Wow! You guys, this is our last real wedding feature of 2014! Next week we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite details from this year’s posts, and then doing some “re-runs” of our favorite gorgeous weddings, and then before you know it we’ll be celebrating New Year’s and kicking off another year of beautiful wedding inspiration! Whew! But this is a lovely wedding to send us into the holidays, from photographer Shaun Menary.

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS AUSTIN WEDDING BY SHAUN MENARY.

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The Ceremony

“We knew we wanted to do something outside of Dallas, but not necessarily somewhere most of our guests would have to hop on a plane to. Blake’s parents used to live in the hill country, and we would always love to go visit because it is incredibly beautiful. When we stumbled upon Camp Lucy, we knew right away that we had to get married there. We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception, and I have never seen a more incredible ceremony site than Camp Lucy’s! The huge oak trees that cover the whole site are so beautiful- it just blew us away. The space was so magnificent that we could’ve done completely without any additional decor or florals. It also helped that the reception site was steps away from the ceremony site. It made it so convenient for both us and our guests.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, God-glorifying, Traditional.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  There were two things we knew we wanted our wedding to be: short-and-sweet, and Christ-centered. That being said, we really worked with our officiant to plan the ceremony. He sent us a rough template of the usual order of events that he uses, and we switched some things around so it worked best for us. And of course our coordinator helped as well.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our dear friend John Elmore officiated our ceremony. He is a pastor at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. We knew we wanted someone who knows us well to perform the ceremony, because we wanted that personal touch. He is such a gifted speaker as well.

What was your ceremony music?  My family is very musical, so the music for our ceremony was very important to me. It actually probably took me the longest to decide of anything for my wedding! My mom really loves “Canon in D,” so I chose that for the seating of the parents to honor her. “In Christ Alone” is one of my favorite songs ever, and is so incredibly beautiful on strings. The first time I heard a sample of it by a string quartet I wept.

Seating of Parents/Grandparents: “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
Bridesmaid Processional: “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Bridal Processional: “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
Recessional: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  The handkerchief that I carried with me during the ceremony was my great grandmother’s that she had used for her wedding, as well as my grandmother and my mother.

What were your vows like?  We knew we wanted to say traditional vows from the very beginning. There was something so romantic about repeating the same vows that people have said to each other for generations – and in the incredibly magical setting under the huge oak trees of the ceremony site. It was amazing.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  John had asked each of us a series of questions about each other (how did we meet, what do we love most about each other, when did we know we wanted to get married, etc.) and had us answer privately and send to him before the wedding. He kept them secret until the ceremony where he read the answers to each of us. It was incredibly sweet and such an amazing way to personalize the ceremony. So many of our guests commented that that was also their favorite part. It was so special to us that we actually asked John to send us the notes after the wedding so that we could keep them. Such a sweet way to look back on our day; we will cherish those forever.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  This is something kind of funny… on the day of the wedding, right before the ceremony started it all of a sudden got sort of cloudy and looked as though some weather may be moving in. It had been completely still the whole day, but as soon as I walked down the aisle a huge rush of wind came through and almost blew my veil out of my hair! In the moment I was sort of disappointed because I felt like it sort of distracted me from that first moment of seeing my soon to be husband, but so many of the guests commented on how powerful of a moment it was. It was almost like God sweeping through and saying “I’m here and this is good.”

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was so romantic…and SO fun! Petal Pushers did an amazing job with the flowers, and there were candles EVERYWHERE! The whole room was just glowing. And I may be a little biased, but our band was the best wedding band I’ve ever seen! Everyone was dancing the entire night, which was so important to us! Since most of our guests were traveling to be at our wedding, we wanted it to be well worth their time – and I think it was! It was just a huge party.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The space is pretty large and there is a lot of stone, so we definitely wanted to warm it up a little. In regards to decor, I was very inspired by garden-type florals with a lot of lush flowers and greenery. I also knew I wanted a romantic feel, and the hundreds of candles were the perfect answer.

Menu:
passed hors d’oeuvres: pulled pork tostaditas with cilantro aioli and apple pico de gallo / classic jumbo lump crab cakes with tarragon caper aioli / and jalapeno and monterey jack stuffed jumbo shrimp wrapped with peppered bacon // appetizer: salad of romaine and field greens with fresh strawberries, feta, candied pecans and champagne vinaigrette // dinner buffet: garlic and rosemary roasted prime rib of beef with natural jus / maple pecan crusted & shiner bock glazed house smoked salmon / seasonal roasted and grilled vegetables / mac and cheese bar with various choices of toppings // dessert: almond wedding cake with vanilla buttercream icing and a bavarian cream filling with fresh strawberries / dark chocolate groom’s cake with chocolate buttercream icing and chocolate mousse filling / Tiny Pies

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To utilize your friends and family that have gone through the process already! I was overwhelmed at the beginning because I had no idea where to start or what I was doing, and I got so much good advice and direction from my married girl friends.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  It is so easy for us (mostly us girls) to get wrapped up in all of the details of planning a wedding that we can completely forget what the whole point of the wedding is. The thing that matters the most is the marriage, not the wedding. Keep your focus on that and I promise everything will work out just fine. ALSO, the best money I spent on my wedding was on my coordinator, Kristen. She was incredibly helpful during the planning process and she made the day of go so smoothly (dispite a hiccup with the guest transportation). If you can afford to get a planner/coordinator, do it!

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?  I have a slight obsession with Patty Griffin, and I have always loved the song “Heavenly Day”. I’ve known for years that I wanted to dance to that at my wedding with my husband. The father/daughter dance was to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, and Blake and his mom joined us halfway through.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The dance party! I have never danced so much in my life. The whole band were the ultimate professionals. They were so good at reading the crowd and playing exactly what we wanted to hear and what would keep us out on the dance floor. The dance floor was never empty.

 

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Photography: Shaun Menary / Venue: Sacred Oaks at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas / Event Coordination: Kristen White / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Gianvito Rossi / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank / Stationery: Colette Creative / Calligraphy: Dear Darling / Floral Design: Petal Pushers / Hair: Blo Blow Dry Bar / Makeup: Houston Puryear / Rentals, Catering: Whim Rentals / String Quartet: Musical Discovery Chamber of Austin / Band: Downtown Fever / Cake, Dessert: Cakes by Lori; Tiny Pies / Videographer: New Road Productions
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Carrie Patterson is one of our treasured Select vendors, and she shared this sweet, low-key winter wedding with us. Planner Virginia Symons from Vibrant Events shared the details of the celebration.

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS SNOWY WEDDING BY CARRIE PATTERSON.

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From the planner: Sam and Nicole contacted me in late November about a mid-February wedding. They were a young couple from Denver with hectic schedules and a 16-month-old daughter. Sam took a leading role in the planning (which I love) as both he and Nicole were in school and she had her hands full with a toddler.

Nicole had a vision of soft winter wedding in a rustic setting with sweet, simple details. The couple and her family came to Jackson Hole for Christmas and we visited several locations, but when we arrived at the barn it was obvious that the decision was made. It is a retired working barn, where the hayloft has been converted into an event space. With dramatic high ceilings and a plexiglass window looking right at the Grand Tetons, it was everything she wanted.

 

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Nicole and Sam were planning an afternoon wedding with a cocktail party reception for about 40 people. With the venue decided, we started looking at the logistics of creating a warm, inviting and lovely reception space at a time of year when temperatures in the unheated space could drop as low as 10 degrees below zero. We started setup and heating in the barn the day before, pumping warm air into the barn with propane heaters in each corner, and stringing lightings. Guests began to arrive around 3:00pm, enjoying cocktails and the cozy barn space. Hay bales draped in sheepskin created ceremony seating, and scattered tables draped with ethereal tulle created a lounge atmosphere. Simple florals of white accented the rustic space, and snowflake themed cupcakes served as a wedding cake (on Nicole and Sam’s insistence, guests dug in before the ceremony). 

 

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Once everyone was present, and Nicole and Sam had had the opportunity to greet most of their guests and socialize a bit, and guests were seated for the ceremony. Sam’s father performed the hilarious and heartfelt Jewish ceremony, under a chuppah of tulle in front of the window with the Grand view. Nicole and Sam toasted at the conclusion of the ceremony with glass goblets handmade by the bride’s sister. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were served post ceremony, and several family members gave touching speeches.

 

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After the cocktail party, the entire group headed to downtown Jackson and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The guys got rowdy, taking shots of fireball whiskey, and Nicole’s father teared up as the newlyweds had an impromptu first dance to a song that no one knew, played by whatever band happened to be donning the stage that evening.

 

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Photographer: Carrie Patterson / Venue: Private Ranch in Wilson, Wyoming / Event Planner: Virginia Symons, Vibrant Events / Dress: Free People / Floral Designer: Fleur de V / Desserts: Jackson Cake Company / Catering: Out of the Kitchen Catering / Hair, Makeup: Leslee Anne / Transportation: AllTrans / DJ, Lighting: Jackson Hole DJ / Rentals: Canvas Unlimited

Carrie Patterson is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

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Today’s romantic wedding takes us to the shores of Lake Champlain. The bride wore a lovely wreath in her hair and carried a bouquet of pastel pink roses and purple clematis, the table numbers were equally rustic and elegant, the bridesmaids wore the metallic silver or gold dress of their choice… lots to love in this sweet Vermont wedding!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS ELEGANT VERMONT WEDDING BY CHRISTINA BERNALES.

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Says the bride: “Vermont has always been our place to escape to. We both grew up skiing with our families on the green mountains, went to college there, and our go-to get away for all celebrations is Burlington. Anthony proposed on top of Killington Peak last September, right before we headed north to Burlington for the Grand Point North Festival, as we boogied the weekend away on Lake Champlain, Anthony read my mind and said “We have to get married on Lake Champlain!” I immediately thought about Shelburne Farms, but assumed it would be a long shot – we got lucky and booked their last open Saturday of the following year!”

 

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The Ceremony

“We met with our friend and officiant, Wallace, four or five times before the big day, and we worked together to come up with ideas for what we wanted. Then Wallace took all those thoughts and ideas and wrote every word of the ceremony from scratch, and really incorporated every element we wanted in. He is truly gifted with words, and he absolutely nailed it! We both come from fairly religious upbringings, and I’m pretty sure our grandmothers were nervous when we told them we were getting married outside by one of our friends. It was important for us to incorporate our families, friends, and the higher power into the ceremony. We wanted it to be full of love and to recognize that something bigger than the two of us brought us there, and brought our families and friends together as one. Our readings were: Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 because we loved the words and the idea of two being better than one, and we also chose (i carry your heart with me(i carry it in) by E. E. Cummings. It has always been one of my favorite poems, and we used the words on our invitation and throughout the wedding – it wound up touching a lot of people and setting a great tone for the day. We also had to incorporate our fur child, Simon. Even though he snacked on grass and rolled around his back through the ceremony it wouldn’t have been the same without him there!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Timeless, Inclusive, and Powerful.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Wallace had a part at the end of the ceremony where he asked us and all of our guests to carry in our hearts how we felt on that day. It’s something I think about often, and will always remember. He stopped us all and forced us all to pause to really soak it in and bottle up the joy and love. When I think of those words I am immediately transported back to that day, and to those feelings.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The music was so important to us! We actually agonized over those songs choices, and they were absolutely perfect. Even if no one else remembers any of the songs that played as a part of the ceremony we always will and every time we listen to them we get super excited!

Ceremony Music
Processional: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
Presentation of the Bride: “Wildflower” by Tom Petty
Recessional: “Let’s Spend the Night Together” by Rolling Stones

 

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The Reception

“We agreed we wanted the wedding to feel timeless. We also wanted the beauty of Shelburne Farms to be the main attraction! When you chose to get married in such a majestic place, you have to be careful to not overshadow it. We wanted everyone to be comfortable and just enjoy the weekend – a little mini vacation – and we really wanted guests to fall in love with the location, and come back to visit the farm. It was also very important to both of us to chose a location that contributed to the greater good: the farm is a nonprofit and the celebrations they host are a major contributor to the farm being able to continue their environmental and educational programs.”

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Both Anthony and I wore something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. My engagement ring is from the 1920s (old), my dress was new, my handkerchief was borrowed, and my nails were light blue! Anthony wore his late Grandfather’s watch, and his wedding band was his great-grandfather’s on Christmas eve before the wedding his 101 year old great grandmother gave it to him (old), his tux (new), borrowed his shoes, and wore my late grandfather’s tie clip which was blue!

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We knew we wanted personal touches all throughout our day, and instead of a wedding “theme” we wanted the day to be about family, love, great food, and even better music! A close friend who is a minister married us and he wrote every word of the ceremony, I wore peonies in my hair and they were in almost every arrangement as a tribute to my grandfather (they were his favorite flower), we served oysters from our hometown, we hired a band we loved seeing in college to play, and we served the last of our favorite Vermont beer (RIP Long Trail’s Blackbeary Wheat)! We worked with friends to design all of our wedding graphics and decor, good friends did both hair and make up, and after working together for six months or so on something as intimate as our wedding our vendors really became friends as well!

First Dance Song: “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  We have a had so many friends get married in the last few years, and I asked every bride and groom the same question “What was the one thing you are happy you spent a lot of time working on, and what is the one thing you wish you didn’t worry about at all?” As you can imagine, this resulted in some wonderful advice! The best advice I got was to hire a photographer and videographer you are very comfortable with, because you spend so much time with him/her, and to not waste time micromanaging your vendors – they are the pros and if you effectively communicate what you want, they will deliver!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Try your hardest to focus on what matters most to the two of you, come up with a list of your top three things, and don’t budge on them. Everything that isn’t on that list can be compromised, but those three things are yours! Also, have FUN! Wedding planning was a total blast for us, we took every excuse we could to head to the venue to stare at the lake and envision our big day! Every time you are stressing take a step back and remind yourself how lucky you are to be starting your life together, and the rest of the pieces WILL fall into place!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  This may be the most difficult question to answer! I think we both can agree that the best part of the day was our first look, it wasn’t exactly a popular decision, but we stuck with it anyway, and with our family and bridal party in the background we got rid of all of our nervous energy and got some quiet time to just soak in the love and spirit of the day. It also allowed us and our bridal party and families to enjoy every second of the wedding from the ceremony to the last song of the night.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our amazing wedding video by 822 Weddings really does a great job capturing the feeling of the day, and we’ve watched it countless times to be brought back to the day! We have had countless friends and even strangers tell us how much they loved the video, and how they cried watching it even though they don’t know us! It’s been kind of surreal but also really great to know we will always be able to relive that day.

 

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Menu:

A Seasonal Selection of Vermont’s Artisanal Cheeses: Assorted Cow, Goat & Sheep’s Milk Cheese / Rustic Gorgonzola Soufflé with Herbed Pitas / Marinated Olives, Spiced Nuts & Fresh Fruits / Assorted Chutneys, Pickled Vegetables, Mustards / Crackers, Lavosh & Rustic Breads / Antipasto Board / Marinated Bocconcini with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Crushed Red Pepper

Imported Meats and Cheeses: Prosciutto, Mortadella, Bresaola & Salami / Seasonal Grilled & Marinated Vegetables / Roasted Figs with Sherry Vinegar Gastrique / Fresh Melon Wrapped with Duck Prosciutto / Bread Sticks & Crackers

Raw Bar: Oysters on the Half Shell to Include Kumumoto & Island Creek / Shrimp Cocktail with House Cocktail Sauce / Lemons, Aioli & Mignonette

Food in Motion (Passed Hors d’Oeuvres): Boyden Farm Beef Tartar / House Made Potato Crisp / Roasted Dates wrapped in House Bacon / Bayley Hazen Bleu Cheese, VT Maple / Fried Chicken Bites / Pickled Jalapeno Pesto / Asparagus Wrapped in Phyllo / Sheep’s Milk Cheese / Sweet Potato Pierogi / Caramelized Onion, Caraway Sour Cream

First Course: Arugula & Roasted Beet Salad / Ricotta, Preserved Lemon, Beet Top Pesto / Red Hen Baking Co. Bread Selection / Whipped Cabot Creamery Butter

Center of the Plate: Smoked Sea Salt & Rosemary Cured Rib Eye, Local Spring Vegetables, Hand Rolled Potato Gnocchi, Tarragon Aioli / Roasted Cod “Chowder” with Potatoes, Mussels, House Made Bacon, English Peas, Sweet Corn, Chowder Sauce / Hand Rolled Gnocchi with Soubise Sauce, Asaparagus, Wild Mushrooms / Children’s Meal: Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, Carrot Sticks, Cucumbers

Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake, Fresh Strawberries, Whipped Cream Frosting / Parisian Macarons, Coconut & Chocolate Dipped Macaroons, Lemon Squares, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 

Photographer: Christina Bernales / Venue: Shelburne Farms Coach Barn / Bride’s Dress: Alexandra by Karen Willis Holmes from Ceremony Boston / Hair: Kent Newton Salon / Makeup: Jeannie Vincent / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Modcloth / Suit. Tie, Cufflinks: J.Crew / Groomsmen Attire, Grooms Shoes: The Black Tux / Stationery: Elise Crevier Design / Calligraphy: Sierra Knot / Floral Designer: Nectar & Root / Rentals: Vermont Tent Rentals / Band: Grippo Funk Band / Catering, Cake: Cloud 9 / Videography: 822 Weddings
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This festive New Orleans wedding comes to us from Sapphire Events and photographers Zoeica Images. From the bride’s beaded Reem Acra gown to the sugar magnolia wedding cake, it’s a stunner! Valerie from Sapphire Events shared details of the day…

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Donning a stunning Reem Acra beaded gown, Marie kept her florals simple and tasteful and let her dress stand center stage.

 

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Embodyment Salon created an elegant updo for Marie to wear under her classic veil.

 

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The Ceremony

 

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After the couple exchanged hand-written vows (shedding a few heartfelt tears) they recessed down the aisle to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys, and set out for custom cocktails in the courtyard before dinner began at sunset.

 

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The Reception

New Yorkers Marie and Ken have a deep seated love for the city of New Orleans. Beyond the vibrancy of the of the rich architecture, lively music, and delectable cuisine, the pair met and fell in love in New Orleans and returned to the city to celebrate their union among their closest friends and family. Marie and Ken set out to celebrate all they love about the city and share that with their guests, and in planning their event picked a venue with the most ideal backdrop for such festivities in Race and Religious. This rustic yet charmed spot in the Warehouse District offers multiple houses sharing a common courtyard space, which was an ideal setting for guests to dine outdoors under the festoon lights and enjoy the South’s first breath of cool fall temperatures. Marie wanted to enhance the space’s glorious rugged brick walls and tattered shutters, so she planned a simple candle-lit design for the table tops and installed bistro lights over the dining courtyard to set off the building’s unique features. Marie and Ken were inspired by everything about the city that drew them together in the early days, and wanted to recreate that magic for their guests traveling in from out of town.

 

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At the end of the final course, guests were surprised with the sounds of a brass band entering the courtyard for a second line parade through the venue and an impromptu dance party in a secondary courtyard. As the party had kicked off to a lively start, DJ Brice Nice spun a collection of vintage vinyl until the wee hours as Marie and Ken danced their hearts out and toasted to the beginning of their matrimonial lives together.

 

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Read more about Marie and Kenneth’s wedding in The New York Times.

Photography: Zoeica Images / Event Planning & Design: Sapphire Events / Venue: Race and Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana / Dress: Reem Acra / Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise / Lighting: Luminous Events / Catering: Brack May / Rentals: Your Event Delivered, Perrier Party Rentals / Entertainment: New Orleans Finest Musicians, Kinfolk Brass Band / DJ: DJ Brice / Cake: Pure Cake Nola / Hair: Embodyment Salon / Makeup: Makeup Lab
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