Natural and classic lake wedding// Lake Tyler Petroleum Club// Raquel + Andrew

Happy Wedding Wednesday, this week we are featuring a very special wedding that happens to be my most favorite wedding of all time!  I never got around to posting MY wedding and I think that this week is the perfect week to do so since Andrew and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary yesterday, March 21st.

Ever since I can remember I always wanted a spring wedding, and I just love that we were able to make it happen on the very first weekend!  Andrew and I wanted a lake wedding somewhere in Texas, we are both very outdoorsy and have lots of home state pride so we wanted to incorporate both those elements in our big day.  Since I am in the wedding industry and have been so for seven years now, I didn’t want a venue that I was working at every weekend. I wanted a venue that would be special and yet beautiful enough to visit again.  My Dad actually mentioned The Lake Tyler Petroleum Club and once we visited, Andrew and I both knew it was the one.  It checked all the boxes, we loved the lake, the gorgeous venue, and the fact our guests could have a weekend getaway to experience East Tyler, plus there were cabins on site that our parents and grandparents stayed in.

Our wedding style was very similar to our every day style-simple, natural, rustic, and classic.  Green was the obvious choice for our wedding since it’s our favorite color and because it was the first weekend of spring I wanted to add pops of vibrant yellows, oranges, white and gold.  Our centerpieces and overall design elements were simple and natural. Bridesmaids dresses and napkin colors were sage green and the flowers brought the pop of color.  The centerpieces were a combination of potted plants that we let our guests take home, floral arrangements in hollowed out branch containers, and tall wooden birch pieces reminiscent of teepees.  I originally planned to use potted tall tree topiaries as centerpieces but the frost just weeks before our wedding killed the trees and I couldn’t find replacements in time. Luckily I made these birch pieces for my bride Liz and used them again at my wedding.  Shout out to Liz for the idea 🙂

We dined on the best BBQ in Texas from Stanley’s, danced the night away with Royal Dukes Band and enjoyed the company of our closest friends and big ole families! It was the best weekend and the most perfect wedding day.  Mother Nature rained us out and although we did not get to exchange our vows outside on the lake as planned, our amazing photographer traveled back to Tyler with us the following month to do a “day after session”.  It was a perfect sunny evening in the midst of a very rainy spring season and we danced around the venue as if it was our wedding day all over again, plus I got to wear that gorg dress one more time.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did living the moments.  Thank you again to our incredible team of vendors from Tyler and Dallas for making it all happen!

 

Photography: Stephanie Rose Photography
Venue + Coordination: Lake Tyler Petroleum Club
Planning: Grit + Gold
Band: Royal Dukes Band
Catering: Stanley’s BBQ 
Cakes: Fresh Bakery + Cheesecake Factory 
Beauty: Beauty + The Blush
Day After Session Makeup: Jenna Thomas Beauty 

St. Patrick’s Day // Incorporating greenery to your wedding day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is the day to wear your green, drink some Irish coffee, plan your next vacation to the Emerald Isle and in our case, swoon over all our favorite green wedding moments!

Adding some Eucalyptus to your bouquet is not the only way to incorporate some greenery to your special day! Green can be a player in everyone’s wedding, we wanted to share some ways to either cover your entire ceremony site with greenery or ever so slightly feature a little tiny pop of the color in some not so obvious ways. We love some greens and hopefully these ideas will inspire you to embrace the green too! Now you can go back to your green beer, cheers!

 

Charla Storey Photography

Stephanie Rose Photography

Charla Storey Photography

Leah Golter Photography

Shannon Skloss Photography

The Tarnos Photography

Rachel Elaine Photography

The Tarnos Photography

Leah Golter Photography

Stephanie Rose Photography

Charla Storey Photography

Kristen Dee Photography

Shannon Skloss Photography

Allen Tsai Photography

The Tarnos Photography

Stephanie Rose Photography

Elisabeth Carol Photography

Rachel Elaine Photography

Charla Storey Photography

Charla Story Photography

Love,

Raquel

Artspace 111 // Fort Worth Wedding // Jessica + Bradley

YA’LL! I am so excited to share Jessica and Bradley’s rustic, southwestern and dreamy wedding that we did last November. I met Jessica through a fellow wedding industry friend, Stephanie Rose photography, who’s amazing by the way!

Jessica was in need of flowers for her engagement shoot and wedding day. I immediately fell in love with Jessica’s easy going, laid back personality and after she shared her rustic/boho style inspiration, I knew we would have a blast working together! She really wanted the wedding to be a reflection of both her and Bradley’s styles, equal parts southwestern, rustic, and boho.

Their ceremony was held in front of a gorgeous teepee adorned with faux florals, can y’all believe Jessica’s mom built that?  We really wanted to play off of the teepee for the reception, so we designed unique, fall inspired centerpieces with feathers, mossy branches and lots of deep colors. Jessica wanted loose, wild and bold bouquets of protea, eucalyptus, dahlias, blue thistle and amaranthus and I just love how they turned out.  I just love a groom with style and am obsessed with the custom green suit Bradley rocked.

Enjoy these stunning photos from Stephanie Rose Photography

 

Vendors:

Photography: Stephanie Rose Photography

venue:  Artspace111

Cake: Jar Cakery

Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

Vintage Rentals: Vintage Sparkle Rentals 

Catering: Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

 

Friday Favorite // 2016 Wedding Centerpieces

It’s FRI-YAY! Today marks our final installment of Friday Favorites- Best of 2016! Two weeks ago we focused on the bride, the CENTER of the whole wedding day,  and featured all our favorite bridal bouquets. Then we paid tribute to our favorite ceremony sites, the CENTER of the marriage and where the wedding day begins. Today we’re moving on to the reception and featuring all our favorite CENTERpieces!!

When you think of a wedding reception you may think of dance floors, open bars and wedding cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good dance floor but the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a wedding reception are the centerpieces! The centerpiece is the easiest way to define the theme and style of a wedding and we just love all the different options!  Whether you’re drawn to a tall, dramatic and overflowing arrangement, or a few small bud vases filled with blooms the possibilities are endless! Check out some of our favorites below, we just love all the varieties!

Speaking of centerpieces, do you want to learn how to create your own? We are offering two centerpiece classes this month and we still have spots available for both March 16th and March 30th! Classes meet at The Bevy in Addison from 6-9pm. The cost is $75 and includes all floral, supplies,light bites, sips and your very own floral arrangement! Grab your best gal pal and email info@rlovefloral.com to reserve your spot.

 

Charla Storey Photography

Kylie Crump Photography

Dyan Kethley Photography

Rachel Elaine Photography

The Tarnos Photography

The Tarnos Photography

Kristen Dee Photography

Kylie Crump Photography

The Tarnos Photography

Kelly Ellsworth

McGowan Images

Stephanie Rose Photography

The Tarnos Photography

Kylie Crump Photography

Tracy Enoch Photography

With love,

Raquel

Throwback Thursday // Andrew and Raquel’s Glamping Engagement Session

We are throwing it back on this glorious Thursday in honor of my upcoming wedding anniversary.  I was looking through some old photos the other day and stumbled upon some goodies from mine and Andrew’s engagement session. After almost two years of marriage, a now grown up pup and a 9 month old little babe it’s so fun to look back and see how far we’ve come!

Even though this was 3 years ago (wow time flies), I still LOVE the fun glamping theme our dear friend and talented photographer, Alyssa Turner, came up with for our engagements! Andrew and I both love the outdoors, road trips and camping so we definitely wanted to incorporate those elements. We decided to head out to Cedar Hill State Park in an old VW bus and set up a picture perfect campsite as our background.

Once we found the perfect spot, we set up our glam little campsite with smores, cozy pillows and flowers-duh! I just love the sunflower filled lantern and wild flower vases. What’s a campsite without a settee and coffee table, right?

We seriously had the best day ever with Alyssa Turner Photography and her videographer counterpart, Melanie. She captured our fun loving, laid back, all American vision perfectly! Check out the whole session featured on Weddbook and stay tuned for pics from our wedding in the next few weeks.

 

Photographer:  Alyssa Turner Photography | Location: Cedar Hill State Park Design + Decor: Charmed Vintage Rentals | Makeup:  Jenna Thomas Beauty | Cinema: Melanie MaczugaFloral:  R Love Floral Designs Rentals:  Swanky Couch

With love,

Raquel

 

 

 

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