The Sweetest Day :: Celebrating the 700th wedding at The Plantation House

April 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

It was a typical weekend full of weddings at the Plantation House. We have always kept a running tally of the weddings we have hosted and we knew that the 700th was quickly approaching. As we were watching the bride and groom do their first dance it donned on us that this was our 699th wedding. Now to get to that number of weddings, I think, is quite an accomplishment. I knew in that moment that number 700 had to be special, memorable, and if possible, personal. The answer seemed to hit us all at once. We needed to have a vow renewal. This year my parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and it only made perfect sense to have them be the 700th wedding. Our minds immediately went into action as we were thinking of how to throw this together. We knew it had to be on Sunday (the next day) and we knew we had to do it right.

Sunday morning we woke up. We were exhausted from the 2 weddings we just completed that Friday and Saturday, but our excitement gave us the energy we needed. We salvaged flowers from the previous wedding and made bouquets. We saved a little piece of cake from the night before to display in the cake room. My parents decided to get ready separately so they could see each other for the first time at the ceremony. My husband, Tanner, prepared to perform the ceremony. My mom’s best friend, Millie was coming by to pick something up and she agreed to be our photographer. Here are some pictures of one of the best and sweetest weddings we’ve ever had.

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The Bride

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Matron of Honor

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The Groom

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She walked down to “Lady” by Kenny Rogers which was sung at their wedding 30 years ago.

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“You complete me” were my dad’s vows to my mom.

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It wouldn’t be complete without tons of laughter.

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It’s a done deal

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How we really are…

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Toasting with their original flutes

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First dance

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Throwing the bouquet to their only guest and photographer

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She got it!

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Speech

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Making a grand exit

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Stopping to enjoy the petals

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It was the perfect day and the best way to celebrate our 700th wedding! For more about the happy couple and their wedding 30 years ago, click here

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Style & Substance

April 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

About a month ago, I got a call from my friend Leonardo D’Almagro. He is the style and fashion director for NSIDE Magazine, a business and medical magazine for Austin, TX. They were putting together a styled shoot for the magazine and needed a location, so of course, I was happy to help! Racks of chic clothing, hair and makeup artists, stunning models, and to-die-for hats. I was pretty much in heaven. Here’s the spread!

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, and Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Hat-Kurt 03 from Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery
Female Model: Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair by: Russ & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Hat-Weekender from Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair by: Ross & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair by: Russ & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Set Stylist by: Maureen Stevens of The Inglenook Decor
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Set Styled by: Maureen Stevens of The Inglenook Decor
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

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Wardrobe, Handbag, Shoes, & Jewelry by: Brooks Brothers
Models: Josh T. & Vanessa – Kim Dawson Agency Inc.
Makeup & Hair: Russ & Co.
Photographer: Lucas Purvis
Fashion Stylist: Cristina Facundo
Style & Fashion Director: Leonardo D’Almagro
Location: The Plantation House

Wedding Planning On A Budget

March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of the most important wedding decisions to make (immediately after deciding who you want to marry) is to decide on what your budget for your wedding will be. Whether your budget is big, small, or somewhere in between, it is important to stick to what you have decided. There is a wonderful and resourceful site, The Budget Savvy Bride, that offers wonderful ideas and tips for sticking to your allotted budget.

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This week, we were honored to see that one of our precious couples had been featured on their site! Congratulations to Tara and Rodney for the beautiful wedding you planned! Also, congratulations to their fabulous photographer, Brittney Melton. Here are some of the pictures from their beautiful wedding. For more details about Tara and Rodney’s wedding and budget, click here

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