GSS Featured Wedding :: Amber & Brad’s Country Chic Wedding :: Miranda Marrs Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Miranda of Miranda Marrs Photography, a Gainesville, Texas based wedding photographer.   She has been so sweet and very accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you! This wedding is very special to GSS, as Tamra is good friends with the bride and her sister!

Brad and Amber were married in McKinney, Texas on May 21, 2011.  Amber was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and  Brad meet? Brad and I had mutual friends in college, and one night he came in to the restaurant where I worked and I was their waitress. He asked for my number and the rest is history.


How long have you been together? We have been together a little over 4 years.

How did Brad propose? Brad wrote “Will you marry me” in the steam on the bathroom mirror. Ha!

What sold you on your wedding venue? We searched forever for a little white chapel that had a reception hall and outdoor area all in one space and when we found Chestnut Square it was a perfect fit.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? It’s made by Allure Bridals.  I found it at Mii’s Bridal in Dallas, TX and as soon as I put it on I knew I loved it from the shape to the lace it had everything I had been looking for.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was my grandmother’s hankie, My something new was my dress and shoes, my something borrowed was the garter my mom and sister wore at their weddings, and my something blue was my headpiece and earrings.

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I had the hardest time sticking to a color pallette. I finally fell in love with shades of blue and brown when Brad bought his boots for the wedding which were chocolate brown with blue stitching.

Side Note:  Amber chose the beautiful wedding color palette of Chocolate Brown and Cornflower Blue.  For more wedding inspiration using these colors, click  here!

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  “Just By Being You” by Steel Magnolia.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Remember it is YOUR day. We had a hard time trying to please everyone and I worried about everyone one else with every decision.  Finally, Brad reminded me that it was OUR day and we were the ones that would replay the moments millions of times in our heads so we did what we wanted and could not be happier.

What was your favorite part of your big day? It is really hard to just think of one thing but I am so glad we did a “First Look.” That time where Brad and I had a few moments alone to see each other was perfect part of a hectic afternoon and to have those pictures is great.


Venue: Chestnut Square Historic Village – McKinney, TX

Dress:  Mii’s Bridal – Dallas, TX

Cake:The Cake Stand – McKinney, TX

Floral: The Flower Shop – Shattuck, OK

Linens: Table linens were provided by Chestnut Square S.E.A.T. by  Design did our chair covers and sashes.

Catering:  Chuckwagon Cuisine Catering Co.

DJ/Band: Randy Ro Entertainment

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Magnet Street Weddings

Event Planner: Moonlight Events

Thank you so much, Miranda, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Amber, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Brad a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Cornflower Blue, Yellow & Gingham!

Ahhhhhh….! This Cornflower Blue and Yellow inspiration board is so refreshing!  It’s so bright, airy and gives such a feel of comfort and relaxation.  We just love the country chic vibe the gingham brings!.  Can’t you just picture yourself sitting at this gorgeous outdoor Spring/Summer wedding breathing in the fresh air?  We sure can! 

Cornflower Blue and Yellow Tissue Wedding Favor:  Image Courtesy of Drew Newman Photographers

Yellow Bridal Bouquet:  Noosheens          Image Courtesy of Ruggero Farina Photography

Cornflower Blue and Yellow Wedding Cake:  The Cake Shop        Image Courtesy of  Winfield Little Photography

Cornflower Blue and Yellow Groomsmen Attire:  Yellow Boutonniere:  Seaport Flowers     Image Courtesy of Maureen Davis Photography

Cornflower Blue and Yellow Centerpiece:  Jenron Designs DBA Butterfly Landings         Image Courtesy of  Drew Newman Photographers

Cornflower Blue and Yellow Wedding Favor Box:  Image Courtesy of Drew Newman Photographers

Cornflower Blue and Yellow Wedding Reception Decor:  Image Courtesy of Drew Newman Photographers 

Cornflower Blue and Yellow Cocktail Napkins:  Image Courtesy of Paige Eden Photography

Cornflower Blue Gingham Bridesmaid Dress:  Vivien of Holloway

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Cornflower Blue & Silver

Hello, Lovelies!  We decided that since we put together so many wedding inspiration boards, that we would show you exactly how one can be used… How to take an inspiration image and make it your own.  With that said, this week we will have a three part post.  Today is the first, showing you the inspiration board, itself.  Tomorrow we will reveal how the inspiration images were interpreted.  And Friday we will show you how the entire wedding came together! 

This inspiration board is actually the inspiration board that I created for my own wedding in May 2009.  This is a very personal post for me.  I’m not doing this to showcase my wedding, our wedding was nothing spectacular.  But it suited us perfectly and was within our budget.  I’m doing this because I want to share with everyone what I’ve learned.  I want brides to see the process and how easily inspiration can be made into something real, something tangible. 

Here’s what inspired me:  I’m a very old fashioned gal and I really loved the idea of wearing my mother’s wedding dress especially since I am the exact size she was when she married my father… Except for the fact that she got married January 1973… Which means that the dress is empire waisted, long poofy lace sleeves, with a turtle-neck.  (See picture below) No, no, no, not happening.  Sorry, Mom!  However, my mother had this gorgeous, chapel length lace veil and I knew I had wear it.   My parents have been happily married for 37 years now.  HAPPILY.  Like high school kids in love still.  It’s truly amazing.  I thought maybe the veil would bring us just as much love and happiness… Thus the veil became my complete inspiration for our wedding.  It was truly a vintage piece and I knew I wanted a vintage feel to our wedding. 

Side Note:  I love this picture.  My mom was 20 and my dad was 19… AND it was the 1970’s… Seriously, how about that HUGE bow on my mom’s head and that rockin’ lace printed tux with a pink  shirt!!!  Hahaha!  I get a ridiculously large grin on my face everytime I look at it.  Random fact about my parents wedding day:  They BOTH had the Swine Flu that day.  They’re such troopers!

Getting back on subject… So I started pulling images off of the internet immediately.  As I begun pulling images, I realized that my wedding colors were just falling into place on their own…. Here’s what I came up with: 

Images: From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Wedding Cake & Cake Topper:  Image Courtesy of  Wedding Cuts

Flowers Hanging From Chair:  Image Courtesy of Floral Arrangements Created by Janet Daniels

1950’s Era Rolls Royce:  Romantic Remebrances

In order to keep with the vintage theme, I thought that a Rolls Royce would be perfect.

Wedding Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Wedding Favor Gift Boxes:  Jean M.

Bouquets:  Berghaus Flowers

Venue:  Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, Texas

Wedding Invitations:  Jean M.

Boutonniere:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Bridesmaids Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Tablescapes:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Centerpiece:  Floret

Bridal Shoes:  Gwendolyn Carrie

Wedding Ceremony Program:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Flower Girl Dresses:  Bridals by Lori

Polaroid Guestbook:  Image Courtesy of The Bride and Groom Blog

So that was the inspiration board that I used for our wedding in May 2009… Be sure to check back with us tomorrow!  Tomorrow we’ll be showing you how the inspiration images were made into something real!  Stay Tuned!!!

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