This beautiful Spring Branch wedding looks like a dream for both the bride and groom and their guests! Looking through these photos from The Bird & The Bear Photography & Films it is amazing to think of the time and energy this couple and their family and friends spent to make this wedding day so personal and so special. The gift boxes for groomsmen and bridesmaids are just the start of the individualized touches in this wedding. Feast your eyes on not only a divine wedding cake, but a pie bar and trail mix bar for the wedding guests to enjoy. And don't forget the homemade jam before you go! For brides and grooms worried about their ceremony being dominated by their guests cell phones and camera, check out the wedding's "Unplugged Ceremony" sign. You can find more photos from this lovely wedding in the gallery.



From the bride...When planning this wedding, the first thing I had to do was find a venue and reserve a date. We had always wanted something in the fall, and we knew we loved the hill country, so my mom and I headed to Austin the week after I got engaged in searching for the perfect venue. One by one, I crossed each potential venue off the list. I was feeling extremely defeated and didn't want to continue my search when my mom mentioned I had one venue left on my list. It was al she gave it to me the week of the wedding. It was so special. 

It rained the entire month of our wedding, and I was so afraid that the rain would push us inside. The venue is so gorgeous because of it's outdoor areas, so I did not want to move it inside on a whim. I prayed and prayed that if it rained, it would stop at 6:30, but our entire wedding day, it poured. When it came time to walk down the aisle, the clouds parted, the rain stopped, and the sun came out from its monerry jam, and cinnamon sugared pecans, my dad and I made Sweet Fire Pickles, and I had homemade salsa and fresh honey. We set them in a rustic, worn hutch by the exit so guests could grab one as they left. 

I have never really been a cake person, so I knew I wanted a Pie Bar with some mini pies, Pecan Tassies (made by my mom) and of course, full-size pies. We also didn't want a candy bar, so we decided to do a Trail Mix Bar. We bought several different ingredients (mini marshn hour out of the way, and out of my budget, but we trekked out to Spring Branch, Texas and I immediately fell in love. From the moment I stepped out of my car, I knew this was THE venue for us! It was absolutely breathtaking. The waterfalls, the lush green grass, the trees, the stream, the venue itself; it was all perfect. We signed immediately and the planning was underway! 

I wanted a color scheme that was light, beautiful, and complemented all skin tones. I decided on a bth-long hiding and shone down on Jared and I as we made our vows to one another. I could not have planned it any better. Everything was gorgeous and beautiful and I could not have asked for anything better. Our friends and family danced the whole night through and we even had trouble getting them out at the end of the night! But one of my most favorite moments was our last dance together when all of our guests were outside preparing for the sparklers. It was definitely a day we will never forgetmallows, Rits (mini marshmallows, Rice, Corn, and Cinnamon Chex, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, raisins, pretzels, M&Ms, Reeses Pieces, coconut flakes, and nuts) in beautiful glass jars (which my mom and I decorated), and I stamped a ton of brown paper sacks for guests to create their own mix. It was a huge hit and a great snack. 

All of the decorations and centerpieces were decorated and arranged by my mom and me, and our family friends. From Goodwill, to garage sales, to attilush, ivory, gold, and navy color scheme and I am SO thrilled with the way it turned out. With Jared being the country boy that he is, I knew we had to have boots. We both wanted something that was casual and didn't leave the wedding party with empty pockets. We decided on a khaki suit with navy vest and tie for the groomsmen, and ivory vest and tie for Jared. My bridesmaids picked out their own individual blush dresses with the only requirement being that they were short dresses, and had some k.


cs, and giveaways, we took a bunch of random items and made them bright and beautiful and they turned out perfect. Each table was unique, but they each also had an S of some sort. We used various items with burlap, lace, and rustic wood pieces, like the cake stand that my father-in-law made for us. Our cake toppers were crocheted from Spain and were super adorable. Before the ceremony, we had our friend take our rings to our guests, in a linen bag, for guests to pray over (Ring Warming). During ind of lace. I could not have planned their dresses any more perfect than they turned out. Everyone was absolutely gorgeous. 

When thinking of my wedding, I wanted details that were unique, different, and stood out to guests. I didn't want our wedding to be the one where guests get bored and leave early. We wanted a party to celebrate! After all, it only took Jared four and a half years to get to this point. But we wanted something fun, exciting, and something to leave an impthe ceremony, our Pastor explained that these rings are more than just jewelry and a promise to each other, they are encouragement, they had been prayed upon by our closest friends and family and warmed by their well wishes and love. It was such a heartwarming thought to wear these rings that so many of our loved ones prayed over. 

Instead of a unity ceremony, we decided to do a cord-braiding ceremony. We had three cards representing myself, Jared, and God, and while we braidression on all of our guests. For starters, we both made bridesmaid and groomsmen boxes to ask our friends and family to be a part of our Big Day. Jared's boxes were stained a dark walnut with gold names and included a cigar, a few mini bottles of alcohol, and a bottle opener. My bridesmaid boxes were painted and glittered (of course) complete with a mini bottle of wine, nail polish, gum, and assorted typical wedding candy (Ring Pop, Pop Rocks, etc). We assembled and embellished each and every wed them, our Pastor explained how we weave God into every aspect of our lives. He isn't just next to us, or there when we need Him, He is woven into the threads of our being. It was a very neat ceremony, and now we have something to hang on our wall to remember. Down to every last detail, we made sure everything was beautiful and perfect. Before my Gramm passed away, I remember sitting at my kitchen table with her, sharing my Pinterest board and all of my ideas and daydreaming about the day whenhed each and every wedding invitation and ceremony program. We cut Jenga blocks and created corn hole boards. We considered each and every detail and tried to think of how we could make it special. 

Some say wedding planning is stressful, but for us, it was an adventure! Every project was fun and exciting and one step closer to our Big Day. I knew we had to have a memorable favor to give guests at the end of the night, so we decided on homemade flavors using fresh ingredientsand daydreaming about the day when it would all become reality. I knew I had to include her in every way that I could think of. I made bezels for my bridal bouquet with the wedding pictures of my parents, Jared's parents, my grandparents, and Jared's grandparents. They really added to my bouquet and were extra special, as I carried down the legacies to the altar. My aunt also handmade both of my garters, and the lacey garter was made from lace that my aunt found in my Grammy's sew. My mom made strawberry jam, and cinnamon sugared pecans, my dad and I made Sweet Fire Pickles, and I had homemade salsa and fresh honey. We set them in a rustic, worn hutch by the exit so guests could grab one as they left. 

I have never really been a cake person, so I knew I wanted a Pie Bar with some mini pies, Pecan Tassies (made by my mom) and of course, full-size pies. We also didn't want a candy bar, so we decided to do a Trail Mix Bar. We bought several differening box. How special is that?! I didn't know until she gave it to me the week of the wedding. It was so special. 

It rained the entire month of our wedding, and I was so afraid that the rain would push us inside. The venue is so gorgeous because of it's outdoor areas, so I did not want to move it inside on a whim. I prayed and prayed that if it rained, it would stop at 6:30, but our entire wedding day, it poured. When it came time to walk down the aisle, the clouds t ingredients (mini marshmallows, Rits (mini marshmallows, Rice, Corn, and Cinnamon Chex, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, raisins, pretzels, M&Ms, Reeses Pieces, coconut flakes, and nuts) in beautiful glass jars (which my mom and I decorated), and I stamped a ton of brown paper sacks for guests to create their own mix. It was a huge hit and a great snack. 

All of the decorations and centerpieces were decorated and arranged by my mom and me, and our family friends. From Goodwparted, the rain stopped, and the sun came out from its month-long hiding and shone down on Jared and I as we made our vows to one another. I could not have planned it any better. Everything was gorgeous and beautiful and I could not have asked for anything better. Our friends and family danced the whole night through and we even had trouble getting them out at the end of the night! But one of my most favorite moments was our last dance together when all of our guests were outside preparing for ill, to garage sales, to attics, and giveaways, we took a bunch of random items and made them bright and beautiful and they turned out perfect. Each table was unique, but they each also had an S of some sort. We used various items with burlap, lace, and rustic wood pieces, like the cake stand that my father-in-law made for us. Our cake toppers were crocheted from Spain and were super adorable. Before the ceremony, we had our friend take our rings to our guests, in a linen bag, for guests to praythe sparklers. It was definitely a day we will never forget.


over (Ring Warming). During the ceremony, our Pastor explained that these rings are more than just jewelry and a promise to each other, they are encouragement, they had been prayed upon by our closest friends and family and warmed by their well wishes and love. It was such a heartwarming thought to wear these rings that so many of our loved ones prayed over. 

Instead of a unity ceremony, we decided to do a cord-braiding ceremony. We had three cards representing myself, Jared, and God, and while we braided them, our Pastor explained how we weave God into every aspect of our lives. He isn't just next to us, or there when we need Him, He is woven into the threads of our being. It was a very neat ceremony, and now we have something to hang on our wall to remember. Down to every last detail, we made sure everything was beautiful and perfect. Before my Gramm passed away, I remember sitting at my kitchen table with her, sharing my Pinterest board and all of my ideas and daydreaming about the day when it would all become reality. I knew I had to include her in every way that I could think of. I made bezels for my bridal bouquet with the wedding pictures of my parents, Jared's parents, my grandparents, and Jared's grandparents. They really added to my bouquet and were extra special, as I carried down the legacies to the altar. My aunt also handmade both of my garters, and the lacey garter was made from lace that my aunt found in my Grammy's sewing box. How special is that?! I didn't know until she gave it to me the week of the wedding. It was so special. 

It rained the entire month of our wedding, and I was so afraid that the rain would push us inside. The venue is so gorgeous because of it's outdoor areas, so I did not want to move it inside on a whim. I prayed and prayed that if it rained, it would stop at 6:30, but our entire wedding day, it poured. When it came time to walk down the aisle, the clouds parted, the rain stopped, and the sun came out from its month-long hiding and shone down on Jared and I as we made our vows to one another. I could not have planned it any better. Everything was gorgeous and beautiful and I could not have asked for anything better. Our friends and family danced the whole night through and we even had trouble getting them out at the end of the night! But one of my most favorite moments was our last dance together when all of our guests were outside preparing for the sparklers. It was definitely a day we will never forget.