This backyard wedding from photographer Christine Sargologos really captures the feel of springtime in Texas – the use of pale blues and purples against a grassy green backdrop feels just like a field of wildflowers! And Christine’s photos of the day are so lovely, they make me wish I was there!
Says the bride, “My husband and I spent a lot of time discussing our ceremony. When initially talking with our planner, we discussed that we wanted the reception to be fun, beautiful, and memorable, as that is what guests will remember, but also that the day is really about our commitment to each other. We chose pieces of the ceremony that joined both of our religious upbringings as well as pieces that represented who we are as a couple.”
Says Landin, “I ordered my wedding dress online without even seeing or trying it on in person. I also didn’t wear a veil – I think this goes to doing what fits with who you are. When I walked down the aisle I felt authentically me; I don’t know if I could say that if I was in a ball gown, long train, and veil. Those can all be beautiful, they’re just not me.”
Signature drinks were the “Southern Gentleman” (bourbon, ginger, orange bitters, orange twist) and the “Better Half” (cucumber, jalapeño, simple syrup, lime, tequila, triple sec).
Landin on the wedding venue: “Our reception was in my parents’ backyard – we wanted a venue that was meaningful and comfortable, but also accommodated about 200 guests. Additionally, we wanted to make it unique to us. Through our venue search, nothing seemed to fit. After a few conversations and a little bit of arm-twisting, my dad was on board and worked tirelessly for six months grooming the yard.”
“For dinner we served Texas brisket and Carolina pulled pork to represent our two families,” says Linden. “I am not a huge fan of icing, so our cake was a naked wedding cake; we also served pies.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Pinterest is such a great resource for inspiration, once you know what to search for. I’ve always been the girl that dressed a little more casual, valued comfort over show, but still wanted a little bit of spice. I have fond memories of dove and deer hunting with my dad, working in Papaw’s garden, attending musicals with Nannie, and debutante and Girl Scouting with my mom. I wanted both perspectives to show.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I’ve had many people ask this, and I think I have given a different answer each time… mainly to give credit to so many amazing memories. At the risk of sounding cliche, the entire day really was surreal. If I had to pick one moment (with permission to change my mind next time I’m asked) I would say the 10 minutes leading up to the ceremony. I had been worried that I would be nervous, but I felt so peaceful. It really set the stage for the rest of the evening. Looking back, I’d have to give a lot of credit to Melanie (our planner). I didn’t have to answer one logistical question all day, my mom was calm and wasn’t worrying about any details. I also had my dog in the wedding – she was right by my side until we all started walking down the aisle. Having her around kept those moments real.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Yes, but I also left some out, some to my mom’s chagrin. Traditions I included were the something old, new, borrowed, and blue. I wore a necklace that comprised a collage of a few memorable pieces: my mom’s cross, cameo and gold coin, and Papaw’s wedding ring. So all of those were borrowed. I also carried a handkerchief given to me by my Oma – it was old and blue. My dress and shoes were new, but not too traditional. We also had first dances, cutting the cake, and a fairly traditional ceremony.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We wanted Kinley, our six year old Vizsla, to be a part of the wedding. She was the “Dog of Honor” and was up at the altar for the entire ceremony. Our first dance was a song I will always connect with my dad’s parents, Oma and Opa… a good ol’ Randy Travis favorite.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Understand that it will go by so fast. Try to take in as much as you can in the moment, but make sure you have a really good photographer to capture moments you will miss, and to help relive the day.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? It was authentic. I’m sure brides will look at our wedding and find some pieces that are awesome and some that don’t fit their style; I know I did this when looking for inspiration. I look back at our amazing photos or talk about memories with my husband, and I am so pleased that everything was simply “us.”
Appetizers: Fried Shrimp / Deviled Eggs / Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos / Deer Sausage with Cheese, Pickles and Crackers // Entrees: North Carolina Pulled Pork / Texas BBQ Brisket and Oma’s BBQ Sauce // Sides: Macaroni and Cheese / Fried Asparagus with Bacon Jam / Vinegar Slaw / Ciabatta Rolls