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Graceful Desert Wedding at Enchanted Rock

Wedding Design

It used to be that “desert” and “romantic” were two words never to be found in the same sentence, but that time is long gone — just take this styled shoot from Bella Reese Photography, Vivid Events, and Sweetwater Stems as proof. Blush pink protea and centerpieces with eucalyptus make us dream of sunny desertscapes, complete with a beautiful bride in a stunning Enzoani wedding gown.

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

From the photographer, Bella Reese Photography: Most of my childhood I woke up in the southwest — desert was all I knew. Having always had the mountains in my horizon, with beautiful cactus and just plain desert is home to me. There has always been something so comforting about it. So this vision I’ve had for so long came naturally. I wanted something that came from my heart and meant something so deeply. Enchanted Rock seemed fitting with its gorgeous landscaping and perfect location. It was exactly what was needed to provide my “desert.”

groom boutonnieres - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

protea bouquet - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

metallic centerpiece decor - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

wedding invitations - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

Going into it I knew that succulents and proteas had to play a big part and Sweetwater Stems more than delivered! The gorgeous Enzoani gown immediately stood out in Blush Bridal Lounge, it is so elegant and relaxed, exactly what we needed! Giselle with Vivid Events helped pull this all together and she knew exactly how to make my vision come alive.

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

calligraphy wedding menu - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

My amazing husband knew exactly how important this shoot was to me and also knew my vision for the table. It had to be JUST right. So as great as he is, he built us the table. It’s perfect! It allowed the personal touch I really wanted because this is so near and dear to my heart. The table setup really allows for such an intimate gathering, all of us girls wanted to sit down and have a glass of wine! It was so inviting! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to help pull this together. This was the desert elegance we all wanted!

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

boho wedding reception - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

cake with protea decor - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Bella Reese Photography

Event Design:

Vivid Events

Florist:

Sweetwater Stems

Venue:

Enchanted Rock State Park

Wedding Dress:

Enzoani

Bridal Store:

Blush Bridal Lounge

Beauty:

LoLa Beauty

Wedding Cake:

Lily's Cakes

Rentals:

Confetti Rentals, Swoon

Wedding Invitations:

Studio W Designs

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Irish Countryside Wedding with Doilies

Vintage Weddings

Kyle and Susan wanted a wedding that was timeless and classic, but also personalized to their own individual style — which is exactly what they were able to achieve! Grace Photography captured the day and the beautiful floral design of Hilltop Flowers, who chose soft and romantic blooms that will be as beautiful tomorrow as they will be 50 years from now.

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

From the bride, Susan: We planned our wedding in exactly six months and the style we envisioned was traditional with a vintage twist! We wanted it to be timeless and classic but also putting our own individual stamp on it. For example, Kyle had always liked the idea of tails but we teamed it with a tweed waistcoat and tie and brown brogues to make it more his own and something a little bit different.

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

bridal shoes - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies
Flower recipe: For the bridal bouquet, a combination of Sarah Bernhardt peonies with white veronica, pink and white astilbe, pink bouverdia, cream hydrangea, brunia, cinerea, edged with nephrolepis leaf. Flowers used for the rest of the day were lilac statice, pale pink hydrangea, pink and cream eustoma, cream antirrhinum, cinerea, pink and cream bouverdia, pink gyp, pink and cream astilbe, pink, cream and pale blue delphiniums, pink peonies (Sarah Bernhardt), variegated pittosporum and poppy heads. The buckets and crates outside contained large pink hydrangeas.

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

wedding ceremony - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

wedding ceremony - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

wedding ceremony - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

We always wanted the feel of our wedding day to be relaxed and personal and the importance of the day to be placed on the wedding ceremony more than anything else. That was the most important part of the day for us. My father had been the minister at the Cathedral for the last nine years and it is actually were Kyle and I met and were he proposed. It was a very special day for us. We had a lot of family and friends involved in the day. From my father actually walking me down the aisle and marrying us to my brother singing our first dance. We also used a lot of family photos throughout the day from photo hoops on the pew ends to sweetie jars named after our nieces and nephews and photos of our families around Ballymagravey Village. Ballymagarvey Village’s tag line is make ‘our house your home’ and that is why we chose it. As soon as saw it we knew it was the were our wedding would be – a home from home.

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

wedding signs - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

kraft paper seating chart - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

As some of our guests were traveling a distance to the ceremony venue we had elevenses before the service in the church hall. Myself and my bridesmaids as well as Father of the bride set this up the night before. I had made paper doily bunting with twine and paper straw flags for the lemonade in the glass milk bottles. I had also made vintage table runners made out of different Jane Austen books – we also used these for the table in Ballymagarvey Village. I had made photo embroidery hoops and lace embroidery hoops for the church pew ends as we were both the last of a generation in our families to get married we had photos from grandparent, parents and siblings weddings on each pew end. Kyle and I had painted and distressed a vintage wooden ladder and attached our seating plan to the ladder. For place settings we had doilies with each persons named stamped onto them. We also had our own personalised Sharpie markers (Kyle’s pen of choice!) wrapped in either blue or pink gingham tissue along with a little label attached with twine. We also used the book page table runners for each table.

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Jenny Packham wedding gown - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

wedding fashion - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? A few of our friends have recently got engaged and Kyle has been giving out advice as an expert in the field now!!! He told them to give away as many jobs on the day as possible and to enjoy it. We were told so many times by so many different people to make sure and to take the time to enjoy the day. Both of us didn’t really understand what that meant until the day arrived itself. It really is the best advice.

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

wedding cakes - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

wedding cakes - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

rustic wedding cake - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

Irish countryside wedding with doilies - photo by Grace Photography http://ruffledblog.com/irish-countryside-wedding-with-doilies

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Reverie,” Ludovico Einaudi
Recessional: Handel’s The Harmonious Blacksmith
First Dance: “Better,” Tom Baxter

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Grace Photography

Florist:

Hilltop Flowers

Ceremony Venue:

Kilmore Cathedral

Reception Venue:

Ballymagarvey Village

Wedding Dress:

Jenny Packham "Esme"

Bridal Store:

Blush

Wedding Shoes:

Rachel Simpson

Bridal Accessories:

CoutureBridal NI

Bridesmaid Attire:

Jenny Packham

Flower Girl Attire:

Monsoon

Mini Usher's Attire:

Monsoon

Groom's Waistcoat:

Sir Plus

Groom's shoes:

Brown Borgues

Groom and Groomsmen Attire:

McQuillans Menswear

Ties:

Moaning Minnie

Catering:

Ballymagarvey Village

Wedding Cake:

Clair Condell Cakes

Wedding Cake Stand:

Wooden Treats

Wedding Band:

The Nooks

Letter Lighting:

Electric Alphabet

Videographer:

Eye Capture Weddings

Wedding Invitations:

CR Print Dungannon

Photos by:

Grace Photography

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Orcas Island Wedding at a Sawmill

Romantic Weddings

“While other couples avoided using the mill for wedding day festivities, Andrew and I saw incredible potential in the site and jumped at the opportunity to offer our guests a one-of-a-kind ceremony experience.” This is exactly the kind of outlook we love to see from our couples, and Caitlin and Andrew’s day ended up being a truly one-of-a-kind day because of it. Jaquilyn Shumate Photography, Cloud 9 Events, and Botany101 Floral helping bring their perfect day of festivities to life, with some serious celebration to follow!

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

From the bride, Caitlin: Andrew and I wanted a wedding that celebrated our two families’ unique histories as fourth generation San Juan Islanders (the bride’s family) and long-time Texans and Austinites (the groom’s family), while reflecting our deep love of the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty. It took just one visit for us to fall in love with Turtlehead Farm on Orcas Island. The farm’s original homestead was built by Swedish settlers in 1860 and is home to the San Juan’s Island only active single blade sawmill. While other couples avoided using the mill for wedding day festivities, Andrew and I saw incredible potential in the site and jumped at the opportunity to offer our guests a one-of-a-kind ceremony experience.

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

bridal flowers - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

wild organic bouquet - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Officiated by my oldest cousin, our ceremony was following by cocktails in a small clearing between the farm’s sod-roofed blacksmith shop and flower garden. Under hand-cut papel picado banners, guests enjoyed croquet and cocktails and soaked in the farm’s stunning pastoral views. I wore a dress by Winifred Bean purchased from Seattle’s Dress Theory and Andrew wore a Brooks Brother’s suit and cowboy boots gifted by his father especially for the wedding.

wedding ceremony seating - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

ceremony music - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

sawmill wedding ceremony - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

wedding ceremony - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

seating chart - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

seating charts - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

barn wedding reception - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

wedding reception - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Our reception was located in the farm’s original wooden barn and was chalked full of personal details that meant the world to us. In the months leading up to our wedding, I collected vintage postcards from places around the world that hold significance for our families (this included Austin, Seattle, Philadelphia, Ninilchik, New London, Walla Walla, and Halong Bay among other places). The postcards served as table-markers, and I wore an antique silk shawl from my family’s years spent in Malaysia during the 1800’s to commemorate my great-grandmother. As gifts, guests were given custom handmade cedar sachets from the sawmill, and one of our dearest friend’s bands played music late into the night.

barn reception - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

cake toppers - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

wedding centerpieces - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

berry wedding cake - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

cake cutting - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

Orcas Island wedding at a sawmill - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

first dances - photo by Jaquilyn Shumate http://ruffledblog.com/orcas-island-wedding-at-a-sawmill

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Jaquilyn Shumate Photography

Event Planning:

Cloud 9 Events

Florist:

Botany101 Floral

Venue:

Turtlehead Farm

Wedding Dress:

Winifred Bean

Bridal Store:

The Dress Theory

Wedding Cake:

Annie Burke

Music:

The Swearengens

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