Dreamy Wedding in a River: Lauren + Andrew

wedding in a river

Lauren + Andrew tied the knot in one of the most unique locations we’ve seen here at GWS – in the middle of a flowing river! Definitely not something you hear about everyday! As soon as their guests arrived at Andrew’s family ranch (right outside of Fredericksburg, Texas) they were invited to grab a drink, “check” their shoes at a shoe check, and walk down to the river. Lauren + Andrew provided flip-flips for all + encouraged people to join them in the water for the ceremony. What followed was a surreal + beautiful vow exchange, a 20-person choir flashmob recessional, and a super fun dance party reception that lasted well into the night. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: this would have been an epic wedding to attend! Let’s hear more about the river idea from Lauren:

Andrew’s family ranch is a very special place that’s beauty and charm is hard to describe without being able to lay eyes on it. Within the first moments of our engagement, we both knew that was where we wanted to get married. As that night progressed and cocktails were flowing, Andrew threw out the idea that we should get married in the water. A genius idea at the time, but I definitely had my doubts as the wedding planning progressed (after all there are no dress rehearsals when your walking thru water). Luckily for me, we had an amazing team of people who shared the same vision and made our day happen without a glitch.

Big thanks to Ariel Renae for the gorgeous, gorgeous photos + congratulations to Lauren + Andrew on a beautiful + super unique day! :)

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I found my dress designer (Samuelle Couture) on Pinterest. I fell in love with one of her designs and immediately emailed her to find out where I could purchase one of her dresses. Come to find out she created these gorgeous dresses out of her apartment in Brooklyn and had yet to be in any retail stores. I flew up to meet her in person and knew I had to have one of her designs. We worked together via phone and email to design my dress. She is unbelievably talented. I met with her once more about 6 months later and then again in March to pick up the final product. It was perfect. She was a delight to work with and nailed my vision. Her attention to detail was impeccable and it is a privilege to own one of her dresses.

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Gosh, that dress!

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Lauren used to work for Nordstrom and had just moved to Dallas when Andrew came in to buy pants for business school. After hours of Andrew trying to narrow down what type of pants (chinos? jeans? slacks?) he needed, and a little bit of sweet talking, Lauren eventually agreed to go on a date with him…and the rest, as they say, is history! As a nod to their sweet beginnings, L + A decided to brand their shindig #shesoldhimpants. Love it!

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Processional: Bridal Party: Viva la Vida – Cold Play + Clocks – Cold Play; Bride: Til Kingdom Come – Cold Play

Recessional: All You Need is Love – The Beatles (Flash Mob!!!)

First Dance: I found you – Alabama Shakes

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Is this not the most beautiful place to say I Do? We just can’t get over it!

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The tent was dripping with stunning florals by the team at STEMS and, of course, a generous helping of string lights to give the place a gorgeous glow!

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Have fun with it!

photography: Ariel Renae // venue: Rio Bonito in Fredericksburg, Texas // event planner: Liv by Design // florals: STEMS // wedding dress: Samuelle Couture // shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaid dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg // hair: Joanna Escobar // makeup: Yonea Cannon // groom’s suit: Tom Ford // videography: Shark Pig // paper goods: Stephanie Bybee // catering: Word of Mouth Catering // cake: Sophie’s Bakery // ceremony music: Dave Madden and No Strings Attached // reception music: Blind Date

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Comments

  1. What an amazing and unique ceremony location! Just gorgeous!

  2. Holy wow! I love everything. The image of the couple in the tree with the limbs in the foreground is just a spectacular composition.

  3. Such an original and inspiring ceremony location! Beautiful, whimsical, and stunning. Love her dress, and love the reception. Fantastic wedding.

  4. Unreal, and so sooo cool!

  5. This is amazing place! Love every frame…

  6. Wow- everything about this wedding is perfect & beautiful!!

  7. Gorgeous!!!!!!

  8. This has to be a first, but it’s such a lovely idea for couples who don’t mind getting a little wet!

  9. Wow. This is the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen. Ever.

  10. Magical, and the ceremony venue is so beautiful. It’s definitely perfect for brides who don’t mind getting a little muddy! xx

  11. this is one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen. and MASTERFULLY captured. thanks so much for sharing GWS!

  12. Thanks for featuring our wedding! We had such a blast working on this one to bring Andrew & Lauren’s vision to life! Such a sweet couple with such fresh ideas! The river ceremony…complete with a flash mob performance…was outstanding! Ariel Renae captured this wedding so beautifully!

  13. Wow…a river! What will they think of next??

  14. Such an amazing backdrop for a wedding! It must have been so fun to be apart of! What a great memory to have.

  15. What a beautiful place, I want to have my wedding ceremony in such a great place.

  16. Gorgeous!!!!!!Gorgeous!!!!!!Gorgeous!!!!!!

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