We are so thrilled to feature this lovely blush and black wedding by Ashley Esfandiari Photography today! Jeremy and Sarah married at Pine Hall at Amber Springs in Montgomery with tons of fun moments and lots of love. Don't miss the gorgeous pink flowers by The Blooming Idea and all of those fun dance scenes with a party atmosphere created by DJ Dave Productions.
Are you doing a First Look with your fiance before the wedding? Many brides are on the fence about this subject. Perhaps you want that intimate moment with your husband-to-be before you walk down the aisle, but you also don't want to ruin the element of surprise. I came across this blog post on Style Unveiled about a really cool idea one bride had, The Best First Look You Will Ever See, and we just had to share in case our brides were in the same situation.
1. From the little white, vintage chapel that hosts the sweetest ceremonies to their old barn renovated to rustic perfection for receptions, here's 8 reasons why we love Ashelynn Manor and 8 reasons why you should have your wedding there.
2. We found this blog post, How to Address Wedding Invitations, from On the Go Bride and thought it would be a helpful resource on proper wedding etiquette for our brides.
3. Don't miss out on this awesome special going on at The Sanctuary at Water Oak. This gorgeous, Mediterranean style wedding venue on Lake Conroe is giving a $500 Visa gift card to every bride and groom who books their wedding there in the month of April. Contact them for more information!
4. We just had to add in a little Easter inspiration to our Friday Favorites! We found these really cute ways to decorate Easter eggs from Elizabeth Anne Designs. We promise, you'll have the prettiest eggs on the block!
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Meet Jennifer and her fiance Bryan and take a peek at their stunning e-session captured through the lens of Ruddock Photography. Jennifer shared the details of their love story, from their first date at Market Street to the adventurous proposal and plans for a happily ever after. They will be tying the knot in August at Ashelynn Manor in Magnolia, with a wedding of crisp greens, soft peach, and gold.
How did you meet Bryan?
We met on Match.com in November of 2011. Our first date was at the Starbucks on Market Street followed by a second date attending a yoga class at Lululemon. Bryan was heading out of the country on business shortly after our first couple of dates but we texted and talked almost every day.
How did he pop the question? Was it a surprise?
Bryan proposed over Thanksgiving weekend 2013 at my grandparent's farm in East Texas. He knew how important family is to me and found the perfect location on their pier overlooking the lake where I spent many summers. While I knew it was coming in the near future, I was surprised the moment it happened. Bryan casually invited me to go for a walk with him that morning after breakfast and little did I know he was going to pop the question. After the proposal, my grandparents, parents, and several other family members (who were able to witness the entire thing through the windows) celebrated with us!
What makes you perfect for each other? Do you share the same interests or are you complete opposites that balance each other out?
We are a little of both! We share the same love for a healthy lifestyle. He is a devoted triathlete currently training for Ironman Tx 2014 and we both swim with Magnolia Masters. We both love our dogs and treat them like our four-legged children....spoiled. His taste for music is a little more rock and roll and mine is country all the way. I introduced him to the rodeo as I am an avid volunteer for the past 10 years. If he isn't racing, he is volunteering at aide stations cheering on our friends! We both find faith in God to be our foundation for our future together.
What has been your favorite part of planning your wedding so far?
I have enjoyed the details of planning the perfect day from using lace from my mother's dress as a headpiece, using his grandfathers slacks to make the ring bearer pillow, and old wooden boxes from my grandparents for card holders. Bryan's favorite part was the cake tastings!
Can you share some of your wedding plans with us? Do you have a theme, colors, date set, venue, etc?
We will marry on August 8, 2014 at Ashelynn Manor in Magnolia. Our wedding colors are crisp green, soft peach, and gold tones with table decorations of crystal, candles and tulips, my favorite flower. The theme consists of elegance and vintage including the use of the vintage chapel at Ashelynn Manor in addition to several older items from our family. The rest is top secret!
Photo by Lissa Anglin Photography
1. The serene country setting makes it a destination wedding location.
Ashelynn Manor has 25 beautiful acres with oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Your wedding can be set on the top of a hill with an old barn in the background or you may choose another location that has a breath taking view of the sun setting in the distance as you exchange your vows. Whether your ceremony is in their outdoor pasture, garden gazebo, or indoor vintage wedding chapel, you will feel the serenity of nature surround you.
2. It's a full service venue.
They have bridal coordinators, event coordinators and event wait staff to tend to your every need - from catering to entertainment to set up and clean up of the reception area. Which means... You can relax and have a stress-free wedding!
3. Have a traditional ceremony in their little white wedding chapel...
Ashelynn’s lovely vintage chapel will fulfill every bride’s dream. The chapel was completed in 2008 and was designed in a vintage style with old, country charm that will give your guests the feeling of home, just like Grandma’s old church.
Inside there are hand-hewn wooden floors down the center aisle and across the front of the church and the altar area. No detail has been overlooked, from the beautiful candelabras, to the aisle-illuminating array of windows, and the large, interior entry doors that will showcase the name of the bride and groom.
4. ...or have an outdoor country style wedding in their garden gazebo!
Ashelynn’s garden weddings are held at their 16 ft. gazebo. Upon their arrival, guests will enter the Manor House through the front door that will display your names. As they meander through the main house, they can sign your guest book before retiring to the back garden to be seated. While waiting for your wedding ceremony to begin, they may have the opportunity to watch the horses grazing in the pasture beyond, or can enjoy the quiet tranquility of the beautiful country setting. Your guests can sit on either quilt covered hay bales or garden wedding chairs.
Photo by Lissa Anglin Photography
5. Their renovated old barn is rustic perfection.
The Manor’s Carriage House is a renovated old barn with over 5,000 square feet of space. The brand new ceramic wood floors, stained wooden walls, crystal chandeliers, and a Texas-sized bar will welcome your guests as the party gets under way. This barn is perfect for your rustic reception!
6. Your man will love the Groom's Cottage.
Ashelynn Manor is the perfect wedding venue for the guys as much as for the girls. The Groom’s Cottage is the perfect place for the guys to get dressed. This three bedroom house has enough space for even the larger parties to put on the final touches.
The living room has a flat-screen TV with satellite stations so that they can relax and watch their favorite sport while waiting for their photographer to get set up for the pre-ceremony shoot. In the kitchen we have a refrigerator and microwave for their use.
7. Location, location...
Located in Magnolia, Ashelynn Manor is just outside The Woodlands which is the perfect location for your wedding guests. You have the country, backwoods setting and the amenities of a bigger city.
8. The views make for breathtaking photography.
We have featured some gorgeous weddings and engagement sessions (like this one) at Ashelynn Manor and the setting is picture-perfect! But don't take our word for it, see for yourself.
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We are thrilled to share the work of one of our newest partners, Surak Kim Photography and introduce you to Kyla and Craig. They met just up the road at Sam Houston State and are planning a lovely Texas-style wedding to match these romantically rustic engagement pics.
How did you meet Craig?
Craig is from Livingston and I am originally from Katy. We met at Sam Houston State University where we were both Agricultural Science majors. We were introduced by a mutual friend.
How did Craig propose?
It was June 1, 2013. Craig planned a weekend getaway to Corpus Christi. I thought it was just a weekend out of town to hang out with his young son, Cade. We took the ferry out to Port Aransas and played on the beach. I started taking photos and decided to get some of him and Cade together. He got down on one knee next to Cade and I took some pics of him. Then, he said for me to come close so I could get a a better pic. When I got closer, he pulled out the ring and he and Cade popped the question. It was so cute and he wanted to include Cade. The best part is, he had the ring to propose and had been carrying it the whole weekend. The photo thing was unplanned and just worked out!
Can you fill us in on your wedding plans?
We are getting married at a private residence called Crooked T Ranch. It has a pretty log cabin house. We are getting married in an outside ceremony among the pine trees with a big cedar arbor. Our reception is going to be in a big tent with the big vintage lights and mix and match lantern centerpieces. Our main colors are turquoise and coral, and our flowers will have those colors along with oranges, pinks, and purples.