Good morning! I know that today feels more like a Monday than a Tuesday for many of you, so if you had a nice long weekend, welcome back! Before I get into today's beautiful real wedding, I want to remind everyone that we have a giveaway going on here this week! APP has teamed up with the fabulous stationer, In or Out Media, to giveaway a $50 gift certificate toward the purchase of the stationery of your choosing. And believe me, you will LOVE their stuff - whether you're getting married, having a baby, or just looking to stock up on personal stationery. So check out yesterday's blog post to learn how to enter right away!
Anyway, before I get into Rachael and Sam's wedding, I wanted to make sure that I shared their beautiful (and extremely well planned!) proposal story. "One Saturday in February last year, I was expecting [Sam] to come visit. Instead, he sent my good friend to my house with a rose and instructions to put on the outfit I wore on our first date. She took me to Waco's beautiful city park, where I followed a trail of roses through the woods. Along the way, each rose directed me to call family members, who he had asked to say encouraging things. If I had any doubts at this point, the videographer following me around was a pretty good indicator that something was going on! Eventually, I made it to a cliff top where we had one of our first dates. By this time, I was carrying a big bouquet of gorgeous red roses. Sam was waiting there. He sang me a song, asked me to marry him with lines from a favorite book that was part of both our childhoods, and then we danced to music for a while. (Another friend was in the bushes dressed in camo and manning the iPod!) To top it all off, he then took me downtown, where a carriage awaited to take us on a sunset ride, and then dinner at the Thai restaurant where we went for our very first date. It was an incredible day!"
Eight months later in October, Rachael and Sam were married at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas. Shot by Anne Brookshire Photography, the wedding had a soft, rustic feel to it with some GORGEOUS wildflowers of reds, yellows and whites, arranged by the talented Stephanie Ybarra. "I really love red protea, waxflower of all colors and solidego (goldenrod), so those were kind of the focus flowers," said the bride. When I asked Rachael what her favorite memory from her wedding day was, she replied that it was actually the two days prior to the wedding day that she'll hold most dear. "Sam and all my family and friends holed up in a hotel to make all of the decorations for the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, I felt so blessed to have them all around me, generously helping to set up and decorate, even though it turned out to be an oddly freezing October day in Texas! Everyone was so cheerful with anticipation and encouraging to one another, and it made that morning a rich memory of time with everyone I love."
DIY details from the outdoor ceremony included the ribbons tied around the ceremony gazebo and the burlap and lace bows tied at the end of the benches. At the reception, the bride, groom and their families worked together to create over a hundred small pouches of Texas wildflower seeds for guests to take home as wedding favors. The centerpieces, made up of burlap, lace, vintage bottles and pieces of driftwood, were all collected and assembled by the bride. Giant tissue poms, twinkle lights and yards of tulle fabric were draped around the venue and dance floor.
Rustic Fall Wedding with Gorgeous Wildflowers - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Anne Brookshire Photography
Venue: Carleen Bright Arboretum
Floral Designer: Stephanie Ybarra
Caterer: Schoepfs BBQ, pies by Collin Street Bakery and Kim Cutler
DJ: Magic Box Media
Rentals: Action Rentals
Engagement Ring Designer: Specimental Design
Bridal Attire: Camarillo Bridal
Bridesmaid Attire: Jen Jen House
Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse