In a truly intimate ceremony, witnessed only by their officiant and captured beautifully by their photographer Leah Muse, Canadians Rachel and Wayne exchanged vows on the picturesque grounds of Le San Michele in Austin, Texas followed by a romantic dinner for two; proving, once and for all, that bigger isn’t always better – even in Texas.
BTW, Rachel, who used to write for us, is a professional photographer based in London, Ontario. You can check out here work here.
Rachel, 31 & Wayne, 29
Wedding Date: September, 5, 2013
Number of Guests: 0
Wedding Cost: $5,000 (including flight from Canada)
Wedding Ceremony Location: Le San Michele
Wedding Reception Location: Olive and June
If you’re just waiting for that special someone to pop the question, but a traditional diamond engagement ring ain’t your thing, have no fear because we’ve rounded up 12 alternative options to dress up that ring finger of yours. Feel free to forward this to your main squeeze and let the hint dropping begin!
Just because you don’t want a traditional engagement ring doesn’t mean you can’t rock a diamond. Opt for one of these elegant and understated options.
Isn’t this an inviting space for an intimate wedding? We think so!
Gallery J, in Winter Springs, Florida, is divided into two completely unique but cohesive spaces: Gallery J and the J Street Studio. Gallery J offers the cozy feeling of a jazz club, and features gorgeous brick walls, a self-playing baby grand piano, and luscious red and gold accents.
When you walk through the doors of the J Street Studio, you will find yourself in a room modeled after a starry night in romantic Paris, complete with twinkling lights and a lovely brick building backdrop. No need to worry about rain in the J Street Studio, you can dance under the stars no matter what kind of weather your wedding day brings.
In addition to providing a gorgeously unique setting to say “I do” and dance the night away, Gallery J offers stunning one-of-a-kind amenities, like a gorgeous tiered fountain in the entryway, custom lighting options and a loft perfect for stealing a quiet moment as newlyweds. Not sure you can dance the night away with your two left feet? Gallery J even offers dancing lessons that are sure to make you feel at ease for your first dance as a new Mr. and Mrs.
Photos: Norman Yu Photography
Looking for the perfect DIY wedding favor? Maybe you’re just searching for a delicious holiday cookie recipe. Either way, you are in luck! These lemon shortbread cookies are packed with lemon flavor and whether you are making them for yourself or as favors, they’re sure to be a hit!
Lemon Shortbread Recipe
via Today’s Nest
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest (more or less, to taste)
lemon sugar (optional)*
Sift together the flour, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
Charity and Brian always knew that they wanted an intimate wedding, but with their extended families and a large group of friends, limiting the guest list proved itself to be an almost impossible task. So after two years of trying to come up with a solution to their guest list dilemma, they opted to elope instead and it turned out to be the best decision they could have made. They kept the day low-key and relaxed, and entirely focused on just the two of them. They even made time for an afternoon nap; now how perfect is that?
Thanks to Henry and Mac Photography for sharing all the intimate and joyful moments with us!
Charity, 30 & Brian, 30
Wedding Date: August 24, 2013
Number of Guests: just the bride, groom, officiant and photographer
Wedding Cost: $760 (Emerson Inn – $300 for Inn grounds; Rent the Runway dress – $150; Officiant – $150; Bouquet and boutonierre – $60; Photographer – gift from Charity’s co-residents; Dinner – $100)
Wedding Ceremony Location: Emerson Inn by the Sea
Wedding Reception Location: We had dinner at Emerson Inn by the sea…just the two of us