There is so much to love in this preppy Southern garden wedding captured by Karyn Johnson! It was filled to the brim with handmade details, from the farm tables the bride and groom made themselves to the veil made by the bride’s mother. Everything about this summery wedding was personal, romantic, and fun! I love the calligraphy oyster place cards!
We wanted our wedding to be fun, laid back, personal, and romantic with a base of southern hospitality. The garden reception, historic home, and ceremony on the creek were perfect settings. We loved the feel of the un-tented reception under the tall oaks. Chandeliers hung in the garden square and twinkle lights were hidden in the towering magnolias. Our head tables were hand-made farm tables from a barn on our property. My husband and I made them from scratch and salvaged the wood ourselves. The cake was handmade by my Mom and was absolutely delicious. The light atmosphere made way for a fun reception.
I especially loved getting ready that morning and the chaos that is the morning of your wedding. Your bond with your Mom and your closest friends is seen in such a pure, fun, and unfiltered light that morning. Through the nerves, laughter, and love it’s just unforgettable. I remember I ended up arriving to the ceremony (late of course) in my Mom’s Jeep (not exactly as planned), in my wedding day robe. Just her and I-two peas in a pod as usual; like any other day.
Our ceremony was on the creek bank of the plantation which overlooked our future home on the opposing bank. Our closest friends and family made up our intimate guests list and wedding party along with my family yellow lab as ring bearer. A local string quartet, lead by my upper school rowing coach and dear friend, played classical music during our ceremony. A favorite detail of mine during the reception was a sign displayed on the aisle as a surprise for me handmade by Spencer. It held a special quote from our proposal.
One of the most heartfelt favorites of the day were the freestanding ceremony church doors donated to us by a complete stranger. Upon meeting the owner of the doors, we discovered that our wedding date and her and her late husband’s wedding date were the same. He had just passed away and made the doors himself for their daughter’s wedding. It was so touching and she ended up donating the doors to us. We could never thank her enough and will never forget it.
The most important thing to us was how our guests felt during the day and trying to plan a celebration that was both centered around us and them equally. It was our special day, but we wanted everyone to enjoy their time celebrating with us.
Our favorite parts of the day were the ceremony and being married with our future home in the background across the creek. We loved digging up the bourbon. We loved that all of our loved ones were together.
I wanted a soft, romantic, southern feel so for colors I chose a blush pink, soft blue, oyster, and sage. Flower arrangements were loose and flowy with eucalyptus and blush cabbage roses. Our main goal above everything was for everyone to feel at ease and to have a great time. We focused on a great band and made our cocktail hour a little longer than usual with corn-hole and a bourbon bar. Our cocktail hour was held in a garden square adjacent to the reception so our guests were in the shade.
We DIY’d so much for our wedding! We hand-made the reception farm tables, I made our oyster shell place holders, and we made our own invitations by asking my upper school art teacher to design a black and white sketch of the historical home at Elkington. My Mom, her cousin, and our friend Dot made our wedding cake from scratch (which fell during transport-another funny detail). We made all of the ceremony and reception signs and ceremony hand-fan programs. One of my bridesmaids, Carmen made a few signs for us as well. Spencer’s Mom and I hand-made my veil. There were so many more details…I know I am missing some, but we loved the DIY aspect and making it all so personal.
It was our wedding day, but we wanted our guests to feel as though the day were equally about them. It was truly the perfect day. Every piece of the day was personal in it’s own way. Spencer and I loved every single part of our reception. It was an absolute blast. The food was great. The cake my was delicious. The toasts were hilarious and our band played well into the night.
Photography | Karyn Johnson | Venue | Elkington Plantation | Planner | Kelsey Ann Events | Florals | Driftwood Floral Design | Catering | Mallards | Rentals | Eastern Shore Events and Rentals | Invitations | Design by Sarah Morgan printed at Paper Source | Band | Broken Monday | Ceremony Musicians | Eastern Shore Orchestra | Dress | Allure Bridal from Studio I Do | Jewelry | Moonrise Jewelry | Shoes | BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses | J.Crew | Hair | 76 West Salon | Makeup | Vanity Hair Boutique | Groomswear | Jos. A. Banks | Ties | Carolina Cotton Ties
Have you thought about doing an anniversary session? It is a wonderful time to dress up and continue creating memories captured by a photographer like Lindsay Fauver Photography in today’s feature. Christen and John wanted to celebrate their marriage with a bit of elegance and the result couldn’t have been sweeter. With a historic home as the setting, and a vintage gown and a bottle of Dom Perignon, this shoot is filled with classic romance and treasured moments to last a lifetime.
This sweetly Southern Texas wedding from Treasured Heart Events captured by Arden Prucha Photography is sure to make you smile! From the heirloom veil and cake topper to the romantic garden setting, this purple fall wedding was a dream!
I grew up in the city while my husband is a fourth generation rancher in West Texas. We had many things in common – including a love for the outdoors – but we both came from different worlds. It was very important to me to incorporate both our worlds. I wanted our wedding to be a beautiful mix of the things we loved and the parts of our world that helped shape us. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy our wedding. We also wanted it to portray the best of both worlds and to truly be uniquely us!
I wore my mother’s veil. This was very special to me and it matched beautifully with my dress. I also carried a handkerchief of my aunt who had passed away. It was a sweet and special sentiment to remember her on my wedding day. Lastly, one of my favorite touches was using my grandparent’s antique cake topper. The cake topper sat in her china cabinet, and I had talked about using it in my wedding since I was a little girl. My parent’s also used that same cake topper at their wedding, so it was very special to be able to include it in our wedding. I love things passed down!
While I did not do a first look with Gage, I did do one with my Dad. It was also a very special moment for us and another favorite part of my day. I highly recommend doing that – such a sweet moment with your Dad before he gives you away!
The style I wanted for my special day was casual elegance. I wanted it to be a grand, elegant event, but I also wanted it to be relaxed and comfortable. The garden with its beautiful, peaceful setting was perfect as it allowed me the freedom to dress it up and yet still have that relaxed feel. We didn’t want to take away from the beauty of The Horseshoe Garden, even the name fit our theme, so we just added a wooden arbor draped with white fabric and graced with asymmetrical floral arrangements of white hydrangea, lavender spray roses, purple stock, purple and ivory roses and lush greenery.
Another major factor into our wedding style inspiration was – TRADITIONS. This was also another way to incorporate our two worlds. We both come from big families steeped in traditions. That made it fun to incorporate traditions from both sides. My family is from Louisiana and one of the wedding traditions is to pin money onto the bride’s dress when you dance with her. This is always fun – and even more so when you are the bride, ha! Another tradition from my husband’s family is for the bride to be brought to the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. This was one of my favorite touches. My father-in-law brought me into the garden in a horse-drawn carriage for the ceremony. Then Gage and I left in the carriage following the ceremony. I loved that I was able to incorporate traditions from both sides into our wedding.
The reception took place under the beautiful oak tree canopy of the adjacent garden, The Grove. The weather was absolutely perfect, with spectacular sunshine and just the right temperature even though we had a 40’ x 160’ structure tent just in case it rained. Due to the beautiful weather we were able to spill out of the tent and enjoy even more of the natural setting. We had a Western Swing band, Jake Hooker & the Outsiders (my husband’s favorite) that also helped provide a western feel to our wedding. Of course, we had some DJ tunes during the band’s break as well to make sure everyone was on the dance floor at some point!
Truly the day was a perfect mix of our two worlds and a combination of our favorite things. I was happy because I felt like it was “us” – it paid tribute to our heritage and also showed the joining as one as we embark on our new life together. It had all the elegance of a garden wedding with the comforts of the at home ranch feel. I could go on and one about favorite moments of the day, but lastly, we loved having all of our favorite people in one place! It was so sweet to have so many people from different parts of our life all under one roof to celebrate with us. It truly made our wedding so special! It really was a beautiful day and truly a dream come true.
Photography | Arden Prucha Photography | Venue | Fort Worth Botanic Gardens | Coordination | Treasured Heart Events | Floral Design | Fox and the Fleur | Cake | Hopeful Hearth Baking Company | Catering | Reata | Rentals | Grand Event Rentals | Signage | Treasured Heart Events | Invitations | PS The Letter | Programs | Square 8 Studio | Videography | Ethnos Photography | Band | Jake Hooker Band | Dress | Martina Liana from De Ma Fille | Jewelry | BHLDN | Shoes | Dillard’s | Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy | Hair | Dean Allyn Salon | Makeup | Pencil and Lace