Hill Country Wedding Venue Feature: Contigo Ranch

This Hill Country Wedding venue is second to make the nominations list for the best wedding vendors in the Texas Hill Country… Contigo Ranch! This beautiful white modern farmhouse venue was born into the Contigo brand just this year and I can’t wait start hosting weddings here! The owners, the Edgerton Family, are also the brains behind Contigo Austin and Contigo Catering, who have an excellent reputation in the Austin restaurant scene. And by the way, they are great people too!

Here are some of my favorite things about this venue:

(1)Gorgeous ceremony site featuring one of the best views of Hill Country I’ve seen at a wedding venue. See the stunning area below… Thanks to Lori Blythe Photography for lovely photos from our styled shoot!

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(2)Its white. Need I say more folks. A perfect blank slate with ship lap details, beautiful chandeliers, bistro lights over a patio, and a built in bar. Can I get an “AMEN” from the wedding photographers out there that have been shooting in dark venues for years and years? Brides, your pictures of your reception are going to be awesome.(3)The chairs. It’s a small detail, I know. But as a wedding planner, I pay attention to these things. You don’t have to pay a rental company to deliver stylish chairs for your wedding- they are included! No more mahogany chivari or folding fruitwood, folks. I know you have seen styled shoots on Pinterest with these chairs and thought “ha! As If. Who can afford chairs like that at their wedding?” You my dear. You. Their price point is competitive with other venues in the area, but their stylistic value is much higher.(4)Lodging on site featuring the same great stylish details. Just a short walk away from the reception site, down the beautifully terraced path next to the rippling waterfall. You never thought landscaping could be so impressive, did you? (5) Just a few miles from Fredericksburg. Close to shopping, restaurants, Enchanted Rock and wineries for your guests to enjoy, but far enough out that they can experience the peace and serenity of the Hill Country.

Hurry over to the vendor page to get their contact info and secure your dream wedding date! Sorry, this sounds a little “sales pitchy”. But ask any wedding vendor. We really like to work at pretty places!

Photos From our styled shoot with these amazing vendors:  Lori Blythe Photography, Contigo Ranch, The Green Room Floral, Weddings by Celissa Rae Hair and Makeup, Dresses from Serendipity Bridal Austin, Lace Dress Tara Lauren, Off the Shoulder dress Sarah Seven, Tux from The Black Tux, Linens from La Tavola, Styled by Hill Country Bride of course!

PS Vendors- they are having an open house on Friday, June 16th . See details below and be sure to RSVP! 

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Hill Country Wedding Venue Feature: Hoffman Haus Fredericksburg, Texas

As a part of my brand spankin’ new snazzy website I now have a vendor referral page, in the hopes that you will bring a long the best of the best Hill Country Wedding vendors to make your day PERFECT (or as close to it as possible). I’ll be debuting my personal favorites on the blog weekly, then they will get added to the vendor page with contact info and all the important deets. Photo above thanks to Two Pair Photography.

And the first Hill Country Wedding venue feature goes to…. drum roll please… Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg, Texas! It is one of my most favoritest (yes, I know, not a word) venues ever to work with for so many reasons. Here is the simplified list below:

1)It’s pretty. Actually beautiful. Pottery Barn furniture, marble top bar, antique mirrors, stage with silk dupioni draping, beautiful accent pieces like farmhouse tables and pine tables for your buffet. I could go on for a long time. See for yourself. Photos thanks to Breanna McKendrick Photography. Hill Country Wedding Venue Photo

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2)The staff and owners are fantastic people. They care about their clients and do what it takes to make things go really smooth. They treat their guests like family. The kind you choose, not the kind you are stuck with. ha ha. Photos thanks to Benjamin Garrett Photography & Sarah Goss Photography.

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3)Location. In the heart of amazing, lively, downtown Fredericksburg. Need I say more? If you are reading this and you haven’t been to Fredericksburg, continue reading, then book your stay immediately for a girls weekend or romantic retreat to our lovely town. Don’t forget to stop by and say “Hi”, I’m likely hanging at a winery, shopping main street, working on my porch with a view of the hills, or watching live music and eating yummy food at one of our amazing restaurants…. Do I sense jealousy?? Yes, I live in the most amazing town ever.
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5)It really is just lovely here. They pay attention to the details. The art hanging, how the ivy crawls along the stone, the beautiful bathtubs in the rooms, and the amazing breakfast delivered to your door every morning (seriously, they do that). There are so many reasons why this place is just plain awesome. Visit them and discover for yourself! Photos thanks to Sarah Goss Photography.

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La Tavola Linen’s Dreamy 2016 Collection!

In the past month I took a “work trip” up north a few hours to visit some amazing vendors in Dallas (I say this in parenthesis because I really just met cool people and played with fun linens). I had a great time doing a little private mentoring workshop with Lindsey Brunk (if you don’t know her name, you should, she is pretty much the bee’s knees of the planning and style world). I also got to visit the La Tavola fine linens show room and fell in loovveeee.wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0062

I often use linens as the inspiration piece for designs in weddings and in my home. When designing a wedding or a room in my house I almost always start with a table runner I’m in love with (or some other form of wedding linen) or a pillow that I paid way too much for. I’m a sucker for pillows especially. Some girls have shoes. Some girls have jewelry. I have pillows. And will never have enough. PS- La Tavola has pillows you can rent for your party. This shouldn’t be an “extra” but a necessary in my opinion… Okay maybe not for everyone. One day, I will do a blog post entirely on the purpose of a pillow at a wedding. Feel free to drool here at this stunning assortment.

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So they are the shiz in fine linens for weddings. They search the world for the latest patterns, colors and textures and manufacture them in the sunshine state of California. I would sleep in their soft linen Tuscany collection any day. Even their basic poly blend linen is woven to feel like pressed cotton. I can tell you folks, one big way to make your event Style Me Pretty worthy, pick out a decent linen. The best part? La Tavola’s basic linen starts at just $13.00 (plus shipping) WHAT. A. STEAL.

Here are some photos from their 2016 Linen Collection Release Party that happened in Napa (sorry I couldn’t make that one!). Thanks to Studio EMP for the pretty photos. Credit to Found Vintage Rentals for the furniture, Casa de Perrin for the tabletop decor, Paula Le Duc for the catering, and of course La Tavola for the showstopping linens.

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Fall inspiration!

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And my personal favorite… these botanical prints! I have been dreaming of mid century modern wedding (or styled shoot) lately with lush tropical botanicals and a green color palette…

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A particular velvet table runner (from La Tavola) has actually been the inspiration piece for styled shoot/workshop I am styling this November (Cedar & Stone Workshop). Maybe I’ll post some sneak peeks soon!

Elegant Film Wedding at Hoffman Haus

I was so excited to work with Sarah Goss Photography on this wedding back in the early spring. This was our first event to work together and she did an amazing job on these photos! I absolutely adore the richness in the colors in the film, almost as much as I adored this couple. Shannon and Harris found me via referral of Hoffman Haus, but after getting to know them, we found out that they actually worked for the same company as my mom and knew her! A company all the way in north Texas. Small freakin’ world.

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They were darling and in love. Shannon had amazing taste. The antler sheds on the centerpieces were prizes of her Dads from his many years of hunting and the silver flower containers belonged to her mother’s family. Her family was boisterous and bubbly and so much fun to be around. Sweet Magnolia provided the pretty florals!

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The colors were neutral grey with just a hint of lavender. Perfect for a hill country wedding! Hoffman Haus was the ideal venue for this classic wedding. Sophie’s made this dreamy cake (it was soo tasty too!). They had these adorable bar napkins made with their faces drawn on. Ha too funny! Notice all of the pillows in the following photos… (if you don’t regularly follow me, you may not know, I have a pillow problem…I’m a pillowaholic). wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0065 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0068 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0067wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0066

The evening was a blast- fun people, fun vendors! Cartewheels Catering made the yummy food and provided amazing service, as usual! wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0070 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0069 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0071

 

Fredericksburg, Texas Wedding Styled Shoot Featured on Swooned Magazine

This style shoot was one of the most fun and crazy awesome things I have done in a while. We planned it in two weeks! Working with Lori Blythe Photography and Sara at Restored Fredericksburg, we made it happen! We were so happy to get this picked up by Swooned Magazine. And Bonus! It was an inspiration piece for Bella Mystique Events for their Big Fake Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks! Pretty cool to do something people are inspired by!

The Flower Pail did a stunning job on the arrangements and bouquets; Sister’s Vintage Party contributed the vintage pieces and glimmering gold flatware; Restored Fredericksburg let us borrow that B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L farmhouse table; Bobo Workshop did that stunning marbled paper product; Sarah & Kaleb Dale were our newlywed models; Native Fredericksburg made the custom geode jewelry; The Barn at Rock House Hideaway provided that lovely venue and sunset field; Lori Blythe Photography recorded the magic with her stunning photos!   

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D.I.Y. E-Invites – Hill Country Wedding Planner

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This week I got this lovely email invitation from a Hill Country wedding venue, Branded T Ranch, in Kendalia, Texas and was so delighted! I thought E-Cards were a thing of the past, but when this sparkly invite popped into my inbox I thought, “I must share this with the world!” When you open the message it is addressed personally in a font of your choice. Then, when you choose to open it, it shows the matching designed envelope opened and out pops the darling invite!

Paperless post offers traditional mail order invites and cards and the online email cards I

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speak of. Some designs are completely free, others you can purchase for a small fee. These are of course a great “green” option for all occasions, but I get most excited about using them for those events that you don’t want to spend the money or time to custom make and mail an invite. They are perfect for parties, wedding/bridal showers (especially when the bride has several to attend), engagement parties or baby showers. They are much classier alternative to a facebook message, with about the same amount of effort.

Here are some adorable options that I found!

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Hoffman Haus Review- Hill Country Wedding Venue

In my last post I mentioned a venue as an example of how guys and gals think differently. Well, I know that might have been a huge teaser for y’all, so I decided I would do a review of this venue to give you all the dirty details. The venue I am speaking of is called Hoffman Haus and is in the heart of the Hill Country in Fredericksburg, Texas.

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The ceremony space. The ceremony is typically held in the garden right outside the Great Hall. Under tall oak trees lit by the light of twinkle lights and two beautiful antique chandeliers, your guests will watch you appear to your ceremony through the ivy trellace. Equipped with ivory padded dark stained wood chairs this space is always romantic, but can evolve to whatever style wedding you choose.

 

 

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The reception space. The guests can proceed to a cocktail hour in the courtyard, just a few seconds walk from the garden. This outdoor space is landscaped with an antique fountain surrounded by covered walkways for shade. Set up an outdoor bar here and have passed hors d’oevres served to your guests. After cocktail hour your guests will be invited in to the Great Hall for dinner and dancing. The Great Hall is an actual 1800’s Kentucky tobacco barn that has been renovated to reminisce Pottery Barn with a Texas charm. The gray timber walls, antique ornate mirrors and paned glass windows make for a dreamy vintage mansion feel. In the center of the room a wood stage framed with ivory linen curtains is perfect for a Texas Country band or can be made into a lounge area with their pottery barn (yes, actual Pottery Barn) furniture. Two large chandeliers with hurricane votives light the dancefloor equipped with dimmers to give you the feel you want throughout the evening. If you choose to do a buffet meal, the serving room is adjacent to the dining room and your serving pieces will be placed on the beautiful antique dining table and buffet. For those that might want to get away for a bit, they can step into the quaint library or right outside onto the patio. The patio. I’ve seen so many great photos of this patio. At night it just feels like Texas summer.

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Why this Hill Country wedding venue is so stinking awesome?

 

Paned windows, large patios, southern charm. Need I say more? Well, I will! Onsite lodging (also basically Pottery Barn cottages) make is easy to get home at the end of the night or run to the room to change shoes. It’s yours for the weekend. Yep. When you have your wedding here, they let you setup and tear down the day before and after the wedding. Hopefully you’re just dropping your stuff off with a wedding coordinator, but you can come and see the setup the day before. Super nice people. Leslie Washburn, the owner, lives in Fredericksburg and inspired the great style of the entire property and established the one wedding per weekend idea to make sure you feel like the only Bride in town. The details. Southern black shutters, farmhouse accent tables, claw foot bath tubs, vintage trunks…. This could go on forever!

The Guy’s Eye

For all of you brides out there, what does your future husband think about your wedding flower arrangements or your ceremony location?  Have you asked him? Did you listen?

As you probably know by now, the perspective between a man and a woman, in this case a groom and a bride, can be a bit bipolar. Complex.  You tell him, “I think we should try this new work-out routine together”, he gives you a half-hearted “sure” that’s totally unconvincing and signals to you he’s not really interested at all. Then, a week later his buddy from college says he heard about this awesome work-out routine, the same one you mentioned earlier, and suddenly in your man’s mind it’s all the rage. He insists it must start tomorrow.

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Maybe your description sounded something like this:

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And his buddy’s sounded something like this:

This phenomena can invade the wedding planning process as well. For example, you are telling him about this gorgeous venue you found today that has, “an elegant farm house vibe, with real vintage tobacco barn timber walls, pottery barn furniture, antique ornate framed mirrors, and an outdoor area where you can have sparkling bistro lights over your reception tables.” Then he says “sounds nice, Honey”. Not exactly the response you wanted. Let’s be honest. Can he really picture “pottery barn furniture and ornate frame mirrors” in his head? For most gals we see something like this (P.S. this is a real venue, check out Hoffman Haus):

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In the brain of a man it might look something like this:

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Okay, perhaps I exaggerate just a tad. My husband has followed me into Pottery Barn enough times to know it isn’t a store of barns and pottery. But, you see my point!

To make wedding planning a little more collaborative between you and your fiancé, I’ll be including the groom’s perspective on some of my posts. These posts will be called, The Guy’s Eye. The Guy’s Eye will be a little section written by my hubs, Brent, containing topics and opinions from the man’s side. Let’s face it, although different from ours, guys will notice valuable things. For example, in the case of our wedding, the landscaping of the ceremony site and the music playlist were areas where his perspective was valuable. Check out his notes on the blog, and be sure to share with your groom! You may have to get creative to coerce him to the computer to read a wedding blog with you. Just tell him you want him to checkout a picture of Scarlett Johannsen.  Once he is there, it will be well worth his time.

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A little about Brent… So he is pretty much awesome. We have been together almost 9 years, married for a little over 2. He is a really talented writer (his artsy side) and a really talented horseman (his manly side). He loves running, reading, and a good beer. He plays guitar and drums, and collects great music. He taught me how to Texas two-step and exposed me to Texas country (I might never be the same). He helped me conquer my fear of roller coasters, is a great Dad to our pets, and smokes a tobacco pipe on occasion. That’s him in a nutshell. I know you will enjoy reading his perspectives (most people find him hilarious!).

 

Keep an eye out for this handsome fellow on future blogs!