On these days when the weather drops below thirty degrees, it’s really nice to start the day with a cheery sunshine-filled wedding and remember that in some parts of the world, the sun is still shining. I know for me the weather definitely affects my mood and attitude and I am almost always happier when it’s sunny outside. So today I am pretending that I am a guest at this lovely California wedding. Won’t you join me?

Samantha and Derrill created their dream wedding with the help of family and friends. Samantha’s aunt offered up her picturesque private estate as the backdrop for their big day, and friends created the floral arrangements and even baked the wedding cake… as their photographer, Becca Rillo said, “You couldn’t tell unless you knew!” That’s for sure. Everything about this wedding is picture-perfect and Becca Rillo Photography captured all of the magic.

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

The pops of coral weave so perfectly throughout the details, don’t you think!?  From the bridesmaids dresses, to the napkins, to the flowers… it’s perfection.

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

I don’t think I will ever get tired of the s’mores bar… I mean who doesn’t love s’mores? And even though I’ve seen it done in countless weddings, I still have yet to attend a wedding with a s’mores bar. So yea… (I’m talking to you, engaged friends!) ;)

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

 

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

The ceremony altar makes a perfect backdrop for the sweetheart table. I am all about reusing details from the ceremony to the reception!

DIY Private Residence Wedding by Becca Rillo Photograpjy

I hope you enjoyed this ray of sunshine on this dreary day, wherever you may be… or maybe you have great weather today!? That’s awesome too. A big thank you to Becca Rillo Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us. Make sure to check out her blog to see more of her work!

These wedding professionals helped bring this lovely wedding to life:
Photographer: Becca Rillo Photography | Venue: Private Residence | DJ: Let the Music Play | Dress store: Cruz’s Bridal | Makeup: Doubletake Makeup Artistry

A Charming Blush + Grey Texas Wedding

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The soft colors, delicate details, and stunning bridal party are just a few of the reasons why I’m smitten with this wedding. Ashton and Jacob put together a truly flawless day, and they were lucky enough to have Anne Brookshire Photography there to capture every charming detail and sweet moment. When Ashton was planning her wedding, she described the feel she was going for as “laid-back elegance…. and contrasting textures like wood and mercury glass. Open and airy. Friendly and inviting.” I think she definitely achieved that vision!

After the heartfelt ceremony at Highland Baptist Church, guests hopped on a bus and headed over to The Pavilion at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas for a fun-filled evening of dinner and dancing.

Enjoy the beautiful images, and be sure to check out Anne’s blog to see more of her work!

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Blush and Grey Wedding by Anne Brookshire Photography

Thank you to Anne Brookshire Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

Have a wonderful day, friends, and don’t forget about our giveaway that we have going on!!

These fabulous vendors helped make this day possible:
Photography: Anne Brookshire Photography | Ceremony venue: Highland Baptist Church | Reception venue: The Pavilion at Carleen Bright Arboretum | MUA:  Angela Karr | Catering: Festive Occasions Catering | Florals: Bloomingals | DJ: Triple Z Entertainment | Videographer: Elle Films | Cakes: Kristy’s Kreations | Rentals:  Pendley Productions | Vocalists: Callie Johnson and Kelsey Martin | Wedding Dress: Pronovias from Lulu’s Bridal Boutique | Shoes: TOMS | Bride’s earrings: Kendra Scott | Bridesmaids dresses: Bill Levkoff | Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

One of the most daunting tasks for us was picking out our wedding colors. There are so many options, and everywhere we looked for ideas, there were gorgeous featured weddings with all different colors which didn’t exactly help us narrow it down!! We finally decided to stop looking at other weddings (and Pinterest!) for ideas, go to our venue and see what colors are already incorporated there naturally and go from there.

Since we are getting married at a barn, there are a lot of browns and neutral colors, so we decided to go with that theme, incorporating burlap, twine, wood accents, and other neutral colors. We also decided to add in some soft colors– pastel blue, light aqua, and blush pink. After we decided on the colors, I went back to my Pinterest board and found that a lot of the ideas that I had loved already featured those soft colors and neutral accents; I just hadn’t noticed!

You may notice that gold is also in a lot of my inspiration boards…that kind of got added in after I looked through all of my inspiration and realized that there was a lot of gold sparkles in the ideas I was in love with. But come on, I grew up showing quarter horses, and anyone who has seen us show knows us quarter horse girls take our sparkles seriously!!

Take my flower girls dresses from Chasing Fireflies for example:

Chasing Fireflies Flower Girl Dress

Or these sparkly bottles that I posted before that I want to try to make:

DIY Sparkly Bottles

I also find this table quite adorable…but is there such thing as too much sparkle?

BHLDN Inspired Tablescape

Even my dress (which I’m debating sneak peeking soon) is a gorgeous  sparkling Sarah Seven original!!

Here are some of my color inspiration boards…let me know what you guys think!

Tiffany Blue & Baby Pink Inspiration

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Mint Pink & Peach Inspiration

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Pastel Pink Blue & Yellow Inspiration

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Blue & Pink Inspiration

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Pastel Dreams

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Asia & Cory’s DIY Southern Wedding

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Oh my goodness, you guys. I am so, so excited to finally be sharing Asia and Cory’s beyond beautiful wedding! Remember all of those fabulous “Adventures in Wedding Planning” posts? The beautiful bride gracing the photos below was behind all of those posts, and it’s so amazing to see how all of her ideas and inspirations came to life! Asia’s posts are full of such much wisdom and encouragement, and if you missed any of them you can see them all here. It was such a joy having Asia as a real bride contributor, and I am so thrilled to now be able to share her gorgeous wedding, captured by the oh-so-talented Lesley Kerr Photography.

Asia and Cory’s pecan orchard wedding is overflowing with sweet DIY details and southern charm. Get ready for some serious swoonage, my friends. ;) And read on to hear about all of the details from the bride herself!

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

What was your favorite moment of the day? My absolute favorite moment was attempting to take a few pre-wedding pictures without seeing each other. The groomsmen were very concerned that Cory might try to peek so before they lead him over to me, they put a pillowcase over his head. It was something that I had imagined in my head to be a sweet romantic moment between the two of us, but when the boys lead him over looking so ridiculous, I couldn’t help but laugh at him. It defined the day for me in a sense, such a wonderful, serious day that we completely took over with goofiness and laughter.

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

What DIY elements did you incorporate in to your wedding? Our entire wedding was pretty much a DIY death match. Working on a very small budget forced us to get creative. I did all the graphic design work for the invitations, programs, etc. We had a florist order the flowers wholesale and put everything together ourselves. My sweet bridesmaids helped line the tables with over 600 paper doilies. We went to the lumber yard a few months in advance to start weathering the boards for the tables. Cory even drilled the holes in the boards to put the candles in. He and his dad worked forever the week before the wedding to hang the lights and fix up the orchard that belonged to family friends. We were very blessed by people who were thrilled to help us.

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

How would you describe the overall theme or feel of your wedding? Well, there’s this absurd buzz over the idea of a “rustic chic” wedding and I suppose that’s what I was going for at first but the more research I did and the more psychotic it all made me so I decided to scratch the theme entirely and go with what felt simple and lovely. So I guess I would call it that – simple and lovely. I just began making all my decisions with that in mind and nixed everything else.

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

Ah! I just adore the way the reception tables turned out. Asia wrote about this topic here and it’s incredible to see how all of her ideas came together! It turned out so wonderfully!

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

What advice do you have for brides currently planning their weddings? Gracious, well, have just that… grace. Be nice to everyone because they’re trying to throw you a party, remember? Even if they’re being bossy, trust that deep down they have good intentions. Make time for yourself. Your husband to be will love you for that. I was trying to graduate, move, start a teaching job, and plan a wedding at the same time. When I slowed down to breathe I remembered that there was a boy waiting patiently on the sidelines to live life with me. Along those lines, tackle projects that you’re excited about and that are feasible. I was bound and determined to sew my own bowties and at the last minute (as in a few hours before the wedding) had to enlist a few incredible ladies to finish the task for me. You can’t do it all unless you start early and work diligently. In the end, all your efforts will be worth it and you’ll be married, and that is the single most important part of the whole darn thing.

Asia’s final post for BT&B was about when things go wrong. She discussed in detail many of the crazy things that happened leading up to her wedding day. And looking at these photos, you would have no idea any of that had happened. Asia and Cory’s day was picture perfect from start to finish, and their love story is just beginning. I am so happy for you two!

To see even more photos from the day (YAY!!), click here!

Stay tuned for one last post of Asia’s coming up later this week regarding her wedding day music. :)

Photographer: Lesley Kerr Photography / Reception Venue: Private Residence
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