GSS Featured Wedding :: Laura & John’s Beautiful Backyard Texas Wedding :: Gideon Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Jimmy of Gideon Photography, a Utah based wedding photographer. Jimmy has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with him on this feature.

Laura and John were married on March 3, 2012 in a black tie wedding on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas. This was a beautiful and classy southern wedding, with all the charm from the decor, to the beautiful lighting, to the stunning couple. Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and John meet?  John and I first met when we were 16 years old at a tiny local rodeo and dance hall called Crider’s, just a few miles away from our wedding site. We danced and stayed up all night by the river talking. The night ended with an innocent kiss and we didn’t see one another again until Easter of 2011. A few weeks before easter, John wrote me a letter saying that he had thought about me over the years and said that if I was ever in Hunt, Texas again that we should meet up. I was living in Washington DC at the time and John was living in Houston. I wrote him back and told him that I was going to Hunt, TX with my family and that he was welcome to stop by during the weekend. John wrote me back and said that he couldn’t make it that weekend, but hoped we could meet up in the future. John owns  a moving company called Point2Point, based in Houston and the very next day he got a call from someone that hired his company to move them from Hunt to Houston on that good Friday. So, of course he wrote me again and said that he would be there. Sure enough, he showed up at my family reunion! He was so handsome when he pulled up at the house that I felt like a 16 year old girl again. Three weeks later we were engaged. 

How long have you been together?  Almost a year and a half. 

How did Scott propose?   John proposed by the side of the bed as I was falling asleep. I had just flown to Houston to visit him and met his parents for dinner earlier that night. I now think back to his poor parents that were probably worried sick at dinner, knowing that their son was about to propose to a girl he barely knew. My in-laws are the absolute best and they could not have been more open and kind to me. 

What sold you on your wedding venue?  We call my grandparents’ house ‘Casita’. It is my favorite place on earth. All of my favorite childhood memories are at Casita where we spent our summers swimming and fishing on the guadalupe river. It is also the place where John and I met and re-met 10 years later, so it is a very special place for both of us. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I knew my dress was the one because I felt so beautiful in it. It is timeless, modest, and something that both John and my grandparents would love. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was this tiny, gold four leaf clover that had my grandparents’ wedding date and initials engraved in it. My grandmother wore it in her wedding shoes for good luck and so did I. 

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I didn’t really have a ‘palette’- I just knew I wanted my bridesmaids to wear something black lace because it was easy to find and something that they might wear again. My vision for the wedding was for it to be a black-tie wedding with a relaxed, hill country feel. The guests sipped cocktails during the ceremony and the whole night was just unstructured and fun. George Brownley, created the incredible table flowers after we went to a flower market and I showed him what I liked. I trusted his taste so much that I just knew whatever he put together would be beautiful. 

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  Don’t sweat the details! I know this is a wedding blog, so your readers might disagree- But the truth is-  Guests do not care about the wedding favors you give them, the signs on the back of your chairs, or the million other things you see on Pintrest or wedding blogs and then feel like you need them. Just focus on the basics and the fact that you are marrying the love of your life. I was so relaxed and happy the day of my wedding that nothing could have brought me down! 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King. 

What was your favorite part of your big day?   My favorite part was the moment we kissed and were declared husband and wife. I accidentally jumped the gun early and kissed him mid-ceremony. The words of my bishop during the ceremony were so personal to John and I that it made the ceremony feel so intimate. John and I walked back down the aisle and held each other. My heart was so filled with love for him and it was without a doubt, the happiest moment of my life.  

Vendors:

Venue: My grandparents’ home in Hunt, Texas

Dress: Monique Lullhier 

Cake:  Finale’ by Glenna

Floral: George Brownley

Linens: Marquee Rental Group

Catering: Johnny Borrayo

DJ/Band: Mike and the Moon Pies

Videographer: Kate Graves

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Mr. Boddington through Ph Design Shop, Houston

Event Planner: I didn’t have a wedding  planner and did most of it on my own.  I will say that George Brownley, my florist, was so much more than a florist! His table settings, flowers, and vision for the tent made the event. Slick from Marquee Rental Group handled everything else- the parking, the heaters, the tent and other rentals, and lighting around the property. I really don’t know what I would have done without either of them! 

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

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Shae & Drew’s Intimate Park Wedding :: Rachael Lindsy Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Rachael of Rachael Lindsy Photography, a Dallas/Fort Worth based wedding photographer. Rachael has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Shae and Drew were married on April 28, 2012 at Trinity River Park in Fort Worth, Texas.  Shae was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Drew meet? Drew found me on Facebook! He saw me on our church’s Facebook page and took it upon himself to invite me to our church’s young adult group.  I met Drew several weeks later (at the young adult service) and began hanging out with him and his friends.  We started dating a month later.

How long have you been together? Met (July 2010), Started Dating (August 2010), Engaged (September 2011), Married April 2012

How did Drew propose? Drew took me to my favorite restaurant and then a movie.  Afterward he drove to the top of a parking garage where he got out and danced with me to a sweet playlist that he had created.  He slipped the ring on my finger and received a yes with no hesitation.

What sold you on your wedding venue? We fell in love with the old brick pavilion (built before the Depression) and the beautiful huge trees (something we don’t often see in Dallas/Fort Worth).

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I found my dress while looking through dresses online.  I absolutely loved the non-traditional look of the Watters dress! Bliss Bridal Salon ordered a sample for me.  I loved it! It was the first (and only dress) I tried on!

How did you choose your wedding color palette? We didn’t want to take away from the beautiful outdoor setting, so I went with neutral colors (ivory and beige) with pops of blue (my favorite)!

What song did you dance to for your first dance? Without You – Ben Rector (This is our favorite song, we walked back down the aisle to it. We actually decided to have lawn games at out wedding instead of dancing!)

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Plan your wedding as if you’re simply planning a big party for friends and family! You don’t need a huge budget. Make your day personal, fun, and memorable by choosing out-of-the-box things that you love! Our guests raved the most about unusual things we chose (we served bundt cakes and cheesecakes in small jars instead of a wedding cake, we played lawn games instead of dancing). Your guests will enjoy your wedding if you do!

Oh, and I made many of the decorations for our wedding. Drew and I also had a lot of fun shopping antique stores to find all of the perfect vintage decor!

What was your favorite part of your big day? It was such a rush on the wedding day… we decorated our venue, left to get ready, and were back at the park by 1pm for our “first look” photo shoot.  After all of the rushing, it was so perfect to spend a quiet moment with my handsome groom!

Also, we chose to walk down the aisle together. Drew made me laugh and we just had a good time together, those last few seconds before the ceremony started.

 

Vendors:

Venue: Trinity Park in Fort Worth (Pavilion 1)

Dress: Watters  via Bliss Bridal Salon

Groom Suit: J. Crew  

Cake:  Nothing Bundt Cakes (Fort Worth) 

Floral: (I planted succulents instead of flowers) Succulents Galore

Linens: My mom made all of our linens!

Catering: I made Cheesecakes and Sugar Cookies, Berries, Breads, and Cheese from Central Market 

DJ/Band: Drew’s best friend was our DJ

Videographer: Another one of Drew’s creative friends was our videographer

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Drew designed all of our wedding stationery!

Event Planner: I did all of the planning myself, Drew helped with logistics!

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

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Its Friday and its time to wrap up our week in all things wedding. We found a few trends and loads of inspiration for your wedding. If you are venturing out in the wedding journey this weekend, congratulations to you and we can’t wait to hear about it or see it!

GSS Featured Wedding :: Holly & Hao’s Texas Wedding :: Kimberly Chau Photography

You are in for a treat today. Kimberly Chau submitted this lovely Dallas Texas wedding to us via Two Bright Lights and we were instantly smitten. The Badgley Mischka shoes are simply divine, the menswear is sleek yet fun, the decor` is cute and fresh, and the EXIT … you need to get to the bottom of this post to see it. We won’t spoil it for you. Its a must see! Kimberly shares a few words about the couple…. Holly + Hao are just the cutest couple! Holly + Hao had their wedding recently in … [Read More…]

GSS Things We LOVE :: DIY Tutorial for Glittery Soles

We love all wedding things that sparkle. In fact, some may say their favorite color is pink, purple, green … we say our’s is SPARKLY! We adore bringing you trends and wedding inspiration you can create on your own. Remember when we shared this great DIY tutorial how to make your pumps sparkle? We are back today with yet another sparkly DIY tutorial. We stumbled upon a great way to be a little more discreet with your sparkly side. Could I Have That? has brought a fantastic way to sparkle up … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Navy Blue & Lavender

There’s just something so serene and soothing about this inspiration board… Maybe it’s the soft hue of Lavender against the dark Navy… We’re not sure what it is, but we’re LOVING this Navy Blue and Lavender board! Navy Peep Toe Mary Janes:  Giuseppe Zanotti Navy and Lavender Wedding Invitation:  Momental Designs Navy and Lavender Butterfly Wedding Cake:  Cheryl Kleinman Cakes          Image Courtesy of Antonis Achilleos Photography Lavender Bridal Bouquet:  … [Read More…]

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Mignonne Handmade Accessories!!!

We stumbled upon Mignonne handmade’s accessories on Etsy and were absolutely blown away!  Mignonne handmade makes all kinds of gorgeous accessories (headbands, hats, hair clips, boutonnieres, bouquets, necklaces, and earrings… to name a few!)  from silk and natural fabrics as well as various vintage bits.  You have got to check them out.  Seriously.  Do. It.  NOW! Here’s a little bit about Mignonne handmade from their Etsy profile: “Jenn Wood, owner and designer of Mignonne … [Read More…]

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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!

Vendors:

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 (pricilla.aransaki@gmail.com)

Day of Wedding Planner:  Sarah Staats

DJ/Band: Hotcakes (hotcakesentertainment.com)

Photographer:  Ashley Roberts of Ashgene Photography

Videographer:  Ashley Wedding DVD and Video (RexAshley.com)

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!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Kristin & Cody’s Elegant Summer Texas Wedding :: Krystle Akin Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Krystle of Krystle Akin Photography. She is an East Texas based wedding photographer.  Krystle has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Kristin and Cody were married in The Woodlands, Texas on July 23, 2011.  Kristin was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Cody meet?  We are both Texas A&M graduates, so we had several mutual friends. I was having a girls’ night, he was having a guys’ night, my friends knew his friends & his friends knew my friends. :)  We met up at a Wade Bowen Concert (another Texas country event) and that’s where our story began!

How long have you been together?  We met in January 2010, began dating shortly after…He proposed 11 months later in December. We have been together 1 year, 7 months and married 2 months, Sept 23.

How did Cody propose?  I’m a teacher so during my Christmas break I went to visit him because we were in a long distance relationship until we were married (3 hours away from each other). He had just bought a house (our house now)… he didn’t have cable yet so needless to say we were trying to entertain ourselves. He had plans to propose the following day but he couldn’t wait another day. We were sitting on the couch, he asked “how do you picture me proposing to you.” I said that I didn’t want anything fancy or anything that would cause attention; I told him “I want you to propose when you felt like you have never loved me more than that very minute. Make sure I look cute though when you ask me! Haha!” One hour later, we were playing hangman on a dry erase board (trying to keep ourselves entertained) and it was “the final hangman” and it read “Look in the cabinet above the desk.” I still had no idea what was going on… looked in the cabinet, saw a ring box, turned around, and he was on one knee. He then said “Kris, I have never loved you more than I do right now. Will you marry me?”  I said yes and then we BOTH jumped up and down, over and over!

P.S.- I was wearing his flannel pajamas, a tank top, a leopard headband, and NO MAKE-UP. I thought he didn’t pay attention to the fact that I told him that I wanted to look cute but he said “To me, that’s when you are the cutest.”

What sold you on your wedding venue?  I am from Palestine (east Texas) and he is from Nederland (southeast Texas) so we knew that we wanted to choose a location that was an equal distance for both families/friends to travel. We fell in love with the church, Robb Chapel at The Woodlands United Methodist Church at first sight. The only criteria I had for the church is that it had one center aisle that opened up to two double doors.  The reception at Woodlands Resort was an easy choice as well. Since we were making people travel, we wanted our reception to be traditional but yet with a FUN twist- basically a celebration/party for all of our guests! Plus it was beautiful once the sunset and you could see the pond outside the glass room. So it had an indoor/outdoor feel but air conditioned!

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I loved my dress!! It was by the designer Watters and we found it at Brickhouse Bridal of The Woodlands. I actually picked out the sash first but knew I wanted a dress that was fitting and simple so that way the sash would stand out. It would have been the first dress I tried on but my mom made me try on a poofy, Cinderella dress first. Yuck! Not for me! Otherwise, it would have been the first and last dress I tried on.  From the second I put the dress on; I loved it and could picture myself wearing it on my big day!!

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  EASY! My favorite color is purple, so we did various shades of purple.

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  We are HUGE Texas Country fans so of course… One Woman by Randy Rogers Band.

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  Have fun! Do not stress!! It goes by too fast!

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Seeing Cody’s face when I walked down the aisle.

Vendors:

Venue: Woodlands United Methodist  (ceremony) & Woodlands Resort (reception)

Dress:  Watters (designer) purchased from  Brickhouse Bridal of the Woodlands

Cake: Woodlands Resort

Floral: The Blooming Idea

Linens: Woodlands Resort

Catering: Woodlands Resort

DJ/Band: Casey Brown of Palestine, TX (AMAZING)

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: David’s Bridal

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

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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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.

Vendors:

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 Featured Wedding :: Collyn & Brannon’s East Texas Spring Wedding :: ChiK Photography

Today’s fabulous featured wedding was submitted to us by Janiece McClendonof  ChiK Photography, a Texas based wedding photography team comprised of Janiece and Carol Riell.  Janiece has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Collyn and Brannon were married on February 26, 2011 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Collyn was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Brannon meet? A mutual friend introduced us while we were out one Saturday night. Neither one were looking to meet anyone. I was out for girls night!

How long have you been together? At the time of the wedding we had just reached our 1 year anniversary.

How did Brannon propose? He took me on a trip to Las Vegas for my birthday, or so I thought. He had it all planned out, had the ring and my father’s permission. However, there was a little mishap. The lady scanning our baggage completely blew his cover when she saw a ring inside his carry-on. She kept asking, “Are you going to Las Vegas to get married?” Brannon quickly snapped back, “No, of course not!!” hinting for her to be quiet, but she didn’t get it and kept on and on until I became suspicious. He waited until we were in our gorgeous suite at the Bellagio watching the fountains dance along to the music. The clock had just struck midnight, Texas time, which meant it was my birthday when he officially popped the question.

What sold you on your wedding venue? We were married in the church I grew up in, so there was lots of sentimental reasoning behind that. Then, there were several reasons Hidden Lakes was the perfect choice for our reception. I absolutely fell in love with it when I first saw it! The natural setting of the lodge and the woods was exactly what I wanted.  Then upon talking with Kathryn and her staff, I knew they would take great care of us for our special day!

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I bought my dress from Priscilla of Boston in Dallas. It was the first time I had gone dress shopping, and wasn’t planning on buying that day. However, the lady helping me try on suggested a new style that she thought would be perfect on me. It was the 3rd dress I tried, and it certainly was a charm! There really is something about when you try on THE dress, it just feels right. I felt so beautiful in it and did not want to take it off.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? The something old, of all things, were my shoes. I had the cutest pair of Kate Spades that I just loved and went great with my dress. My dress was new, my earrings were borrowed and gorgeous, and my cousin made my garter which had blue satin roses.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Don’t sweat the small stuff, and sometimes even the big stuff is really just small stuff too. Remember what you are planning for. The love between to people is a beautiful thing, and should not be overshadowed by a table linen!!

What song did you dance to for your first dance? We chose “That’s the Way Love Goes” By Merle Haggard. I introduced it to Brannon when we were first dating, and it quickly became one of his all time favorites. I guess that’s “our song”!

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I was inspired by my favorite flower: a classic white hydrangea. A little brown in the stem, the green of the leaves and the white from the petals. I wanted it to be very natural.


What was your favorite part of your big day? That’s a hard one!!  But I would have to say making it to the reception and seeing all the people we love having a great time was definitely the best part. All along we wanted it to be a big celebration and lots of fun and it really was!!

Vendors:

All of my vendors are local to Sulphur Springs

Venue: Ceremony-First Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs, TX

Reception- Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort, Yantis, TX

Dress: Priscilla of Boston

Cake: Mary Lou Wright

Floral: Brittany Lewis

Linens: Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort

Catering: Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort

DJ/Band: Alan Johnson

Videographer: First Baptist Church staff

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Cassie & Salli McClendon (my cousin and aunt)

Event Planner: Kathryn Burnett

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

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Kelsey & Bryan’s Rustic Fall Texas Wedding :: Ryan Price Photography

Happy Friday, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding was submitted to us by Ryan Price of  Ryan Price Photography, a Texas based wedding photographer.  Ryan has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with him on this feature.

Kelsey and Bryan were married on August 28, 2010 at Amber Springs  in Montgomery, Texas.  What a beautiful venue! Kelsey was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

 How long have you and Bryan been together?  We’ve been together for 4 and a half years. 

   

What sold you on your wedding venue?   I wanted something outdoors and rustic but that had an indoor venue for the reception that could be used as a back up in case of bad weather. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  Honestly, this is a funny question. I hate shopping and especially trying on clothes. As excited as I was to get married, finding a wedding dress still fit into that shopping/trying on clothes category. We had 3 dress appointments one day to look at dresses. The one I picked was at the first store, and it was maybe the third dress I tried on. I knew it was “the one” cause it had pockets, everyone loved it, it was reasonably priced, and I didn’t want to shop anymore. I canceled the other appointments and stopped looking. Done & done!   Haha!

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  One of my bridesmaids gave me a bracelet on the wedding day that was blue, I borrowed another one of my bridesmaid’s rings that was borrowed and old, and then everything else I had was new.

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  My favorite colors are shades of blue and I wanted summer colors… I didn’t really stick to one color palette.  I just went with whatever I liked and looked good.

What song did you dance to for your first dance?   Everything” by Michael Buble.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  Everything can get done… even at the last minute. I waited until about 3 weeks before to do cakes, flowers & many other little tasks… more expensive doesn’t always mean better. The best thing I did was completely stop stressing and worrying about anything a few days before. What’s done is done and what’s not isn’t but you might as well enjoy yourself.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Oh gosh, I don’t have any complaints at all… the whole thing was my favorite. There were a few things that I was really pleasantly surprised by… my DJ went over and beyond his normal DJ duties, making sure the wedding party and my family always had a drink or food if they wanted it. He made sure Bryan and I sat down and ate something. If he hadn’t gone and made us a plate, I would have never eaten my own food! The wedding planner just made everything so easy and laid back for my family and I.

Vendors:

Venue: Amber Springs, Montgomery, TX
Dress: Forgot the brand name….
Cake: Again, I forgot…
Floral: Serendipity Floral – Barbara Swope-Bickley (Lover her!)
Linens: Dont remember.. somewhere in Houston that my wedding planner had a friend!
Catering: Tavola Bistro
DJ/Band: Dynamic DJ – Cory Bean
Videographer:  We didn’t have one…
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Invitation Consultants
Event Planner: Jennifer Wood

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

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Alyssa & Austin’s Fall Texas Wedding :: Stephanie Davis Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Stephanie Davis of Stephanie Davis Photography, a Texas based wedding photographer.  Does Stephanie and the couple’s name sound familiar?  It should!  We featured the steamy engagement session of  Alyssa and Austin back in July- AND Alyssa and Austin’s engagement session was the BIG WINNER of our prestigious Best Feature of 2010 Award!!!!  (If you have never laid eyes on this awesome engagement session, please click here to check it out!)  We thought it would be fun to follow up one of our engagement features with a feature of their wedding… And we were right!  Talk about a beautiful wedding of an absolutely stunning Bride and Groom!!!

Stephanie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Alyssa and Austin were married in October of 2010 at Fielder Road Baptist Church.  Alyssa was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Austin meet? Austin and I met through my college roommate my freshman year (his junior year) at Texas A&M University.

 

How long have you been together? We have been together for almost 5 years now – whoa!

How did Austin propose? Austin proposed in front of a couple hundred people (he was shouting, mind you!) at the Procter & Gamble House for American Athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

What sold you on your wedding venue? We were married at Fielder Road Baptist Church – this is where I grew up going to church and where my parents were married as well almost 25 years ago. Our reception was held at the Arlington Museum of Art – I loved the idea of having it at an art museum!

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I found my dress at Lang’s Bridal in Arlington, TX. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one – I just *felt* beautiful, and I knew Austin would love it as well.

What song did you dance to for your first dance? I Have and Always Will by Dave Barnes.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? Old – my great grandmother’s handkerchief in my bouquet; New – my dress; Borrowed – my sister’s-in-law garter; Blue – my earrings.

How did you choose your wedding color palette? We were married in October so I chose very fall colors – brown, sage green, orange, dark purple.

 

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? ENJOY this time. It’s so easy to get stressed over all the details. Your wedding day will go by so quickly – and then it’s over. So take it slow and have fun!

What was your favorite part of your big day? Stephanie suggests to her brides to do what she calls a “First Look.” This is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It was such a sweet, intimate time for just the 2 of us and we have amazing pictures as a result!

Vendors:

Venue:  Church: Fielder Road Baptist Church; Reception: Arlington Museum of Art (Arlington, TX)

Dress:  Allure Bridal via Lang’s Bridal (Arlington, TX)

Cake:  The Cake Guys

Floral:  Ft Worth Flower Market (do NOT recommended!!)

Linens:  Taylor’s Rentals

Catering:  Affairs to Cater (delicious!)

DJ/Band:  BMac Productions (loved him!)

Videographer:  We didn’t have one :(

Invitations/Wedding Stationery:  We bought our invitations from Hobby Lobby and had them printed.

Event Planner:  No one official, but my mom (Jennifer Anderson) did a GREAT job :)

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

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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