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Charming Hill Country Summer Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 25, 2014

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Katy and Michael were married at Pecan Springs Ranch in Austin, Texas on August 16. The bride wore a v-neck satin a-line wedding gown with a cowl back, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a bow tie and matching vest and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, and ivy vines. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with signature cocktails such as “Mikey’s Something Brewed” and “Katy’s Sangria.” It would not have been a grand entrance down the aisle without two do-it-yourself wooden doors. The altar was highlighted with a vintage dresses and crystal chandelier hanging from an old oak tree. The reception followed inside the main building. Tables were decorated with galvanized metal and milk jar centerepieces surrounded by fruitwood folding chairs. Notice the Mr. and Mrs. book signs for the newlyweds? In addition to the unfrosted naked cake topped with a glitter “Love You More” quote, there was also a cookie and milk bar complete with chocolate chip, M&M’s, double-stuffed Oreos, brownies, and let’s not forget Nesquik too.

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Photography: Jennifer Weems Photography | Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch | Event Planner: Rustic + Refined | Floral Designer: Anahuac Florist | Cake: CrazyCakes, Inc. | DJ: Look No Further Entertainment 

Attending a Wedding as Someone’s Date? Read This.

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 25, 2014

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Congrats! It’s finally happened. Your significant other was invited to a wedding, and they’ve received a “plus one”. That “plus one” is you. Meeting all of their nearest and dearest (or maybe just co-workers) at once can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Read our guide to everything a  wedding “plus one” needs to know and you’ll be in fine form come the big day.  At the very least, you won’t come off looking like a total horse head (see above photo for reference).

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Kelly and Will were married at Brightfield Farm in Woodlawn, Tenn. on June 15. “Will and I wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of both of us,” Kelly said. “We chose to have it near Hopkinsville because we both met and started our lives together here. We wanted the location to be unique to us and immediately thought of a barn venue with a garden — something simple, shabby chic, vintage, and with a Southern feel. Once we found Brightfield Farm, we knew we found our perfect match! I remember as we drove up the long dirt driveway, I squealed to Will that I had a good feeling and that this might be the one. And it was! I did not look at another location after that.” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore long pink dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “We wanted to keep the traditional vows for our wedding but wanted a meaningful unity visual,” she said. “We didn’t want to do the candle or the sand pouring, so we researched and found ‘God’s Knot’ where three strands of rope are braided together to symbolize husband, wife, and God, who make up the marriage. I made it out of rope that I painted: one pink, one sage green, and one white.” The only blooper during the ceremony? “The rings were on the ring bearer’s pillow so tight, we couldn’t get them off,” Kelly said. “The best man ended up ripping the silk tie with his teeth. Everyone clapped.” Guests were then free to play lawn games such as corn hole. Bonus: Dippin’ Dots was served to beat the heat too! Cocktail hour ended, and the reception started inside the barn. Tables were decorated with white linens, tea kettle centerpieces, tea cups, and vintage plates. Instead of a DJ, a band called The Pranksters performed. Two days later, the newlyweds jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

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Photography: Swanky Fine Art Weddings | Venue: Brightfield Farm | Event Planner: Visions by Debra Harris | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Hair Stylist: The Look | Makeup Artist: Sherry Bryan | Officiant: Andrew Self | Ceremony Musicians: The Pranksters | Floral Designer: West & Witherspoon | Caterer: 4 Seasons | Cake: The Cake Artist 

Top 20 Real Wedding Planning Tips From Real Newlyweds

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 24, 2014

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Over the past year, we have been collecting answers to questions such as: “If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be and why?” from newlyweds, like Christie and Mark, pictured above. “When you go on date night, don’t talk about the wedding! It is hard to think of anything else sometimes, especially as it get’s closer, but the best thing you can do is to try and keep it all in perspective and not let it take over your relationship.” Need more tips? Read more here.

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Melissa and Gregg were married at Montfair Resort Farm in Crozet, Va. on October 12. “Gregg and I love to go camping, so we wanted an outdoor wedding in the woods that was just as laid-back as we were as a couple,” Melissa said. “Our venue, Montfair Resort Farm, reflected our personalities perfectly and allowed us to incorporate lots of personal touches too.” The bride wore a lace dropped-waist wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore dark gray suits, accessorized with striped ties. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in jewel tones and carried bouquets of dahlias and dusy millers. Notice they are wearing pashmina shawls too? “On the day of the wedding, fall foliage was just starting to emerge and beautiful views of the rolling hills greeted our guests [along with umbrellas],” she said. “Of course, no one hopes for rain, but that is exactly what we got. Plan B was already in place when the rain rinally stopped just long enough for us to have an impromptu ceremony outside by the lake, which turned out to be incredibly romantic.” Arrows directed everyone to the lodge for the reception afterwards. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, charger plates topped with favor  boxes, mason jars centerpieces, and wooden slab numbers. “The rustic decor was very much do-it-yourself with inspiration and colors coming from nature,” Melissa said. “A lot of things did not according to plan, but we managed to go with the flow and enjoy every moment because we were surrounded by so much love.”

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Photography: April Bennett Photography | Venue: Montfair Resort Farm | Dress Store: Leie’s Dress Boutique | Hair Stylist: Brianna B. Adams | Officiant: Jessica Fuller | Ceremony Musicians: By & By | Floral Designer: Blue Heron Farms | Caterer: The Local Restaurant and Catering | Transportation: Wahooptie

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