Rustic Fall Wedding by Feather & Twine Photography

POSTED IN Dallas, Real Weddings

This next couple’s style had me at “hello.”  The gorgeous dress, the chic shoes, the sleek suit–it’s all so classic, yet fresh!  And the beautiful fall colors complement this rustic fall wedding perfectly.  The exposed brick present throughout The Flour Mill in McKinney, Texas provided the perfect backdrop to this rustic, chic affair. And the photographs…they are stunning as well.  Kelsey (you remember her) from Feather & Twine Photography captured this glorious day and we are so happy she decided to share them with us.  Make sure to check out the gallery for more delicious images.

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From the Bride…I wanted my wedding to center around a rustic/vintage theme. My absolute favorite time of the year is fall so I tried to incorporate as many fall colors and décor as possible. My colors were deep red/maroon, orange, plum, mustard yellow, and coral. The décor consisted of stumps topped with pumpkins and moss, leaves in the boutonnieres, while a mixture of fall berries, foliage, flowers, and succulents adorned the tables and bouquets. Curly willow was intertwined with florals to enhance the ceremony and placed throughout the reception were fall trees. I wanted a bouquet that was wild and looked natural in shape with touches of fall. Dirt Floral went above and beyond as they tried to incorporate succulents, billy balls, scabiosa pods, and berries into my bouquet. My mother and I collected all of the pieces you see on the tables. She and I took several trips to Canton, TX in order to obtain all the kerosene lamps, hurricane vases, vintage bottles, and glass that were used in the wedding. I incorporated other elements throughout the reception, family heirlooms and pictures, in order to recognize those marriages that have stood the test of time. My mother’s wedding dress was also on display. As a wedding favor for our guests we decided to make pickles. My husband, Justin, is a chef and made several varieties of pickles (spicy, dill, and buttered) for our guests. Lastly for our “send off” I decided to use glow sticks. Unfortunately, my venue did not allow the use of sparklers, however, glow sticks were a great alternative and a fun party favor too!

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Photography ~ Feather and Twine Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ The Flour Mill | Music ~ DJ Connection | Wedding Invitations~ Blue Eye Brown Eye | Floral Designer ~ Dirt Flowers | Catering ~ Extreme Cuisine Catering | Hair ~ Kameron Douglas | Cake Designer ~ Bake Rejoice and Lighthouse Cakes

Historic Texas Bridal Session by Laura Tomlinson

POSTED IN Bridal, Bridals, Inspiration, Style

A Tennessee photographer came all the way to Texas to shoot her friend’s bridal portraits.  Not only did she discover Whataburger, she learned why the great state of Texas is so great! Shot all over downtown, Cuero, Texas, this historic Texas bridal session is a great example of what you can do with a bridal shoot.  I love that this bride chose her session to highlight all the cool spots in her hometown.  The gallery has even more gorgeous images from Laura Tomlinson Photography.

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From Laura Tomlinson PhotographyTracy’s dress and style was perfect for her downtown Cuero, Texas wedding. She handcrafted each detail, hunted through thrift and antique stores and visited every estate sale in town to gather doilies, lace, china and vases. She is one of the craftiest people I know and I cannot believe how gorgeous this bouquet is. She built every detail of her beautiful day to be a wonderful interpretation of their style. I cannot wait to share all of these details but it all started with this bridal shoot in her hometown of Victoria, Texas. 

We traveled everywhere and she carefully toted around her handmade paper flower bouquet and her flower hair piece that I had earlier that day. Tracy had a few stops in mind, such as the giant octopus mural and courthouse, but we also found amazing light at this beautiful historic home downtown.  We ended the day at the park with the zoo and beautiful spanish moss hanging from the low trees. I adore silhouettes and this is one of my favorites of all time. 
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7 Snapshots: Wedding Bouquet Edition

POSTED IN Decor & Details, Inspiration

I was never a big flower person until I planned my own wedding.  But after looking through countless wedding blogs, I learned a thing or two about wedding bouquet arrangements.  Now I am still no expert, but I know pretty when I see it.  So for today’s 7 Shapshots edition, I rounded up some of the more gorgeous wedding bouquets we have featured on the blog.

Photography by Janine - Wedding Bouquet

Photography by Janine

I adore the brown stems mixed throughout this natural wedding bouquet.  Amaryllis Floral Designs created all the beautiful arrangements for this backyard wedding.

Morgan Lamkin Photography - Wedding Bouquet

Morgan Lamkin Photography

The deep red colors mixed throughout this bouquet would be perfect for a winter wedding.  Check out the entire stunning wedding here.

Jeremy & Kristin Photography - Wedding Bouquet

Jeremy & Kristin Photography

How sweet is this white and green bouquet! The bride chose to carry this for her romantic bridals captured by Jeremy & Kristin Photography.

Julie Wilhite Photography

Julie Wilhite Photography

Talk about a pink and cream dream!  Merveille Flowers Events, LLC is responsible for this breathtaking bouquet as well as all of the stunning florals in this modern Austin affair.

Shelly Taylor Photography - Wedding Bouquet

Shelly Taylor Photography

The white and blush bouquet screams romantic elegance.  Creative Innovations provided all of the fantastic floral arrangements for this romantic oak tree wedding!

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Christa Elyce Photography

You had me at “hello!”  This bouquet embodies the country chic vibe of the entire wedding.  Pearls and Roses Flowers did an amazing job!

Michele Shore Photography - Wedding Bouquet

Michele Shore Photography

White and neutral color bouquets are definitely popular among brides, but I love a bride who embraces color for her wedding bouquet. R Love Floral Designs pulled together this lovely bouquet for this colorful fall wedding.

Sophisticated Hobby Center Wedding by Philip Thomas Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

What can I say about this sophisticated Hobby Center wedding…it’s fantastic!  When Natalie Dawley from Two Be Wed sent over these images, I just knew I had to share them with you all.  This couple perfectly captured their cultures and hosted a “New Mexico meets Middle East” wedding celebration.  Philip Thomas was the lucky photographer to capture this eclectic, luxurious affair.  His work is always amazing (as seen here) and he did not let us down with this one.  Hop on over to the gallery to take in more of this masterpiece.Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (01) - Hobby Center Wedding Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (02) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (03) - Hobby Center Wedding Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (04) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (05) - Hobby Center Wedding Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (06) - Hobby Center Wedding Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (07) - Hobby Center Wedding Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (08) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (09) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (10) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (11) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (12) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (13) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (14)Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (15)

From Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed…[The couple used] gold foil and letterpress invitations with navy envelopes, calligraphed in gold with vintage stamps all dedicated to New Mexico. Stamps [were of] of old Native American pots and rugs, bison, and Georgia O’Keefe paintings (a gallery in Santa Fe).Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (16) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (17) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (18) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (19)

We incorporated cactus and aloe vera in the gorgeous floral arrangements.  [We also used] 20 foot drum shades suspended from the ceiling to encase the crystal chandeliers. Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (20) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (21) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (22)

[We utilized a] creative layout with the “younger” crowd in lounge area and the “sophisticated” guests in beautiful banquette seating against the fabric wall that went to the ceiling. Each “booth” had a chandelier suspended over the table. Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (23) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (24) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (25) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (26)

There was a traditional Zaffa entrance with drums and singers chanting and making calls very fast and with intensity. The entire family was lead by the couple up the stairs to greet their guests. Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (27) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (28) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (29) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (30) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (31)

The reception was full of musical performances. During cocktails a fusion gypsy band called Moodafaruka set the tone for the evening as guests arrived. DJ Senega put on an amazing show for the reception. He kept the crowd moving all night and literally begging for more. There was a saxist and a Dhol drummer who played alongside of Senega to enhance the beats. Ali arranged for a surprise for Khaled and hired a 13 year old DJ prodigy named DJ Elle Morgan. Khaled and Ali were invited to spin records with this young entertainer. Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (32) Philip Thomas Wedding Photography (33)

From the Bride…Khaled and I met at The Awty International School in Houston when we were 13 years old. His older sister and I played volleyball together in high school and she always told him that he should date me, but we were always just friends. We finally got together the summer between high school and college and have been together ever since – 10 years this month! We started out as friends and truly are still best friends.

I am originally from New Mexico and Khaled is from the Middle East (he has family in Jordan), so we wanted to “marry” those styles in designing our wedding. Natalie from Two Be Wed was incredibly helpful in helping us achieve our vision of a blend of New Mexican rustic chic and rich Middle Eastern elegance. 
 
Having been together almost a decade when we got married – and having grown up virtually together – we had a BALL on our big day. The room was so full of love and joy and we really felt it! Our friends and families are amazing so we knew that no matter where and when we got hitched, we would have a great party. I have to say, though, that in addition to dancing the night away with all of my loved ones, one of my favorite moments of the whole night was hanging out with my husband in the bar at Artista while our guests were having cocktails downstairs. 
 
My dress was by Marchesa (Spring 2013), my jewelry and my headpiece by Maria Elena and shoes by Jimmy Choo. Oh and I have to mention my hair and makeup people (they are such a big part of my look too!). My hair was by Mario at Estilo Salon, my make-up was by Jennifer Aronson.
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Photography ~ Philip Thomas Photography | Event Design and Planning ~ Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed | Reception Venue ~ The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Cinematography ~ Sculpting with Time | Floral Designer, Decor, and Rentals ~ Darryl and Co. | Stationery ~ Dear Lola Letterpress | Calligraphy ~ Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman | DJ and Lighting ~ Premier Sound and Lighting | Band ~ Moodafaruka | Catering ~ Cordua Catering | Cake Designer ~ Marlene Romero | Dress Designer ~ Marchesa 2013 | Headpiece ~ Maria Elena | Bridal Shoes ~ Jimmy Choo | Hair ~ Mario Tort of Estilo Salon | Makeup ~ Jennifer Aronson

7 Snapshots: Wedding Cake Edition

POSTED IN Decor & Details, Inspiration

Writing this post makes me absolutely giddy because I LOVE wedding cake.  In my mind, it’s the star of any wedding.  In fact, after the bride, wedding guests look forward to seeing the wedding cake more than any other element.  Today we’ve collected some of our most showstopping wedding cakes.  These artfully designed cakes are as beautiful as the weddings they represent.

Perez Photography - Wedding Cake

Perez Photography

Frosted Art Bakery created this beauty! The artfully crafted sugar flowers look so life like.  The entire wedding is a stunner.

Christa Elyce Photography - Wedding Cake

Christa Elyce Photography

This wedding cake is the epitome of simple elegance.  Sugary and Chic Cake Boutique outdid themselves with this one.  The rest of this styled shoot from Christa Elyce Photography is amazing as well.

Addison Studios - Wedding Cake

Addison Studios

Classy Cakes by Lori is responsible for this breathtaking cake!  The rustic stitching on top of the smooth white fondant makes for a beautiful contrast.  The rustic, yet chic styled shoot is one for the record books!

Shelly Taylor Photography - Wedding Cake

Shelly Taylor Photography

For the bride that wants to “Wow!” her guests, look no further.  This towering cake with handmade sugar flowers (that took six months to make) is over-the-top elegance.  The entire wedding was a glamorous affair.

Shelly Taylor Photography - Wedding Cake

Shelly Taylor Photography

Fondant icing can make for such an artistic wedding cake.  This multi-tiered cake by Sweetness Desserts is no exception.  The entire shoot by Shelly Taylor Photography is artistically stunning!

Sarah McKenzie Photography - Wedding Cake

Sarah McKenzie Photography

Another Sugary and Chic Cake Boutique wedding cake makes the list!  This petite cake mimics the ruffles of a wedding dress.  The entire wedding was as sweet as the cake.

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Lacy Dagerath Photography

This cake represents traditional elegance.  It perfectly captures the essence of the classic ballroom wedding it was a part of.  Who Made the Cake! provided this elegant confection.

Country Ranch Wedding by Photography by Kelly

POSTED IN Houston, Real Weddings

This self-described “cowboy” and “angel” got married in a classic country ranch wedding.  The Pecan Springs Event Center was the perfect venue for their country chic affair.  And Kelly of Photography by Kelly was lucky enough to capture all of the heart-warming moments.  Enjoy more of Kelly’s beautiful images on her website.

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From the Bride…

What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

A country theme was what we both wanted. Our couple song is “Cowboys and Angels”, so we incorporated that as much as we could. Our favorite color is red so that was one of the main colors. The rest [of the decor] consisted of yellow and ivory, lanterns, lace, & pearls.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?

To see the look on his face when I got to the altar. Also, he choked up during the vows.

If you could offer one piece of advice to a bride-to-be planning her wedding, what would you tell her?

Delegate projects to friends and family if you are doing the decorations yourself. Also, communicate with everyone throughout the planning. This way they know what you want and how to help make it happen.

Photography ~ Photography by Kelly | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Pecan Springs | Submitted via Two Bright Lights