Real Weddings

It started with a pair of bright yellow heels...

I don't like color. In fact I hate it. There was a time when I would have told you that black was my favorite color, or lack thereof. When Chad & I were first engaged,  if you would have asked me what colors my bridesmaids and I would be wearing at MY wedding... I can assure you that yellow, would NOT have been one of them.

It all started one afternoon when I was window shopping, searching for something, anything that would point me in the right direction concerning my wedding "look." This task was a lot harder than I thought it would be - a never ending back and forth of self-doubt. Because at your wedding, naturally you want to stand out and it provides the perfect setting to show off and make a statement. I needed MY statement. And then as I was casually browsing one of my favorite stores, BHLDN, I saw them from the corner of my eye. As I turned my head towards them, my heart started to beat just a little faster. From across the room they were inviting me over and as I walked towards them, "I Want, I Want" alarms kept going off in my head. As I approached the pair of bright yellow-colored heels with big, dainty bows on top I couldn't help but think I must be crazy. These were sooo not like me. Yellow? I hate yellow...right? Yellow is or was a cardinal sin at weddings... isn't it? Surely this was just one of those quirky finds that I would fall out of love with just as fast as I had fallen in love with them. So I walked away, leaving BHLDN empty handed. Feeling confident that I had intervened before I could commit to some faux pas wedding color disaster that I would look back on and always regret, like ruffles and shoulder pads.

But over the next couple of weeks those silly bright yellow-colored heels with big, dainty bows on top kept creeping back up in my mind. I went on a war path searching for something, anything that wasn't bright yellow, because yellow was never in my original plan. The plan had always been a winter wedding, with black dresses - a formal affair, somewhere tucked into the mountains. The reality was a beautiful, more relaxed, rustic barn nestled in Texas Hill Country in June. Basically the total opposite. So what is a girl to do? I wanted these silly heels and that once-thought terrible color - I wanted them bad.

It is strange to say that I felt like choosing this meant that I was betraying myself, I was betraying that 14 year old who had played countless games of MASH and had worked all of these fine details out in her head. She had spent countless hours working things out to the finest detail- knew her first dance song, knew the flavor of the cake, knew the car model driving them away. On the other hand this same girl I was betraying was also delusional in that her groom was going to be Jake Gyllenhaal. So how reliable was her judgement in the first place?

At some point you just have to go with your gut. Realize that what you may have always wanted, was not the same as what you might want right now. What you always thought you would have may not be what you will get. The only thing that really matters is doing what makes you happy and what makes your day special to you. My day was made special by the shoes that I wore, that lead to the color of my best friends dresses, that determined the color of the flowers in my hands, the arrangements on the table, the ties on the boys, the shoes on my groom, the necklace that I wore and the happiness in my heart. Somehow yellow made my day perfect...go figure.

XOXO-Lindsay

Photo Credit: Nathan Russell Photography | Floral: Petal Pushers | Venue: Vista West Ranch

Barton Creek Resort & Spa Wedding- Amelia Tarbet Photography

When I came across this wedding the other day my jaw literally dropped to the ground and stayed there for an indeterminable amount of time. I don't think I have ever seen a wedding quite like this except for maybe in People Magazine. Barton Creek Resort & Spa is a fantastic hotel and golf club. Our wedding party stayed here during our weekend of festivities and enjoyed every moment spent at this hotel. Having seen the space in person without all the glitz and total fabulousness that is sprinkled throughout this wedding I can vouch that this really is an incredible transformation. 

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I personally am not very familiar with the tradition of the Chuppah (canopy featured above) and took this as an opportunity to learn more. A Chuppah is a canopy under which a Jewish couple stand during their wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet that is stretched or supported over four poles/ or attendees at a wedding and it symbolizes the home that the couple will build together. :) I love that!

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Fun Fact: Petal Pushers used almost 10,000 flowers to decorate the Chuppah, cocktail and reception space! 

And my oh my, are those flowers insane(ly gorgeous)! The purple, white and pink floral arrangements blend together so beautifully. I love that the bride's bouquet is a mixture of various white flowers that look so elegant and stand out in the sea of purple and pink. I cannot even begin to wrap my head around how much planning and time went into the execution of this event. I can only imagine that it was a lot...and obviously so worth it...

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Photography by Amelia Tarbet

XOXO- Lindsay

Dripping Springs Wedding from Luke & Cat Photography- Featured on Style Me Pretty

Oh my goodness... is this a beautiful Texas Rustic Vintage Wedding or what? I love ALL of the little details! This couple were quite the vintage items and antique collectors. They're attention to detail is AH-mazing and it is so obvious that they spent so much time to make their day perfect. Their search for fun, unique items that would compliment their theme began month and months in advance.

And those flowers, those beautiful bright delicate flowers are just gorgeous. I love all of the different textures. Petal Pushers accomplished great delivery creating such a  lovely whimsical look. Everything looks perfect, absolutley perfect.

XOXO- Lindsay

Images found on a featured Style Me Pretty Blog- "Dripping Springs Wedding at Camp Lucy from Luke & Cat Photography"

Photos are forever...

I believe that aside from your significant other (and a few select family members and friends), the photographer(s) is the most important person at your wedding/event. This could be because Chad and I are firm believers that photos are important treasures and should be valued as such. Your photographer takes on the role of a story teller at one of the biggest events of your life - without them you are left with vague memories that likely will not stand the test of time. Photos capture precious moments that we may or may not remember, or deem important in the moment, but when seen later make an impact. Great photos should make you feel something. Great photographers have the ability to capture this again and again.

A bit about our experience:

One of Chad's many wedding/pre-nuptial party responsibilities was selecting the photographer. As an Energy Research Analyst this meant extensive research, a scoring system and a lengthy excel spreadsheet that I could barely understand, but since Chad knew what it translated to I didn't worry. He narrowed down his top 8 choices and used a scale to rate them and rank them. After an exhaustive search, Chad selected Nathan Russell Photography.

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We first met Nathan for our engagement photo shoot- a day I had actually been dreading. I think I put more thought into what I wore that day than what I wore at my wedding. #priorities. I can be a bit rough around the edges, so meeting some new person at 7:00 am in downtown Austin to take my photo is not really my thing. Chad and I had pre-selected locations where we wanted to shoot. The first was the "Greetings from Austin" sign. After introductions and some chit chat, Nathan started to shoot --

So there we stood next to a building while cars drove by and some stranger snapped away. I was uptight, uncomfortable, and self-conscious. It was terrible. I imagined the whole morning would continue to be this really uncomfortable experience, and it was, for about 5 minutes.  Nathan used his ninja magic and - all of the sudden - I started to relax and Nathan was no longer this guy shooting our photos, he was just Nathan. A person with a great sense of humor, deep love for his profession and a quirky way of seeing the world through his viewfinder.  We went all around downtown and South Congress, and after a couple of hours this experience was ending. I was sort of sad - I had actually really enjoyed myself. It didn't hurt that Nathan got our jokes or at least pretended like he did.

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This same feeling carried over into our wedding weekend experience as he and his partner (and wife) Amy shot at our pre-nuptial party (in lieu of a rehearsal dinner)  and wedding. They were with us through it all - there for the stress filled, high-energy, anxious moments. Amy was with me when I put my dress on and my mom and best friends were at my side. She was with me when I waited for what seemed like an eternity to walk downstairs to meet my father and then down the aisle to join my future husband. Nathan was at Chad's side to capture him tearing up before I even walked out the doors.  I'm not really sure how to explain it, but I felt cared for and that my memories were being cared for as well.

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Chad and I have probably looked through our photos more than 50 times. There were moments that were captured that hit me like a ton of bricks and made me feel so grateful. People who, had circumstances been different, may not have been there to share the weekend with us or any future events for that matter. Stories which I will share at some point but that's the heavy and this post isn't about that. I expected that I would love our photos; I never expected to feel so much when I looked at them - and that is priceless. As silly as I think it is, I hope I never stop tearing up when I look back through my wedding photos.

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My Advice:

The biggest piece of advice that can be given when selecting a photographer is to do your homework. I know it is easy to just take someone's word for it, but digging deeper and finding someone who can see your vision, understand you and make you comfortable, and all the while capture amazing photos is worth it. Check their website, find publications that they are featured in, talk to them directly, and check their ENTIRE portfolio - see if the photos they take and their personality fit with you and what you want. Make sure they are not one trick ponies and have the experience and skill to produce creative work. This person will be with you on a very important occasion in your life. The last thing to worry about on the day of your wedding or event is the quality of the photos. Think about it.

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Acknowledgements:

Thank you to Nathan and Amy Russell of Nathan Russell Photography for being absolutely amazing.

XOXO-

Lindsay & Chad

*Special thank you to Classic Cakes by Lori, Petal Pushers, and Celebrate with Strings Attached.

Austin Wedding from Caroline Joy Photography- Featured on Style Me Pretty

"Our florals were OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing. Stacey, and her team at Petal Pushers, absolutely nailed our vision – Think soft, earthy, whimsical, hill-country flowers: succulents, cotton, garden roses, berries, thistles, logs, wood, air plants etc. Guests raved over their work. "

Words from the Bride (as found on featured Style Me Pretty Blog- "Austin Wedding from Caroline Joy Photography")

Petal Notes:

We are so happy to have been involved in such a beautiful wedding with an equally fabulous couple. Our Team at Petal Pushers strives to bring our client's vision to life. Congratulations to the couple!

-XOXO Stacey