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Let’s talk flowers.  (No, you’re not imaging things: it’s really me, Katharine, talking about flowers.  Just go with me on this.)  I love the fabulous, full blooms used in Marie + Robert’s Texas wedding at the GJ Ranch.  Kudos to the design team at Bergner and Johnson for successfully opening the eyes of a traditional rose kind of bride to the gorgeousness of these peonies.  Ben + Laura Harrison of Harrison Studio captured the sweetness of this Southern ceremony – not to mention the chic fashion choices!  The bride took a modern approach to vintage in an Alexia Gavela gown, and dressed her pretty maids in summer-ready frocks from Anthropologie.  Come on back soon for Part II!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We met through a friend the first day I moved to Austin. Although I noticed Robert right away, it took a second meeting for him to notice me. But once he did, we became inseparable pretty quicky. We started dating about a month later and two years after that, he proposed.
Describe the proposal.
Robert decided to plan a day of fun as my Christmas present. After drinking coffee and playing scrabble all morning, we went to the gym. He told me that he’d left his running shoes at my grandparent’s ranch (a 1.5 hour drive away) and really wanted to get them. Thankfully, I was a good sport about it and agreed to drive out there. We stopped about 5 minutes from the Ranch for a beer at a tiny little bar where he handed me a journal. I opened it to find a sweet written note rambling on about how he knew he was not the most thoughtful with gifts, but how he was so glad I was so understanding…and would I marry him? I was completely shocked and looked up to see him on one knee with a beautiful ring. Of course, I said yes. As if things could get better, we went to the ranch to “get his running shoes” and out walks my entire extended family and his too –friends and family who had driven hours and even some who had flown to Texas to be there. I was completely surprised again. We all stayed for the night and had a huge celebration together.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Surreal. Miraculous (because of the rain clearing up). Heavenly.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
Getting to have it at my grandparents’ ranch. It was incredible to see such a familiar place metamorphosize into a beautiful venue. I have so many memories there and Robert quickly fell in love with the ranch. Its now become even more special to us now that we’ll always be able to stand in the place where we said our vows with the sun setting and the lake in the background.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?  What was Southern about your wedding?
Well, the ranch is pretty southern! We had lemonade for people before the ceremony started since it was a little hot. I borrowed pearls from my grandmother, mother, and mother-in-law. The white lucchese boots were the perfect choice since things were a little muddy and I knew I’d want to cut a rug later. The band was country and the first dance was a waltz to an old Anne Murray song (Could I Have This Dance). After that, we two-stepped the night away.  The bridesmaids changed into boots for the reception. During the ceremony we stood in front of a moss-covered cross borrowed from the church I grew up in. 

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  1. avatar sherin reply

    Love her flowers and boots!!! What a great wedding.

  2. avatar silvana reply

    That is truly one of the most beautiful bouquets I’ve ever seen. Really!!!

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This reception is almost too cute for words – but I’ll give it a shot anyway!  N + J celebrated their newlywed status with an afternoon luncheon at Vic’s on the River, and the bright colors are to die-for.  Famed Savannah Rum Runners designed the couple’s to-good-to-eat wedding cake, which I happily would cut into if it wouldn’t ruin the prettiness.  For images from this cute couple’s day-after session, check out Green Door Photography’s blog post here!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress:  Being a wedding photographer myself, I have seen a lot of dresses and wanted something totally different from all of my brides. I chose a mermaid shape.  Since we were having a destination wedding, I wanted something that would travel well also.  I ended up loving a very whimsical crinkled taffeta ivory dress, with unique strings of beads draping across the bodice.  My favorite detail was the fluttery ribbon that wrapped around my neck and cascaded down my back.  The dress exuded a very southern, Savannah feeling, and flowed beautifully with the ocean breeze at the wedding.
Describe your wedding flowers:
Absolutely gorgeous!  My bouquet was very sweet and feminine with dreamsicle colors.  The bouquet was made of peach garden roses, pink peonies, ranunculus, parrot tulips, lilies of the valley, and amaryllis.  It was wrapped in a picot edged ivory ribbon.  Our beach ceremony was decorated with redwood Manzanita branches and the aisle was lined with lime green lichen covered branches with sea grass buckets.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
My husband will say when I walked down the beach toward him for the ceremony.  I remember staring into his tear-filled eyes during our ceremony.  We will never forget the feeling of true, genuine happiness throughout the entire day.
Did you write your own vows?  If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line?
We used both traditional vows along with writing our own special vows.  We related the ocean to marriage a lot during the ceremony with phrases like – “Sometimes the most beautiful beach is the one which has endured the most severe storms.”  We got married at 8:30 am so I told Jason, “I look forward to watching many more sunrises just like today with you.”  And Jason told me, “You are my someone to look forward to after a hard day’s work.  I love every minute I am with you.”
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future?
We are growing more in love every day and enjoying spending time together.  We are decorating our new home and are looking forward to going on a tropical honeymoon in the winter.

Congratulations, Nicole + Jason!  Best of luck as you start your new life together!

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In case you couldn’t tell from our picture selection, we really like Nicole’s “dreamsicle-inspired” bouquet from Garden on the Square.  Gorgeous, and totally unique.  Nicole + Jason were married at the southern end of Tybee Island in Georgia.  Nicole wore an embellished Demetrios gown and handmade birdcage veil decorated with her grandmother’s brooch.  Amy Sell from Amore Events planned the Savannah wedding.  Reception photos from Green Door Photography coming soon!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  Every Thursday night in the summer, there is a concert down by the riverfront in Oshkosh.  That night happened to be the last concert of the season and Smash Mouth was playing.  I was hanging out with a girlfriend when a group of friends came over to us and introduced us to Jason.  Jason and I chatted for a while, and then lost each other in the crowd.  Fate intervened and we later met up at the local bar, where we talked for the rest of the night and found we had a lot of things in common.  He asked for my number, called a couple days later, and we have been inseparable ever since.
Describe the proposal.
It was Halloween and we were preparing to go out.  I went to go pick Jason up for the evening and walked into his house to see that he decorated the house with handmade goodies for me.  He carved a few pumpkins with funny faces, had candles lit and had painted “Happy Halloween Boo!” with hearts on the wall.  There was also a beautiful bouquet of fall flowers, chocolate cake and wine on the coffee table.  I was shocked and felt so loved.  He said he just wanted to make this night fun and special for us.  We sat down to eat the cake and then he went into the kitchen and brought out another pumpkin.  He told me he had made this one especially for me.  He had etched “I (heart) you” on it.  I stood up to go and look at it, excited to see that he had worked so hard on etching the message, then he got down on his knee, turned the pumpkin around, and revealed that he etched “Will you marry me?” on the other side.  He asked me to marry him and opened the pumpkin top and pulled out the ring box.  Of course I said “YES!”  We proceeded to quietly celebrate and savor the moment, made a couple phone calls to our parents, and then went out for Halloween dressed up as Hawaiian tourists and had a blast with our friends.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Intimate, perfect and dreamy.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
Our personal touches.  My brother-in-law got ordained on the internet and officiated our ceremony; he used my late father’s Bible, which was my father’s most precious belonging, during the ceremony.  Since Jason is in the aviation business, he made paper airplanes and our guests threw them at us as we exited the reception.
What was Southern about your wedding?
It was the first time a lot of our guests had visited the South, so we treated them to the best southern hospitality and food.  When guests arrived to Savannah they received gift bags with homemade pralines and other goodies, along with a list of the best things to do and see in Savannah.  We had a local well-known pianist, Eddie Wilson, serenade our ceremony and play “Midnight Train to Georgia” right after we were pronounced husband and wife.  For the reception, we offered southern comfort foods such as fried Mac n’ cheese balls, pigs-in-a-blanket and meatloaf.

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  1. avatar Colorado Wedding Photographers, JasonG reply

    Wow… that last shot is absolutely amazing!

  2. avatar Cherie reply

    Oh my goodness, if I had a wedding photo as good as the last one in your post, I would put it on the wall in the largest canvas available and never take it down. It would become an heirloom for my great, great grandchildren. That is UH-Mazing!

  3. avatar Nat reply

    Very beautiful! I love your bouquet! The colors are outstanding.

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