Sarah Rhoads shared this sweet engagement shoot with me, of her two dear friends, Meghan and Jonathan. Though you certainly don’t need props for an engagement shoot, I love the simple items the couple chose to showcase their interests and personalities, from balloons to books.
Any wedding that includes a giant, 300-year-old oak tree is at the top of my list, and Meredith and Patrick were married under just such a tree. Working with a tight budget, the couple opted to hold their October wedding at the Texas home of the bride’s parents. The reception took place in the barn/garage, and the exposed beams and cement floor gave the whole event a laid-back, down-home feeling – as did the family-style meal. By focusing on the beauty of the place and the season, they minimized the need for decorations, and saved even more by using seasonal elements like gourds, pumpkins and hay bales, and putting everything together themselves.
With so many special moments, it was tough for Meredith to pick just one favorite – all of the moments she shared with me were about family, which I think sums up the way she and Patrick thought about their wedding during the whole planning process. It really was an event that was all about bringing two families together.
Venue: Family home in Tioga, Texas
Stationery: The Future Mrs. Darcy
Bride’s dress: Anne Barge
Shoe clips / flower girl headbands: B.Poetic
Bridesmaid dresses / flower girl dresses / ring bearer’s tie: custom-designed and made by Bridal Portfolio
Bridesmaid shoes: Victoria’s Secret
Bouquets: Dawn at A Twist of Lime
Cake (spice cake with raspberry and cream cheese filling): The Cake Stand
Congratulations to you Meredith and Patrick, and a big thank you for sharing your day with us – you know it’s especially fun for me to feature a Texas wedding now that I’m living in Austin. And thank you to Jenny McCann who took these beautiful photos – I’m keeping my eye out for more of her work!
I love these photos – they just make me smile! Especially that last one – how great is that shot? I don’t know what it is, but it’s just so obvious from these photos how happy and in love Caroline and Clark are – and isn’t that exactly what your engagement pics should show?
So now that you’ve seen these photos, I wanted to share the delightful story behind them – Caroline and Clark wanted engagement pics, but it wasn’t in their budget to hire a professional photographer for a shoot. Instead, Clark’s twin brother took these shots of them around Nashville. I would never have guessed that these weren’t professional shots! Congratulations on your engagement Caroline and Clark!
With the internet playing such a large part in wedding planning these days, brides and grooms have so many more options as far as which vendors they can to work with – you’re no longer limited just to vendors in your area, or even in your country! Which is just part of why I’m happy to share Ruby & Willow with you. It’s a New Zealand company, but they work with brides worldwide to create the perfect wedding stationery – good thing, since they’ve got such beautiful pieces! Here are just a few examples of the work they do…
Offering both custom design and a ready-made Signature Collection, Ruby & Willow takes a personal approach to every client they work with, to make sure that you end up with wedding stationery that not only reflects the tone of the day, but also your personalities as a couple. Check out even more from Ruby & Willow on their website and at their Etsy shop, and keep up with them on Magnolia Rouge, their lovely blog.
This was just too fun not to share with you – I’m here in Birmingham where I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the A Bryan Photo workshop, and I am so excited to be here. I get to hang out with the whole A Bryan Photo team, the awesome Jonathan Canlas, Bill from Richard Photo Lab, Brian from Cypress Albums, and some other really wonderful people. Anyway, I get really nervous speaking in front of groups, so wish me luck with my talk!
Oh, and check in for some pretty posts this week – two engagement shoots and a wedding that I just couldn’t keep to myself any longer.