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High School Sweetheart Summer Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Katherine O'Brien

Christine and Zuy met in high school and dated for 8 years before Zuy proposed on the beaches of Mexico during a getaway trip (hello, dreamy proposal!). These high school sweethearts kept the romance going with a sweet and earthy wedding in Austin, Texas, captured by Katherine O’Brien Photography with amazing flowers put together by Whim Florals. This one’s a winner for sure!

high school sweetheart summer wedding - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

From the bride, Christine: I had a vision the entire time I was planning my wedding, and our venue’s location helped me execute that perfectly. I have always loved vintage styled weddings, but I wanted to take it to the next step and make it more earthy and natural. I wanted our guests to feel warm and welcome once they stepped onto the property. My favorite part of the entire day was the ceremony; the setup was exactly what I imagined. From our pastor to the florist, they all understood every aspect of my vision. I couldn’t have seen it any other way; I guess you could say it was “Pinterest” perfect.

neutral protea bouquet - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

bridal accessories - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

studded wedding shoes - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

flower girls - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

pave engagement ring - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

king protea wedding bouquet - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

flower girls - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

bride and bridesmaid - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

Zuy and I met in the hallways of our high school in 2005, it was the year that changed our lives forever. We went through a few important phases in life, high school, college, and soon to come, marriage. As if life couldn’t get much better, eight years later Zuy surprised me with a trip to Mexico where he quickly proposed on the beach at a wonderful dinner setting. The next day sitting on the beach I started doing what I do best — PLAN! I loved the planning process of the wedding, besides the few hurdles we surpassed I enjoyed every minute of it. It was almost like I didn’t want the day to come so soon, I just wanted to keep planning!

ceremony kiss - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

high school sweetheart summer wedding - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

succulent wedding favors - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

high school sweetheart summer wedding - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

wedding favors - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

honeymoon fund - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

green wedding centerpieces - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

high school sweetheart summer wedding - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

If I could, I would go on and on about every vendor of our wedding. Every single one of them was beyond friendly and helpful. I am very detail-oriented and I was able to accomplish this with the help of them and my family. I with the help of my mom, bridesmaid’s and wedding coordinator put all the décor from the candles, the props, to the signage together. It was all stuff I had either collected from vintage shops, my own apartment décor, or borrowed from the venue. This was my favorite part about the cocktail hour and reception, besides the food. (Guests are still talking about those mashed potatoes we had.) The cocktail hour was so fun to plan, two words — comfort and refreshing. I wanted it to feel casual with an elegant twist. We served Mac-n-cheese bites and sorbet, both comforting and refreshing! Our caterer was fantastic; I told them I wanted our dogs to be there, they are such an important part of our lives. So there was no better way than to name our specialty drinks after them! “The Marley” (masculine and bold) and “The Mia” (refreshing and feminine). I told myself I was going to take a step back and enjoy all the hard work and planning we had done. I wanted to actually get to see my wedding in “action” as most brides don’t get to do.

table numbers - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

coral wedding details - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

high school sweetheart summer wedding - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

Rifle Paper Co table number - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

dessert bar - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

cake table - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

chocolate wedding cake - photo by Katherine OBrien Photography

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Wedding Vendors


Katherine O'Brien


Whim Florals


Pecan Springs Ranch

Wedding Dress


Wedding Shoes

Dolce Vita

Groom's Attire



Gourmet Gals

Wedding Cake

Sweet Treats Bakery


DJ Orreon Gooden

Austin Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

I’m pretty sure that if there was ever just one recipe for a gorgeous wedding, a Jenny Packham gown would be one of the ingredients. As a starting point to planning, Leah and Kevin went for a light and airy garden wedding, with cluster florals by Bouquets of Austin and event design by BZ Events. Love the pops of gilded succulents in the bouquets and centerpieces captured by Katherine O’Brien Photography.

studded wedding heels

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Villa del Lago wedding // via

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From the bride, Leah: I saw the dress in a photo online and couldn’t get it out of my head. When I went dress shopping, it wasn’t super successful because I was comparing everything to that dress that I didn’t know anything about, except what it looked like. I decided to hunt down the dress online to find out the designer and name of the dress. Once I did that, I called around to the bridal boutiques in Houston to figure out who carried that designer. I found a boutique who carried the designer, Jenny Packham, but not the exact dress. They were going to get a floor model in December, but that would be too late to order it for an April wedding. I had to make a decision to order the dress and if I didn’t like it, it was not returnable or refundable or keep searching for another dress. I decided to take the (expensive) risk because I was totally in love with the dress and it was so worth it! I ended up absolutely loving it.

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Austin Garden Wedding // via

Austin Garden Wedding // via

When we visited Villa Del Lago, we noticed the potted succulents, so I knew that I wanted to incorporate those into the flower arrangements. Also, there was so much natural beauty and the grounds of Villa Del Lago are so well kept, that I thought having smaller, eclectic looking arrangements would be really pretty. Also, the grooms wore ties from Paris Texas Apparel Co. Kevin is friends with the guy who started the company and those were their grooms gifts as well.

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Everyone always says this, but don’t stress the small stuff because on the day of, none of that stuff will matter.

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Wedding Music:
Family Processional: “Clocks,” Coldplay
Bridal Party Processional: “All of My Love,” Led Zeppelin
Bride’s Processional: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N Roses
Recessional: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
First Dance: “Hard to Concentrate,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
Father/Daughter Dance: “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys

Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography / Event Planner: BZ Events / Floral Design: Bouquets of Austin / Venue: Villa Del Lago / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: Vincent Ford Custom Apparel / Wedding Caterer and Cake: Whole Foods / Ceremony Music: Barton Strings / Reception Music: Commercial Art

Local Wedding Guide: Texas

Wedding Planning

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It’s that time again — time for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their tried-and-true recommendations. First we tackled North Carolina, and next up on the list is Texas. Love their work but not in Texas? They all love to travel :)

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Above images by Austin Photographer Taylor Lord

Austin, TX:

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Katherine O’Brien: Barton Springs!
Margaret of Three Apples Events in Austin: Any of the murals around town are always great! Or anywhere around Town Lake where you can soak in the fabulous views of downtown.
Shannon Cunningham in Austin: South Congress, East Austin, any of our glorious open, rolling fields, a fun bar/restaurant in town, any place in Austin that is special to the couple!
Heather Curiel: Any place outside with trees and water. Hamilton Pool, Barton Springs, check out any of the springs hike trails too.

Austin mural engagement session
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Above images by Austin photographer Shannon Cunningham

What are the best places for out-of-town guests to stay?

Katherine O’Brien: Camp Verde
Margaret of Three Apples Events: Austin has the gamut of types of places to stay! We’ve got all of the big hotels downtown like the Hilton, Sheraton, Radisson etc which are all within walking distance of fantastic restaurants and our famous 6th street. But if you want a more unique experience while in town, there are tons of cool unique options as well like the historic Driskill Hotel or boutique hotels like the San Jose, Kimber Modern, or St. Cecilia.
Heather Curiel: Somewhere out of the ordinary! Try a hotel along South Congress or even the new Heywood Hotel on the east side. Lots of venues also have on site overnight properties. An excellent choice for guests who want to enjoy the hill country views.
Shannon Cunningham: Four Seasons, Hotel St. Cecelia, Hotel San Jose, Kimber Modern, SFA Intercontinental, The Driskill

Margaret of Three Apples Events in Austin adds: Austin has everything for everyone! From Hill Country venues with incredible views to grand ballrooms, historic mansions to wineries, your wedding can really be whatever you want it to be! And that goes for every vendor, not just the venues – your flowers, your cakes and other sweet treats, your paper goods – Austin vendors are able to pull off any style of event with amazing aplomb. We do vintage, we do rustic, we do classic, we do glamorous. And don’t forget that Austin is also the live music capital of the world! So music can be a huge part of any event and we’ve got every kind of band or DJ you could hope for! Weddings in Austin are truly unique and really are in a category of their own!

matthew moore texas wedding photographer
matthew moore texas wedding photographer

Images above by Dallas/Austin Photographer Matthew Moore

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Matthew Moore: Katie and I feel that brides photograph much better when they forget about the camera and the photographer altogether. In fact we encourage them to forget about us and think about what’s actually happening, which is… drum roll please… GETTING MARRIED! We believe there are two types of brides: the self-conscious bride and the marriage-conscious bride and, inevitably, brides will fall into one of these two categories. The self-conscious bride becomes preoccupied with “looking good” for the camera, worrying whether or not they are “doing it right,” or pleasing the photographer. However, the marriage-conscious bride is simply relishing the moment and looking forward to what’s ahead with great hope and great anticipation. In our opinion, the latter makes for much more honest, natural, and sincere portraits. If ever there were a day when you knew that you look good, a day that felt like you could do no wrong, a day where a photographer wouldn’t really have to tell you to “smile” because you couldn’t stop smiling… that day would certainly be your wedding day! Remember that the photography exists for the wedding not the wedding for the photographer. So think about the wedding… Think about your spouse (or soon to be spouse) and all that you’ve gone through, fought for, overcome, and triumphed over to get to this point. Do that, and we guarantee you that you’ll come away from this with three-dimensional portraits that contain richness, depth, and soul.

ryan price texas wedding photographer
ryan price texas wedding photographer

Above photographs by Houston Photographer Ryan Price. See wedding feature here.


Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Lisa of Period Charm Rentals: White Rock Lake & the Bath House, Las Colinas Canals, the Cotton Mill in McKinney for engagements. Must see- Fair Park has some great architecture.
Stephanie Hunter: Anything with a natural or organic feel really does it for me…think open, rolling fields, wheat grass and massive trees and rivers. I always love vintage homes too – especially if they have picket fences!

caroline joy texas wedding photographer
caroline joy texas wedding photographer
Above photographs by Dallas Photographer Caroline Joy. See wedding feature here.

What are the best places for out-of-town guests to stay?
Lisa of Period Charm Rentals: For those visiting downtown Dallas we have the W, the new Omni, Hotel Zaza, Hotel Crescent Court and the Hilton Anatole. If you are looking for something closer to the airport and midway between Dallas and Ft. Worth the Gaylord Hotel is a great bet in Grapevine. That hotel encompasses all parts of Texas and is also a great venue for events.
Stephanie Hunter: Hands down my favorite places are B&B’s & little inns. It’s a chance to really feel the Texas charm! There are a TON, but the one I’m submitting is “The Inn on Lake Grandbury” – great place for a wedding AND guests to stay (why not kill two birds with one stone)?!

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stephanie hunter texas wedding photographer

Above images from Dallas photographer Stephanie Hunter

heather curiel texas wedding photographer
heather curiel texas wedding photographer

Image by Austin Photographer Heather Curiel. See this wedding feature here.

Texas Wedding Resources:

Lytle Bend, Lytle Cove Cottage (Abilene)
Howell Family Farms (Arlington)
The Allan House (view portfolio) (Austin)
Barr Mansion (Austin)
Le San Michele (Austin)
Vintage Villas (Austin Laguna Gloria; Wild Onion Ranch; The Driskill
Edisons, The Filter Building (Dallas)
Vista West Ranch; Camp Lucy (Dripping Springs)
Houston: Agave Estates
Casa Rio de Colores (Liberty Hill)
Cotton Mill (McKinney)

Apryl Ann Photography (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Jonathan Ivy (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Kimberly Chau (view portfolio), Houston + will travel worldwide
Stephanie Hunter (view portfolio), will travel worldwide
Ryan Price (view portfolio), Houston + will travel worldwide
Caroline Joy (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Meegan Weaver (view portfolio), Wichita Falls + will travel worldwide
Christina Carroll (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Taylor Lord (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Heather Curiel (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
She-N-He Photography (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Lindsey Shea (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Shannon Cunningham (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Two Pair Photography (view portfolio), Abilene + will travel worldwide
Matthew Moore (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Katherine O’Brien (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Clayton Austin (view portfolio), Austin TX + California + worldwide

Z’s Florist (Dallas)
Unexpected Elements (view portfolio) (Austin)
Bows and Arrows (Dallas)
The Arrangement (Abilene)

Pink Avocado Catering (Austin)

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Above images from Austin photographers and design team She-N-He Photography

Frosted Art Bakery (Dallas)
Sweet Art Bakery (McKinney)
Layered Bake Shop (McKinney)
Society Bakery (Dallas)
Cupcake Cachet (Houston)
Central Market

Tisha Corcoran at TC Makeup Studio and Academy (Dallas)
Erica Gray (Austin)
Angel Parker with LucieMarie (Austin)
Mindy Orsak (Austin)

Planners and Stylists:
Unexpected Elements (view portfolio) (Austin)
Three Apples Events (view portfolio) (Austin)

katherine obrien texas wedding photographer
katherine obrien texas wedding photographer

Above images by Austin Photographer Katherine O’Brien. See past wedding features here.

Period Charm Rentals (view portfolio)

Southern Fried Paper (Dallas)

Marcy Feldman of Ink Pen Inc. (Dallas)
Rachel with Anibella Ink and Paper (Austin)

Antiquaria (view portfolio) (Austin)


If you are a vendor and would like to be considered in our vendor guide, please click HERE to apply. If you would like to recommend additional local resources to this list, please email us. We’d love to hear from you!

BBQ, Rock ‘n Roll Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Erin and Jason’s love for music sparked their inspiration for their own wedding. Starting on a high note (pun intended),Katherine O’Brien Photography shot their engagement session at a record store, which carried through to their wedding day with lots of good music, two bands and dancing shoes.

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

BBQ Texas Ranch wedding ideas rock 'n roll

From Katherine, the photographer: Erin & Jason were inspired by their love of music and the city of Austin for their awesome wedding at Star Hill Ranch! They printed and framed classic vintage photos of their favorite musicians for their table arrangements and seating charts. They also had their two favorites bands play a street dance in the middle of Star Hill Ranch’s main street. The Trisha’s opened and then T bird and the Breaks played until their exit. The first dance “Big River” by Johnny Cash, Jason is also a musician and played “The Weight” by The Band and Erin and her family started off the Father Daughter dance with “My Girl” by The Temptations.

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Wedding Venue + Vendors (Austin, Texas):

Venue: Star Hill Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography / Caterer: Patrick Taylor Bands: T Bird and the Breaks and The Trisha’s / Flowers: Central Market by Donna Foster / Dress: Alexia Gavela / Grooms’ Suit: Al’s Formal Wear / Rings: Custom by Boaz Arch / Invites: Sweet Nothings By Shari Fors / Cakes: Central Market

Katherine O’Brien Photography is a member of Blue Label. To find more vendors in your area, click here. If you’re a vendor and would like to apply, please click here.

Vintage Airstream Texas Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When today’s wedding promised vintage Airstream trailers, funky floral centerpieces and an art-deco inspired wedding dress, our hearts pitter-pattered with delight. And when it delivered on all that and more, well we just about exploded with delight. Veronika and Sly planned their outdoor Texas wedding from San Francisco and wanted all the details to collide into one heck of a party. They sourced the best local vendors and cranked up the creative juices to bring together friends and family in a totally unique, Southern soirée. And it’s all captured through the creative eye of Katherine O’Brien Photography. Enjoy!

vintage camper wedding

From the bride, Veronika. We both love the outdoors (Sly proposed to me on one of our camping trips, inside a rustic cabin), so we both knew immediately that we would want to have an outdoor wedding. Even though we lived in San Francisco, we both still thought of Texas as home, and knew that we would be married in Texas. The ranch really seemed to embody so many things we loved–the outdoors, laid back rustic atmosphere, and a vintage Airstream.

vintage camper wedding

vintage camper wedding
We wanted our wedding to be more of a celebration, where we could throw a big barbecue, party with our friends, dance to a live band, roast marshmallows, and really have a great time at our wedding. We love camping, traveling, and anything vintage, so we wanted to incorporate these elements into our wedding as well.

vintage camper wedding

vintage camper wedding

vintage camper wedding

Our wedding was a huge DIY project – a friend and I designed and letter pressed our invitations. I also designed our logo using a drawing of an Airstream trailer, which I had made into a stamp that we used on the muslin s’more’s favor bags, the brown kraft bags filled with lavender that was thrown after the ceremony, tags, cards, and our vow booklets.

vintage camper wedding

vintage camper wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t look at too many bridal magazines or obsess over what other people did for their weddings. There are so many great ideas out there that serve as great jumping-off points, but sometimes it can really be overwhelming. Trust your own vision for your wedding, and keep in mind what’s meaningful to you.

vintage camper wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Round Mountain, TX and San Francisco, CA):

Ceremony and reception location: Airstreams at Three Points Ranch / Month-of Planning: Beth at 36th Street Events / Flowers: bought wholesale at Green Leaf and arranged by bride’s mother / Wedding Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller, altered by Theresa LaQuay / Reception dress: vintage from Etsy / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair: LucieMarie / Bridesmaid Dresses: David Meister, David’s Bridal, and Kensie / Ceremony music: : Mia Green / Reception band: Boxcar Preachers / Caterer: Bill Archer / Wedding Desserts: Nana and Bluebonnet Cafe / Wedding invitations: Designed by bride and friend and letterpressed by Boxcar Press / Videographer: friend filmed on bride’s Super 8 camera

Katherine O’Brien is a member of Blue Label.

Eco-Friendly Austin Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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I know how much you all love a good eco-friendly fête (who doesn’t, after all?) so brace yourself for the most darling green wedding. From their wedding rings to their ceremony stage, everything was made or purchased with Mother nature in mind. If that want’s enough to feast your imagination with ideas, the bride also wore glasses which means major points in my book for staying true to who you are and being comfortable on your wedding day. Thanks Katherine O’Brien for sharing these photos with us!

 green eco-friendly wedding stage ceremony

 green ribbons stage wedding ceremony backdrop

From April’s brother, who created the ceremony stage:

The inspiration for the wall was a bit haphazard, and came together after a series of discussions I had with April and Mark. We knew the color palette was going to draw from the aqua/greens of desert plants – namely the agave plant since this was a loose theme for their wedding as seen in April’s bouquet – and I wanted to integrate Texas plants into the design since they were traveling to Austin for the ceremony. I wanted the piece to be rustic, even dilapidated and crumbling, so I started with the idea of a decaying wall made of old fence boards. I found an ad on craigslist and acquired the fence wood from a dude who was removing his old fence, and then dry-brushed the boards one of three colors: white, robin’s egg blue, and pale green.

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Much of the design was created to cover the backyard fence of the venue, and thus came the idea of the cloth ‘water’ wall. I dyed large sheets of muslin three shades of aqua, and then tore them into strips and stapled them randomly into a large, rectangular frame. I wanted the ‘water’ wall and fence wall to work together, so I adapted the design to allow the strips of fabric to ‘flow’ through the fence wall, which also provided the bride and groom with a color platform to stand on. The fence wall had small planters built into it to allow me to plant the aforementioned Texas plants into the structure.

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Wedding Vendors (Austin, Texas):

Venue: Copa/ Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Florist: Central Market / Officiant: Shazia Anwar / Caterer: Copa / Rings: Brilliant Earth / Cupcakes: The Cupcake Girls / Set Design: Alan Lampert

For cupcake recipes and more images from this wedding, check out Katherine’s blog!