Elegant Wedding Inspiration by Shelly Taylor

POSTED IN Inspiration, Styled Shoot

If you are looking for elegant wedding inspiration for your big day, look no further.  Shelly Taylor did it once again.  She gathered some of Waco’s leading vendors and put together this amazing styled shoot.  Held at one of the area’s newest venues, La Rio Manison, this faux wedding is elegance defined.  Filled with soft colors such as rose, blush, yellow and green all anchored by a deep blue, this styled shoot would make any girl’s heart sing.  There are more amazing images with steal-worthy ideas in the gallery.

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From Shelly TaylorGiselle Callahan of Vivid Events designed an ethereal spring wedding around the details and beauty of La Rio Mansion, a Spanish-style villa in Belton, Texas and the area’s newest wedding venue. Vivid Events decorated and designed the gorgeous details to highlight the Spanish villa style of La Rio, which is home to a very friendly donkey and sweeping Texas landscapes. The gorgeous details inside and outside the venue were inspirational for the shoot, including the flowering trees on the property and the massive oak tree, which is the perfect setting for a ceremony. The giant, hospitable porches in front and in the back of La Rio are expansive and beautiful enough for reception locations and they were the inspiration for the beautiful tablescape. Rosetree Floral designed the lush centerpieces and florals, and Lily’s Cakes made the delicacies on the dessert table. Kimberly Cutler did the model’s makeup, and Nory Cruz is the hair designer. The gown is from Georgio’s Bridal in Waco. Vintage pieces are from Swoon Vintage Rental and rentals are from Confetti Rentals. Studio W designed the elegant stationery. The signature cocktail is a Berry Mint Sangria.

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Photography ~  Shelly Taylor Photography | Hair Stylist ~ Nory Cruz of be.YOU.tiful salon | Equipment Rentals ~ Confetti Rentals | Dress Store ~ Georgio’s Bridal & Prom | Beauty ~ Kimberly Cutler Professional Make-Up | Venue ~ La Rio Mansion | Cake Designer ~ Lily’s Cakes  | Floral Designer ~ Rosetree Floral Design | Invitation Designer ~ Studio W Designs | Heirlooms and Extras ~ Swoon | Event Planner ~ VIVID Events | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Glamorous Engagement Shoot by Civic Photos

POSTED IN Engagement Session, Houston

Talk about a glamorous engagement shoot!  This couple went from all out glam to the organic outdoors and made it look effortlessly chic.  Don’t be afraid to mix it up for your engagement shoot.  And be sure to take advantage the varying backdrops that your city offers.  Barett Henry of Civic Photos worked his magic again and created some breathtaking photographs.  The gallery contains even more eclectic love.

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From Civic Photos Here are some frames from the classy and spontaneous session of Frank & Payton. We loved capturing their experiences towards each other at the majestic The Astorian venue which overlooked the city of Houston. The first scene was quite classy decorated in natural light and a beautiful vintage clock. Afterwards shooting in the Heights area was a joy with graffiti walls provided some additional fun to the session. Finishing off in a nature-filled scene was a perfect romantic ending to these lovely moments.

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Private Barn Wedding by Lauren Weeks Photography

POSTED IN Corpus Christi, Real Weddings

Home weddings really are the best.  The intimacy, the comfort, the love…it doesn’t get any more authentic.  This couple has known each other pretty much all of their lives.  Their friendship grew into love and they decided to throw a homemade affair at the bride’s family’s barn.  This private barn wedding really encompasses what weddings are really all about–the combining of two lives and two families in love.  Lauren Weeks was fortunate to photograph these love-filled nuptials.  The gallery has even more lovely moments.

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From Lauren WeeksNathanael and Maloree have such a great love story. This young couple are both from large families of 8 kids, were home schooled, love Christ and each other. The couple married on the bride’s land which had wide open spaces and a beautiful red barn where the ceremony took place. The groom, blindfolded, was able to pray with his to be wife before the ceremony.  Their kiss during ceremony was their first kiss ever!

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Whimsical Houston Wedding by Rachelle Rawlings

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

Can you imagine having a big, blowout wedding two and half years after officially getting married?  That’s exactly what this couple decided to do.  And the more I think about it, the more I love the idea.  Joining two lives can be a stressful undertaking.  Add a large wedding on top of that and you could be in for one of the most stressful times of your life.  But when you throw a wedding after officially getting hitched, you can really focus on the details of your big day.  This couple threw their whimsical Houston wedding for all of their “framily” at the historic Heights Fire Station. Rachelle Rawlings was there is document the entire love-filled affair.  There’s more whimsical magic in the gallery.

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From the bride…When Eddie and I envisioned our wedding we imagined a celebration of families and “framilies” coming together. The most important thing to us was that all of the most important people in our lives were coming together to celebrate our love and we wanted them to have the most fun possible. We have known each other a decade and grown so much in that time, with much of that growth due to those people, so we wanted to celebrate them as well. We actually got married over 2.5 years before the “big wedding” and are so glad we made the decision to have the whole shebang – it was absolutely perfect and so reflective of the life we have created together (which I like to think is pretty damn fun!).

As far as design/color scheme goes, we wanted a modern glam look with gold, white and hot pinks. Gold glitter and spray paint were my best friends throughout the DIY projects. My saintly bridesmaids spent the week leading up to the wedding spray painting, cutting ribbon and assembling over 100 ribbon wands for our send away. We also DIY’d the table numbers and ceremony arrangements and the groom and groomsmen spent days slaving over custom painted “CHEERS” cornhole boards (in black & white w/ gold lettering of course).

We ordered the bridesmaids robes, guys bowties, T-Rex cake toppers and numerous other décor pieces from Etsy and tried to go with local vendors as much as possible. My dress was a Priscilla of Boston sample from Marry Go Round and the girls found their own sparkly/gold bridesmaids dresses (some used Rent the Runway which worked out perfectly).

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Photography ~ Rachelle Rawlings Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Heights Fire Station | Event Planner ~ Makenzi Ewing | Decor ~ Aztec Events and Any Occasion | Catering ~ Butter & Co. | Floral Designer ~ The Posh Petal | Cinematography ~ Dezign Machine | Dress Store ~ Marry Go Round | Makeup ~ Avelina Echavarria | Hair ~ Loni Regan Salon | Cake & Dessert Table ~ Melanie Leadingham

East Texas Engagement Session by Casey Douglas

POSTED IN East Texas, Engagement Session, Inspiration

I am absolutely in love with this East Texas engagement session.  The fashion, the location, the love…it also doesn’t hurt that the couple look like a pair of models!  Casey of Casey Douglas Photography had the pleasure of following this couple around Tyler State Park for this engagement shoot.  Check out even more prettiness in the gallery.

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Photography ~ Casey Douglas Photography | Venue ~ Tyler State Park

Winery Wedding from Rachel Marie Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

Wineries in Texas are becoming more common.  Several have popped up in the south and southeast regions of the state.  Lucky for all soon-to-be married couples that they can take advantage of these naturally beautiful spaces.  The Bernhardt Winery served as the backdrop to this romantic winery wedding.  The venue’s rolling green landscape provided the perfect setting for this affair’s black, red, and white color scheme.  Rachel Marie Photography took some stunning images and there’s ever more to drool over in the gallery.

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From the bride…We met in our junior year in high school. We dated for 3 years before he popped the question.We were in Michigan for 4th of July in 2013. That night we were on Lake Michigan watching the fireworks and he asked me to please get his cigarettes out of the glove box in the car, knowing I hate him smoking! When I opened the glove box there was the ring box with a note that said “Hi.” I flung open the box as I hopped out of the car. He was already down on one knee, with his goofy little grin asking, “Will you marry me Laura Ashley?”

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Photography ~ Rachel Marie Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Bernhardt Winery | Hair Stylist ~ Beyond Fringe | Tuxedo and Men’s Attire ~ Black by Vera Wang | Design and Decor ~ Bourbon & Lace Events | Catering ~ Buppy’s Catering | Cake Designer ~ Creative Confections by Roxane | Cinematography ~ Green Leaf Films | Makeup Artist ~ MAC Makeup | Dress Designer ~ Maggie Sottero via Weddings by Debbie | Photo Booth Equipment ~ Picture This Memories To Go | Floral Designer ~ The Blossom Shop | Band ~ Third Floor Strings | | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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