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Carefree Couple - Rachel and Daniel

CakeI've known Rachel for several years now - although we aren't close friends, we do share a close mutual friend and were both bridesmaids at her wedding.  I was so excited for her when she told me she was getting married - and that the wedding would take place in Austin!  This was a destination wedding for Rachel as she lives in Arlington (near Dallas).

Rachel is possibly my most DIY, Pinterest inspired bride to date.  And as a result, every aspect of her wedding had her personal touch.

Rachel's groom Daniel chose the venue - Vista West Ranch - which provided the perfect backdrop for his wife's country chic wedding.   The bride wore a strapless white gown with pick up skirt and her bridesmaids wore dresses of their own  choosing in watermelon pink.  Flowers were put together the night before by the bride and a couple of her bridesmaids (for the record, I protested a lot on this but the flowers were lovely).  The groom and his party all wore classic black tuxedos.  The ceremony arbor had been decorated with baby's breath for a wedding the day before and perfectly complemented the theme.

The cocktail hour was held in the biergarten with assorted candles, oil lamps, and cans.  Homemade kissing balls added bright pops of color throughout.

For months Rachel collected tin cans in various sizes - some she decorated with burlap and ribbon, others were left in their natural state (minus the wrapper of course).  These cans were used as vases and candle holders on the reception tables.  When used as vases, just a few sprigs of baby's breath is all that was needed.  She also had mason jars which she painted a light creamy brown and adorned with brown and ivory ribbon - again, some were used as vases, some for candles.  By varying the sizes of the cans and mixing it up with the mason jars, each table was different yet unified by the common elements.  And by limiting her flowers to just baby's breath, she kept her floral budget manageable.  Leftover eucalyptus and baby's breath were used to decorate the existing burlap curtains wherever they were tied back.  Other touches included a hand painted canvas the guests were asked to sign and homemade strawberry jelly for favors.

Dinner was provided by The Salt Lick (another top choice by the Groom). The Wedding Shoppe photographers were on hand throughout to capture every moment and Complete Music provided the evening's music.  And for the record, I've never seen a groom that likes to dance that much!  How refreshing!  We also had a photo booth provided by Red Star Photo Booths and it was busy all evening long (yes, photo booths are still fun!).

Rachel told me one of her favorite things from the wedding was the cake table - with a delicious cake provided once again by Classic Cakes by Lori.  The evening ended with the couple walking off to the honeymoon and most of the wedding party stayed on property that night as well.

Rachel and Daniel - thank you for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Be Carefree,



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