GSS Featured Wedding :: Jenna and Scott’s Intimate Texas Affair :: Izehi Photography

Today’s featured wedding comes to us from Izehi Photography. They sent us this gorgeous intimate ranch wedding from Texas. The handmade touches throughout this wedding are so sweet and unique. Here are some thoughts from the photographer about the wedding : Scott and Jenna planned the perfect outdoor garden themed wedding at brunch time. Guests enjoyed centerpieces of coffee bean & succulent filled cigar boxes along with wildflowers in wine bottles. The outdoor tent held plenty of room enough for their guests & the lovely brunch spread of waffles, make your own omelet stations, and other delightful fixings. Blue and sage green paper lanterns hung from the top of the tent and matching green tie backs decorated the chairs. The bride spent months hand painting signs that would direct guests around the extensive property. The family ranch was special to the bride and she chose it for it’s sentimental value.


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GSS Featured Wedding :: Jessica & Jeff’s Vintage Handmade Wedding :: SWOON by Katie

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  If you LOVE vintage, handmade and outdoor weddings, then boy, are you in for a treat today!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Katie Scott of SWOON by Katie, a California based wedding photographer. Katie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Jessica and Jeff were married on August 20, 2011 in a beautiful ceremony at the Willow Creek Ranch in Valley Center, California.  Katie was kind enough to share a little bit about the big day with us:

“To say I adore this couple would be an understatement. I love their chemisty, their excitement and their sweet genuine spirits. I go way back with Jessica, as she was one of the models for Lo Boheme’s Lookbook last year! Then I got the priviledge of shooting her engagement and then her wedding. It has been such a pleasure to get to know her and Jeff’s families. They really are incredible people, and even better together than they are apart. They put SO much work into their wedding and it was so ridiculously pretty. I was just in awe. The light, the details, the portraits, the people…everything was just perfect. Thanks to my friend Harmony for shooting with me for this one! Enjoy!” 



Venue: Willow Creek Events
Makeup & Hair : Friend of the Bride
Cake: Made by Family friend
Caterer: Jalisco Taqueria
Dress Designer: Watters In Cabo Dress
Flowers: Sue Williams (venue owner) and Karen Williams (friend)
Groom’s Attire: Alfani Red Label
Jewelry: Banana Republic/Nordstrom
Shoe Designer: Ivanka Trump
Hair Accessories: Lo Boheme
Officiant: Father of the Bride

Thank you so much, Katie, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! Jessica and Jeff, we hope your wedding was everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Melanie & Wes’s Texas Ranch Wedding :: Ashgene Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Ashley of Ashgene Photography. She is a Texas based wedding photographer.  Ashley has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Melanie and Wes were married at Melanie’s family’s ranch in Seguin, Texas on April 23, 2011.  Melanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Wes meet?  Wes & I went to Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas together.  We met & became fast friends within the first days of starting school freshman year and by Senior Year of High School we were doing everything together.   We both went to University of Texas for college, but we never interested in dating each other – we were each other’s support & best friend. 

How long have you been together?  Oh goodness, it feels like,…. when were we not?  But, literally, we have been best friends for almost ten years… dating for 6 of those years & engaged for a little less than one year & married for 6 months!

How did Wes propose?  After almost five years of dating and ten years of sharing a best friendship, Wes surprised me with pink champagne & long stemmed pink roses on the rooftop of our NYC apartment!  While the Empire State Building watched from above, Wes got down on one knee & popped the question.  We enjoyed our first moments of our engagement on top of the world as the sun slipped away behind the Hudson River.  What a miraculous sight!  Once the sun had said its last goodbye, we went to feast on our favorite meal- Paella and Sangria from our favorite NYC Spanish food restaurant, of course! “Cheers-ing” to many years of happiness and adventure ahead, we could not have been more blissful.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  Well, now that’s a funny story.   Being from the fashion industry & educated in fashion, I have been sketching wedding dresses my whole life.  I knew what I wanted & knew I wasn’t going to find it.  I didn’t want strapless, I wanted layers & layers of organza on the skirt.  While in NYC, I bought a white double-faced satin strapless dress as a base so I wouldn’t have to spend time doing the boning & I was going to build my dress on top of that.  As life goes, my dress wasn’t touched until about a month before the wedding.  My parents were very concerned, so we went to all the Austin wedding boutiques. I remembered one boutique that carried Vera Wang.  In the back of my head, I always knew the Diana dress by Vera Wang was the most similar to the dress I had envisioned as my perfect dress.

To make a long story short, we found the dream dress. I took it directly to my tailor, Elsie, to change it a little bit to my liking – raising the hip line, taking in the side seams a bit & redoing the heart shape to better suit me.  I altered the Wang.  Elsie had it completed in a week – I tried my altered dress on for the first time the Wednesday before my Saturday wedding!  I knew it was the “one & only” the second I put it on.  I think I can say everything happens for a reason after that – I love my dress more than anything.  In the end, I decided not to put straps on it.  It just seemed too perfect the way it was.

Oh, I did squeeze in time to making my poofy Priscilla Presley-inspired veil & the Bridesmaids’/Flower Girls Organza Flower belts & corsages with the helpful skills of a friend from fashion school coming to Austin early!

What sold you on your wedding venue?  Well, I’m from Austin, but as I say, I grew up on my Ranch.  The one place I dreamed of having my wedding in Austin was Laguna Gloria.  Clara’s old villa & the beautiful grounds overlooking Lake Austin in itself is perfect.  It also had a lot of sentimental value in my life as the place I cultivated my passion for design & in Wes’s family too.  His parents were married there in the 80’s!  However, my dream place to get married was my family’s ranch, The Runnin R Ranch in Gonzales County.  More precisely, I wanted to get married in the barn!  However, having a classy affair on a working horse ranch was every overwhelming & my dad would reply with a chuckle, “That old smelly thing!” 

I was engaged on June 11, 2010.  When this inevitable day came & we started planning for the big day – my first choice was the Runnin R, of course! And without missing a beat, my dad’s reply was the same.  I went with my second choice of Laguna Gloria. Luckily, they had April 23rd available!  We booked it in July & vigorously started planning, but I didn’t let the ranch go.   Through the summer, autumn & winter, my mom, sister & I planned, planned, planned!  Save the Dates were sent right after the New Year.  Little by little, my parents started to understand that my heart wasn’t fully in Laguna Gloria & as much as I loved it & wanted to make it work, it wasn’t where I was meant to get married & have our special day.  Plus, our guest list was much bigger than LG was really available to accommodate.  At the beginning of February, less than three months before our wedding date, & after much (much) convincing, my parents finally agreed & committed to changing the venue to the Ranch.  However, our ranch is a lot different than a hundred-year-old Italian Villa in Austin.  We threw everything out the window & started the planning from scratch three months before the wedding!  On top of that, we needed to seriously update the place including roads, barns, etc in order to accommodate the 250 guests.  Through a lot of overwhelmingly hard work & many people laboring day after day on little things like gardening to huge projects like renovating the tack room to be a fun photo booth, building a full functioning bar with pull up window in another room, having a neon Runnin R sign made for the new bar, hanging chandeliers & moving hay, we created an oasis in the middle of the country.  With no professional wedding planner wanted (my family are creative party throwing people), my dad, mom & I took this project on full time with help from my sister, brother-in-law, fiancé & many friends of our Ranch community – We created the Ranch Wedding Sanctuary I had imagined.  All out guests from Austin were brought out there by charter buses on April 23rd & the rest was magic.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?

– My something old was my cake topper.  It is my maternal grandparents from 1950 whom celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in June.

– My something new was my teardrop diamond necklace my parents gave me as a wedding present.  I had mentioned I would love to wear my mom’s necklace down the isle as my something borrowed, and they surprised me with my own.

– My something borrowed was my maternal great grandmother’s 100 year old Bible that was used in our ceremony.

– My something blue was a white ribbon sewn into in my dress with my maiden name embroidered in blue.

How did you choose your wedding color palette? Well being Easter weekend, I thought pastels. I am a pink lady, so I always knew soft pinks.  I also love all white crisp weddings & monochromatic anything.  So, we did white & ivory, light pink & slightly deeper but still soft peony pink against the rustic brown & gray barn, green trees & blue sky.

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?   Ha!  Yes, don’t change your mind weeks before the wedding and maybe get a wedding planner!  This is a day to be happy & only that!  So, once the day comes, let all the planning & details slip away, breath & soak it all in.  Brides focus on what matters & thoroughly enjoy you & your husband’s day – it’s the only wedding day y’all will get!


What song did you dance to for your first dance?  We wanted our wedding to feel like an NYC Chic Party had been dropped onto the Runnin R Ranch.  Both adoring true oldies of music & film, we picked Swing so we could dance to Frank Sinatra, the best performer of all time & a New York legend.  We love the fun upbeat vibe & words to ‘Cheek to Cheek’, as well as it has meaning that we will dance through life ‘cheek to cheek’ & the title is engraved in Wes’s wedding ring.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  The most memorable part was when the ancient transformer exploded about mid-reception, (leaving us in the dark for a while), a huge cheer went up from the crowd & we impromptu cut the cake by candlelight.  Also, hugging my parents at the end of the aisle during the ceremony was super special & joining the reception by dancing with my husband to Cheek to Cheek – all of which really set the tone for the whole experience of the wedding!


Venue: The Radford’s Runnin R Ranch (Yes, there is no g and no apostrophe)

Dress: Vera Wang

HairJessika Cottle  owner of Jco Salon and Spa of Austin

Cake: A wonderful local lady named Oralia Avalos who owns Austin Sweet Delights.

Floral: My sister, Glenna K Bruun designed & created all the floral from the centerpieces to boutique to boutonnières. My mom did my bouquet.  My mom & I picked the flowers we wanted to use (mostly tulips, peonies, lilies & ranunculus for Easter & then carnations because they are symbolic for our sorority Chi Omega.) at Austin Flower Company & purchased them in bulk.

Linens: We bought bolts of burlap & muslin from Hobby Lobby – my aunt, mom & sister created them!

Catering: Whole Foods Market on Lamar Blvd, in Austin, Headquarters

Tents and rentals:  Premiere Party Central of Austin

Take Away Restroom A Royal Flush, Inc

Lighting FILO Designs

Transportation: Star Shuttle and Golf Cars of Austin

Bartenders: Austin’s Elite

Hotel:  Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel,  Austin, TX

String QuartetPricilla Arasaki (

Day of Wedding Planner:  Sarah Staats

DJ/Band: Hotcakes (

Photographer:  Ashley Roberts of Ashgene Photography

Videographer:  Ashley Wedding DVD and Video (

Invitations/Wedding Stationery:  I did it!  I designed them on Photoshop, bought an industrial printer & sat at home for three weeks printing every part of every one – when I say they were, “made with love” I mean it.  I did the save-the-dates, programs & other paper goods the same way, except when we finally got around to printing the programs the week before the wedding I sent them to a small printing company to do the job for me!

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

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Emily & Landry’s Ranch Wedding :: Kate Takes Photos

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  You’re all in for a treat today!!!  Man, our submissions just keep getting better and better!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Kate Miller of Kate Takes Photos, a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Kate has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Emily and Landry were married on May 29, 2010 at The Inn at Wind Hill Ranch and their wedding was FILLED to the brim with amazing details!  Emily was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Landry meet?  We met at Central Market one night after a church gathering.  A group had gotten together for dinner and we had someone sitting in between us.  When he got up, conversation began!

How long have you been together?  We just celebrated the anniversary of our first date!!  My how quickly things change!  Our first date was September 24th, 2009.  It’s been an amazing year together!!

How did Landry propose?  Landry and I were sold on each other after just 2 and 1/2 weeks.  I had waited and waited for Mr. Right and when he came along, we just knew it was right.  3 months and a day after our first date Landry proposed.  It was Christmas Day.  Landry had gone to Odessa 2 days prior to celebrate the holiday with his family  I was anxiously anticipating his return Christmas evening.  He was going to come back so we could have a few hours of Christmas together.  My family was all in town and staying at my home for the holidays.  Around 1 o’clock there was a knock at the front door, and my brother called up to me to let me know that something was dropped off at the door.  Mind you, it was a WHITE Christmas in 2009-so beautiful!  At the front door was a box filled with candy canes and note to ‘follow the candy cane trail.’  I quickly pulled on the boots and ran through the snow following the candy canes and sweet notes.  At the end of the trail was my sweet Landry, down on one knee with a ring.  Best Christmas I ever had!  Complete surprise!

What sold you on your wedding venue?  I always wanted to do something unique and was inspired by the blank canvas and beautiful outdoor scenery.  Plus, I loved that we were married in a town named ‘Godley.’  It felt appropriate.  

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I didn’t want the standard strapless dress.  I liked that it had the sleeves and the sweetheart neck.  The little bit of lace gave it a Southern feel, and the back was so unique.  I picked it out on a leap of faith though.  It is so difficult to determine what a dress is going to look like when the sample size isn’t the right size.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  I didn’t do this tradition.

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  I wanted something very fresh and fun.  Lime and Orange seemed like the natural choice.  After landing on the color scheme I then realized later that it is the exact same scheme as my house design!  No wonder I was so drawn to it!  Now the wedding photos look so great in the house since everything coordinates!!  :)

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  Remember that the wedding is a day, a very special day, but the marriage is what’s the important part.  My husband and I invested time to be mentored and counseled before hand and I’m so glad we did.  Also, any stress I experienced along the way was all worth it!  The wedding was hands-down the best day of my life.  It was such a blessing to marry my husband and be surrounded by so many that we loved.  It was a very special day, and looking back at pictures and reflecting is my ‘happy-place.’

What song did you dance to for your first dance? ‘For once in my Life’ by Stevie Wonder

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Standing at the altar and saying my vows to my husband.  We hadn’t talked or seen each other all day (which was a big deal to us), and being hand in hand promising forever a was special moment we had dreamed about for a long time.  We were just beaming up there.


Venue:  The Inn at Windhill Ranch, Godley, TX

Dress:  Bliss Bridal Salon

Cake:  Amanda Major, Austin, TX

Floral:  Bridal Blooms

Linens:  Grand Events

Catering:  Del Norte

DJ/Band:  Band – Crossroads

Videographer:  N/A

Invitations/Wedding Stationery:  Paper Planet

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

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Country Chic

2009 brought us a wonderful trend of farm and ranch weddings.  This trend has  not only carried over into 2010, but it has become even more popular!  We’re loving how relaxed and casual these weddings feel, while keeping it sophisticated and chic. 

Bride and Groom Image:  Courtesy of Jodie Potter Photography

Yellow Flowers in Blue Glass Jar Centerpieces:  Image Courtesy of Vis Photography

Mr. & Mrs. Place Setting:  Image Courtesy of Dana Grant Photography

Exterior Barn Image:  Courtesy of Cameron Ingalls Photography

Barn Reception Image:  Courtesy of Cameron Ingalls Photography

“Here Comes the Bride” Image:  Courtesy of Onelove Photography

Bridesmaids in Cowboy Boots Image:  Courtesy of John H. Weddingpix

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