Romantic Barn Wedding // The Milestone Aubrey // Courtney + Travis

I love myself a good barn wedding, so I am beyond excited to share Courtney and Travis’ wedding with y’all today!

I met Courtney back in 2011 when we did her twin sister’s wedding flowers at the Wild Wood Inn.  So I was honored and excited to reconnect with Courtney and her family to do the flowers for her winter wedding at The Milestone Aubrey Mansion.

Courtney wanted a romantic, natural, and rustic feel to her wedding, and the venue they chose couldn’t be more perfect for that.  The Milestone in Aubrey is one of my all time favorite venues.  The outside was recently painted all white and new windows were installed inside the barn, it couldn’t look more gorgeous.  We were so excited to be working on one of the first weddings after their renovation.

It was a rainy wedding day that shined bright with a stunning bride, beautiful flowers, dancing and a whole lot of love!  Dyan Kethley did such an incredible job photographing this beautiful couple and their very special day.

We just love watching our brides and grooms become parents and we couldn’t be more excited for this sweet couple to welcome their first baby soon!

 

 

Vendors:

Venue: Mile stone Aubrey

Photography: Dyan Kethley

Makeup: Millonaire Brides Club

Hair: The Luxxe Look

Dress: Stardust Brides

Friday Favorite // Floral Crowns

 


Flower crowns have been worn for centuries and have been an important part of floral and fashion history.  It all started when Julius Cesar made the laurel leaf crown famous, then back in medieval times floral crowns were worn to celebrate May Day, cut to Shakespeare’s Ophelia, who adorned the crown and flowers in her hair. Freida Kahlo popularized them in Mexico by always rocking one and in Polynesia, they are given as gifts to friends and family. Beyonce donned some in 2016 and since we all bow down to Queen Bey, we’re still very much on the floral crown train.

Your super boho, music festival loving college roommate may have thought she started the floral crown wedding trend back in 2012, but she was most definitely not the first! Queen Victoria, during the Victorian era, wore one to wed Prince Albert in 1840 making them very popular in Europe and thus beginning the wedding trend.

It’s obvious why we all love floral crowns, they are a symbol of love, and celebration all over the world and definitely the best accessory a girl can have. We still love a wedding day floral crown moment, whether it’s on the bride, her bridesmaids or even the flower girl!

Charla Storey Photography

Rachel Elaine Photography

Charla Storey Photography

Does a boho floral crown clash with your traditional country club wedding vibe?  Ditch it on wedding day and try one for your bridal portraits!

Charla Storey Photography

Stephanie Rose Photography

Host a Champagne and Crowns class for your gal pals and sport them at your bachelorette party.

Or gift one to your bestie (and her baby) for her bridal or baby shower .

Nicole Berrett Photography

Who doesn’t want to look extra beautiful with a floral crown for your maternity shoot?

Kristen Dee Photography

Pups can be floral too, why not give them a beautiful fresh collar?

Kristen Dee Photography

Kristen Dee Photography

The opportunities are endless and don’t have to be just for wedding day..or snapchat filters ;p

Are you on the floral crown train now? Say hello if you’re interested in hosting your very own Champagne and Crowns class for you and your flower friends at the location of your choosing!

Rustic Romantic Wedding // Thistle Springs Ranch // Chaney + Graham

Can we just talk about this gorgeous wedding for a second? Chaney + Graham’s rustic romantic wedding was one of our favorites of 2016.  They were such a sweet couple whose deep love for each other is so obvious in these stunning photos from The Tarnos. We just fell in love with them!

Chaney wanted her flowers to have a rustic, natural and romantic feel to compliment the rustic style of Thistle Springs Ranch.  Her bouquet was a beautiful mix of white and blush garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and eucalyptus greenery.  The bridesmaids carried a petite blush and white bouquet similar to the bride.  Centerpieces were a mix of low lush arrangements in wooden boxes and tall elevated arrangements in clear trumpet vases.  We added a pop of burgundy and fuchsia to the centerpieces to give a touch of fall for this October wedding.

Not only were Chaney and Graham a joy to work with, they had the vendor dream team for their special day. I love getting to work with my wedding industry besties.  The Tarnos photographyBrittany Jones Hair + Makeup Sugar Bee Sweets, Wedfully Yours, and of course Thistle Springs Ranch.  It was a picture perfect wedding day!

Hope these photos give you all the feels on this Wedding Wednesday!

 

 


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

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