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All of us at SW loved this wedding. For me, it is the bright yellow bridesmaid dresses and the bouquets wrapped in yellow and black velvet.   There is also the super cute flower girl with the brightest smile.  Oh… and the bride is absolutely gorgeous!!  Basically I LOVE this wedding.  Reception at {The Ambassador Campus}.  Planning by the bride herself.  Photography by the amazing Southern California photographer {Drew B}. Thanks to Drew for capturing these inspiring images.  To see all of the amazing shots from Tara + Tyrone’s big day check out Drew B’s {Blog}

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  1. avatar Starry-eyed Barefoot Bride reply

    Something about the groom in the jumping the broom photo just made me smile. He looks so enthusiastic! It almost looks like that was the moment when it hit home that they were married and he wanted to put his all into it. Look at the height of that jump! I love it!

  2. avatar Shari Bare reply

    What a lovely wedding! And absolutely gorgeous photography.

  3. avatar Tara reply

    Completely stunning! The colors, the venue/setting, the gorgeous couple… Wow!

  4. avatar DrewB reply

    How excited was I when I saw this on my reader??? Tara and Tyrone were so amazing! This wedding was beyond gorgeous! Tara did such a beautiful job putting it all together! Thanks for featuring it!

  5. avatar Julie Gandy reply

    Every detail is to die for!! I love the color, the flowers, the gorgeous bride, everything!

  6. avatar Amy-jo Tatum/Bride Chic reply

    I really adore this gray-yellow color mix.

  7. avatar Jeana reply

    Ok I am so loving that grey and yellow, Fierce! And the bride is just a timeless beauty, she’s gorgeous! They look like they had a great time and the venue lighting is amazing!

  8. avatar Miss. Meme reply

    love it!

  9. avatar Jessica reply

    this wedding is so fabulous!! I’m lovin’ it for sure- and I’m also lovin’ that bride’s dress!!! know who made it?

  10. avatar Diana Daley reply

    I love the yellow! I love the dresses! Tara is a stunningly beautiful bride. And what yummy photography!

  11. avatar Jasmine B. reply

    I love the colors! And where did she get that beautiful yellow purse? I want one!!

  12. avatar ThickChick reply

    I am so impressed that her dress was from a Chinese ebay dressmaker!! I have considered this option, as I have champagne tastes on a beer budget when it comes to the gown, but I’ve been extremely weary… Seeing how lovely she looks in this Lazaro replica gown, I’m tempted!In any case, gorgeous bride, gorgeous wedding!

  13. avatar Dawn reply

    There are so many things I love about this wedding. I absolutely love the jumping of the broom. the couple looks so incredibly happy. Love it! Also the picture of the flowergirl’s and bride’s feet. I remember as a little girl, my mom always dressing me in those cute little socks with the lace trim and the patent leather mary janes. Oh and the lighting design on the building…very creative.

  14. avatar Yvette reply

    This is a stunning beautiful wedding. I love the bride and groom pictures. The little girl is so cute.

  15. avatar Judy reply


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Abby + Justin sure know how to keep a wedding meaningful and filled with family traditions. I love that Abby + Justin combined stones from Abby’s grandmother’s wedding rings to make her own unique and one of a kind wedding ring.  Also, Abby’s wedding dress was hand made by her mother! Catering and wedding cake by {Simply You Cafe}. To see more images of Abby + Justin’s wedding check out Suki’s {Blog}.

Favorite design element of your big day?  I loved all the details of our wedding because they were simple and we did so much of it ourselves.  I especially enjoyed designing our save-the-dates, invitations, and programs.  We also created grapevine wreaths with pearl accents for the chapel doors that doubled as reception decorations.  On the reception tables, we used antique crochet doilies under boxes of green apples and silk flowers that were handmade from my wedding dress fabric.  My mom also made homemade candy for guests to take home.
Describe your wedding flowers:  We used a monochromatic ivory palette and a variety of flowers for a relaxed, “cut from the garden” look.  My bouquet and my bridesmaid’s bouquets used garden roses, tulips, ranunculus, freesia, and sweet peas.  The groom’s boutonnieres were tulips.  My bouquet was wrapped in a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding dress.
Describe your wedding cake:  Instead of a traditional tiered cake, we designed a more modern look with foursquare cakes, each topped with bouquets of roses, tulips, and ranunculus.  Two cakes were lemon cake with vanilla butter cream filling and two were chocolate cake with chocolate filling.  Justin loves cheesecake, so instead of the traditional groom’s cake, we had cheesecakes topped with chocolate sauce and strawberries.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?  Time!  We were both studying for and taking a series of 9 architectural registration exams, buying a house, and working while planning the wedding.  Sometimes I felt like I wasn’t spending enough time on the wedding and at other times I felt that I was spending too much time on the wedding and neglecting other aspects of life.  Time management was always an issue, but it was an enjoyable challenge.
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding?  Though not really traditions, there were some important elements of the wedding that honored our families.  My wedding and engagement rings used stones from both my grandmother’s wedding rings.  My parents graciously gave the rings to Justin and we had a jeweler incorporate the stones into the rings’ designs.  I used lace from my mother’s wedding dress to wrap my bouquet, and wore a gold and sapphire necklace that was a gift from my grandmother to my mother.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?  The wedding ceremony was most memorable to me.  Our pastor made each part of the ceremony meaningful and personal to us as a couple.  Our families were part of the ceremony, vowing to support our marriage, and our best friends were involved in readings, communion, and music. 
Funniest moment?  We spent most the reception taking pictures and talking with our guests, so we did not get anything to eat or drink.  We were so thirsty as we left the reception that we stopped at Chick-fil-A on our way home.  Who knows what the drive-thru attendant thought when she saw us dressed up in our wedding clothes ordering iced teas!
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was:  How neither of us had any wedding day jitters.  There were so many last minute details and events leading up to the day, that we were pleasantly surprised to be completely worry-free and above all – happy – the entire day of the wedding.  We could not stop smiling.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:  Wonderful, joyous, relaxed.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding?  Make the decision to enjoy the time you have to prepare for the wedding.  No matter how much time you have, the weeks, months, or years will be over before you know it.  You don’t want to look back and see that you missed out on life or let all the details stress you out during that time.  Instead, focus only on what is important to you and your fiancé and have fun with it!  
What’s next for you as a couple? We completed our architectural registration exams soon after the wedding, so we are enjoying some free time!  Next, we are looking forward to remodeling our house.

Congrats to Abby + Justin!  We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness!

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  1. avatar melissa @ the inspired room reply

    I love that you did so many things yourself. For her wedding this summer, my daughter created her own invitations, programs & even baked cupcakes for the reception. There is something very meaningful and special about creating memories not just of one day, but of the hands on care of many of the details leading up to it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and special day!

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This Texas couple is so chic. Together, the two chose to have their ceremony and reception at the {Clark Gardens}, a botanical masterpiece that has been consistently named one of the nation’s top gardens. With Clark Gardens set as the venue, Abby (who acted as a wedding planner as well as bride) decided to use the colors of the Clark Gardens to inspire her decor. The end result was absolutely perfection for the couple. Thanks to {Photos by Suki} for sharing these dazzling images with us.

How did the two of you meet? We met in graduate school as we were both getting our Masters in Architecture.  We had several classes together, but we really got to know each other in the last semester before Justin graduated as we spent a lot of late nights at school working on projects.  We found that we both loved baseball, so our first date was to a Texas Rangers baseball game.  On our one year anniversary we went to visit my parents and Justin asked them for their blessing to ask me to marry him.  Justin proposed a few months later, and we were married almost exactly two years after our first date.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: After we were engaged, we took a trip to Alaska to visit two of our good friends.  We spent a week enjoying time with our friends and exploring the incredible environment around Anchorage. 
The weather on our wedding day was: It was sunny but cool – perfect for an afternoon reception outdoors.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:  I did not have to go on a
wedding dress search – my mom made my dress!  It was simple and
comfortable, but absolutely beautiful.  We used raw silk in the palest
off-white.  My mom created a simple pleated detail along the neckline
and a matching silk chiffon sash.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding?  The garden setting at our venue, Clark Gardens, inspired our color palette of soft greens, browns, and ivory, the natural, informal details, and the light afternoon tea menu.  We did not need to use a lot of extra decoration when the setting itself was such a beautiful backdrop.

Check back later from more on Abby + Justin!

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  1. avatar Cathy and David – Photographers reply

    These are just plain gorgeous… the light and post are just perfect. :) Guess I’ve got another photographer to stalk! :-D

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