Charming Texas Hill Country Wedding: Lauren + Jeffrey

Texas glam wedding

Lauren + Jeffrey grew up around the corner from each other, attended the same school throughout their childhood, and later fell in love in Spain, thousands of miles away from the Houston suburb they called home. For their charming Texas hill country wedding, they knew they didn’t want something elaborate or centered around a theme or details. For them, it was all about the promises and vows regarding forever that they were making. A sweet, meaningful celebration with their nearest + dearest was just what they wanted and exactly what they got!

From Lauren, My inspiration for my wedding day was my marriage. I couldn’t wait to spend the evening with Jeffrey, I wanted to shout my vows to him as loud as possible, and dance with him, and laugh with him, and cry, and just be extremely joyful with him. The unity of my husband and I was something I had been anticipating for quite some time. I wanted to make sure that people knew why we were getting married – not to have our pictures taken, or to eat cake, or to look as beautiful as possible; I purposely didn’t make many accessories for the wedding because of this. I wanted a day that was radiant with happiness for everyone involved in the celebration: a party centered around two people that are so madly in love with each other. We invited people who have known us since we were children, friends that we both had from growing up together. We both have enormous families, and we wanted to share our story with members young and old–so that they might feel a closer bond to each of us. Our day was about simplicity, and the delight of unity.

Thanks so much to Lauren Apel Photo for these lovely photos of Lauren + Jeffrey’s day and big congrats to the adorable newlyweds!

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Texas glam wedding

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The most memorable moment of my wedding was the first time I saw my Jeffrey waiting for me at the end of the aisle, in front of the chapel. I lifted my head with tears and couldn't believe it. This is the guy that loved me since we were children, spent 4 years in college away from me, and is the best friend I have ever had. Now, 12 years later I was looking at him while he waited to marry me. What?! I couldn't handle it. I completely became overwhelmed with what he had been so patient to do, and what I wanted to promise to him forever and ever.

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

What a dreamy shot!

Texas glam wedding

pink bridesmaids

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

Processional: Ara Batur – Sigur Ros

Recessional: Crazy in Love – Beyonce and Jay Z

First Dance: You and Me – Penny & The Quarters

Texas glam wedding

wedding party

We adore this bridal party look, along with so many of the charming details L + J incorporated into their reception setting! Shop some of our fave aspects of their gorgeous wedding below:

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pink bridesmaids

Texas glam wedding

red lips

Lauren’s look is just the prettiest, don’t you think?! milk + honey did a killer job with her hair + makeup!

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

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string lights

table numbers

plate setting

floral paper fan

favors

garland cake bar

white and chocolate cake

Texas glam wedding

I can only say that my advice to couples planning now would be to keep it simple. The day is about you and your groom, you and your bride. What you look like, what you eat and what you listen to, how perfect your make up is, how much your shoes cost, and where you got your dress from – none of it matters twenty years from now. What does matter is the relationship you have with the person you're about to marry. Just remember that the purpose of the entire day is just that. Then, go from there. Find accessories that make you both happy, find details that you both find beautiful, add elements to have the celebration you both want to have.

photography: Lauren Apel Photo // venue: Heritage House Dripping Springs, Texas // event planner: Lauren Simkins of Two Be Wed // florals: Wow Factor Floral Design // wedding dress: BHLDN // shoes: Glaze Wedges // bridesmaid dresses: ASOS // hair + makeup: milk + honey // groom suit: Jos A Bank // videography: friends of the bride, Andrew Simonds and Bobby Williams // paper goods: the bride // catering: Royal Fig Catering // photo booth: Smile Booth // cake: Bluenote Bakery // music: Aaron Waldock OkDJ

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Modern Brooklyn Waterfront Wedding: Sara + Steffen

brooklyn waterfront wedding

The twinkling of city lights, mingling with the idyllic vibe of waterfront harbor might be one of our fave juxtapositions of all time. And for New Yorkers like Sara + Steffen, who split their time between the city and a sleepy beach town, the unsurpassed setting provided by The River Cafe in Brooklyn was just so right. We love timeless, modern feel of their celebration + their fashion picks are totally winning us over. Just wait ’til you get a close up on Sara’s Alexander Wang shoes + Stone Fox Bride dress. Oh-so ideal….

A few words from Sara, Steffen and I split our time living in Brooklyn, NY and the eastern tip of Long Island, NY – a little beach town called Montauk. We knew we wanted to incorporate the juxtaposition of a rustic, natural vibe alongside a sophisticated, classic “city” feel. Our location and venue of course provided the city element. Our hand-written ceremony, attire, flowers and small details incorporated the more natural elements – succulents, sand and rocks hand picked from our favorite beach in Montauk. Thanks so much to Lev Kuperman for the lovely photos and congrats to Sara + Steffen on a beautiful wedding!

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bow heels

wythe hotel

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first look

boutonniere

Such a cool city spot for a first look!

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brooklyn first look

brooklyn first look

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

Texture, texture, texture in Sara’s beautiful bouquet made by Steffen’s mother!

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

rock place cards

rock place cards

ceremony program

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

The CEREMONY! Our best friend, Louise Storey, from the time that we lived in London together married us in a Humanist Ceremony. Louise and the two of us collaborated to write the entire ceremony, which incorporated a moving letter from Steffen's late father, answers to secret love questions that were unveiled on our wedding day and personally written vows. Louise put a voice to our hearts, values, told our story and what matters the most to the both of us in life.

 

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

fall colored flowers

striped chairs

orange centerpieces

orange centerpieces

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brooklyn waterfront wedding

What a dream…

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

Break down the planning into manageable monthly to-dos, no need to overwhelm yourself and lose sight of the most important outcome of all of the work - your marriage and love for your partner. Be decisive - do not over think the little things, go with your gut. Stay calm throughout, be present and protect your energy and where it is going - during the planning process and on the big day.

 

photographer: Lev Kuperman // venue + catering: The River Cafe Brooklyn, New York // event design: Sara & Steffen Ringelmann (the bride & groom) // second photographer: Justin Lee // event planner: Sara Spieker Ringelmann (the bride) and Luke Vossen (Manager of The River Cafe) // florals: Maureen Andariese, of The River Cafe, Bride, Groom + family bouquets and boutonnieres by the groom’s mother, Cheryl Ringelmann // celebrant: Louise Storey // wedding dress: Custom Nomia Dress designed by the bride and Stone Fox Bride // floral hairpiece: Red Rose and Lavender // bride’s shoes: Alexander Wang // groom’s shoes: Mr. B’s for Aldo // bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // hair + makeup: The Karcher // groom suit: Jil Sander // paper goods: Kimberly Canale, Inspired Goodness // ice cream sundae bar: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory // music: Jazz Trio during cocktail hour – Lapis Luna, and DJ for dancing – Kevin Manning (DJ Consuelo)

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLev Kuperman Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Elopement Under a Bridge in Portland: Jillian + Colin

elopement under a bridge

One of our most favorite things about elopements (aside from the fact that they’re just so sweet!) is the flexibility to exchange your vows in a unique place. It’s not so easy to transport a bunch of your guests to a remote mountain top, alongside a secluded waterfall – or in this case – under a bridge in Cathedral Park in Portland, but when it’s just the two of you, all the rules can fly out the window and you can really focus on what you want as a couple. For Jillian + Colin, the phrase, “we want a marriage not a wedding” kept popping up in conversation, so after months of deliberating they decided to plan an intimate marriage ceremony and throw a party a few months afterward so they could devote all their energy to each event separately. So smart, right? Jillian shares a bit more with us about why she + Colin decided to do things their way below:

The primary reason came down to the fact that we wanted to focus on each other and what we were about to enter into in the clearest and least distracted way possible. Given our personalities, we were concerned that if we had a traditional wedding we might end up getting absorbed in the details of trying to be good hosts and worry about everyone else which potentially could detract from our focus on each other. In our experience, you can’t do everything all at once without the quality of some component being compromised to a degree.

Thanks so much to Jay Eads for the lovely photos + congratulations to the newlyweds on a day that was just right for them!

portland elopement

portland elopement

Colin and I talk a lot about our memorable moments and the lack of distraction in an elopement, but the planning can still be hectic and frazzled and, let’s face it, forgetable. So what I did, as a way to be reflective and mindful each step of the way, was write a letter to Colin for each big moment – when we got engaged, when we applied for our license, when I slipped into “the dress,” when we picked out our rings, the one week countdown, all of those events and decisions reflected upon and down on paper. The morning of our wedding, rather than giving Colin one letter to tell him how happy and excited I was to be his bride and best friend (that’s what my vows were for,) I gave him that stack of letters. Now we can look back at the entire process, not just the one day and never feel far away from it.

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first look

first look

bridge car ride

We’re in love with Jillian’s Theia dress from Saks Fifth Avenue. So perfect for her city elopement!

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

Jillian: One of the joys of an elopement is that every moment is memorable since there’s nothing else to distract you, so to narrow it down to one is nearly impossible! There was the moment we picked up our license, distractedly trying to write down our vows while giggling with one another, my last deep breaths of anticipation before I walked up to Colin as his bride, raising my arms in celebration as strangers in the park cheered for us the moment we became husband and wife, finally making our way into a photobooth for that goofy set of pictures we’ve always wanted, every moment was memorable and every day when I look back, a different moment stands out to me. One of my favorite moments was walking into Ava Genes’s and knowing that every eye was on us and feeling our love and joy and excitement fill up the crowded room. Even with so much attention and distraction, I couldn’t focus on anything but my new husband and the amazing adventure we’d just set off on together.

Colin: The whole day was a whirlwind experience and I’ll never forget the anticipation waiting to see Jillian for the first time on our big day and the feeling of surprise when she walked up behind me and put her hand on my back to get my attention, It nearly took my breath away! Another really cool moment came from total strangers. As we were walking back to the hotel through the park at the end of the day, there was couple walking in the distance that could obviously tell we were just married. They cheerfully yelled out to us “ Way to dive in! It’ll be the best decision you ever made!” It totally resonated with me and that felt really good.

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement bouquet

Such a gorge spot to marry the love of your life!

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

yellow striped bow tie

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

ace hotel

A stop by The Ace for some photobooth snaps was a given…

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elopement under a bridge

An elopement, or a micro wedding can be a sensitive topic because people could potentially feel left out. We decided to tell our immediate families and no one else so our advice is that if you decide to tell anyone prior to the event, be totally honest and open about everything because they are the ones who actually know and still aren’t attending. Including them in the discussion of plans will really help make them feel like they are involved and participating since they can’t be there.

photography: Jay Eads // location: Ceremony at Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon // other locations: Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion, Ace Hotel, Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park // florals: Gina of Bohemian Bouquets // wedding dress: Theia from Saks Fifth Avenue // shoes: Nine West // hair + makeup: done by the bride // groom’s suit: DKNY // shirt: Ted Baker London // tie + pocket square: WB Thamm // boots: Frye // socks: Happy Socks // elopement dinner: Ava Genes, SE Division Street // bride’s ring: custom made by Joanna Lingnau // officiant: Anthony Behrens // transportation: Tesla Model S, Prestige Limousines // driver: Gary

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