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Beth and Drew were married at Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas on October 25. “Hotel Ella is a beautiful, old Southern mansion,” Beth said. “I loved the vintage, romantic look and feel to the structure with their new modern touches. It was the perfect mix of old meets new!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, and a pair of platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long dresses in various hues and carried bouquets of roses, seeded eucalyptus, and succulents. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the front porch. “The moment when the double doors opened to the ceremony with my father by my side was my favorite,” she said. “. . . and Drew waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was magical, and I will never forget it.” The reception took place inside the ballroom hung with crystal chandeliers and draped with fabric. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall mercury glass candelabra centerpieces, and chalkboard-inspired numbers. Dinner was traditional fare, including jalapeno corn bisque and butter lettuce salad. The three-tiered cake was cut and served following the father-daughter and mother-son dances. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” Beth said. “The actual wedding day definitely flies by so try to enjoy that time with your family, friends, and husband-to-be while you are all working together to create your dream event.” At the end of the night, they jetted off on their honeymoon to Big Sur, Calif.

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Photography: Camera Talk Photography | Venue/Caterer: Hotel Ella | Event Planner: Kat Kinney | Dress Designer: Lillian West of Blue Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: Megan Thorne of Eliza Page Jewelry | Hair and Makeup Artist: Mandy Granado | Officiant: Linda Johnson | Floral Designer: Arthouse Austin | Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts 

Rustic Peacock-Themed Summer Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 05, 2014

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Michelle and Matthew were married at Classic Oaks Ranch in Mansfield, Texas on June 28. “The overall feel of the venue was very rustic, but very classic at the same time,” Michelle said. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided sideswept updo, feather dangling earrings, and a pair of cowboy boots, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies, seeded eucalyptus, thistle, and nigella. “Michelle is in school studying to become an equine veternarian, and they both are animal lovers so both of their dogs were out with them all day . . . she even intended to ride in to the ceremony on horseback, but at the last minute, the horse wouldn’t cooperate,” Lindsey Burns of Tyler + Lindsey said. “Instead, we just included her in their portraits.” The ceremony took place outside underneath the wooden pavilion with guests seated in benches. “I can’t stop thinking about when the barn doors opended and I saw Matthew waiting for me at the head of the aisle,” she said. Afterwards, the reception began in the barn. Horseshoes served as escort cards and prepared everyone for the BBQ. Yum! Tables were decorated with white linens, tall wheat centerpieces, galvanized metal tins, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, and surrouned with bows tied aroud cross-back chairs. “They are sweet, down-to-earth, and relaxed, and the wedding was such the perfect reflection of them,” Lindsey said. “The day had a beautiful collection of personal touches that truly added so much personality.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparlers and drove off in an antique black Ford Ranger truck for their honeymoon along the entire West Coast. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Start as early as possible and seriously consider a planner,” she said. “Even if you just have someone take over in the final weeks before the big day.”

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Photography/Videography: Tyler + Lindsey | Venue: Classic Oaks Ranch | Event Planner: Alter Ego Weddings | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Corral | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: About Face Artistry | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Randy Dicken | Ceremony Musicians: Serenata Strings | Invitations: Southern Fried Paper | Floral Designer: Luxe Petals | Caterer: Hard Eight BBQ | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | DJ: Paul Andrews 

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 

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Ashlyn and Brandon were married at Cathedral Oaks Event Center in Belton, Texas on April 19. “They met a few years ago while working in the nursing department at Scott and White,”  Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. “The two have been inseparable ever since. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session a year ago and that’s where I got to witness firsthand the pure love these two have for one another. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long mix ‘n’ matched muted pastel chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a “Choose a seat, not a side . . .we’re all family once the knot is tied” chalkboard sign and given programs that doubled as fans to beat the heat. The ceremony took place nestled in between six-acres of oak trees. Notice the hanging crystal chandeliers and picture frames? Plus, the aisle markers boasted verses from 1 Corinthians 13. “This wedding was a mixture of fun and elegance,” she said. “Ashlyn put the decor together herself. She loved the country vintage theme.” Inside the great hall, tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces and candles atop burlap runners and lace overlays atop chiavari chairs. The newlyweds sat at their own designated sweetheart spot. “The dance floor was active the entire evening, with both families cheering loudly in joy and joining together to celebrate this couple’s unity,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. The yummiest part? The candy bar! Complete with all-you-can-eat treats.

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Photography: Jenna Leigh Photography | Venue: Cathedral Oaks Event Center | Floral Designer: HEB | DJ: Make it Kount

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