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Bride Lacie shares her colorful and joy-filled Texas wedding!

There is so much to love about today’s wedding. Despite having what is objectively a gorgeous celebration (those colors! that bouquet!), what truly shines in the photographs is Lacie and Stewart’s joy — so appropriate, then, that her advice to future brides is this:

“Your wedding will be beautiful no matter what. Your guests all love you, and they won’t be able to recall what flowers went in what vase — all they remember is how beautiful and happy you two looked, and how much fun they had. We live in a such a picture-perfect, social media/Pinterest-driven world, it makes us think we have to have all of these little things to make the perfect wedding, which isn’t the slightest bit true. And don’t ever lose focus of your relationship: planning a wedding isn’t more important than your relationship with your future husband. Your wedding is one day, but your marriage is forever!”

Too good to not include in full. Whether you’ve heard those words before or not, friends, I hope you let them sink in today!

Many thanks to Hannah Mayson for sending along these photos – especially the magical ones of Lacie and Stewart’s surprise confetti recessional!

The wedding invitations were definitely one of the hardest parts of planning. I’m a graphic designer, and have designed and letterpressed tons of wedding invitations. Choosing colors and style for myself was so difficult since I have such love for so many styles and colors! I can’t even pick a favorite color! I also hand drew the borders of each card insert and hand-letterpressed my invitations myself, so it was so much more personal to me.

Tell us your love story in one sentence. We met through mutual friends in a small West Texas town and dated long distance for four years.
Tell us all about the proposal! He proposed with his great grandmother’s wedding ring before dinner. I thought he was going to ask if his shirt looked okay, and when I turned the corner he was on one knee! I did not see it coming (but I love surprises!)!
When did y’all get married? November 11, 2017
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 220

My mom actually found my dress during a Reem Acra trunk show and sent me a picture. We quickly made an appointment, and after trying on a few dresses, everyone agreed it was the “one.”

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Before we were engaged, we spent Thanksgiving at my family’s ranch outside of Marfa, TX, and on our way home we both talked about how we loved the mountains and the feel of West Texas. When we got engaged, my stepdad was the one to suggest Lajitas. We visited the next week and fell in absolute love with the whole place!

What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? My uncle, whom I am very close with, is a pastor, so we knew we wanted him to do the ceremony. I trusted him completely and let him choose what he wanted to say. After our kiss and official announcement, we turned to our family and friends and all of a sudden confetti started raining down on us! I am obsessed with confetti, and my mom had secretly planned on handing out confetti wands to our guests. I had no clue it was happening! The pictures speak for themselves when you see my and Stewart’s reactions!

What was Southern about your wedding? Well, we had amazing food that was pretty Southern: it included beef tenderloin, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and much more! We also had the entire wedding party sit at one large table and served our food family-style. Finally, we did a South Texas spin on a New Orleans second line tradition: the mariachi band that led our guests from the ceremony to our cocktail hour! It was also a nice moment to honor my grandfather who had passed away two weeks before my wedding, who loved nothing more than mariachi bands!

Lajitas is a very remote location, so our guests came and stayed the entire weekend. We really got to see and spend time with all of our guests, which was amazing! Both of our love languages is “quality time,” and thats exactly what we got on one of the most important days of our lives.

We went traditional with our ceremony music, but our first dance song was called “Dancing Shoes” by Green River Ordinance. They are a band out of Fort Worth, which is where I went to college, and the song perfectly describes us. Not to mention, Stewart is not a planner, so the line, “in a world that gets lost in making plans just be my woman, yeah, and I will be your man” nails it! It’s my favorite line in the song!

What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? We chose a baker out of the city where I was living before marriage and close to where we both grew up. She makes the most delicious cakes — I didn’t care what we did as far as design, I just knew I wanted her cake! We served a bunch of small cakes and kept the design simple to make it easier to transport them from San Antonio to Lajitas. We also did a really fun groom’s cake with an oil rig, a Texas Tech golf bag, and a Spurs flag, because Stewart is a petroleum drilling engineer and a Spurs fan who graduated from Texas Tech!

Did you decide to do a first look? Yes, Stewart is usually not an emotional person, but when he proposed he cried — hard. I’m usually the crier, and I held it together because I had never seen that amount of emotion from him — it was a total surprise to both of us! We mutually agreed that it was best that we see each other first so he wasn’t as emotional in front of everyone. It was the best decision.
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? The whole day was amazing, but standing as husband and wife for the first time and having confetti rain down on us as we walked down the aisle was magic – it felt like a dream. The confetti was so thick we could only see each other!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? I tell any bride I come across not to sweat the small stuff. Your wedding will be beautiful no matter what. Your guests all love you, and they won’t be able to recall what flowers went in what vase — all they remember is how beautiful and happy you two looked, and how much fun they had. We live in a such a picture-perfect, social media/Pinterest-driven world, it makes us think we have to have all of these little things to make the perfect wedding, which isn’t the slightest bit true. And don’t ever lose focus of your relationship: planning a wedding isn’t more important than your relationship with your future husband. Your wedding is one day, but your marriage is forever!

Photographer: Hannah Mayson Photography | Videographer: Sight and Sound Films | Planner and florist: Viridian Design Studio | Venue and caterer: Lajitas Golf Resort | Desserts: Cakes by Cathy Young | Groom’s cake: The Exclusive Cake Shop | Band: Drywater Band | Paper products: Zella Press | Bride’s gown: “Dalma” by Reem Acra | Reception hair accessory: What Katy Did Next | Hair stylist and makeup artist: Angelica Zamora | Bride’s shoes: Valentino via Saks Fifth Avenue | Bridesmaid dresses: Dress the Population, Rachel Zoe, and Asos | Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger from Mens Wearhouse

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    Bride Ivana shares her glam Texas ballroom wedding!

    Any professional football fans reading today? :) I wouldn’t necessarily count myself amongst your ranks, but Ivana and Jordan’s wedding (featured in our tenth-anniversary issue!) has given me a new reason to care about the upcoming Super Bowl! Jordan plays for the Eagles, and so I, having fallen in love with this sweet couple and having no other existing allegiances, will definitely be rooting for Philadelphia on Sunday.

    Of course, you can sport another team’s jersey and still cheer for Team Hicks – they’ve made it easy! From their surprise first dance to their thoughts on serving communion at their ceremony, theirs was a ballroom wedding that oozed personality.

    Thanks to Blue Ribbon Vendor Jen Dillender for sharing these beautiful photos!

    How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met through a mutual friend Jordan’s sophomore year, my junior year, in college. My friend Lydia and I were talking at a picnic table in the heart of campus as Jordan was walking by. Lydia calls him over to say hi and he briefly introduced himself to me. A day later, he reached out to Lydia asking about me, and and before I knew it, I was seeing him more and more around our 40 acre campus. We eventually exchanged numbers which led to us going on our first date. Since then, we have been inseparable!

    How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? Jordan was in (football) season, so we did marriage counseling with the Eagles team chaplain and his wife. We went through many exercises doing all that we could to set a solid foundation before we were actually married. It truly was a blessing to have them guide and prepare us in this new season in life.
    Tell us all the basics of your wedding! We had an evening June wedding at the Barton Creek Hotel in Austin, Texas on June 24th, 2017 at 6pm. With Jordan’s schedule, we had to choose a time when he wasn’t in season or in spring training, but it turned out to be the most perfect June wedding.

    What was the design inspiration for your wedding? I wanted an elegant, romantic setting with lush peonies and candles everywhere. The colors were blush, white, and gold.
    What was your favorite detail of the wedding? My favorite detail of the wedding was taking communion right after we said our vows.

    Tell us about your wedding flowers. I love peonies, and knew that I wanted them in my wedding. I had a mix of peonies, pink garden roses, and white orchids. They are flowers that are timeless, beautiful, and make a statement.
    Did you write your own vows? We did. My favorite verse that I wrote was: “I promise to be loving, faithful, and true to you always! I promise to uplift you, motivate you, and stand with you when you’re low. I promise to always celebrate, admire, and treasure your highs. I promise to always be your best friend!”

    Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used. One decor element I wanted to see everywhere were candles. I wanted the room to be lit up for a romantic setting.
    What kind of food did you serve at your reception? To start, we served a Mexican wedge salad. For the entree, guests had the option to choose between the jalapeno-brined chicken with smoked tomato butter and the seared sea bass with tomato caper relish. Both were served with garlic rosemary mashed potatoes, and seasonal roasted vegetables.

    Tell us a bit about your first dance. Jordan and I surprised our guests with a Latin dance by Marc Anthony as soon as our first dance ended. It was so much fun, especially for him to take part in my Latin culture. Our friends and family loved it!
    Tell us about your wedding cake! Our cake was a six layer white cake with beautiful fresh flowers that consisted of two flavors. Our flavors were orange, and chocolate cake with strawberry and grand marnier whipped cream filling.
    What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? We really tried to cater to our guests. Every person there had impacted us in some way, so we wanted to make everyone feel special and as if they were being catered to.

    Describe the proposal! At the time Jordan and I were long distance because he had relocated from Austin to Philadelphia to play for the Eagles, so we planned a trip to Turks & Caicos I was very much looking forward to. We took a private boat ride, and 20 minutes or so into our sail, Captain Tim tells us we’re about to pass what many believe is the most beautiful part of Turks & Caicos. Jordan gets up to quickly refill his drink, but when he returned, he returned with much more than a refill. He gave me his hand to help stand me up. Not a word was said as we locked our eyes together. I knew IT was about to happen. He promised me a lifelong love, and made me the happiest girl in the world as he asked me to marry him. Jon, ‘the crew member,’ came over to re-introduce himself to me as ‘Jon, the photographer.’ Afterwards, we celebrated, did our engagement shoot around the islands, and even got to swim with wild dolphins which was a sweet ending to our perfect day.
    How many guests attended your wedding? 250
    What was Jordan’s favorite detail of the wedding? (From Jordan) My favorite detail of the wedding was the surprise first dance. I am not much of a dancer and was nervous to do it all the way up until the music began playing. Once we started dancing everything happened perfectly, even better than we had practiced. For me, it was fun to step out of my comfort zone and be able to bring excitement to the reception.
    What was your reception like? It was so much fun! We couldn’t get off the dance floor and neither could our guests. For the last dance, we surprised everyone with gold and white confetti poppers that added the perfect touch to the night.
    What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding revolved around our faith. This was what was most important to us: that not only did people see our love for one another, but for Jesus Christ as well. The first thing we did as husband and wife was take communion, vowing that our foundation will be found in Him.
    What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? My advice is that if you’re planning a wedding from afar, I highly recommend hiring a planner. It is so important to hire someone that you instantly connect with! Remember, you’ll be talking, texting, emailing, and meeting with them for the entire process, so choose someone you can imagine building a friendship with. Plus, it just makes the process that much more fun, and stress-free.

    Photographer: Jen Dillender | Videographer: Wes Raitt | Planner and Designer: Brock + Co Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue:Barton Creek Resort + Spa | Florals: Botanical No.9 | Wedding Cake Baker: Simon Lee Bakery | Bride’s Gown: “Fiona” by Galia Lahav | Bridal Salon: Ivory Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride’s Jewelry: Russell Korman Jewelry | Bride’s Veil: Galia Lahav | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Lola Beauty | Groom’s Fashion: Soto & Co | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Linens: Nuage Designs | Decor: Townsley Designs | Favors: Cornucopia Popcorn | Lighting: Filo Productions

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    Most couples choose a familiar city for their wedding…one of their hometowns, the place where they met or fell in love, or a favorite vacation destination, for example. I think there’s something so fun about the alternate route Teresa and Jeff took though! They purposefully chose to be married in a city that neither of them had ever been to before. Together, they got to create totally new memories during their wedding weekend in a place that will now always be special to them. It just so happens that the city they chose is my personal favorite city in the South (Austin, Texas–home of my alma mater!), so I knew I was going to love their stylish wedding! Teresa rocked a Carolina Herrera that looked stunning against the Hill Country backdrop, and the blue watercolor details they incorporated throughout their day (with the help of Bird Dog Wedding) were gorgeous and unique.

    Big hugs to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Kristen Kilpatrick for sharing this beautiful day with us!

    Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I found my dress on the very first shopping trip I went on! Shortly after getting engaged, I went with one of my bridesmaids, just to see what was out there, but definitely not expecting to find anything. Surprise surprise, I found the most gorgeous Carolina Herrera dress that was everything I wanted! I bought the dress that day and didn’t look back!

    We were originally not going to do a first look, but after receiving some good advice from our photographer, we ended up doing it and we were so happy we did! Most people say they do one to cut down on photos after the ceremony, but for us, it was all about calming nerves. Not seeing someone that you see every day for a whole day, especially on such an exciting day, is a little unnerving. Being able to see Jeff a few minutes before the whirlwind of the wedding day was truly special!

    What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Being among all of our closest family and friends while getting married to my best friend and love of my life!

    What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? For us, it was more about the city in which we decided to get married. Our first time going to Austin was actually for wedding planning. We wanted to get married in a city that had no memories, so everything about that city would remind us of this new start to our life, and it was such a great decision! We were able to explore a new city as wedding planners and now as newlyweds!

    Describe your wedding flowers. Organized mess. Valerie, our florist, did such an exceptional job capturing our vision. We wanted asymmetrical bouquets that were intentional, greenery that looked like it was growing off of our candelabras, and a head table structure that was the focal point of the reception hall. Primarily white florals paired with greenery created a beautiful complement to the blues in the rest of the design.

    Our first dance was to a remake of Jack Johnson’s “Better Together.” The lyrics of the song are beautiful and really describe our relationship. We both feel better when we’re together, and having each other makes life so much more fun!

    How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. A few cubicles seemed like a world away when we met working long hours at UBS in NYC. I was the serious one in the office and Jeff was, well, not as serious. In other words, Jeff was a distraction–an unwanted distraction. It took some time, but he finally convinced ne to give him a chance and I quickly realized he was the one! Okay, not really, but I did let him take me out.. baby steps. A few weeks passed and we both remember saying the same thing to our respective best buds. Jeff to Kevin: “I think I like Teresa.” Teresa to Raquel: “I think I like Jeff.” More than seven years later, we are more in love than ever and practically inseparable. Every day we spend together is an adventure, and we’ve enjoyed every second of it.
    Tell us all about the proposal! Thinking back, I still remember how cold it was that day! It may have been the coldest day in February, and literally no one was outside. Given the weather, we spent most of our day inside until about 4 P.M., when Jeff suggested we go buy a new collar for our sweet little pup, Tucker. A little surprised by the suggestion, but willing to venture outside, I started pulling on as much winter gear as possible! I remember Jeff suggesting I wear my nice boots instead of Uggs and that I probably didn’t need a hat because it wasn’t THAT cold, so I obliged without thinking too much about it. (Once outside, I definitely wished I had my hat!) We walked to Washington Square Park, which is one of our favorite places to take Tucker, and before I knew it, Jeff was down on one knee, ring in hand! I remember nodding as fast as possible and smiling ear to ear. Little did I know, his clothing suggestions were because he had hired a hidden photographer to capture the moment! After lots of phone calls with family and friends, we went out to a delicious dinner at our favorite spot, Colicchio & Sons. It was a day I will remember forever!
    When did y’all get married? April 29, 2016
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 125
    Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Funfetti with extra sprinkles! Funfetti sparks such an emotional feeling for everyone; we really wanted our wedding cake to make people feel like a kid again!
    What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Have fun! The wedding planning process is just as much a part of the journey as the proposal and wedding day. Make memories along the way and do it as a team!
    What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? After living in Manhattan for almost ten years, we made the move to Brooklyn and are enjoying every second of our calmer surroundings. We can’t wait to eventually start a family together! We said it in our vows, but every day really is an adventure and we’re both so lucky to have each other to experience it with!

    Photographer: Kristen Kilpatrick Photography | Videographer: Candlelight Films | Planner: Emily of Bird Dog Wedding | Venue: Ma Maison | Florist: Davy Gray | Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Caterer: Pink Avocado | Rentals: Premiere Events | Lighting and DJ: Ross Phillips via Look No Further Entertainment | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Paper Products: Grain & Dot | Bride’s Gown: “Jiselle” by Carolina Herrera | Bride’s Jewelry: Ascot Diamonds | Hair Stylist: Danann Patrick of Mint Salon | Makeup Artist: Avery Allen | Bride’s Shoes: Oscar de la Renta | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Terra Vista Strings

    Kristen Kilpatrick is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory, and The Black Tux is a wonderful Southern Weddings sponsor!

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    1. avatar Sarah reply

      We loved T&J’s wedding! They had such a lovely design that transformed Ma Maison!

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