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Rustic Texas Wedding

When an incredibly talented bride and a team of top vendors collaborate, the result is sheer magic. Today’s bride, Emmahlyn of Pretty with Sprinkles, planned her wedding day with the help of Perfectly Planned, Something Special in Flowers, and Mustard Seed Photography, who all brought the day to a roaring success. We’re particularly fond of the flowing grey bridesmaids dresses!

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From the bride, Emmahlyn: One thing that we both wanted was to have an intimate and romantic wedding outdoors. As a couple, we love being unique and creative in a very stylish way. With this in mind, we searched for the perfect location where we could showcase who we are as a couple and Oak Tree Manor was the place… the venue had beautiful greenery throughout and was vintage and rustic all in one. A Northern California Native Bride with a Rustic Groom from Texas… Perfect! With my love for beautiful florals and all things vintage, we knew that a bohemian garden wedding with lots of vintage inspiration was exactly the style we were wanted to move forward with. We pictured the attire to be casual chic with fun suits and flowy dresses. A dreamy romantic celebration!

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peach green bouquet - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Peach roses, stock, dahlias, snapdragons, scabiosa, hydrangea, Queen Ann’s lace, eucalyptus leaves, and other greenery.

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grey bridesmaids dresses - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

The focus for the wedding theme was creating a bohemian garden look with elements of beautiful vintage decor. To help create the romantic feel, we decided to use soft white and ivories with blush, peach, gold and a hint of mint. The color scheme couldn’t have been any prettier. Since I own a paper décor shop on Etsy, I definitely wanted to be very hands on with our wedding. I wanted to use our wedding as inspiration to make something new and different, which was exactly what we did. The DIY projects ended up being all of our personal touches to the wedding and all our guests knew this was an Cliff & Emmahlyn wedding. Cliff and our little ones (Austin-Tyler & Eva-Madison) painted and made the wooden signs and I handmade all the many whimsical paper garlands that hung from the Oak Tree during our ceremony. The aisle had a bunting lace garland that I made using recycled lace pieces from Leann Marshall’s (Project Runway winner) bridal line. I took different styles of lace, hand cut each, and then sewed each on by hand. My daughter, the flower girl, wore a cute halo that I made as well, using vintage velvet flowers and I tied in the back with a beautiful metallic gold ribbon. The metallic ribbon was also the same ribbon I used to make the twine heart ring bearer holder that my son walked down the aisle with. It was a cute little way to link the two together.

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rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

wedding family - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

For the entrance to the reception, unique and thoughtfully made balloon tassels decorated the large balloons. I made each differently, incorporating our color scheme. Each had hints of lace, decorative gold and glittered ribbons, sequins, and/or heart garlands to bring that special touch to each balloon. The next project was the double-ended tassel garlands. I wanted to create a new idea from the popular fringe garlands. I decided to make paper fringe tassels, each attached to either side of metallic gold/cream twine, making them double-ended, and then hung them at varying lengths for a gorgeous dimensional look. Every tassel that was made, whether it was for the double-ended tassels or for the balloons, was secured to the twine using antique gold ribbons that I especially ordered for our wedding. So there was great detail to every handmade item of the wedding. Pom-poms, many glittered circles for scattering, the glittered ampersand sign, the hand written labels on the donut hole bags, and the gold fringe sweets table sign were also handmade to highlight the dessert table. Lastly was the photo booth back drop. I knew I wanted the backdrop to look spectacular, so layers of texture and dimension were used to create this romantic bohemian chic background. Layers of lace, satin ribbons, handmade glitter circle garlands, sequins, and cone fabric garlands were all used to make up this large 7′ x 8′ photo backdrop. Basically, if there was an opportunity to make something for the wedding, we wanted to do it. It was important to use to make this wedding our own and different from any other. All these projects took time, but were well worth it and were fun to make in the process.

floral table numbers - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

romantic wedding centerpieces - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

gold ivory receptions - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

grey bridesmaids dresses - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Since we added a lot of personal touches to our wedding that really highlighted who are as a couple, we’d say to cater your wedding around your personalities and who you are as a couple. Your wedding is to celebrate your union and your love, so why not show it through all the details in your wedding. Make the décor, food, songs, and style of the wedding all your own. People will really love and appreciate all the things that represent you as a couple. It makes your wedding more unique, fun, and more heart-felt. We also would like to stress to enjoy the wedding planning process together. There are times where things will be a bit chaotic, especially in the last month, but we always thought about that special day… the day we had been waiting for all this time. We can easily be caught up in the planning process, but always remember that you want to remember that these times were one of the best in your lives.

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bride and groom - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

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aqua wedding cakes - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Groom and Groomsmen Processional: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Sleeping At Last,” Turning Page (instrumental)
Bride’s Processional: “Dream,” Priscilla Anh
First Dance: “All of Me,” John Legend and Lindsay Sterling

Wedding Location: The Woodlands, TX / Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography / Wedding Planner and Day Of Coordinator: Perfectly Planned / Florist: Something Special in Flowers / Decorations: Bride, Pretty with Sprinkles / Venue: Oak Tree Manor / Ceremony Dress: Claire La Faye “Bespoken” / Reception Dress: BHLDN / Veil: Tessa Kim / Halo Headpiece: BHLDN / Flowers for Hair during Reception: Twigs & Honey / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Jewelry: Junghwa by Amy Stewart and Twigs & Honey / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN and J. Crew / Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s and Ring Bearer Suits: Al’s Formal Wear / Gold Sequin Heart Boutonnieres: Ban.do / Caterer: Oak Tree Manor, Wedding Cake: Cakeology, Family Friend / Desserts: Crave Cupcakes and Petite Sweets / DJ: Elegante Entertainment / Vintage Furniture: Recollection Vintage Rentals / Photo Booth: Lucky Shots Photo Booths / Wedding Invitations: Paper Source

Highland Springs Resort Wedding

Photos By: Melissa Brandman

Oh, how very much this wedding has stolen my heart. Heather and Antonio put together one of the most carefully thought-out weddings we’ve seen in quite a while, with an exceptional eye for detail and with plenty of talented friends and family to help out in the DIY department. Melissa Brandman and Primal Flower also helped out by lending their phenomenal talents to the day — a day that will surely go in the books as a perennial favorite.

highland springs resort wedding - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

From the bride, Heather: We began our design with a vintage-inspired rustic idea. What it turned into was an enchanting night of food, fun, dancing, and lots of love. In all aspects possible, our wedding was 100 times better than I could have ever imagined. We wanted a vintage feel that was inviting. So we choose a soft color palette, acquired vintage furniture, decor items, and accents. My husband and I are both very detail-oriented. We wanted every aspect of the wedding to be thought out and planned in a way that drew people into the adventure we were beginning on that night. From my dress and accessories, the bridesmaids dresses and jewelry were all individual to each maid, the groom and his men all wore uniquely styled outfits tailored to the charter of each person with touches, the groomsmen all had 20-30s era specific hair cuts and facial hair barbering. We didn’t want people to think our wedding was from the 20s but it was inspired by the 20s-30s’ attention to detail, where the food was homemade and the cocktails were craft, the clothing was tailored and created to accentuate and make everyone feel beautiful. We wanted our bridal party and our guests to have the time of their life at our wedding, by being treated to an enchanting evening of good food, good drinks, and good music.

lavender wedding invitations - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

bridal accessories - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

pink boutonnieres - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

lace wedding dress - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

wooden bow tie - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

pink bouquets - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding
Bouquet recipe: cafe au lait dahlias, Juliet roses, white spray roses, amaranthus, wax flower, seeded eucalyptus, and stock flowers and greenery.

pink blush details - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

vintage groomsmen looks - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

We did not have the largest of budgets for southern CA wedding to host 350 guests, so we had to be extremely creative. I am blessed to have many creative and giving friends who were giving of their time and talents. Most all of out wedding decor was DIY, or creatively acquired at thrift stores, antique shops, and borrowed from friends and family. Basically, we did everything ourselves; some guests said it was “a Pinterest wedding dream come true.” Ceremony Program/Hand Fans, Table Identifiers, Menu Sleeves, Table Runners, Wedding Favors, Chalk Board Menu Signs, Love Notes Table Signage, Cocktail Hour Decor, Herb Toss Table Decor, Ribbon Back Drop, The brides and maids fascinators, the groom and mens boutonnieres, all the graphic design aspects from our invitations to the ceremony program, the reception decor we designed and my husbands sister Hanan Whitsell designed and had printed, the flower girl boxes, the ring bearers book stacks, all were hand done.

lace wedding accessories - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

bridal processional - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

wedding recessional - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

ring bearers - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

We wanted to create a menu that was tapas style so that our guests would be able to try a lot or a little. We enjoy delicious food and even better drinks so we wanted our menu to be inspired by our travels around the world for our guests. We also wanted or food to be sustainable and conscious of the time of year. All our dishes were planned from that perspective, minus the dessert, just can’t skimp there. The ingredients were locally and organically grown. Our drinks were crafted after our preferred tastes and favorite drinks although they were more inspired with by the 20s time era in mind. We used our two favorite books (Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby) to work with for our table identifiers as well as the pages that the boutonnieres were created from, to a few other touches through out our invitations. The bible also inspired many of the touches, we used verses and characters for table identifiers, old bibles that were falling apart were used to create our book page table runners as well as some of the book page cones used for the herb toss. All things invitation were DIY — the design, the components, the packaging.

farm weddings - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

vintage inspired reception - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

nighttime wedding reception - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

vintage wedding ideas - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

vintage inspired reception - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have each of you choose your “top three” items that you are not willing to budge on and stick to those, stay in your lane, and then either collaborate on the other items or delegate the task to other trusted wedding helpers. Hire a day of wedding planner at the very least, but a wedding planner for the entire process will make a world of difference. We were able to 100% enjoy the entire day of our wedding; our wedding planner took care of everything in the morning, the ceremony was flawless, the issues that did come up she took care of, we even got to eat, drink and completely enjoy our reception!

vintage inspired tables - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

wedding desserts - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

newlyweds first dance - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding

wedding getaway - photo by Melissa Brandman http://ruffledblog.com/highland-springs-resort-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “The Winner Is,” Devotchka – Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack
Bride’s Processional: “A Thousand Years,” The Piano Guys
Recessional: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars
Reception: 60′s Soul, all vinyl, DJ Dennis Owens’ Specialty
First Dance: “This Year’s Love,” David Gray
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
Groom/Sisters Dance: “Things Never Change,” John Legend

Wedding Location: Cherry Valley, CA / Photographer: Melissa Brandman / Wedding Planner: Hayley White (haywhite @ gmail.com) / Florist: Primal Flower / Venue and Caterer: Highland Springs Resort / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Jinny’s Bridal / Bridal Party Fascinators: Mandy Haak (mandybhaak @ gmail.com) / Bow Ties: The Two Guys Bow Tie Company / Desserts: It’s It / DJ: Dennis Owens of Long Beach / Chalk Art: Seth Haak (mandybhaak @ gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations and Graphic Design: Hanan Whitsell / Invitation Printer: RanRoy Printing / Videographer: Robert Vasquez






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