You are going to fall for this charming handmade Texas wedding from Shara Jo Photography. The couple and their friends and family DIY’d most of the wedding details, everything from the centerpieces to the cake, creating a meaningful and sweet wedding that was their dream!
My wedding colors were a raspberry dark pink, gold, and greenery accents. My style was very rustic elegance. I used brass candlestick holders everywhere that I collected from cheap antique stores, and lanterns that my mom had collected over the years, along with a ton of greenery that I actually cut from my aunts backyard, and english roses throughout. We were married at Selah Springs Ranch in Brady, TX under an elm tree in front of a beautiful streaming river. My mom and I were always trying to find ways to save money and also have a beautiful, unforgettable night.
My wedding dress was an Ivory color with lace and pearls. Matthew wore a light grey suit while the groomsmen wore dark grey suits. My bridesmaids wore different gold solid and patterned dresses. Bridesmaid dresses are so expensive so I let them choose the dress and the price. A lot of my bridesmaids ordered from Rent the Runway.
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The most important thing for Matthew and I was to not get carried away with wedding planning. I had so many people tell me they wished they would have eloped because they stressed so much about planning that they ended up hating their wedding. Matthew and I had a year and a half long engagement which gave me plenty of time to plan and not stress out. I think the most important thing that we kept in our minds was that we were getting to marry our best friend and that nothing else mattered. I would definitely suggest other brides think the same way. The day is yours and your husbands, and no one else’s opinion matters. Make it fun! I chose to splurge on our venue and honeymoon and skip having a videographer and wedding planner.
My wedding was mostly DIY so I would be typing all day if I told you all of the details. My advice to brides is to do as much as you can and save money! For our flowers I used english roses and a lot of different types of greenery. I did not do wedding favors. I think that they are costly and a little old fashioned.
My advice: Enjoy it, remember that it is about marrying each other and not about anything else. Also, there is no need to spend a fortune in order to have a beautiful wedding.
Photography | Shara Jo Photography | Venue | Selah Springs Ranch | Florals | Flowers by Phyllis | Wedding Dress | De Ma Fille | Bridesmaid Dresses | Rent the Runway | Hair | Monroe Hair Studio | Groom’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s Shoes | Dillard’s | Submitted via Matchology
Lush greenery reigns supreme in this sweet farm wedding captured by Alba Rose Photography. The couple perfectly mixed vintage, modern, boho, and romantic for a dreamy celebration! We love all the hanging greenery and the stunning mismatched blush sequin bridal party!
I knew I wanted an outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception. I wanted white flowers and greenery everywhere with a “botanical boho” theme. My vision for our wedding included a mix of modern and vintage with a light and airy feel. Our colors included blush with touches of gold, copper, and sequins.
My dress was the epitome of our “theme”. It was bohemian but classic. I loved the shape it gave me and how comfortable it was for an outdoor ceremony. The 3D floral embellishments gave it a boho vibe. I knew I wanted a mix of dresses for the bridesmaids that would blend well together. Every bridesmaid had sequins or sparkle in some form a blush and gold palette. The flower girls were earthy and total bohemian with all white lace dresses and greenery flower crowns. I wanted them to look like little earthy fairies in the woods.
We opted to do the love-knot instead of the traditional unity candle. My brother-in-law performed the love-knot and it was one of our favorite parts of the ceremony. We were able to keep the knotted rope and it is now in a jar on our coffee table for us to look at and remember everyday.
The most important thing to us was making sure we remembered every moment so we made sure to make room in the budget for a photographer we loved to capture all the special moments. We definitely are happy we went with Alba Rose for our photography. We still get teary-eyed when we look at our photos.
I knew I wanted flowers and greenery everywhere. We had garland draping everywhere we could for a botanical feel. I absolutely HAD to have a protea flower in my bouquet and that was the major focal point of my bouquet mixed with greenery and white roses in a cascading shape. The invitations were handmade by me and our mothers and a couple bridesmaids. I ordered a template from Pipkin Paper but I printed, cut and put them together. I also handmade the “W” wreaths that were on the front doors of the barn.
Our wedding cake was an Italian creme 3-tiered cake that was catered by my good friend, Kim Dutton, who owns Butterstick Bakery. My favorite part of the cake was the gold-foil draping over the cake. That mixed with the flowers created the perfect statement piece for our reception.
Don’t get so caught up in all the planning that you forget to have fun and be present for everything. The engagement goes by so fast so take some time to enjoy every celebration with your family and friends and your fiancee. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the planning that you forget to make time for each other. Have regular date nights with NO wedding talk. Also, make a list of the things that are most important to you as a couple for your wedding day and work around that as your starting point and DON’T skimp on your pictures…those last forever.
Photography | Alba Rose Photography | Venue | Five Oaks Farm | Planning, Design, Florals, and Rentals | Borrowed and Blue Rentals | Stationery | Pipkin Paper Company | Catering and Cake | Butterstick Bakery | Cake Topper | Better Off Wed | Calligraphy | Swisstopher Robin | Videography | D.P. Weddings | Dress | David’s Bridal | Bride’s Shoes | Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS, Dillard’s, and Slate & Willow | Bride’s Belt | Magnificence Bridal | Flower Girl Dress | Sweet Valentina | Groom’s Attire | Express | Groom’s Shoes | Lucchese | Groomsmen Attire and Ties | Combatant Gentlemen | Bridesmaid Robes | Silk and More | Ring Bearer Outfit | H&M | Ring Box | The Mrs. Box | Submitted via Matchology
Lavender is the perfect springtime wedding flower and this DIY wedding from Cindy and Emily Photography filled to the brim with it! There are so many great handmade details, including the bride altering a dress from her grandmother to wear for her wedding dress!
Well purple is our favorite color, so I knew purple would be a main color. I was going for something rustic and vintage with aspects of nature at the same time. We chose Eureka Springs because it is the cutest town ever. My family lives all over the country, so no matter where we had the wedding they were going to have to travel.
My dress was actually a dress my grandmother had. It was one of her favorite cocktail dresses. It used to have huge 80’s ruffles on the sleeves. My grandmother was very special to me, and I am glad she got to know my husband before she passed away in 2013.
I had a lot of fun taking photos with our groups. To finally see everyone all dressed up in the outfits I chose was an awesome feeling. We also had a lot of laughter.
All of our ceremony decorations and reception decorations were all handmade. We started handmaking everything in October of 2017. The mother of the groom was a huge help in all of this, if it wasn’t for her, I would have never been able to pull it off myself. We even made the vases by supergluing different glass pieces together!
I decided on cupcakes for our cake. We had a chocolate and peanut butter groomsmen cake for just the Groom and I. Then we had strawberry, German chocolate, and vanilla coconut cupcakes for everyone else. All the cupcake toppers were handmade by me!
Photography | Cindy and Emily Photography | Venue | 1886 Crescent Hotel | Hair and Makeup | Christine Vande Griend | Jewelry | Kate Spade | Groom’s Attire | Suit Supply | Bride’s Shoes | Adrianna Papell | Submitted via Matchology