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Vista West Ranch Wedding from Forever Photography

This wedding has spunk. It’s vintage, Southern with a smidge of DIY, yes, but the overall feel is a lovely spunk. The way the bright blooms pop against the classic burlap and lace. The sweet “First Look” with a blindfolded groom. The bride and her sweet, sweet words. It’s a wedding with spunk – which is a wedding we can love with ease. Forever Photography was behind the camera for the day which has provided a gorgeous gallery (with all sorts of spunk) to spend hours and hours getting lost in!

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Matt and I first met through friends on a blind date on Valentine’s Day! I was immediately captivated by his sweet, southern charm, and his sense of humor! Once I got to know him on a deeper level, his selflessness and tender heart made me fall in love with him. I knew he was a keeper from the very beginning! We dated for about a year and half before he popped the question. During that year and a half, our favorite spot to go take walks was near a pond behind the campus library. That place held some of our most cherished memories. So on October 7th, I got in my best friend’s car to go on a road trip. Needless to say, I was a little confused when she started driving towards the library. Matt had some of his friends meet me at the car, pray over my relationship with Matt and the new steps we were about to take, and walk me to the gazebo where my beloved was waiting for me. He got down on one knee, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him! Once I said YES, he whisked me away to an engagement party where my family and friends were waiting for us. I was so touched by his thoughtful planning and hard work to make this a special surprise for me.

Matt is a true southern boy. He grew up in the small Texas town of Waco, wears cowboy boots whenever he can, and has a typical easy going, “no fuss” attitude that is typical in the south. I wanted to capture this quality about him in our wedding. So we decided to get married at Vista West Ranch. It is a beautiful little ranch located in the Texas Hill Country right outside my hometown of Austin. It’s rustic and elegant charm drew me in. The ceremony was outside overlooking the rolling hills of Texas, and the reception was inside a charming barn with twinkle lights dotting the ceiling. I knew it was the perfect venue for us.

The inspiration for our wedding was the first thing that attracted me to Matt – his southern charm and outgoing nature. We wanted our wedding to reflect that. So after deciding on a ranch in the hills as our venue, I tried to bring in other artistic touches that reflected the breathtaking Texas hill country. Instead of traditionally picking out one or two main colors for the wedding, we decided on a backdrop of burlap and lace. That gave me freedom to pick many different colors for flowers and decorations, that all “popped” against the simplicity of the burlap and lace. My bridesmaids’ dresses were a deep purple, which made for an excellent backdrop for their bright and colorful wildflower bouquets. My wedding dress was a light gold lace, with a gold ribbon around the waist. I always knew I wanted a lace dress, because I thought it was so elegant and romantic. We added many ‘vintage/rustic’ decorations (in keeping with the look at Vista West) to introduce our wedding party and family to our guests.

Our ceremony was very unique to us. I had my maid of honor, who happens to be my best friend and older sister, sing a worship song with Matt’s best friend, who was the best man. Their voices blended beautifully, and it was a very special to share those moments together. Matt also wanted to take the time during the ceremony to wash my feet, for symbolic reasons. I loved that moment. During our reception, there were many personal touches that we worked hard to incorporate. There was a display honoring the marriages in our family history, and a display explaining each relationship we had with our bridesmaids and groomsmen. I wanted our wedding guests to fully understand the amount of love and prayers from our family and friends that were supporting our new marriage. The guests also had the opportunity to write down some marriage advice on some vintage postcards, and take “extra” pictures with disposable cameras that were placed on all the tables. There were some great shots and we treasure the personal notes! A tradition we continued that began at my sister’s wedding last summer was a lively, choreographed ‘father/daughter’ dance. I think the guests enjoyed it as much as we did. We used my grandma’s old linens on every table, which I absolutely loved.

One of my favorite memories from the wedding was before the ceremony. Matt didn’t want to do a “first look”, because he wanted the first look to be when I was walking down the aisle. So we decided on some blindfold pictures. He was the one blindfolded, and I walked out to him and got to hug him and talk to him. We were both so nervous, and it was great to be able to be together and talk before the big ceremony. The pictures from those few moments are really adorable. Obviously, another favorite moment for me was walking down the aisle and seeing Matt waiting for me under the altar. It was very surreal. I also have very precious memories made with my sweet friends and family. We had so much fun laughing and getting ready, taking goofy pictures after the ceremony, and dancing the night away on the dance floor! I loved every moment of our special day.

Photographer: Forever Photography / Videographer: Capital Wedding Video / Floral Designer: Petal Pushers / Event Design & Planning: Linda Dryden, / Venue: Vista West Ranch / Invitation Designer: Courtney Bliss / Cake & Desserts: Cupcake Bar & Tiny Pies / Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero, Karena / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: B2 by Jasmine, B2078 in Bordeaux / Earrings: J.Crew

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Dripping Springs Wedding at Camp Lucy from Photohouse Films

We love all things vintage-chic here at SMP and when this Camp Lucy wedding came our way? Well, it was just too sweet not to share! With the help of Country Sugar Events, not a detail was not missed, from the chalkboard sweetheart table backdrop to the breakfast taco “to-go” favors in hand-stamped kraft bags! Click here for the full gallery from Photohouse Films.

And it turns out that Photohouse Films not only captured these beautiful images, but also put together a wonderful, happy tears-producing highlight film! Be sure to watch:

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From the Bride… I have always loved weddings (who doesn’t?), so, naturally, when Dave proposed, I didn’t waste any time! The planning was quickly underway — we had set a date, booked our venue, found most of our vendors and picked our “country chic” theme, all within two weeks of becoming engaged. We knew from the start that there were a few non-negotiables: our love of Texas would be known, pink would be one of our colors, we had to have an awesome menu, we needed air conditioning, there would be lemonade (my favorite), we would have delicious cakes, and, of course, we would make sure that everyone had a great time! Some of our other ideas came to us during the later part of the planning process when I started getting creative and taking on more DIY projects. I even talked Dave into helping out with some of the wedding crafts! :)

I loved the “look” of our sweetheart table. I bought some 3-D letters (MR/MRS) and painted them cream to match our colors. Then I found a giant chalkboard and created a sort of backdrop for us. Once we sat down, I placed my bouquet in between the MR and MRS, and it created the perfect little table for us to enjoy our first meal as husband and wife! After looking everywhere (in stores, online, etc.) for flower girl baskets, I still couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I decided to create them myself. I bought a couple of very inexpensive baskets from Hobby Lobby, and then I bought some flower hair clips in our wedding colors. I clipped them on, and voila! Since I’m a teacher, I thought it would be cute to incorporate a few chalkboards. It was such an inexpensive and easy addition. I’m not the best artist in the world, but I had fun just free-handing the writing and designs on the chalkboards. We received so many compliments on our “heritage” table. I bought and painted frames to fit with our colors/style and added pictures of our parents and grandparents from their weddings, mixed in with some of our engagement pictures! We had already purchased pink pom poms for everyone to “wave” as we made our exit, but I just kept thinking about how cute it would be to have hand-made pennants for everyone. I bought some small dowel rods, cute scrapbook paper in our color scheme and scrapbook stickers. We cut all the paper into the pennant shape, spelled out various words using the scrapbook stickers, punched two holes in each pennant, and then stuck a dowel rod through. I was so pleased with how these turned out, and even Dave admitted that they were a nice touch. We also created breakfast taco to-go bags for all of our guests — they were a hit!

As far as advice for future brides, enjoy the process of planning your wedding. It can be a little stressful at times, but focus on the fun part. You’re only going to do this once, so make the best of it (especially the food tastings! haha). On the day of the wedding, make yourself stop every once in awhile so you can just look around and take everything in. If you don’t tell yourself to remember the moments, it’s all going to seem like a blur. Also, choose your vendors wisely. And most importantly, remember that you are marrying the love of your life. Don’t get so caught up in everything else that you forget that! After all, that’s what it’s all about.

Wedding Photography: Photohouse Films / Wedding Venue: Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas / Event Planning: Country Sugar Events / Floral Design: Wild Bunches / Bride’s Bouquet: Cultivar / Wedding Cinematography: Photohouse Films / Catering: Pink Avocado Catering / Wedding Invitations: Girl General (Formerly Anne’s Stationery Studio) / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Mayfair Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Glint / Hair + Makeup: Lucie Marie / DJ: Look No Further Entertainment

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Hill Country Anniversary Session from Coati Photography

It can be quite the daunting task in trying to come up with something creative {that’s paper} to give your Mr. or Mrs. when celebrating the one year anniversary. This darling duo chose to have Coati Photography shoot an anniversary session so they will have the paper prints to last a life time. What a great idea! All it took was a cozy quilt, a few perfectly proportioned nik naks and their preserved wedding cake and voila! the perfect paper gift. Check out more from this ultimate picnic here.


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From Coati PhotographyWhen Will and Jessica approached me about doing a session for their one-year anniversary, I immediately said yes. I will admit, I don’t get very many requests for one-year anniversaries, but they are quickly becoming my new favorite thing. Jessica knew that she wanted a picnic theme from the very beginning, and adding in the tradition of saving and eating their wedding cake on their anniversary was the cherry on top.

Photography: Coati Photography / Location: Texas Hill Country

Hill Country Wedding at The Farm on Peach Creek from Mint Photography

This wedding reminds me of an outdoor festival….or carnival…or whatever makes it simply impossible not to have fun! Beautiful colors, paper garlands blowing in the breeze, and candy colored candlesticks make the perfect recipe for this crafty, DIY affair. Everyone took part in creating this masterpiece. Bridesmaids climbed trees to hang decorations; the mother of the groom made the table runners and groom ties, and the bride built the ceremony site. This was truly a labor of love! Thank you, Mint Photography, for capturing all the amazingness right here in the full gallery of photos.

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From Mint PhotographyWelcome to Melanie and Jordan’s ridiculously gorgeous/crafty/DIY/outdoor heaven/dancing in the rain wedding! I seriously don’t even know where to begin! Mel and Jordan got married at a great venue in Rosanky, Texas, called The Farm on Peach Creek. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. It had been raining the entire day in cities surrounding Rosanky, but when we arrived at the venue around 4 in the afternoon, the skies were blue and the sun was shining. Mel took this already gorgeous spot and brought in some amazing details. Everything was home-made with love! :) Just to give you an idea — Jordan’s mom sewed all the table runners and ties that the guys wore. Melanie’s mom hand painted all 250 candlesticks. Jordan and Melanie built the ceremony site that was draped with paper garland that Jordan’s sister sewed … all 100 yards of it! I asked Mel if there was anything in particular that she would want me to mention to about her wedding and she simply said, “The biggest part of our wedding was how our families and friends helped so much. My bridesmaids climbed trees to hang stuff.” At the end of the evening, as the sun started to set, Melanie and Jordan shared their first dance under the trees. It was shortly after that the rain rolled in! But did that put a damper on anything? No way! Mel, Jordan and tons of their guests ran out under the trees and danced their hearts out. Since Mel and her dad didn’t get to have their dance before the rain came in, they shared their dance out in the rain while everyone sang “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain because as Mel said, “That’s the only song everyone knew the words to.” Ha ha! And that pretty much wraps up the night! :)

Wedding Photography: Mint Photography / Second Shooter: Brianna Light / Wedding Venue: The Farm on Peach Creek in Rosanky, Texas / Floral Design: The Flower Bucket / Event Design: The Bride / Event Planning: Friends & Family / Candlestick Painting: The Bride’s Mother / Table Runners + Men’s Ties: The Groom’s Mother / Garland: The Bride’s Sister / Wedding Dress: Olia Zavozina via Unbridaled / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles

Round Top Wedding Photo Shoot from Christa Elyce Photography

This tablescape has been running circles in my head since the moment I laid eyes on it. The soft pastel colors mixed with the beauty of vintage decor is so gorgeous, so on par with rustic elegance and part of a much greater whole crafted by a team of talented Texas vendors. Designed by Two Be Wed, floraled by Tamara Menges Designs, papered by PH Design Shop (just to name a few) and all brought together in image after pretty image by Christa Elyce Photography. See so much more in the full gallery and then catch a showing of the behind the scenes film below.


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From Christa Elyce PhotographyThe theme of this photo shoot, “Treasure Your Love,” pays respect to Round Top, Texas, which is best known for antique festivals and treasure-finding. The backdrop to the shoot is interior designer Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic ranch and B&B called The Prairie, which located just minutes from the town center. The Prairie barn is nestled among fields, trees and a lake that draws cattle to drink. It’s the perfect scene for a “Texas Elegance” wedding. From the china and glassware to the floral vessels and place cards, all the design elements celebrate life’s little treasures found. The greatest treasure of all being LOVE.

Photography: Christa Elyce Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell in Round Top, Texas / Event Design: Two Be Wed / Floral Design: Tamara Menges Designs / Paper Floral Design: Paper Floral Artistry / Wedding Cake: The Bake Shoppe / Stationery: PH Design Shop / Vintage Rentals: Recollection Vintage Rentals / Getting Ready Location: The Vintage Round Top / Wedding Dress: Watters “Gabrielle” via Mia Bridal Couture / Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Shoes, Jewelry + Accessories: BHLDN / Stylist: Haili Pue of All Ze Details / Hair + Makeup: Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry + Jessica Garza / Men’s Suits: Bill Reid

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College Station Wedding at 7F Lodge from John Cain Photography

All hail to this dear Texas Aggie couple for they sure know how to uphold tradition, and throw one heck of a shin dig. Every detail from this day has a story behind it and was captured perfectly by John Cain Photography. From the proposal in a teapot {yes, read below!} to the famous pecan pralines, I don’t know which sweet detail I love most! Never been to College Station? Head to the full gallery for a taste of true southern hospitality. 

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From the Bride… Logan and I met as camp counselors during our sophomore year at Texas A&M University. As soon as we met, we became inseparable friends. Not until months later did we start dating; I was apprehensive about starting a relationship with one of my best friends, but Logan always had so much faith in us. He promised me, “No one will ever love you like I’ll love you, and no one will ever treat you like I’ll treat you.” Our university and its traditions mean so much to us, so eight months after we started dating, Logan proposed on campus surrounded by dozens of our family and friends with the same promise he made when we started dating. In addition to the traditions and customs of every Aggie, Logan’s family has some charming and unique wedding traditions of their own that span three generations. Most notably, proposing with a teapot! His grandfather thought of proposing with the ring in the teapot; all of his sons did it, and so far, all of the grandsons have done it. Every man gets their own teapot, but Logan is the first that went out and scrounged a flea market for his own, rather than his mother acquiring one for him.

More than anything, we wanted our wedding to be a fun, family get-together that really embodied who we are. I remembered attending church picnics as a child that were ripe with tradition, history, family, home-cooked food, music and dancing (not to mention Texas heat), and I knew that that is exactly how I wanted my wedding to feel. 7F Lodge was the perfect venue for both the ceremony and reception. We loved the historic chapel, and the pavilion felt just like an old Texas dance hall. Second to our love for each other, we wanted to share our love for Texas A&M with our guests. From the directions sign pointing out significant locations (his home, her home, our new home together, Texas A&M and our honeymoon location) to the groom’s cake, our Aggie rings, bridal party and details, there’s a consistent love for and devotion to our university. One of our favorite moments on our wedding day is when all the Aggies joined in the middle of the dance floor to sing our school’s “War Hymn.”

It was important that Logan’s family, from south Louisiana, and my family, from south Texas, both felt represented at our wedding. Thus, every aspect of our wedding was grounded in meaning and tradition to best represent our Southern heritage and who we are as a couple. The jewelry I wore is worn by every bride in Logan’s family on her wedding day, and Logan’s grandmother made her famous pecan pralines for favors; they were a huge hit with our guests! Our cake topper was used on both my grandparents’ and parents’ wedding cake, and my parents led a traditional grand march to start the dancing. For dinner we had Cajun cuisine and Mexican fajitas (our favorite!). All of the décor was either antiques we had collected from our families or handmade details that our parents, sisters and friends worked tirelessly on; as soon as we got engaged my mom started collecting vintage teapots to sit on each table. Instead of carrying a pillow, my baby brother carried our wedding rings in the teapot Logan proposed with. Ultimately, it was a beautiful melding of two families and two distinct versions of Southern culture.

Wedding Photography: John Cain Photography / Wedding Venue: 7F Lodge in College Station, Texas / Floral Design: The Flower Box / Wedding Cinematography: The Bride’s Uncle / Wedding Invitations: Frontier Paper Co. / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Pour La Victoire

Hill Country Wedding at Camp Lucy from a’la Vie Photography

Ceramic pigs? Yes please! That’s just one of the wonderful elements from this wedding by a’la Vie Photography that I can’t get enough of. With a venue like Camp Lucy, that’s already as sweet as pie, you’d wonder how a couple could top its fabulousness for their wedding day. Insert the wow-worthy work of Verve Austin and flowers by Westbank Flower Market. Hold the round of applause for the full gallery here.

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From a’la Vie PhotographyLara Pool and Timothy West had a gorgeous, outdoor wedding in June in the Texas hill country out at Camp Lucy. The grounds are beautiful on their own, but Lara and her wedding planner, Barbara Shorts of Verve Austin, brought in tons of flowers that made the venue even more spectacular. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, and the sweet touches of butterflies and ceramic pigs made this whimsical wedding even more fun.

There were outdoor sitting areas that created a sweet intimacy for the guests even though the area is huge. Lara and Timothy danced the night away to one of their favorite bands, Jabarvy. Guests had two photo booths to choose from to document their day, along with a cigar roller who made custom cigars. Lara and Timothy spent the night surrounded by family and friends. I wish them both the best!

Wedding Photography: Pam Hults of a’la Vie Photography / Wedding Venue: Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas / Event Planning + Coordination: Barbara Shorts of Verve Austin / Floral Design: Westbank Flower Market / Catering: The RK Group / Wedding Cake: Scott Calvert of The Cake Plate / Band: Jabarvy / Lighting: ILIOS Lighting / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino

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Hill Country Wedding from Ann Marie Itschner Photography

Settle in, SMPers, for one of the most romantic weddings (ever ever ever!) and prepare your eyes for the prettiest of pretties brought to you by Ann Marie Itschner Photography. And it should come as no surprise that this wedding is ever-so-breathtaking, as this bride just so happens to work for David Peck who custom designed her gorrrgeous wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. From the beautiful green garden ceremony setting to the knockout orchid bouquet, every bit of these nuptials by Viridian Design Studio were a peaceful breath of fresh air. See the entire wedding in the gallery, right here.

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From Ann Marie Itschner PhotographyJennifer and Chris live and work in Houston and wanted to get married in the Hill Country. She had so many good memories of her childhood camp days around there. She is also one lucky gal — she works for David Peck (formerly Miles David), and he made a custom wedding dress for her, as well as her three sisters as her bridesmaids! To die for! The lace on her gown was so fluid and light that it almost had a relaxed feel to it, which perfectly describes Jennifer who is laid-back and full of life. The dress was immaculate and so was the day. Viridian Design Studio always does such a good job with their flowers, and these were no exception. Simple elegance and tranquility. Riverhill Country Club is a historic estate in Kerrville, and the grounds were perfect for the reception. The guests just had to walk right on over and enjoy the night with their friends. This was a fabulous event that was full of style and so chic.

Wedding Photography: Ann Marie Itschner Photography / Wedding Venue: Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville, Texas / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Viridian Design Studio / Wedding Dress: Custom by David Peck / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade

Texas Hill Country Wedding at Don Strange Ranch from Ryan Ray Photography

We’ve been chomping at the bit over the long weekend go get this week started on SMP, particularly because this pretty little number by Ryan Ray was first on the lineup of lovely. Thankfully the time has come to share the pretty, so we don’t have to wait a moment longer to soak up all the sweetness of this Texas fête. One little scroll through all the gorgeous images and you’ll see why we had ants in our pants to get it on your screen – and believe it or not, there is so much more to swoon over right here!

From the Bride… The most important aspect of our wedding was being wed before God with all of our friends and family there in support. As long as that was our focus, we knew the wedding itself would be beautiful. We had many more guests than we originally anticipated, so we tried to keep the ceremony and reception intimate with as many personal details as possible. These included all of the groom’s favorite deserts at his cake table, honey from the county his parents grew up in for favors, a picture of the bride’s grandfather sewn to her bouquet, a family Bible as the ring pillow and a stone altar that was transported to the family ranch for generations to come to enjoy. Our ceremony was held outdoors in the Texas Hill Country and we could not have been more lucky with the weather in May! The creek was running, the clouds rolled over right before the bridal processional, and the breeze was perfect. While most people look forward to the reception, we will never forget our wedding ceremony!

Wedding Photography: Ryan Ray Photography / Wedding Venue: Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas / Floral + Event Design: Razzle Dazzle Event Decorating / Wedding Coordination: Melody Agee of One Fine Day / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Bess Zowarka / Makeup: The Makeup Maven and Company / Groom’s Attire: Wilke Rodriguez

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Hill Country Wedding at The Antlers Hotel from Mint Photography

There’s just something about a stunning Hill Country wedding that never, EVER fails to tug at the heart strings – and this gorgeous Kingsland soiree is certainly no exception.  Set against a mesmerizing lakeside backdrop and boasting sweet DIY details and bright yellow hues, it’s the kind of day that takes your breath away with every last glorious moment… and you know how much we love those.  Mint Photography snapped up all of the lovely and the gallery is overflowing with so much pretty, you won’t know what to do with yourselves.  Join me there for more.

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From Mint Photography There are SO many wonderful things I can say about this wedding! First off, the venue was GORGEOUS and the details were ah-mazing and all designed by Lauren’s mom! This quaint hotel over looked lake LBJ, so Blake and his groomsmen enjoyed a day boating on the lake, while the girls spent the afternoon sipping on cocktails and having a ton of good laughs. How perfect does that sound? The food was exquisite thanks to caterer Chef Taylor Hall, who created a masterpiece of a meal for the guests in attendance. Gorgeous lighting arrangements draped across the canopy of enormous ancient oak trees, and the sounds of acoustic guitar strums provided the backdrop for the chorus of conversation and laughs. A great time was had a by all in a romantic summer evening setting. It was truly a magical evening that made this photog’s job a joy!

Wedding Photography: Mint Photography / Wedding Venue: The Antlers Hotel in Kingsland, Texas / Floral Design: Botanica / Catering: Chef Taylor Hall / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Wedding Dress: Watters / Bride’s Sash: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Vista West Ranch Wedding by Nicole Chatham Photography

Next time you think of rustic or shabby chic, this sweet little Texas number by Nicole Chatham Photography should be the first fête to pop in your head. Because loves, it’s the definition of rustic chic. From the perfectly placed florals by Petal Pushers to the gorgeous barn setting that is the Vista West Ranch to the gorgeous tablescape that has us all ready to drop everything and go antiquing – it’s anything and everything we love so much about these parties, and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From the Bride… Lance and I met at the rodeo and have been dance partners ever since — it’s our favorite thing to do, so when we got engaged we knew we wanted to incorporate that feeling with a rustic, vintage, shabby-chic wedding. We also knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony with natural light, beautiful trees and pretty green grass, then move inside for the reception and celebration.  Much to my surprise, I found Vista West Ranch!  It had everything we could have imagined and envisioned.  Beautiful grounds with a fun old car and truck, a simply stunning outside altar, a big rustic barn for the reception and fun bunkhouses for lodging. This venue is family-owned and operated, and they truly make you feel as though you’re a part of the family.  And, on top of that, other members of the family run Petal Pushers and Served Bartending.

After meeting with the venue owner, she mentioned Petal Pushers — WOW is all I can say. Not only are they florists, but they also rent centerpieces, vintage china, wood tables and more! Before I found them, I thought I would be living in thrift stores looking for knick-knacks to get my vintage look, my budget would be all over the place spending on these items and I would have a house full of this stuff that my soon-to-be husband might not be too happy about. Although they had everything I was looking for, I still wanted to add and make special pieces that made it more personal. We wanted our guests to walk in and think, this is so Kristen and Lance, and we accomplished that!  We were able to incorporate outside banners, a vintage mailbox, burlap runners, a unique guest book and mason jars to name just a few. 

Now, for the groom’s “cake” — the biggest hit! My husband has always been silly in throwing his name into songs and inserting it wherever he can, laughing as I shake my head. He is always saying to me, “You’re just mad because your name has two syllables and doesn’t fit.” All in all, he’s pretty much in love with his name, so what better way to share this silliness with our guests than to have Lance Products included. We shared Lance mini pecan pies, mini cinnamon buns and mini sweet rolls. Everyone has a fun cake, but we had an outstanding dessert table. To top it off, the table was themed, “Your last chance for a piece of Lance.” Every wedding seems to have leftover cake but I am pleased to say there was NOT one dessert item left on the groom’s table.  As a matter of fact, I saw several of our guests with two or three items from the table. It was a bigger hit than expected.

Nicole Chatham was our photographer from the beginning.  She was a wonderful addition to our amazing day.  She was able to bring her touch to our rustic feel, as you can see in the beautiful pictures posted.  We will always be able to look back and remember our wedding day just as we had envisioned it.  

Wedding Photography: Nicole Chatham Photography / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas / Floral Design: Petal Pushers / Wedding Coordination: Casey of Coordinate This / Catering: Tug’s Bar-B-Que / Wedding Cakes: Classic Cakes by Lori / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Belle Saison Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry + Accessories: Serendipity Tiaras / Hair: Freida + Mel of Zig Zag Salon / Makeup: Makeup by Adrienne / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay via Melange Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Rew Elliott / Flower Girls’ Dresses: OliveandFern / Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos A. Bank

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Dripping Springs Wedding at Vista West Ranch by Forever Photography Studio

We’re wrapping up the week with this beyond gorgeous Dripping Springs wedding. I seriously can not get over how fabulous these florals are, especially how they lined the aisle with pretty little mason jars. I could seriously frame a pretty image or two from Forever Photography Studio and lucky for you and me there’s a whole gallery just waiting to inspire. Click here for more!

From the Bride… Pete and I met right after I had moved home from college. So many of my friends had moved away, and what I used to call home felt like such a different place because of it. One Thursday night I went to go visit my cousin at a restaurant she worked at. I noticed Pete almost immediately when I walked in as we casually made eye contact. About an hour later he came up to talk to me, and we really hit it off. A few phone calls later, he asked me on a date. And I guess the rest is history! We live in Houston, and after touring multiple venues around there, none really gave me the feeling I was looking for. We wanted something elegant but laid-back, sophisticated but not too stuffy. We wanted people to have fun! I’ve always loved the Texas Hill Country, so we decided to take a weekend trip to Austin. We lined up 12 venue appointments (it was a long and busy weekend!). Vista West Ranch was literally appointment #12. The very last one. Up until that appointment there were a few venues that were on the short list, but nothing definite. The minute I walked into Vista West Ranch, I knew it was the place we were going to get married. I immediately fell in love with its rustic vibe. It was absolutely everything we were looking for.

Long before we even had a date picked out, I knew I wanted my colors to be green and gray. Ironically enough, it worked out perfectly when the only weekend in spring Vista West Ranch had left was St. Patrick’s Day. After picking colors, the venue really drove a lot of the inspiration. I was dead set on having tall and short centerpieces, but I didn’t want them to be glass. I found beautiful birch wood vases on the internet and used wooden candlesticks for the tall arrangements. My florist was wonderful in working with me and helping bring my vision to life. We worked through the logistics of getting a huge arrangement to sit securely atop a small wooden base. Everything turned out beautifully. For our wedding favors, my mom and I made 100 jars of strawberry jam. My mom has been making this recipe ever since I was a small child. I remember every Christmas she would make jars of it for me to give to my teachers and bus driver as gifts. For a few months every weekend, we would get together and make a batch. I think it took about nine batches to get all the jars filled! I then searched (and searched … and searched) all over for the right fabric to cover the jars and made cute labels for them. I will say being a graphic designer definitely had it advantages when it came to wedding planning. I put my creative touch on almost every element I could.

I consider myself a very non-traditional bride. From Pete and I seeing each other before the wedding to our “guest book” quilt,  I really wanted this moment to be about us. I can’t wait to see how the fabric squares come together to make a beautiful quilt we car cherish for the rest of our lives together. The wedding took 15 months of long, hard planning, but we can honestly say it was the best day of our lives. We wouldn’t have changed a single thing.

Wedding Photography: Forever Photography Studio / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas / Event Design + Planning: Lauren Carrillo of Something To Celebrate / Floral Design: La Fleur Vintage / Wedding Cinematography: Waterloo Films / Wedding Invitation Design: The Bride / Wedding Cake: Lori Saldana of Classy Cakes by Lori / DJ: Erik of Greenbelt DJ Productions / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid

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New Braunfels Wedding at The Gristmill by Studio 563

A river view is a mighty fine thing to have when saying “I Do” to your one and only. And with this sweet Texas spot for marrying comes an affair with just the right touch of rustic charm, cowboy boots included. Studio 563  snapped away from riverside beginning to an ending at the couple’s favorite restaurant, The Gristmill. It’s country goodness times a mill and there’s a whole gallery full of that goodness to peruse. Hop to it!

From the Bride… Before Dustin and I got engaged, I had this picture in my head of the wedding I wanted. But as soon as he proposed and it became real, that picture wasn’t the same one I had in mind any more. My focus changed from having my dream wedding to getting married to the best man in the world. If you’re marring the best man in the world, ANY wedding is a dream wedding! We wanted a small wedding that was unique to us. He proposed  at our favorite restaurant: The Gristmill in Gruene, Texas. So we decided to have our wedding reception there! We then had to find a place for the ceremony, and all we knew was that we wanted to get married right by the river. I think I googled “weddings in New Braunfels, TX” and started looking at images that caught my eye. That’s how I found that the Courtyard Marriott had a gorgeous courtyard right on the river. Everything else seemed to fall into place after having those places picked out.

When Dustin and I were dating, we would go to the good ole’ Dixie Chicken to eat burgers and drink beer. He carved our names on the table we were sitting at to say “Dustin M. loves Miranda M.” My initial was M before we got married, but he knew we would get married one day so he just put M so it would be correct before or after we got married. He also wrote, “Miranda is the girl who I get to wake up next to for the rest of my life.” So instead of a guest book for people to sign, we had people sign a table that was made for us! The wedding day was amazing and our photographer, Lisa, with Studio 563 captured it all. Looking at some of the pictures from the ceremony, and seeing our faces while we were saying our vows really takes me back to that moment. She truly captured the emotion of our day and that is priceless to me.

To all the brides getting married: I told a friend who got married shortly after we did that getting married is much like a roller coaster. It seems like it takes forever to get there, and when you’re all stressed out it seems like it takes even longer — sometimes you just wish it was over with before it even begins! But once you overcome the most stressful point, it’s like being at the top of the roller coaster and from then on out you get to coast and have the best time in your life. 

Wedding Photography: Lisa of Studio 563 / Ceremony: Courtyard New Braunfels River Village in New Braunfels, Texas / Reception: The Gristmill in New Braunfels, Texas / Floral Design: Jenny Stork, A Friend of the Bride, with Special Thanks to the Last Petal / Officiant: Pastor Karen Horan of Gruene United Methodist Church / Wedding Cake: The Cake Guys / Wedding Typography: Jeanna Goodrich / Ceremony DJ: Music 4 Life / Rentals: Comal Rental / Favors: Sugarville Candles / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Weddings by Debbie / Bride’s Belt: Enzoani / Bride’s Necklace: Custom by Art by Amy with Her Grandmother’s Pearls / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Men’s Suits: Al’s Formal Wear / Groom’s Wedding Ring: Zales / Bride’s Wedding Ring: Simon G

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Hill Country Wedding at Driftwood Estate Winery by A L Collective

Texas and rustic elegance go hand in hand. They’re like campfires and s’mores; both equally awesome on their own but so much better together. And while we’re at it, another great combo can be found in the peachy florals of  Unexpected Elements, the vineyard filled backdrop of Driftwood Estate Winery and all the lovely imagery captured by A L Collective. It’s an ode to the perfect Texas wedding and you can see it all unfold right here.

From the Groom… It didn’t take long for me to realize Jennifer was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I began looking at engagement rings after having been together for only four months. I know it sounds crazy (believe me, I still can’t believe it myself sometimes), but I had never felt happiness like this in my entire life and had every intention of keeping it that way. As much as I wanted to propose as quickly as possible I was trying my hardest to wait for the perfect opportunity to present itself. For our six-month anniversary I was able to plan an amazing trip to the Georgia mountains. At first, I was planning to pop the question while we were there, but as chance would have it Jennifer received some very exciting news just three weeks before we were to depart for the mountains: a job offer in Austin, Texas. With only a few weeks to get our lives together and set up living arrangements in Austin, it was stressful enough without a ring burning a hole in my pocket. After we had both informed our current employers of our plans to explore new horizons, we started throwing our lives into boxes and getting travel plans set in stone. Two weeks later we embarked on a 900 mile, 18 hour journey to Austin – our new home.

We spent the next four days unpacking and preparing Jenn for her first day at work. When Jenn left for work bright and early Monday morning, I hit the streets as well, visiting companies whom I had contacted while in Tallahassee. I was contacted only two days into my job search by a company that I had reached out to via Craigslist. After two interviews I was offered a position, which I quickly accepted. Now that we were secure financially and comfortable in this new city, I felt like I could finally begin looking for a place to propose. During my job search, I had covered a lot of ground and conveniently worked a few special locations into my daily job-hunt routes. In particular was a beautiful little park only a few miles from our apartment called Mt. Bonnell. Mt. Bonnell is a picturesque cliff on the banks of the Colorado River (also known as Lake Austin) that offers breath-taking views of the city and surrounding hill country. While there for my first visit, I told two women on a walk that I was a recent addition to the city and looking for a place to propose to my girlfriend. They informed me of a small, community park that was much more private and just up the road. When I finally found it (which was not easy due to winding roads and not having an exact address), I knew it would be the place where I’d propose. The views were amazing and there wasn’t a soul in sight.

Being young and very much in love, Jennifer and I had made a point to celebrate our month-iversary (lame, I know) on the 25th of every month. Our seven-month anniversary was rapidly approaching, and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to pop the question (this way she knew I would plan something, but would hopefully have no idea how big that something was). With only a few days to go I had to act quickly to get everything set up. Fortunately, my new boss was really excited for me so he let me leave work early on the big day to gather all of the goodies necessary to execute my plan. The hardest part was waiting for her to get home from work. The suspense was killing me. She arrived at 5:15 and I told her we had dinner plans somewhere and needed to hurry (I was trying to get there before sunset, so the atmosphere would be perfect). We jumped in the car and started the short journey to the park. As we pulled up to it, Jennifer was just as impressed with the views and overall vibe as I first was. Initially, she thought we were going to a restaurant, but when I opened my trunk and pulled out the cooler and blanket she started to realize dinner was here for just the two of us with the beautiful hills of our new city. After a delicious meal, I knew it was go time. The sun had started to set, and painted the sky a beautiful shade of pink. Jenn snapped pictures while I packed all of the plates and trash up in the cooler and told her I was going back to the car to drop it all off so we could enjoy the sunset. This was true, but I also wanted to grab the ring that had been locked in my glove box since we left Tallahassee. I walked back to her slowly, trying to conceal the ring box in my pocket and asked her to please stand up and watch the sunset with me. She had the sweetest smile on her face while I explained to her how much she means to me and how much I love who we are together. Then I dropped to one knee and asked her to make me the happiest man in the world and spend the rest of her life with me. Through teary eyes, she finally said the word I’d been hoping to hear: yes. The rest, as they say, is history…

Wedding Photography: A L Collective / Wedding Venue: Driftwood Estate Winery in Dripping Springs, Texas / Floral Design: Unexpected Elements / Wedding Consultant: Kristi Treadwell of Joyful Details / Catering: Carino’s Italian / Wedding Cake: Central Market / Wedding Invitations: Twig & Lily / Décor + Rentals: Marquee Rents / Entertainment: Austin Party Machine / Transportation: Star Shuttle / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini via / Bride’s Earrings: Urban Posh / Bride’s Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden / Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Goldsmith of Haute Facade / Rings: Blue Nile / Bridesmaids’ + Mother of the Bride’s Dresses: Forever 21, J.Crew + Nordstrom / Men’s Suits: Jos A. Bank / Rehearsal Dinner: Casa Chapala

Dripping Springs Wedding at Camp Lucy by Al Gawlik Photography

This adorable couple was wed on Earth Day and was inspired to keep everything, down to the littlest of details, totally eco-friendly. Everything they used was either recycled, reusable or plantable and the outcome is total vintage gorgeous! Al Gawlik Photography captured all the pretty details created by the bride and there’s so much more here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Not long after we became engaged, I started planning our wedding at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs for the upcoming early spring season. I had a vision to have a vintage-chic meets eco-friendly wedding and wanted to use only recycled, reusable, and plantable products. Even our invitations and RSVP’s were plantable, as well as our favors. We were married on a Sunday, April 22 2012: EARTH DAY! It was a beautiful day for an outdoor reception, and everything turned out perfectly! Having had carefully picked out every detail, from which flowers to use to designing the cake, it all turned out better than I could have imagined — we couldn’t have been happier with all of our vendors that we used. We had all of our family there and a majority of our friends — we even had Buford the bulldog. :) I’m a huge fan of color,  so to be able to incorporate different colors that you don’t always see together (sea foam green, yellow and peach), and having it turn out so pretty all together was beyond amazing! I loved the color blocking bridesmaid’s dresses that I picked out — they all looked so pretty in them!

Wedding Photography: Al Gawlik Photography / Wedding Venue: Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas / Floral Design: Designs by Sage / Event Design: DIY / Wedding Invitations: Forever Fiances / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Lori / Event Rentals: Whim Event Rentals / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade

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Hill Country Wedding at Camp Lucy by Caroline + Ben Photography

Glam, glam, GLAM! This Bride is the definition of glam-or-ous, and her super stylish soiree? Well, it’s just beyond. Seriously beyond. From the Bride’s top knot to the shoes on her fancy fete to all the layers of lovely in the gorgeous victorian-inspired reception – every image by Caroline + Ben Photography is as swoon-worthy as the last…making for one glamorous gallery!

From the Bride… We wanted a very Victorian/ornate wedding with lots of romantic details, such as like silver platters, lace, soft colors, crystal jewels and black suits. We love the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. This is what we kept in mind when creating the look and feel of our wedding, from every detail, from decor to our clothing. We wanted to incorporate old world techniques like hand-painted sign-in scrolls and seating charts done with feather pens and calligraphy. We wanted people to be swept away into another time when they walked into our wedding. We wanted it to feel very ornate and detailed but not stuffy, just cozy and romantic, and hopefully still encouraged everyone to have a good time!

We ordered a lot of items from Etsy like our sign-in scroll which was hand-painted by Danae Blackburn-Hernandez, who is a very talented calligrapher. Her shop on Etsy is eDanae and her blog is I Dream of Letters. We also used another calligrapher for our seating chart, which she hand painted. We placed it on a gold framed mirror in an easel outside the pavilion for dinner. Her name is Teri Fitch and has a shop on Etsy called Damn Good Calligrpahy. It really is damn good! We actually tried to NOT have any DIY projects and wanted to utilize all the amazing artists out there to help our vision come to life. We purchased/rented a lot of specific decor items and ordered special Victorian postcards we re-printed for table numbers, which we cut and framed, but we didn’t really do anything that absorbed too much of our time. We really concentrated on picking out the right table settings, flowers, clothes, and decor to make sure it all worked together, and we had amazing vendors who understood our vision and killed it on the setup! We did purchase all our mercury vases from West Elm since the florist we used didn’t have any, and we knew we wanted that look to go with our Victorian theme. Our florist did an amazing job with our flowers and nailed the look we wanted to our exact request! Her name is Erin Knipp from Rosehip Flora.

Jeff’s brother Silas was our officiant, which was so special. He even wrote the entire ceremony intro and kept it as a surprise for us which was so meaningful. One of the best moments was when Silas asked us to turn around and take a moment to look at all the friends and family who were with us in the chapel on our wedding day. He did this during the ceremony, and we are so greatful he gave us an opportunity to soak it all in. This will always stick in our mind — I can even remember the faces I saw and where they were sitting, such a special touch. He did such an amazing job.

If everything is happening too fast, don’t be afraid to ask the coordinator to slow things down! Jeff and I wish we would have. It really isn’t a big deal if we linger longer for dinner and the dance starts late — at that point, who cares? It’s all about talking to as many friends and family as you can, and the timeline can go out the window after everyone has a full belly. So take time to soak it all in and slow things down if you feel you need to. Its easy to get swept away in everything and not get in as many hugs as you hoped to, which is so important! And hire great vendors! They make ALL the difference in the world!! You’ll be able to tell pretty quickly once you start planning who the good eggs and bad eggs are!

Wedding Photography: Caroline + Ben Photography / Wedding Venue: Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas / Floral Design: Erin Knipp of Rosehip Flora / Event Planning: The Bride & Groom / Wedding Day Coordination: Megan Ledsome Shindler of Circle the Date Events / Wedding Cinematography: Adam Grumbo Films / Catering + Dessert: Leigh Louis of Word of Mouth / Caker Topper: Etsy / Wedding Invitations + Save-the-Dates: Laura Nehls of LetterBoxInk / Invitation + Sign-In Scroll Calligraphy: Danae Blackburn Hernandez of eDanae / Seating Chart Calligraphy: Teri Fitch of Damn Good Calligraphy / Linens + Rentals: Word of Mouth + To Have and Hold / Wedding Dress + Belt: Lazaro (Fall 2011) / Bride’s Shoes: Pour la Victoire / Bride’s Hair Flower: Sara Gabriel / Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Grace Filipowicz of Jose Luis Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LOVE by Enzoani / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Ashley from Belle Mariee Artistry / Groom’s Tuxedo, Shirt + Bow Tie: Tom Ford / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Groomsmen’s Suits: Their Own / Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: Bead Unique

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Hill Country Vintage Inspired Bridal Photo Shoot by Jen Rios Design

Escape from your day to the secret garden. Imagine lovely lavender so vibrant that you can smell it, sweet lace draped elegantly over a rustic wooden table and various unique vessels carrying arrangements that you want to reach out and touch. Now, open your eyes and feast your heart on this incredible inspiration shoot by Jen Rios Design. I wish the computer screen was a scratch and sniff because these stunning images by Ann Marie Itschner Photography have left me lusting for more lavender! Luckily, there are plenty more photo’s here to keep your day dream going {and going} until you reach the farmer’s market.

From Jen Rios DesignThe inspiration behind this shoot was fields of lavender, rustic but sweet vintage elements, a table set for tea and garden romance. We originally planned on the shoot tailoring to a bridal party tea or shower but once Dawn from Sisters Vintage Party came across this vintage Edwardian style gown, we just had to go for a wedding/bridal shoot. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, The Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast was my first choice for the shoot’s location. The owner, Cecilia has carefully curated her garden to host only the most beautiful herbs and plant life. The romantic overgrown feel you get from her garden provided the perfect setting for the “garden romance” we were looking for. With my vision in mind, Dawn and Vickie from Sisters Vintage Party pulled together elements from their collection that perfectly created that “rustic, sweet, vintage” vibe. They have an amazing selection of vintage goodies, and their creativity is such an inspiration! Once all these things were designed and thought through there was only one person who could make it come to life: Ann Marie. Ann’s photography style is like no one else’s. She’s not afraid to take risks to get an artistic shot. The soft, vintage feel her photos have were the perfect way to portray to look I wanted for this concept.

Photography: Ann Marie Itschner Photography / Photo Shoot Location: The Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast in Kerrville, Texas / Concept, Design + Styling: Jen Rios Design / Vintage Furniture, Props, Rentals + Wardrobe: Sisters Vintage Party / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wardrobe Assistance + Bride’s Accessories: Annie Cal’s Boutique / Hair + Makeup: Ann Marie Itschner Photography

Hill Country Wedding at The Serengeti Resort by Q Avenue Photo

A fellow Texas gal myself, this Hill Country Wedding by Brad and Jen has completely won my heart. Saddle up for something extra special because we’ve got custom koozies, livestock, perfectly mismatched bridesmaids dresses and flawless table-scapes; all in harmony with one another thanks to Brandi Hines Events + Design. Oh, and I hear the crawfish by Heavenly Gourmet was heavenly indeed! There are so many great details to this day so be sure to boot scoot and boogie over to the full gallery here!

From Brad and JenBrooke and Luke were married at The Serengeti Resort, just outside of San Antonio, Texas. The resort is complete with ostriches, gazelles, a camel named Clyde and a giraffe named Buddy. Brooke and Luke have a huge heart for animals, so the setting couldn’t have been more perfect. From the country chic details, such as the carnival props, to the safari landscape, everything seemed to radiate color. We were surrounded by a vibrant array of family, friends and best crawfish an Aggie could ask for. It was truly a night to remember.

Wedding Photography: Brad and Jen / Wedding Venue: The Serengeti Resort in Bergheim, Texas / Wedding Planning: Brandi Hines Events + Design / Catering: Heavenly Gourmet / Wedding Cakes: Cakes & More / Paper Goods: Lauren Ledbetter Design & Styling / DJ: Nick Cardenas / Wedding Dress: Christina Wu / Bow Ties: Bro Ties Neckwear

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Brenham Wedding at The Antique Rose Emporium by Katie Lamb Photography

Fresh lemonade anyone? Yes, with a side of popcorn. That’s what these lucky guests were served from a handmade stand while waiting for the fun to begin at The Antique Rose Emporium, and we would like some too. Lauren Cunningham of The Creative Parasol piled on the pretty with pastel pink MooseFeathers Florist flowers and then some at this shabby chic fete. The bride is shabby-free in a lace Pronovias gown that is just-oh-so-right for catching the sunlight through tulle with lace applique. Between the thyme, burlap sack signs and sparklers there are too many lovely little things to tell you about, so we’ll let Katie Lamb Photography show you all of it right here!

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From Katie Lamb PhotographyOliver and Kristin are such a fun couple, and their wedding was such a perfect reflection of them. Kristin and her bridesmaids all got ready in the old vintage house on the property with a wraparound porch that stepped right out to the ceremony aisle. The ceremony took place outside at the gazebo, and Kristin had a homemade lemonade stand with drinks and popcorn for guests to enjoy while waiting for it to start. Afterward, we walked up the old dirt path to the chapel where dinner was held, then everyone put their boots on and headed back down another path to the outdoor area for dancing under the stars and twinkle lights. It was simply amazing.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: Katie Lamb Photography / Wedding Venue: The Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas / Floral Design: MooseFeathers Florist / Event Design + Wedding Invitations: Lauren Cunningham of The Creative Parasol / Event Planning: Something Planned / Wedding Cakes: The Muffin Top / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Brickhouse Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Granite Ranch Wedding from Lisa Woods Photography + CLINK + Sprout

Weddings are the best. We think it’s fabulous when two people in love combine their tastes into one beautiful affair. And the fact that you get to wear some of the most fabulous clothing of your life is just icing on the cake. So when a wedding coordinated by CLINK, flora’d by Sprout and captured by Lisa Woods Photography that was so obviously adorable landed in my lap I filled a gallery with all the images and put it on the calendar as quickly as possible. You will LOVE it.

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We realized very quickly that the most important thing to us was to have our friends and family be a part of our day. With this focus we tried to make the whole day feel like us as much as possible. We are mountain bikers, campers, climbers and travelers so we wanted a natural, simple, outdoor wedding. From there we just let our ideas take over and asked friends and family to help out to make them become a reality. One of Tim’s groomsman drew the bicycle table place cards, my mom collected vintage milk glass and we borrowed the lanterns from a friend. Also, since Tim’s sister owns Granite Ranch, not only was it was the perfect backdrop for the whole day, but it’s a place full of memories that we’ve shared with his family.In the end that’s what makes the day so special, having the people you love contribute and be a part of the whole experience!

The most fun I had planning our wedding was when Tim got involved and put in his own ideas. Our friends often refer to us as “fire and water” because we balance each other so well. I chose mustard and navy for our colors, but he added in the purple accents because it’s his favorite color. He chose Salt Lick because it’s his favorite BBQ in Austin and I figured it fit well with the ranch theme. I found vintage windows for our ceremony backdrop and Tim placed them perfectly in the oak grove. I’ve never felt our partnership more than during that time.

Photographer: Lisa Woods Photography / Coordinators: CLINK / Cake: Sophie’s Choice Bakery / Flowers: Sprout / Food: Salt Lick BBQ / Dress: Sue Wong / Jewelry: Dana Kellin / Hair: Shannon Briggs at Path Salon / Venue: Granite Ranch