is one little peek at this stunner from Becca Lea Photography to see why. The simple, raw stone detailing and gorgeous green cacti galore paired with lush pinks and corals makes for a gallery that’s too good to miss. See it all here.

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From Becca Lea PhotographySage and Lacey’s Camp Lucy wedding could not have been more beautiful or perfect for them. With parasols, fans, and outdoor games for cocktail hour, you definitely knew you were in the south. The pops of coral and simple touches of white, that they added within the wedding were perfect additions to an already stunning venue.

Ian’s chapel was a great choice for their intimate ceremony. The beautiful architecture spoke for itself, so Lacey and Sage chose to line the aisle with only rose petals as their decor to truly create a romantic feel.

The reception also continued the effortless feel, with simple place settings that had a sprig of rosemary on each napkin. A small tribute to Sage and his name. As well as the pops of coral and white, which created a beautifully executed day!

Photography: Becca Lea Photography | Videographer: Adam Grumbo | Floral Design: Wild Bunches | Wedding Dress: Belle Saison | Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Invitations: Paper Place | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | DJ: TX Pro DJ | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony & Reception: Camp Lucy | Vintage Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design

DIY Rainbow Hued Wedding

This bride is awesome for a lot of reasons (rainbow-hued wedding theme, anyone?), but I have to say that her ability to craft one breathtaking detail after another (with the help of amazing family + friends) is most certainly standing front and center in this gorgeous day captured by Brian Shofner.  I’m talking everything from burlap bows to signage to those crazy cool centerpieces.  See it all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Although my love grew up in Michigan, I, a native Texan, could dream of nothing more wonderful than a wedding in the Hill County of Texas. Where the stars at night really are big and bright and rolling tree-filled hills encompass one’s being. We wanted our wedding to feel relaxed, like a home where you can put your feet on the coffee table. That’s what inspired our day… well, that and our not-so-huge budget.

We chose Memory Lane in Dripping Springs, Texas, as our venue because it glows with country charm. We said our vows at the outdoor ceremony site beneath big tree branches and sunshine. We then continued our celebration inside the oversized barn-inspired reception hall. I, an eternal idealist, have always dreamed of a rainbow wedding. While some family and friends were skeptical, CJ, my sweet groom, actually agreed to this and allowed me to turn my long yearned for vision into reality.

We made nearly all of our décor, which gave me an outlet for my out of control Pinterest addiction and helped us save money! Our crafting included: burlap and lace bows to attach to the benches outdoors, burlap and lace table runners (thanks mom!), table numbers, centerpieces, escort cards, and welcome signs for the guests. For seven months, Hobby Lobby was just a regular stop on the way to and home from work. Now that it has all come to fruition, I can say, the work was worth it. I can’t imagine our special day without all the intimate touches which we created.

For the sign in picture, CJ drew our “Dreams do come true” picture where guests signed in by stamping their thumb print which was to be a collection of balloons helping a pig in cowboy attire to “fly.” Some guests got a bit too creative with their thumb prints, in our opinion.

For the centerpieces, I collected over 70 glass bottles of different heights in all colors of the rainbow (only purchasing on the weeks in which bottles were 40% percent off, of course). For the day of, Wild Bunches Floral filled the bottles with white hydrangeas, baby’s breath and daisies and we put three matching colors on each table. I hand drew each table number using a chalk pencil on black cardstock paper and inserted them into price-friendly picture frames purchased at Ikea which I spruced up with a small burlap bow.

I borrowed a Cricut cutting machine from a friend to cut each one of our boot shaped escort cards. I then added detailing with a white paint pen to each boot tip along with guests names and table numbers. The boots were hung on a ladder with mini clothespins for guests to take to their seats. Using black foam board and a white paint pen to mimic a chalkboard look, I free handed Pinterest-inspired lettering for our “Welcome to our Wedding” sign and our “Take a Seat Not a Side” sign.

My ball gown dress, designed by Justin Alexander, had a simple bodice, followed by a party of tulle and organza. I paired it with cowboy boots I already owned to match our theme. Although the gown was ivory, I rocked the rainbow with my fingernails, bouquet and bridesmaids. Since each of my bridesmaids is overflowing with personal beauty and style, I gave them each a color of the rainbow (purple, blue, green, orange and red) and allowed them to pick their own dresses, boots and jewelry. I wanted them to feel beautiful and comfortable too.

The guys’ attire was simple, but they looked handsome wearing jeans, belt buckles, white button up shirts and boots. They loved the comfortable clothing and it set a great tone for our down to earth celebration. For CJ, my groom, we added a Ralph Lauren brown corduroy coat which I purchased from Dillard’s during an internet door buster sale. It’s all about working the sales!

One of my favorite parts of the day was right before walking down the aisle when I read a hand written letter from my groom. It helped calm my jitters and reassured me of the great man I was marrying. Soon after, the music began and I walked with my sweet dad down the aisle and said “I Do” to my sweet love.

Oh and then there was the cake. Simon Lee Bakery, thank you for baking and designing cakes that can change lives. The bride’s cake had rainbow butterflies spiraling to the top and the groom’s cake was the shape of Michigan. Cutting into those cakes felt liking slicing through butter and it tasted like a smooth mouth full of wedding bliss. Yum.

This truly was a day full of sunshine, love and joy. Like everyone warned, it did go by fast, but I will always cherish the pictures, memories and my marriage. I wish a wonderful wedding to all to-be brides and if you also have a not-so-huge budget, I’ve provided some tips on how we saved money.

Sticking to the Budget

• Spending less, doesn’t mean less of an experience. Really. Chose carefully what is and is not worth splurging on. What are “must have’s” for you and your groom? For us, my dress and the cake were splurges. The rest was about creative savings.
• An easy one was the season. Having a January wedding saved us money on the venue and DJ.
• Utilize your resources, as in your friends. A wonderful co-worker coordinated our wedding day free of charge. My cousin and bridesmaid, who is a trained cosmetologist, did my hair and makeup for free. A pastor friend of ours officiated our wedding and did our premarital counseling which made the ceremony very special for us.
• Bulk order! This isn’t just a way to save on groceries (although I’d recommend it). We bulk ordered baby’s breath from Sam’s for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and wrapped them in burlap the morning of the wedding in twenty-five minutes. We also bulk ordered plates and plastic ware, and napkins all of which were big savings.
• DIY: I’ve already mentioned all of our DIY décor, but we also did it ourselves for other things, too. Rather than ordering drinks and appetizers from our caterer, we provided guests with water bottles and a rainbow soda bar full of bottled vintage sodas, like Orange Crush! We also made a build your own trail mix bar with nuts, raisins, Cheese Its and M&Ms bought in bulk. Oh, and not to forget, the build your own s’more bar, with oversized marshmallows, three different types of chocolates and graham crackers which could be roasted on an outdoor fire pit – huge crowd pleaser.
• Borrow, reuse and recycle. Let’s face it, nothing beats free. My garter and my hair flower were borrowed and I already owned my cowgirl boots. We also borrowed plenty of items for décor including easels, the Cricut cutting machine and appetizer trays.
• Get a food truck to cater! After doing several tastings we actually decided to go with a food truck in Austin, The Peached Tortilla, which was delicious and saved us a big chunk of change.

Photography: Brian Shofner | Florals: Wild Bunches Floral | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Catering: The Peached Tortilla | Wedding Venue: Memory Lane Event Center | Bride's Jewelry: Snobishdesign

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Rustic Hill Country Wedding

When rustic meets romantic in the Hill Country, it’s always a beautiful thing.  Especially when it’s a pink and gold hued beauty like this one filled with sweet DIY details, soft florals from Wild Bunches and some Texas meets Louisiana goodness.  That’s a combo that makes for one crazy cool party, and when you throw in some amazing images from Bird And The Bear, it’s also an awesome Tuesday.  See it here.

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From the Bride… I’m from Louisiana and so connected to my state – I never in a million years thought I’d end up in Texas, much less find the love of my life and settle down here. Since we were closing on our house in Austin (and I’d agreed to marry a proud Texan and UT grad), I felt like this wedding was my last hoorah as a true Louisianan! I wanted to have as many nods to my culture as possible.

Although I am far more comfortable in a hoodie and Chucks than a dress, I really wanted our wedding to feel beautiful and feminine. When else would I have a chance to go all out? With that in mind, we settled on a color palette of pale pinks and ivory with gold accents as a contrast to the rustic outdoor setting of our Hill Country venue. The groom and groomsmen wore gray tuxes with pale pink ties; the bridesmaids and maid of honor wore pale pink floor-length dresses.

I put off dress shopping until the last few months before the wedding – I wanted a dress that didn’t exist on any rack and I got so frustrated after trying on gown after gown and feeling like I was never going to find the right fit. I’d gotten recommendations for Cotures by Laura (a bridal designer and customization boutique in Austin), so I ended up buying a Maggie Sottero gown off the rack and brought it to Laura to work her magic! I wanted a lower cut neckline, very specific in shape, bustling, and – the most important and difficult piece – a bolero that fit perfectly. I was so afraid every time I went in for a fitting that something would be wrong, or that Laura would tell me that there was no way this would work, but she put me at ease every time! On the day of my final fitting, I totally cried – the dress was PERFECT and Laura truly took what was in my head and made it a reality after only a couple conversations and trial fittings. She was a dream to work with — such a passionate artist who is an expert in her craft. She made me feel like family. I am so incredibly blessed that she took me in and delivered my dream dress, and all for a very reasonable cost!

We researched so many venues before we found Heritage House, but we knew it was a fit from the first call with owner Cindi Baker. We clicked immediately and I thought, I have found my people! As luck would have it, Cindi is from the same small town my family is from. We locked in the venue in on the first visit – our best decision by far. Even the date of our ceremony was a Louisiana nod – our wedding fell on the last big party weekend of Mardi Gras before Fat Tuesday, so we celebrated double! Other Louisiana details: My best friend and maid of honor, Meagan, hand-sewed tiny gold charms from Etsy on the lace of my bridal bouquet – Mardi Gras masks, fleur de lis, alligators, even a crawfish!

Speaking of seafood, we chose Quality Seafood to cater the wedding – we knew we wanted good, Southern comfort food and their gumbo and hushpuppies are the best! We tried caterer after caterer trying to recreate their taste, but we knew Quality didn’t do weddings, so assumed they wouldn’t do ours. After many failed tastings, I finally gave them a call – their events manager, Carol, was such a dream and worked so hard to make sure their first wedding catering gig was a success. Both Brian’s and my grandparents owned seafood restaurants/markets when we were younger, so there’s a real comfort and connection for us when we’re there. We decided on a final menu featuring mini crab cakes with remoulade and andouille sausage at our happy hour, then big bowls of seafood gumbo, cornbread and hushpuppies with lavender butter for dinner. We were so happy with the food (even down to silly details like the pink seashells our appetizers were served on).

In lieu of a groom’s cake, we had our officiants (who live in New Orleans) bring up king cakes from the world-famous Randazzo’s bakery – strawberry cream cheese, my favorite! The cakes were placed in the bridesmaids’, groomsmen’s and family cottages onsite at Heritage House. Our music selections for the reception were a mix of Louisiana and Houston hip-hop, zydeco and New Orleans jazz. We also had the DJ immediately follow our first dance (The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You”) with Rebirth Brass Band’s “Do Whatcha Wanna,” which got everyone out on the floor. The only thing missing was a second line!

We were careful to make sure Brian’s Texas pride was also represented – we had a full on Texas-themed rehearsal dinner in the Cattle Baron’s room at Texas Land & Cattle, a favorite steakhouse of Brian and his Dad. And we can’t say enough about the gorgeous natural setting of our venue, about 30 minutes outside of Austin in the gorgeous hill country of Dripping Springs. The whispy grass, cool breezes and endless sunset made for amazing photo ops. To continue the Texas theme, Brian (who loves craft beer) made sure we featured all local breweries (Real Ale Brewing Company, Austin Beer Works, and Southern Star Brewing) at the reception.

We wanted our ceremony to feel intimate and asked close friends to officiate. We involved our families as much as we could! Brian’s Gran opened with a prayer, and my brother Blake, a pianist, provided the music in the chapel. Brian made an awesome custom LEGO ring bearer’s box, and our flower girl, Brian’s niece, walked our two dogs, Ed and Ollie, down the aisle! (Their leashes, handmade by my sister Eli, were my “something blue.”) It was so special to have them there. The processional was a piano version of The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” my bridal processional was a piano version of Etta James’ “At Last,” and our recessional was a sped-up piano version of “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes. We wrote our own vows and laugh-cried through them all.

I was so lucky to have help from creative friends and family to make all the gorgeous ideas in my head come to life – I DIY’d a lot! I knew I didn’t want big centerpieces on every table, so I spent weeks scouring flea markets and garage sales for vases I could spray paint gold. Mixed with hand-me-down crystal from my great-grandmother’s collection, they made for awesome centerpieces on the cheap! Our gorgeous sequined blush table runners came from Etsy seller Jessmy (linked below) and were the perfect pretty detail to tie them all together. I knew I wanted at least one statement piece and enlisted my sister and bridesmaid Eli to help me cut, papier-mâché, duct tape, spray paint and glitter our way through this 100 Layer Cake tutorial for a giant sequined gold heart! It was so awesome (and well worth the work)! We got so many compliments on it! Eli also made custom gift bags for all the kids at the wedding – they were filled with snacks, Legos, stickers, and coloring books. They were a huge hit! Additionally, my Maid of Honor Meagan made our DIY chalkboard signs with cardboard we spray painted and paint pens from a craft store. I’d collected the gold frames while thrifting, so total cost was less than $15 for all the signage at the wedding. It meant so much to me so see her handwriting on everything. Brian supplied everything necessary for a games table, and we framed photos of our grandparents and ourselves as kids to feature around the reception hall.

My favorite part of the wedding was giving Brian his wedding surprise! We have this inside joke about crabs – it sounds weird, but if one of us is feeling down, the other will text a crab with a description of what it does. For example, if I was scared to fly, Brian might text me a Bravery Crab, who would ride along with me on the plane and help with my nerves. Anyway, while thrifting for vases I found this amazing pair of vintage crab pins – gold, pearl and diamond – which totally matched the wedding! I can’t explain why these silly little wedding crabs were so special, but I just knew Brian was going to love them! At our First Look, I got to reveal them—he wore his on his suit (and pinned mine to my veil). They were a conversation piece all night!

We had a fiasco with the florist we originally chose — she totally dropped off the map less than a month from the wedding, and I was a mess. Luckily, our venue recommended Wild Bunches, a Dripping Springs local florist with a great reputation and (thankfully!) an opening on our wedding date! I scheduled an ASAP consult and they hooked me right up! I cannot explain what it felt like to walk into the venue and see the table arrangements for the first time — truly, they were beyond my wildest dreams and I just could not believe how gorgeous they came out! In my DIY vases were white and peach stock, blush pink and white spray roses, white ranunculus, pink veronica (my absolute favorite, also used in the groomsmen’s boutineers), seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and dusty miller. The swag draped across our sweetheart table was equally impressive — I will be buying blush pink spray roses and peach stock for the rest of my life to bring me back to our magical day!

One piece of wisdom I’d pass on to future brides is not to let vendors get you down if they flake or aren’t feeling your vision. There are so many amazing creative wedding professionals — keep talking to folks until you find the perfect fit.

Additionally, even if you are a crafty DIY bride, enlist a wedding coordinator for month-of help. I didn’t think I needed a coordinator, but I was so wrong! Maggie Gallant, our coordinator, was a lifesaver for me and gave me a reality check early on about how many tasks were left to complete (and how best to tackle them)! She taught me that no matter how much work you put into the wedding months before, you really owe it to yourself to be able to stop working and actually enjoy those blissful days before the ceremony with your soon to be husband, family and friends who have traveled so far to celebrate with you. I’m so glad that I took her advice!

Photography: The Bird And The Bear | Wedding Coordinator: Maggie Gallant | Floral Design: Wild Bunches | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Ceremony Venue: Heritage House | Reception Venue: Heritage House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Quality Seafood | Hair & Makeup: Ron King Salon | Grooms Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bouquet Charms: Etsy Seller 95 Boutique | Bridal Jewlery: Forever 21 | Bridal Sash: Etsy Seller Get Noticed | Custom Dog Leashes: Eli Byerly | Custom Signage: Meagan Whiteley | Heart Centerpiece: Leelina Martin | King Cakes: Randazzos | Sequined Table Runners: Etsy Seller Jessmy | Wedding Dress Customization: Coutures By Laura | Wedding Dress Shop: La Reve Couture

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Elegant Ma Maison Summer Wedding

Somewhere in between the first and last image of this unbelievably stunning gallery from Mint Photography lives a soiree that I can only describe as my dream wedding. A blush, pale peach and ivory palette—check. Full length bridesmaids dresses—check. A pristine and perfectly lit venue, the gorgeous Ma Maison—check. Lush blooms in every corner from Last Petal—check. And beyond all those pretty details? Moment upon sweet moment. Click here for the full gallery.

From Mint Photography… Lauri and Chad had their wedding at the most gorgeous new venue in Dripping Springs, Ma Maison! We loved the simple elegance of the day. The soft pastels of the florals and the color of the bridesmaids dresses were the perfect fit for this warm summer wedding. We loved the playfulness of the whole bridal party and we had so much fun with this group! We are honored we got to photograph this special day for Lauri and Chad!

Photography: Mint Photography | Coordination: Something To Celebrate | Florist: Last Petal | Ceremony Venue: Ma Maison Wedding + Event Venue | Hair: Method Salon | Music: Greenbelt DJ | Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals