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Here’s a fun little Southern Weddings fact: Emily assigns who gets to write each real wedding post. While we all love every wedding we feature, there are definitely some characteristics that make a wedding automatically go to either Marissa or me–for example, if it’s pink and gold and glam, it’s a Marissa wedding, while I have an unofficial dibs on the Texas Hill Country, my very favorite corner of the South. Rough Creek Lodge may be a little farther north, but I was still tickled pink that I get to share Robyn and Nick’s day with y’all! Their friendship grew over evenings of front porch sittin’ before Nick admitted his love for Robyn, and the two started dating. While the timing wasn’t perfect (Nick had just moved from Midland to Austin), they didn’t let the distance hinder their new relationship–he wrote her a letter every single day while they were apart! It wasn’t long before he was back in Robyn’s hometown, and the two of them started planning their wedding–in the spirit of true Southern hospitality, opting for a venue that fit their vision for a celebration chock-full of Texan charm, but that was also super convenient for their out-of-town guests.

Many thanks to Heather Rowland for sharing this lovely day with us!

Growing up in Midland, Texas, your dress shopping options are limited! I hopped on a plane and met up with my parents in Houston, the shopping mecca of Texas. We had appointments at several bridal salons around Houston and I assumed that my dad would drive my mom and me around to each place while he found a Bass Pro Shops to explore. (After all, wedding planning was happening right in the middle of hunting season.) Instead, we pulled into the parking lot of the first store and he turned off the car with a grin–he seemed to be more excited than either of us! By the end of the day, he was able to distinguish eyelash lace from Chantilly. I think those moments with my dad were my favorite part of the day. Our third appointment was at Casa de Novia with a lovely lady named Carmen. I felt like she listened to exactly the type of dress I wanted and only put me in dresses that matched that. She knew I wanted lace sleeves, so she kept out a custom lace overlay for the strapless dresses I liked. A few dresses later, we found the most beautiful dress in the store. It was a strapless gown made of scalloped edge Alençon and Chantilly lace overlays with a custom-made overlay top and train. It was perfect.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Nick is from Knoxville, Tennessee and I am from Midland, Texas. With the majority of our guests being from out of town, we hated the idea of them spending a small fortune on traveling and finding lodging in Midland. Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas was the perfect place because it is less than an hour drive from the Dallas airport and has plenty of accommodations for everyone to stay on the ranch. RCL is an all-inclusive wedding venue, offering all services and rentals needed, including a darling wedding chapel. We arrived on Friday and they served us the entire weekend. We didn’t leave until the morning after the wedding to drive to the airport!

The most memorable moment of the day was being swept away into a side room while the guests exited the chapel. Nick and I got to spend our first few minutes as husband and wife just the two of us. We laughed and hugged. We held up our hands and looked at our long-awaited wedding bands. We talked about how crazy it was that we were finally married. We got to sip champagne and have a snack before pictures. It was nice to have a moment with my husband before the long evening of greetings from loved ones and dancing kicked off.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I have very talented friends who offered their services to me. My friend, Sutton Stallworth, does beautiful calligraphy, so she designed the invitation suite and programs, and then addressed all of the invites. My other friend, Helen Sledge, recently bought an old letterpress and I got to be one of her first customers. My mom and I had a great time coming up with all of the decorations. Giant mason jars and gold spray-painted deer antlers made for an easy and affordable tablescape.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The day of the wedding, the men filled their morning with fishing, golfing, tomahawk throwing, and skeet shooting. Friends have told us it was the most fun wedding weekend they have ever been a part of. My fellow Aggies and I formed a giant circle on the dance floor and swayed to the Aggie War Hymn. All the Tennesseans followed that up with some more Rocky Top. It was Tennessee’s “off week” in football, and Texas A&M beat Auburn that day. All the guests received a Texas praline as a treat on their way out.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. From Nick: I knew the name of one person who lived in Midland, Texas when I moved here, and we’d never met, but Shane and his wife invited me to their home for dinner. It was through Shane’s driver-side window that I first met Robyn, in a Young Life building parking lot. She and a few other volunteer leaders offered to add me to their group text message, and just like that, the Lord had provided friends for me in a very distant and very unfamiliar place. A group of about six of us would spend nearly every evening on Robyn’s front porch, shifting back and forth in rocking chairs, spouting off whatever came to mind. That porch is where I fell in love with Texas, but it’s also where I began to love my wife. I found every excuse I could to spend time with her. Our friendship was obvious, but the deepest desires of my heart were still a mystery to the love of my life. In November, I was offered a job in Austin that I couldn’t turn down. I was thrilled for my career, but I was sorry for my heart. Leaving Robyn would mean heartbreak, and she wouldn’t even know. Then, a funny thing happened. I’d never seen Robyn cry before, but for the two weeks before I left Midland, Robyn couldn’t stop crying. Finally, on my final day in Midland, Robyn paid me a visit, and she mentioned a particular moment we’d shared when she’d wondered if I cared for her more deeply than I was letting on. I opened my journal and read Robyn some of what I’d written about her in the previous months. Nearly every day of the five months I lived in Austin, I wrote Robyn a letter. (For any fellas out there taking notes, that’s called “sealing the deal.”) I was eventually offered an incredible opportunity to move back to Midland, and Robyn and I were overjoyed to finally be dating short distance. On June 21, I spent 10 hours making my way to Crooked Creek Ranch, a Young Life camp in Colorado where Robyn was on the final day of a three-week assignment. It was in those mountains that the most incredible woman I know agreed to spend the rest of her life with me.
When did y’all get married? November 8, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
Did you write your own vows? Our vows were made up of various scriptures. One of my favorite lines was “As Christ taught us to serve, I will serve you.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I walked down the aisle to “Come Thou Fount” by Sufjan Stevens. It’s our favorite hymn and the banjo makes it perfect. My husband is a Tennessee Volunteer, so we walked out to “Rocky Top” by the Charlie Daniels Band–no explanation needed! Our first dance was a Texas girl’s dream! We had a hard time trying to find the “perfect” song for us to dance to, but then Nick was driving home from work one afternoon “Girls From Texas” by Pat Green and Lyle Lovett on the radio. It was super cute since I’m from Texas and he’s from Tennessee!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Of course! My something borrowed was a sixpence that had been in my mother’s and sister-in-law’s shoes on their wedding days. My something old was so special–my mom sewed a ribbon from her bouquet and a ribbon and button from my baby dress into the hem of my wedding dress. My new and blue was the garter I wore, given to me by a close family friend.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It couldn’t come soon enough! It was the longest four months of our life!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Since our wedding, we have moved from Midland to the beautiful Hill Country. We live on the outskirts of San Antonio. I teach at a school in Boerne and Nick works at USAA. On Sunday mornings, we walk across the street to our church that meets in the Leon Springs Dance Hall, and sometimes grab a bite to eat at Rudy’s BBQ. You can’t get more Southern than that!

Photographer: Heather Rowland Photography | Videographer: HMH Productions | Venue, Planner, Caterer, Rentals, and Lighting: Rough Creek Lodge | Florist and Wedding Cake: HEB | DJ: DJ Cone Events & Entertainment | Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Accessories: BHLDN | Hair Stylist: Amanda Franco of Sapphire Salon | Makeup Artist: Marci Franco | Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Ashley Orewiler reply

    Beautiful!! I love those invitations!! Who is the designer/company?

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Lisa emailed me before this post to tell me that this one was “definitely a Marissa wedding.” She sure knows me well! I’m pretty sure I often dream in pale pink and gold, and Lacy and JD’s sweet day would fit right in. While I was not familiar with Chateau Cocomar, I now think a trip to Houston to admire it in person is in order. I completely agree with Lacy that it’s the perfect fairy tale setting–those archways, those gold accents, that amazing architectural detail in their exit photo from Archetype… need I go on? Of course, while I’m kind of obsessing over their details, I can’t help but stop and think about what a wonderful expression of hospitality and love their wedding was. Lacy brought me right back to my own wedding day with her nostalgic recount of the memories that stuck with her: “I’ll never forget the way the roses smelled, how beautiful my bridesmaids looked, my grandmother kissing me on the cheek, my mom’s face as I was walking down the aisle, or the way it felt to finally say ‘I do.’”

Thanks so much to Archetype for sharing this gorgeous day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had always imagined going dress shopping with my mom and sisters and grandma, walking out in the perfect dress, and everyone shrieking and crying tears of joy. But, that’s not my dress story. One of my bridesmaids was in town shortly after I got engaged, and we were wandering around the mall. She was really excited and kept insisting we look at wedding dresses, but since I had no intention of buying anything, I wasn’t interested in looking just yet. I knew exactly what style I wanted though, so I begrudgingly agreed to go look, just to show her what kind of dress I was interested in. I showed her one that was exactly what I had envisioned: ball gown, lace bodice, full tulle skirt, timelessly beautiful. She insisted I try it on and ran to get a stylist. I stepped into it, and it was love at first sight. First and only dress I tried on–I bought it and didn’t regret it for a second!

Even though I wanted everything about our wedding to be very traditional, we decided to do a first look. I knew how crazy and busy the wedding day becomes, and how the bride and groom are pulled in so many different directions. Another bride told me that her biggest regret from her wedding day was that she spent the whole day apart from her husband, so I wanted us to have some time that was just for us, and to be able to share an intimate moment without it being on display for all our guests.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It all went by so quickly, and so much of it is a blur. But some moments, I remember so clearly. I’ll never forget the way the roses smelled, how beautiful my bridesmaids looked, my grandmother kissing me on the cheek, my mom’s face as I was walking down the aisle, or the way it felt to finally say “I do.”

I was in love with our venue from the moment I stepped through the door. It was the perfect fairy tale setting for our wedding, and everything I had ever dreamed of. The pictures speak for themselves!

Our flowers were unbelievably beautiful! We used roses, garden roses, hydrangeas, and spray roses in ivory, pale pinks, and sand. Our arrangements were so full and lush–it made for the ultimate romantic, fairy tale setting. The whole place smelled like roses!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Hire a wedding coordinator. I cannot imagine planning our wedding without one, especially on the day-of! Our coordinator was amazing. On the wedding day, I really could relax and enjoy spending the day with my girls and my husband. I didn’t have to worry about what was going on with the set up or the vendors, and if there was ever a problem, I never knew it!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our sparkler send off! From beautiful pictures of other couples’ grand exits, I knew that sparkers were the only choice for us. What I hadn’t expected was how magical and romantic it would feel to walk out of our reception surrounded by a sea of glittery lights!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. JD and I met at law school orientation. Since neither of us was into the icebreakers or working a crowd, we gravitated toward each other and became instant friends. I never imagined that five years later, we’d be getting married. It was only later that I learned that after our first day of orientation, his mom asked him if he had met any girls–his response: “Just one.”
Tell us all about the proposal! JD proposed while we were vacationing in Breckenridge, Colorado over the Fourth of July weekend. We were watching the town fireworks show from the balcony of our condo and sipping champagne. He slipped the ring into my champagne glass and then got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.
When did y’all get married? October 18, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 85
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Relinquishing control! I tried to take care of everything myself initially, but ultimately, I couldn’t do it all myself. I am so grateful for all the help from my mother, mother-in-law, bridesmaids, and coordinator. I couldn’t have done it without them!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are most looking forward to sharing new adventures and exploring the world together! We recently moved to Denver and bought our first house.

Photographer: Archetype / Venue and Planner: Chateau Cocomar / Florist: Blooming Gallery / Cake Baker: Who Made the Cake / Caterer: Cordua / Rentals: Swift + Co. / Band: NiteBeat Band / Paper Products: Atelier du Papier / Bride’s Gown: “Mila” by Hayley Paige / Hair and Makeup: Makeup Texas / Bride’s Shoes: “Fayme” by Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “6613” by After Six / Menswear: Vera Wang / Transportation: Rolls Royce

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    WOW! What a gorgeous couple, and an incredible venue!!

  2. avatar Esme Stewart reply

    What a stunning chic and sophisticated wedding. The chunky reception chairs, the favour pyramid, the beautiful dresses were all absolutely delightful. Thank you for sharing your special day.

  3. avatar Terilyn & Koby – Archetype reply

    Such an honor to work with Lacy & JD! Lacy is truly a girl after my own heart! Thank you for the feature, Southern Weddings!! xo

  4. avatar Jane reply

    So beautiful. Wish I could have been there! ;)

  5. avatar CourtneyG reply

    I love the pink bridesmaids robes. Do you know where they were purchased?

  6. avatar Linda Griggs reply

    So glad we got to share this evening with you. You are such a beautiful bride. So glad to see what you have become. Love you.

  7. avatar Tuyet reply

    Hi! I love the tall centerpieces! Can you please let me know where I can find the centerpiece holder? thanks!

  8. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    “Just one.” AHH! That’s the most precious thing I’ve read all day! Love it!

  9. avatar Mary reply

    Hi! I love everything about the decor! Very elegant and romantic. Can you please let me know what kind of table linen was used (polyester or satin) and the color? It looks like blush or ivory but I’m not certain. Appreciate your help!

  10. avatar Rachelle reply

    Hello! I love everything about your wedding especially the bridesmaids dresses!!! I am currently planning my own wedding and I am trying to get the right color dresses for my girls. Do you mind letting me know what color specifically the bridesmaids dresses are off the website? I’m thinking either “blush” or “rose” thanks in advance!!!

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I must say, y’all, I’m extra excited to share the behind the scenes of V7’s A Bushel and a Peck because this is by far the best my hair has ever looked at an editorial shoot! ;) It was such a blast to be on both sides of this shoot–one of our biggest of the year, with incredible vendors who flew in from across the country to take part, including our photographer, Tec Petaja, and florist/stylist, Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events. Our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Nancy Ray Photography captured all of the magic that went on behind the scenes, from invitation styling and film rolling, to bug spraying and table setting!

Oh, how we love Fearrington! There are so many beautiful nooks and crannies in the gardens that we took full advantage of.

I just have to pause for a second because the photo below makes me smile so much–thanks for protecting me from mosquitoes, fiancé! :)

Spending time together and with friends doing something we love so much is one of the best things about shoot days. Kristin drove down from Virginia to be on hand, and Rhiannon flew all the way from Michigan to style and create the most amazing floral arrangements for us.

After wrapping up at Fearrington, we packed up in about five cars and headed an hour west to the perfect peach orchard we had selected. It was the loveliest setting for our table, plus a bunch of bride and groom portraits!

Ladder-less, Tec had to climb onto a very precarious stack of crates to photograph the food! We did our best to spot him and make sure he didn’t fall face down into the peach galette :)

The day ended the way all the best shoot days do: hot, sweaty, tired, and bugspray-scented, but overwhelmingly happy, grateful, and excited about creating something truly meaningful and inspiring. Stay tuned for more editorials coming up over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to order your copy of V7 here!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Kat reply

    Can’t wait to see it in V7!!:)

  2. avatar Kirsti reply

    When I interned with Brides of Oklahoma magazine, I remember shoot days ending pretty similar – hot sweaty and tired! It’s so rewarding seeing the beautiful creations after a hard days work!

  3. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    You look beautiful Lisa! I’m loving that y’all are sharing a look at the making of V7. One of my favorite behind-the-scenes photos is the one that shows the moment when Tec captured the cover shot :)

  4. avatar Rhiannon reply

    I love this post so much :) So much love and heart in one place!

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