With a much larger wedding planned in Guatemala for next year, Ines and Wes wanted their Texas wedding day to be filled with love and only those nearest and dearest to them. Instead of hiring a professional, the couple opted to enlist family and friends to help them with the wedding preparations, making their poolside boho wedding reception even more special to them and their loved ones.
A huge thank you to Molly Magee for sending us all the gorgeous photos so we could share Ines and Wes’s day with you!
Ines, 26 & Wes, 26
Wedding Date: May 30th, 2015
Wedding Cost: $5,500
Wedding Ceremony Location: Private Residence
Wedding Reception Location: Private Residence
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We wanted an evening filled with love and to share it with people that would be genuinely happy to see us get married.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Nothing was a challenge really. We decided to not go with a wedding decorator and do it ourselves. It turned out to be even more special because everyone had something to do with it.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
Not really. We’re having a much larger wedding in Guatemala next year so we had complete control of this list. We just invited immediate family and close friends. It was easy to put a list together.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
We couldn’t stop crying. We kind of forgot everybody else was in front of us and just looked at each other. We remembered the guests were there when we kissed and they all started cheering and clapping.
What were the highlights of the reception?
Everyone at the reception knowing each other and being good friends. Even the people who had just met each other became close.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Not having any strangers there. Everyone who was there meant something to us.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Do it, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Just invite the people who know and care about you as a couple; it makes it much more special. It truly turned out to be better than we ever could’ve imagined. We almost wish this was our only wedding, but we already have everything planned in Guatemala.
Photographer: M. Magee Photography
Event Design & Styling: Sofia and Ines Bouscayrol
Caterer: Cooper’s BBQ
Bouquet & Floral Crown: Blumenhandler Florist
Bridal Attire: Stone Cold Fox
DJ: Star DJ Service
Transportation: Majesty Tours
There is a reason why The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo has sold more than 2 million copies (I’m reading it now and highly recommend it!). People want to simplify their lives. Why? There is incredible power in simplicity. And that goes for weddings too. Simple weddings are so beautifully authentic; they’re all about the love.
Faux wedding events seem to be all the rage these days. Popping up everywhere as an alternative to your typical convention center bridal show, the faux wedding allows “guests” to experience a handful of talented local vendors first-hand and in action as they attend a staged ceremony and reception complete with dinner, dancing, and all the festivities of a real wedding.
KnotCrashers is just one of the latest in these series of faux wedding events and they recently threw a gorgeous bohemian styled vow renewal at the Casitas Estate in San Luis Obispo with the help of some of California’s top wedding professionals. Here’s what Sam & Chanda of Zest it Up had to say about the event:
Jumping on the trend of alternative bridal fairs, KnotCrashers threw an intimate affair at The Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande, CA. Guests were invited to attend the vow renewal of Laurie & Lance as they were dazzled by a dream team of wedding professionals from the Central Coast. With two professionals for every aspect of ceremony, cocktail, and reception, there was a beautiful array of talent without being overwhelming for the attending brides and grooms. With dinner, dancing, and love filling the air, it was a grand night for all.
Watch these videos for a behind the scenes look at the event:
Donuts: Sugar Lips Mini Donuts
DJ: DJ Bob
Officiant: Billy Nason
Venue: The Casitas Estate
Day-of Coordinator: Zest it Up
Brewing: Central Coast Brewing
Non-Profit: Journeyman International
Jewellery: Kevin Main Jewelry
Handmade Signs: Sign, Sealed, Delivered
Men’s Apparel: Patrick James
Women’s Apparel: H&G Boutique
Musician: Melody Wed
Today, it’s all about cuteness! We all know that flower girls are one of the most adorable parts of a wedding, so why not take a break from the wedding planning stress and take a look at some sweet fashions for the littlest members of your wedding party.
1. The embellished neckline of this dress elevates its casual style, making it a comfortable and yet, stylish choice for a flower girl.
2. A longer dress with lace details is gorgeous for a summer wedding.
3. The ribbon sleeves on this lace dress are such a great detail.
4. It’s not all about white, ivory and pale shades. Add some color with a gorgeous mint tulle dress.
5. Have some fun with a gorgeous full dress embellished with silver sequins.
6. If your bridesmaids are wearing solids, then a printed flower girl dress will look amazing!
7. Lace isn’t only for the bride, if you want your flower girl’s dress to have some of the same details as yours, then this is a great idea.
8. For a destination or summer wedding, a sleeveless dress with a wide collar is weather-appropriate without compromising on style.
9. For a preppy look, go with stripes.
10. Your flower girl will feel like a princess in a voluminous dress. Balance the silhouette out with details like a criss cross back. The baby’s breath crown is the perfect finishing touch.
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Bouquets of mixed blooms are the norm, but going for a bouquet filled with one type of flower in the same color has a stunning effect. If you have a penchant for pink peonies or red anemones, a bouquet of just that alone will be striking. This is also a great idea for your bridesmaids too, especially if you are carrying a mixed bouquet and want them to have something different. We’ve found 10 gorgeous summer bouquets for inspiration.
This stunning flower is such a standout and you only need a few of them to create a bouquet. The oversized blooms have an almost whimsical look to them, and would work well in a forest or outdoor venue.
Peonies are a wedding favorite and for good reason. These magenta peonies will have your guests swooning as you walk down the aisle. The color is so bold that you won’t miss the addition of another type of flower.
This bouquet of daisies has a simple and delicate look. If you’re having a casual ceremony or elopement, then this is a good choice.
When it comes to romance, the red rose reigns. For a truly classic bouquet, this is the way to go.
5. Baby’s Breath
Baby’s breath requires no introduction. They can usually be found mixed in with many wedding bouquets and centerpieces.
Make like you’re in a French chateau with a rustic bouquet of fragrant lavender. Lavender is ideal for a countryside or barn wedding.
The vibrant mix of red, white and black in these anemones is all you need for a single bloom bouquet.
A bouquet of peach tulips is perfect for the pastel trend for spring.
The textured look of this lilac bouquet proves that if you choose an interesting bloom, then a single flower bouquet can be just as good as a mixed one.
An all-white bouquet of orchids would look amazing with a colored wedding dress!
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