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Stone Oak Ranch Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Let’s kick off the week with a good amount of wedding eye candy captured by Krystle Akin. The ceremony chapel from this Texas wedding at Stone Oak Ranch is just the sweetest site we ever did see. How could you not fall in love with the woodsy, cabin-like setting?

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From the bride, Ashley: We wanted a natural elegance for the ceremony and a light-hearted, jazzy, class for the reception. Peter and I love old music and movies from the 30’s and 40’s and we have a real appreciation for the simple amusement and innocence there was in the past. People were ladies and gents, but they sure knew how to have a good time! We wanted to enjoy that kind of atmosphere for our wedding day. We envisioned a peaceful and reverent ceremony and a reception that was more Fred Astaire and Glen Miller than “Drop it Like it’s Hot” and the “Macarena”.

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Natural, Pastel, vintage, classy, jazzy, quirky, modest. The color scheme was pastels (the kind you find on maps). We had a theme of vintage travel/distance because Peter and I have always lived in different states. We used vintage suitcases, telephones, maps, and old postcards. The guests threw paper airplanes at us as we entered the reception! Most of the décor was DIY except the TONS of wildflowers and vintage furniture and other creative items provided by Melanie from Prairie Sage.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t let yourself get caught up in trends and get pulled away from what really represents you. Look for the things that really make you feel like you, things that make your soul jump, remember things from your childhood, and let that be what you use to guide things. It’s a day to celebrate your life and your man’s life coming together as one life. Don’t waste time worrying about what’s trendy or what people will like best.

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Wedding Music:
Processional and Recessional: original songs from The Five Dragon Daughter
Bride’s Processional: “Be Thou My Vision”
First Dance: “Dancing Cheek to Cheek,” Fred Astaire

Wedding Location: Murchison, TX / Wedding Venue: Stone Oak Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Krystle Akin / Wedding Flowers: Pamela Castleberry / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Bride’s Hair: Chaz Bingham of Eye Candy Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Ceremony Musician: The Five Dragon Daughter / Wedding Caterer: Perfect Catering / Wedding Cake: Cherry Laurel Bakery / Groom’s Cake: Bride’s grandmother / Vintage Furniture and Decor: Melanie of Prairie Sage / Wedding Invitations: Kendra Payne Anderson of Kendra Michelle Photography / Wedding Videographer: Tye Jackson

Johannesburg Modern Chic Wedding

Garden Weddings

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It’s always exciting when couples refashion kitschy-like wedding references into a one heck of a gorgeous fete. This couple used solely red roses and petals throughout their day, including a massive of bed of heart-shaped scattered rose petals for their ceremony. Such a great budget-friendly idea! Gary and Jessica married in a backyard setting, with photographer Rensche Mari in tow to capture their wedding day. Their reception was held at La Cucina di Ciro, a beautiful outdoor space in Johannesburg.

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Wedding Location: Johannesburg, South Africa / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue and Wedding Cake: La Cucina di Ciro / Wedding Photographer: Rensche Mari / Wedding Planner: Otto de Jager Events / Wedding Dress: Marietjie Oelofse / Wedding Shoes: Oriental Plaza / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bride & Co Rivonia / Hair: Dean of The Hair Academy

Daily Pick

Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Dallas Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Whenever Natalie of n.barrett photography, floral + event design of Bows and Arrows and paper goods by Southern Fried Paper team up, we just know it’s going to be pure beauty. Seriously, between the succulents potted in coffee mugs, the incredible stained glass window display for the ceremony, and the bride’s delicate Reem Acra gown, this is quickly shaping up to be one of our favorite garden weddings of the year!

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From the bride, Brittany: Jamie and I are city dwellers but we’re also very outdoorsy. I wanted the wedding to feel sophisticated, but not glitzy, and rustic/organic but not country. Basically, I wanted it to feel like a comfortable extension of our personalities. What was most important to us is that our guests feel appreciated and that they have fun, and that everyone left with a true sense of what marriage is really about – Christ’s love for the church expressed through the love of husband and wife.

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The stained glass windows that we hung in the ceremony space were a surprise from my dad. He found them online from a church that was being torn down. A monk saved the windows and put them up for sale. He and my brother spent the morning of the wedding hanging the panels in the garden. When I arrived and saw them, I was shocked. It was so beautiful and an incredible way to bring a church-like atmosphere to an outdoor space.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice is to meticulously choose your vendors based on your style. There are so many different vendors out there and they all have distinct styles and personalities. I was careful to choose vendors whose style I adored, then explained by vision and trusted them to make it happen. That way, you won’t be stressing out about all the tiny design details because you know they really “get” your vision.

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Also, talk to your groom and decide what is really important to you as a couple. If it’s amazing food, then focus your budget accordingly. If it’s stellar entertainment, focus on that. Don’t worry about doing too much that guests won’t remember. Focus on four main elements: design, food, dress, entertainment. Lastly, just have fun and enjoy the day! Work hard to be present and take mental snapshots throughout the day. Really look in your new husband’s eyes and enjoy these amazing moments together.

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Wedding Music:
Special Seating: “Your Song,” Elton John
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Bride’s Processional: Cello suite no. 1 – Prelude
Recessional: “La Rejouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks, Handel
First Dance: “These Are the Days,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Baby James,” James Taylor

Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Marie Gabrielle / Wedding Photographer: n.barrett photography / Wedding Flowers: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Bride’s Hair: Emily Streight of Avalon Savon / Bride’s Makeup: Sonya Woods / Bride’s Veil: Stanley Korshak / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Cake: Layered Bake Shop / Invitations and Paper Goods: Southern Fried Paper / String Quartet: Galliard String Quartet / Wedding Musicians: Downtown Fever / Lighting: Absolute Entertainment / Photobooth: PicFlips / Wedding Videographer: Kelly Christine Photo