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Austin Ranch Wedding /// #StarksOfSomethingGreat /// Jessica + Alex, the Memory Tin

The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." And now, Mason Jar - with a twist! This exciting wedding film is a slight departure from our classic laid-back and relaxed pace of filmmaking. When Jessica and Alex chose us to create their film, they challenged us to create a wedding film for them that would capture the fast-paced, pumped up excitement of their wedding day. Of course, discovering that the bride's favorite movie is Moulin Rouge was a joy for us to hear -- Baz Luhrmann is definitely one of our artistic influences! So although the pace of this film is more upbeat than some of our others, at its core, this is a story of two people who love each other fiercely, and that is what inspires us most. As Alex says in his personal vows to Jessica under the pergola at his father's ranch, “The gravity of this moment isn't lost on me." What else could we feel but inspired as we watch Jessica profess her love of her groom's creative mind...as we watch uncles stand in the cathedral aisle to honor the bride's deceased father…we watch Alex and his groomsmen joyfully serenade the bride during the reception? See it for yourself -- but grab a tissue first! Music by:  The Rival and Ryan Taubert;  licensed through MusicBed.com As the bride got ready on her wedding day, the bridesmaids could see the sun rising over the Austin city skyline from their balcony. Jessica chose to wear a diamond necklace of her grandmother’s as well as carry her grandmother's bible down the aisle in addition to her bouquet. The bridal party was surrounded by beautiful children, including one sweet infant flower girl who slept as she was carried down the aisle during the ceremony! The reception took place at the groom's family ranch. Guests played lawn games as they arrived and enjoyed live music while they mingled under string lights and a pine tree canopy. After portraits, the crowd gathered at a lakeside pergola to watch Jessica and Alex exchange beautiful personal vows. The party continued late into the night under a transparent tent allowing everyone to gaze at the stars and watch some surprise fireworks!  The Proposal: How it happened.... "It happened on the 4th of July on the 4 year anniversary of when he first made a move (we were friends up to that point). I saw the ring box in his pocket and had to wait hours pretending not to be freaking out on the inside. ” Jessica and Alex, After creating your wedding video, we are amazed by the strength of your commitment -- both to one another and to your creative growth. Years from now as you sit down to watch this film, we hope that you are reminded of the foundation you set here in these places you treasure-- your church and your family land. We hope the memory of these moments will encourage you and guide you in your adventures together forevermore. Truly, the Mason Jar Team Coordinator: Something To Celebrate Jessica Moore  @something_to_celebrate Church: St. Mary Cathedral  Venue: Private Estate Caterer: Primizie @primiziecatering Cake: Simon Lee Bakery @simonleebakery Florist: Last Petal Floral Studio @lastpetalfloralstudio Photographer: Jenny DeMarco Photography @jennydemarcoweddings Videographer: Mason Jar Films Recep/cocktail hr Music: Buzz & the Blue Cats  Afterparty music: Altared Weddings  @altared_weddings Lighting: ILIOS Lighting @ilios_lighting Transportation: Transportation Consultants Comfort Station: First Class Rentals Cigar Roller: Bobalu Cigar Co.  @bobalucigars Hair1: Pearl Hair & Make-up Studio Hair2: Adore Makeup Salon @adoremakeupsalon Rentals/Tent: Marquee Event Group @marqueeatx


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


Escondido Golf and Lake Club /// #YetiPearl2015 /// Ferrell + Jason, the Memory Tin

There’s so much to say about this colorful TexMex wedding set in the Austin hillcountry—the bride and groom were the life of the party, the dancing was out of this world—and the cocktail hour featured sombrero-clad beer burros— that’s right—we said that small donkeys wearing sombreros served the alcohol. Watch this fiesta unfold in all of its joy in the wedding video below: Music by Isbells, licensed through MusicBed.com   Ferrell describes Jason as loyal, adventurous, and her soul mate. Jason said that he loves that Ferrell is funky, fun and sincere...and that three words are just not enough to describe her! They love to travel, watch football, cook, and listen to music. Because their favorite bands include Band of Horses and the National, we specifically tailored the soundtrack to their film to reflect the spirit and the style of those bands. Known to their friends as the “yeti” and “the pearl,” these fun-loving Austinites chose to celebrate their wedding with a visual motif as bold as their joy. Much of Austin’s iconic look is filled with art, nature, and the bright colors of the Hispanic heritage of Texas. Guests were given maracas at the wedding ceremony and told to “shake responsibly.” The flowergirls wore traditional hand-embroidered sundresses from Mexico, and strands of paper-cut banners hung from every rooftop and tentpole.  The Proposal: How it happened.... Ferrell and Jason won us over immediately when they told us that one of their favorite traditions as a couple is the quiet time they share in the morning drinking coffee, making breakfast, and reading the news. Jason proposed on the morning of Christmas Eve while they were having coffee. As they told us the story of the proposal, they had us laughing as Jason described how excited and surprised Ferrell was as she looked at the ring. Finally he had to ask her again, “so is that a yes?” They spent the day with both sides of their family, drinking champagne and celebrating the exciting news. Ferrell and Jason told us, “we are most looking forward to Getting married and sharing this special occasion with all of our friends and family that mean so much to us. They have all been on this crazy life journey with us and we just want to let our hair down and celebrate our love for each other and have an absolute blast!” Ferrell and Jason, Your passionate joy is inspiring, and the way you treasure the small moments in life (like morning coffee time) is a beautiful picture of how marriage will take you on a journey full of big moments and small. We hope life brings you as much delight as you share in one another. Truly, The Mason Jar Team Reception - Escondido Rentals - Whim & Marquee (tent) @whimhospitality @marqueeatx Floral - Wendee Sawran @eventdesigner Photographer - Cory Ryan @coryryanphotography Coordinator - Brock and Co. @brockandcoevents Cake - Simon Lee @simonleebakery Lighting - FILO


Brazos Hall /// TCU College Romance /// Sarah + Ryker, the full film

A Special Father-Daughter Moment When Sarah joined her father, Jay, on the dance floor for their traditional father-daughter dance, they were serenaded by Sarah's maternal grandfather (Jay's father-in-law). This was not the first time Sarah's grandfather had sung at a wedding; he had also serenaded his daughter, Nancy, when she danced her first dance with Jay a generation earlier. On this night, Nancy stood on the edge of the dance floor and lovingly watched as Jay danced with Sarah, and the words of "Walk With You" by Edwin McCain floated through the chandeliers overhead. I'll take this slow sweet walk with you You'll let go of my hand to say I do And he will discover just how blessed a life can be I know 'cause all those years ago your mom handed you to me." As Sarah leaned her head on her dad's shoulder, she said to him, "I'm so glad we get to do this," and he said to her, "Look all around. Take it all in; it will be over in a second." So true.  We are so glad that we were able to film these beautiful moments so that you can look around and take it all in over and over again. These are the kind of moments that give us #OneMoreReasonToBelieveInLove    Enjoy! From their Texas style BBQ rehearsal dinner feast at County Line on 2222 to their Hill Country ceremony and downtown reception at Brazos Hall, this wedding was a sweet buffet of the tastes of Austin. We always love the moment a bride sees her father for the first time on the wedding day.  It is truly precious!  Jay later told Ryker that he could barely keep from crying when Sarah came up and tapped him on the shoulder. Sarah and Ryker were the first ones to be married at this church--renovations had just finalized at 2am the night before!  The father of the bride commended Becky Brock, Kacy King, and the entire Brock + Co. crew for their expert communication with the construction team for making sure the church was finished on time. Sarah + Ryker met at Texas Christian University (Go Horned Frogs!), and so the couple was quick to celebrate TCU at their wedding  any chance they had!  The groom wore a secret TCU shirt under his tuxedo, and because he competed as an athlete on the swim team, his groom's cake was the envy of any TCU pinterest board---a custom cake of a TCU horned frog with swimming goggles.  (Credit:  Sweet Treets Bakery) The Fairy-Tale Proposal in Venice: After graduation from Texas Christian University, Sarah and Ryker both went with their families on a 10 day celebratory Mediterranean cruise to Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Italy, ending up in Venice. They were celebrating three graduations and milestone birthdays. Sarah had given up on Ryker proposing on this romantic trip. They told us, "We spent one extra night off the ship in Venice exploring the city. Ryker kept hinting at a gondola ride but Sarah thought they were extremely touristy and said she didn't want to go. She was totally surprised when on the family's walk to dinner Ryker's dad had arranged gondola rides "for the whole family."  The two of us went first, and so we went off through the canals of Venice with our gondolier singing to us in Italian (romantic cheese central). As we came out of the side canals into the Grand Canal and approached the Rialto Bridge (the 'bridge of love') Sarah saw both families with camera in hand standing at the top of the bridge. Just then, Ryker stands up and pulls the ring out of his jacket pocket and asked Sarah to marry him. As soon as she said yes and they kissed the entire bridge erupted into an Italian chant/song. It was absolutely breathtaking in so many ways! Sarah didn't care about the cheesy tourists anymore-she couldn't believe what a perfect proposal Ryker had waited so patiently to put together! Afterwards we celebrated alone at an Italian cafe drinking champagne before meeting our families for dinner on the grand canal. Seriously a fairy tale!" Sarah+ Ryker, You truly have found something special in each other. We hope you always keep being silly, "snarf-snarf"-ing to your dog, and entertaining your families with your hilarity. Thank you for allowing us to capture these precious memories of what is really the beginning of your fairy-tale, with many more adventures to come. We wish you the best! xoxo, the Mason Jar Team Ceremony // Westlake Hill Presbyterian - 7127 Bee Cave Road Austin // Venue // Brazos Hall – 204 E 4th St. Austin //  @brazoshall Event Coordinator // Brock + Co. 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Brazos Hall /// TCU College Romance /// Sarah + Ryker, the sneak peek

We can't believe Sarah + Ryker's wedding has already happened --it doesn't seem like it was that long ago that we met them in our office on South Congress.  The bride and groom had just traveled into Austin to celebrate Thanksgiving, and so we were all in a cheery holiday mood as we sat down to chat with them about their wedding.    From our very first conversations with them, what stuck out to us about this couple is their joyfulness--Sarah is always smiling and Ryker has the kind of comedic timing that would steal the show of any hollywood blockbuster. It was no surprise to us that their wedding weekend featured some of the wittiest speeches from the father of the bride and Ryker himself. From their Texas style BBQ rehearsal dinner feast at County Line on 2222 to their Hill Country ceremony and downtown reception at Brazos Hall, this wedding was a sweet buffet of the tastes of Austin. While we are finishing the edit of their full wedding video in our studios, please enjoy this sneak peek of the first moments! The bride and groom both got ready at Omni Barton Creek Resort. The abundance of natural light in the suites at Barton Creek was perfect for showing off the beautiful textures and details in the wedding dress. A blushing bride's face and skin just seems to glow so much more in natural light! Because their wedding was coordinated and designed by Brock + Co, we already knew we were going to experience a gorgeous visual feast at Brazos Hall. The historic warehouse was converted into a romantic, rustic ballroom with a hammered bronze dance floor that reflected the light of the chandeliers as Ryker and Sarah danced their first dance as husband and wife. Guests gathered around farm-style banquet tables that were laden with stunning gold-dipped crystal. The rustic wooden columns were draped with pink and cream linens, and the bride wore a flower crown as she mingled with guests. It was breathtaking! Sarah + Ryker met at Texas Christian University (Go Horned Frogs!), and so the couple was quick to celebrate TCU at their wedding  any chance they had!  The groom wore a secret TCU shirt under his tuxedo, and because he competed as an athlete on the swim team, his groom's cake was the envy of any TCU pinterest board---a custom cake of a TCU horned frog with swimming goggles.  (Credit:  Sweet Treets Bakery) Sarah+ Ryker, Thank you for choosing us to create your wedding video.  We have been talking in our meetings about how much we adore the footage from your weekend--we will never forget the moment you held hands around a door before the ceremony.  It may be one of the most sweet moments we've ever witnessed in our lives, not just in the course of filmmaking, but in the course of our lives.  Your wedding reminds us that marriages are full of joy, laughter, tears, and the support of family and friends.  We hope you always enjoy these memories! xoxo, the Mason Jar Team Ceremony // Westlake Hill Presbyterian - 7127 Bee Cave Road Austin // Venue // Brazos Hall – 204 E 4th St. Austin //  @brazoshall Event Coordinator // Brock + Co. Events // @brockandcoevents Photographer // Christina Carroll Photography //  @christinacarrollphoto Bride’s Cake // Sweet Treets Bakery //  @sweettreetsbakery Groom’s Cake // Polkadots Bakery //  @polkadotsatx Rentals // WHIM Event Rentals //  // @whimhospitality Band // Suede // Lighting // FILO // Ceremony Music // Hill Country Strings // Hair // Laura Wyrtzen Makeup // Denise Vasquez // Loungs,Bars,Stag Décor // Townsley Designs //  // @townsleydesigns Photobooth // SUM //  // @sumbooth Horse Drawn Carriage // Lisa Siciliani // Transportation // Transportation Consultants // Dance Floor // ATX Dance Floors // //


The Houstonian Hotel /// #MiAmorMiVida /// Christina + Sudan, the Locket

Mi Amor, Mi Vida Christina and Sudan have the kind of relationship that values both adventures and everyday routines -- they're happy whether they are skiing together in the mountains or lounging around watching Netflix. Christina is kind, faithful, and introspective, while Sudan is outgoing, joy-filled, and optimistic. When we asked what they were most looking forward to on their wedding day, they told us, "celebrating with our friends and family." And celebrate they did. The dance floor at the reception was never empty! Although the energy at this party was absolutely incredible, we have to admit--the moments that touched our hearts the most occurred mostly behind the scenes, with only a few people there to experience them: the quiet moments. One such moment happened when the bridal party had gathered outside the sanctuary, just after the ceremony, cheering and hugging one another. It was then that Sudan proclaimed to everyone how "Tina looked like Cinderella!" Doesn't every girl want to look like a princess on their wedding day? Enjoy their film! Musical Soundtrack: Ryan Taubert: "Soul Birds"  and The Echelon Effect: "Your First Light My Eventide" licensed through Musicbed Their ceremony was held at the Cathedral of St. John in Houston. Christina told us that one of her favorite things about the church is the bell tower and the beautiful music that would be playing from the tower during the day. As candles flickered in the sanctuary before the ceremony, we couldn't help feeling overwhelmed by the beauty of the angular architecture and the wooden beams that glowed gold, drawing our eyes toward heaven during the ceremony. The reception took place at the Houstonian Hotel in downtown Houston. As the party gained momentum, guests were given all kinds of hilarious props and hats to celebrate "La Hora Loca" on the dance floor. Between the conga line and the limbo, it was a fun, wonderful time, and no one danced more than the bride and groom. Their joy was so expressive and apparent, manifesting in every smile and in every dance step. The Proposal: Christina shared the sweet story of the proposal with us: "Saturday morning, August 23rd. Sudan and I had his kids (Gabriela and Daniel) that weekend. The kids and Sudan woke up early, as did I. Sudan and I planned to go on a walk, and the kids were allegedly going to ride their bikes. They started off ahead of us. Sudan and I walked hand in hand to the lake in his neighborhood. As we crossed a bridge, he pointed out the turtles in the water below on either side of the bridge. I went side to side, peering over the edge at the turtles. He said, "Mi amor." I turned around. He said, "I don't want it to be hypothetical anymore. Would you marry me?" I screamed "Mi viiiiiiida!!!!" The kids came running out from behind the bushes at the end of the bridge, where they had been hiding and filming the whole thing. A very sweet moment." Ceremony Venue: The Church of St. John the Divine 2450 River Oaks Boulevard Houston, Texas 77098 Ceremony Coordinator: Debra Lazarine Reception Venue: The Houstonian  @thehoustonianhotel Photographer: Philip Thomas Studios Caterer: The Houstonian Florist: Scott McCool/In Bloom Inc. Reception Entertainment: Yelba Hair + Makeup: Ovations Hair Studio 2410 Quenby, Houston, Texas 77005


Vista On Seward Hill //// Paper Moon Wedding //// Hannah + Scott, the full film

We met Hannah and her mother as they were spending a week together in Austin planning the details for Hannah & Scott's wedding.   As they shared their vision for the wedding--a garden draped in romantic roses, tables laced with sparkling white pumpkins, and jewels dripping from the ceilings--one other thing became abundantly clear to us.  Both the bride and her mother continually expressed that they valued the spirit of the event over any wedding detail--they wanted to celebrate Hannah and Scott's marriage by creating a warm, inviting celebration where they could humbly express their gratefulness to all who joined them to celebrate such a wonderful day. We continue to be grateful for clients who value love and community in this way. In this world, the most lasting thing is truly LOVE. Music licensed by Music Bed Brooke Annibale, "Now and Always" Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, "Follow Me Home" The Vista on Seward Hill is a stunning garden location just west of downtown that somehow is an oasis that transports visitors as if they were already deep in the Texas Hill Country.  Just a quick drive from South Austin, it features 2 separate banquet halls, numerous grecian statues, and a stunning set of fountains that house a diverse collection of koi and other colorful fish.  Guests can stroll through the gardens, enjoy the shade under the canopy of the live oak trees, or seek the comfort of indoor lounges. The bride wore Jimmy Choo shoes and a timeless, modern & glittering Badgley Mischka wedding dress that she had personalized with new stylistic details.   Her "send off dress" was a stunning Jovani gold gown with alternating sheer and embellished sparkling segments across the bodice.  Hannah's bridesmaids wore tea-length  champagne lace dresses from Anthropologie, coupled with cute little belts from the same store.   The bride's bouquet was wrapped with ribbon and  an heirloom charm created to commemorate the occasion  --- it featured the bride & groom's name with the wedding date. Her bouquet had another unique feature -- the succulents included in the bouquet had gold-painted tips!  It was a really neat way to add a modern, edgy touch to a traditional floral wedding bouquet.   Hannah's family included many personal, interesting ideas throughout the entire wedding. Guests could try the couple signature's drinks at the bar during the cocktail hour--with the bride's choice being milano mule made of Dripping Springs Vodka, asperol and Main root ginger brew, and the Groom's choice being an "Old Fashioned" comprised of Maker's Mark bourbon, a sugar cube, angostura bitters and an orange twist. The couple served their guests a variety of delightful cake desserts--because "love is sweet," as they said on their hand-lettered chalkboard signs.  Flavors included madagascar vanilla cake with fresh strawberry filling, heirloom recipe carrot cake with whipped cream cheese filling, valrhona chocolate cake with salted caramel filling and italian cream cake. During the reception, Austin musical legend Tony Harrison and his band played smooth jazz, country, and party songs while guests danced, had their caricatures drawn, enjoyed a freshly rolled cigar (thanks to Bobalu!), and had their photos taken at the Photo Booth.  Hannah mentioned to us during her planning process that she loves timeless, vintage things, and so one of her mother's friends had taken the time to paint a beautiful "paper moon" backdrop for the wedding's photo booth, and it had travelled all the way from Oklahoma to Texas to make its debut.  It was definitely a hit! Hannah and Scott,  You've got style and sweetness, but most of all, you have the kind of joy and confidence that will keep your love strong.  We love what the best man said in his speech--"may your love be modern enough to survive the times and old fashioned enough to last forever."   We wish you all the best!!! love, the Mason Jar Team xoxo   Venue: Vista On Seward Hill 6414 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78746    (512) 327-3843 Coordinator: Stefanie Yandell at Your Wedding Your Way Photographer: Anthology Photography (Eric & Laura Sartoris) Catering:  Pascal's Catering Company (Dan Cady, Mgr) Floral: The Flower Studio (Coby Neal) Entertainment:  Tony Harrison Music Photo Booth:  Russell Brammer Caricatures:  Theresa Bayer Strings Quartet: Hyde Park Strings (Carrie Miller) Wedding Cakes: Sweet Treets Bakery (Jackie McGrath) Event Lighting:  Austin Event Lighting (Sean Kreneck) On-site Sound Engineer:  Anthony Fernandez of the Vista on Seward Hill Cigars: Bobalu Cigar Co.  (Jeff Lipton) Hairstylist:  Holly Kottwitz, Fringe Salon Makeup Artist:  Maris Malone-Calderon Bridesmaids' wardrobe:  Anthropologie Bride's wardrobe:  Badgley Mischka, Jovani, and Jimmy Choo Ltd. 


Lakeway Resort //// Let Love Grow //// Kate + Stephen, the full film

 "Let Love Grow" When your favorite thing to do together is hang out at the lake, then Lakeway Resort is the perfect little spot to host a wedding celebration.  Looking out over the waters through walls made completely of glass, guests were treated to a panoramic view of the scenery even while indoors.  Kate, an easy going, organized, laid back bride, and Stephen, an outdoorsy, sweet, funny groom, were surrounded by doting grandparents and friends as they  danced their first dance in the Texas twilight.  Encouraging their guests to "let love grow," they gave away sweet little succulents as wedding favors.   The Proposal: "Stephen proposed at a nice restaurant in Houston. We had been together for 4 years at the time, and he surprised me on a Thursday night when he took me to dinner downtown. He then drove me to the St. Regis hotel where both of our families were waiting. I had no clue they were all there!" --Kate, the bride One of our favorite moments from this wedding came when Stephen's eyes watered up with tears as he watched his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. The tables at Lakeway Resort were filled with beautiful family history pictures from other weddings in the family, and engagement pictures of Stephen and Kate. The groom's cake was a celebration of both Baylor University and University of Texas. The bride and groom incorporated other university traditions into their wedding, with their own "Dr. Pepper Hour," a Baylor tradition where the university serves free Dr. Pepper floats each week in their student union. Stephen and Kate had bottled Imperial Sugar Dr. Pepper there to mix with ice cream in Mason Jars. Yum! Wedding Planner: Samantha Rosenburg Wedding Photographer: Sarah Q Venue: Lakeway Resort 101 Lakeway Dr, Austin, TX 78734


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


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