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Rancho Mirando /// My Ray of Light /// Amy + Dallas, the Locket Film

Amy and Dallas are the kind of people who immediately draw you into their world with their warmth and honesty.  Their lives are a model of the intensity of pursuit--from the way they live as entrepreneurs, to the way that they pursue one another.  When we showed up to film their wedding day, Dallas was working on finalizing several surprises for his bride.  From a surprise video to a surprise choreographed groomsmen dance, this groom took every opportunity to show his bride that he would never stop trying to bring delight to her life.   Their love is truly extravagant. Here is their full length film we created for them.  To watch their sneak peek video we released just days after the wedding, scroll to the end of this post! "Through and Through" by The Royal Sons, licensed through MusicBed "Hopscotch" by Afterlife Parade, licensed through MusicBed "Forever Like That"  by Ben Rector, licensed through MusicBed "Sweetest Thing" by Benjamin Dunn, licensed through MusicBed The wedding took place at Rancho Mirando, just under an hour's drive from Austin in the hill country surrounding the capitol.  The venue is truly a dream set among the paradise of the Texas hill country landscape.   It features rustic stonework, ivy-kissed walls and stunning mixture of xeriscaped cactus and formal European style gardens, including a lavender garden.  It was the perfect setting, even on an unusually wintery and grey day.  Amy's father said that she was his "ray of sunshine," and we like to think her bright smile is what kept any rain from falling on the couple.  Right before the ceremony, the sun peeked out for just a moment to shine on their sweet vows. When we asked how they like to spend time together, Amy and Dallas told us that they love to "eat good food and drink good wine with with good friends."  To reflect that, the couple shared a glass of mixed wines as a symbol of unity during their ceremony.  Amy and Dallas had both of their dogs at the wedding serving as flower girl and ring bearer.  Annabelle and Bo spent the morning running around so full of life!  They really seemed to be just as excited about the wedding day as everyone else.  Annabelle wore a pretty collar of pink roses, while Bo wore a tiny dog tuxedo. The Proposal: How did it happen? "Our 1 year anniversary, On Mt Bonnell, with one of our favorite musicians playing in the background. He surprised me afterward with close family and friends at our house, and with Cypress Grill cooking for everyone!" We have so much more to share about this fantastic wedding--so you'll just have to stay tuned in December to see the whole movie!  We'll share the completed Locket wedding film with Amy and Dallas by December 19, and soon after on our blog. xoxo, The Mason Jar Team View the sneak peek highlight video here: Cocktail hour/dinner music: Ryan Beaver  @ryanbeaver Music: Hill Country Strings Venue: Ranch Mirando @ranchomirando Music: Complete Photographer: Jenny DeMarco Photography @jennydemarcoweddings

Four Seasons Hotel Dallas /// #AintNoMountainHighEnough /// Lexi + Ben, the full film Heirloom

We're excited to share another fabulous wedding coordinated by DFW Events in Dallas.  We've been working with them for almost a decade; so, when they introduced us to Lexi and Ben, we knew we would love working for these clients!  From their mountaintop proposal story to their passion for their (super cute) puppies, Lexi + Ben's wedding was everything a Spring wedding should be:  joyous, relaxed, and filled with laughter.  Lexi and Ben are originally from different cities, and through a series of events, separate hurricanes brought each of them to live in Austin, TX.  On the wedding day, rain clouds gathered overhead late in the evening, but no one was alarmed.... the outpouring of the heavens was like a rainfall of joy celebrating the love of this couple. When we arrived at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas, it was obvious that everyone in the bridal party felt pretty relaxed--even with all the buzz about the Music awards being held in Dallas.  Jones ran into Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) while he was out filming landscape shots. He's like a magnet for celebrity run-ins! Keeping the entire wedding day in one location allowed for the day to unfold in a very relaxed way--as they got ready, the girls could look out their windows to the lawn where the ceremony would happen.   The bridal party only had to walk a few hundred feet to the ceremony site that looked out over a beautiful pond on the Four Seasons golf course.  Even better, the bride's parents were able to arrange for a seriously cool surprise for the bride and groom:  a second line brass band met Lexi + Ben as they exited the ceremony, and they danced their way straight up to the reception pavilion.  What fun! If you want to see more second line goodness, watch this second line tradition from a wedding in New Orleans.  We just love filming those fun traditions! Lexi and Ben, We are so honored to have created your wedding film for you--we keep talking about how pleasant your family is, and how refreshing it is to be around so many smiling people.  Ben, the story of Nardos Imam creating an entirely new dress for your mother two days before the wedding (amazing!!!)  is such a great example of how your community knows how to turn lemons into even better lemonade and enjoy every second of life.   We hope you always enjoy even the darkest rainstorm, keep riding that fast train, and zing-zing-boom-boom-bam forever! xoxo the Mason Jar Team Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Dallas 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd Irving, TX 75093 Planner & Designer: DFW Events, Hannah Kohler Photographer: Stephen Karlisch Ceremony Music:  Dallas String Quartet Lighting:  Beyond Lighting + Design Makeup:  Lenore Downey Florals: Garden Gate Florals Reception Entertainment + Second Line Band:  The Project Band with Absolute Entertainment Officiant: Judge Michael Chitty Catering: Four Seasons Specialty Food: Ruthie's Food Truck Cakes:  Fancy Cakes Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Suite 206, DFW Dance Floors Photo Booth:  Love Runs Deep Transportation: Premier Transportation

Laguna Gloria Romantic Wedding /// #nobodyelskesbutyou /// Marianna + Jimmy, the memory tin

Today we have another beautiful celebration to share.  It is a story where "love" is the very name of the couple, and it is a story where the acts of love echo through each generation, from grandparent, to parent, to child. Our favorite detail of the couple's story was perhaps the hardest to even see--a delicate charm that hung from the bride's bouquet.  The charm's history was very unique, and almost prophetic:  Before Marianna was even born, her grandfather gave her mother a charm each year that says "I love you" on it, and each year the phrase was etched in a different language.   The reason Marianna carried this particular charm on her wedding data is because it said "I Love You" in Swedish, which happens to be the exact last name of her groom, Jimmy. Jimmy, that's why there's #NobodyELSKESbutYou for Marianna! :) Music by Holly Maher and Lights + Motion, licensed through The air was fragrant with raindrops as the day unfolded across the foothills of Austin.  Beginning in the bride's childhood home, we next traveled to the wedding ceremony that was occurring in the same sanctuary where the parents of the bride were married. The evening finished with a short burst of sunshine at sunset over Marianna & Jimmy's black-tie garden reception, where the Tuscan-style villa was surrounded by a sprinkle of seashells, macaroons, and exotic taxidermy.  Guests were greeted at cocktail hour by a cheerful mariachi band.  The menus and other portions of the paper suite from the wedding were hand-painted by Marianna's mother, who is a watercolor artist. In these ways, the wedding of Marianna and Jimmy was truly like a journey home.  Shakespeare wrote that "that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." Marianna and Jimmy, even if your last name didn't translate to the word "love," we know it is who you are because of the joy we have witnessed between the two of you.   We wish you all the best life has to offer! Reception Venue:  Laguna Gloria Officiant:  Charlie Cook Event Planning:  Brock + Co. Events Photographer:  Jennifer Lindberg Weddings Caterer:  Don Strange Cake:  Simon Lee Bakery Florist:  Westbank Floral Rentals:  Marquee, Swift + Co., + Luxe Event Decor Raj Tent:  Luxe Event Decor Additional Tents:  Marquee Lighting:  FILO Band:  Ice House Mariachi band:  Las Altenas Ceremony Music:  Barton Strings Hair:  Laura Wyrtzen Makeup:  Face Kandy Cigar Rollers:  Bobalu Afterparty music:  DJ M Calligraphy:  Mint + Maple

Brazos Hall /// #mrandmrsmarkrich /// Sarah + Mark, the full film

Sarah + Mark's wedding was a FUN, over-the-top experience set in the heart of downtown Austin with guests that had traveled from the east and west coasts to celebrate these two lovebirds! From a hilarious game of Pictionary played by the groomsmen during preps to the Aggie-Longhorn sing-off at the end of the night, this wedding was filled with smiles and laughter from beginning to end. Enjoy their full film below! If you missed our first post about Sarah + Mark's wedding, be sure to check it out for all your wedding decor inspiration: from edison bulbs to cigar bars, we have all the sweet details from 36th Street Events listed there! When we arrived at Covenant Presbyterian Church, the sunlight filtered through the trees and reflected through the lanterns and greenery lining the walkway to the church. Sarah and her bridesmaids got ready at a quaint mid-century inspired home just down the street where her dress hung in the window of a beautiful blue room and vintage tunes echoed from the record player. When Sarah's mother came in to show the bridesmaids her dress, the resident bulldog barked in approval, causing everyone to laugh in surprise. Nearby at the church, the groomsmen entertained Mark with a game of Pictionary as they all had their boutonnieres pinned on by Beth Walker's expert team of coordinators. During the ceremony, the officiant spoke of marriage and its core consisting of two things: covenant and love. Covenant is more than a promise, more than a contract; it is a commitment. It is to be cherished and protected and thought of as more than a temporary situation. It is a vow to pursue one another each and everyday (despite how each might feel that day.) He said, “What we want for you all is to have a marriage that is deep and intimate and full of joy, and we believe that as you live the marriage that God has called you to, you'll have a marriage that is abundant." Sarah + Mark, As you continue forward in your life together, we hope that each day you are reminded of the covenant you made and the love that was shared in this moment, and that the memory of this joy is a guide that inspires your future adventures together. May you always have as much fun as you did during that spectacular drum solo! xoxo, the Mason Jar Team Ceremony Venue:  Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr, Austin, TX 78757 Reception Venue:  Brazos Hall 204 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 380-1675 Rehearsal Dinner Venue:  Max's Wine Dive Event Coordination: 36th Street Events Photographer: Jennifer Lindberg Videographer: Mason Jar Films Florist: Merveille Events Floral and Design Catering: Crave Cakes:  Sweet Treets Bakery Reception Band: Sauce Cigar Bar:  Bobalu Cigar Co Rentals: Marquee, Loot Vintage Rentals Hair:  Corrine Kimbro Makeup: Rochelle Rae and Coraine Bo with Rae Cosmetics Transportation: R&R Limousine and Bus, Central Texas Valet, Capital Pedicab Music: Celeste by Les Enfants, provided through Prelude by Kelly Latimore, licensed through Creative Commons Love You Good by Trent & Amy, licensed through MusicBed Live Musical performances by Sauce the Band Give Me Your Love by Holly Maher, licensed through MusicBed Tonight by Secret Nation, licensed through MusicBed

Brazos Hall /// #mrandmrsmarkrich /// Sarah + Mark, the intro

After filming Sarah + Mark's wedding reception this past weekend, we bet the walls of Brazos Hall are still ringing with echoes from the fun, modern wedding. Both the bride and the groom told us that their wedding was going to be fun and relaxed, but we were astounded by how much fun their whole crowd had at the reception--with epic dancing throughout the night and an AMAZING performance by the groom that made everyone go wild with cheering! Mark's drumming skills weren't only seen onstage-- his groom's cake was modeled after his own drum set! Watch and see: Music:  "Celeste" by Les Enfants, licensed through MusicBed Beth Walker and her team at 36th Street Events created the beautiful backdrop for this wedding: coordinating all of its details. Merveille designed the florals for this stunning modern, romantic celebration. Railings were loosely draped with wild smilax with floral in ivory, cream, and touches of gray nestled amongst the greenery. At each entrance, clear glass cylinders in varying heights and wax luminaries lined the steps with a variety of floral including hydrangeas, white stock, white roses, and dusty miller. Succulent rosettes, white scabiosa, ranunculus, peonies, green and white kale, eucalyptus, tillandsia and brunia berry contributed to the visual feast once inside. (Also, we dare you not to drool over this beautiful salad that was set on the farm-style rustic wooden banquet tables by Crave, the catering company). The cakes were made of the most divine flavors--the bride's cake was almond with strawberry, and the groom's "drum set" cake was cookie dough flavored with chocolate filling. In honor of the groom, a cigar bar was provided for guests on the upper floor of Brazos Hall. Guests enjoyed beers and a signature cocktail in monogrammed cup sleeves as they visited in the city night air on the balcony terrace. "The Ginger Lee" was a cocktail drink created in honor of the couple's dog. It was three equal parts of Bulleit Bourbon, Domain De Canton (a ginger liqueur), and fresh lemon juice, all served over ice. From the upstairs open-air lounge, guests could socialize and enjoy the stunning view as pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages meandered on the streets below. Edison bulbs hung over the dance floor as the crowd danced the night away. The evening ended with a bang--Sauce the band invited the bride and groom onstage to sing the last song, and guests were treated to midnight Milky Ways and candy treats as they walked out the doors. In true Austin fashion, Sarah and Mark exited their downtown reception through a tunnel of sparklers leading to a pedicab getaway. Congrats, Sarah + Mark!  We can't wait to finish editing your wedding film and share it with you. xoxo, Mason Jar Ceremony Venue:  Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr, Austin, TX 78757 Reception Venue:  Brazos Hall 204 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 380-1675 Rehearsal Dinner Venue:  Max's Wine Dive Event Coordination: 36th Street Events Photographer: Jennifer Lindberg Videographer: Mason Jar Films Florist: Merveille Events Floral and Design Catering: Crave Cakes:  Sweet Treets Bakery Reception Band: Sauce Cigar Bar:  Bobalu Cigar Co Rentals: Marquee, Loot Vintage Rentals Hair:  Corrine Kimbro Makeup: Rochelle Rae and Coraine Bo with Rae Cosmetics Transportation: R&R Limousine and Bus, Central Texas Valet, Capital Pedicab

Father-of-the-Bride Themed Garden Wedding /// #TheHandsomeHowards /// Meredith + Anson, the full film

"Anson, you're one lucky guy" Be prepared to be inspired by love. This magnolia-filled Southern garden wedding had more than enough laughter and love to fill up a landscape.  Over the course of the film, you'll discover why Anson is one lucky guy, how Meredith has 19 bridesmaids and even more treasured memories, and how a funny card with a picture of a bottle of tabasco sauce set their love story in motion. Soundtrack: "Love on the Run" by Kerry Muzzey ---licensing through Music Bed "Sweetness" by Dan Masquelier ---licensING through Creative Commons "It had to be You" by Frank Sinatra ---licensING through "Already There" by Josh Woodward ---licensING through Creative Commons "Opposites in Love" by The Speedbumps ---licensING through "Mount Sol" by Afterlife Parade ---licensING through "Diamond in a Coal Mine" by Holley Maher ---licensING through "Tasting Sunshine" by The Rival ---licensING through "In the Midst" by A New Normal --- licensING through "How Sweet it Is to be Loved by You" by Marvin Gaye --- licensING through The weekend began with a fantastic fall-themed rehearsal dinner at the Bay City Country Club. With deep roots in Texas, the father of the bride revealed that due to the wonderful people and enduring friendships that Matagorda County had provided to their family, he truly felt that "I wasn't born in Matagorda County, but I got here as quickly as I could."  "He's a modern day version of John Wayne!" On the day of the wedding, Anson and his groomsmen set out for a skeet shoot at Red Bluff Ranch.  Later, they dined on a hearty BBQ lunch at the ranch house, where Anson gifted each groomsman with custom monogrammed shotgun cases. Meanwhile, the ladies enjoyed a magnolia themed brunch with a live harpist playing classical music.  Each bridesmaid was presented with a pewter magnolia embossed tray, and Meredith was given a beautiful mirror-faceted box with letters from each friend, recounting her favorite memory with the bride. Meredith's favorite movie growing up was "Father of the Bride," so naturally, she and her parents wanted to host Meredith's wedding in their family home! So, back at the bride's childhood home, Elizabeth Swift  and her fantastic crew from Swift + Company bustled in both the front and back gardens setting up every detail.  Magnolia leaf garlands stretched as far as the eye could see in all of the decor---from the circular bar that wrapped around Meredith's favorite live oak tree to the massive chandelier overhanging the acrylic dance floor that had been built just above the family swimming pool. Later at the Bay City Country Club, Meredith shared a very sweet moment with her bridesmaids when she revealed her wedding dress to them for the first time---a couture dress inspired by her own design. Something Borrowed, Something Blue Special details and tokens were very important to Meredith and showcased in her bridal attire. She had a garter worn by many of her Kappa sorority sisters with each one's initials and wedding date embroidered around the edges in baby blue. Meredith also wore a 1945 British sixpence in her shoe that belonged to Anson's great grandfather, William Anson. He had moved from England to settle the Head of the River Ranch in Christoval, Texas, which is where Anson eventually proposed to Meredith.  Traditionally, a sixpence is a symbol that the couple will be blessed with love, happiness, and success.  Oh, Happy Day! Guests were greeted at cocktail hour during the wedding reception by the Choraleers and bountiful seafood buffets.  They mingled on the front lawn until the gates to the back gardens opened, and the Choraleers sang around them as they passed through the gates to the reception. The gorgeous cakes were positioned just inside the English manor house along with special photographs of the bride and groom.  Anson's cake was especially spectacular---a beautiful chocolate sculpture of his hunting dog, Gunner, in pursuit of quail perched on chocolate-sculpted trees.  Guests could treat themselves to a coffee bar while watching a slideshow of the newlyweds in their early years growing up with their familes.  Additionally, party attendees indulged in an enticing candy display featured in apothecary jars reminiscent of an old world pharmacy.  Outside, lavish buffets were positioned under each tent and along several garden pathways. Stockholm lanterns hung from the wild branches of live oak trees as they stretched toward the starry sky above, illuminating the festivities that ended a perfect day.  Gratitude Beyond every magical detail and meaningful moment, this is a story of gratitude: Gratitude between friends for adventures shared at camp, boarding school, and college. Gratitude between siblings for camaraderie and family tradition. Gratitude between parents and children for a lifetime of love already lived. Gratitude between a newly-married couple for adventures already had and for the lifetime to come.   Event Design & Production:   Elizabeth Copeland Swift, Swift + Company Event Planning:  Katy Priesler with Keely Thorne Events Photographer: Chris Bailey Videographer: Chris P. Jones & Kourtney Amelia Schopper, Mason Jar Films Artistic Director: Peter Duffney, Swift + Company Floral Design:  Wrey Wrest, Swift + Company Sanctuary and Bridal Floral Design: Yvonne Klein and Ester Gomez Caterer: Swift + Company Menu Coordinator:  Melissa Tramuto Fuentes, Swift + Company Bakery: Susie's Cakes Groom's cake: Finale by Glenna Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Bay City Country Club Rehearsal Dinner Entertainment: Lucky Strikes - Austin, TX Ceremony Venue:  First United Methodist Church Ceremony Performance: Divisi Strings Wedding Reception Venue: Private Estate Cocktail Entertainment: The Choraleers - Houston, TX Reception Entertainment Band: Simply Irresistible - Atlanta, GA Skeet Shooting Venue: Red Bluff Ranch Lighting: Lite Productions & Aztec Magnolia garlands: The Magnolia Company - Barberville, FL Transportation: Karr Transportation Getaway car: Jordan Limousine Dress: Casa De Novia Tuxes: Al's Formal Wear Watercolor "Save the Date" Artist: Inslee Haynes Fariss - New York, NY Calligrapher:  Maureen Vickery

Backyard Father-of-the-Bride Themed Wedding /// #TheHandsomeHowards /// Meredith + Anson, the intro

We have been excited to film this wedding ever since we met Meredith, the bride, in our offices on South Congress in Austin. On a golden afternoon, she sat on our couch with the sunlight in her hair and described to us what her wedding would be like in magical detail--dripping in magnolia garlands, filled with gratitude, and conducted in the place that she loved most--her childhood home. She told us about how special her parents and siblings are to her, and how much fun she and Anson, her groom, have while hunting--so much so, in fact, that the groom's cake was going to be a life-like chocolate-sculpted replica of Anson's hunting dog (Gunner!) going after some unsuspecting chocolate-carved quail. We couldn't wait to see the Marines' saber arch at the ceremony, the choraleers performing in front of her home at cocktail hour, or the boat-neck wedding dress which Meredith designed herself.  While at her rehearsal dinner, we learned during the speeches that her family even has their own vernacular: fellowship:  (noun) a party, a gathering boppers:  (noun) a person of quality with whom anyone would love to spend time Their wedding was most certainly a fellowship of boppers if ever we saw one!   Enjoy this introduction to their full film we are creating for them. This little sneak peek video we are sharing today is a highlight of Meredith's love for the movie 'Father of the Bride,' a feature of her own father's poetic story-telling, and a tribute to the future that #TheHandsomeHowards will share together. This gorgeous groom's cake was created by Finale by Glenna based in Houston.  Featuring a pointing hunting dog, it was surrounded by chocolate sculpted tree branches with quail perched all around.  The groomsmen were in such awe of the cake that they couldn't even fathom the idea of cutting into it!  Now, you know it's gorgeous if men are hesitant to take a knife to this cake. :) The Proposal: "Our favorite thing to do together is hunting and spending time outdoors and drinking champagne! At Anson's Ranch in Christoval, Texas (The Head of the River Ranch), we were on a turkey hunt, and Anson slipped the ring into my glove!" --Meredith Meredith also told us that she was most looking forward to showing her friends and family how wonderful Bay City is, and having the opportunity to give back to a town that has been so wonderful to her. She couldn't wait to see Anson in his Marine Uniform for the first time, and to show off her wedding dress to her friends since she designed it. She also couldn't wait to dance with all 19 of her bridesmaids to the amazing performances of Simply Irresistible Band, a party band so great that Meredith's family brought them to Texas all the way from Atlanta, Georgia! Event Planning:  Katy Priesler with Keely Thorne Events Event Design & Production:   Elizabeth Copeland with Swift + Company Venue: Private Estate + First United Methodist Church Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Bay City Country Club Skeet Shooting Venue: Evan's Ranch Photographer: Chris Bailey Caterer: Swift + Company Events Bakery: Susie's Cakes Groom's cake: Finale by Glenna Band: Simply Irresistible Lighting: Lite Productions & Aztec Magnolia garlands: Magnolia Company Transportation: Karr Transportation Ceremony Performance: Divisi Strings Dress: Casa De Novia Tuxes: Al's Formal Wear

Texas Hill Country || #WeddedWoodards || Hailey + Ryan, the full film

"I knew that no matter what happened, I'd be marrying him."  This Texas wedding is full to the brim with joy and with hearty, throw-back-your-head-and-laugh moments----but beyond the jokes of state and sports rivalry (we heard many cries of "boomer, sooners" and "hook em, horns!"), stories of mis-adventures with a cactus, a cornucopia of exotic animals (well hello, zedonks, camels, and kangaroos!), and a troupe of dancing, singing bridesmaids who make the bride's day seem like a scene in a musical, this love story is a model of what it means to appreciate true beauty. The beauty of this wedding story lies in more than just the serene Texas hill country landscape--it is found in the tender moments of appreciation--as the bride and groom reflect on their hand-written letters from each other, as Ryan cries when Hailey walks down the aisle, and even late after midnight as they both hug Hailey's parents good night, thanking them for the beautiful evening and joking about hiding extra breakfast tacos in the fridge and who ate the most hot-dogs. The beauty of this story is also in the family legacy of doting grandparents, and the deep and abiding adoration of siblings who also happen to be the bride and groom's dearest friends.   So take a seat, grab a tissue, and press play.  Oh, and watch out for the moment when Hailey's grandfather gets in the biggest prank of the day: Soundtrack: "Your First Light My Eventide" by The Echelon Effect "Say I do" by Humming House "Book Ends" by Adam Agin, member of the band Neulore "Fallin' For You" by Seth Philpott (with Texas ties--he's a Baylor University grad!) "I Like to be With Me When I'm With You" by Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors Hailey's "first look" with her father was such a sweet moment----her, an anxious bride, wringing her hands as she waited to see him, and he, a first-time father-of-the-bride, overcome so much by his daughter's beauty that he could hardly speak above a whisper once he saw her.  We thought they were so precious, and so we featured this thoughtful little tie that she had made for her dad in our Father's Day celebration video compilation that was featured on Style Me Pretty.   To Hailey and Ryan, and all of their sweet, sweet family members--Thank you for allowing us to create a wedding video for you that you will treasure.  Thank you for being such a beautiful example of laughter, love, and camaraderie.   We were so grateful to work alongside such happy, helpful, and talented vendors, too: Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Estate in Kerrville, TX Event Design, Florist, & Day/Reception Coordinator: Tricia Hamil, Viridian Design Ceremony Coordinator: Sherry Wright Wedding Photographer:  Brooke Schwab Photography Photo Booth: Smilebooth Lighting: Ilios Caterer: Don Strange of Texas Reception Band: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (from DFW) with Absolute Entertainment Lounge/Decor Rentals: Aztec Bride's Shoes: Prada All Musical track licensed through The Music Bed

Texas Hill Country || #WeddedWoodards || Hailey + Ryan, the intro

"This was her favorite place."  At the end of their wedding reception, I rode with the bride and groom in their Jeep to the Lake House where they would gather around a campfire eating breakfast tacos with friends late into the night.  As the sparklers faded into the distance, Ryan decided we should take a short detour first and instead drive over to the ceremony location for one last look at the arbor where he and Hailey Catherine had exchanged vows earlier that evening.  As I filmed them dancing under the rustic arbor covered in pink roses, they started to talk about what would inspire a couple from Oklahoma to bring almost 500 of their friends and family to a secluded canyon-side lake in the foothills of Texas.    The answer lies in the bride's middle name.  Whether it's fate or chance, Hailey Catherine grew up to be considered by many to be a carbon copy of her grandmother Catherine, who she was named for.  Catherine and her husband have owned this ranch for many decades, and although she has passed away, her love for this lake with its sweet little island is what prompted Hailey and Ryan to make their own vows of eternal devotion in this very spot.  They chose to do so not only because it was Catherine's favorite place, but also because of what Catherine said to Hailey before she passed away almost five years earlier. Soundtrack: "Your First Light My Eventide" by The Echelon Effect We have been looking forward to filming this wedding ever since we first spoke with Hailey several months ago.   Ryan describes Hailey as "outgoing, sincere, and beautiful."  When we asked Hailey for three words that describe Ryan, she said he was "handsome, passionate, genuine, and intelligent" before joking with us that she can't count or prioritize.  We adored their spunky, fun personalities, and couldn't wait til this weekend arrived.   Hailey wrote to us that they were most looking forward to just finally being married. She said, "A lot of times the huge escapade of weddings take away from what we're here for. On our wedding day we are so excited to be married and call each other husband and wife." Honestly, Cypress Springs Ranch really ought to be renamed "Surprise" Springs Ranch.  As if a family ranch isn't delightful and comforting enough, Hailey's grandfather has gone and created the most magical world for all of his progeny to enjoy--the ranch is filled with bison, elk, camels, zedonks, kangaroos, ostriches, longhorns, miniature horses, watusi, and more.  There was even a baby alpaca that was new to the ranch this year.  Hailey's grandfather is also known as the chief prank ring-leader -- right after Hailey & Ryan were pronounced husband and wife, her grandfather and some cousins had rigged some tannerite in the canyon to surprise all the guests with its echoey, canon-like boom in celebration. During one of our consultations, I asked Hailey to list her favorite genres of music.  She listed "Disney" as one of the three, and then she promptly confessed that she and her sisters would most likely burst into song and dance over the course of the wedding day.  See why we were looking forward to this so much?   The lodge on the ranch where Hailey got ready for the wedding is the ultimate hunter's oasis --with more taxidermy than Beauty and the Beast's Gaston could ever hope to find.  (Sing it with me: "I use antlers in all of my decorating...")  The bride wore sparkling Prada sandals for the wedding ceremony, and custom-monogrammed leather boots that also featured the wedding date on the side straps and said "Texas Fight" across the back. Their dog, Ranger, was the official ring bearer (look at that sweet face).  He wore a properly-dapper American Flag bow-tie, as any classy dog would, and he was escorted down the aisle by several young "cadets" in camo dinner jackets. At the end of the reception, guests gathered outside the tent for a surprise round of fireworks, and a live fire-dance performance.   Guests called out to Ryan, "kiss your bride! Kiss your bride!" as the fireworks echoed overhead. The proposal story: On Saturday September 28, 2013, Hailey and Ryan were planning on going sky diving in Skiatook, OK.  This was Ryan's graduation gift for Hailey from her MBA.  Little did Hailey know, Ryan had plans to propose after they landed on the ground from jumping out of the plane.  However, sky diving was canceled due to rain, so Ryan had to think quickly and revert to Plan B, because family and friends were waiting for them both at his parents' house. He convinced Hailey to go with him under the guise that they "needed to stop by his parents to pick up fair tickets," and as they were walking into the house, he stopped her before the door and got down on one knee.  It was not the engagement he planned on, but it was the perfect one in her eyes.   Family and friends were waiting inside, including Hailey's two best friends (Brooke Watson and Megan Moran) from Austin who Ryan had flown in for the occasion.  The rest of the day was spent celebrating and being with the ones they love. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Estate in Kerrville, TX Event Design, Florist, & Day/Reception Coordinator: Tricia Hamil, Viridian Design Ceremony Coordinator: Sherry Wright Wedding Photographer:  Brooke Schwab Photography Photo Booth: Smilebooth Lighting: Ilios Caterer: Don Strange of Texas Reception Band: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (from DFW) with Absolute Entertainment Lounge/Decor Rentals: Aztec Bride's Shoes: Prada Musical track licensed through The Music Bed

We’ve been featured! Rustic Lake-side Wedding || Once In A Lifetime

What an honor!  An online German bridal magazine (similar to Style Me Pretty) has featured Kellye & Dustin's wedding video & story as an example of true romance.  Who could argue with that when they see that these childhood sweethearts exchanged personalized vows like these? "I promise to kiss you first thing each morning, and last thing each evening, so long as we both shall live." Click here to see the perfect rustic wedding photos that Genya from Vue Photography took at the event.  The famed Tara Wilson (who has been featured on morning shows like the TODAY show and many more!) of Tara Wilson Events coordinated and designed this backyard soirée. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private HomeEvent Design, Styling & Coordination: Tara Wilson & Lee Anne Jackson of Tara Wilson EventsPhotographer: Vue Photography Catering: Sissy's Southern KitchenFlorist: Branching Out Reception Band: The Good NightsCake: Cake Walk Bake Shoppaper goods: Blue Eye Brown EyeBride's Dress: Monique LhuillierBride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin  

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