Ever question who you should ask to be in your wedding party? They are by your side through the planning process, and especially on the wedding day. This particular wedding party was a blast!! We hope every wedding party is as energetic as this one!
Taylor and Connor’s spring wedding at The Vine at New Ulm was an all around family focused event to remember. Consisting of gorgeous earth-tone wedding party attire, surrounded by the perfect amount of wedding white florals! Taylor and Connor got our month-of coordination package, and while I wish I could have walked with them through the whole journey, I was so thankful that we got to be involved during the final stretch toward their happily ever after.
The Vine has some of the best cottages for you and your wedding party to hang out and get all pretty. Some of my favorite pictures to look through are the getting ready images. They show pure joy as everyone prepares to celebrate the couple. My favorite moments are always those involving the couples parents, so I try and make time for images for the bride getting ready with mom. Thankfully, we had more than enough time for some sweet moments on the back porch with Taylor and her mom, as well as one of the sweetest first looks with her dad (enjoy the pictures...I sure did!).
We also got to fit in some sweet time with Taylor’s bridesmaids! One of the big things Taylor wanted was a moment before all the crazy started for she and her bridesmaids to pray together. You can also peek behind the door and see Taylor and Connor’s sweet little boy joining in on the prayer time. The biggest thing I desire for my clients is that they have enough time on their day to enjoy the smallest of moments. After all, you chose your wedding party because they’re the ones you want by your side on your special day!
We can’t just focus on the girls though, because this group of groomsmen was particularly special. They had the very best time together, and were some of the most interesting group to hang around. Groomsmen are always the most entertaining part of the day, because they really don’t care what’s happening, they’re just there to celebrate their boy and have a great time doing it. I so appreciate how they just go where they need to be, and focus on making everyone around them as happy as they are! This group in particular did just that all the way through to the reception (more on that later…).
Okay first, I have to talk about how much I adored Taylor’s altar decorations!! They were perfectly understated, and instead of taking away from the special moment of the ceremony, they just perfectly added to it. I also have to take a moment to sing praises to her amazing florist ( Petals by Design ) for making Taylor’s dream come to life! Make sure to check out the great work that she does. She is definitely someone you want involved in your wedding day!
Second, the wedding party -- I know I already gushed about the groomsmen, but the whole party was amazing! You could tell that they were there for the bride and groom, to make their day as special as possible. I also have to mention the rockstar flower girl and ring bearer. Those kids made my day. I love kids, and personally think that they are the best part of the wedding party. Mainly because they’re so darn cute, but also because they bring such life to the group!! I may also be partial to these two because of how connected the little flower girl and I were (pictured…). I also loved our ring bearer, because no matter how slow the flower girl was walking, he stuck with her until the very end.
Oh so many things to mention about this reception, but we’ll start with the decorations. Taylor’s choice of white florals with dusty blue napkins made the upscale rustic charm of The Vine pop in just the right way. Everything down to her cake was perfectly sleek! Well everything except for our Grooms Cake ( which you can read more about in our blog on Groom’s Cake Inspiration ), and even that was perfectly crafted!
The designs were just the beginning of this awesome reception. Once we got through the “formal” part of the evening, the party really got started! Every single person got their time on the dance floor, including wedding party, ring bearer, parents and especially our bride and groom. I already told y’all how energetic our groomsmen were, but here is some photographic proof. They had an absolute blast out on that floor, and somewhat undressing sure did liven up that dance floor twice as much!!
We ended the night with a favorite, a sparkler exit!! But before our bride and groom could leave, Connor decided that he needed to change out of his suit. So he danced their private last dance in his camo button down and jeans...and I absolutely loved it! He and his beautiful new wife were sent off toward their new life together as 100% themselves!!
So here’s to the new Mr. and Mrs. Collins. I wish them the very happiest, love filled life!!
If you haven’t had the chance to tour The Gin at Hidalgo Falls, you are missing out on a historical gem! This family owned, recently restored wedding venue just outside of Houston and Austin, Texas is such a unique wedding venue option for those looking for somewhere marvelous to host their wedding day. With a neutral color palette of grey and white, along with a brick cove for a pop of warmth, this industrial meets rustic wedding venue is the perfect backdrop for any theme or color palette. As wedding planners and designers, we opted to create a design that was cohesive with the venue color and feel for a minimal meets industrial vibe.
THE COLOR PALETTE - GREY, WHITE, BLUSH, MIXED METALS
When choosing the color palette we opted to go with a monochromatic theme of grays and whites, utilizing the in-house metal chairs, and bringing in mixed metals for the tabletop candleholders. To add just a soft touch of color, Urban Rubbish incorporated subtle pink roses and buttery yellow-orange florals in glass compotes.
Neutral plates and sleek glassware created a modern and romantic setting without distracting from the overall design. Zinc tealights and brass votive holders lined the table to add ambiance and industrial touches. White napkins were simply folded on each place setting with a simple sprig of greenery to adorn each setting. The Bride and Groom place settings were marked by giving them a little extra floral pizazz. You may have seen in a previous design our favorite “pocket square” idea alongside Urban Rubbish in lieu of a traditional bout. We decided to carry over the pocket square design into the groom’s place setting with the napkin, and luscious rose for the Bride. As a final touch, hand-torn, luxe cotton paper with calligraphy names marked each seat, delicately crafted by Davis Art Co.
I am always obsessed and continually impressed with the florals Urban Rubbish designs for us. It is crucial to hire the right vendors to create a final look, and Jaelynn never fails us!
If you are needing help curating a design similar to this or looking for a design unique to you, hire this vendor dream team:
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Do you remember our blog post introducing the new wedding venue, The Gin at Hidalgo Falls? We eluded to a styled shoot we designed there to give future brides and grooms a glimpse at the beautiful vintage industrial venue that was coming to the outskirts of College Station Fall 2018! Our wedding planning team is super excited to finally share more images with you to showcase this stunning design alongside some of our favorite friends (vendors that are friends) now that the inspiration photoshoot has gone live with WHITE Magazine!
The Gin at Hidalgo Falls
Rich with History, The Gin at Hidalgo Falls is a restored 1950’s cotton gin just an hour outside of Houston, Texas. It’s set to open as a wedding venue Fall of 2018, and our planning team, Epoch Co+, (along with a wonderful team of friendors) has put together an exclusive look at the venue and it’s best photo spots. Fully renovated while keeping its charm, it’s the perfect inspiration for brides dreaming of that vintage and industrial look. Below are more details on how it all came together through the artistic eye of Ten23 Photography’s stunning photography.
Industrial Ceremony inspiration
The venue is rich with history and perfectly incorporates vintage-industrial design with modern details and amenities. With the venue still under construction, we did what we thought was best to capture the various brides in our surrounding cities (multicultural and body positive) to create a comprehensive look to potential clients – and one that gives respect and a welcoming message to all couple’s alike. All the while, maintaining the table decor to be reflective of the owner’s branding board.
At the edge of the fields are also two fantastic silos that are aged to perfection and can create the perfect location near sunset for a late ceremony or sweetheart images of the newlyweds when the sun provides a dreamy glow!
The back side of the wedding venue is also surrounded by active cotton fields. These fields provide the perfect backdrop for ceremonies! Planting of the cotton seeds usually takes place by April, but can happen as late as May. Seedlings can emerge within a week, and the cotton morphology begins until harvest. Harvest in the area can occur between late August and Early September, and is dependent on the weather patterns.
The Gin - Porch
If the fields aren’t calling your name, and you adore The Gin structure itself – we think there are two fabulous locations to have an outdoor ceremony facing the wedding venue. The left end will have a gorgeous porch that is right off one of the getting ready suites that can house an outdoor ceremony option, (think rows of chairs for immediate family and standing ceremony with cocktail tables for larger events) or on the backside of the venue is an expansive wrap-around porch with the perfect little cove – which is where we chose to feature during this styled shoot.
Coming up next...
Tune back in for a close-up into the tabletop inspiration!