We’re kicking off the week with a shabby chic Texas wedding at The Prairie - a destination wedding for this Michigander bride and her California groom! Favorite details from this wedding: the bride made her own veil, the shabby chic venue (literally! it’s Rachel Ashwell’s property!), and the adorable creamsicle cake.

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The Venue

“When I started describing to my mom what my dream wedding would look like, the first place that she thought of was The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell,” says Lizzy. “It was absolutely perfect, but when I realized it was in Texas, I thought it was too crazy to try to have a destination wedding. I’m so glad I got over that notion! Having our wedding at The Prairie made it so special. Everything was beautiful, and it was the perfect weekend getaway spot.

 

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The Ceremony

“We were married in the LDS temple in Houston, which was a private religious ceremony and most of my friends couldn’t come in to witness it,” says Lizzy. “We decided in addition to our marriage sealing in the temple, that we would also do an outdoor ring ceremony. We asked a close family friend to officiate and explain what we had done earlier that day in the temple. As a couple, we also wrote our own vows/speeches.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Religious, Sweet, Intimate.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The best part was staring into the eyes of someone you love and promising yourself to them, and letting the rest of the the room slip away.

 

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The Reception

“Our wedding location seemed random to a lot of people since neither my husband nor I are from Texas, but everything really came together to tell our story. It was personal, intimate, and unique, with a big emphasis on dancing and just having a good time with the people we love. The day was a whirlwind, but we loved the way everything turned out. From the pictures, to the floral design, to the cake – it was all what I had envisioned! I got to break out my country boots and have the intimate and rustic wedding I always dreamed of!”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was really inspired by pastels and rustic-meets-upscale decor. I wanted simplicity and something that felt light and airy.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  One of my favorite details of the wedding was that we had vintage floral mismatched cloth napkins at each table setting. I thought it added such a fun shabby chic flare!

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I did something old, new, borrow, and blue. I wore my mother’s ring, had my grandma’s handkerchief, new earrings, and borrowed a photo of a beloved friend that I lost in a car accident 4 years ago.

First Dance Song:  “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite moment (after marrying my sweetheart) was definitely the father-daughter dance. My very talented friend did an acoustic arrangement to an upbeat song I loved and wanted as our dance. She performed it live and the whole room was crying by the end. Getting to have that special and unique dance with my dad was the only way I could think of to really show him how special he was to me and thank him for all he’d done.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I think one of the best things I heard was that when the day finally arrives, you can’t really control it if things go wrong, so just be happy. When it started pouring about 5 minutes after we left our ceremony to take pictures, I wanted to cry, but I remembered that I couldn’t control it and I chose to enjoy the day and stay as calm as I could.

 

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Photography: Green Apple Photography / Venue: The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell / Event Planning, Design: Bungalow 47  / Bride’s Dress: A Rivini via Avenia Bridal / Shoes: Boot Barn / Jewelry: Banana Republic / Rings: Wilson Diamonds / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Shoes, Shirt: Nordstrom / Tie: Etsy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shabby Chic / Groomsmen Attire: Banana RepublicNordstrom / Stationery: Lisa Schwartz / Floral Designer:Last Petal / Music:  Lucy Scholl / DJ: CPR Mobile DJs / Catering: Bistro 108 / Cake: The Best Little Cake Shop in Texas
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This week I shared some pics of Caroline’s first birthday party over on Oh So Beautiful Paper, and as you can probably tell from the photos, I had a lot of fun with planning and crafting for it. I spent hours making paper flowers, and then making party hats, and then attaching paper flowers to party hats. I messed up the malted chocolate pots de creme, but had my heart set on serving them (in the cute little yogurt jars I’d saved!), so I made them twice. I took great advantage of my mom and sisters’ help in finishing up the dessert table and setting everything up. I totally forgot to change into my cute shoes so I’m wearing beat up ballet flats in all the photos. And, as I said over on OSBP, it turned out to be a really special day, which had little to do with all the details I planned, and had everything to do with the friends and family who helped us celebrate our daughter. 

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There are two takeaways I hope I can convey here. The first is that, with any party or celebration, big or small, the people are the point, and the details matter only inasmuch as they contribute to the experience. The second is that, details are totally fun, but don’t freak out if you can’t finish every DIY project you had in mind, or if you can’t afford to have 100 custom picnic baskets made, or garden roses are out of season and therefore unavailable, or whatever it is that you have your heart set on for your wedding. Because your wedding is not the last party you’ll ever get to throw. It might be the biggest, at least in terms of number of guests, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the last. There will be birthdays, anniversaries, holidays – lots of opportunities for fringe-topped swizzle sticks, hand-written menus, or maybe a vase overflowing with garden roses. No need to make yourself crazy trying to cram them all into your wedding day! Do as much as is fun for you, and save the rest for another time.

And with that, I leave you with a handful of weekend links!

The best way to reheat pizza.

What’s wrong with marriage in the movies.

I generally don’t spend this much on shoes, but I absolutely love these dressy flats.

School playgrounds from Kenya to Japan.

Candy corn on the cob is kind of hilarious.

The ultimate crostini station.

Secrets to decorating like the French. (I’m not convinced the French do everything better, but I do love Parisian interiors…)

I also love classic American design, like these cozy throws.

 

In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Boho-chic bride in this New Orleans wedding.
Spring Texas wedding with a kazoo processional.
Laid-back barn wedding on the California coast.
Preppy nautical wedding on Lake Tahoe, plus their wedding ceremony.
Some favorite ways to use fall leaves in your wedding.
Words to Love By from Audrey Hepburn.

 

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