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As far as pink weddings go, I am always a fan. However, I love that Sarah + Keith juxtaposed the pretty pink blooms and soft details throughout their wedding with the rustic McKinney Cotton Mill. Those giant planters overflowing with hydrangeas set in front of the distressed brick wall of S + K’s ceremony just kill me! I’m sure that for guests, however, the pretty decor was overshadowed by Sarah’s sweet processional (as it should). Her dad, in his military best, walked Sarah down the aisle to Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” and I bet there was nary a dry eye in the place! Big hugs to Krystal Akin for sharing this wedding with us!

I LOVE the lotus pods that were included in Sarah’s bouquet — they’re a pretty but graphic pop of green in her romantic blooms.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Since the surprise was busted and I was moving to Houston from my hometown in McKinney in November, my mom and I decided to do a little “pre-shopping.” I’d always heard how hard it was to find a dress, so I certainly didn’t expect to find it on my first trip. I tried on three dresses before the shop owner suggested I try the beautiful dress they had on display in the front. When I came out of the changing room, my seven-year-old brother goes, “WOW!” and he hadn’t even said anything all afternoon. It was great having my little brother and mom there!

Who else is a fan of Keith’s cotton boll boutonniere? Dapper, indeed.

For Keith, an Aggie, a Texas A&M groom’s cake was a must! We think it would make a fine addition to our SEC Wedding Round-Up!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We went against tradition and I had a chocolate bridal cake and he had a vanilla groom’s cake. Although I only got a bite of each one, the chocolate with chocolate buttercream and raspberry filling was delicious. It was beautiful, with the light pink sugar roses on white fondant. I loved Keith’s because it had the Texas A&M logo on it in maroon and white. I can’t wait for our one year anniversary so that we can get our topper! Luckily, the bakery we chose makes us a fresh topper for our one year.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Keith and I met the first day of tenth grade. The first class we had together was a computer class and we had to do a “first day of class” activity requiring us to go around and find out different things about our classmates. I found out that Keith was from Canada and he had just gotten back from living overseas in Paris. I had a huge crush on him from day one! Turns out, we had a lot of classes together and started going out at the end of that year!
Describe the proposal. It was Keith’s last year of college. I had graduated early, nine months before. Being old fashion as we both are, he asked my dad for permission. Unfortunately my dad didn’t get the message that it was that special time and he certainly wasn’t ready for it. Keith called several times to no avail. Finally, my dad asked me if I knew why Keith kept calling him and my mom and I had to spell it out for him, that it was probably Keith asking for permission! After finally getting my dad to call back, set up a day to meet and eventually asking my dad, my dad actually ruined the “surprise.” He wanted to pray over this proposal and union with my entire family. Fast forward two weeks. I went down for a weekend to see Keith in College Station (home of the Texas A&M Aggies). A&M has a cute tradition that if you walk under the century tree on campus with someone, you will marry them. If you propose under the tree, you will be married for a lifetime. On November 4th, 2011, Keith told me he left something on campus and he needed to go get it. I didn’t understand that he was going to propose or why he wanted to go to campus right then. As we neared the tree, I finally understood and it was a wonderful proposal!
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? Approximately 150 people
Did you decide to do a “first look”? No, I am very old fashioned and didn’t want to ruin the surprise of the first look. Keith agreed and definitely didn’t want the first look down the aisle to be ruined, either.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Our parents walked down the aisle to “Have I Told You Lately” played by Vitamin String Quartet. Our bridal party walked down to “Here Comes the Sun” played by Vitamin String Quartet (as you can see, I was a little obsessed). I walked down with my dad to “Wonderful Tonight” played by Vitamin String Quartet. “Wonderful Tonight” is one of my favorite songs by Eric Clapton because Keith was always trying to get me to like his music and this one I really loved. Our first dance was “Falling in Love in a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg.
Describe your wedding flowers: I loved the pastel, romantic flowers with lots of texture. My florist captured all that I wanted and more! There were soft pink peonies, green lotus pods, green lisianthus, ivory ranunculus, soft pink spray roses, ivory sweet peas and seeded eucalyptus. In contrast to the dark browns and rustic theme of the Cotton Mill, I think the flowers looked beautiful with their light colors and blooms.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Everyone’s different expectations was the hardest thing for us to overcome, including our own.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000 – $25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The venue, for sure.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When the officiant went to announce us, he accidentally announced us as “Mr. & Mr. Driedger.” There is a really funny picture of us laughing really hard at this announcement.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax and realize that the most important thing is that at the end of all the planning, you will be a Mrs. despite any of the hang-ups and bang-ups.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Right now we are both working jobs that we love and we look forward to buying a house soon!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Anna reply

    I love the floral arrangements for this wedding! Also, the bride’s bouquet is stunning. The lotus pods really make it. The cotton boll the groom wore, too, added a down-to-earth vibe. It really shows the roots of the couple.

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Hola, ladies and gents! Did you have a happy weekend celebrating Cinco de Mayo? In case you’re not quite ready to put down your maracas or take off your sombrero, we’ve got a fun shoot from Peacock Photography to ease the transition! Cat pulled together this inspiration for San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration, an 11-day city-wide bash in honor of Texas’s independence.

That paper flower boutonniere is one of my favorite details from this shoot! Such a good idea.

Muchas gracias to Cat for sending this shoot our way!

Peacock Photography is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar molly reply

    love this! so fun and festive!

  2. avatar Pamela reply

    Gorgeous wedding and an even more gorgeous bride.I am IN LOVE with those table runners!!! Where on earth did she find them?? I would go to both ends for those! :)


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  6. avatar Truth reply

    Does nobody care that the invitations were ripped off from and designer – Andres Montano?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi there! We weren’t aware of the similarity — thanks for pointing that out!

  7. avatar kasandra reply

    looking for those earrings – any idea where I can get them??

    they’re stunning, and I’ve had a hard time searching for something similar.

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Hey y’all! Our final submission is another collaboration between Palm Papers and photographer Catie Ronquillo, and this time, After Yes got in on the fun, too! I think this mason jar escort “card” idea would be perfect for an outdoor weddings, when actual cards would probably be blowing across the lawn before your guests even got to them!

From the ladies:

“Using small or large mason jars, fill with gumballs (from your local candy store) about 3/4 of the way full. Attach escort cards or tags to your pencils, and then fill each jar with 10-12 escort cards. We labeled our jars to make it easier for guests to find their names. Not into gumballs? Try lemon drops or red hots, and consider swapping out the pencils for paper straws guests can use in their drinks!”

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to comment on more than one concept!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Carrie reply

    Love it! What a great idea!

  2. avatar Lauren | Palm Papers reply

    I loved how these turned out – especially those gum balls! Thanks SW!

  3. avatar penny reply

    So original ! Love the theme!

  4. avatar L.Duncan reply

    I ABSOLUTELY love this!!!!! Are the guest allowed to have a gumball too?!

  5. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

    Thanks ladies! :) Also, the vintage quilt, fan, and globe were furnished by Rent My Dust Vintage Rentals. Love how these turned out!

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  10. avatar Sarah reply

    It looks like you used index cards for the tags around the mason jars but what did you use to make the name tags? Did you somehow print on just regular lined paper?

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