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!

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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.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore khaki suits from Jos. A. Bank and heather blue-gray bow ties from J.Crew.

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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.”

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Signature drinks were the “Southern Gentleman” (bourbon, ginger, orange bitters, orange twist) and the “Better Half” (cucumber, jalapeño, simple syrup, lime, tequila, triple sec).

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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.”

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“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.”

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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.”

Menu
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

Photography: Christine Sargologos / Event Planning, Design, Styling:  Mayhar Design / Venue: Private Estate in New Braunfels, Texas / Church: New Braunfels Presbyterian / Officiant: Rev. Kenneth Peters / Dress: Goddess V-Neck, Ann Taylor / Shoes: Gloriee by Steve Madden / Necklaces: Sea and Cake / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Shirt: Charles Trywhitt / Suspenders: Dana Eckert / Tie: J.Crew / Shoes: Frye / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Stationery: Hyegraph / Floral Designer: Without Wax, Katy / Rentals: Sweet Sunday Rentals / Music: Merchants of Moonshine / Catering: Clear Springs Catering / Cake: Betty Jane Bake Shoppe / Chalkboard Signs: Roxanne Spradlin / Hair: William Edge Salon / Favors: Tcho Chocolates / Dog of Honor’s collar: Grimm’s Leather
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  • Backyard Wedding from Christine Sargologos

    18 June 2014
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    If you enjoyed the first part of Izzie and Ro’s beautiful wedding at Temple Guiting, then you’re going to love David Jenkins‘s images from day two of the festivities!

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    Day two of the wedding weekend started with a mehndi party for all the ladies.

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    As with the western ceremony on, the Hindu ceremony took place under a starry tent, draped over one of the garden’s water features.

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    Says the bride: “We wanted to mix two styles, one for each day – we wanted an elegant English countryside feel set against a second day of color and festivities of a summer Hindu wedding.”

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    And don’t miss the first part of this beautiful celebration right HERE!

    Photography: David Jenkins / Venue: Temple Guiting Manor in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom / Event Planning: Caroline Horstmann for Sophie Conran / Bride’s Dress: Stephanie Allin / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Sophie Everett / Groom’s Suit: Supply London / Tie: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dress: Temperley / Stationery: Emma MacCarthey / Floral Design: Fiona Perry / Band: Twentysomething / Cake: Peggy Porschen
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    20 May 2014
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    Today we have a gorgeous two part feature from photographer David Jenkins at an absolutely incredible venue. Says the bride, “We wanted something that was classic Cotswolds, and Temple Guiting is a real gem, hidden in the beautiful surroundings.”

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    The bride carried a bouquet of all white flowers.

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    Temple Guiting Manor only hosts a handful of large weddings each year, and with its incredible Cotswold stone buildings and exceptional gardens, it made a stunning backdrop for Izzie and Ro’s wedding weekend.

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    Guests’ names were written on small clay hearts, tied around the napkin at each place.

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    Dandelion-like lanterns lit the tent for dinner and dancing.

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    Photography: David Jenkins / Venue: Temple Guiting Manor in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom / Event Planning: Caroline Horstmann for Sophie Conran / Bride’s Dress: Stephanie Allin / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Sophie Everett / Groom’s Suit: Supply London / Tie: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dress: Temperley / Stationery: Emma MacCarthey / Floral Design: Fiona Perry / Band: Twentysomething / Cake: Peggy Porschen
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    20 May 2014
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    I always love to see how folks in the wedding industry think about their own weddings, especially when it’s one of our Select vendors! Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs creates the most whimsical stationery suites, full of playful illustrations and thoughtful details, and she brought that vision to her own Brooklyn wedding last December.

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    A little glimpse of Courtney and Paul’s super fun wedding invitations. (Be sure to check back in a bit for a full post all about the invitation elements!)

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    “People like to tell you lots of stuff before you get married but the best advice we got was to enjoy one another that night. It’s so easy to get caught up with your friends and family that you forget about your new husband or wife! I made sure that Paul and I spent a lot of time together that night and really had fun together.”

    From the bride: “I walked down the aisle to Al Green’s version of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’ It’s a great rendition that is full of soul which makes it hard to sit still. I think this got the guests going because as soon as I rounded the corner to walk down the aisle with my mom and dad, everyone started clapping and cheering for us! It was a pretty tight space so we had to push our way through the crowd to get to Paul at the front. I was smiling ear to ear and laughing hysterically! It was such a great way to kick off the evening and is a moment I’ll always remember.”

    Music was a recurring theme in Courtney and Paul’s wedding, starting with the RSVP cards designed to look like old records. Another musical detail? Set on the back of each chair at the ceremony, and placed around the restaurant, were little tent-folded cards with quotes from favorite love songs.

    Courtney designed and created tons of fun little details for the wedding day, like a large welcome sign with an itinerary of the evening’s events, temporary tattoos, souvenir mugs, and drink stirrers. I think my personal favorite is the mini button pins that said “Bride,” “Groom,” and “Neutral.”

    I asked if they included any traditions in their wedding: “We actually did the opposite and broke most traditions. We weren’t really trying to, but we felt that so many didn’t feel natural to us so we just decided to bypass them. However, we did do a first dance which was really special.”

    “For us, it was all about the music. We wanted to take our guests on a musical journey, if you will, from the 1950’s all the way through the 1990’s. Our DJ Ben Carlin the best 90’s mashup ever! I always disliked being at a wedding when you’re up and down because the DJ is all over the place with his choices. We wanted this night to be all about love and music and in the end, it was.”

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted to have the wedding in Brooklyn since this is where we met, fell in love and currently live. With our hectic work lives, a restaurant venue made it really easy to not have to think about the nitty gritty details like rentals, catering, etc. We also loved that we could take a taxi to and from the venue the night of the wedding – it felt really local and easy which we loved. Plus, Dumbo is such a great neighborhood that we knew our out-of-town guests would love.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  To be honest, we were inspired most by the idea of one big party. Working in weddings, I’ve been privy to all tiers of wedding planning. I knew that for us, we wanted to have one big throw down where everyone, no matter how they knew us, would come in and have the best night. We set the tone by creating really lighthearted save-the-dates and invitations that conveyed our theme of fun and party. We interjected humor wherever we could, we wanted everyone to feel comfortable and happy, not stuffy and bored.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t get lost in the traditions, details or what your best friend did. Make it your own no matter what your friends and family say. At the end of the day, its your wedding and your moment to cherish. And usually, those critics come around and end up loving all your personal touches!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Pick your battles. If paper is important, make that a priority. If the cake is all you care about, spend the most on that. Unless you have a bottomless budget, you can’t have it all. It’s good to prioritize and find what matters most to you. Then do whatever you can to nail those items down and make them perfect, the rest will fall into place.

    Photographer: Weddings by Two / Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs / Wedding Stylist: Ara Farnam of Rock, Paper, Scissors / Dress: Sass by Ivy & Aster / Shoes: Nine West / Suit, Shirt: Indochino / Tie: Top Shop / Floral Designer: Elizabeth London / Music: DJ Ben Carlin
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    It’s not often I have the chance to feature friends’ weddings here, but it’s always such a treat when I do! Katie and Daniel are two of my favorite people, and their Texas wedding was full of color and joy. The way Katie writes about the day, you almost don’t need photos to imagine it – of course InTandem‘s beautiful images speak for themselves, and capture the vibrancy of the day perfectly…

    For the invitation suite, Katie gave Lucky Luxe freedom to design with only a few words for direction: colorful, Texas, fiesta, playful, fun. Says Erin from Lucky Luxe, “Katie chose our Souvenir Destination save-the-date postcard so we could really pack lots of kitschy, fun Texas imagery into the design, and I worked with a papel picado motif for the actual invitation.”

    Says the bride: “I wasn’t especially picky about my hair, other than wanting it up and pretty, but I had to have baby’s breath in it because my mom wore baby’s breath in her hair when she married my dad. Our drastically different heights prevented me from wearing her wedding dress (despite a hilarious fitting attempt the day before we went dress shopping), so this was the simplest way to copycat my adorable mom.”

    “We had a full Catholic mass, so the ceremony was a tradition unto itself. The music – one of the few areas of flexibility – really thrilled me. Mission San Jose is well known around here for its weekly mariachi mass, so we asked a very talented mariachi band to put their spin on the traditional and Spanish hymns we’d chosen. Their version of songs like ‘Softly and Tenderly’ was familiar enough to recognize but gorgeously unique.”

    “Daniel took advantage of the military tradition that allows service members to be married in uniform. He won’t be in the Air Force forever so wearing the uniform was another way to mark where we were in our lives at the time. The Air Force is the reason we met, after all, and we owe it a debt of gratitude for that, as well as for all the dear friends it brought us. I can already imagine looking back at the wedding photos as an old lady and recalling the adventure of it all.”

    A favorite moment from the day? “We walked into our reception down the grand staircase (where Selena herself once filmed a music video!) to the Friday Night Lights theme by W.G. Snuffy Walden. Clearly, neither of us has any shame about being FNL superfans. The music swells perfectly for the type of moment where you just married your best friend and look into a crowd of all your favorite people. Plus, it felt like the greatest TV couple of all time – Coach and Tami – were smiling upon us in Texas. Your marriage can’t really go wrong if those two approve.”

    Katie’s inspiration in wedding planning? “When I really think about it, I suppose the inspiration was the city itself. I never had a grand vision for the wedding, which sounds like heresy in the age of Pinterest, but it’s true. The upside of my lack of vision was that it gave me lots of leeway to incorporate everything I stumbled upon, whether it fit into a ‘theme’ or not. I liked the simultaneous austerity and grandeur of Mission San Jose where our ceremony took place. I liked the ornate insides of Sunset Station for our reception. I especially liked bold colors, so things like bridesmaid accessories and flowers were as bright as possible.”

    A sparkler sendoff was the perfect way for the newlyweds to make their exit.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose San Antonio, Texas because this city, more than any other I’ve lived in, feels like my hometown. So much so that I didn’t think twice about having an August wedding in the heart of Texas. San Antonio is so rich with color, culture, and a festive spirit – it was perfect for the joyful day we pictured. Plus, selfishly, there’s no city I like to show off more than San Antonio. Larry McMurtry says San Antonio transcends Texas the same way San Francisco transcends California and New Orleans transcends Louisiana. Couldn’t agree more. There were also some practical considerations that made San Antonio a good choice, like needing a geographically central spot for our friends and family, who are spread out across the U.S. and beyond. I was previously in the Air Force and Daniel is currently in the Air Force, so the friends we’ve made over the years are scattered in too many places to count. No matter if we got married near my parents in Bellingham, Washington or in his hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, people were going to be traveling. San Antonio seemed like the best halfway point.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My childhood friend David, who is now a deacon, gave the homily during our wedding mass. Hearing Davey deliver the sermon – which struck the perfect balance of humor, gravitas, and love – was a precious moment.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My sweet mother refashioned my first communion dress into a ring pillow for us. She made the dress when I was 7 years old and kept it all these years. At the last minute she tried to convince me not to use it, probably because she didn’t want to make me feel like I had to, which was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard! Of course we used it and I think it’s so, so beautiful.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t expect to have the energy to leave for your honeymoon the day after the wedding. Build a day into your plans to be utterly exhausted (in a happy way!). Anything beyond eating, saying goodbye to friends and family, and laying poolside sounds too ambitious to me.

    Photography: InTandem / Event Planning: Tracy Reeder, Ooh La La Couture Events Reception Venue: Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas / Church: Mission San Jose / Stationery: Lucky Luxe / Bride’s Dress: Melissa by Monique Lhuillier via Marcella’s La Boutique / Shoes: Nine West / Floral Design: Erin McLarty at Eden’s Echo / Ceremony Music: Mariachi del Alamo / Band: The Nick Lawrence Band / Catering: The RK Group / Cake: Sweet Elegance by Carolina Santoya / Hairstyle: Art Herrera at Salon Avaja / Hair Color: Sarah Hatch at Studio 500 / Makeup: Vilma Delia Makeup Artistry
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  • Festive San Antonio Wedding from In Tandem

    5 May 2014
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