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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

Rustic Pink and White Spring Barn Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on May 20, 2014

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Jaclyn and Russell were married at Cotton Creek Barn in Lubbock, Texas on April 26. The bride wore a v-neck lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore short blush satin dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a wooden arrow sign that directed them to the vows. The outdoor ceremony took place perfectly in front of an old railroad car. An arch was decorated with cotton, trees were hung with mason jar candles, and aisles were lined with pews. Following the unity candle lighting, the newlyweds were official! Dinner and dancing continued inside the barn. Tables featured burlap squares, mix ‘n’ matched tall and short centerpieces, and “I do, I do” booklets and colorful crayons. They had not one, but two dessert options — a traditional tiered fondant cake and a groom’s cake in honor of Texas Tech University. At the end of the night, salty and sweet favor bags were passed out with a note that said, “Once upon a time, we met and found a love so true. Then, he ‘popped’ the question, and today, we said, ‘I do.’ To thank you for sharing in our special day please take a treat.” And to their surprise, a vintage Chevrolet Impala was filled with balloons for a grand exit too.

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Photography: Lissa Anglin Photography | Venue: Cotton Creek Barn | Dress Store: Brides Amarillo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Market Street | Caterer: PJ’s Catering from the Heart | DJ: Sure-Fire Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Ashley Williams | Makeup Artist: Sarah Roush  

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Mandy and Allen were married at a private lakeside residence in Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas on May 18.  ”The landscape was absolutely gorgeous with trees covering the entire front half of the property,” Mandy said. “We both wanted an outdoor spring wedding, so with such a stunning layout, we knew this was the perfect place for us.” Coming up with inspiration was the easy part! They both love the show Mad Men and aviation. So, a 1960s mod travel-theme it was. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a statement necklace and shoulder-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, black pants, and suspenders, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore flamboyant red off-the-shoulder dress and white gloves. The cutest attendants were the flower girls and ring bearer, who played the part of stewardesses and a pilot, respectively! As guests arrived, they were greeted with multiple destination posters from Los Angeles to London and vintage suitcases. “We decided to exchange our vows privately before the ceremony,” Allen said. “The entire day leading up to that was chaotic and filled with last minute tasks. The moment I turned around and saw her standing there, all the stress was washed away and everything felt completely right.” Plus, the reception decor featured patterned table runners, wooden airplanes, and mint vases and vessels. Music was played on a turntable with lots of oldie tunes from records, postcards served as the guest book, and even vegan-friendly food was prepared. The dessert display included multiple cakes, but that one that stood out most was the one topped with a R2D2 and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. 

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Photography: Powell Pictures | Dress Store: LuLu’s Bridal Boutique | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Express | Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth | Floral Designer: Bumble Bee Occasions | Cake: Stir Crazy Baked Goods | Rentals: Swanky Couch | Caterer: Scampi’s Catering | DJ: Blake Barker | Hair Stylist: Diane Yull Horton of Lux Machine Hair Salon | Officiant: Pam Mills-Witt York

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Jessica and Michael were married at Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood, Texas on March 1. “It was so beautiful without any decor,” Jessica said. “It complimented our personalities with the outdoor aspect as well as the old stone house. We loved the vintage feel too. It was perfect.” Keeping with a lavender and mint color scheme, the bride wore a sweetheart trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with drop pearl earrings and a statement necklace, while the groom wore gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “The flowers were exactly what I wanted, and we did them ourselves,” she said. “It gave me such a sense of accomplishment when they were all finished.” Bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces all featured white roses, hydrangeas, and succulents. The intimate ceremony and reception of 75 guests, included the couple dedicating Bibles and passages to one another. “Walking down the aisle with my dad to meet my soon-to-be husband,” was her favorite moment. “It was like a transition into a new part of my life,” Jessica said. The perfect send-off at the end of the night wasn’t sparklers, but popcorn being tossed in the air!

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Photography: Kirsten Smith Photography | Venue: Stonehouse Villa | Event Planner: Christina Good | Dress Designer: Impression Bridal | Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair Stylist: Caitlin Smith of SOK Salon | Makeup Artist: Kelly McElmurry | Officiant: Ken Bramlett | Floral Designer: Houston Flower Girls | Caterer: Urban Cowboy | Cake: Central Market | DJ: Live Oak DJ | Transportation: R & R Limo | Photo Booth: Live Oak Photobooth

Rustic Sage Green Spring Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 21, 2014

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Liz and Kyle were married at Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat in Gainesville, Texas on May 10. The bride looked oh-so chic in a strapless lace form-fitting wedding gown. She accessorized with a simple pendant necklace and wore her hair in a wavy partial updo. Her bridesmaids wore sage green v-neck knee-length dresses and everyone including the bride carried a bouquet of white and light pink roses sprinkled with hydrangeas. The groom and his ‘men wore tan suits and matching sage green neck ties. The groom opted for a jacket, while the groomsmen donned tan vests. The two were married under a wooden arch outside. After the ceremony, guests moved inside, where each table was decorated with a floral centerpiece made of pink roses and baby’s breath. There were two cakes for guests to enjoy, one was a round multi-layer cake adorned with brown flowers and lacy ribbon. The other cake was in the shape of a blue star, a symbol of the Lone Star State. At the end of the night, guests were given personalized koozies as favors.

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Photography: Michele Shore Photography | Venue: Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat 

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