Sonya and Jonathan’s Texas Outdoor Chapel Wedding

With the bride’s family living in Russia and unable to attend their nuptials, Sonya and Jonathan decided early on to keep things simple and small for their wedding day. And while their original guest list ended up more than quadrupling in size during the planning process, the couple still managed to keep their Texas ceremony and celebration at Chapel Dulcinea intimate, with just 30 guests – including the bride’s mother and sister, all the way from Russia – and a wonderful “family get-together” vibe.

Special thanks to Kat Bevel for sharing their gorgeous photos with us today!

Chapel Dulcinea Wedding

Sonya, 26 & Jonathan, 22

Austin, TX

Wedding Date: April 3, 2014

Number of Guests: 30

Wedding Cost: $6,500

Wedding Ceremony Location: Chapel Dulcinea

Wedding Reception Location: Chapel Dulcinea

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Because my entire family lives in Russia and none of them were going to make it, I wanted to elope. But then we decided that we want to share this day at least with Jonathan’s immediate family and our close friends. As we were planning, it turned out that my mama and one of my sisters were able to come and be there as we said our vows.

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

The guest list kept growing and our original number of 20 ordered invitations just weren’t enough. Also, as we were planning cake and champagne, we did not know how many people would toast and eat with us on the actual day.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

For us, it was more difficult to keep it from growing. Even though we love everybody from our family, school, church, work etc., we did want to elope in the first place. Our original list of 6 turned into 16, and by the day of the wedding we had 30 guests. One of the decisions we made that helped keep the list small was to have the wedding in Austin instead of Dallas where we live. And also the fact that it was on a Thursday kept a crowd of a hundred people from driving over.

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

After everything was said and done, the closest and the dearest people to us were there. Everyone else was happy for us from a distance, sending tons of sweet-sweet texts our way.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Well, other that the best man forgetting our rings in his car… It was just beautiful. We kept the ceremony short. The best man played “What Makes A Man” by City and Colour, as my little sister walked me down the aisle. Everything went like a dream. It couldn’t have been any better.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

We were just so excited to finally be together after the entire day of not seeing each other. We hugged our friends, toasted, cut the cake, danced to “I Wanna Be Yours” by Arctic Monkeys, laughed, and simply enjoyed the couple of hours that we had worked so hard on for the last few months.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

I loved being able to hug and to talk to every single one of our guests. It was one big family get together, and I’m happy everything turned out the way it did.

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

Don’t worry about not inviting your second cousin’s boyfriend’s sister. This day is about you. People who matter will never hold a grudge, but rather be happy for you! Plus, you can do more on your budget, if you choose an intimate wedding.

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Photography: Kat Bevel Photography 

Beautiful Flowers: Verbena Floral

Cake: Polkadots Cupcake Factory

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11 Amazing Geometric and Mosaic Wedding Cakes

Geometric and mosaic wedding cakes take inspiration from architecture, art movements and graphic forms. These stunning cakes go beyond the traditional tiered white cake and into a bold treat that will wow your guests!

Incorporate two trends by having an ombre filled hexagon effect that replicates the ocean in a subtle way.

You can also use your color palette in a tiered cake that has a flowing laser-cut design.

If you’re a fan of the white cake, a little update with metallic shapes can make all the difference.

Different sized shapes in a variety of colors will create a graphic piece that will wow your guests.

You can go back in time with an Art Deco inspired cake with soft grey and black highlights.

Who would have thought that pink and yellow triangles could have such a pretty look?. Especially with the addition of fresh flowers.

The bronze tier of this cake has a tiled pattern with delicate engravings, which is such a great contrast to the blue flowers.

Replicating the look of Mediterranean tiles and architecture will bring the islands straight to your venue. Even better if you’re having a destination wedding!

If you’re planning to make your own cake or give a shop bought one a makeover, 3D geometric cake toppers with lashings of caramel is all you need.

How stunning is this sea blue cake? Intricate and precise patterns work very well with cascading flowers and metallic touches.


These retro blocks mimic the shape of the cake and that glitter is the perfect finishing touch.


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5 Ways to Dress your Bump at your Wedding

Thankfully, today’s pregnant brides don’t have to frantically search maternity shops for bland white gowns that conceal their baby bump. Instead, brides are wearing gowns that embrace their pregnant status.

Here are 5 ways that you can dress your baby bump in style!

1. Minimalist Structure 

A streamlined silhouette is a great option as it will fit in all of the right places and as the garment construction isn’t too complicated you can get it easily adjusted. This style of dress also works well if you bought the dress before you got pregnant; a seamstress can adapt it to your changing shape. The simplicity of the cut makes it easy to transform with accessories, such as a birdcage veil and textured cropped jacket.

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2. Curve Hugging 

A fitted dress that molds to the shape of your body isn’t anything to be scared of. Usually the fabric in these styles of dresses are quite forgiving and have that all-important stretch!

3. Flowing Dress with Jacket 

A soft, flowing dress in a Grecian style is very flattering as it will nip you in at the waist and add definition to your silhouette. By adding a jacket it gives some structure and edge to the look and will also balance out some of the volume in the dress.


4. Mermaid Line 

A mermaid style wedding dress will add some proportion to your silhouette and your guests eyes will not only be drawn to your bump but also to your hemline.

5. Empire Line 

Empire line dresses are a staple in maternity wear for a reason. They define your waist and as the fabric flows out it is a comfortable option that doesn’t restrict your stomach. The great thing about opting for an empire line wedding dress is that you can find them anywhere, and not necessarily in a bridal boutique. Check vintage stores for some beautiful loose dresses that might only need a quick nip and tuck.

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Despite its gain in popularity over the last couple of years, grey still doesn’t get a lot of love when it comes to wedding day color palettes. But we want to change that! Charcoal grey is classic and sophisticated and when it is used as an accent color, it has the ability to elevate just about any color palette from weak to chic! Not convinced? These 5 pretty color schemes might just change your mind.

Pink and grey, is there any prettier color combo? Too much pink can get a little saccharin at times, but throw in a little charcoal grey for contrast and it balances everything out beautifully.

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Pulling off a really colorful palette without it feeling like a child’s birthday party can be difficult. Adding some charcoal grey as an accent color, however, will give it that sophisticated edge you’re looking for while still keeping things fun and festive.

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Words cannot describe how obsessed we are with this color palette. Contemporary, clean, and slightly masculine, it’s a perfect alternative for anyone averse to more traditional and feminine wedding colors.

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Charcoal grey is a moody hue and pairs well with the equally moody jewel tones and rich plummy purples happening in this color scheme.

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This is probably the most unconventional color palette of the bunch, but we can’t help but love the dark muted colors and the romance of it. The key to successfully puling it off is to throw in lots of off-white to keep the color scheme from looking too dark and dreary for such a celebratory occasion.

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Nautical Stripes: Wedding Inspiration

For a nautical inspired wedding, navy and white stripes in your decor are all you need to achieve the look. Stripes look great for the main color palette, or as a base for accent colors such as fuchsia or coral. This theme is of course ideal for a beach wedding but can also give a summery atmosphere to other venues.

Think beyond the plain bridesmaid dresses and opt for a bold strapless dress. Your bridesmaids will thank you for choosing a dress that they can wear after the wedding too.


A stunning navy and white cake adds a graphic element and some flair to a tiered cake.


A glimpse of these nautical shoes can also double up as your something blue if you’re looking to modernize a wedding tradition.


A striped runner with a scattering of seaside decorations is definitely in keeping with the theme and is also a great way to DIY your centerpieces.


If you’re into subtle decor then you can still incorporate stripes by having striped ribbon at the top of your vases.


Gold is such a lovely color to pair with navy and white and transforms it into an elegant affair.


A simple ribbon can make all the difference to a white cake!


To really emphasize the summer mood, individual floral arrangements in bright tones will leave your guests feeling positively joyful. A striped invitation is a statement piece but as navy and white is such a classic pairing, it still looks understated.

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We are envisioning a DIY project with these vases! Two pieces of navy ribbon on a white vase is all you need to recreate some simple stripes. If you’re stuck with plain chairs from your venue, these cute bows will add some oomph. The navy in the tablecloth will stand out even more when paired with other blues such as a cobalt bottle and indigo table number.

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