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Geologists, Jess and Tim, were married in Austin at the Barr Mansion in a gorgeous celebration planned and designed by Westcott Weddings. The team brought in florist Rosehip Flora to bridge the look from vintage to modern with stunning arrangements that incorporating gathered florals, foliage and herbs to create a relaxed vibe. We’re loving the personalized touches like the vintage-inspired calligraphy table names featuring the geologic formations of Texas. Jess and Tim hired The Nichols to capture their day in a delightful fresh style that we’re thrilled to share with you all today. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was special to us because it was centered around a whole weekend of celebrating with our family and friends. Our rehearsal dinner barbecue included all wedding guests and was also celebrating my 30th birthday. Many of the guests were visiting Austin for the first time so we really wanted to showcase the music and the food!

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My gown was from Anna Campbell, an Australian designer. Blue Bridal in Austin was the only shop that carried her gowns in Texas. I knew I wanted a slightly non-traditional dress that would be easy to move in and provide a flattering silhouette. Once I found a photo of Anna’s dresses on Pinterest, I knew I would be wearing one of her dresses. I loved how she used lace with embellishment and how delicate the dresses look.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Some of the personal touches we added were writing our own vows and naming the tables after geologic formations of Texas. We are both geologists who met at the University of Texas at Austin, and Tim really wanted to incorporate geology into the wedding.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day for us was immediately after the ceremony. We both had huge smiles on our faces and were greeted by our parents in a huge hug. Jennifer captured the memory perfectly in one of our favorite photos!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met while students at the University of Texas. Tim was an undergraduate geology student when I was a graduate geology student. Tim crashed a Halloween party for grad students, got my number, and by Thanksgiving we were dating! Tim proposed 2 years later. We had been dating long distance for 9 months between Houston and Austin, and Tim drove down on a Friday after I had been sick for a few days. He managed to get me ready to leave the house by suggesting we go to our favorite restaurant, and while we were about to walk out the door, he got down on one knee. We had a very memorable lunch that Friday!

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Photography: The Nichols // Design and Planning: Westcott Weddings // Floral Design: Rosehip Flora // Paper Goods: Beetlebum Designs // Venue, Catering, Rentals, and Cake: Barr Mansion // Signage & Calligraphy: The Boarding School Collective // Overlays: Premiere Events // Glassware: Whim Event Rentals // Lounge: Loot Vintage Rentals // Hair: Pearl // Makeup: Avery Allen // Band: Matchmaker Band // Cocktail Hour Music: Terra Vista Strings // Lighting: Altared Weddings // Officiant: Spike Gillespie

 

 

 

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We’re loving the mix of styles in Patti and Thomas’s North Carolina barn wedding celebration at WinMock at Kinderton. Planned and designed by Grey Collective member Rebecca Rose Events, the event details included a cheerful palette of coral, pinks, crisp white and buttery yellow. We’re especially loving the preppy, bold navy and white stripe details against the rustic, barn venue and we are beyond obsessed with the giant, pink florals also by Rebecca Rose Events. Lucky for us  photographers Jake + Heather were behind the lens capture all the stunning moment of the day along with some great shots of the couple’s scene-stealing pups.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The best part of our wedding was to see all the people from the different aspects of our lives coming together under one roof to celebrate our love, mingle and have fun.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My gown was an Essence of Australia ball gown wedding dress in ivory soft organza over moscato gown with blossom sash. I found it shopping together with my mother and two triplet sisters, Martha and Ellie, over Christmas break at a small boutique, Southern Bride in Yadkinville, NC.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our wedding cake had our two dogs, Olive and Dexter, made of fondant poking their heads out of the bottom layer. It was important to both of us that the dogs be incorporated in the wedding. We also had personalized corn hole boards purchased by my (one of 2) matrons of honor and her husband.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Walking down the aisle to see my husband’s beaming face as he stood waiting to marry me.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

When we met, Thomas was a freshman at North Carolina State Univ. and I was a junior at Wake Forest Univ. I was good friends with his sister, also a student at Wake Forest.  We met at a Martin Luther King Day party his sister threw at Wake Forest. We spent the remaining of our college years driving between Winston-Salem and Raleigh on weekends to see one another. We took long distance to another level when I moved to Gainesville, FL to pursue my doctor of veterinary medicine, and Thomas stayed in North Carolina to work for a healthcare software company. Our engagement was approximately 7 years later after meeting when I was returning to NC from a weekend trip away with my sisters. Airports and travel having such an important role in our relationship, Thomas surprised me at the Piedmont Triad International Airport on my return with flowers, a ring and a proposal!

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Planning, Event and Floral Design, and Production: Rebecca Rose Events // Photography: Jake + Heather // Graphic Design, Stationery & Gift Boxes: Rebecca Rose Creative // Envelope Calligraphy: Carole Murray // Venue: WinMock at Kinderton // Catering: Holly Tate Fine Catering // Lighting: Sound Illusions // Cake: Maxie B’s // Entertainment: Bunn DJ // Linen Rentals: La Tavola and Nuage Designs  // Chairs, China, Glassware, Flatware: Classic Event Rental // Hair & Makeup: UpDo’s Studio // Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia

 

We’re kicking off the holiday season with a gorgeous Carmel Valley winter wedding. Kylee and Kieran were married at Holman Ranch in a day filled with sophisticated, cozy details all planned by Heidi Hughett of Coastside Couture, Guests were greeted with hot apple cider and dined in a tented reception under romantic, custom light features by Seascape Flowers. We’re loving the pops of red including the seasonally appropriate pomegranate tablescape decor and the absolutely mesmerizing, all-red bouquet. Lucky for us, the couple enlisted Carlie Statsky to capture all the details of their absolutely stunning day.

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From the bride: Every December, Kieran and I celebrate our anniversary in Carmel, which is also where he planned a beach proposal under a gorgeous full winter moon. It’s such a special place for us, that it was only fitting we have a December wedding in Carmel. And, even though it downpoured during our rehearsal the night before, Carmel Valley gave us gorgeous weather with an evening under another full moon. Holman Ranch was perfect for our style, rustic with vintage class and sophistication. We embraced the season and loved the idea of a winter wedding, with lots of white and sparkle for the holidays. It was important that every aspect of the day be genuine, memorable, and truly represent ‘us’. Frankly, we wanted to use our budget on items that we knew would make us smile and leave a lasting image in ours, and our guests’, minds. The amazing lighting, bonfires with s’mores and cozy blankets, live music, and ditching a big cake to instead opt for freshly made donuts, accomplished that goal. But, ultimately it was the elements our friends and family contributed that made our day especially amazing. The bouquets and boutonnieres were made with love by my very first babysitter; our dog, Eddie, was the ring bearer; our friend, Nate, married us; my best friend baked her famous red velvet in a mini cake to cut; and the fresh honey from our friend’s farm to gift as favors. It was stunning and spectacular, and filled our hearts completely.

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From Heidi, the Planner: Kylee and Kieran were married on a crisp December day at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. Guests were greeted with warm apple cider as they arrived at the lovely vineyard ceremony lawn. The Ceremony included the Monterey String duo and was witnessed by family and friends and their beloved dog Eddie. Wine and cheese was served following the ceremony on the stone terrace. Dinner took place under a clear tent highlighted by a custom lighting feature created by Seascape Flowers, guests seated at long wooden tables. A pomegranate amuse bouche at each plate added a pop of color to the white decor. A dinner of grilled salmon and braised short-ribs followed. After the feast, guests moved to the Carriage House for dancing to the Steve Ezzo band, a dessert of made-to-order donuts by Harvey’s, and a hot chocolate bar.

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Photography: Carlie Statsky // Planner: Heidi Hughett, Coastside Couture // Ceremony and Reception Florist: Seascape Flowers // Invites and Placecards: Minted // Venue: Holman Ranch // Hair: Karla Fenton, Umbrella Salon // Makeup: The Hair and Makeup Company // Bouquets and Boutonnieres: The Vu Family Friends // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Band: Steve Ezzo Entertainment // Ceremony Musicians: Monterey Strings // Caterer: Paradise Catering // Donuts: Harvey’s Donuts // Booze: Bottles N’ Bins // Cake: Gigi Achanzar Sy, Friend & Bridesmaid // Dress: Berta Bridal (significantly altered by Ericka Engleman) // Seamstress: Ericka Engelman Couture // Bride’s Shoes: SJP // Earrings: Ippolita //Groom’s Suit: Custom //Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds //Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Aidan Mattox //Groomsmen Suits: Hugo Boss // Room Block: Quail Lodge // Transportation: Main Event

 

Andrea and Tanner’s wedding day at Rancho Dos Pueblos  is filled with relaxed, rustic white details and a whole lot of super-fun portraits by Grey Collective member Woodnote Photography. The couple enlisted Donna Romani to plan a lovely outdoor affair including the ceremony under a humongous old tree and the candlelit lawn reception under graphic paper lanterns. We’re totally loving all the adorable images from the day and we know you will too!

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How did you meet?

We met on a study abroad program in Greece. Our flirtation sparked over the discovery of our mutual appreciation for Disney songs, which our officiant highlighted during our wedding ceremony by integrating a ‘magic carpet ride’ theme into the program.

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If you had to sum up your wedding in a sentence, how would you describe it?

Our wedding was a bigger version of one of our favorite activities – gathering family and friends and sharing great food and drinks in a beautiful setting, creating fun moments and fond memories.

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Any DIY projects you were especially proud of?

We collected some of our photos from our years together and also asked our parents for some of their wedding photos and displayed them all within large floating wooden frames during the cocktail hour.

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Do you have any stories to share from the day?

The entire day truly felt like a dream, and flew by way too fast, as many others had warned us it would. But one of our favorite impromptu moments was when a favorite song of Tanner’s Dad was played towards the end of the evening. Somehow our immediate family all ended up on the dance floor, linking arms and jumping around in a circle to the rhythm of the song. It was such a silly display, but an authentic expression of the excitement felt by both families throughout the celebration.

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Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding?

Invest a substantial amount of your time and effort to find vendors you trust. Being able to work with vendors that you can establish as partners makes the planning process so much more fun and creates a higher probability for an effortless day of event.

Photographer: Caroline + Jayden of  Woodnote Photography // Wedding planner: Donna Romani // Flowers: Rhonda Fauci at Command Performance Catering // Stationery & Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Ceremony/Reception Venue: Casa Grande at Rancho Dos Pueblos // Videographer: James Tull // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Jewelry: Headband by Jennifer Behr // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Camille La Vie // Groom’s Suit: Balani // Groom’s Shoes: Bruno Magli // Groomsmen’s Suits: The Black Tux // Hair + Makeup: Mar at Team Hair & Makeup // Caterers: Command Performance Catering // Reception Music: DJ Shammy Dee

 

Katie and Matt’s garden wedding is the second part of our back-to-back Biltmore Estate real wedding features. The gorgeous, historic venue offers an incredibly scenic location as well as awesome photographic opportunities and we love the way it acts as a beautiful platform for a variety of event styles. Katie and Matt’s wedding is a colorful outdoor garden party design by wedding planner Weddings with TaraTwo Buds and a Blossom created the lovely florals and beautiful table garland for the intimate family-style reception tablescape. We’re loving the punchy, bright blue suit for the groom and the vintage-inspired BHLDN gown for the bride. Really though, it’s the way Rachael McIntosh Photography captured their smiles and the details of the day that have us swooning.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having our wedding at the Biltmore was absolutely amazing. Everything about the Biltmore is so classic and timeless. We thought everything about our day was perfect!

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My wedding dress was from the BHLDN website. Since our wedding and reception were both outside, I wanted to choose a dress that would look appropriate for a garden wedding. I also wanted something that was simple and had a vintage look to it—but I wanted to look like myself and feel comfortable. Most people are shocked that I ordered my dress from a website, but I had a great experience ordering from BHLDN. I am crazy about their wedding dress designs and styles. I love how beautiful and effortless looking they are.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We only had around 30 people attend our wedding—all family! Having a small wedding with just our families made everything feel so personal and intimate. Also, the diamond in my engagement ring was the diamond in my mom’s engagement ring. My parents have been married for 30 years and have been such an amazing example to me of what a loving, respectful, and happy marriage is. My grandmother gave my dad that diamond for my mom’s engagement ring, but before that the diamond had belonged to several other members of our family.  It has a lot of history!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

There are so many memorable parts of the day! It’s hard to choose. I would say the most memorable part was seeing Matt for the first time. When I saw him, I knew marrying him was going to be the best decision I could ever make. Another memorable part of the evening was when my dad made his speech after our reception dinner. He is the first love of my life and my best friend. We have a very special relationship. We were both a mess during that speech!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt and I were neighbors—he lived in the apartment across from mine. Four years after we met, we got engaged during a early morning walk on the beach in Florida. Neither of us can really remember what exactly happened or what was said, because it was such a blur of excitement and happiness for both of us. We still laugh about how we’re still not really sure about what Matt said when asked me to marry him and what I said back!

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Photographer: Rachael McIntosh Photography // Planner: Weddings with Tara // Floral Design: Two Buds and a Blossom // Venue + Catering: Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC // Gown: BHLDN // Rolls: Elite Limousine // Hair + Makeup: Lola Salon & Gallery // Film Processing: Photovision