I am enamored with weddings because they are one of the happiest days in a person’s life. I love everything from seeing families coming together to the small details that go into making each wedding unique. But nothing beats being able to capture portraits of a newly married couple sharing their first blissful moments.
The Addison Grove Wedding
The Addison Grove was the perfect place for Jennifer and Justin to tie the knot Texas-style. They fell in love with the venue when they visited and started planning a romantic outdoor wedding that would give guests a truly Texan experience.
With guests coming from all over, they made sure there was time for everyone to meet with a BBQ rehearsal dinner before the big day.
Jennifer says the Addison Grove staff put a lot of effort into making their day all they dreamed of having. They worked with her to create her vision of a romantic boho chic-styled wedding that was very warm and personalized.
Jenn and Justin met at the gym and shyly flirted with each other for six months before going on their first date. It’s easy to see they are perfect for each other. They are so in sync and were continually talking, hugging, kissing and laughing during our couple photo shoot. At the same time, guests enjoyed cocktail hour and staff fed the longhorn cattle so they would come to the fence for guests to capture photos.
Jen describes the wedding day as a fairytale and says a highlight was performing their first dance.
“We had a blast doing the lessons and keeping it a secret from everyone. I can’t say we nailed the routine, but we did a good job playing off our errors and had fun doing it.”
She says the day was full of precious memories including her absolute favorite moment at the end of the night after everyone left. They shared a last dance and talked about the day.
“In that empty room, we stopped to reflect on some of the challenges we had to overcome leading up to this day – a broken foot, the passing of my grandfather, and of course, a worldwide pandemic. It was a magical and emotional moment, taking in how beautifully everything turned out and how many loved ones showed up to celebrate with us.”
On the day the bride wore a sophisticated lace gown with intricate beading and a low, open back and long train and veil. She carried a large, messy bouquet with fresh florals in shades of light to dark pink. She looked absolutely beautiful. The groom wore a smart designer suit matching with the bridal party men.
The sunset ceremony was intimate and emotional as the couple exchanged vows and rings in front of their family and friends. The bridesmaid’s pastel-toned dresses looked so sweet in the afternoon light. The couple was showered with hugs and kisses of congratulations after they walked down the aisle as man and wife.
I love that the couple had two beer burros decorated with flowers and baskets for our photos. The guests loved them too! After family photos, we explored the property taking beautiful bridal party and couple photographs.
She is a creative DIY kind of bride, so she made a lot of the decor herself. “The Texas-shaped acrylic menu preference cards were my pride and joy,” she says. Inside, the gray barn was decorated with candles, soft draping, glowing chandeliers and long dinner tables set with greenery and florals that were made the whole set-up look sweet, dreamy and romantic.
Everyone enjoyed fine food, drinks, speeches, dancing and congratulating the newlyweds. Later in the evening, they cut the wedding cake; a triple-tiered creation adorned and surrounded by soft and deep pink florals.
“Since Justin is from Pittsburgh, we had to bring the Pittsburgh cookie table tradition to Texas. I also opted to have a puppy cookie table, so I could incorporate my fur baby, Stella, and share some of my bridal portraits taken with her.”
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