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This Texas Hill Country wedding took place at {Balcones Springs}, a gorgeous venue for a spectacular “lone star” fete.  This fun celebration wasn’t just a ceremony and reception… it was a three day wedding extravaganza! Guests arrived early and stayed in cabins complete with access to all the amenities of the Balcones Springs with access to the lake, zip line, horse back ridding and more. The event was coordinated by Courtney Rhode of Balcones Springs.  The beautiful bride, Mattie, was treated to pre-wedding pampering with make-up and hair by {Hues By Heather}.  Floral design by {Allie Flowers}.  The wedding cake was made by a family friend and the scrumptious pies came from Mattie’s hometown favorite, {Koffee Kup}. Photography by {Heather Thorne Photography}. Thanks so much for sending this inspiring wedding our way!  To see more, check out Heather’s {Blog} post on Mattie + David’s big day and visit Heather’s new {Blog}.

How did the two of you meet? David and I met at a work related happy hour in downtown Austin.  We both worked in the political arena and had several mutual friends.  As soon as we started talking there was an instant connection and the conversation came easily.  We can thank the Koffee Kup in Hico, Texas (my home town) for a common connection. 
Describe the proposal:  When I proposed to Mattie I wanted it to be a special moment in a place that meant the most to her.  She grew up on a small ranch in central Texas so with the help of family and friends, I organized a gathering the day after Thanksgiving.  Thinking it would be romantic, I lured her out into the middle of the property where we could be alone.  The proposal was fantastic and we were both incredibly excited, until nearby hunters fired a shot from their deer blind.  We weren’t sure if they were shooting at us or to congratulate us, so we decided it was time to get back in our car!  Our families orchestrated arriving when we got back, which was another great surprise for Mattie.  
What attracted me to my husband was: His beautiful smile and his sense of humor.
Why do you love your husband? It didn’t take long to realize what a giving and compassionate person that David is.  No matter what life has thrown our way, David is my number one supporter and companion.  My life’s aspirations have become David’s dreams as well.  We are best friends and we have so much fun together. 
What attracted me to my wife was:  Eye contact, genuine conversation and small town values with big city smarts.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: A wonderful night we went to dinner at a restaurant in Santorini, Greece.  It such a remarkable place with an incredible view! 
The weather on our wedding day was: Absolutely perfect!  Texas is infamous for the heat, but we were blessed to have a cold front come through the week of our wedding, making the wedding day amazing!
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? The Hill Country.  Balcones Springs was a perfect fit for our wedding location because it gave us a laid back atmosphere with a beautiful setting all at the same time.  It was important for our guests to have a wonderful weekend, and travel home feeling relaxed. 
Favorite design element of your big day:  The rustic centerpieces and the finishing touches that my florist provided
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was actually a very easy process.  I went to one store in Austin and had an idea of what style I was going for.  My maid of honor and mom were there to help me find the perfect dress.  Once I found my dress, I knew it fit my style perfectly. 
Describe your wedding flowers: Amazing!  I wanted to incorporate fall colors in the green landscape at Balcones Springs and Allie did a fantastic job.  The white hydrangeas were a wonderful addition because they added elegance to the evening. 
Describe your wedding cake:   A long-time family friend from my hometown made the 5-tier wedding cake, designed after my engagement ring.  Each layer was placed in different directions, and it alternated between a round and a square shape.  We decided to place flowers at the top of the cake and cascading down the side.  It was an Italian crème cake with crème cheese icing.  Delicious! 
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The Koffee Kup pie!  Everyone was thrilled! 
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?   Balancing work and wedding planning.  It can be a bit overwhelming. 
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? David’s mother, Quixie loaned me a beautiful family heirloom that belonged to her mother, a vintage cameo ring.  We pinned it to the sash of my dress and it was the perfect touch. 
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The moment just before my bridesmaids walked down the aisle.  I remember looking at each one of them and feeling so blessed to have every one of my very best friends there with me to share in our celebration. 
Scariest moment? Putting on fake eyelashes! 
Funniest moment? Watching our flower girls getting prepped for the big day.  They were much prissier and high maintenance than me or my bridesmaids. 
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was: Seeing David’s tears as I walked down the aisle.  Normally, I am the emotional one.  It was an incredibly special and touching moment.   
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase/verse/or line?  We did not. My grandfather (Mattie) delivered the ceremony and he had a wonderful service that delivered a message and spoke to our relationship perfectly. 
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding?   Just relax and remember that it all goes by very quickly. 
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration.  “This moment is for you and David, focus on him and the wonderful lives you have to look forward to.” 
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?  We both feel so blessed to have a wonderful partner to share our lives with.   We are looking forward to spending the holiday season with friends and family and eventually buying a house.
Other details you want us to know about your wedding:  Balcones Springs gave up the perfect “weekend wedding”.  Our guests stayed in cabins onsite and we had two days of fun and laughter.  Swimming at Lake Ted was a great way to spend part of the afternoon on our wedding day.  Guests enjoyed swimming, paddle boats, a wonderful lunch and of course the most popular attraction, the “Blob” water toy.

Congratulations to Mattie + David.  We wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy!


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  1. avatar holly hatam reply

    hmmmmmmmm…the pies look delicious!

  2. avatar Michelle @ My Wedding Report reply

    I love this wedding! Who designed her dress? Also, I’d love to see more pictures of the centerpieces if there are any. I am planning my wedding now and we are hoping for a more rustic look.

  3. avatar Scarlett Lillian reply

    Awwww, Heather congrats! I knew when I saw this wedding on your blog, I thought it would be a perfect fit for the SW blog! Can’t wait to shoot together in a few weeks!

  4. avatar Shannon reply

    I love this wedding soo much! And I LOVE her dress…who is it by???

  5. avatar Darci reply

    That dress is amazing!

  6. avatar Betsy reply

    Wow, what a beautiful wedding and a beautiful couple. The photography is fabulous – especially the picture on the bridge with the couple’s reflection!

  7. avatar Julie reply

    I also LOVE this dress! Would love to know who the designer is!

  8. avatar Alexis reply

    Can you please post the designer of her dress? It’s stunning!! Thank you.

  9. avatar Cameo reply

    Beautiful wedding!!! However when the family heirloom was described it brought tears to my eyes because my name is Cameo and my mom’s side of the family has a cameo pendant that after my wedding has been in 5 generations of weddings!

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Atlanta brides, there is an amazing event coming up called {Tie the NOT}. I know what you’re thinking, “what is this?” Well, it is quite possibly one of the most genius events we had ever heard of in the bridal business.  This event is a new twist on the old school bridal shows. First and foremost, those in attendance will be guests to five “NOT” weddings during the evening. These weddings will be ‘mock’ weddings that cover a wide range of bridal styles. Think rustic, elegant, chic, modern and more. Guests will get to be a part of the ceremony and reception for each. We can only imagine all the inspirations and great ideas brides will collect from these fab five weddings. I wish we could be there too, but you will have to go and enjoy for us!!

Save the date for November 16th at 4pm at Atlanta’s famous Opera Nightclub.  Doors open at 4 and ceremony begins at 5 sharp.   RSVP to {The NotWedding Blog} to be placed on the guest list (Tickets just $10).  For more information check out the {Tie the NOT} website.


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Today, we bring you a very special treat.  {Katie Elfers}, floral diva extraordinare, has been kind enough to share her vast knowledge of flowers and design with all of us today.  Based in Northern Kentucky, Katie has an eye for Southern classiness and an ability combine very unique textures, organic elements and flowers.  Photography by the amazing Tine Hoffman of {TM Photography}.  Enjoy!

From Katie: A lot of brides will come to me not knowing what they want or when we start talking flowers, they don’t know their options beyond roses.  I love these opportunities to share the vast selection available in wedding flowers.  I really enjoy coming up with a design truly unique to each client and finding ways to include elements of their personalities through the flowers we choose.  I always encourage couples to tell me about each other and their wedding using as many adjectives and descriptive words as possible.  This way I can make recommendations on what flowers can really bring out the vibe that really defines their wedding and them as a couple. 
For the bouquets pictured, I chose a few key blooms and then mixed and matched their different defining characteristics for a coordinated, but not “matching” look.  The pink undertones of the succulent blossom dictated the shades of the roses and parrot tulips while their general shape provided a sense of contrast.  The orange and green undertones of a Mango Calla Lily give me direction in choosing the tone of the orange roses while green cymbidium orchids and hellebore blooms to provide that sense of complimentary color mixing.  Then I look to something a little unexpected to finish off the design.  From feathers and rhinestones to twigs and pebbles, I try to find a small detail of the flowers that could otherwise go unnoticed and use it as inspiration for finding a way to make the whole bouquet coordinated.

In designing with flowers, I prefer to take a less structured approach.  By observing the way flowers and plants grow and mix together in nature I can get a sense for how to group flowers and keep a more organic feeling to the design.  For those who are looking to DIY some of their own flowers, a simple trick is to group flowers in odd numbers.  This keeps the flowers visually appealing and balanced.  By not having to match exact colors or force a certain design or pattern the finished product is elegant and beautiful, yet still approachable and personal.

Thanks so much Katie! Be sure to visit her {blog} for more floral inspiration.


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  1. avatar Katie Elfers reply

    Thanks again Rachel, Laura & everyone at SWS. Seriously humbled to be in such good company!

  2. avatar Carrie E reply

    Katie is my florist for my upcoming wedding in January. I feel completely honored to work with her, and am so excited to see my vision merge with her talent. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky brides, you can trust you’re in good hands with Katie!

  3. avatar stephanie s reply

    Katie was my florist a few weeks ago for my wedding. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was with her services. She went above and beyond the call of duty. My flowers were AMAZING and so was she. They were super high-end without the high-end price tag. I would recommend her over and over again. The girl has talent!

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