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Y’all might be disappointed to know that while Emily and I have had our bulletin boards hung above our desks for weeks, they’re still half empty (but we’re both proud to say they’re looking quite snazzy with the bow ties we pinned to them). It’s so hard to choose which images you love most! Among some of my favorite photos from V4 that I’m choosing between is the one of Paige + Adam’s polished wooden picnic tables. Topped with burlap, candles and colorful flowers and with string lights hanging above, it’s one that appeals to the perfect marriage of natural and refined. As for the other details, we’re just nuts for the newlywed’s oversize chalkboard menu, china seating display and cake buffet. Biggest thanks to Tanja Lippert for sharing this wedding with us!

What kind of food did you serve during the cocktail hour, dinner and dessert? Wine and beer were passed as well as three different appetizers: sweet potato fries, bruscetta, and caprese skewers. We served Texas wines from Becker and Messina Hof Vineyards, and Shiner (a Texas beer) was also served. Additionally, we had a chip and dip bar with guacamole, salsa, queso, and pico de gallo.
Tell us a bit about your first dance. Our “official” first dance was a two-step to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” However, the first song we actually danced to at the reception was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Belivin.” It was candid and unchoreographed, but all our guests thought we had planned it out ahead of time!
Describe your wedding cake: Our main cake was a three-tier traditional white cake with a vanilla butter cream and fondant ribbons. We had three additional smaller cakes that consisted of chocolate cake with chocolate icing, red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, and strawberry-filled white cake with vanilla butter cream icing. The three smaller cakes were displayed on white cake stands and our larger cake was displayed on a large round wooded cheese box. They were 100% delicious!
What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? I’m not sure how unique this is as far as weddings go, but I really tried to put our guests first, including our wedding party. I didn’t want any part of our wedding day to be a hassle or a burden, and I wanted people to thoroughly enjoy themselves. We bussed the guests to the venue from the hotel and even had a bus drop off guests downtown who wanted to keep the party going on 6th Street. I wanted the wedding to be a blessing and ultimately a joyful memory for all.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re looking forward to a future in Austin! We have an amazing community of friends here and a church we love. We hope to pursue Christ first in our marriage and to live on mission for the gospel every day. As we’ve already discovered, this is no small task!
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? The reality of engagement and wedding planning is often in stark contrast to the romanticized idea of it all. At some point, you will be at odds with your family, with your fiancé’s family, and with your fiancé. You might struggle with a budget, a guest list, and many, many other details. Engagement may very well be the most stressful time of your life. Unfortunately, it is during this time that you should also be preparing for the biggest, most humbling life change you will be making to date. In my case, I was wrestling with all the things God was calling me to be as a wife and everything our marriage would symbolize: a living picture of Christ’s love for His church. I encourage all couples to participate in marriage counseling prior to their wedding and to remember what the wedding day is really all about. It’s the first day of the rest of your lives together as one flesh.

Photographer: Tanja Lippert // Videographer: Paul Raila // Coordinator: Lizze Belle Events // Band: Blind Date // String Quartet: Barton Strings // Venue: Kali Kate Equestrian Center // Florist: Petal Pushers // Wedding Cake Baker: Simon Lee Bakery // Caterer: Crave Catering // Bridesmaid Dresses: bridesmaids’ own, Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Hair Stylist: Zig Zag Salon // Makeup Artist: Mandy Morrison // Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch // Bride’s engagement and wedding rings: Andy Feist, Premier Diamonds (972-994-9292) // Bride’s Veil: Warren Barron Bridal // Groom’s Fashion: Suit from JoS. A. Bank, bow tie from Tux & Tulle (etsy.com/shop/tuxandtulle), suspenders from Suspender Store (suspenderstore.com), boots from Lucchese (lucchese.com), Groomsmen Fashion: suits from JoS. A. Bank, ties from Tux & Tulle, suspenders from Suspender Store // Paper Goods: Save the dates from Wedding Paper Divas, invitations from Inviting Affairs, calligraphy by Bailey Amon // Rentals and Linens: Premiere // Ceremony/Reception Décor: guestbook fingerprint tree by Bleu de Toi, table numbers by Pertyfultings, burlap table runners by Straight Stitch // burlap welcome banner by Funkyshique, cake-top banner by Ready Go, hammered table number spoons by Wooden Hive, embroidered handkerchiefs by Embroidery by Melissa // Transportation: R&R Limousine and Bus and Transportation Consultants // Sound: Filo // Officiant: Andy Baxter

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Melissa + Eric’s garden wedding here and here
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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Best, most candid and realistic advice I’ve ever seen on this blog. I may just have to copy and paste it onto my own blog!

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  5. avatar doree reply

    what was the menu – it’s hard to read from far away

    • avatar Elaine reply

      Grilled Beef tenderloin, mixed field greens, rosemary garlic potatoes, mac n cheese with toppings

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Oh, be still my Southern heart. We love these dreamy images of Paige + Adam’s V4 wedding from Tanja Lippert. Among the equestrian details like the illustrated invitation suite from Inviting Affairs and the location at the Kali Kate Equestrian Center (which played off of Paige’s love of horses), the mixed bridesmaids’ dresses, fun pinwheels and white asters lining the aisle take the cake, too. I’m impressed with how hard Paige + Adam worked to customize their ceremony (read on for more details!) and just adore the photo of the bridal party praying together.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Adam and I both spent the summer of 2005 in Spain, he in Granada and I in Santander. We had only been state-side for a few weeks at the end of the summer, when we met at a fraternity party at Texas. We immediately struck up a conversation reminiscing over our summers abroad. We had two classes together that semester and soon became very dedicated study partners. We dated until Adam graduated that same year and moved to New Hampshire to start a career in pharmaceutical sales. We maintained a very difficult long-distance relationship for a year until Adam finally returned to Austin and I graduated one year later in 2008. From then on, we grew closer through our love of Jesus and Longhorn football, not without many trials in between. We have been blessed beyond measure to have made some amazing friends in Austin who have encouraged and challenged us during our time together. Their support continues to minister to our marriage in amazing ways.
Describe the proposal: Adam and I had planned a day trip to Fredericksburg, Texas. Unbeknownst to me, Adam had actually visited the proposal location (Becker Vineyards) earlier that week to make sure everything would be perfectly prepared for us. When we arrived at Becker, we did a tasting and then sat down to have a picnic lunch. As we ate, Adam began quoting scripture from memory and talking about the future. Before I could catch on to his plans, he was down on one knee, and I was speechless. I looked at the ring and the first words out of my mouth were, “Is that real?” Several seconds of shock later, we eventually got to “Yes!” I later found out the best part of the whole plot: Adam’s best friend and older brother were wearing disguises (safari hats, vests, and aviators) and wandering around the vineyard snapping pictures of the whole thing. Somehow I never noticed them!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Joyful, beautiful, personal
What was the weather like on your big day? Absolutely perfect. We couldn’t believe it. It was one of the many blessings of the day. It was also the date of the super “perigee moon”, meaning it was the largest full moon (closest to earth) in the last twenty years. That was one aspect we didn’t plan!
How many guests attended your wedding? 222
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: As soon as I walked into the bridal salon at Carolina Herrera, I knew I was going to find my dress there. Allison, my consultant was caring, attentive, and gracious. For me, I ended up falling in love with the designer, not necessarily a specific dress. Allison was even able to get a dress straight off the runway model in New York for me to try on. It was a dress I had fallen in love with and never in a million years thought I would have the privilege to wear. I ultimately decided on a different dress, but that experience was still very special to me.
Briefly describe your wedding flowers: They were a spring mix of roses, peonies, and other gorgeous blooms.
Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. Our processional was a bit unique. Both Adam and his father walked his mother down the aisle, and I walked half the distance alone and then joined hand-in-hand with both of my parents to cross the rest of the distance to the altar. During the ceremony, we spoke vows to our parents before reciting our own. Our good friend and youth pastor, Andy Baxter officiated. This was so special, in that Andy knew us personally and could speak truthfully about our relationship while delivering a joyful and spiritually-focused message.

Photographer: Tanja Lippert // Videographer: Paul Raila // Coordinator: Lizze Belle Events // Band: Blind Date // String Quartet: Barton Strings // Venue: Kali Kate Equestrian Center // Florist: Petal Pushers // Wedding Cake Baker: Simon Lee Bakery // Caterer: Crave Catering // Bridesmaid Dresses: bridesmaids’ own, Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Hair Stylist: Zig Zag Salon // Makeup Artist: Mandy Morrison // Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch // Bride’s engagement and wedding rings: Andy Feist, Premier Diamonds (972-994-9292) // Bride’s Veil: Warren Barron Bridal // Groom’s Fashion: Suit from JoS. A. Bank, bow tie from Tux & Tulle // suspenders from Suspender Store // boots from Lucchese // Groomsmen Fashion: suits from JoS. A. Bank, ties from Tux & Tulle, suspenders from Suspender Store // Paper Goods: Save the dates from Wedding Paper Divas, invitations from Inviting Affairs, calligraphy by Bailey Amon // Rentals and Linens: Premiere // Ceremony/Reception Décor: guestbook fingerprint tree by Bleu de Toi, table numbers by Pertyfultings, burlap table runners by Straight Stitch // burlap welcome banner by Funkyshique, cake-top banner by Ready Go, hammered table number spoons by Wooden Hive, embroidered handkerchiefs by Embroidery by Melissa // Transportation: R&R Limousine and Bus and Transportation Consultants // Sound: Filo // Officiant: Andy Baxter

Want to see more weddings from V4?
Natalia + Levi’s Paris-meets-Plantation wedding here and here
Camille + Mark’s fun and colorful wedding here and here
Natalie + Wade’s Watercolor wedding here and here
Becky + Cameron’s preppy coral and green wedding here and here

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Love it!! Weddings like this make my heart happy!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    ADORE that last photo! One of my favorite wedding images ever.

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    LOVE this wedding!!!! Those invites are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!!! WOW!

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