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Austin Inspiration Shoot

This awesome inspiration shoot combines the rustic elegance of the Ranch Austin with the perfect modern touch, including chevron, stripes, and plenty of Texas love.

And in case you’re wondering, Ranch Austin can host up to 300 people… definitely worth a look if you’re planning a wedding in the area.

Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography / Caterer: Royal Fig Catering / Event Designer: Liv by Design / Floral Designer: Flora Fetish LLC / Invitation Designer: The Creative Parasol / Cake Designer: Michelle’s Patisserie / DJ: Greenbelt DJ Productions / Equipment Rentals: Premiere Party Central / Event Venue: Ranch Austin

{Real Weddings} Taylar & Neal’s BC Bash

Taylar and Neal were married on a sunny November day in Langley, BC, in an intimate affair at Murrayville Hall.  The wedding was filled with handmade touches, including paper flowers the bride made from old sheet music, and the bride and groom chose to take a lot of their shots at the gorgeous and so perfectly vintage Princess & The Pea Bed and Breakfast.

Photographer: Danielle Dobson Photo / Reception Venue: Murrayville Hall / Accommodation: Princess & The Pea Bed and Breakfast

{Real Weddings} Chuck & Ginger’s Sweet Southern Charm

This one is really special.  I’m not sure if it’s the rustic DIY detail, the impossibly perfect, sweet Tennessee venue… or just that horse (I love that horse).  This one takes my breath away.

I had to reach out to the bride to hear more…

How did you choose your venue… did it have any special significance?
We didn’t want the typical wedding venue.  We wanted something unique and country.  My husband was from the north so we wanted to show his friends and family a southern good time when they came down, so we wanted the theme to be country chic. We finally found a venue that fit that theme.

What other special details did you incorporate into your day?
We made the last minute decision to walk down the aisle in cowboy boots which was a nice special detail I don’t regret.  My matron of honor wrote us a poem of our love story that we had displayed at our wedding.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part of the day was taking pictures with Chuck… spending a couple of hours before the wedding just goofing off and being ourselves really calmed our nerves down for the actual ceremony.

Any advice for other brides?
Get a good photographer. The day goes by so fast and all you’ll have left is the pictures so spend the extra research time and money in getting a good photographer

I couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much, Ginger, for taking the time to answer my questions, and to your fabulous photographer for sharing these shots.

Photographer: Matt Phoenix Photography / Reception Venue and Ceremony Location: Front Porch Farms

Quiet Sundays

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Jonas Peterson

{Real Weddings} Anita & Zachary’s Vintage Romance

There’s a time when a man needs to fight and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny’s lost, the ship has sailed and that only a fool will continue. The truth is I’ve always been a fool.”

Did you ever see Big Fish?

It’s one of my favorite movies ever, and particularly meaningful to Mark and I.

If you haven’t seen it, do it now.  I’m serious.  It might just change your life.

If you have, I promise I really do have a point… you know when Edward goes to Spectre (the first time?) and it’s so perfect.  The shoes are hung on the power line, everyone is all smiles, and the lights in the middle of the town just sparkle like crazy?  That is what Anita and Zachary’s wedding reminds me of.

A simpler, more beautiful time.

It stole my heart.

Here’s what their photographer had to say:

Anita and Zach had an outdoor wedding at the family pond, which has long been a location for family picnic’s and get-together’s. They managed to transform the pond from an everyday picnic location into a magical outdoor reception site, complete with candles hanging from willow trees and fireworks to finish off the night. While planning a wedding from out-of-state, Anita was sure to include special details that focused on their relationship as well as their families. Most of the details were either created by Anita herself, or by friends and family members, keeping the wedding as Do-It-Yourself as possible, while still being elegant and enchanting.

Photographer: RGS Photography / Dress: Saja

Have You Heard About Entwined 2012?

If you haven’t entered this awesome giveaway… you’re in for a real treat.  This December (entries are due by October 15th) Entwined 2012 will give one lucky couple the wedding of their dreams… and not just a few elements.  The group — including Country Sugar Events and Anne Marie Photography, among many many others — will provide a venue, full planning and design services, a live band, and every other thing you could possibly imagine… for a value of over $75k.

They’ve put together an unreal list of vendors, and judging by this inspiration shoot (one of two, if you’re more into glam… check this out, you’ll love) the event will be nothing short of amazing.

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2011 (that’s this Saturday, in case you’re wondering) so hurry on over to their site and get your entry in today.

Photographer: Anne Marie Photography / Caterer: Sullivan Street Caterers / Event Designer: Country Sugar Events / Floral Designer: Statue of Design / Invitation Designer: Lilly & Louise / Event Venue: The Studio at Fischer

{Real Weddings} Erin & Graham’s Natural Love

Oh my gosh I am so excited to share today’s gorgeous wedding with you all.  There are so many adorable elements in this Osoyoos, BC affair, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Old logs, feathers, candy… pie!!  (you know my serious love of pie)

And I just love all the things the couple did themselves.  Just wait until your see the unbelievable job Erin did DIYing her own bouquets!  Such an inspiration.  The couple’s love of all things natural, vintage, and so so pretty is showcased so well by the amazing work of their photographer,  Element Photography.

From the photographer:

Erin + Graham tied the knot on undoubtedly the hottest day of the summer! Their beautiful day started at Erin’s parents home where the girls gathered to dress and put on the final touches. Her parents’ home is charming and decorated with vintage treasures in every nook and cranny! Erin looked smashing in her ruffled gown and was oh so excited to get started with the day. But not as excited as Graham who showed up 30 min early for the first look… ooops! Erin walked down the driveway to meet her man and could hardly hold in the giggles as she snuck up on him. Sweet! Both of them smiling from ear to ear and exchanging compliments we snapped away as they enjoyed a very emotional moment together before their big day! Their wedding day was everything they could have asked for. The setting for the wedding ceremony was the Chobotar ranch in Osoyoos, BC. The warm, warm summer sun shone down on Erin + Graham as they exchanged vows and everyone cheered them on as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Erin is a creative, a planner and a tad bit OCD (she claims!). Her venue decorating was meticulous and she nailed every last detail. Most importantly the concept of the design reflected the couple, their relationship and their favorite things. Working with a tight budget Erin was resourceful and drew on their love of the outdoors and its natural beauty to decorate. Moss, old logs, stones, pinecones, feathers, wooden flowers – she even hand crafted the bouquets and boutonnieres herself! Right down to the antlers on the table – which doubled as noise makers to get the newlyweds to kiss – a shout out to their love of hunting. All the vintage finds were from her home decor or her mom’s, perfect!

Venue: Chobotar Ranch / Photographer: Element Photography / Caterer: Parties and Pies / Event Planner: Peace of Mind “day of” Wedding Coordinator / Makeup Artist: Christine Fritz / Bridesmaid Gifts: Oatmeal Lace Design

Felicia & Timothy’s Old School Engagements

This engagement session in Singapore is so much fun I can barely stand it.  Since Felicia and Timothy met in college, they decided to style their engagement shoot with a vintage ‘back to school’ theme… they even shot it at a school turned art gallery and theatre called (what else?) Old School.

From their photographer:

The idea behind this photo shoot was to bring out their childhood, with many items they kept from school days such as Old Maid playing cards, the oh-so-familiar recorders they used in school, and even a mini chalkboard.  We wanted to keep the photo shoot simple, natural and fun!  We had a fun-filled afternoon playing games, and capturing their special moments at the same time.

Photographer: Confetti* Peektures / Venue: Old School

A Little Inspiration: Amber, Blue, and Red

Krystal Mann / SB Childs Photography / Edyta Szyszlo Photography / DIY Paper Rosettes / Table Setting via Dreamy Whites

The End of the Search

Photo Credit: We Heart Photography via Ever Ours

So we drove to Los Olivos and oh, let me tell you, it was a trip.  I may or may not have been conscious when we left my parents’ house at 3am.

(Let’s just pretend, though, that I’m not an awful person and did not make poor Mark drive alone with a sleeping Laicie in the passenger seat for the first 5 hours.  I did eventually come to and take my turn at the wheel, which makes it a little better, right?  Honestly I’m always torn on this subject, but I have no control over my eyes… they call the shots.)

Once we were both fully conscious, we decided to break up the drive with an amazing pit-stop at Ridge and realized that we have to go back to join the utterly badass ranks of the many folks we saw cycling up that massive hill that leads to their Monte Bello Estate.  We also hunted down some Rubios fish tacos (and yes… the 13 hour drive was worth it just for the tacos — don’t make fun).

Our love of wine and tacos ensured that we came flying into town and up the winding road that leads to Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse just in time for our 6:30pm appointment with the farmhouse’s manager, Gretchen.

Gretchen is wonderful.  There are really not enough people out there praising her on the internet.  She is warm and fun and absolutely easy to work with… I couldn’t have hoped for a better experience than the one we had touring the farmhouse.

And I couldn’t have hoped for a better venue.

In case you can’t tell from the photos, the place is picturesque.  As our car peeked out over the mountain to reveal the farmhouse I told Mark it reminded me of the little house on the top of the waterfall in “Up.”

Mark was an Eagle Scout and we’re both big on adventure, so needless to say, we love the movie… but aside from the movie reference, I’m not sure how anyone could say no to the farmhouse.

The setting is gorgeous and the house is every bit as wonderful inside.  The whole thing was shipped across the country and pieced together from three different sites on the east coast: a 1700’s barn/farmhouse from New Hampshire; a timber home from West Virginia; and a cabin from Tennessee.  The sun room and guest house were added to complete the whole perfect picture.

Over the hill sits a little pond and an ostrich farm — and tell me, what is more fun than sawing open an ostrich egg for Sunday brunch? … honestly I’m a little freaked out by it, but I’m excited to find out.

The house sleeps around 14 and has a large parking area that can be used for camping, which we plan to encourage since we’ll also hold a welcome BBQ on Friday night.  There are multiple fireplaces and loads of options for fun side trips to Los Olivos, Buellton, and Solvang nearby.

Mark and I not only fell in love with the farmhouse, we fell in love with the Santa Ynez Valley.  We’ve always loved wine country, but there is something about this particular area that is so laid back and different from the rest… and now we’ll always have a good excuse to go back!

Farmhouse photos by Aaron Delesie.