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Charming Calamigos Ranch Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Clayton Austin

If you’re planning a destination wedding, we’ve got to throw in a vote for Malibu after seeing this dreamboat of a wedding. Calamigos Ranch in Malibu was the ideal setting for Penny and Andy’s big day, and was complemented perfectly by handfuls of pink streamers, over sized balloons, and flower petals galore. Clayton Austin, A Good Affair, and French Buckets worked wonders on this one, folks!

flirty Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

From the event designer, Natalie of A Good Affair: Penny and Andy’s not-so-typical “boy meets girl story” blossomed thousands of miles from either of their hometowns in Japan. Penny, a California girl, and Andy, a proper Englishman, fell in love while working in Japan. Each avid travelers before meeting, they had an instant connection and throughout their courtship they proceeded to travel all over the world together. When it came time to decide where to host their nuptials, they instantly knew that sunny Malibu was the perfect location.

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bridal processional - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

petal aisle runner - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

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Calamigos Ranch ceremony - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Calamigos Ranch ceremony - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

I fell in love with Penny and Andy’s international love story and couldn’t wait to dive into planning and designing their beautiful wedding… even from 5,000 miles away! Penny and Andy (affectionately known by friends as “Pandy”) were so open and trusting in me to dream up their wedding design. Penny and Andy took photos to create a custom viewfinder invitation that also featured their silhouette, which I then pulled into the design. Branding the wedding “We Love Pandy” and wanting to represent their playful whimsical side, I created a color palette of rich berry tones set against denim blues. The Pavilion at Calamigos Ranch was the perfect backdrop for the design. From playful paper tassels down the ceremony aisle to a balloon lined walkway to cocktail hour, there was an endless amount of personal touches for their guests to enjoy.

wedding guest portrait - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

folded escort cards - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

blue suit grooms - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

pink glass centerpieces - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

silhouette wedding decorations - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

coral bridesmaids dresses - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

As the sun set, guests sipped on cocktails and relaxed in a vintage lounge from Storied Rentals. It was so important to Pandy that their family and friends have a meaningful day and the A Good Affair team made sure to keep them entertained the whole evening. Guests put messages in anniversary bottles for the couple to open on milestone anniversaries and an artist created a silhouette of each guests as a favor. A traditional Japanese sake barrel ceremony took place and guests were served out of the barrel. Beautiful florals by French Buckets covered the tables in berry painted bottles for a pop of color. The overall look was the perfect balance of romance and whimsy.

tent wedding reception - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding details - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

pink glass vases - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding cakes - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

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Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding


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Wedding Location: Malibu, CA / Photographer: Clayton Austin / Event Design and Styling: A Good Affair / Florist: French Buckets / Venue: Calamigos Ranch / Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang / Wedding Cake: Superfine Bakery / Ceremony and Cocktails Musician: Denny White / DJ and Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions / Silhouette Artist: Sylhouettes by Sylvia / Furniture Rentals: Storied Rentals / Rentals and Draping: Classic Party Rentals / Balloons: Balloon Celebrations / Officiant: John R / Videographer: Shark Pig / Wedding Invitations: East Six / Transportation: Andy P

Southwestern Desert Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Clayton Austin

Well, the secret’s out — not only is Clayton Austin a photographer extraordinaire; he also knows how to put together quite the styled shoot. Earlier this year, Clayton held a photography workshop in Marfa, TX that was nothing short of total beauty, and we’ve got the evidence to prove it!

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From the photographer, Clayton Austin: Marfa is set in the middle of the west Texas desert and I really wanted to incorporate this vast beautiful landscape into the theme of the shoot. I imagined something organic and unique with accents of white, pops of rich colors, and touches of leather. For the bouquet I gathered simple green foliage and bound it with earthy jute twine pulling it all together with strips of leather belts purchased at my local thrift store. I found the stunning textile breast plate at a market days festival on Nantucket Island. Isobel and Cleo has some of the most amazing textile clothes in the entire world!

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white organic centerpieces - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

After seeing some vintage macrame hangers at an antique store in Santa Monica I was immediately inspired to incorporate them in a unique way. I found some smaller plates that fit my cakes perfectly and kept the sides of the hangers from digging into the cakes. I really loved how they turned out and had never seen such a unique cake display. I think an entire wall of macramé hanging deserts would be oh so stellar. Instead of more traditional tables and chairs I opted from something a tad more unexpected by removing the legs of a table I purchased from World Market and placing it on metal baskets. I then completed the arrangement with floor cushions and rawhide rugs.

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antique wedding decorations // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

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safari wedding ideas // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

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hanging wedding cakes // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

unique wedding plates - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

After collecting a few antler sheds from a local shop I hand painted them using golds and pinks. This was such a simple project and am looking forward to displaying the antlers in my own home. The blue lab is my baby girl, Mattie. After a super successful career of modeling she has decided to retire. This was such a fun shoot to style and am always so inspired by the unexpected! Never be afraid to think outside the box and take risks!

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safari wedding inspiration // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

hanging cake displays - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

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Shoot Location: Marfa, TX / Photography, Floral Design, and Cakes: Clayton Austin / Venue: El Cosmico / Leather Riding Pants: Michael Kors / Textile Breast Plate Necklace: Isobel and Cleo / Pheasant Plates: Pottery Barn / Beaded Chargers: Target / Wooden Vase: Anthropologie / Cylinder Wooden Vases: West Elm / Table Number: Hobby Lobby / Table and Floor Cushions: World Market / Hanging pocket canvas satchel: Restoration Hardware

New York Lakeside Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Clayton Austin

I love a Clayton Austin wedding. It seems Clayton has the good fortune of capturing the dreamiest, most love-filled days out there, just like Kate and Denny’s wedding at New York’s Cedar Lake Estates. The couple’s wedding weekend was full of fun games and handmade details for all their guests to soak in, and we’re going ga-ga over the result!

bride groom signs // photo by Clayton Austin via ruffledblog.com

From the bride, Kate: For our wedding we envisioned a “fun and games theme” with an elegant rustic decor. We wanted to have a wedding weekend where our guests would have a fun and memorable experience and not take anything to seriously.

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We planned a 3 day event that started with a bonfire on Wednesday night. We then had what we called “The Wedding Games” the following day. This event was all about acting like a kid and having fun — glorified adult picnic games. We started the event by picking teams at random. We thought this would be a great icebreaker and a great way for people to get to know one another. Once the teams were picked we started the games. They consisted of potato sack races, water balloon toss, an obstacle course, a three legged race, a pickle eating contest, and a scavenger hunt. The following evening, we had a dinner for all of our guests including a bonfire and an acoustic duo. For the wedding day we had an outdoor ceremony overlooking a lake. We wrote our own vows, and my husband actually sang his vows to me while he played his cigar box ukelele. At the reception we just had one big dance party!

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groom exchanging vows // photo by Clayton Austin via ruffledblog.com

bottle wedding centerpieces // photo by Clayton Austin via ruffledblog.com

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Our theme was “fun + games” with rustic decor. We used a lot of game elements and XOXOs (hugs and kisses and tic tac toe…) We did not have a set color scheme, simply muted earth tones with different shades of blue. Everything about our wedding was DIY. For the escort cards, I wrote all of our guests names (or nicknames to keep the silly and casual vibe) out in scrabble letters and photographed them and printed them . (photog took only one photo so see attached artwork as well). We made custom table runners out of photographic prints that we glued together. The photographic prints were a collection of abstract images created by the bride of different scrabble words and game pieces. For our favors we boxed up wind up toys (an inside joke between the bride + groom). Each box had a custom made tag on it with a quote about not taking anything to seriously on the back.

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indoor barn weddings // photo by Clayton Austin via ruffledblog.com

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A lot of our decor was made from things we took right from our own home. We figured what better reflects our style than things we have decorated our home with! I did not want real flowers for the wedding so the planners custom made us all of the bouquets out of paper flowers, wood flowers, and game pieces. They also crafted the boutonnieres out of paper and game pieces as well. They created custom centerpieces out of wood that were simply amazing. (Note: wood was from Hurricane Sandy.) They hung lightbulbs filled with baby’s breath, tea lights, and X’s and O’s that they handcrafted out of wood.

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indoor barn weddings // photo by Clayton Austin via ruffledblog.com

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newlyweds holding signs // photo by Clayton Austin via ruffledblog.com

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make sure you relax at least a day or 2 before your wedding. Don’t try to do everything yourself!

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indoor first dances // photo by Clayton Austin via ruffledblog.com


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “I Do,” Colbie Caillat
First Dance: “Swept Away,” The Avett Brothers
Father/Daughter Dance: “Thank You,” Natalie Merchant
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: Port Jervis, NY / Photographer: Clayton Austin / Wedding Planner: Kelly Heyn of SociaLife Events / Wedding Design and Flowers: Faye + Renee / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Cedar Lake Estates / Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka “Kiki” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People / Groom’s Jacket: Ted Baker / Groom’s Shoes: Bed STU / Groom’s Pants: AG / Bow Tie: Vintage Thriftshop find / Watch: WeWOOD / Cake Pops: Sugarush / DJ: DJ Mr. NiceNess / Wedding Invitations: Made by Bride / Videographer: NY Filmworks

California Garden Wedding from Reel Eyes Media

Wedding Videos

Photos by:

Clayton Austin

Now that you’ve ogled over the beautiful images from Clayton Austin, it’s time to set your eyes on Christen and Will’s wedding film from Videographer: Reel Eyes Media! Catch the couple’s wedding feature here if you missed it earlier today.

Wedding Location: Murphys, CA / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Event Styling: Bride and bride’s sister / Wedding Flowers: Paige Ware of Whole Foods, Roseville / Wedding Dress: House of Fashion Sacramento / Hair: April Battle of Avant Garde Salon (209.532.7770) / Makeup: Ashlyn Taylor of madameme / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever 21, Macy’s, TJ Maxx / Wedding Music: Keno Rojas / Wedding Caterer: Paula Schwartz (paulaschwartz@live.com) / Wedding Cake: Cora Roberts (alleventcakes@yahoo.com) / Wedding Invitations: Bride / Videographer: Darren of Reel Eyes Media

California Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Clayton Austin

This California wedding has us dreaming of sunshine, that’s for sure! Photographer Clayton Austin is no amateur when it comes to capturing dreamy weddings and gorgeous bohemian brides, and this wedding between Christen and Will fits perfectly into his canon. Be sure to stay tuned for an accompanying wedding film from Reel Eyes Media later today!


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From the bride, Christen: I leaned toward neutral colors but really I had an open color palette I allowed myself to work with. But that worked with the mixed up vintage feel we had going on. Everything was a DIY project! From the save the dates, hand-painting 150 feathers, invitations, making wine barrel jockey boxes for the kegs, all the favors I hand made (making homemade jam and jarring local honey) finding every plate and decor item, planting every flower in the dressers, suitcases, books. The look to me was very “home grown,” almost “organic.” After the wedding, everyone said “it was soo you guys!” That was exactly what I wanted — something that was us!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I got swept up in wanting to do a million projects and have a million things, but realistically that just wasn’t going to happen. So I prioritized what I truly wanted, things I couldn’t go with out, putting it down on a list from most important to the least. That helped me, but of course I wasn’t making these lists by myself — my sister helped! Make sure to have that one person that won’t stress you out and just keep you on track. I know everyone says this but it’s sooo true, your day goes by so so fast. Remember why you’re there in the first place. I love that we wrote our own vows and my girlfriend suggested right after you walk back down the aisle go off completely by yourself for 5 minutes. We did and I was happy to get a moment right after the rush of the whole thing to just have a moment in time with my love.


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Wedding Location: Murphys, CA / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Event Styling: Bride and bride’s sister / Wedding Flowers: Paige Ware of Whole Foods, Roseville / Wedding Dress: House of Fashion Sacramento / Hair: April Battle of Avant Garde Salon (209.532.7770) / Makeup: Ashlyn Taylor of madameme / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever 21, Macy’s, TJ Maxx / Wedding Music: Keno Rojas / Wedding Caterer: Paula Schwartz (paulaschwartz@live.com) / Wedding Cake: Cora Roberts (alleventcakes@yahoo.com) / Wedding Invitations: Bride / Videographer: Darren of Reel Eyes Media

Colorful Keys Creek Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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This California wedding from photographer Clayton Austin is one of those that just stops me right in my tracks — and I’m inclined to think it’ll do the same for you! Add together some blue thistle, sequins, and some tissue paper and metallic tassel garlands, and you have a surefire winner! Oh, and imagine our surprise when we took a closer look at the bridesmaids’ dresses and saw that the pattern was flamingos, for no other reason than the fact that Austin calls Sarah “his flamingo”!

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From the bride, Sarah: Austin and I wanted to throw a party that was different than any wedding we’d been to. We just wanted everyone to have fun and feel relaxed. Austin has more rustic taste, while I like glitz and glam, so we wanted to mix both of our styles together. So we found a rustic setting, and finished it up with glam elements like sequin tablecloths and gold silverware.


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Our color scheme was orange, pink and gold. This started because I asked Austin early on what colors we should do, and he said “if I had to pick one color that describes us as a couple, it would be… orange” because its out of the norm and different. Like us :)


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We did the save the dates and invitations, my mom and sisters made the signs, my sisters and I made the gift boxes (photo strip holders), and I made the tulle poufs that went on top of the mini cupcakes.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have fun! It’s easy to get stressed and sweat the small stuff, but at the end of the day, it’s about you and your husband starting your lives together. And it’s a celebration! Just enjoy, and have fun together during the engagement. Our wedding planner kept reminding us of that, and we had so much fun planning and just being engaged. Austin and I both have very hectic schedules, but we picked activities to do together that play on our strengths- for instance Austin and I made our save the dates and invitations. He has a graphic design background so it was fun for him!


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “God Gave Me You” sung by Collin Elliott
Recessional: “Home Sweet Home,” Lady of the Sunshine, sung by Collin Elliott
Introduction: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “They Bring Me To You,” Joshua Radin sung by Collin Elliott
Father/Daughter Dance: “stealing Cinderella,” Chuck Wicks

Wedding Location: Valley Center, CA / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Wedding Venue: Keys Creek Lavender Farm / Event Design: Krysten Tien of Couture Events San Diego / Wedding Flowers: Blush Botanicals / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Cascade” / Wedding Veil: Bride’s mother’s / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu via Nordstrom / Makeup: Chantall of Faces of California / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Paul and Joe / Groom’s Shirt: John Varvatos / Groom’s Pants: Vince / Wedding Music and DJ: Collin Elliott of Still Listening Productions / Wedding Caterer: Bare Back Grill / Desserts: Hey There, Cupcake! / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom / Videographer: Austin Hendrix Productions

Blush Pink Outdoor Wedding

Garden Weddings

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We have so much love for this week’s first wedding, sent over by the darling Clayton Austin Love Stories. Brandi-lin and Daniel are just one of the cutest little couples you ever did see, and the relaxed approach they had towards their wedding day shines through with the smiles on their faces. All of the flower and plant arrangements done by Jennifer Frost of Chive Events are, in a word, stunning.

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From the bride, Brandi-lin: We wanted a family-filled, outdoor, rustic wedding! We are both very detail oriented people who know what we love and we know it sometimes seems out of the box to some but I think we proved to them that Barn Weddings can be beautiful and FUN!

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Our day was full of details, starting with our packaged invited to our organic coffee bar that had coffee from our favorite coffee shop coffee (Atomic Cafe, Beverly MA), making our own paper cranes & our port-a-potties had their own stations which included things to stay fresh on a hot day!

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We could not have had our day without our loved ones. From our handmade dolls that looked just like us (made by JessandGregHandmade: our friends) to our friends from Chive being our Coordinator and floral design and having all our best friends create beautiful music for our enchanting ceremony.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Brides get all the stress out before the wedding. The details can be overwhelming and you can want to quit but on the day of your wedding breathe it all in. This is your day and whatever goes wrong really does not matter. This is the only time in your life that all the people you love the most are in one place, that is hopefully enough to make you excited and realize your stress is not worth it.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Dream,” Priscilla Ahn Sung by Lilah Rose
Recessional: “All I Want is You,” Barry Louis Polisar
First Dance: “Sweeter Than This,” Katie Herzig
Father/Daughter Dance: “Yellow,” Coldplay

Wedding Location: Bloomfield, NY / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin Love Stories / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Event Designer and Wedding Flowers: Jennifer Frost of Chive Events / Wedding Dress: Linda Hilario via La Reine Bridal / Bride’s Veil: Piccadilly Rose / Bride’s Shoes: ASOS / Hair: Karolann Kuter of Tru Salon / Makeup: Lara Capuano of Piccadilly Rose / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / DJ: Jonathan Ramey / Wedding Caterer: Creative Catering / Pie: Monica’s Pies / Donut Pops: Tim Horton’s / Coffee: Atomic Cafe / Wedding Invitations: Keri O’Brian / Videographer: Tom Mull

Loveland Ohio Wedding

Garden Weddings

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We’re kicking off the weekend and welcoming June with a gorgetastic wedding shot by none other than Clayton Austin. In addition to spotting bottle centerpieces, we’re absolutely head over heels about their ombre paper crane backdrop. Such easy DIY ideas with a huge bang-for-your-handmade-effort-buck!

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From the bride, Krysta: We really wanted our guests to feel comfortable and have a great time. We wanted the entire event to feel personal and homemade- like a bigger, better backyard dinner party. We took care to incorporate elements that were special to us- for example, our brisket was from Slow’s BBQ in Detroit where the bride grew up. The wedding cakes were brought in from NYC (we dated two years long distance before we got engaged- she in NYC, he in Ohio, so half of our courtship was spent in New York). Our best man (aka the cupid who introduced us) wrote and performed the ceremony, we wrote our own vows (which got a big round of applause). We heard so many of our guests comment on how comfortable and personal everything felt. How delicious the food and cake were. The night ended with our groomsmen jumping into the pool naked, so I’d say everyone enjoyed themselves!

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We did a ton of DIY projects- I purchased a lot of vintage glasses from a friend of a friend who had just gotten married and painted all of the clear bottles different shades of yellow. That same friend cut all of the wood disks we used on our tables for us. We arranged our own flowers, planted our own succulents, made a wedding chuppah, and painted all the table numbers. I made all of the name/table number tags that adorned our mason drinking jars. We hand dyed all of our napkins (a time consuming project that I loved in the end). For the things we couldn’t do ourselves, we tried really hard to find small, local, or handmade vendors so every element felt personal.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you are designing your own wedding or doing a lot of DIY projects start to narrow down your inspiration into a few key elements that work well together and can be executed on time (everything takes longer than you think!). It is very easy to get overwhelmed by all of the possibilities and inspiration out there but if you go with your gut, choose the things that make you happy and excited and stay true to yourselves as a couple you can’t go wrong. Something is not going to go as planned along the way- take it in stride- in the end you get to marry your best friend surrounded by your loved ones and it is the best feeling in the world.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Your Hand in Mine,” Explosions in the Sky
Recessional: “Everlasting Light,” The Black Keys
First Dance: “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison

Wedding Vendors (Loveland, OH):

Wedding Venue: Loveland / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Bouquets and Boutonnieres: EcoFlora / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall / Floral Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Shoes: Dolce Vita / Makeup: Renee at Bobbi Brown, Saks, Cincinanati / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / DJ: Ryan Cox of Coxx Events / Wedding Caterer: Made From Scratch Catering / Beef Brisket: Slow’s BBQ / Wedding Cakes: Momofuku / Cake Toppers: Republic of Cute / Wedding Invitations: Scout’s Honor Co. / Transportation: Executive Transportation of Cincinnati

Handmade Violet Wedding

DIY Weddings

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No matter what, we’re always going to love a wedding with lots of purple, and this affair from Clayton Austin with every possible shade is a complete charmer! Don’t you just adore their little pup cake toppers? And they might just have the most scrumptious looking cupcakes we’ve ever seen!


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From the bride, Kat: When we first began planning our dream day, we knew we wanted something outdoors with a beautiful backdrop. There was nothing quite like that where we are from, so we started to think a semi-destination wedding. Something not too far away, so people would still attend, but something that also made our guests feel like they were out of town. We wanted a romantic feel and somewhat fancy, but down to earth.


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Since our engagement pictures were vintage, we knew right away, we would be going with a vintage feel. We started gathering vintage items realllly early. One of the first estate sales we attended, we found a hardback lovestory (one of many we’d gather because of the title), it was printed in 1948 and it was baby blue and titled, “The Bride of Fortune”. From there, the color scheme was envisioned and everything slowly started to fall into place. My favorite color is purple, so that contrasting with the baby blue was a given.


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One of the big DIY projects was the napkin holders. I had collected some amazing vintage buttons for over a year along with some baby blue vintage lace. A few weeks before the wedding, it hit me what they could be used for. So, with the help of a few of my very best friends, we gathered and cut lace and velcro and glue gunned 170 vintage buttons to lace and rolled and wrapped the cloth napkins. I also had a very dear friend who is extremely talented make my heart shaped chalk board table numbers and our photo booth back drop (with the help of some fabulous pinwheels I purchased off of etsy).


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Just enjoy every moment of it. The time really does fly. It is never too early to begin dreaming up your perfect day.


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Time After Time,” Cyndi Lauper
First Dance: “Pistol,” Dustin Kensrue

Wedding Vendors (Camarillo, CA):

Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens / Wedding Photographers: Clayton Austin / Wedding Flowers: Fifty Flowers and LA Flower Mart / Wedding Dress: J. Crew “Anais Gown” / Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood via BHLDN / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Wedding Hair: Merrily Robinson of VOGUE Salon (Newport Beach) / Wedding Makeup: Crystal from A Little Touch of Heaven Spa (Newport Beach) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / DJ: DJ Peter G / Wedding Caterer: Command Performance / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes (Calabasas) / Wedding Invitations: Laura Nehls of Letter Box Ink / Calligrapher: Calligraphy Katrina / Photobooth: Outrageous Booths

Rustic Texas Wedding

Real Weddings, Rustic Weddings

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Like vintage cars and dreamy photos? Then you will love this wedding sent by Clayton Austin! Mandy and Ben’s wedding took place outside of Austin in Texas’s gorgeous hill country. The stunning location lent itself perfectly to the rustic feel of the wedding.

From the bride, Mandy:

We were both born and raised in Texas. We live in Houston. We both enjoy the outdoors and nature. We wanted something rustic, simple, and beautiful also. That is why we chose the Texas Hill Country… not Houston.




We knew that there would not be anywhere in Houston that would fit our ideal wedding location. We also knew that there would be many guests flying in from other states, so we wanted somewhere with an airport in the vicinity. We love the areas surrounding Austin. We googled rustic weddings Texas and found the perfect location…Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs.




They were set up for an outdoor ceremony and had the rustic barn for the reception and air conditioning.





Our venue had just what we wanted, and as an extra bonus that had an awesome old car sitting in the parking lot.






Our cakes and desserts were a labor of love mostly completed by family members. They did a great job making a number of deserts that Ben and I love. His grandpamade his famous “Tennessee Stack Cake” to serve as the grooms cake. Ben’s college friend Ashley Griffith made our wedding cake. She made exactly what we asked for.





My mom’s friend Ruth did my flowers. She did amazing work and they were all so beautiful. We bought them from a wholesale store in Houston and she transported them to Austin.




Some advice from Mandy:

Just breathe. Cry if you need to and ask your fiance and others around you for help if you start to get overwhelmed. There are so many people willing to pick up some of the slack when all the different details and aspects start to get jumbled.

Wedding Vendors (Austin, TX):

Photographer: Clayton Austin / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch / Florist: Mandy’s Mother’s friend, Ruth / Caterer: Creative Creations / Cakes: Family and Friends / Band: London Calling / Hairstylist: Lucie Marie / Makeup Artist: Kaarin Boyd / Bride’s Dress: Epico by San Patrick from Weddings by Debbie / Hair piece: LoBoheme / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Maid and Matron of Honor Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J.Crew / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Pants by Perry Ellis, Vests are vintage

4th of July Wedding

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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Slowly getting back on track from an extended weekend, this gem popped up in my reader. It may be the sweetest backyard wedding I’ve ever seen. Their ceremony reading made me tear up – the children’s book “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg was the perfect reading for a quirky 4th of July wedding! Shot by Clayton Austin. Scroll down to read part of the poem. It is so worth it!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

I Like You (by Sandol Stoddard Warburg):

[…]
I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do

So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE

See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again

That’s how it would happen every time
I don’t know why
I guess I don’t know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you.