As a wedding photographer, Miranda loves big, glam, detailed-filled weddings. For her own wedding, however, she knew in her heart that a large extravagant wedding just wasn’t the right fit. Instead, she and Zach celebrated their love (with their impossibly adorable son by their side) with an intimate ceremony full of handmade details (including the gorgeous garland backdrop!), followed by an impromptu confetti fight, and finished off with a cozy restaurant reception – making for, as the bride describes it, a wonderful day with family and friends where there just so happened to be a wedding.

A huge thanks to Stephanie Rose Photography for sending over the photos for us to enjoy today!

intimate gainsville texas wedding

Miranda, 30 & Zach, 31 (and Marshall, 1½)

Gainesville, TX

Wedding Date: February 23, 2013

Number of Guests: 40

Wedding Ceremony Location: Cahoots Handbags

Wedding Reception Location: Sarah’s on the Square

intimate gainsville texas wedding

intimate gainsville texas wedding

intimate gainsville texas wedding

wedding dress on custom hanger

wedding jewelry

blue wedding flats

bride getting her make-up done

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

I am a wedding photographer (shameless plug: and shoot dozens of weddings a year, mostly with hundreds of guests, big venues, and lots of glam details. After being behind the scenes so many times, it really occurred to me that the larger, extravagant weddings just weren’t “us”. I LOVE them, but it just doesn’t fit our personalities. We really wanted to concentrate on celebrating with our friends and family more than anything else.

bridal prep

bride getting her make-up done

bride getting ready

bride getting her dress on

bride tying her dress

bride getting dressed

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Explaining the concept to people –no wedding party, no first dance, no bouquet toss, no garter toss, no timeline, no specific end time; just a wonderful day with family and friends where there just so happened to be a wedding.

groom portrait

first look session

bride and groom first look

bride and groom first look

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

We have a very small circle of friends, so in the beginning, we had no problem inviting anyone who wanted to come. After we got the AWESOME word that more family would be coming than anticipated, we had to settle down with the invites.

B+W loft portrait

intimate loft wedding portrait

bride and groom portrait

B+W wedding portrait

bride and groom in Texas loft

loft wedding portraits

bride and groom with son

bride and groom with baby son

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

We were not expecting many from Zach’s family to make it, as all of them were located halfway across the country. We were extremely delighted, surprised, and touched when one by one, his family members started booking tickets to fly in for the wedding. We’re so thankful they did!

boutique store wedding venue

boutique wedding ceremony

wedding succulents

boutique wedding ceremony set-up

ombre wedding ceremony backdrop

intimate gainsville texas wedding

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

After the ceremony, we had a big, huge confetti send-off. It was awesome, but even MORE awesome was the fact that afterwards, everyone just started throwing confetti, starting a CONFETTI FIGHT. There were so many laughs by so many that it made my heart so, so full.

groom in front of ombre ceremony backdrop

bride and her father

shop wedding ceremony

bride and groom laughing during ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

wedding confetti toss

wedding confetti tos

bride and groom kissing during confetti toss

toddler playing in confetti

What were the highlights of the reception?

At the end of the night, my father (who had been so nervous for days about his toast), perfectly described everything in his speech to the room. He said, “I feel like this room is filled with love. So much so, that it’s like I’m swimming. Swimming in a room with love.” It still describes every one of my memories of that day.

restaurant wedding reception

paper pinwheel centerpiece

blue dotted wedding cake

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Spending time with those who are nearest and dearest to our hearts and being able to concentrate on those relationships, which matter most of all to us.

wedding reception at B+B restaurant

bride chatting with guests at wedding reception

bride and groom portrait in the street

bride and groom kissing in the street

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

There are no rules to weddings. Do what you want, how you want. Don’t worry about the “right” way to do something. Do it all with love, and with love in mind, and you will be doing everything perfectly.

groom dipping bride in the street


Ceremony Venue: Cahoots Handbags

Reception Venue and Catering: Sarah’s on the Square

Photography: Stephanie Rose Photography

Invitations/Designs: Designed by the bride

Ceremony Backdrop: DIY by the bride with lots of blood, sweat, and tears from my mom and friends.