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I just love when we get weddings with a surprising pop of color! Maggie + Alec’s wedding decor incorporated a lot of vintage charm, but I am just head over heels with their blue accents. It’s at once electric and romantic! If their color scheme has you pumped to see the rest of this wedding, too, I’ll go ahead and let you know that M + A don’t disappoint. With tradition in their hearts, but a love for the rolling Texas hills, the newlyweds decided to bring their ceremony outside. Maggie loved the stained glass windows at the altar and we have to agree. “The old, gothic church doors and stained glass church windows gave us the perfect combination of God’s presence in our vows and the beautiful creation,” said Maggie. Among the other heartfelt additions were the bouquet pin, gold ring and handkerchief that Maggie carried down the aisle — all belonged to her great grandmother and namesake.

Big thanks to The Nichols to sharing this lovely day with us!

Vividian Design Studio of Kerrville, Texas created much of the floral décor. The color palette was soft ivory and white with rich shades of blue and vintage silver. My bouquet was a romantic mix of white peonies, vendela roses, white majolica spray roses, white hydrangea and white ranunculus. The stems were wrapped in antique French blue ribbon that my mom had collected and a silver name pin that belonged to my great-grandmother and namesake, Maggie was added to the ribbon. My bridesmaid’s carried bouquets of blue delphinium, muscari, cornflower, dusty miller and blue anemone. Our beautiful flower girls had headbands of fresh flowers and the men worn boutonnières of white anemone. The head tables at the reception were decorated with random pieces of antique silver serving as both candleholders for the beeswax candles and unique vases for ivory roses and hydrangea. The guest tables were decorated with antique and vintage crochet, silver, cut glass, books, clocks and wedding cake toppers. These were accented with ivory hydrangea, roses, dusty miller, spray roses ranunculus and a touch of blue delphinium.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did not do a “first look” because we were pretty traditional in our approach to our wedding. We wanted Alec’s first look to be as I walked down the aisle with my dad. This was difficult to accomplish at an outdoor wedding on a hilltop. The church doors that we used for the ceremony were the perfect solution to the “moment” that was very important to us both. We wanted my dress to be a complete surprise so Alec never even saw the dress before the doors opened at the ceremony. His reaction was perfect!

Our wedding was filled with so many wonderful details. My personal favorite was the unique stained glass windows that stood behind us during the ceremony. The three antique stained glass church windows were narrow and ten feet tall and were simple and elegant against the background of the gorgeous Texas Hill Country vista. The windows were the only “decorations” that we had for the ceremony. On the day of our wedding, it was predicted to rain heavily and the morning was overcast and drizzling. The rain stopped just an hour or so before the ceremony and the sun broke through the clouds and lit up the stained glass just as we began our vows.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
We did not have any particular readings at the ceremony, but the pastor spoke at length from several scriptures. We did have one of Alec’s groomsmen sing “Ten Thousand Reasons” by Matt Redman. We love the lyrics that speak to praising the Lord for all of His blessings to us and His overwhelming love for us when we don’t deserve it.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. 
We used only one song as the parents, grandparents, and my bridesmaids walked down the aisle, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Bethany Dillon. I walked down the aisle to an instrumental of “Before the Throne of God Above” by the King’s Chamber Orchestra. Adam Naylor, one of Alec’s groomsmen, sang “Ten Thousand Reasons” by Matt Redman during the ceremony. The recessional song was a mash-up of “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and “God Bless Texas” by Little Texas in recognition of our heritages from the proud states of Alabama and Texas. We walked into the reception to “Crazy Little Thing called Love” by Michael Buble. Alec and I danced to “When You Say You Love Me” by Josh Groban. I picked the song I wanted for my first dance when I was in middle school. After all the years of practice dancing in the living room with my family, it was a surreal moment in my wedding to actually dance to the song with my husband. My father and I danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and Alec and his mom danced to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
My dress was actually the first one I tried on! It was in a small bridal shop in my hometown of Boerne, Texas. I really liked it, but I didn’t want to buy the first dress I saw! After spending another day or two trying on dresses with my sister and my mom all over San Antonio, I realized that I kept choosing the exact same style of dress that I had first tried on at Beatitude. We returned home to Boerne and I purchased both the dress and the veil from my hometown store!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
Our wedding was all about the Southern details. I guess you could describe it as classic Southern elegance with charming vintage accents. The décor for the reception and the cocktail hour was tarnished antique silver, accents of old white paint pieces and the comfort of tea-stained crochet. The guests picked up an antique skeleton key tied to a tag with a clock face stamped to a specific time. The tables were decorated with ivory silk tablecloths topped with antique crocheted table accents with a combination of two centerpieces. Half of the tables were antique silver champagne buckets filled with ivory and white hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus and dusty miller surrounded by antique cut glass sherbet glasses of varying old patterns filled with floating candles. The other half of the tables were decorated with heavy antique silver trays topped with vintage wedding cake toppers from the 1940s and 1950s collected by my mom. The cake toppers were under a glass cloche and were surrounded by a ring of ivory spray roses. Each table was accented by old books of varying shades of our accent color of French blue and each table had an antique, silver Big Ben Westclox clock. The clock for each table was set to a specific time and this corresponded to the clock face stamp on the escort cards. Another Southern tradition with a twist was the ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to be in a church, but we also wanted to be outside in order to take advantage of the venue’s views of the Texas Hill Country. The old, gothic church doors and stained glass church windows gave us the perfect combination of God’s presence in our vows and the beautiful creation. It was a church without walls. I also continued the bridal traditions from my family by carrying a gold ring of my namesake and great-grandmother, Maggie Webster and a ring of my grandmother’s, Pat Webster. I also carried a tatted handkerchief made by Maggie that all my cousins have also carried on their wedding day. The greatest Southern tradition that was present at our wedding was the tremendous of amount of help we had from family and friends for setup and for cleanup. There were at least thirty people that spent hours helping to make our day perfect! We literally could not have accomplished either the setup or the clean up without their kindness and show of Southern hospitality and love.

I’m most happy we splurged on the vintage pieces from Revive Vintage Rentals, the doors and windows for the ceremony, the unique tables for the cakes, the wooden head tables, upholstered couches and chairs for seating and various accent pieces gave our wedding a warm, personalized feel as if our family had brought the furniture from our home. All of the details of this wedding were taken care of beautifully by Revive Vintage Rentals. They worked diligently to make every detail unique and so special.

It took me awhile to decide if I wanted to do just cake or cake and cupcakes. I love red velvet cupcakes, but in the end I decided just to go with a traditional cake. The bride’s cake was a simple three-layer, round, white cake with buttercream icing and a simple pattern of random linear etchings. It was topped with ivory roses and hydrangeas. The groom’s cake was a layered, square chocolate cake with chocolate icing. It was covered in crumbled Oreos and chocolate covered strawberries. We added a punch bowl of strawberries and chocolate sauce nearby for those that might want a little more or just the fruit. Both of the cakes were made by a small place in my hometown called Bumdoodler’s. It is hard to find better tasting icing or cake anywhere. My sister’s diet is gluten free and so we had a whole three-layered cake made completely from Rice Krispies, which was a huge hit with everyone.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. 
Alec and I met working as counselors at Pine Cove Christian Summer Camps in Tyler, Texas. Alec went to the University of Alabama for undergrad and I went to the University of Texas at Austin. We were both counselors during the summer, but we didn’t go on our first date until the NCAA football National Championship between Alabama and Texas at the Rose Bowl in January. He asked me to go to dinner with him the night before the game and so we went on our first date in California! We officially started dating in February after he asked my father’s permission.
Describe the proposal. 
The proposal was perfect! We were on vacation in Hawaii with my family and we spent the day just relaxing on the beach. In the afternoon, the girls were treated to a massage at a nice resort and I thought Alec was snorkeling with my brother. After our massages, we drove to a new beach to pick up my brother and Alec. My dad and I walked down the beach to find their snorkeling spot and, to my great surprise, Alec was standing by a blanket on the sand all dressed up. My dad hugged me, and then Alec very humbly and sweetly asked me to marry him as the sun was setting on the Pacific. We were on the beach made famous by South Pacific on the North Shore of Kauai. We brought home a small jar of sand from the spot on the beach where I said, “Yes!”
In what month did you get married? 
How many guests attended your wedding? 
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? 
I am actually currently in my first year of medical school in San Antonio, so it was difficult to balance planning the wedding and the details with studying for school. Thankfully, my mother and bridesmaids were incredibly helpful with all the details that needed to be completed. Also, Alec was living in Alabama for the first half of our engagement, so it was difficult to coordinate some events that involved his input.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? 
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
I have so many moments from that day that I will never forget, but I have one that stands out. Our wedding ceremony was at the top of a hill on the open hillside. We had these old wooden church doors set up at the end of the aisle that were closed when I was driven up to the site. I was so nervous as I got out of the car and got ready to walk down the aisle. My dad took my arm and the ushers opened the door. All I could see was Alec’s face. He was in tears and I never lost eye contact with him as I walked toward him. All my anxiety was completely gone as soon as I saw his face.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Ask those around you for help. There is no way you can plan a wedding by yourself and stay sane. Use the knowledge base that is already around you. Also, figure out the details that you absolutely want and then try to be flexible on some aspects. It will make it less stressful for everyone.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
I will be in medical school for several more years and Alec found a job in the oil and gas field, which was an absolute blessing from God. We pray that as a couple we serve and bless those around us and continue to run the race that God has set out in our future.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Carly reply

    Beautiful wedding! And gorgeous pieces from Revive Vintage Rentals!

  2. avatar tricia hamil reply

    Such a beautiful wedding! We at Viridian Design Studio were honored to be a part of this special celebration. Congratulations Maggie and Alec!

  3. avatar Mindy Carlettini reply

    This wedding was picture perfect:). The color scheme is so gorgeuos! What a beautiful, bright blue in contrast with the white. Maggie, even your shoes looked gorgeous:). I also love all the furniture and special touches from Revive Vintage Rentals. And the cakes, well it’s almost sad that they had to be cut into! Nice job!!

  4. avatar Amy Nicholson Jones reply

    I love the surprising pop of blue! This was even prettier in person. All the vintage pieces give such great texture to the venue. Perfect Texas wedding. I’m definitely recommending Revive to my friend. One is having her reception at a 1920s venue… it would be PERFECT! Do y’all rent to the DFW area?

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    Where did you find those beautiful stained glass windows? It made for a gorgeous setting and I’m looking to do something similar but have no idea where to start….

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  11. avatar Meri reply

    Can you please tell me where you got the stained glass windows for this wedding? I have seen them in a few wedding photos. Thank you so much.

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Sometimes I look at the images for these Real Weddings and I don’t know how to start talking about them. Take Beverly + Curtis’s wedding, for example. Their green and white color scheme and pecan orchard setting can’t justly describe how intimate, yet grand, their ceremony was. The tall trees of the orchard enveloped the bridal party and guests while providing a vast amount of space for their vows to be heard. It’s an appropriate venue for B + C’s wedding, since Beverly’s father planted the orchard the year she was born. Even more nods to the family’s Southern roots come in with the flowers. Beverly’s beautiful bouquet and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres included cotton bolls, which subtly highlighted her father’s cotton farming background. Big thanks go out to photographer Josh Moates with Kim Box Photography for sharing this wedding. Come back for Part II, because we can’t wait to share more of it with you!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at a party in Auburn when we were 19. We had been friends for a long time but only started dating when we were 27.
Describe the proposal. We were getting ready to go watch a play with my parents. Curtis asked right as my parents pulled up to my house to pick us up.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fresh, Southern, touching.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My father is a cotton farmer, so I have grown up with it my whole life and asked our florist put cotton from my father’s farm in our bouquets and in the boutonnieres. I couldn’t find shoes in a color I liked, so my aunt, who is a faux finisher in Louisiana, painted my shoes. My father planted the pecan orchard we got married in the year I was born and the same jeweler that set my engagement ring also set my mother’s. It was also very touching how many incredibly nice things people did for us. I am convinced I have the best family and bridesmaids I could possibly ask for my wedding.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had cotton in the bouquets and were married in a pecan orchard. Guests were given fans and we had cheese grits at the reception. The majority of the logs and stumps used in decorating came off of my father’s farm, and our groomsmen wore seersucker suits.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew my wedding dress the minute I saw it on the hanger, even though I tried on many. It came from Denson’s in Montgomery, Alabama and was made by Allure Bridals.

Photographer: Kim Box Photography // Videographer: Drew Woods // Planner: Mary Me // Venue: Brides parents’ home // Florist: Southern Wedding Designs // Wedding Cake Baker: Cake Designs // Caterer: Southern Hospitality // Bride’s Dress: Denson’s, Montgomery, AL // Jewelry: Deans Jewelers // Bride’s Shoes: Zappos, hand painted by bride’s aunt // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Brides hair: Doug’s 2 Salon // Brides Makeup: Bella

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Desiree reply

    I want to see more images of that altar! how awesome :)

  2. avatar Taylor reply

    LOVING the cotton accents!

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  8. avatar robbin chamberlain reply

    Hi Kim! Fantastic pictures. Your bridal bouquet is absolutely wonderful! But, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE GREEN SHOES???????? My daughter is getting married in 4 weeks and she’d love to find those shoes, so give it up, Girl!

    Good luck and God bless!
    Robbin C.

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High school sweethearts Meghan + Chris were married on the bride’s family farm, right in front of the water, where their family, friends and a few cows and ducks (no joke!) attended. Their wedding was chock full of family-made details, including the line of quilts hung in the background. They provide a comfy backdrop for the blue-infused ceremony. Isn’t the hydrangea-decked altar beautiful? Special thanks to Cyn Kain Photography for sharing!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Chris and I met in high school. Neither of us can really pinpoint the exactly when we met, but we clicked as buddies immediately. Then, a few years later, we started dating the summer before our senior year.
Describe the proposal. We had been dating for SEVEN years! To say I expected it was an understatement. I even had a “proposal” dress because I was so convinced that I would predict when he would pop the question. He had other plans. He bought the ring on a Tuesday and came home that night and proposed, just him and me in our bedroom. It was so sweet and I had no time to snoop!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Farm-chic, family-oriented and FUN!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we stuck with the tradition. It was nice for those long spoken words to transform into a personal and special meaning for me and Chris! We did break from tradition with our unity ceremony. Chris and I planted a water oak tree, complete with soil from our childhood homes, in order to signify our growing relationship.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Well, there was the farm part – it is a working farm and over the years has grown tobacco, cotton, cows, pigs, and chickens. A dozen or so cows attended the ceremony (great for background ambiance!) along with my Papa’s pet geese and ducks! I am such a Southern girl, so I really wanted that reflected in the wedding. We used my great-grandpa’s ’72 Chevy Cheyenne pickup truck as our gift “table.” We had hay bales, hydrangeas and country garden flowers as decorations. We had quilts displayed that were collected from members of my family, one of which was a wedding ring pattern made by my great grandma. My Uncle Tim handcrafted many of our wooden tables out of old barn wood from the area. All 300+ of our napkins were sewn by my grandmother and great aunt from fabric that was purchased in the 60’s and 70’s. Anoop Desai, an UNC graduate and top 10 American Idol contestant, sang Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” for our first dance!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Ironically, I actually went the morning before Chris proposed to look at a Watters gown I had my heart set on but I hated it on! So that night, after Chris gave me the ring and the excitement had died down, I started having panic attacks about finding the perfect dress. That week, I went to Victorian Rose in downtown Raleigh, NC. This time I loved everything I put on! In order to decide, my mother, aunt, grandmother and three of my bridesmaids came with me and voted on their favorite. Their votes were priceless because I am still madly in love with my Rosa Clara gown!
Describe your wedding flowers: My girls and I carried bouquets of white peonies, white hydrangeas and white spray roses. The altar under which we married was covered in blue hydrangeas and the tables were decorated with a variety of country garden flowers.

Photographer: CynKain Photography // Videographer:Cline Video Productions // Planner: bride’s mother // Venue: The Kelly Farm // Florist: Floral Designs by Eddie // Wedding Cake Baker: bride’s aunt // Caterer: Chef Gregg Hamm // Hair Stylist: Brittany Smith // Make Artist: Stef Sevilla // Paper Products: By Invitation Only // Band: In the Pocket // Bride’s Dress: Rosa Clara // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Gardenia by Details by JLynn, veil by Victorian Rose Boutique // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Cyn reply

    Thank you, ladies for the feature! Meg + Chris had such a sweet wedding :) xo

  2. avatar Pamela Counsell reply

    Love the photographs Cynthia! Beautiful wedding!

  3. avatar Erin McLean reply

    Yeah Cyn! Your work is so gorgeous!!

  4. avatar Lauren Frances reply

    Absolutely stunning!

  5. avatar Adger Rothwell reply

    I simply cannot pick a favorite out of all of these images- each is so beautiful! Cynthia, you are so talented and continually amaze me!

  6. avatar Amanda reply

    AAAHHH!! I love it all! Such a fabulously Southern, farm-chic wedding! I am getting married on my parents’ farm next June and this is right up my alley! LOVE IT.

  7. avatar Becky reply

    Love love love it! What a fun wonderful wedding for such a special couple. And Cynthia did such a great job capturing it all!

  8. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Cyn, congrats on the feature!! This is a beautiful wedding and you did an amazing job of capturing it!

  9. avatar Meghan reply

    YAY! What a wonderful day for me, Chris and our family and friends! Thank you to Cyn for taking such gorgeous shots for us! And I LOVE this blog – how exciting to have our wedding featured!

  10. avatar Cindy Loftus reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Cyn, you really captured the feel of this wonderful event. And thanks for making my wood-burning look so good. LOL…Aunt Cindy

  11. avatar Sharon reply

    Beautiful day, beautiful colors, beautiful location, beautiful bride…..Cyn you make it look so easy….what a TRUE gift …. your talent and what you give to your clients! Congratulations Meghan and Chris!

  12. avatar Kimberly Reece reply

    Thanks so much Southern Weddings for featuring Meghan & Christopher’s wedding. We were so blessed to have Cynthia’s amazing talent capture all the hard work we did to prepare for our beautiful daughter’s special day. We had so much quality time with family and friends working on the details of this wedding…that is my wish for all of you out there planning your “happily ever after.” Love & Blessings, Meg’s Mama

  13. avatar Cindy Buchanan reply

    I was a guest at Meg and Chris’ wedding. Meg’s mom and I went to school together and I’ve known Meg since she was a baby. My husband and I had a wonderful time at the wedding. Everything was so beautiful! My daughter is getting married in Dec. and we live on a big family farm. I’m borrowing several ideas from them.

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  20. avatar Lindsay reply

    I love the color of your bridesmaids dresses! Where did you get them?

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