It was love at first sight for Maggie and Luke, when they saw the beautiful land at Yegua Knobbs Ranch. Surrounded by post oak and pine forests, the lush green hills just east of Austin made for a perfect setting for their big celebration.  From the bride’s cowgirl boots, to the unique magnolia garlands, this wedding has laid-back yet elegant perfection covered down to the last detail.

Photography by Tec Petaja.

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I pinned a little bag of items in my dress that included a cross my dad had given my mom on their wedding day—a 6 pence my mom had pinned in her dress on her wedding day, and I wore my mom’s veil. We also lit candles for both of our parents who had passed, and we used the same knife to cut our cake that Luke’s family has been using in weddings for years.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? I guess to take it all in—the day goes by fast.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a
wedding? Don’t get caught up in any of the stress or let other people make you feel bad about any of your choices. Your wedding is one of the most special days for both of you as individuals and the both of you as a couple, enjoy it! And hiring a planning team that we connected with was worth every dollar spent. No matter what, the day of your wedding unexpected things happen, both good and bad, but really its all about you and all of the people who are there sharing it with you…enjoy it!

 

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“While Luke’s ring is unique to him, he discussed with our jeweler how to keep it as similar to his dads in terms of appearance. My wedding band has the same design as his mom’s.”

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted an outdoor wedding with the ability to tent the reception. Texas weather is too unpredictable not to have a rain plan. I was in love with the location because I knew immediately that my dad would have loved it and that was it for me. Luke was attracted to it because he grew up in Virginia and liked the look of the Texas Hill Country. We also wanted a one stop shop and the site delivered. It was a blank canvas we could truly tailor to our personal vision.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Unique, personable, picturesque.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We chose a traditional ceremony for the most part, but we centered it around our families. We had all of our immediate family members in our wedding party and each of our best friends as matron of honor and best man. We wanted to place emphasis on not only our union but also the union of our two families. We are blessed that our families get along extremely well.

 

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What was your ceremony music? I processed to “Here Comes the Bride”—I liked the old-school tradition of it. The rest of the wedding party processed to “Only Time” by Enya and the recessional was “Book of Days” by Enya. Enya was a favorite of Luke’s mom. All were played by a string quartet.

Ceremony Music by The Vintage 15.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? We asked or readers (Luke’s god parents and a close family friend of mine) to choose their own readings… Psalm 121, Sirach 2,
and Genesis 2

Who officiated your ceremony? Colleen Swingle-Titus, we choose her for three reasons: 1) she is awesome!, 2) she had married Luke’s sister the year before, which is where I met her and knew immediately she had to marry us. We actually asked her to marry us before we were engaged! 3) she was a great friend of Luke’s mom, who is now deceased.

 

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What were your vows like? Our minister sent us a huge amount to choose from, we read through them and agreed on one we liked best and suited our relationship.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I can’t pick one thing, it was everything!

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I think the best advice I can give is try to decide what you absolutely must have and go from there.

 

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The Reception 

“One thing that we were very conscious of was that we were having a destination wedding and because of that we wanted to make the weekend an experience for everyone. We wanted to make sure everyone felt welcomed and loved and that it was worth the trip! So in our planning we really took our wants in to account but also the wants and needs of our guests.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? To the nines, yet relaxed.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The Nouveau Romantics showed us a picture of a reception they had created and we fell in love with it. Luke and I had a pretty good idea of the feeling we wanted our wedding and reception to have. We were so lucky to have a great connection with our wedding planners and they really got us and what we wanted.

 

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We love the visual impact the gorgeous bar setup had—all of the gold rimmed glasses, with copper mule mugs, and the lit green background were stunning all paired together!

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? We had 3—one of me, one of Luke, and one for both of us. Maggie’s Mule (moscow mule), Luke Andrew (Arnold Palmer with Bourbon), and a Firecracker (cranberry and bourbon)

 

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What was your wedding menu? Cocktail Hour passed appetizers: Asparagus Fries / Shiner Bock Battered Lobster Pops / Empanadas / Bacon Wrapped Quail // Dinner: Sea bass with brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes / Steak with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes / Mushroom Tower with Mixed Vegetables / Biscuits and Rolls

Catering by Kurant Events.

 

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We love the gorgeous garland and blue ribbon on this silver tray—such a unique detail!

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? White cake with vanilla buttercream wrapped in fondant with painted flowers and mini mason jar apple pies with vanilla ice cream. We also had chocolate chip cookies and milk carton as people were leaving the reception.

Cake by Coco Paloma Desserts.

 

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What was your first dance song? “When Somebody Loves You” by Alan Jackson.

Reception Music by The Flashdance.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Talking to everyone and just feeling and taking in all of the love that was there! It was a feeling I had never experienced to such an extent. At the suggestion of The Nouveau Romantics, we were able to take a moment to ourselves and take everything in while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. It was nice to see how our vision for the evening had taken shape!

 

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Photography: Tec Petaja / Venue: Yegua Knobbs Ranch in Lexington, Texas / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design, Stationery: The Nouveau Romantics / Dress: Peter Langner / Boots: Old Gringo / Ceremony Music: The Vintage 15 / DJ: The Flashdance / Lighting: Ilios Lighting / Hair: Shannon Briggs-Hack from Janet St. Paul Salon / Makeup: Katherine Karli / Rentals: La TavolaLoot Vintage Rentals, Marquee, Premiere Events, Small Masterpiece, Suite 206 / Sound: Big House Sound / Tent: Whim / Transportation: Transportation Consultants / Videography: Shark Pig / Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts / Catering: Kurant Events
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Couple, Julia and Marlon, chose the charming town of Vail, Colorado to celebrate their elegant summertime nuptials, where they spent many weekends together making memories. The romantic European style chalets tucked up against the mountainside and breathtaking scenery made for such a romantic location surrounded by nature. We love the sweet details of the day, especially her elegant unique floral lined dress by designer, Tara LaTour.

Photography by Connie Whitlock.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? To relax and enjoy your wedding day as much as possible. There is no point in sweating the small stuff.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Make sure your wedding represents you and your soon to be spouse. It’s easy to get carried away with over the top ideas.

 

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The bride’s floral lined wedding dress, designed by Tara LaTour, is such a pretty and unexpected touch. 

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? A couple of my favorite details were the accessories that we wore. Marlon wore his Grandfather’s Rolex watch, while I wore the set of pearls that my Dad gave my Mom when I was born.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a thing.

 

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Julia carried a bright and loose bouquet filled with beautiful florals and foliage such as cafe au last dahlias, roses, anemone, and silver dollar eucalyptus.

Floral Design by Encore Style.

 

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The Ceremony

“Vail has always been a special place to us. When we first started dating, Marlon and I would head up to Vail on the weekends to spend time together and ski. If you walk down the streets of the village, it is easy to see what makes this place so romantic and extraordinary. The European chalet style buildings rest against the mountainside, and the river curves its way through town under bridges and walkways . It has been the backdrop to some of our fondest memories together and we knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Romantic and elegant.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  When planning a wedding, there are so many online resources to reference—it can be a little overwhelming. We wanted to make sure our ceremony represented our values, so we referenced a few templates, combined the sections we liked most, and collaborated with our officiant and close family members during the process.

What was your ceremony music?  We wanted the ceremony music to be performed acoustically by our band. Our officiant, parents, wedding party and Marlon walked out to “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King, and I walked down the aisle to “I Will” by the Beatles.

Ceremony Music Performed by the Band Wash Park Band.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? We chose one of our closest friends to officiate our ceremony. He was present the day we met, and we knew he would be the perfect officiant for our ceremony.

What were your vows like?  It was important for both of us to write our own vows. We felt it made the ceremony more personal and intimate.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Overall, the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. After our big day, we were pleased with how flawlessly everything went—from the weather, to the flowers, to the music, and ceremony. Our favorite part were each others vows. It’s a wonderful feeling to express your love for another person in front of your family and closest friends.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Identify what parts of your wedding are most important to you, and allocate your budget accordingly based on that! Also, plan for a few things to go over budget—it happens when you’re planning your big day.

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The Reception

“We wanted to make the reception feel elegant, warm and romantic. We used bright flowers for the centerpieces, blush satin tablecloths, and had budding tree branches with candles throughout the room as well.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? The reception was located in the ballroom of the Four Seasons hotel, however we chose this location in Vail not only because it was beautiful, but because the ceremony and reception locations were close to one another.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our biggest sources of inspiration were flower colors and the venue. We knew we wanted to incorporate a bright floral palette.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Instead of a guest book, we asked our guests to sign a giant bottle of champagne! We plan on drinking this on our anniversary with friends in 5-10 years. Our grand entrance song was “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News (Marlon’s favorite band). We also had some fire pits outside for guests to enjoy while they took a break from the dancing.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Appetizers: Mini Tuna Tartar Tacos / Summer Rolls / Serrano Ham with Manchego Cheese / Baby Roasted Lamb Chops // Starter: Baby Arugula Salad with Sliced Pear and Figs // Entrees: Beef Tenderloin / Cast Iron Striped Bass // Late night snacks: Elk Corn Dogs, Grilled Cheese Bites

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dessert was wedding cake, and we chose strawberry shortcake!

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?First Dance song: “Higher Love” by James Vincent McMorrow
Father/daughter dance: “I’ve Got The World On A String” by Frank Sinatra

Reception Music Performed by the Band Wash Park Band.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The dancing! All of it—the first dance, the father/daughter dance, and the packed dance floor! We spent a lot of time finding the perfect band, and they did not disappoint.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Just that it was better than we ever could have imagined, and want to thank our parents for everything.

 

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Photography: Connie Whitlock / Venue: Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado / Floral Design: Encore Style / Dress: Tara LaTour via Anna Be / Shoes: Ferragamo / Veil: Donna Beth Creations / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Suit: Saks Fifth Avenue / Shirt: Ted Baker / Shoes: To Boot New York / Tie: Michael Kors / Calligraphy: Val Cole Calligraphy / Stationery: Nico & Lala / Hair: Purelux Salon / Makeup: Kelsey Zabawa / Lighting: LMD Productions / Band: Wash Park Band / Rentals: Alpine Rental Party

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