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Fun-Filled Texas Wedding

I love this fancy meets casual wedding! Julia and Matt infused their playful and sassy style into every detail of their wedding. Julia wore a short ruffled dress while Matt looked dapper in his seersucker suit and cowboy boots. Their photographer, Francis of Francis Joseph Photography, was on hand to capture all the fun and silliness that ensued.

From the bride, Julia:

I suppose that unlike most women, my theme/feel of the wedding did not just pop into my head, nor had I thought about it much before we got engaged. The theme of the wedding was born from three things: our identity as a couple (goofiness and our immense love for each other), the venue we chose (Villa Antonia) and (not to sound shallow or anything, but…) my dress (short, fluffy and COVERED with flowers and ruffles).


The venue, best described as “Texas-Tuscan”, was a lavish backdrop for a very casual,folksy and unique affair. That juxtaposition of a super-fancy environment with not-so-fancy everything else, allowed for tongue-and-cheek kind of thing (cupcakes with funny flavor names, my short and sassy dress, two-stepping music, Matt’s sear-sucker suit, the groomsmens’ linen guayabaras, and of course the cowboy boots).


Humor and love are two reigning themes in our lives and we wanted the wedding to reflect both. Also, comfort was a HUGE HUGE factor of the wedding. My dress had better allow me to drink some beer and eat lots of crab cakes and even lie down…if it came to that).




The blue orchids were just divine! They really played up the playful and unique aspect of the wedding. The contrast between the sharp blue of the orchid with the soft and fluffy light-blue hydrangea was a great little combo.



Also, the curly willow and vine squiggles in the bouquets and in the centerpieces were just so freakin’ cute you couldn’t help but smile.


Matt wore a light blue sear-sucker suit with a blue and white polkadot tie with a white pocket square, brown cowboy boots and a smile.



Advice from Julia:

Stretch the envelope. Do something unique to you and your fiance. Even if it’s small, your guests and ultimately YOU will appreciate the extra thought and effort. Don’t forget through all the little details and stressful things to plan, you will be married at the end of the day. Simple. Easy. Don’t freak out if your white-to-red wine ratio is off at the bar.

And If you can, have a loved one, a priest you know very well, or someone who knows you both marry you. This will make it all the more special.

Wedding Vendors (Jonestown, TX):

Venue: Villa Antonia / Photographer: Francis Joseph Photography/ Florist: Bouquets of Austin/ Caterer: Sterling Affairs/ Dessert: Hey Cupcake/ Invitations: DIY design printed by McCarthy Printers/ Hair Stylist: Alisha at Jose Luis Salon / Transportation: Carey Limo/ Bride’s Dress: Billie by Melissa Sweet/ Bride’s Cowboy Boots: Sheplers

DIY Ace Hotel Wedding

We’ve been receiving an avalanche of weddings submitted by the brides themselves, and aren’t we loving it. This wedding sent by a long time reader is full of DIY ideas. I remember Tasha from the lovely comments section — and yes, I remember everyone who leaves a comment (hint, hint)! She now has an Etsy shop if you’re interested in any of her paper crafts.

DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
From Tasha, the bride:
Creating this one special day with my husband was such a crazy-beautiful experience. By the time it was actually our wedding day we had put so much heart and soul into the details that we were able to just relax and let everyone love on us. We chose to have a small guest list so that we could spend time with everyone, not feel overwhelmed and to maintain the intimacy and integrity of how we felt about this moment in our lives. One of the best compliments we received from our guests was that at times during the night they forgot they were at an “event” because they felt like we could have been in our home they were so comfortable and cared for.

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DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding

We chose the Ace because every time we visited we felt at home. The staff is so warm and unpretentious, the fire-pits on site and the amazing swimming pool with hammocks surrounding it all make for a sense of community and they always have rocking tunes playing.

DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
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DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
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DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs weddingDIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs weddingDIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding
DIY Ace Hotel Palm springs wedding

Not only was the site beyond gorgeous as a backdrop for our event but it has so much personality as well. We tried to not out-do the space and just use it as inspiration when we were planning our event. Our friends and family all stayed and played at the Ace too. It really was by far the best week of my life with the wedding day as the world’s best cherry on top. I have never felt so surrounded by love. It was amazing.

Wedding Vendors (Palm Springs, CA):
Church: St. Margaret’s Palm Desert / Reception: Ace Hotel and Swim Club / Bridesmaids Dresses and Groomsmen’s Suits: all different from Nordstrom, J. Crew and Neiman Marcus / Groom’s Suit: Joseph Aboud / Wedding Dress: Anjolique / Bouquets: Mary Cass at Jensen’s / Wedding Cake: Jensen’s / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer on Etsy / Photography: Anika London Media / DJ: DJ LinoType / Make-Up: Holli Mediano at MAC / Hair: J. Russel Salon






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Aubrey Joy Photography

I love sharing a bit about our sponsors! This week, I’d like to highlight a wonderful photographer, Aubrey Joy Photography. Aubrey focuses on capturing real moments. From the messed up hair in the morning, to the silly faces the bride and groom make at one another during their portraits, to the tears in the Father of the bride’s eyes as he gives his speech. The genuine moments that unfold throughout the day that might otherwise be missed in the hustle bustle of everything going on. These real moments absolutely shine through in her gorgeous images! Don’t you think?

Flower Field PortraitBridal Party JumpingBride and Groom Dreamy PortraitBride and Groom in Frame

Aubrey Joy Photography is based in the Pacific Northwest, but available for travel. You can see more of Aubrey’s beautiful work in her Best of 2009!

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