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Brittany and Jeff met in a very sterile setting–the dentist’s office. She’s a hygienist and he was her patient. Their gorgeous wedding, however, was anything but sterile. The event was filled to the brim with warm, personalized details and beautiful textures. We’re especially smitten with the sweet-hued and oversized dahlia bouquet by Flora Fetish LLC.

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From the photographer: I loved that Brittany & Jeff’s Wedding was intimate and had so many beautiful personal touches. From the musicians that played during their ceremony to the groom’s father marrying the two, you could tell it was truly a coming together of family and friends to celebrate them. The bride wanted the day to be romantic with elegant vintage touches. Since the wedding took place in December, the bride had a fur wrap that she wore and there was a hot chocolate/dessert bar for the guests to warm up with after their meal. But the main showstopper of the day was the connection between the two of them. It was so evident to everyone around that day they were truly in love and so grateful to be marrying each other, truly an inspiration!


How they met from the bride:

We met at my work, I am a hygienist, my groom Jeff was my patient. Turns out we have been at the same church for about 14 years and have semi known of each other, but met for the first time in April when he came in. We hit it off instantly and soon after Jeff asked me out. There was such a peace and ease between us as we knew we were meant to be together. As we both love to travel I left the country twice since then, and he once which only made our hearts grow fonder. We truly feel the Lord has brought us together at the perfect time to display his unconditional convening love through our marriage.


Photographer: Julie Wilhite Photography // Venue/Catering/Cake: Barr Mansion // Floral Designer: Flora Fetish LLC // Ceremony Musicians: Tyler & Bailey Dodds  // Officiant: John Mabee
// Hair/Makeup: Bride // Bride’s Dress: Stella York // Groom’s Suit: HG Thrash in Lubbock, TX // Cuff Links: Star Wars Accessories

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Laura and Noah hail from Brooklyn, but the city of Austin Texas has become very special to the couple. So, they celebrated their love for each other, and for Austin, by inviting all of their family and friends to a wedding weekend in the city they love. Inspired by all their favorite things about Austin, the couple threw a relaxed celebration filled with TexMex and live music. Not to mention some pretty spectacular florals! Q Weddings  was on hand to capture all of the beautiful details of Laura and Noah’s lovely day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really wanted a relaxed wedding where everyone would have a great time!! We didn’t want anything to feel overly formal. We live in Brooklyn and Noah introduced me to Austin. Over the years it has become a really special place for us. We wanted our wedding weekend to provide an opportunity to share some of our favorite things about Austin– the Hill Country, great food and great live music. Over the course of the weekend we had three different bands perform (including a mariachi band and a jazz grass band!) and were able to serve Texas barbecue TexMex, interior Mexican, great food from our favorite food truck and amazing pies for dessert! Having our friend, Stephen, marry us and having my cousin, Emily, sing at our ceremony (she wrote a song about us!!) helped to make the day feel more personal.








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

I found my dress at Vera Wang in Boston. I happened to be visiting Boston with my Mom and sister, Rebecca so we shopped on Newbury street. I only tried on 5 or 6 dresses before finding the one I loved.





What were some touches added to make it personal?

We really love Austin and had so much fun making our wedding personal. Our favorite touches were probably our cocktail band, MilkDrive, who we love and the cocktail hour food served by East Side Kings. Bringing some of our Austin favorites to our closest friends and family was such a treat. I also give all the aesthetic credit to the talented Emily Leach and her team at Bird Dog Weddings. With just a little direction from me, Emily created beautiful details and florals and was full of creative ideas.







What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony. Our friend Stephen performed our ceremony. It was incredibly personal and relaxed and we just loved it. The day went by so quickly but we really enjoyed every minute of the ceremony!












Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We actually met at work. We don’t work at the same company any more but that is how we first met. We knew each other for several years before we ever went on a date! We got engaged in DUMBO Brooklyn, right near our apartment. Noah proposed at the base of the marble stairs in Brooklyn Bridge Park, overlooking the Manhattan skyline and beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

Laura & Noah: Ma Maison Wedding by Bird Dog Wedding – Super 8 mm Highlight Film by Nostalgia Film from Nostalgia Film on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Q Weddings // Videographer: Shanna Pharis // Coordinator: Emily Leach, Bird Dog Wedding // Event design & florals: Emily Leach / Sarah Reichardt of Bird Dog Wedding // Venue: Ma Maison // Linens: La Tavola // Furniture rentals: Whim Rentals // Lighting: ILD // Invitations: Dacey Marks Design // Programs and hand lettering: Sarah Wymer and Lesley Taylor of Studio SloMo // Welcome sign: Carmen Collins // Cocktail hour catering: Eastside Kings // Reception catering: Salt Lick BBQ // Cake artist: assortment of pies and desserts from Bribery Bakery // Bar service: Hill Country Events // Liquor: Gabriel’s Delivery // Ceremony and cocktail music: Milk Drive // Reception band: Matt Wilson Band // Gown designer: Vera Wang // Brides shoes: Christian Dior // Bridesmaids dresses: Amsale // Makeup: Vixie // Hair: Mirror, Mirror

Melissa and Greg’s wedding has really stolen our hearts. It is the absolute perfect combination of unbelievable elegance with enough rustic touches to keep the entire feeling intimate and warm. Of course, it’s no surprise we are obsessed, thanks to photos by one of our all time favorite photographers, Bret Cole.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What I think made our wedding so special was all of our friends and family who joined us on the day. There was so much love in the air and joy in celebrating… Nothing we could have planned for or budgeted for could have taken the place of our gratitude for whom we surround ourselves with.

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

When I pictured what I thought I would be married in, I pictured a strapless lace wedding dress. I tried several of them on and found a beautiful one that I thought would be it! But there was a Monique Lhullier trunk show the following week, and i knew I had to check it out before making a final decision. I took one of my best friends Taylor with me, and as soon as we walked into the store, I was drawn to it. It has this ethereal and free quality to it, but also feels classic and flirty to me all at the same time. When I tried it on, I knew that was how I wanted to feel on my wedding day. (Plus having straps made it easier to dance!) My mom came up the following day to see it for herself, and she loved it and loved me in it, so we went to dinner and celebrated.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Our reception was in the middle of a redwood grove – the trees were so beautiful and provided some shade on a hot summer day. Greg and I both love to be outside, so having our celebration take place outdoors made it feel more personal and suitable for us as a couple. We also wrote a note that we left at the chair of each of our guests thanking them for their special place in our lives, and explaining that we wouldn’t be where we are today without their relationships and influences.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was how I felt standing at the altar holding hands with Greg. Knowing that we were going to be officially married just moments later was the most incredible feeling I’ve had. I also have to say that I will never forget my sister’s maid of honor speech and Greg’s brother’s best man speech. Both were spoken so emotionally from the heart, were funny, and so thoughtful – I hope we always live up to be the the people and have the relationship they both described. My sister performed a wedding hula (a surprise to me and also a family tradition!) which took my breath away.

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Vendors: Photography: Bret Cole Photography // Ceremony site: Our Lady of Wayside, Portola Valley // Reception site and Catering: Family Farm // All flowers: Apis Floral // All prints: The Artful Bee // Hair: Jacqueline Duignan // Makeup: Bianca Rubi // Tables, Chairs, Table Top: Stuart Rental // Linens: Napa Valley Linens // Wedding dress & shoes: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaid Dresses: Ceremony by Joana August // Groom & Groomsmen Tux: Selix

Sarah and Danny planned an incredibly unique and personal wedding that features a super fun combo of rustic glam! We love the juxtaposition of this style and are total dying over all the gorgeous images by Cory Kendra Photography. But we have to say…our jaws are dropping at that dress by Katie May!!!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think what made our wedding so special and unique was the story behind all the details and how they came together. I always tell people that God orchestrated our entire wedding. From the dress, venue, and the attire, to the personal touches and vendors, his hand was upon it all. For me it wasn’t just planning a wedding, it was a complete faith walk, trusting God with every detail and seeing him remain faithful all the way through. Being that I am not a planner this was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, and I did it mostly on my own because my fiancé lived in Dallas. I wrote down every single detail with my mom one night and we prayed over that list, asking God to provide the right vendors, ideas, and help that I needed. He totally did that! And I shared my journey along the way with people. I was very open about it all because I wanted it to be a witness of how rad God is and how he does things that just blow your mind. He makes things happen that you just know there is no other way, except by him certain things worked out. So I think that is was what made the wedding so special and unique. Because to me it wasn’t just about that one day, it was about the testimony of our lives. People had been following my journey and they witnessed how it all came together.


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

My dress was probably one of the most talked about topics of our wedding, especially from my husband! He actually didn’t even know it was backless until we were doing communion and he put his hand on my back haha! I love sharing the story behind it, because it encourages brides to trust God to lead them to the right one! Up until last year, I always thought I would go with a strapless mermaid gown. But a year before our engagement, I was scrolling instagram and came across this amazing backless dress. It was basically love at first sight and my mind was changed! As the topic of marriage came up later that year I started browsing for backless dresses on Pinterest. I kept seeing it but every link was a dead end to some copy-cat in China. Then about a month before we got engaged, my mom and I were praying about wedding details. The dress was #1 on the list. The next night I felt compelled by God to search pinterest again and so I did. I ended up finding a blog with a bride wearing a similar version of it and I facebooked her (crazy I know). She was SO sweet and didn’t hesitate to tell me the designer, Katie May. The next day, I went to a shop that carried it and tried it on. I loved it and knew this was it! I tried on some others just to get the “experience.” It’s funny because I am such an indecisive person and my mother always feared finding the dress would be the hardest part. But surprisingly it was the easiest part because God led me straight to it…. almost. Now here’s the part that just screams “total God moment!” I didn’t get the dress that day because I didn’t want to look totally crazy, being that I didn’t have a fiancé yet haha! So I waited…. and then got impatient. Time was ticking. So I stepped out in faith and decided to make an appointment with the designer in her studio in LA. I called her on a Thursday and made the appointment for Monday. Well that Saturday, two days after I called, I got engaged!!!! I hadn’t told him I found a dress or anything before this moment. But after he popped the question and I said, “YES”, I followed with, “by the way I already found my dress!” Two days later I went to try it back on and decided to get the higher quality version of the dress. It was seriously so comfortable I could sleep in it. Which ended up being the EXACT dress I came across a year before! I put it on and knew that THIS was the one, made for me!


What were some touches added to make it personal?

Our theme for the weddings was DREAMS, that’s what our initials spell together, and God speaks to me in dreams. I wanted the atmosphere to feel like a whimsical dream. Most of the décor and stylizing was a surprise for me. A dear family friend, who is insanely talented, was my “stylizer.” Everyone raved so much about it, that now she started her own business, Sundrop Vintage. Anyways I told her a few things I wanted and envisioned and she made it come to life. Because I trusted her and knew this was her gifting, I tried not stress about this aspect. Which was a huge blessing! The color scheme, mixed metals, represented me and who I am. I make wire jewelry for a living and love silver, gold, copper, bronze, gunmetal black, and antique brass. I incorporated wire detailing in the décor. I bought my own flutes and cake knife and server and wrapped them with wire. I made my cake topper out of wire. All the boutonnieres were wrapped with wire, same with the centerpieces. I made my bridesmaids bracelets and my own jewelry as well. But don’t worry I didn’t go wire overload! I incorporated the colors in other things. Probably one of my favorite touches was my aisle runner. I came up with this idea to paint leaves metallic and swirl them down the aisle! And oh my goodness was it beautiful! I still use them in my house for décor! My family and friends helped me collect branches upon branches from different places when the trees were being pruned. I’m so stoked this vision in my head came to life and worked! It was truly unique. All the bouquets and boutonnieres had touches of spray painted flowers. One other touch that was so special and a surprise to me from Daniel and Katie May was a personalized love note on the tag inside my dress. Everything was seriously so beautiful; it really did look like a dream!


What was the most memorable part of the day?

There are so many memorable moments of that day. But I think for me, it was when I walked down the aisle to the song I wrote and recorded for him. It’s called, “I Choose You.” (It sounds like “Thousand Years”) God had put that desire on my heart once we got engaged and I knew he would make a way for it to happen. How it all worked out is another story in itself! In all 8 years of dating, he had never heard me sing. Actually no one really had up to that point because I am extremely shy about it! On the night of the rehearsal, I told his brother what I was doing and asked him to whisper it in Daniel’s ear right before I walked down. I didn’t really tell anyone I was doing it because I didn’t want them to be expecting it. No one even knew it was my voice till later! But it was such a vulnerable moment, like me bearing my soul, naked, in front of the man that I love and everyone witnessing it. It was my way of saying, “I love you so much and I choose you. I choose to face my fear because I love you and you make me want to be brave.” It was the scariest thing I’ve done in my life, but I’m so thankful I did it and he treasures that moment too.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Daniel and I went to the same middle school and high school but had never really met. Even though we had mutual friends, we somehow always missed each other when everyone got together. I left too early or he came too late. It just wasn’t our time yet. Till one sunny day, May 2006, I headed to the beach with my two friends and Daniel was the driver. Our friends ended up ditching us and we hit it off. Fast-forward to 8 years later and we’re married! The past 2 years we had been doing long distance. He moved out to Dallas to get a job with the fire department. They say distance makes or breaks you… it made us! Once we had been seriously talking about marriage, I kept saying he would have to be super sneaky because I’m hard to surprise. I LOVE surprises, but I also like to figure them out too haha. The struggle is real for him! Well I had been missing him A LOT that time and didn’t think I would see him for another month! So one Saturday in April I got a text from his step mom asking me to go walk the dogs down by the pier with her. He was “at work” when I called and told him my plans for that day and he encouraged me to go. So I did. And the whole way there I was telling her all the ideas I came up with in my head of how he could propose. She was biting her tongue! I was clueless. We got to the pier and were walking up the stairs, towards this really beautiful view, when she took the leash from me. I had my head down and was distracted by my story I was telling her that I didn’t see Daniel standing by the lookout! And then he said, “Hey there!” At first I didn’t look up because I thought it was someone she knew, but once I did, I screamed! I ran, jumped into his arms, telling him how excited I was he came to surprise me. I just kept hugging him. Not even realizing how handsome and dressed up he was, my detective skills were not on point. I was still clueless. He had to say, “I have to ask you something!” And I was like, “what?” Still not getting it yet haha. Then he reached for his back pocket and I knew. I kept saying, “wait no, oh my gosh, wait what, is this real life?” He got down on his knee and said, “Sarah will you marry me?” I jumped up in the air and said, “YESSSSS!” And then continued to jump up in the air, which my father in law has plenty of pictures of me mid-air! It happened so fast and is still a blur, but it was indeed, real life!

Sarah + Danny • Wedding Film from AkrosMedia on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Cory Kendra Photography // Styling, Decor, and Florals: Sundrop Vintage // Videography: Akros Media // Make up and hair: Genna Khein // Chalkboard art designs & graphics: Marta Darby // Banners & graphics: Heart Felt Banners // Jewelry, wine glasses: Wired for Freedom // Catering: Taste Catering and Cafe // DJ: DJ Keith Divel // Party Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals // Dress: Katie May

Angela and Matt chose an incredibly dramatic location for their wedding: Marfa, Texas. Guests were bussed out to the secret wedding destination, a private residence outside of town with 360 views of the desert landscape and three different mountain ranges which surround Marfa. A local mariachi band welcomed our guests as they were dropped off in the middle of the open field with nothing more than the few chairs and our stand-alone chapel façade in the middle of the gorgeous landscape. The desert backdrop provided a perfect contrast to the custom built church facade created just for the wedding. At just the right moment, the bus pull away to reveal the bride who walked down the aisle for the big moment.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 
When two creative directors tie the knot, you can expect one eclectic soiree with creativity bursting at the seams! We were all about finding balance in extreme contrast. Like our wild and colorful fiesta party one night, then our mod sleek ceremony the day after. The juxtaposition of elements like our contemporary chapel set in the vast desert landscape, and a black-tie wedding that required guests had to hop on a yellow school bus for transport. It was our goal all along to create a mod chic experience that still felt warm and unpretentious.


Tell us about the gown and how you found it! 
I had a very clear vision from the beginning of what my gown would be, and I was never satisfied with what I was finding in stores- so collaborated with couture gown designer Patti Flowers to bring my vision to light. I wanted the fashionable “Kate Moss meets classy Kate Middleton”, and Patti delivered exceeding every expectation. The wild asymmetrical beading at the bottom which feathered up to the waistline is my favorite part about it.



What was the more memorable part of the day?

The moment when the white Marfa school bus pulled away to reveal me (the bride) and my father to the guests. It felt like an Extreme home makeover “MOVE THAT BUS” reveal kind of moment.
My breath was taken away as I locked eyes with my husband for the first time and took in the view of all our family and friends; all perfectly set there in the immense landscape with the chapel that Matt and I worked so hard on concepting as the backdrop. It was the vision of a lifetime! I love how our open chapel façade with the doorway keyhole looks out to the world beyond us– the vast landscape alluding to a future unknown and a wide open space uncharted. I don’t know what’s out there for the two of us, but what I do know is that with this man by my side we can navigate any foreign landscape together.






Tell us how you met/proposed!
We are both designers and we met through industry friends right out of school. Our first introduction was actually at a national design competition where I caught Matt’s attention by beating him out for the Best of Show award! If you can’t beat em’ join em right ;)
Matt proposed to me the summer of 2012 on a surprise trip to picturesque Cumberland Island, GA. He tricked me by saying we were going to tag along our friends editorial photo shoot at the Greyfield Inn resort (he was really there to photograph us all weekend). He popped the question in the garden just before dinner at the house mansion, and we were the toast of all the guests all weekend. Then he pulled one over me AGAIN the next day when we drove to Florida where Matt had arranged for all his family and mine to be there to greet us with a big family party on the beach the rest of the week! I was completely taken aback!




Please grab a tissue and tack a peak at our wedding video for the full effect.

MARFA from Jordan Smith on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Jessica Garmon | Photographer // Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Mercer Black // Invitation Design: By George // Dress: Patti Flowers // Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Accessories: heirloom “borrowed” // Hair & Make Up: by the bride // Groom’s Suit: Q Custom // Groom’s Shoes: Prada // Accessories: Ralph Lauren // Flowers: Mom & mom-in-law of the bride with Patrik Rivera of Sissy’s // Cake: Katy Rose- Marfa Pastry Chef // Bridesmaids Dresses: eclectic mix all in same shade of turquoise // Groomsmen Attire: Q Custom, and Ralph Lauren // Band(s): Dovetail // Catering: Sissy’s (Lisa Garza) // Videographers: Smth Fmly // Wedding hashtag: #WedInMarfa