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Jennie and Zach celebrated their marriage with a gorgeous wedding day at the historic Bingham House in Texas. The couple sought the help of close friends, and fabulous stylists, at Blooming House Collective, for all their event styling—and, wow, was it ever beautiful! The florals are beyond spectacular, from the signage wreath, to the head pieces to the striking bouquet. And we love the underlying romance in every stunning image captured by Cassie Loree, who happens to be another friend of the couple. How talented are Jennie and Zach’s friends?!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our October wedding celebration was special to us because it was actually a follow up to a more intimate ceremony we had in April. We were able to use our close friends at Blooming House Collective for all our styling, the title theme “I Love You, I Do” came from a song written by a close friend of the brides, Maggie Koerner, photography by another close friend, Cassie Loree Photography. Having it in the evening at the Bingham House set the perfect backdrop for the atmosphere we were trying to accomplish. This really was a celebration for all our friends and family!








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

I first became aware of Berta Bridal through searches on Pinterest, but quickly realized how hard it would be to actually get a dress, let alone just see one in person. The nearest store to try one on was NYC or Boston and that wasn’t happening. In perfect timing, I found out they were doing trunk shows in Texas and I was able to talk myself into an already booked show at Bridal Boutique Lewisville. The dream dress fit in one try. No alterations needed – so I knew for sure it was the one. So they sent off the order to be hand made and I would get it just a few weeks before the actual wedding date – cutting it super close.











What were some touches added to make it personal?

We tried to keep the whole ceremony very personal. First of all it was super low key – less than 100 guests – very close friends and family. Everything from start to finish was done through the same company (BHC) who did our invitations and also our event styling and all calligraphy (pics) . We were married by our friend and church pastor. In one of the sitting areas we were able to use some of my parents old radios that my dad had restored and scattered family photos around. Our 18 month daughter was a flower girl and also made her way up the stairs to join us for the sand pour. And finally for our sand pouring and first dance we had our close friends sing and play rather than a DJ. We also made sure every guest had a personalized name tag (BHC) to go home with.




What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day was a happy blur (even more than I thought it would be) but there were a few points where we were finally able to slow down for a moment. The first time was our first dance. We had our friend Taylor Phelan sing “All Of Me” by John Legend and that was when Zach and I were finally able to relax and feel everything happening around us. What an incredible day it had been so far! The next time was at the very end. We were picked up by a horse and carriage in front of Bingham house and I think we both had the biggest smiles and tears in our eyes as we were driven off and were able to look back at all of our friends and family who made all of this so special.



Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Shreveport while I was recording an album at Blade Studios but it wasn’t until a few weeks later on the back of Dave Matthews tour bus driving to SXSW that we actually talked. Soon after that we moved back to Dallas and had a daughter named Stella. We had talked about getting married, but didn’t get serious about it until he proposed at our Valentine’s Day dinner the next year.


Jennie and Zach from Flour Mill Media on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Cassie Loree Photography // Styling: Blooming House Collective // Accessory Florals: R Love Floral Designs // Decor Florals: Blooming House Collective // Makeup: Cher Hukill // Hair: Dianne Gomez // Dress: Berta Bridal // Wedding Venue: Bingham House // Cake: Dianne Rodriguez // Entertainment: Taylor Phelan from Season 7 of The Voice

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Gasp! In the name of all that is bridal and beautiful! This one is a STUN-NER. Whitney and Ty let their mutual affinity for the Arizona desert inspire their beautiful wedding day—from the painterly, scenic backdrop of a private estate, to the stationery details and graphic florals. A beautifully edited, neutral color palette wove throughout all of the details creating a day that was both classic and completely contemporary at the same time. We know you’ll be as inspired as we are by the breathtaking imagery photographed by the fantastic Logan Cole.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There’s a tree in my parent’s backyard that I had envisioned getting married under one day. I wasn’t even dating Ty at that time. So it was pretty special to be in my parents’ home for such a momentous occasion. We both grew up in Arizona and have an affinity for the desert and it’s weather. Celebrating under the desert sky was important to us.





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

The dress was the last thing I thought I would ever wear- never say never! My sister and mom actually found it. It was a blush Monique Lhullier gown that had the most faint floral pattern on it. I found it at Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale, Arizona.








What were some touches added to make it personal?

I wore my mom’s veil that is 40 years old! Ty held his grandfather’s handkerchief that his mother gave to him on the wedding day. We love donuts so naturally, that was our party favor. The flower girl carried my great aunt’s wedding bible and my mom needlepointed the ring bearer pillow. My mom’s is an incredible baker. She took her family recipes to a local baker who replicated all of our favorite desserts for the dessert bar (Deb’s dessert bar). Our moms were seated next to each other on the corner seats of the front row- they are the cornerstones of our lives. Florals were done by the flower shop I worked at at the time of the wedding and currently- Root75 on Coronado, CA. Having our family friend Moffat Zimba, all the way from Ndola, Zambia, bless our meal and evening of celebration. I did the illustrations for all of the paper elements and collaborated with childhood friend and bridesmaid Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae Co. for the invitation suite/ save-the-dates. And for the day of paper goods, worked with bridesmaid Suzy Lee (dear darling calligraphy) and Margaret Sanford (nightingale handmade). The three of us forged a paper goods company, Ruminary Co. shortly after.







What was the most memorable part of the day?

Arizona has perfect weather year round, except for the wind storm that blew in the day of our wedding. It was raining and windy all morning. The sky broke open in to the most beautiful sunshiny moment, about 10 minutes before the ceremony started. The rest of the evening was the most blissful desert weather you could dream of. Walking down the aisle, for both myself and Ty was the most emotional moment. Moreso than seeing one another for the first time before the ceremony. It was overwhelming to be in the presence of so many people who love and support us. My dad and I dad barely made it down the aisle without falling apart! We love sharing a meal with anyone, and this was the most epic dinner party ever! We loved dancing under the stars with our family and friends.




Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ty’s younger sister Molly and I became friends when I moved to Arizona. So, Ty has known me since age 14. He was patient for a long time. He began pursuing me in 2008. It took me four years to come around to the idea of dating Ty. He began writing me letters as his last and final effort. It stuck. One evening, Ty and I went out for dinner and when I opened the door, I knew in that moment, I was going to marry him.

Ty me up from work on Friday afternoon and we went to Coronado beach for a long walk, typical for us at the time. He led me to a blanket laid out for them as they watched the sunset. Ty said it was time to grab some dinner so I turned around to pick up the blanket and when I turned back around he was on one knee. First we went to surprise my mom who was in town with some of her girlfriends, then we went back to my apartment and our friends were their to welcome and celebrate.


Ty + Whitney from Brinton Films on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photographer: Logan Cole // Reception: El Chorro // Planner: Outstanding Occasions // Stationery: MaeMae Co. // Floral: Root 75 // Linens: La Tavola // Rentals: Cre8ive Entertainment // Entertainment: Midnight Special // Desserts: Let Them Eat Cake, Bosa Donuts, La Grande Orange // Photobooth: The Arizona Photobooth Company // Day-of paper goods (programs, menus, dessert tags, etc): Ruminary Co.

You guys! Every once in a while, we get crazy giddy over a shoot and just can’t wait to share it with you! Today is our lucky day (and YOURS) as we share with you this crazy adorable feature by our newest members of the Grey Collective: Grit + Gold Studio. Their work is absolutely inspired and we are feeling pretty thrilled to welcome them to our talented collection of insanely fab vendors! Stylist Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold is responsible for all this darling genius, alongside the killer talent of Ben Q Photography and Ginger Roots Floral Design. How much fun are all of these ideas? Wouldn’t this look be PERFECT for an engagement party?

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Vendors: Photography: Ben Q Photography // Location: Fort Worth, TX // Venue: Grit + Gold Studio // Design Stylist: Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold // Florist: Ginger Roots Floral Design // Calligraphy: Tiffani Licona // Hair and Makeup: Something You // Models: Madison Jones and Timmy Root // Dress (aqua) and Accessories: Beehive Fort Worth

Kate and Adam’s wedding is a particularly special because Kate is a wedding photographer in her own right. When a wedding photographer plans a wedding, you know it is going to be unique and special, and this one absolutely takes the cake! Set on the water’s edge of Lake Chelan, the pair invited friends and family for an alfresco dinner under the stars. We absolute adore all of the elegant yet homespun details that they included in the big day (including those KILLER florals by Stacy Anderson Design) and are absolutely enamored with these gorgeous images shot by Ryan Flynn Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Being a wedding photographer, I’ve experienced every kind of wedding imaginable. I wanted to have a more intimate, less conventional wedding so that it remained unique and memorable to Adam and I. We invited 70 of our closest friends and family, and held a back yard wedding at a family friends house in Lake Chelan. Chelan was special to me, as much of my childhood was spent vacationing there. Being in the wedding industry, I already knew which vendors I wanted to use. Fortunately they were all available on our date, and we got to work with some extremely talented people!


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

I wore a Sarah Seven gown that I absolutely loved! I found it at The Dress Theory.


What were some touches added to make it personal?

Adam and his dad built all of the tables and benches from cedar milled off of their property. For dessert, my mom made everyone a personal blackberry pie (our favorite treat) and she also sewed cloth napkins out of a dip dyed ombre fabric I really loved. My cousin played “That’s Amore” on the accordion as we exited the ceremony, and we served pizza at the reception (our favorite food).


What was the most memorable part of the day?

Adam and I loved the speeches and toasts. It was really special hearing our closest friends and family share how much they loved us and affirmed our marriage. I also loved when we stepped out for a minute onto the deck that overlooked our party to soak it all in.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I met in 2006 while serving at a Young Life camp in Canada. He proposed when I was on a photo shoot with some fellow photographers in the Columbia River Gorge. See the full story here.


Adam + Kate from Alec Cattarin on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Ryan Flynn Photography // Florals & Design: Stacy Anderson Design // Invitations, Paper Goods, Calligraphy, Seating Chart, & Menu: La Happy // Tables: Gather Tables // Dress: Sara Seven from The Dress Theory // Suit: Hugo Boss from Nordstrom // Pizza: Local Myth // Earrings: Kathryn Elyse // Lanterns: Anthropologie

Today, I am finally having the chance to share my very own wedding with you! If you haven’t caught up, you can see our first two posts shot by Jen Huang, here and here. We left off with the conclusion of our ceremony! Afterward, we offered guests “Swan Mimosas” which was frozen juice in the shape of swans, served alongside OneHope sparkling wine.

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We also set up a “guest book” station where guests were asked to fill in a “mad libs” style postcard with questions like, “Mr. and Mrs. Ball be ______________ in 10 years.” 


While guests sipped on mimosas and filled out our guestbook, they waited in line for our receiving station. On the other side was a bevy of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Our parents (pictured below) along with our siblings stood with us to welcome family and friends. This was such a personal way to greet each of our guests and we preferred this over the alternative of greeting tables during dinner. Plus, it meant we actually had a chance to enjoy dinner!


While guests waited for their chance to greet us, they found their escort cards, calligraphed by Victoria Hoke Lane.


One of our dear friends helped us create a custom cocktail menu, and even helped us make all the ingredients in advance! The drinks were so delish and our guests RAVED about them. A few have even become signatures in our home when friends visit.


We had a gorgeous seating area thanks to Found Vintage Rentals.


Our designer, Cortnie, had the idea to create an oversized chandelier from vintage paper bells. We intermingled lights in the bells for a glowing effect as the sun set. 


One of the fun details we included in our stationery was the menu option. Guests chose from a vegetarian or chicken option using the discs included in their invitation suite.


Our wedding feast was beautifully presented by who we think is the world’s most exquisite and creative catering company, Roomforty. We think of them as a restaurant that comes to you, and I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful our food was. Guests dined on Bibb lettuce salad, Jidori chicken confit with vegetables, ravioli, and ratatouille. To this day, we still receive compliments! Take me back! 


Our menus were letter pressed by Gus & Ruby Letterpress and designed by MaeMae & Co. The napkins were a mix of fabrics (some of which were custom designed by MaeMae & Co.) which we had sewn by Borrowed Blu


Our tables were beyond beautiful! Vintage glassware and plates were provided by Borrowed Blu. The lovely swan planters were filled to the brim with flowers by Lauryl Lane.


Our custom wedding crest was printed by Wedding Chicks onto fabric and transformed into napkins for the bridal party.


After our introduction as husband and wife, Bryan got to saber the first bottle of sparkling wine!


It was a special moment dancing with my dad, who had just finished chemo in time for our wedding.


Seriously. I love our swans. You need to see another.


For our favors, we had a “Ladies and Gents” favor station. For the ladies, we provided tea and allowed them to create their own custom tea blend. For the gents, we provided tobacco pipes and tobacco from Kentucky. It was fun seeing everyone enjoying their gifts from us as we progressed into the evening festivities!


Our crests were printed onto fabric thanks to Wedding Chicks, and then turned into pillows for guests to lounge on.


A few days before the wedding, our cake vendor pulled out last minute. I was so disappointed, but once we let the idea go, donuts became the next best better thing. We had our FAVORITE donuts brought up from our local spot, and we ran out as soon as we offered them to guests! No surprise!


Of course, one of our favorite parts of the entire celebration was the party! Our DJ, Bobbito The Chef, brought the house down! The only time guests left the dance floor was to snap a photo with Mobile Photobooth.


The memories of our wedding day are so incredible, especially thanks to our dear friends, family, and wedding team! The sheer coordination it took LVL Weddings & Events to make the wedding day happen so smoothly is the reason I will forever insist that all brides hire a coordinator! We are seriously so thankful to our crew and hope you loved reliving the day with us as much as we did! Be sure to check out all of our vendors and resources below!


Photography: Jen Huang // Location: Sunstone Vineyards & Winery // Event Design: Cortnie Purdy Fausner // Event Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events // Flowers: Lauryl Lane //  Stationery: MaeMae & Co. [design]; Gus & Ruby Letterpress [letterpress printing] // Calligraphy: Victoria Hoke Lane // Videography: Elysium Productions // Catering: Roomforty [food]; Straight Up Cocktail Service [cocktail service] // Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu // Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // Linens: Napa Valley Linens // Photobooth: Mobile Photobooth // Event Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Music: Bobbito The Chef // Hair: Beauty-Full by Molly; Lady Dianna // Makeup: Amy ClarkeBeauty by Melina // Donuts: The Donuttery (714-847-7000) // Honeymoon: Ever After Honeymoons

Fashion and Resources:

Gown and veil: Kirstie Kelly // Groom’s Accessories: Hugo Boss [suit]; David Donahue [tie]; AllSaints [shoes] // Groomsmen bow ties: The Tie Bar // Flower girls’ Dresses: Le Petit Tom; Stella McCartney; Nordstrom // Custom Monogram Napkins: Wedding Chicks // Paper parasols: Luna Bazaar // Crest Boutonnieres: Little Pink Studio // Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar // Swan Planters: Terry’s Village // Paper Bells: Party Pro // Striped Donut Favor Bags: Amazon // Striped cocktail trays: RSF Designs // Striped Bow Bags (bridesmaid gifts): Rectory Crafts