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Emily said I was going to love this wedding, and boy was she right! Lauren + Justin’s Texas celebration makes my preppy, fashion-y, Southern heart skip a few beats! First, the color palette is ballet pink and navy. Score! There’s a big ol’ monogram. Double score! And last, but most certainly not least, there is Lauren’s incredible style! Yes, it’s all encompassing. From the fab-u-lous blush pink fascinator she rocked, to the navy + white striped ribbon tied in a perfect bow around her bouquet to her adorable getaway dress. Absolute home run! Oh yeah, and there are mini pecan pies!

I simply cannot forget to send big SW hugs to Brett Heidbrecht who captured their big day, and to Grit+Gold for creating such a beautiful event.

Oh Lauren, I must admit I am a bit jealous of that fascinator!

Oh man. I felt like I tried on and looked at so many wedding dresses. Everyone kept telling me that I’d have some magical feeling when I tried on “the one” and I just wasn’t getting it. Finally, I was just about to buy a “just okay” dress mostly because I was sick of trying them on. My mom pleaded with me to come to Dallas and try some on for her before I made any decisions, so I did. Mother’s intuition was right because I found THE dress at the first store we went to in Dallas! I love the elegance and the Southern feel to it! I also love the blush pink sash. I wish I could wear it again! I also purchased a short white Nicole Miller departure dress. Justin’s parents held us a second reception in Kansas City in August where I got to where the Nicole Miller dress again!

One of our favorite details was the venue. The Hall of State is a stunning museum of Texas history located on the State Fairgrounds in Dallas. I have never missed a fair ever since I was born and so I have been into the Hall of State many times. When my mom and dad would take me there to see the exhibits, they would always tell me that they could see me getting married there, even when I was a little girl! I wasn’t even sure if they did weddings, but as soon as I got engaged it was one of the first venues that I wanted to check out. It was just perfect! Justin loved it because it is directly located behind the original Cotton Bowl where he had attended many Kansas State football games as a kid. The Hall of State was and is such a special place to us and our family. Another special detail was our getaway car! That truck belonged to my great grandfather and is actually the truck that my dad was taken home from the hospital in! A couple of years ago, my dad tracked it down and restored it. I was glad he let us use it for the big day.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided not to do a first look and I am so glad we didn’t! If you ask Justin what his favorite part of the wedding day was, it was when the curtain opened and we saw each other as I walked down the aisle to a violin version of, “Come Thou Fount.” His face was unforgettable, he was close to crying and I just couldn’t stop giggling I was so excited and nervous!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. The message was very special, it talked about how we no longer live for ourselves but for Jesus Christ because he died for our sins and that sacrificial love is what compels our marriage and every aspect of our lives. Jesus is what holds us and everything together.

Y’all know I about leapt right out of my chair when I saw their “guest book”! Oh my heavens, this is pure perfection in my book! And can Lauren be any cuter in that image above? Her smile is contagious!

Now let’s pause and acknowledge this amazing cake! Navy blue stripes + a ballet pink bow? Yes, please!

Southern touches could be seen throughout, from the pecan pies to the silver sets we used as centerpieces and in one very cool Southern vintage Chevy! Also, our signature drink was an Arnold Palmer. The whole wedding had a Southern preppy feel. I love stripes and they were everywhere! My dress also had a Southern belle feel to it, and instead of a traditional veil, I wore a blush pink fascinator. It was quite a statement!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met when I was a junior at the University of Arkansas. Justin had just graduated from Kansas State University and moved to Arkansas to be on staff with a campus ministry I was involved with as a student. Our first meeting seemed pretty typical, except for the fact that we both walked away with secret crushes on each other! We would see each other and talk at ministry events and we always just seemed to click. I respected and looked up to Justin so much that I thought he was way out of my league. I would even suggest to my older girl friends that they should get to know him because I just never thought he’d be interested in me! I guess I was very wrong because in the fall of my senior year, Justin called me and asked if he could come by my sorority house where I lived to ask me a question. I was praying he would ask me on a date! When he showed on my front door step he just said, “I’m just gonna cut to the chase. I want to take you on a date.” All I could say was, “Okay.” He then asked if I would go on a date with him that Friday and I of course answered YES! It turns out, he had wanted to ask me out for the past six months but had to wait because I had gone out of the country to India that summer! After two dates, we both had to go home for winter break, me to Dallas and he to Kansas City. I didn’t really know when I’d see him next or where we were at but I knew I really liked him. My dad told me when I got home I had to go to a friend of the family’s Christmas cocktail party. My little sister and I were getting ready together and she was taking way too long. I kept badgering her and finally she just said, “Instead of bugging me about being late, how about you go get me a glass of water from the kitchen?” When I went to the kitchen, all dressed up for the party, Justin was standing there waiting for me! I was shocked! He told me there was no Christmas party and that he had planned it all out so that he could take me out that night and surprise me! That night, he asked me to be his girlfriend and then a week later he asked me to come to Kansas City to meet his family. I guess you could say things moved pretty fast, because we got engaged only three months after our first date!
Describe the proposal. It was the Friday before we were about to leave on a Spring Break trip with four of our best friends. We were planning on driving all the way to New York City. Justin asked me if he and I could go out to dinner together that night, but I just thought it was a normal date. We went out to dinner and in the middle of it, his phone rang… and he answered it! Honestly, I was kind of annoyed, he usually never answers his phone during dinner! When he hung up, he said that it was his friend Bo and that he had accidentally left his condo unlocked and had already left for Spring Break. He asked if we could go lock it for him, to which I said, “Sure.” Justin then paid the check and went to the bathroom for like ten minutes! Then I was really confused. I thought he was sick, but actually he was in the bathroom practicing what he was going to say! When we got to the condo, Justin played it cool and told me we should check out the balcony. When he opened the door, there was a beautiful view of the entire city and when I looked down at my feet, there were pink flowers and candles everywhere! All I could say was, “What?” Justin tried to guide me along the path and I just started shaking. At the end of the path there were pictures of us and a bench and more flowers — it was breath-taking. We sat down on the bench and Justin talked to me for a while (because I was speechless). He then told me he loved me for the first time and got down on one knee and proposed. Then we shared our first kiss! When we back to his house, there was big surprise party of all of our friends and family! Best day ever.
In what month did you get married? July
How many guests attended your wedding? 215
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. My favorite song we used was when we exited the ceremony to “Love On Top” by Beyonce! I LOVE Beyonce and was so excited to incorporate a little sass into the ceremony! I also loved when all of my Pi Beta Phi sisters got in a circle and sang the “Pi Phi Miss” song to me!
Describe your wedding flowers: All pale pink! I don’t know much about flowers so I just had to trust my florist and she did GREAT! They were very beautiful!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: The cake was great and looked so cute, but the real crowd pleaser was the pecan pies as the groom’s cake! The funny thing is, I am actually allergic to pecans but pecan pie is Justin’s favorite. That was one dessert we weren’t feeding each other on the wedding day.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Probably time. We only had a four month engagement, which sometimes means compromising. But it is completely doable! I had everything I wanted and, for the most part, it was a stress-free process! Mostly because my mom and my coordinator were so awesome.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? A planner. I couldn’t have done it without Lottie!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I loved our exit! My mom made these really cool ribbon wands for everyone to wave and it just looked awesome! Running through them to the truck holding Justin’s hand was so fun, I was on cloud nine! Starting that old truck was also pretty memorable. I think we almost ran over our photographer. (Sorry Brett!)
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Just take it one thing at a time and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are currently working for a student ministry at the University of Arkansas for the next year and then we will be moving to the East Coast where Justin will be working for a financial sales firm. We are both excited and maybe even a little scared about this huge next step, but are so happy to be doing it together!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
39 Comments
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I am not even going to try to pick a favorite detail to comment about–I love everything!!

  2. avatar AshleyHH reply

    Are the bridesmaids dresses anthro or just the accessories? I love those dresses!

  3. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    Wowww, the venue is beautiful, and I’m loving the bride’s wedding dress! Her bridesmaids dresses are awesome too! :)

  4. avatar Reggie Campbell reply

    Brett, you killed this one dude… and that venue is really, really sick! Good stuff man!

  5. avatar Caitlin {Bayside bride} reply

    The venue is stunning! The cake looks so delicious too!

  6. avatar Marcelle reply

    Where did you get the monogram for your guestbook??

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  8. avatar Brittany Kelland reply

    I LOVE the navy blue stripes mixed with the light pink. It’s such a pretty combination!

  9. avatar B. Garcia reply

    Could you please let me know where you ordered this unique guest book? Or where i can find something similar?

  10. avatar Lottie Fowler reply

    Thanks for the love! We had a blast with this couple! Sweetest ever!!

  11. avatar Hawaii Wedding Planner reply

    Absolutely gorgeous wedding!! The monogram guestbook is a fabulous idea! A definite must share with my Hawaii brides.

  12. avatar Gail from OliverINK Etsy reply

    Love the navy with the pink. A nice way to mix masculine with feminine.

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  15. avatar jenny reply

    LOVE this wedding post! every detail was absolutely perfect! I only wish I had done the MONOGRAM :) what a GREAT idea to use it as a guest book! I will have to start telling my customers about your wedding and how you incorporated the monogram into the wedding :)

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    The Texas hall wedding with the carved guestbook was awesome. How do I go about doing that?

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    Where is this stunning fascinator from?

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  35. avatar Joyce Sampson reply

    I fell in love with the couples initials where the guests sign as a guest book. My grandson’s wedding is in July. Where can I purchase? Love this idea. Please advise. Thank you so much.

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Amelia + Dan are the first to admit that they’re not very traditional. To be honest, I love that about them. While all of the girls in the office adore a great tradition (have you been keeping up with our Southern Traditions series?), we also appreciate when couples put their own spin what a wedding should be. It shows us so much more about their personality as a couple and opens our eyes to new details! I love that Amelia wanted to give this advice to brides currently planning their weddings: Stay true to you! Make sure you are planning the wedding of your dreams. Sure, we’ve heard that many times in unique weddings, but Amelia + Dan really show us that you don’t need a white gown or flowers to create a gorgeous celebration.

How perfect is this vintage key and burlap boutonniere? Would have been perfect for our burlap Ultimate Southern Challenge! From Amelia: The boutonnieres encompassed the vintage Southern vibe we were hoping to achieve, with an antique key backed with burlap and lace ribbon all connected with a button and twine. In my family, buttons represent my grandmother, because she collected buttons. That was another neat way to represent our family in the wedding.

Oh yes, we have some fabulous fashion in store for you today. From Amelia, on her wedding gown: Because of my love of fashion, I am one to make a statement with my dress, and I refused to settle for any dress that wasn’t exactly what I imagined. At first, I wanted a black wedding dress, and Daniel and I had quite the back and forth over what black represented to him and what black represented to me. I told him I hadn’t even found it yet, so don’t go fretting so soon! While most people thought my dress would be all black, or hot pink, or some crazy pattern, I left it a secret until the wedding day. Instead of a traditional bridal shop, my Mom and I went shopping at Nordstrom. I tried on many dresses, all within my theme of black and cream, and there was one that stood above the others. It had an exposed back, halter front (I wanted a dress with straps) and pockets! (I am teacher, and pockets are my best friend!) It was perfect.

Daniel and I asked a very close friend of ours, Todd, to play guitar during our ceremony. I walked down the aisle with my dad to the song that Daniel and I had our first dance to, “Come Back When You Can” by Barcelona. We kicked it up a notch on the way down the aisle as a married couple with “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes! Let’s be honest: At this point, it is obvious that Daniel and I are anything but traditional! We envisioned ourselves dolled up, walking around beautiful and historic Charleston taking pictures with our photographer. It was absolutely worth it. The other positive to seeing each other before the wedding was that it let Daniel get acclimated to my dress. He was more thankful he saw me beforehand not because of the color of my dress, but more for him to get all the tears out before the ceremony.

Amelia is a self-described “non flower person” (at least at weddings), so it was not surprising that they chose a unique route for their reception centerpieces. On what made her wedding Southern: We chose cotton to be present in our ceremony and reception and of course, and we had to indulge in the Lowcountry fare that Charleston offers, especially that of Good Food Catering! We centered each table with mason jars and doilies and had two large buffets that hosted our memorial area and vintage items. Each buffet was dripping with pearls and doilies. We covered the arches in the walk-throughs with pennant banners. We loved the idea of dried naturals instead of flowers to pull the natural setting of The Rice Mill Building together.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Daniel and I were introduced by his roommate, whom I knew from college. We met at our apartment’s summer pool party. Being a teacher, I was fortunate enough to have the summer off from school. Daniel was finishing up his summer class load. We spent all of our free time hanging out and getting to know one another. Daniel used his adorable charm to woo me and the rest is history. Little did I know that “the boy from downstairs” would quickly become my best friend and then my husband.
Describe the proposal. Daniel and I had been wanting to take a mini vacation, so I threw out the idea of driving to Austin, Texas for a weekend to get away. Little did I know, he was hoping I would suggest a trip to Austin because that was where he wanted to propose. He knows me well enough to know that if he just booked us a trip to Austin on his own, I would immediately suspect something. Once we arrived, we started getting ready for our dinner date when I noticed he had already downed half of the bottle of champagne we brought with us. I figured he was just excited to be on vacation. He kept asking me over and over again if I was ready yet. I finally threw on my lipstick and told him I was ready to go. Then, he looked at me told me he had something for me. I sighed and though, “now he is the one keeping us from dinner. What could be so important to delay sushi?!” He pulled something out of his pocket and started telling me how much he loves me and how I would make him happy for the rest of his life. I didn’t understand what was happening until he had the ring in his hand and was getting down on a knee. The words are a bit of a blur now, but I just remember looking startled and surprised! After the ring was securely on my hand, I couldn’t stop looking at it. Daniel says I didn’t look at him the rest of the trip!
In what month did you get married? March!
How many guests attended your wedding? 100
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we chose to repeat traditional vows. One reason being that my twin brother, the family lawyer, married us.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We did not have readings, but my brother brought in his and my philosophy major by quoting a few excerpts from our favorite philosopher, Kant.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We chose to have many various flavors of cakes instead of a tiered traditional cake. Thanks to Sugar Bakery, we had one nine-inch cake, our “wedding cake,” along with eleven six-inch cakes, all in various yummy flavors.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning a wedding out-of-state! My mom and I took a full week to visit the venue, bakery, hotel and hospitality room. I fell in love with the venue just from viewing it online and read rave reviews of the bakers online as well. It was a jam packed week, but one I will never forget. Thankfully, my mom and I had the help of my new mother and sister-in-law to help us along the way. Beside that one week visit, we relied mostly on the graciousness of our vendors to be sure our ideas would fit perfectly.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography, for sure. It lasts forever and we knew Nathan would fit the bill perfectly.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Enjoying our dinner at the reception with our parents and best friends. We were actually able to eat our entire dinner. I think that small amount of downtime was good for Daniel and I to soak it all in.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are most looking forward to buying a house within the next year, here in Dallas. We house hunt every weekend…and every night online.

Photographer: Nathan Westerfield // Venue: The Rice Mill Building // Caterer: Good Food Catering // Rentals: lighting and heart warmers from Snyder Event Rentals, china from Ooh Events and Shop Out of Hand // Linens: Snyder Event Rentals // Invitations: David’s Bridal (online) // Bride’s Dress: BCBG // Bride’s Headpiece: Tasha, Nordstrom’s // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie, Blue lace overlay

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If there’s anything that could make us dry our eyes after Whitney’s news, it would be this gem of a wedding from Justin DeMutiis. Can you believe that today’s bride, Jessica thought her dress was “too fancy?” We are so glad that she was encouraged to try the Maggie Sottero beauty on because she rocks it! I love that Jessica was searching for a future family heirloom when she went shopping, and think she found a lovely one. There are so many sweetly Southern details in these photos, the bride’s dress being just one. Among my favorites are the seersucker-suited ring bearers, the baby’s breath centerpieces and the colorful poms hanging off of Jessica + Derek’s snazzy blue getaway convertible!

Let’s hear a little more about that dress, shall we? Finding my dress was like a search for a future family heirloom. It was a feeling I was searching for. Having all of my bridesmaids, my mom, and my sister there was so special. I’ll never forget the memories we created, laughing and having so much fun. The owner of the salon actually was the one to encourage me to try on the dress. Upon first glance, I thought it looked too “fancy.” As soon as my sister finished zipping it and I turned to look in the mirror, though, the search was over. My family heirloom was found. I would be married in this dress. My future children may be baptized in its fabric or wear a piece of it at their wedding. It is the most beautiful, unexpected and perfect dress I’ve ever seen.

I love that Jessica and Derek’s favorite detail of the wedding was taking a moment at the beginning of their ceremony to honor their mothers – they presented them each with vintage handkerchiefs embroidered with their first initial!

A little bit about this gorgeous confection to finish us off: The design was a simple four-tiered all white cake. Down the front were delicate gum paste flower petals. The inside layers of buttercream were tinted a very light blue to add a subtle detail. Our wedding cake was driven 60 miles to Tampa! Favor Bakery makes the most delicious cake and buttercream frosting in the world!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at Derek’s brother’s house in Tampa, Florida, in September of 2006. He was visiting from Columbus, Ohio, and I knew his brother through a friend from work. We had an instant connection. I’ll never forget seeing him for the first time, and it was all instant butterflies and batting of eyelashes. He went back to Ohio and I went on about my work and life in Tampa. Little did we know that we would see each other again in four months. It was New Year’s Eve; Derek was in Tampa again visiting his brother for the holidays. Unplanned and out of the blue, there we were at the same New Year’s Eve party! When we saw each other again, it was as if we had known each other forever. We’ve been together since.
Describe the proposal. In May of 2009 we went to Ohio to visit his Mom for Mother’s Day. Upon landing in Ohio, Derek told me we were going to dinner at Lindey’s, where we had our first “official” date. Getting ready, getting in the car and driving to the restaurant, there was a cloud of happiness, joy and love around us. As we were seated, I realized it was the same table as our first date. When we were done eating, he got down on his knee and proposed. I was speechless – I’ve never been speechless in my life! He took my breath away. I finally eeked out “yes” and the restaurant and staff erupted in applause and cheers!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Love, beauty, and joy.
In what month did you get married? March
How many guests attended your wedding? 130
Describe your wedding flowers: Our ceremony was held in a garden overlooking Harbor Island and downtown Tampa. The views were so beautiful I wanted the flowers to be subdued and simple. For the ceremony, we used only baby’s breath. Our moms and grandmothers wore a single Sarah Bernhardt peony. My bouquet was made of Sarah Bernhardt peonies and a few salal leaves. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were made of pink garden roses, baby’s breath, white hydrangea, green hypericum berries and salal. The gentlemen wore boutonnieres made of white ranunculus, white lisianthus, and green hypericum berries.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are happy being a married couple, spending time with our family and friends, working hard at our careers, decorating our “first home,” and planning for our family when the day comes.

Photographer: Justin DeMutiis // Week of Coordinator: Jennifer Burkle, Burkle Events // Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club // Florist: Scott Darhower, Apple Blossoms Floral Designs // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Favor Bakery // Caterer: Kevin Lacassin, GoodFood Catering Company // Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas and Betsywhite // Bride’s Dress: “Holly” by Maggie Sottero // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Veil by Priscilla of Boston, Earrings by Maria Elena // Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston

Justin DeMutiis is a member of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Are you smitten with this wedding? Take a look at these:
Katie + Charlie’s Florida beach wedding here and here
Our post all about veils, in honor of Jessica’s stunning one!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
23 Comments
  1. avatar Justin DeMutiis reply

    I couldn’t be any more excited about this feature! I love Southern Weddings!

    • avatar Emily reply

      We love you, too, Justin! We were so happy to feature this wedding!

  2. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    best word to describe this wedding? timeless. absolutely stunning! everything is elegant and beautiful and perfect. LOVE it.

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  4. avatar Stephanie reply

    This wedding is spectacular! Love all the beautiful details. Amazing photography.

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    This wedding is gorgeous! What beautiful flowers, and that cake is phenomenal!

  6. avatar Avery Camp reply

    Justin Demutiis is one of the most talented and passionate photographers I’ve ever had the privilege of working with! Congratulations on ANOTHER feature. It is very well deserved! When I get married, I wouldn’t have anyone else in mind :)

  7. avatar Tina Sargeant reply

    Such an elegant wedding and truly beautiful photography. Lovely colors throughout…it creates such a timeless feel!

  8. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    That wedding dress is stunning! I love the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, too!

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  13. avatar Sara reply

    I love this wedding and the colors. What is the exact color called for the bridesmaids dressed and where were they purchased?

    • avatar Jessica reply

      Sara: French Blue from Priscilla of Boston (silk Charmeuse)

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