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