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It’s easy to love Kimberly and Salvador’s joyful wedding pictures–they look so happy and relaxed, just how I imagine every couple wants to feel on their wedding day! What I love even more, though, is how they crafted a wedding that was so meaningful to them. They were inspired by a Bible verse about a deeply rooted tree throughout their planning, which, in turn, inspired a loose theme of roots and growth. What could be more perfect for that than a wedding at the place where Kimberly’s roots are–her family’s (working!) farm? Even the flowers at the backyard reception were in pots, which now decorate Kimberly and Salvador’s newlywed home!

Thanks so much to Michelle Boyd for sharing Kimberly and Salvador’s wedding with us!

I dove into wedding dress shopping with a very specific idea in my mind, and ended up purchasing a dress that I had made fun of the first time I saw it! It took a couple of trips to David’s Bridal, and I was about to give up when I decided that I should try something different. The moment I slipped the dress over my head, I knew I had found it! Soft to the touch, a bit of lace along the neck and hemline, and ruffles down the back of the dress–it was perfect!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? YES! As a wedding photographer myself, I noticed that the “first look” was one of the rare moments that the bride and groom shared exclusively on the wedding day. I decided a long time ago that I wanted a first look at my wedding, and Salvador was definitely on board with seeing me as early in the day as possible! Those moments during the first look were my favorite from the entire day. It was so peaceful, calming, and perfect!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose “A Thousand Years” as our wedding song. Music is very important to Salvador, so we came up with a few ideas to make the song sound like “us.” A few of his groomsmen played an instrumental version consisting of the guitar, accordion, and the xylophone as the grandparents, parents, and bridesmaids entered. My lovely bevy of bridesmaids sang the words to the song as I walked down the aisle. It was such a neat moment! All of our guests loved how unique the music was, and we loved it too!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We initially planned to write our own vows, but we ended up going with the traditional ones. We rephrased them to sound more like us, but we really loved the promises originally written.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Psalm 1:3 “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” When we began dreaming about our wedding, we landed on this verse. We desired for our marriage to be like a tree that is deeply rooted, thriving, and prosperous. All of the details for our wedding stemmed from this idea, and this verse became the words that rooted us down in the midst of planning the wedding!

Picking a venue was really tough for me! I kept going over and over what would make the most people the most happy. My mom and Salvador had to remind me several times that the wedding needed to be about what Salvador and I wanted–not what we thought everyone else wanted. Since we wanted our wedding to center around roots and growth, we decided to have the wedding where my roots started: the house my parents built. It was a lot of work to turn a working farm into a wedding venue, but thanks to my family, it all came together beautifully!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Wedding cake is my favorite dessert, so it was very important that I find THE cake. We did taste tests at several bakeries around town, and I was on the brink of giving up when I found out that some of my friends were starting a cottage bakery. We scheduled a cake tasting, and I knew from the first bite that I had found the perfect wedding cake! We had a vanilla bean cake with rosette-styled frosting, along with two strawberries and champagne naked cakes. Salvador isn’t a huge fan of cake, so we did mini pies for the groom’s table. My family and I made the pecan pies with pecans from our trees, and The Prickly Pear Bakery made delicious apple, peach, and cherry pies as well!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in college, but we didn’t become good friends until we started working together at Hardin-Simmons University. We would go out to lunch together, collaborate on projects, and go for walks around campus to take a break from the office. I always assumed we were just really great friends (even after he asked me out a few times), but Salvador always knew better! Being the patient and persistent man that he is, he stuck around in the “friend zone” for several years, waiting for me to figure out that we were perfect for each other. After I told him (for the third time) that I didn’t think it’d be a good idea for us to date, he backed off. Of course, I started to miss my best friend! I slowly realized that I had feelings deeper than friendship, so I asked him out on a date. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love, and all of our friends were so relieved that we FINALLY got together!
Tell us all about the proposal! We were in Hawaii celebrating the recent marriage of some of our best friends. On the last day of the trip, we collected shells on Hapuna beach, played in the waves, and soaked up one last beautiful sunset. I noticed that Salvador seemed distracted, but I didn’t think too much of it. Most of my friends were convinced that he would propose on this trip, but I honestly didn’t think he would! So I was totally surprised when he stole me away for a few quiet moments by the ocean after sunset. He gave me a box of sand from the beach, which I thought was just a souvenir. It wasn’t until he dropped down on one knee that I realized he had buried a ring in the box of sand!
When did y’all get married? July 6, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Describe your wedding flowers. My bouquet was a mix of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and billy balls! The bridesmaids bouquets and the boutonnieres were a mix of yellow blooms, and I loved the pop of sunshine they added to the wedding colors! We decorated the yard and tables with a blend of pink and yellow flowers planted in pots. We wanted the flowers to have roots so that they would reflect our theme of growth. We’ve been enjoying the flowers all summer, and I love that our wedding flowers are decorating the steps of our first home together!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite details ended up being the things that we made ourselves. We wanted the details to be unique, reflective of us, and handmade. Salvador built our beautiful backdrop out of picket wood, and it turned out even better than I had imagined! He also cut coasters out of logs (which were hand stamped with our wedding logo–there are lots of perks that come with marrying a graphic designer) as favors for our guests. He also designed our invitation suite, AND he letterpressed our invitations, AND he brushed a watercolor wash over all of them! I made a few signs for the wedding, including the chalkboard menu and the labels for the tea table, and although it might be silly, I was really proud of those signs and loved how they turned out! I also loved the potted plants we used in place of cut flowers for decoration. Our wedding centered around the idea of growth and having roots that run deep, and we wanted the details of our wedding to reflect that. We also planted a tree in my parents backyard at the beginning of the reception!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The food and sweets were definitely Southern-inspired! We served sweet tea and lemonade popsicles to our guests before the wedding started, and we served a heap of Southern goodness at the reception, including biscuits with homemade butter, cool watermelon, and homemade pies. The reception felt like a typical summer evening in the South: good food, good company, a beautiful West Texas sunset, and plenty of sweet tea!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? It’s a tie: the Prickly Pear Bakery and Michelle Boyd Photography!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We had two very memorable moments from our wedding day. The first sight came at just the right time in the day. Salvador and I had both been busy and a bit stressed, and seeing each other made all of that melt away. Those 20 minutes of just me and him were bliss! The moment when our good friend and wedding officiant jumped out from the back end of our car as we were pulling out of the driveway was pretty unforgettable too!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? As soon as you get engaged, spend some time together in prayer thinking about your marriage. Planning a wedding is a stressful ordeal, and having a grounded view of why you’re doing it all is very important. Find a scripture that gives you both peace and lean on those words when everything feels like it’s reaching a boiling point. Remember that a wedding is a celebration, and perfection doesn’t need to be a part of it. And have as many bridesmaids as you want! Even if it is a full dozen. :)
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are both looking forward to sharing every moment of life together! We are so excited that we’re finally married and get to experience it all together!

Photographer: Michelle Boyd Photography / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Hawkins Family Farm / Florist: The Knox City Florist / Wedding Cake: The Prickly Pear Bakery / Lighting: Unorthodox Weddings / Graphic Designer: Salvador Torres / Bride’s Gown: Galina Chiffon Gown with Ruffle and Lace / Paper Products: Red Circle Letterpress / Bride’s Shoes: Bandolino Sterling Platform Sandals in Pink / Groom’s Attire: Kohl’s

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Michelle Boyd reply

    Oh hooray!! Thank you so much for featuring Kim and Sal’s wedding, y’all!!

  2. avatar Rayna {Colorado Wedding Photographer} reply

    What a sweet love story. I love how life has a funny way or working out. :-)

  3. avatar Nicole reply

    Oh, I love this wedding!!!! Those portraits are the happiest.

  4. avatar Heidi reply

    Super cute! Love all the joy and down-home details! Congrats!

  5. avatar Zoe reply

    I love this wedding. Happiness just radiates.

  6. avatar deb dichter reply

    Can you tell mw what the WHITE covering on hay bales is? I see some had quilts but can’t tell what the others have. See photo above, left side, next to one showing quilt detail.

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  16. avatar Dara reply

    I also am wondering what the WHITE cover for the hay bales is. We are planning on using hay bales and wondering what you cover them with.

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Though our last “Ultimate Southern” Challenge wrapped up just last week, we’re already eager to introduce the next round! Once you hear the topic, I don’t think you’ll blame us, either: it’s sweets! Yes, this time we’re looking for your most creative, lovely, adorable, and SOUTHERN ideas concerning the most delicious part of any wedding.

Not a baker? Not a problem! This challenge is more about presentation than taste (although if you have a fabulous recipe to share, by all means, please do!). We’re thinking Southern sweet wrapping, packaging, and prettifying – anything that helps show off your sweetest Southern ideas! To get your wheels turning, here are a few favorites from our archives:

Peach dessert photo by Steve Steinhardt via SW; mini pecan pie photo by Braedon Flynn via SW; mini key lime tart photo by Jodi Miller via SW; s’more pops photo by Kate Headley via SW; mini pecan pies photo by Caroline Joy via SW

Vendors, feel free to team up, though your submission doesn’t have to be anything elaborate — in fact, we want these ideas to be easily executable by brides everywhere!

A few details:

– Your submission can take any form (as long as it involves sweets!), but the most important piece is that it be SOUTHERN.

– Anyone can enter as an individual or a team — vendors, brides and grooms, and wedding or Southern enthusiasts alike. And you don’t have to be Southern to enter!

– To enter, please send 5-10 professional-quality photos at 600 pixels wide and a brief description of your submission to howdy at iloveswmag dot com. Subject line: “Ultimate Southern Challenge: Sweets.”

– Include the names and websites of all your team members, and a list of materials and links to sources used. Please include directions for any DIY projects you may have done.

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on April 20, 2012. Submissions received after the 20th will not be eligible.

– Our favorite submissions will be posted throughout the week of April 23, and the winner, who gets ultimate Southern bragging rights, will be announced the following week.

– Submissions cannot be posted or tweeted until published on Southern Weddings.

We can’t WAIT to see what y’all come up with! Questions? Leave them below, and we’ll do our best to answer them!

P.S. Want to check out the winners of our last three Challenges? Go here, here and here!

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