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Growing up in a small town where you’ve known everyone since childhood may make finding your soulmate a little trickier…unless they come to you! While Madeline and Jordan hit it off as soon as they met, when he was visiting her East Texas hometown for baseball, it wasn’t until a few years later that their relationship really began. Even though they met and got engaged in the town where Madeline grew up, they knew they wanted their wedding to stay on the intimate side, so they opted for a mini destination celebration at the dreamy Creek Haus. 150 loved ones from across Texas joined them as they exchanged the vows they had written together and then celebrated in the barn, surrounded by Madeline’s favorite spring blooms and peaches. The best thing about their day though? How much they soaked it in and enjoyed every second–their expressions when Madeline walked down the aisle are proof enough of that!

Thank you so much to Jenna McElroy for sharing this sweet day with us!

Both of my parents, my sister, and our close family friend went with me to choose a dress. I had a distinct style in mind: something flowy with tulle and with a little bit of a boho vibe. At the first store, I found two awesome dresses, both just as I had pictured, but for some reason, I just couldn’t commit to either of them. The next store was a total flop, as I only found one dress I even wanted to try on. The next appointment wasn’t for several more hours, so I considered canceling and heading back to the first place to choose a dress. However, we went ahead, and I’m so glad we did, because I found my dream dress there! It was absolutely nothing like what I had said I wanted–it was fitted, had a lot of lace, and there was a peplum skirt! But, to this day, I am still in love with it!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. I did not have strong feelings either way, but did kind of want to do one originally. However, Jordan was against it from the beginning. He said “That’s just not the way it’s supposed to be! I want to wait.” Since he had hardly any other opinions or requirements for the wedding, I went with him on this one. I’m so glad I did! It was so special for him to see me as I walked down the aisle, because that is what HE had dreamed of. The entire time I was walking down the aisle, all I could think about was how excited I was to finally show him the only secret I had ever kept from him: my dress!

Surprisingly, I think the most memorable moments were the twenty minutes before the ceremony. I spent those moments looking out the window at all of our guests arriving and finding seats at the ceremony site. I could see Jordan outside, talking with friends and family. One by one, my closest friends, cousins, and aunts came inside to give me a quick hug before the ceremony. I had my parents, my sister, and my best friends in the room with me, and I could see my hero, Jordan, outside along with the most beloved people in our lives who had driven across the state to celebrate this moment with us. It was just the most peaceful, surreal moment of my life.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did write our own vows. We came up with one set, then we each recited them. I had two favorite phrases. The first was “I joyfully accept all that you are, and I will always celebrate the treasure I have in you.” The next was “I vow to follow you as we seek God’s guidance and wholeheartedly submit to his call for our lives.” To me, these two lines sum up what I pray our marriage will be.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We stood in front of a backdrop that had Psalm 103:1-2 written on it, which says “Let all that I am praise the Lord. With my whole heart I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord, may I never forget the good things He does for me.” Our pastor read these verses and discussed their significance.

Describe your wedding flowers. INCREDIBLE. They included all of the light and whimsical colors of our wedding–blush, peach, lavender, and plum. They were wild. They were simple. They included fresh lavender and rosemary and greenery. Oh, and LOTS of peaches! Some tables had greenery going down the middle with peaches placed throughout. Others had a small and short (and wild!) arrangement in the middle, with more peaches. We had a small bundle of lavender placed at every place setting, just to further give that natural and organic vibe that I love!

I had a “naked” cake. I told our baker I wanted it to look messy, and she did it perfectly!! It was a vanilla cake with fresh strawberries in the filling. Our florist topped it with freshly sliced peaches, lavender, and rosemary. A small bowl of sliced peaches sat beside it. My husband played football at LSU, and his cake was so fun. It was a football field with a 3-D LSU helmet on top. One end zone said LSU, and one said A&M!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I think my favorite small detail was all of the peaches. I had no idea how to make it work, I just knew I wanted herbs and peaches…and my florist blew me away! To me, the peaches represented what I have always loved: natural beauty. I also loved other small details that made the wedding a celebration of who we are and our stories: my husband’s LSU jersey displayed, my bridal pictures displayed that were taken in my parent’s front yard and at my aunt’s home, the pictures of my dogs and me, the English bulldog statue (yes, we adore our Bully), our baby pictures hanging on the doors of the restrooms, the puzzle pieces on the back of our chairs that read “perfect match” (I love all things quirky)…all elements that weren’t expensive or fancy. They just told our story.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I first met Jordan during the last few weeks of my senior year of high school. He was a freshman in college playing baseball at the junior college in my small hometown in East Texas. We met through some guys I had grown up with, who also played baseball on this team. Jordan is from Houston, so it was a big deal to meet a boy I had not known my entire life! We hit it off from the beginning and hung out many times over the course of the next month. However, the end of the semester came and Jordan moved back home. The next fall, I started my college career at Texas A&M and Jordan transferred to play football at LSU. I thought I would never see him again, but despite the fact that we had no mutual friends or common ground, we always seemed to keep in touch. Every few months, I would hear from Jordan through a random text or Facebook message. Two and a half years passed, and then Jordan called me to say he was going to be visiting College Station with some friends and he would love to meet up. I was so excited, yet totally nervous about hanging out with this guy I barely knew!! I went for it, and the rest is history. Not a day has passed since that weekend that I have not been absolutely infatuated with him. I knew when I watched him walk away after that weekend that I could never go another day of my life without him.
Tell us all about the proposal! Jordan and I were visiting my parents in East Texas, the most special place on earth to me. It was a Saturday night, and my parents and I had plans to attend the wedding of a family friend. Jordan was not really invited to the wedding, and my sister had plans with friends from high school, so I was not the least bit thrown off that neither of them was attending with us. Towards the end of the speeches during the reception, my parents started saying they were ready to head home. It was an afternoon wedding, so it was still early, and I was not ready to leave! Nonetheless, we headed out, and on our way home, my dad said he needed to run by our church and grab something for the Bible study he was leading the next day. I thought this was totally normal, as my dad has a key to our church and is constantly running by there. As we pulled up, I looked up and saw my sister standing outside the front door of the church. At that moment, I knew, and it was the most surprised I have ever been in my life! I walked in the front doors to see our extremely close friend who is like a sister standing there holding my and Jordan’s baby English bulldog puppy that we had just adopted a few months before. They led me to the doors of our worship center, where I walked in to see Jordan standing at the front of the room by the most incredible and romantic display of candles and flowers I have ever seen. I totally ruined the photo op by sprinting towards him and into his arms. We danced to our song, and then he asked me to be his wife. It was so special that he chose this room where so many incredible moments of my life had occurred. We shared a few moments with family and then headed to my parents’ house, where all of my closest friends were waiting for us. It was so special!
When did y’all get married? May 29, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We prayed. And then we prayed some more. We asked God to lead us, to prepare us to be husband and wife. We also met with our pastor and his wife, who walked with us through scripture and who talked with us about what it really means to be in a covenant marriage with one another–the good, the bad, and the ugly. We left no stone unturned, and it was often difficult to have conversations about in-laws, past heartache, and personal struggles. However, it made us realize that our marriage is worth fighting for, and that there is nothing we wanted more in life than to spend our lives devoted to one another as we follow Jesus Christ.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I am from a small town in East Texas. It’s the kind of town where everyone knows everybody. I absolutely LOVE it. However, I knew that I wanted a more intimate affair with only our closet friends and family. We decided to take our wedding to the Texas Hill Country as a mini destination wedding. It was difficult to have those conversations with people whom I love, but did not include as guests. Typically, East Texas weddings top 400-600 guests in a celebration that involves almost the whole town, and this is so neat! I have loved my friends’ weddings like this! However, with Jordan being from Houston and with a lot of thoughtful consideration, we felt strongly that we wanted only the closest of our friends and family to witness such an intimate moment in our lives. It was the only part of wedding planning that was stressful to me; I hated the thought of hurting the feelings of the people from my hometown!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We used acrylic plates, flatware, and cups, as well as paper napkins (cute ones, of course). I couldn’t even remember this stuff from other weddings I had attended, so I felt it was a great way to cut costs. I also did not make programs for our ceremony. Instead of lots of florals for our ceremony background, I chose to spend only $300 having a banner made, and used it as our only ceremony decor. I felt that God’s creation surrounding us in the Texas Hill Country was the best decor we could have asked for.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Truly, my best piece of advice is just enjoy it. Enjoy this time with your family and your friends. Enjoy preparing for the biggest party of your life, as you will celebrate God’s best gift to you, your husband. Every day, choose JOY. No matter what little things that WILL go wrong, choose to soak up every single moment of your engagement and wedding day. Eventually, the details and the decor will fade in your memory, but you’ll never forget the way you felt.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Jordan is a high school football coach, so next for us is football season and many more football seasons after that! We are most looking forward to the crazy lifestyle his job brings, and seeing how God will use it to grow us and use us to love others through it.

Photographer: Jenna McElroy Photography | Videographer: Adams Film Productions | Planner: Karis Crawford | Venue: The Creek Haus at Vista West Ranch | Florist: Bristol Lane | Wedding Cake: Michelle’s Patisserie | Caterer: Pappas Catering | DJ: The Premier Entertainment Group | Napkins: The Knot | Invitations: Reveleigh and Co. / Seating Display, Reception Signs, and Menus: Paper Mark Creative | Bridal Salon: Blush Bridal Lounge | Bride’s Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal | Hair Stylist: Stacy Squyres of Studio 319 | Makeup Artist: Kalin Hale | Bride’s Shoes: DSW | Maid of Honor’s Dress: “Charlie” in Shell by Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear | Ceremony Banner: Wondrous Whimsy | Calligrapher: Lindsey Lee

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Brianna Tucker reply

    My husband and I have been married 5 years but I want one of those Mrs. Ring boxes so bad!

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When Tiffany and Andy decided they were going to get married in Texas (Chicago and Utah were also on the list!), they knew they wanted to give their wedding day the Southern flair they felt it deserved. Our Blue Ribbon Vendor venue Vista West Ranch proved to be the perfect place to say their vows and celebrate as husband and wife–it effortlessly combined the Southern feel of the Texas Hill Country with the chic, vintage vibe that Tiffany was hoping for. It also provided the backdrop for Tiffany’s most memorable moment of the day: when she and Andy saw each other for the first time. She remembers that “He looked at me just the way I had always dreamt about as a little girl.” Y’all, please pass me a tissue ASAP–that makes my heart melt!

Sending big SW hugs to Jessica Gold for capturing Tiffany and Andy’s sweet day!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. The first time we met was in 2009, and to be honest, it was rather unmemorable. Our paths wouldn’t cross again until summer 2011, on the 4th of July. I was spending the weekend in Austin with family when Andy happened to show up at the same 4th of July party I was at. It wasn’t love at first sight, but as fate would have it, we ended up on the same team for a game at the party, which led us to becoming Facebook friends later that night. When it was time for me to return to Utah, we said our goodbyes and agreed to keep in touch via text. Despite the thousands of miles between us, we both found it easy and natural to confide in each other. In November 2011, I headed to Texas again for my cousin’s wedding in Dallas. Andy and I made plans to hang out while I was in town. For the first few days, our relationship seemed to stay relatively platonic, but the night before I left, we kissed for the first time and decided that this was something more than just friendship. In December, Andy took the leap and flew to Utah to spend time with me and my family for Christmas. That was when we decided that we wanted to give a long distance relationship a try, and we haven’t looked back since.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing Andy for the first time. That moment was so perfect. He looked at me just the way I had always dreamt about as a little girl. I also love seeing my family have so much fun at the wedding. We wanted to throw a special and memorable celebration, and seeing that come to life was really special.

We had a special quote from “How I Met Your Mother” that our officiant read at our ceremony which speaks so loudly about our relationship. “The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do, they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life–you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be, exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place at the right time.”

Describe your wedding flowers. Oh my goodness! They were amazing. I met with Bouquets of Austin early on in the planning process, and they saw and understood my vision immediately. I was blown away! Seeing all of the flowers for the first time was the perfect moment. It was emotional, but it really felt like they tied everything together.

I am from Utah, but I moved to Texas from Chicago. Andy is a born and raised Texan. When it came to picking a location, we had a lot of options! When we decided we were going to get married in Texas, I wanted to make sure to give our wedding the Southern flair it deserved. Vista West Ranch was the last location we saw. I knew from the pictures that I liked it, but when we stepped onto the property, I fell in love immediately. It combined the sweet, Southern feel of the Texas Hill Country with a chic, vintage look that I’ve always been drawn to.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The special, subtle details we included about our “right place at the right time” theme. It’s a saying we truly believe in, and it has made all the difference in our lives.

Tell us all about the proposal! Andy had been planning on taking me to a nice brunch when I arrived in Austin, so I woke up extra early to shower and get ready. When I landed in Austin, I called Andy, and he told me he couldn’t wait to see me. When I reached the end of the steps to baggage claim, I saw a familiar face, but it wasn’t his–it was his cousin. “Bao? What are you doing here?” “Hey… I’m picking you up.” “Where’s Andy?” “I don’t know…” He then handed me a letter. I opened Andy’s letter, labeled “Airport” and read it. By the end of the letter… I would be lying if I said at this point I didn’t kind of know what was happening, but I wasn’t 100% sure. After getting my luggage, Bao gave me another letter labeled “Bao” in the car. The letter said to watch a video message Andy made on the iPod in the car. Following the video, I received another letter labeled “Music.” At this point, I noticed myself shaking, and I immediately texted both my parents, “I think Andy is going to ask me to marry him today.” I listened to each song until we arrived at our next destination: the house where Andy and I first met. Inside, Char was waiting with another letter, labeled “After Her.” When I finished the letter, we continued onto our third destination, lunch at Taco Deli, our favorite taco place. From there, we headed to Starbucks–I learned later that this stop was a decoy because he needed more time! After the coffee, I received my final letter labeled “Decision.” We pulled up to the Long Center, one of the first places Andy and I went when I visited in November 2011. Butterflies were heavy in my stomach as we made our way to a grassy area where I saw both my cousin, Jeicille, and Andy waiting for me. I gave Jeicille a hug and then walked over to Andy and hugged him. He took my hands, and looking right into my eyes, he said… “You’re really pale.” (THERE’S NO SUN IN CHICAGO, ANDY!) He got down on one knee, opened a little black box with a sparkly ring inside, and asked me to marry him.
When did y’all get married? May 22, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 170
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I found my wedding dress at a consignment store. It was a sample dress, and I knew I liked it the minute I saw it on floor. Once I put it on, there was no doubt that I had found THE dress. My wedding coordinator came with me, so my dress was a surprise to everyone on my big day!
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? No, we didn’t want to do a first look. We wanted the traditional first look at the aisle to be really special. However, we did do a secret look where we exchanged cards and gifts.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The venue, Vista West Ranch, created an incredible ambiance, and Petal Pushers helped bring it to life with small details. From the rustic barn to the vintage tables, mason jars, local food, chairs, etc., everything came together perfectly and felt so Southern.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Picking an almost all-inclusive venue. Vista West Ranch included a lot of the components that many places ask people to pay extra for. We had the ceremony and reception in the same place. The venue was also so beautiful that a lot of it “decorated itself.” We also got a great deal on our catering and were referred to our photographer just as she was on the rise, so we really found some great deals!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t be afraid to ask for help and organize early on. If you’re not into wedding planning, think about a coordinator. Make a list of must-haves, like-to-haves and can-live-withouts. Most importantly, soak in every moment! The time leading up to the wedding feels like forever, but the wedding day flashes by in the blink of an eye.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We’re building our first house together and raising two adorable puppies, Hugo and Po. There are a lot of new changes in the forefront, and we can’t wait for the next chapter and every chapter after that.

Photographer: Jessica Gold Photography / Videographer: Photohouse Films / Planner: Iby Setzer / Venue: Vista West Ranch / Florist: Bouquets of Austin / Cake Baker: Sugar Mama’s Bakery / Caterer: Jack Allen’s Kitchen / Rentals: Petal Pushers / DJ: Tristan Tulley / Paper Products: Tiffany Lieu / Bride’s Gown: Essense of Australia / Hair Stylist: Propaganda Hair Group / Makeup Artist: Nisa Nicole / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Sarah” by Donna Morgan / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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  1. avatar Stacy bauer reply

    This ceremony set-up is incredible! xo

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While it’s inevitable that a few things will go wrong while wedding planning, it is so much more fun to hear about the things that go right! In Gabrielle and Dustin’s case, a few details came together serendipitously as they planned their summer Vista West Ranch wedding–in particular, when Gabrielle chose her gorgeous wedding dress (don’t miss the sweet story below!), and when she stumbled upon pictures of their dream venue, only to realize it was located a few hours away from Dustin’s hometown. Even if not a thing had gone the way they had planned though, Gabrielle and Dustin’s hearts were in the right place from day one –she said, “At the end of the day, you get to marry the love of your life. That in and of itself is a perfect day!”

Thank you so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Feather & Twine, for sharing this sweet celebration with us!

The story of finding my dress is pretty magical. My internship in Dallas was with Watters in their Communications, PR, and Merchandising departments. I spent my days admiring all of the gorgeous gowns and picking out the ones I would love to wear if I were engaged and dress shopping. When I returned from my graduation trip engaged, my director, David, had a little gift on my desk! Later that day, Vatana Watters herself came up to the office to congratulate me, and as a gift, told me I could choose the dress of my dreams for my big day! At first, I thought it was just a joke, but then realized she was serious! I was so overwhelmed, I started crying! I felt truly blessed and that God put me in that internship for that reason! I tried on five dresses before David brought in a gown from the design room that had just been completed that day for next season’s collection. I put it on and it was just perfect! Totally not what I thought I wanted, but it was definitely the one. He told me that they would be able to make it for me in time for the wedding and that I would be the first bride to ever wear that gown!! David Lopez and Vatana Watters, I am truly so thankful for you!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There are so many moments we’ll remember forever–our families and friends helping us celebrate, our first dance, my dress, the nervous jitters, our vows… but I think we can both agree that the most memorable moment was the moment we became husband and wife in front of God, our families, and our friends!

Our pastor from college, Reggie, was able to fly out to officiate our ceremony, which meant so much to the two of us! While we had beautiful readings, I think our favorite part of the ceremony was the foot washing. We decided to incorporate this because it is a tradition of service and symbolizes that not one of us is above the other.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Dustin and I knew that we wanted our wedding to have a laid back, celebratory feel. When we got engaged, we started looking for rustic chic wedding venues online, but I couldn’t find any in Florida (where I’m from) or in Houston (where Dustin is from). One day, while I was on Pinterest, I saw a gorgeous photo of a venue and clicked on it, thinking it would be somewhere out of reach, like Colorado or something. To my surprise, it was in Austin! It was so beautiful and exactly what we had been envisioning. Dustin wan’t able to come to the open house with me, but he trusted me enough to book it! It was the first and only venue I had to see, and we were both sold!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I think the biggest challenge we overcame was wanting to please so many people who were a big help with the wedding. When it came down to it, we realized that it was our day and that it was all about us getting married. Everything would work itself out as long as we were calm and remained focused on this day being a a celebration of our union! Everything could have gone wrong, but it would have still been the best day ever because we got to marry each other.

My wedding flowers were more amazing than I could have ever dreamed! Petal Pushers and our family friend, Cathy, did the most amazing job. I wanted a color palette of clean white, light blush accents, and mercury glass and mason jars everywhere. The barn looked like a dream and our head table was just breathtaking! I couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked. My father-in-law made benches that ran the length of the farm tables, and our friend, Cathy, decorated them beautifully! They made such a statement!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our cake was beautiful! We chose a really simple white ruffle design with metallic gold dusting on the edges. We had three flavors: chocolate with fresh strawberry filling, chocolate with chocolate filling, and vanilla with bavarian cream filling. We also had mini pies in mason jars at each place setting as our favors, because who doesn’t love a good mini pie in the summer? We chose apple pie and Texas Two Step (half brownie, half pecan pie). They were a hit!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Dustin and I met our freshman year of college at Florida State University. I was on the FSU Golden Girls dance team and he was on the FSU football team. It was winter break and both of our teams had to be in Tallahassee to practice for the UDA College Dance Team Nationals and for the football team’s upcoming Bowl Game. It wasn’t love at first sight, but we did start hanging out a lot. We started attending the same bible study and church together, and things quickly grew from friendship to something more. On March 20, 2010, Dustin was driving me back to my dorm one night, but then took a detour to the stadium, claiming he had to go get his cleats from the locker room. He told me to follow him, so I did. Instead of going to the locker room, he led me out onto the football field and asked me to be his girlfriend on the 50-yard line of Doak Campbell Stadium! That was almost five years ago, and we’ve been together ever since. It was so fun being able to cheer him on from the sideline for all four years of college!
Tell us all about the proposal! After Dustin graduated, he was drafted to the Buffalo Bills and moved to New York, while I still had a semester at FSU and an internship left to complete. After I completed my internship in Dallas in December, I flew back to Tallahassee for my graduation. Dustin had told me that he wasn’t able to come due to his football schedule, which was totally understandable. I was invited to a holiday party for the head football coach and his wife’s organization, Kidz 1st Fund, and my best friend, Courtney, and my old boss, Carrie, begged me to steal away from my family for an hour to go with them. I told them over and over that my mother was not going to go for it! The night before my graduation, I arrived in Tallahassee and found that my mother had had some sort of change of heart and decided to let me go for an hour. As we were approaching the stadium, I noticed that all of the lights were on, but it seemed pretty quiet for a big event to be going on. Upon rounding the corner to enter the field, I was totally shocked to see Dustin, alone, standing on the 50-yard line in the empty, but lit, stadium! As I walked (as fast as I could with heels on) towards him, I turned around and saw both my family and his sitting in the stands above! After walking the longest 50 yards of my life, I was met by Dustin asking me to be his wife, in the exact spot where our journey began four years prior!
When did y’all get married? July 4, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 175
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Dustin and I did a pre-marital course with our pastor and his wife every week via Skype. In addition to this, we prayed fervently together and devoted time to the Bible every day.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We did do a little bit of DIY. I addressed all the save the dates and invitations, we had a friend help with flowers, we made our own programs, and we provided a lot of the decor instead of renting it (mercury glass, mason jars, frames, etc.).
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax, breathe, and HAVE FUN! Too many brides get stressed about the wedding being perfect and forget that it’s supposed to be a fun process. You don’t want to look back on this time in your life and remember how awful it was. Everything works itself out in the end, and at the end of the day, you get to marry the love of your life. That in and of itself is a perfect day!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are moving to New Orleans, Louisiana where Dustin is playing for the Saints! We look forward to finding a home, getting settled, and enjoying life together with our two precious pups. Hopefully, lots of traveling is in our future! We’re looking forward to making memories, creating traditions, and growing closer to each other and God!

Photographer: Feather and Twine Photography / Videographer: Forever Film Studios / Planner: Coordinate This / Venue: Vista West Ranch / Florist and Rentals: Petal Pushers / Dessert Baker: Classic Cakes by Lori and Tiny Pies / Caterer: Verde’s / Rentals: Petal Pushers / Band: The Royal Dukes / Bride’s Gown: “Santina” by Watters / Bride’s Bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade / Makeup Artist: Maris Malone Calderon / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Feathered Ruth Dress” by French Connection / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The dress is stunning, I love the cut on the top. And, the use of different chairs at the reception table adds vintage rustic charm!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    her dress is sooo beautiful!!!

  3. avatar Stacey (petal Pushets) reply

    love this couple & so happy to see their beautiful wedding on your gorgeous blog!

  4. avatar Morgan reply

    I am looking at this venue for my wedding. The only dates available still are summer dates. How was your summer weddings as far as the heat and the ceremony?????

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