Caleigh & Brian at Duchman Winery

To brighten up your Monday morning, I’m sharing this sweet wedding with you!  Caleigh and Brian were married at the gorgeous Duchman Winery in  the Texas Hill Country.  Check out their photos and a note from the bride below.

Caleigh saying hello to her Dad…Instead of a wedding cake, they had a gelato bar.  Which was delicious.

These guys were pretty hilarious…From the bride:

“I have to admit that I was never one of those little girls who dreamed of her wedding day.  I actually think that Brian spent more time dreaming about his wedding as a little boy!  At first, we considered doing a justice of the peace marriage and calling it a day, but then we realized that this day was also about our families and sharing our moment with the people who have helped get us to where we are today.  In the end, we wanted to have a day that would bring together our favorite people and our favorite things.
When vendors asked what the theme of our wedding would be, we would just say that we wanted it to be fun and to be reflective of us.  We didn’t want to obsess over small details or over-think things.  We decided from the beginning that we would “pick our battles”, really focusing on what mattered to us most and delegating the rest.  As we moved through the planning process, the only theme that really unfolded was the idea of “you and me”.  Brian and I use this expression almost daily to each other and that’s what we wanted to remember when we looked back on our wedding.  That it was him and me, and not just a generic wedding.
In the spirit of picking battles, we each got to pick something for the wedding, no vetoes allowed.  I asked that a close family friend officiate the ceremony and decided that I’d much rather do a blending of wine instead of sand.  Brian decided that instead of a band or DJ, he wanted nothing more than to have dueling pianos at the reception.  We both decided that we didn’t really care too much for cake, so we opted for a gelato bar instead.  Our favorite dishes that we cook together (his risotto, my chicken picatta) were incorporated into the menu, and in lieu of a guest book, we asked guests to sign a cork from a bottle of wine that we had enjoyed together.
These were just some of the ways that we made our wedding feel like “us”.  To give it even more of a personal feel, our friends and family helped create some memorable features at the wedding.  My mom designed a replica of the “I love you so much” wall in Austin, and Brian’s father created an incredible sign post with the places in our lives we love most.  Brian’s family friends built rustic frames for the menu signs, and my family friend inscribed the menu details.  It truly felt like everywhere we turned, there were moments and visions of the things we loved most in the world.  And for that, it was our perfect “you and me” wedding.”

Photographer – Ashley Garmon Photographers

Venue – Duchman Winery

Caterer – Kurant Events

Florist – Verbena

Band – Chicago Dueling Pianos

Rentals – Marquee

Hair & Makeup – Rae Cosmetics

Invitations – Dragonfly Designs

Transportation – Elegant Limousine

Rehearsal Dinner – Green Pastures

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Read more.. Monday, September 23rd, 2013

HOLGA – New Mexico and Far West Texas

At the end of each summer, my wedding season comes to a screeching halt and I find myself fulfilling my feelings of wanderlust.  This summer in a matter of 7 weeks, I visited Massachusetts, Maine, Chicago (more on that later), Las Cruces & Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Nevada and Far West Texas.  For those who aren’t familiar, Far West Texas is…well, really far from Austin.  We managed to see Midland, Marathon, Marfa, Valentine,Alpine, Fort Davis, For Stockton, Balmorhea…basically making a giant loop.  Stopping at every historical marker and weird something-or-other on the side of the road.  Most notably, a terrifying live rattlesnake exhibit on the side of the road.  Which seemed like a really good idea before we walked in.    My skin is still crawling from that one.  Gahhhhhhh!!  Anyway, I took a few shotswith my plastic & unpredictable Holga camera along the way.  I ran color film through the camera for the 2nd time ever.  And I must say, I kind of dig it.  I left the Holga camera in the car for a few weeks too, to see if the heat affected the film at all, which it seems to have done.  I’m happy to have achieved some nice images with appropriately spooky light leaks throughout.  Not for everyone, I know.  But it’s definitely for me.

Have a good day!


Somewhere between Alpine & Fort Davis, Texas…

Prada Marfa art installation which is actually located in Valentine, Texas.  A bit further down the road:Exploring White Sands, New Mexico with some friends before attending a wedding later that day:

Perfect puffy clouds over Nevada:

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Read more.. Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Blanton Museum wedding on Style Me Pretty today!

The gorgeous Blanton Museum wedding is chock-full of crafting and prettiness.  Check it out on Style Me Pretty Texas for all the lovely details!

Click here to see the wedding.

Have a great day!


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Read more.. Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
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