Relaxed Engagement Session by Tim Kyle Photography

POSTED IN Engagement Session, Hill Country, Inspiration

I am in love with this next relaxed engagement session.  Filled with the couple’s passions, this is exactly what an engagement session should be.  The couple seems so natural and relaxed in environments familiar to them.  This really helps their natural personalities and love to shine through.  Tim Kyle did an amazing job capturing that love.  There’s even more goodness in the gallery.

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From Tim Kyle PhotographyJordan and Jordyn (yes, you read that right!) planned the perfect engagement session to represent so many things that are important to them individually, and as a couple. We started in Downtown Round Rock and got some romantic and intimate shots. Then, we headed out to Camp Doublecreek to shake things up! Jordan, the groom-to-be, is a veterinarian and Jordyn, the bride-to-be, spent her summers at Camp Doublecreek, so they combined their love for animals and the camp to add a very special touch to their images. These two included their dog, Gracie, and a few other special camp residents to make their engagement pictures one-of-a-kind! I cannot wait for September, when the future Mr. and Mrs. Kautz will be getting married at Mercury Hall. Stay tuned then for more pictures from this gorgeous couple on their big day!

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Photography ~  Tim Kyle Photography | Location ~ Camp Doublecreek | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lovely Outdoor Wedding by Archetype Studio

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

If you desire a wedding that screams romance, look no further.  This lovely outdoor wedding by Archetype Studio is a romance lover’s dream.  Set in a beautiful tree covered residence in Willis, Texas, it has all the elements of a designer wedding.  The amazing florals add to the natural beauty of the wooded setting.  It’s pretty hard to pull off an outdoor wedding in Texas, but this couple made it look effortless.  I am sure the ladies at Soirebliss Events made sure every detail was executed to perfection.  And Koby and Terilyn of Archetype Studio did not disappoint with their coverage of this affair (they are regulars around these parts).  Take a tour of the gallery for even more romantic details.

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Photography ~ Archetype Studios | Film Developing and Scans ~ Richard Photo Lab | Event Coordinator ~ Soireebliss Events | Hair & Makeup ~ Makeup Texas | Cake Designer ~ Who Made the Cake

Art Deco Houston Wedding by Jennifer Laura Design

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

This next wedding had me at the invitation suite! And as I saw each image, I fell more and more in love with the wedding.  Jennifer of Jennifer Laura Design is the creative genius behind this Art Deco Houston wedding.  It’s filled to the brim with so many amazing details I don’t even know where to begin.  Let’s start with gold, black, and white color palette weaved throughout the entire celebration.  It provides an air of sophistication and elegance while at the same time being fun and flirty.  And talk about fun–this wedding looks like a complete blast.  Kat Theis from Mustard Seed Photography was there to capture every fun-loving detail.  Take a look through the gallery for even more inspiration.

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Event Coordinator ~ Jennifer Laura Design | Photography ~ Mustard Seed Photography | Ceremony Venue ~ St. Joseph Catholic Church | Reception Venue ~ Private Residence | Catering ~ Master Chef Catering | Rentals ~ Aztec Events and TentsLa Tavola (linens), and Bourbon and Bloom (vintage) | Floral Designer ~ Antique Rose | Cake Designer ~ Sweet Delights | Confetti Bar ~ Darrling Design | Bride and Groom Chair Sign ~ Le Petit Mariage | Bar Menu Calligraphy ~ 16th Avenue Lettering | Paper ~ Kleinfeld Paper

Chic Winter Wedding by Khanh Nguyen Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

Elegant and classic are just a few adjectives to describe this chic winter wedding.  I knew the moment I saw this wedding I wanted to showcase it here on the blog.  It is chic and fashion forward while being timeless and elegant.  The couple chose a showstopping venue in the Chateau Cocomar.  The architecture of the mansion alone is enough to make most guests swoon.  But they did not stop there.  This couple added just the right complements with their navy and gold color palette and fashionable attire.  Then there are the photos!  I must have been hiding under a rock not to know about the amazingness that is Khanh Nguyn.  I mean he is a seriously gifted photographer.  Dive into even more goodness in the gallery.

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From the Bride…Kolby and I grew up in the same church, however, we didn’t “notice” each other until I was about 22 years old. Kolby’s mom would always tell him, “There’s this cute girl at church I want you to meet. You would make a cute couple”.  To this day, Kolby claims he never knew who she was referring to. One day, Kolby sent me a Facebook message, and I responded…about 3 months later! We would message back and forth, but I would always take months to respond!  He asked me on a date, which I avoided for quite some time, but finally gave in.  The rest is history…

Kolby proposed at my graduation party when I graduated from pharmacy school in May 2013.  My parents and sister stood to give speeches, and Kolby followed. He told the crowd how proud of me he was and how he wanted to buy me a pair of shoes I really wanted as a gift, but they didn’t come in in time. So instead, he said we would give me “the gift of song”.  The music to “Marry Me” by Train began to play and Kolby attempted to sing, but became so choked up he was only able to get out about 9 words! I said yes, obviously!

Our wedding night was absolutely the best night of my life!  It turned out exactly how we both imagined. The theme was classic. It was formal, in which guests were asked to wear black tie attire. We had a red carpet and “step & repeat” upon entering the venue.

We began with a cocktail hour in which guests were greeted with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, and given the opportunity to explore the first level of the beautiful Chateau Cocomar. Guests were then escorted to the second level to be seated for the candlelit ceremony. 

The reception decor was beautiful. Navy linens with mercury glass candle holders and flower vases. Dinner was buffet style with open bar. We partied hard at the reception! We couldn’t have asked for anything better.

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Photography ~ Khanh Nguyen Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Chateau Cocomar |  Dress Designer ~ Ysa Makino via Weddings by Debbie | Floral Designer ~ Flora & Eventi | Cake Designer ~ Edible Design by Jessie | Caterer ~ Café Natalie | Invitations ~ Vivian Jade | Bridesmaid Dresses ~ Bella Bridesmaid | Make Up ~ Color du Jour | Hair Stylist ~ Renee King | Cinematography ~ Steve Bentham

Stylish Farm Wedding by The Bird and The Bear

POSTED IN Beaumont, Real Weddings

Who says a farm venue can’t be glamorous?!  This bride took a rustic venue and transformed it into a chic setting for her stylish farm wedding.  Infusing gold glitter and pink into every nook and cranny of the Broussard Farm reception space created the perfect glamorous, county affair.  And the fashion is to die for–the blinged-out wedding gown, the convertible bridesmaid dresses, and the all white flower girl frocks are all so breathtaking.  Caryn and Bryan of The Bird & The Bear Photography and Films were there to capture every delicious moment.  Be sure to devour even more loveliness in the gallery.

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From the Bride…My vision was mainly just to pull off a wedding that was pretty and FUN. Also to make sure it was truly our own wedding filled with things and the people we love! After looking at about 30 venues in Houston, Aaron stumbled upon Broussard Farm while searching online. As soon as we pulled up I think we both knew it was the perfect place for us. The ceiling is decorated with old mattress springs with lights and Aaron is in the mattress business so it was perfect! People actually asked if WE put those up as decorations! We just loved it. It is rustic but with lots of feminine touches. It was fun adding sequin table cloths in my attempt of “rustic chic.” I did a few DIYS–the bridesmaids and I made the flower crowns for the flower girls . We did all the signs, the moss letters, glittered table numbers, etc. My favorite details are the pictures on the tree of our grandfathers and Aaron’s sister who have passed. My uncle played the saxophone before the ceremony and we picked out all the songs we wanted including the Harry Potter theme song. Aaron’s brother sang and played the guitar for our first dance song which was very special. As a wedding gift, a friend had our invitation painted on a canvas and it was displayed at the wedding. Also a few of the tables were decorated with my favorite book, Pride & Prejudice. I think little things like that made it unique for us. 

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Photography & Cinematography ~ The Bird & The Bear | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Broussard Farm | Floral Designer ~ Bevils Florist | Rentals ~ The Perfect Saturday | Linens ~ Occasions | Catering ~ Old Orange Cafe

Rustic Salado Wedding by Shelly Taylor Photography

POSTED IN Hill Country, Real Weddings

This rustic Salado wedding is handmade perfection.  This bride took the rustic beauty of Tenroc Ranch and elevated to a new level.  Filled with lace and pastel colors, this celebration just puts a smile on my face every time I view it.  And can we discuss those stunning bridal portraits–a gorgeous bride, and open field, and a majestic horse!  It looks like something out of a magazine!  Shelly Taylor performed her magic again and captured such romantic images.  There’s even more to enjoy in the gallery.

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From Shelly Taylor PhotographyDana planned every bit of the wedding details herself, down to the hand made table runners and homemade jelly favors. Tenroc Ranch in Salado was the perfect venue to capture a rustic yet elegant feel that the couple wanted. Cody proposed to Dana at the lake, and some of her bridal portraits were taken on Cody’s land as a surprise for him.

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Photography ~ Shelly Taylor Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Tenroc Ranch | Cake Designer ~ Bobi Rudeen | DJ ~  Celebrate Entertainment | Signage ~ Crop Paper Scissors |Bridesmaid Dresses ~ David’s Bridal | Catering ~ Johnny’s Steaks and Catering | Makeup ~ Kimberly Cutler Professional Make-Up | Groom’s Attire ~ Men’s Wearhouse | Hair ~ Nikki Gregory | Rentals ~ RSVP Event Equipment Rental | Invitation Designer ~ Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer ~ Wolfe’s Florist | Submitted via Two Bright Lights