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In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

Afternoon Illinois Atrium Wedding – Lauren and Evan were married at Danada House in Wheaton, Ill. on October 19. The fall foliage provided a gorgeous, colorful backdrop for their outdoor nuptials. Guests wrapped themselves in cozy fleece blankets to stay warm during the ceremony.

Afternoon Illinois Atrium Wedding - Victoria Sprung Photography

Photo by Victoria Sprung Photography 

Glamorous Purple Texas Inn Wedding – Jennifer and Bo were married at The Winfield Inn in Kyle, Texas on March 7. Their purple and champagne color scheme is timeless and regal. Take a peek at the full gallery for more glam inspiration – including the bride’s custom shoes!

Glamorous Purple Texas Inn Wedding - Jennifer Weems Photography

Photo by Jennifer Weems Photography 

Handmade Florida Ranch Wedding – Loren and Garrett were married at the Wallaby Ranch in Polk City, Fla. on March 7. The groom handmade the altar out of driftwood, and the couple created a lounge area using vintage furniture. Wait until you see how the newlyweds arrived to their reception! (Hint: It was from above.)

Handmade Florida Ranch Wedding - Jessica Cruz Photography

Photo by Jessica Cruz Photography

Fall Texas Pecan Grove Wedding – Kelley and Riley were married at The Pecan Grove at The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas on October 26. From the yellow and orange color scheme, to the pumpkin centerpieces and miniature pecan pies for dessert, this rustic wedding is 100-percent autumn.

Fall Texas Pecan Grove Wedding - Diana M. Lott Photography

Photo by Diana M. Lott Photography

Winter Wedding in San Diego – Elina and Conor were married on the beach in San Diego, Calif. followed by a reception at a private residence on February 1. After saying their I Do’s, they exited the ceremony via private hydroplane!

Winter Wedding in San Diego - Alyona Photography

Photo by Alyona Photography

Real Weddings From This Week {May 8, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on May 12, 2015

In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

Bright Texas Yacht Club WeddingAanchal and Manvir were married at Horseshoe Bay Resort Yacht Club in Horseshoe, Texas on November 14-15. Two days complete with both Hindu and Sikh traditions, respectively.


Photo: Jennifer Weems Photography

Purple Pennsylvania Garden Wedding – Jennifer and John were married at Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, Penn. on May 18. “We were looking for an outdoor venue,” she said. “As soon as we drove onto the property, we knew it was right.”


Photo: Ashley Bartoletti Photography

Vintage New York Homestead Wedding – Andreea and Soumit were married at Mount Gulian Historic Site in Beacon, N.Y. on September 27. Not only were guests encouraged to leave a memory for the new Mr. and Mrs. with a polaroid photo, but also to take a temporary tattoo.


Photo: Dreamlife Photos & Video

Trendy Utah Temple Wedding – Heather and Ethen were married in a ceremony at Draper LDS Temple followed by a reception at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 10. Fun fact: they are standing on a salt flat!


Photo: Tony Gambino Photography

Breathtaking Bella Collina Wedding – Catherine and George were married at Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club in San Clemente, Calif. on November 1. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Compromise is so important during the wedding planning process,” she said. “Make sure you and your spouse talk about must-haves together, and be prepared to let some things go.”


Photo: Endless Wave Studios



Casual Eco-Friendly Fall Banquet Hall Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 16, 2015


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Sarah and Dane were married at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas on November 9. “We loved the Hill Country feel without ever having to leave the center of Austin,” Sarah said. The bride wore a capped sleeve a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, berries, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus. “Getting to see each other for the first time,” she said. “We decided to do a first look before walking down the aisle so we could have a moment to ourselves. It was great getting to show off my dress and telling Dane how stunning he looked. Such a perfect, private time to be goofy and settle any last-minute nerves or jitters.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak trees, it was official, almost 125 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with mini beer churros on donkeys followed with the reception shortly thereafter. Guests were escorted to their seats via animal figurines. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, birch wood centerpieces, vintage books, and mason jar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “The food was absolutely amazing, and the same caterer did our cakes as well,” Sarah said. “The groom’s cake was a total surprise to Dane. It was so fun creating it with the caterer and even better getting to see the surprise on Dane’s face when he saw it.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake topped with fruit was cut and served concluding dinner. Fun fact: the other one was a replica of a scene set in the wilderness! In lieu of a favors, donations were made to Heifer International, University Catholic Center, and Christian Veterinary Mission. “We broke out to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ halfway through our first dance,” she said. “We had been practicing for weeks, and it turned out perfect. Everyone was so surprised.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Hire a wedding planner!” Sarah said. “Even if it is just the day of stuff, you don’t want to be stressing when you’re tyring to focus on preparing for a marriage. Ours was fantastic, and helped us out so much. We were totally stress-free when the day finally arrived.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Jennifer Weems Photography | Venue: Mercury Hall | Event Planner: Jessica Moore of Something to Celebrate | Dress Designer: Sarah Janks from Lovely Bride | Hair and Makeup Artist: Pearl Hair and Make-up Studio | Officiant: Jamie Baca | Floral Designer: Last Petal | Caterer/Cake: Word of Mouth Catering | DJ: Kevin Smith of Full Circle Media 

Charming Hill Country Summer Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 25, 2014


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Katy and Michael were married at Pecan Springs Ranch in Austin, Texas on August 16. The bride wore a v-neck satin a-line wedding gown with a cowl back, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a bow tie and matching vest and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, and ivy vines. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with signature cocktails such as “Mikey’s Something Brewed” and “Katy’s Sangria.” It would not have been a grand entrance down the aisle without two do-it-yourself wooden doors. The altar was highlighted with a vintage dresses and crystal chandelier hanging from an old oak tree. The reception followed inside the main building. Tables were decorated with galvanized metal and milk jar centerepieces surrounded by fruitwood folding chairs. Notice the Mr. and Mrs. book signs for the newlyweds? In addition to the unfrosted naked cake topped with a glitter “Love You More” quote, there was also a cookie and milk bar complete with chocolate chip, M&M’s, double-stuffed Oreos, brownies, and let’s not forget Nesquik too.

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Photography: Jennifer Weems Photography | Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch | Event Planner: Rustic + Refined | Floral Designer: Anahuac Florist | Cake: CrazyCakes, Inc. | DJ: Look No Further Entertainment 

Rustic Chic Summer Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 17, 2013

Elizabeth & Taylor 

June 15 

Boerne, Texas 


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

My husband is very outdoorsy.  We’ve been to so many weddings in Houston that we were ready for something fun and different.  I had seen four other venues before this one, and I just knew when I saw it that was the perfect amount of rustic for my husband, and the perfect amount of chic for me!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My mom did so many DIY projects.  All of the table decor was done by her. We collected old bottles, and she took apart all my old jewelry and decorated bottles and vases and votives.  It was so enchanting.  She worked so hard and was so good at it.  So, I loved all the things my mom made.  I also loved the dance my friends and bridesmaid’s did.  It was a surprise to everyone. It was a choreographed dance done after the garter toss to get the party started! And the last thing that was my favorite was of course saying my vows to my husband.  During the ceremony there were gunshots in the distance and my nephew (5-year-old ring bearer) yelled, “Gunshots!!!” at the top of his lungs.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Walking into the venue after we got married, took pictures, and seeing everyone smiling at us as we were walking in. It was just perfect. Took my breath away.  My coordinator and HEB flowers and RTC Floristry did such a fantastic job decorating and bringing the exact feel of what I wanted my wedding to be like.


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