Bride and Groom Deborah and Stephen returned to Deborah’s home state of Texas for a relaxed yet chic affair stuffed with nostalgic details. The bride took a weekly childhood tradition and gave it a sophisticated spin, making a table spilling with various types of handmade popcorn. Honestly, we’re loving all of the surprises in this wedding shot by Half Orange Photography!
From the bride, Deborah: When we got engaged we quickly decided we wanted a “semi-destination” wedding with our close friends and family. In my mind there was no better place for it than my home state of Texas. I love the Texas Hill Country and knew it fit perfectly with my vision for our wedding: a fun, relaxed and beautiful night for our family and friends to celebrate the most amazing day of our lives. As Claire, Stephen’s Aunt, begin to design the dress I knew I wanted it to reflect the theme of the wedding too. Fun & unique. She did an amazing job capturing that in my dress. It was one of a kind and it was so fun to watch it come together.
One of my favorite projects that I worked on for our big day was the popcorn table/bar. Every Sunday night growing up we had homemade popcorn, and you could say it has created a bit of an obsession in me. I bought several different flavors of popcorn from Cornucopia in Austin and had my Dad make his homemade blend as well. They were displayed in antique furniture drawers and turned out to be quite the hit. Another fun project was our favors for the guest. Each guest left with a hand sewn burlap bag full of Texas hill country coffee and homemade chocolate chip pumpkin muffins made by the mother of the bride.
My husband’s favorite touch to the big day was the scotch and cigar hour. It was just one other fun little touch that made our wedding feel like us. Our night was exactly what we dreamed: elegant: a holy ceremony in a chapel that leaves you in awe, a reception site that was breathtaking… but most of all we had so much fun: we danced until our feet hurt, hugged so many friends and family and loved hopping on the party bus with 60 of our closest friends for an unforgettable ride back to Austin. If I could give future brides any advice it would be relax and enjoy it. Do not get to wrapped up in all the little details, take a deep breath, have fun and remember you are getting to marry your best friend!
Wedding Vendors (Dripping Springs, TX):
Reception Venue: Camp Lucy / Wedding Photographer: Half Orange Photography / Wedding Dress: Claire Kennedy Design / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani / Wedding Flowers: Verbena Floral / Wedding Caterer: Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse / Wedding Cake: Ruth Rickey / DJ: Strat Kat DJ / Rentals: Marquee Events and Blue Bird Vintage Rentals / Popcorn: Bride’s father and Cornucopia