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This Bride Refused to Let a Little Rain Ruin Her Romantic Wedding Day!

You learn a lot during the wedding planning process and our favorite brides are the ones that share that first hand knowledge with other eager to learn ladies. Case in point: this blushing beauty who took a rainy forecast and turned it into a wonderful wedding adventure with the help of Heavenly Day Events. She crafted a letter to other brides who dread the raindrops and her words are wise – read on below and see the proof that rainy wedding days don’t mean dreary pics with The Mill Photography Studio’s gallery right this way!

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From Heavenly Day EventsRain is one of the fastest ways to crush a bride’s spirit. Utter disappointment … the destruction of a vision that has been dreamed of and paid for penny by penny.

Though, as a seasoned planner, I’ve learned one thing: headspace can make or break the experience. Remaining positive is the best way to navigate those frustrating challenges.

Therese and Chris got married in the Texas Hill Country and when rain clouds threatened their day, they made a choice. It was still going to be the best day ever, no matter the muddy dress and noodle hair. They handled things so well that I later asked Therese if she would write a letter to another bride facing a rainy day and her words are words that all brides could benefit from hearing. It rained the entire day and seeing how beautiful images can be, despite the grim, is a testament to hiring a professional photographer that will go the extra mile.

Before jumping into her sweet letter, I think it’s also important to note that their positivity rubbed off on the vendors. We couldn’t have been more proud to serve them. The photographer was literally laying in a mud puddle to get these images. Everyone was soaking wet and pretty chilly but none of us cared. We just loved that they were having a good time.

Here is the letter that Therese wrote to Anna.

Anna,

You don’t know me – but we have a lot in common. We’re both Austinites, 2017 brides, we’re both obviously super smart because we both hired Amber and now it sounds like you might get to join the rainy day bride club. I know you might be thinking that it’s not necessarily a club you want to be a part of right now. It’s not what you envisioned, everything is outside, you might be a little concerned people aren’t going to have fun, your dress may get dirty, your Jimmy Choos are going to sink in the MUD – the list goes on.

Just a few weeks ago, on March 4th – I was in your shoes and facing the same predicament. I was getting married at an all outdoor venue and months out (I may or may not have started looking January 4th) it was looking like rain on March 4th. I inquired in Farmer’s Almanacs, I enlisted my wedding party to do rain dances, I tried it all to get it to not rain on our big day but by Wednesday March 1st, it was time to face the music. It wasn’t just going to rain on my wedding day, it was going to POUR. Mother Nature and I simply just weren’t on the same page about how we envisioned March 4th.

Admittedly, I was really pouty about it. That was until that Friday before all of the festivities were about to begin. Chris (my now husband) sat me down in the car and insisted that I pout for the next 30 minutes but after those 30 minutes are up – it was time to move on. He reminded me of all the hard work I had poured into planning this day, that this was likely the only time in our lives when all of our friends and family would be in one location ready and eager to celebrate us, and that while this grand event that we had looked forward to for months hadn’t included rain in our heads, it was only seven hours of rain on our wedding day and according to everyone else, nothing but blue skies ahead for the rest of our lives. So that’s what I did. I sat, and I cried and when those 30 minutes were up, I moved on and decided to choose to be positive for the rest of the weekend. No matter what the weather was, at the end of the weekend, I’d be married to the man of my dreams – and that’s what this is really all about! You’re getting married!!

This week, as your big day approaches, I’d encourage you to do the same. It might sound a little silly – and Amber can be a great shoulder to cry on if you need – but just let it all out. Cry like a baby, pout about it and then leave it behind you and stay positive – because this is the day you’ve been waiting your whole girl life for! When March 4th rolled around it was pouring down rain but I was cool and calm as a cucumber. I knew I was in good hands with Amber and her team (btw, you’ll have to get her to tell you the time she handled a wedding in a tornado). All of the vendors totally picked up on my positive attitude and I really feel like they went above and beyond their already amazing selves to make my day the most wonderful.

Looking back, some of my best memories of that day revolve around the rain – and not to mention, my most favorite pictures. We’ve had friends come up to us for weeks saying that our wedding was the most fun they’ve been to in months and that they didn’t even notice the rain half of the time (that maaaay have been alcohol induced?).

Anyways, that’s my completely unsolicited advice, but it served me well and I was happy to provide it to another soon-to-be fellow rainy day bride. It’s a fun club a few other friends of mine are in as well… now we have a new found laughter about Alanis Morisette’s Ironic :)

And just remember at the end of the day, no matter how nervous or stressed, excited, overwhelmed and all of the other feelings you might be feeling right now, just remember that your very best friend is going to be on the other side of the altar just waiting for you and that’s all that matters anyway. Everyone is there to celebrate you guys – and they don’t mind getting a little wet!

PS.Try to take in EVERY single moment, it will be over before you know it!

Sincerely,

Therese Rothfelder


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Photography: The Mill Photography Studio | Event Planning: Heavenly Day Events | Floral Design: Wild Bunches | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: 2tarts Bakery | Catering: Royal Fig Catering | Hair + Makeup: Andrea Juarez | Band: Matchmaker Band | Transportation: Margarita Madness | Wedding Venue: Gruene Estate | Bar: Margarita Madness

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Romantic Texas Hill Country Engagement Session

If this was the beauty surrounding my family home, I don’t think I’d ever leave… and so it’s no surprise that these childhood sweethearts decided to have their engagement shoot right there. Captured by Anne Marie Photography, we not only get a glimpse into their adorable love for one another, but some super pretty eye candy as well – see it all in our VAULT right this way!

From Anne Marie PhotographyJillian and Tanner watched each other grow up. After meeting in kindergarten, they began dating in middle school, and after college, they both moved back to New Braunfels, TX where they grew up. Tanner works for his family business and Jillian helps to manage and style a local boutique called Lot 59. Individually and as a couple they share a love for authentic and natural style. This is exactly why they chose Tanner’s family property for their engagement session. The hills and trees on the property give a very romantic and natural feel to the photos. They picked clothes that reflected their personalities, Tanner the all-American boy and Jillian, more of a bohemian prep.


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Photography: Anne Marie Photography

Modern Texas Clubhouse Wedding

When you work in the “industry” … wedding industry that is, your own special day can be nothing short of amazing. Luckily, for this lovely bride, she had a so much help from friends, that every detail of this modern Texas wedding was picture perfect. With the help of Statue of Design & snaps from Rachael Hall Photography, you won’t want to miss a moment from this special day here!

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From Rachael Hall PhotographyReba and Ryan are a remarkable couple. I knew Reba as a fellow wedding industry colleague; she is an amazing event planner with such an eye for design. This wedding was a family affair, in that several of us: Sweet August Events, Rachael Hall Photography and 2tarts Bakery, all good friends, worked together to create an unforgettable wedding for one of our own.

I couldn’t have been more excited to bring Reba and Ryan’s vision of their wedding day to life. They met in the Texas State Marching Band and carried the theme of music and their mutual love of Disney throughout their very stylish, modern wedding. Reba’s father passed away very unexpectedly a few years ago, and she is extremely close to her mother, Amy. It was important to Reba for me to reflect that in photographs.

The day was absolutely perfect with a bright blue Texas sky, and Reba looked radiant in her gown. Ryan’s uncle is a Catholic priest and had the special honor of performing their wedding mass. Reba’s friend and boss, Katherine Lopez, who owns Sweet August Events, did a phenomenal job of transforming The Landmark Loft Clubhouse into a vision of modern design. From laser-cut mirrors which listed the seating chart, to Ghost Chairs and signs on each table containing the title of a Disney love song and the amazing, lush florals and succulents provided by Statue of Design, Reba and Ryan’s wedding was breath-taking. 2tarts Bakery did their gold standard work by providing a crisp, modern palette of desserts in grey and white with bold accents of emerald.

From the beautiful Bride… From the day Ryan asked me to marry him I knew I wanted our day to be incredible and I needed to find the most incredible people to make it happen. Our vendors brought our vision to life, Katherine Lopez with Sweet August Events, my boss, made sure that every detail was perfect and exactly what I asked for. Rachael with Rachael Hall Photography captured the true essence of the magical day. With such a wonderful group of vendors who I work with on a daily basis I knew the day would be perfect, and it was.

I had always dreamed of getting married at Walt Disney World but our theme of Modern Romance seemed to fit our relationship perfectly and so course we had to throw in small touches of Disney wherever we could. My absolute favorite part of the day was standing in our reception space with my husband and looking around at beautiful décor that we designed and imagined together. At that moment surrounded by our family and closest friends we felt truly at home and overwhelmed with happiness.

Photography: Rachael Hall Photography | Videography: Miguel And Joe Photography | Event Planning: Sweet August Events | Floral Design: Statue of Design | Wedding Gown: Celebrations | Cake: 2tarts Bakery | Invitations: Girl General | Ceremony Venue: Sts. Peter And Paul Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Landmark | Bride's Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair And Makeup: Landmark Salon | Lighting: DPC Media | DJ: Complete Music | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Silver Voices | Rentals: Luxe Event Decor

Bridal Shoot at Historic Lindheimer House from Heather Moore Photography

I’m not exactly sure what is on your Thursday agenda, lovelies, but I can guarantee you one thing.  This mesmerizing bridal shoot from the talented lens of Heather Moore?  It will fill up one huge portion of your day.  Because this, my friends, is the kind of session that takes a stunning setting (the historic Lindheimer home) and pairs it with lush + vibrant florals from Blumen-Meisters, fab paper goods from Lucky Penny Paperie and yummy goodness from 2tarts Bakery… and wraps it all up in a full gallery that will take your breath.  Join me there for all of the pretty.

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From Heather MooreOur lovely model was Brandi Seguin and our location was the historic Lindheimer home in New Braunfels, Texas. This little saltbox home, which is currently a Texas landmark and museum, was built by German settlers. I decided to pattern our Bridal shoot after the romantic German influence and felt like shooting film would be the perfect choice to help us achieve this feel. Lots of charm in those little Lindheimer gardens — perfect to match our gorgeous ranunculus bouquet crafted by Sheri of Blumen-Meisters! The soft, romantic lace gown was provided by Beatitude Bridal in Boerne, Texas and Brandi’s hair was styled by Kylie Hill.

Photography: Heather Moore | Floral Design: Blumen-Meisters | Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie | Bridal Boutique: Beatitude Bridal | Film Developing: PhotoVision Prints | Sweets: 2tarts Bakery

Vintage Texas Inspiration Shoot from Bethany Boone Photography

There’s no denying that vintage stores make for some of the best locations when it comes to photo shoots and weddings alike. And this one in downtown New Braunfels is like a vintage lovers dream come true. Filled with everything from tilt-a-whirls to antique doors and bars, this shop makes for the best backdrop for Bethany Boone Photography to work her magic. Click here for the full gallery!

From Bethany Boone PhotographyThe colors of mustard, blush pink, mint green, & cream colors made for an elegant valentines day shoot in the heart of downtown New Braunfels, Texas.  Included were handmade hearts streamers, tilt-a-whirl, vintage bar, and antique doors. Shot at a vintage junk shop downtown.

Photography: Bethany Boone Photography / Shoot Concept Design + Wardrobe Styling: Bethany Boone Fashion

Backyard New Braunfels Wedding by Mustard Seed Photography

Backyard wedding-loving SMPers (that just might be all of us) this pretty little fête is going to send your soul into a tizzy of excitement. Because it is just everything a backyard party should be – and so much more. It’s twinkling lights, casual elegance and ruffly cakes all captured like only Mustard Seed Photography can – and it’s all waiting for you right here.

From Mustard Seed PhotographyWe recently traveled to New Braunfels to photograph this lovely, nature-themed backyard wedding, and we knew from the moment we arrived that we were in love! Not only are the bride and groom super-sweet, but they are also super-creative and put together the best soirée for their guests to enjoy. :)

From the Bride… I absolutely love old vintage knick knacks — bottles, cameras, mason jars, tea cups, books, plates, vases, milk glass, etc. I also adore birds of any kind and color. I knew I didn’t want the traditional symmetrical centerpieces/decor that you typically see  on wedding tables, so gathering things that I love and using them seemed like a nice idea. My mother and I started going to the flea market every weekend! We would haggle with vendors for hours attempting to get everything we needed and not spend a fortune. The main items we used for filler were vintage bottles, milk glass, mason jars and books. We would also buy “centerpiece” items such as vintage cameras, bird cages and even an old microscope. It took us about seven trips to the flea market and a full day of running around town to thrift stores to gather all the beautiful pieces we needed.

The day of the wedding, we filled the bottles and vases with candles, ranunculus, craspedia and assorted wildflowers. They looked like something from Alice in Wonderland’s tea party/magical vintage garden, which I couldn’t have been happier with. I had so much fun with my mother all those weekends we hung out, looking for decor — I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Wedding Photography: Mustard Seed Photography / Ceremony: New Braunfels Conservation Society in New Braunfels, Texas / Reception: The Home of the Bride’s Father in New Braunfels, Texas / Flowers: Travis Wholesale Florist + Arranged by the Bride + Her Mother / Event Design & Planning: The Bride / Wedding Cake: Specialty Cakes by Nisa / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride & Groom / DJ: ZSR Events & Entertainment / Tables + Linens: Aztec Events & Tents / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini / Bride’s Shoes: Bandolino / Hair: pH Salon

Boulder Springs Wedding by Mayhar Design

You really can’t help but smile at this fresh, colorful and oh-so-happy wedding crafted by Mayhar Design. Each and every detail from the yarn wrapped letters to the gorgeous flowers by Sprout are perfectly in place with this casually elegant fete. Sarah Q Photography captured the day brilliantly and if you’re totally smitten with what you see here, check out what’s waiting for you in the full gallery!

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From the bride… When Seth dropped to his knee under a rainbow-filled sky on Primrose Hill in London after a long, rain-drenched walk in the park, I went into a confused state of shock. I even asked him if he was serious and looked around a bit … which still gets me in trouble. I had known from our very first date that I wanted to be his wife, but as Seth is extremely practical and I am not, I knew that it would take him a bit more time to come to the same conclusion. My plan was to simply hang tight until he realized that he just had to pop the question. Haha! The funny thing is, when he did actually drop to his knee, I could not believe it. He is my hero and my love, and my calm and my heart, and I could not believe that God could possibly bless me so very much. It was awesome.  

After it finally started to sink in, though, I had another fantastic realization. Being from the wedding industry, it hit me that I would now get to plan my own wedding and make all of the little details that I love to design and create! So the planning started. Seth and I are very low-key and wanted to have a very simple but elegant “rustic” wedding with homemade touches. We quickly fell in love with the beautiful New Braunfels venue, Boulder Springs, and set to design a wedding that would compliment its outdoorsy, rustic atmosphere. I have loved the beautiful and creative work of Austin photographer Sarah Q for quite some time, so we quickly brought her on board. Next, we were so fortunate to find the awesome Michelle Hodges from Sprout in Fredericksburg. Her flowers and design sense are impeccable, and it was such a pleasure working with her. For dessert, we wanted a fun dessert bar, but did not want to spend the budgeted money on professionally-baked treats, so we opted for smaller bride and groom cakes and had friends and family make the most precious treats to add flavors and dimension! We then hired San Antonio based catering company Black Tie Affairs, who created a fantastic traditional BBQ dinner for our guests. We wanted to make our own invitations, but were clearly not gifted in the art of calligraphy, so we brought on designer and calligrapher Jennifer Gilllespie from Calligraphy by Jennifer.

After the bigger pieces of the puzzle were solidified, it was time to get crafty. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with yarn and started wrapping anything  I could get my hands on — framed boards, large letters and recycled CD covers for guests. We then added layers of pillows to various benches and spaces to add a touch of softness. Finally, we realized that we were missing one thing: something blue. Earlier in the year, my grandfather had passed away, and we were trying to think of the right way to make him a special part of the day. I had my grandmother sew my garter from one of his blue shirts and was able to wear it down the aisle. Our biggest hope for the day was to recognize the greatest source of love in our life and to share that with everyone we love. God is the core of our relationship, and we had the gifted Mark Swayze lead us in worship during our ceremony to honor God and to thank everyone who helped to shape us into the people we are today. When all was said and done, we couldn’t have asked for a more blessed day, spent with amazing friends and family. We are so thankful for the incredible team of professionals and support of each and every person who lent us their time, talent and heart. We love you very much!!

Wedding Photography: Sarah Q Photography / Wedding Venue: Boulder Springs in New Braunfels, Texas / Event Design: Mayhar Design (Owned by the Bride + Her Sister) / Flowers: Sprout / Wedding Invitations: Calligraphy by Jennifer / Catering: Black Tie Affairs / Wedding Gown: White by Vera Wang / Necklace: Stella & Dot / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various Designers / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Kendra Scott / Ceremony Music: Mark Swayze / Cakes: Cathy Young (210-493-8466) / Other Desserts: Friends + Family of the Couple / Decorative Pillows, Ring Pillow, Flower Wand, Programs, Kids’ table, CD Favors, Yarn-wrapped Embellishments, Signs + Additional Decor: Mayhar Design

The Landmark Wedding by The Nichols

It seems that my love affair with a great wedding always starts with a gorgeous pair of shoes. What can I say? I’m a lover of fine footwear. And in the case of this Texas wedding, it didn’t stop at the Bride’s feet. It moved on to the unique venue, The Landmark, that called this wedding home. Of course, The Nichols always have me at hello with their lovely photography and Petal Pushers can do no wrong in the flower department so all in all this is a big, fat WIN. See the full spread here!

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From The NicholsThis charming wedding was held at two uniquely different venues. Their ceremony was held at a historic venue that brought you back to the turn of the century. Their reception venue was a former 1920’s power plant that has been restored into urban lofts, where the couple once called home,  and an events venue with a modern, industrial feel.

Keith and Sandra brought The Landmark to life by including meaningful items from their own personal collection of vintage finds throughout the venue. Such a beautiful and creative wedding to document!

Ceremony Venue: New Braunfels Conservation Plaza / Reception Venue: The Landmark / Wedding Coordination: Lizze Belle Events / Floral Design: Petal Pushers / Catering: Well-Seasoned Catering / Wedding Photography: The Nichols