Hi honey bunnies!  Hope you’re all doing well on this wonderful day!  I say wonderful because you’re *that much closer* to your weekends. ;)  Hehehe, BUT ANYWHO!  We’re currently in Mexico, and there are some lovely tornado-like cloud formations worrying our faces at the moment, but heck, we’re in Mexico – not gonna complain!!

So!  We’ve got a truly delightful new Bloggista to bring to you today, who happens to be another one of our planning brides!  She’s seriously as sweet as can be.  Not to mention, she blogs quite the pretty wedding, too!  We just know you’ll love the heck out of her.  Ok, here we go, with the lovely Brooke, of Bright Wishes!

Take it away, Brooke…

Hello everyone! My name is Brooke and I am so ecstatic to be a part of The Knotty Bride team. I’ll be bringing wonderful weddings to you from photographers around the globe. Today we have Paige and Zach’s DIY wedding from Francis Joseph Photography!

This wedding has so many great details from the paper goods to the ballet shoes and the amazing outdoor venue.  Go ahead and take a look below to see the wedding in all of its rustic charm glory!

Love her ballet shoes!!!

And how cute are those bridesmaids in boots and slightly varied shades of purple?

This table decor is so sweetly simple, and the neutral colors are perfection!

I just love that last picture. The view is so gorgeous!

Here’s what our bride, Paige, had to say:

The short timeframe helped us to remember what we were celebrating, and focus on how we wanted to celebrate.  Growing up and in our relationship together our families and friends have been incredibly supportive, and we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of not only our lives together, but with each one of these people that have helped shape the people that we have become.

My vision for the wedding included Southern, rustic charm, a laid-back feel, and a touch of fabulous. My parents moved to the Texas Hill Country a few years ago, and it seemed like the perfect place to bring everyone together to celebrate! We did all of the planning and coordinating ourselves, and our parents were instrumental in their help. I was finishing up my second semester of grad school and leaving for a two week trip to Turkey, returning one week before the wedding, so we really could not have done it without them.

Outside of having our families and closest friends on hand, we wanted to make sure that they had a great time, complete with delicious food and flowing drink. We could not say more wonderful things about Cassie and her group at Catering with a Twist (Round Rock). My dad scouted and purchased the wine himself, through one of the bulk purchasing programs within our local HEB. We chose a carrot cake with cream cheese icing for our wedding cake and I surprised Zachary with a chocolate and chocolate icing bonfire cake, both from Lisa’s Cakery in Marble Falls. My maid of honor, a UT grad, helped make the UT outhouse cake topper for the groom’s cake. We used Jonathan Adler ‘Muse’ salt and pepper shakers and fresh flowers for our wedding cake topper.

My favorite moment of the day was right before I walked down the aisle. I was watching the bridesmaids and flower girls walk down to two beautiful cello pieces, Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission, and Bach Cello Suite #1 in G, both by Yo-Yo Ma, when everyone was standing at the front or seated, the music switched to Tighten Up by The Black Keys. The sudden switch to something light and fun, after two solemn songs brought so much laughter to the audience, and seeing Zachary’s face when I actually went through with it, was hilarious. At that moment, after a few emotional tears, my father walked me down the aisle, and the ceremony began.

Other notables from the day:
Our readings: Irish Blessing, Native American Blessing, Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss
First dance: You are the Best Thing, by Ray LaMontagne
Favors: hand-canned peach jalapeno chutney and strawberry jam
Guest book: thumb-print ‘leaf’ tree and mad libs
Inscription on grooms ring: Put it back on 6.4.11
Table games: I SPY photo moments sheet and disposable camera

What do you guys think of this lovely DIY wedding?  Personally, I really adore the simplicity of it all.  And those bridesmaids’ getups are too cute, don’t you think?

xoxo!  – Brooke

Photography: Francis Joseph Photography / Wedding Planning + Design: the bride & family / Flowers: Whole Blooms, assembled by wedding party / Venue: Bride’s family home / Wedding Cake: Lisa’s Cakery/ Hair: Studio 281 / Make-up: bride / Wedding Stationery: bride / Linens: Outback Party Rentals + JoAnn’s Fabric / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson/ Groom’s Suit: Express + J. Crew (tie) / Bridesmaid Dress: J. Crew / Catering: Catering with a Twist

Label(s): The Bloggistas, {DIY + Freebies}, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Mindy on September 22, 2011

    Great guest post, Brooke! On a side note, I tried on that same dress at DB and loved it on the hanger but it looked not-so-good on me. It looks amazing on this bride.

  2. Lena on September 22, 2011

    Oh, those ballet shoes! And the papers? So gorgeous.

    Here’s hoping ya’ll get some bad ass Mexitwister. But you know, remain safe and all that good stuff.

  3. Koru Kate on September 22, 2011

    Every little detail is oh so sweet! I love the wedding stationery, even more so since the Bride made them. & the bridal party looks fab!!!

  4. Erica Ann Photography on September 22, 2011

    Cowgirl boots and gorgeous purple bridesmaid’s dresses? I wish I was in that bridal party! Also, love the bride’s dress, those little sleeves are so classy!

  5. Marie @ Emici Bridal on September 22, 2011

    Really love this post, everything looks so natural and lovely. The backdrop of the tree at the ceremony frames it so well, beautiful!

  6. Lois Godfrey on September 22, 2011

    A beautiful wedding….loved the girls boots and purple dresses! Scenery was gorgeous , pefect setting for a TX wedding.

  7. Kelly Marie on September 22, 2011

    Purple dresses, cowboy boots and a darling couple….perfect wedding. I love your blog. thanks for sharing!

  8. Marissa - After Flats on September 22, 2011

    I loovveeee the cowboy boots idea! I want them on my wedding!

  9. Kristine {In Love, Engaged} on September 23, 2011

    LOVE the setting, the flowers, the stationery, the boots, that dress shot… And the bride is gorgeous! Well done, Brooke!

  10. La Bella Planners on September 23, 2011

    Your wedding not only turned out stunning, it seemed like you really took the time to think of your guests and how they can most enjoy another wedding to attend.

    The pictures depict it as beatutifully unique! :)

    Congrats to the newlyweds.

  11. Paige Hewlett on September 23, 2011

    Thank you so much for everyone’s comments! We were thrilled to have our wedding featured on TKB! Much love!

  12. Lindsay on September 25, 2011

    I LOVE THIS!!!!! Just beautiful. :) Classic, laid back, perfect. Well done, bride. :)

    PS- love the ballet shoes ;)

  13. JH on September 28, 2011

    I think other sites should take this site as a model, very clean and great user friendly style and design, as well as the content. You’re an expert at this stuff!

  14. Barn Weddings on October 10, 2011

    Well done! I like the photos, specially those that are captured dining with the family.

  15. sarina on November 17, 2011

    I absolutely love this rustic themed wedding. They did a great job incorporating the burlap to the table setting. It looks very elegant.

  16. great bright images and tonal range

  17. Charlene on February 21, 2012

    Love the look of this wedding! Especially love the boots and the lanterns! Where are the lanterns from?


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