Intimate, Eclectic Texas Wedding

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Eclectic. Romantic. Fantastic!

As soon as Justen popped the question to Renee’, they knew two things: they wanted to marry as soon as possible and they wanted to share their wedding day with their closest relatives. Within a short amount of time, both sets of parents flew in to Texas and they held the wedding in the small town where Justen’s family was originally from–and in the same church that Justen’s parents were married in. After the ceremony, they took some fun shots outside. They then continued the celebration at a steakhouse where Justen’s family have dined together many times in the past: another special place in their hearts and another perfect venue. Meaningful, emotional, we love everything about this small, intimate wedding–from Renee’s large bow headpiece over her beautiful, expressive eyes, to her short dress and cowboy boots. Oh, and Justen cleaned up pretty well too.

Thanks to Bethany Erin Photography for the sweet rendering of events. Enjoy.

Small, intimate wedding

small, intimate wedding

Small, vintage country Texas wedding

Quirky Texas wedding by Bethany Erin Photography

bride on her wedding day

Bethany Erin said, “I was in no way prepared for the overwhelming emotion that would fill the rest of the day. They were both so quiet and reserved (with the exception of the bride’s light-hearted interactions with her mother and sister), but when Renee’ walked down the aisle that day, she radiated with such happiness. Throughout the entire wedding, these two were just beaming, eyes brimming with tears and all smiles. After the ceremony, I could see that they just came alive with happiness in each other’s presence. They were so sweet, fun and filled with love and life in a way that just felt very deep, not superficial. It was like they really did complete each other.”

small Texas wedding

Small Texas wedding

Eclectic Texas wedding

bride and groom at the altar

Small Texas wedding

bride crying during ceremony wedding photo

Touching moments at the wedding ceremony

Restaurant wedding reception

wedding bouquet

guests at a small, intimate wedding

cupcakes and cupcake toppers

getaway car

after ceremony wedding shot

Congratulations Justen and Renee’! Best wishes for a wonderful life!! xo

And you dear reader, will you be having a small, intimate wedding or a larger one?

Grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and get your inspiration on with more real weddings and engagements.

Photographer:  Bethany Erin Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Vintage-Inspired Love Sesh with a Classic Car

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Sarai and Jon’s vintage-country engagement sesh is well, pretty awesome. Let’s see, we’ve got a hot couple, a hot car, and wide open spaces. The perfect trio. This cool, classic car belongs to Sarai’s father and has been in the family for quite some time. Sarai knew they wanted to incorporate it into their shoot, so they hopped around the open, grassy areas in Nashville, TN til they found the perfect spot. Thanks to Blue Mason Photography for capturing the sweetness.

couple sitting on classic car

Save the Date written on cowboy boots

engagement pictures with a vintage car

engagement pictures featuring a classic car

vintage car in engagement session

behind the wheel of a classic car

through the window of a classic car

floral dress ,cowboy boots

Save the Date signs

ampersand in engagement pictures

Southern engagement session

Scrabble tiles for engagement session

unique ring shot

classic car

Want to see more? Check out these posts for more vintage-inspired engagement sessions!


Photographer:  Blue Mason Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Valentine’s Day Inspired Love Shoot

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When you’re in love, every day is Valentine’s Day! Although it might be a little too early to celebrate the holiday, it’s always the right time to celebrate love! Check out Mimi and Ben’s Valentine’s Day- inspired love shoot from Christi Falls Photography. This fun couple wanted to celebrate the holiday their way. So how did they do it? They put on their funnest clothes–embellished with bow ties and Scrabble pieces. They brought a vintage couch out into a field, along with festive bunting, assorted props, and about a dozen heart-shaded red balloons. Then, they simply had fun with it all. That’s how.

Outdoor Valentine's Day engagement pics

Valentine's Day engagement pictures

Save the Dates to Get Sweet On

Love this engagement photo session idea? We do too! If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day inspired Save the Date–to fit your your sweet style and engagement photos, MagnetStreet has quite a few festive options to check out.

Photographer:  Christi Falls Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Sneak Peek: DIY Southern Vintage Wedding

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There is so much lovely to Travis and Mandy’s DIY southern vintage wedding, we’re taking two days to unpack the loveliness. Today is a behind the scenes tour–from attire to the DIY décor. Tomorrow … their full wedding feature.

Travis and Mandy were married at the Historic Jasmine Plantation near Richmond, VA. Their wedding colors were mostly dark purple and sunflower but they also used lots of browns, greens and champagne. Mandy wore an exquisite champagne-colored dress with a beaded bodice and ruffled bottom {more on that later!}. Jamie Jansen of Jamie J Photography is the talented photographer behind the beauty and MagnetStreet Weddings had the honor of being their stationer and printing their save the dates, invitation suite and thank you cards.

As you’ll soon see, their casual southern style and vintage vibe is creatively woven throughout their entire wedding. Mandy, an event planner herself, made and decorated almost everything herself. And here she is to walk us through the decor and DIY elements.

DIY Vintage Southern Wedding sneak peek

bride getting ready photos

groom getting ready photos

First Look …

First Look photo

“My dress was my absolutely favorite! It was an Allure dress that had a sweetheart neckline and A-line bottom. It was not anything I pictured myself getting married in but I fell in love with it. It was actually the very first dress I tried on and after three more bridal appointments at different stores, I had to go back and get that dress. It had a lace top with “craziness” at the bottom. My favorite part was that it was a champagne color. It was by far the darkest dress on the racks but that went perfect with my “southern vintage” wedding theme.

wedding gown and fabric bouquet

I wore cowboy boots for my shoes. They were brown cowboy boots with a purple inlay design to match my wedding colors. All of my bridesmaids wore different purple colored strapless bridesmaids dresses with cowboy boots. My flower girl also wore cowboy boots with a purple tutu and yellow shirt (I knew I could never find a flower girl dress in my champagne color dress so a friend made a tutu for her to wear).

 Wedding dress and purple cowboy boots

Vintage and fabric bouquets. The friend who made my veil, hair flower, and flower girl’s tutu, also made the fabric bouquets for myself and my 7 bridesmaids. My bouquet was made of lace, burlap, and purple and champagne fabric flowers. The stem of the bouquet was wrapped in lace with a lace bow and included a locket of a picture of my older brother who died of cancer when he was 5 and I was 4. My bouquet also included vintage brooches and earrings from my mother and my two grandmothers which accounted for my “something old” and “something blue” in that old saying. My bridesmaids also had fabric bouquets but included more yellow and green–but without the brooches.

vintage wedding bouquet wrap

bridesmaids bouquets

DIY decor: ceremony bows, ceremony programs, all the signs (chalkboard, wooden, reserved, etc.), centerpieces, bouquets, burlap chair sashes, photo booth.

I made the photo booth hanging from the tree, my mother made all the centerpieces, mason jar flower arrangements at the ceremony site and the reception, the boutonnieres and corsages for the groomsmen and all the family, and other odds and ends like the flower girl basket and the cake cutting knife and server.

DIY wedding photo booth

historic Jasmine Plantation

DIY Programs table

Memoriam table

Southern Vintage Wedding Attire

The chalkboard signs. The chalkboard signs were spray painted and put together by my mom and I and written by my bridesmaids.

Almost everything you see in the decorations is something that either myself, my mom, my step mom, or my bridesmaids made or put together. We decorated for 3 straight days for this wedding and everything turned out better than I could ever imagine.

DIY ceremony and reception decor

groomsmen sitting on a porch

DIY chalkboard signs and mason jars

DIY welcome sign

Hand painted parasols The parasols hanging from the reception tent, the “thank you” parasol, and the parasol I held in front of my face before reaching the aisle were hand painted by myself and my bridesmaids,

DIY hand-painted parasols

DIY parasols on the ceiling

wedding cake

unique wedding ring shot

The wedding invitation. Mandy and Travis personalized Graphic Bloom square wedding invitation design in their wedding colors.

Graphic Bloom square wedding invitation by MagnetStreet

And your invitation ya’ll … to come back tomorrow…

See you tomorrow to see the rest of Mandy and Travis’ gorgeous southern vintage wedding!

DIY wedding signs


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