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With neutral color palettes, stunning views and wildflowers aplenty, these weddings are all about greenery, earthiness and Texas-inspired beauty.

Emily Orum & Johnathan Martin

Emily, in a Maggie Sottero gown, and Johnathan steal a kiss.

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Emily Orum & Johnathan Martin

The bride’s light-gray, fringed Sam Edelman sandals

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Emily Orum & Johnathan Martin

The chocolate groom’s cake, with Oreo frosting and dark chocolate ganache

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Emily Orum & Johnathan Martin

The head table was finished with a garland dotted with peonies, white roses, hydrangeas and greenery.

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Vanessa Tort & Matthew Pagel

Vanessa wore an ivory Hayley Paige gown, while Matthew donned a Vera Wang tuxedo.

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Vanessa Tort & Matthew Pagel

The bride’s ivory satin Badgley Mischka Allie sandals

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Vanessa Tort & Matthew Pagel

The invitations from Minted, which doubled as fans.

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Vanessa Tort & Matthew Pagel

The bride worked with her brother, Mario Tort, and other family members to create an airy, classic wedding filled with thousands of white roses.

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Aimee Woodall & Tyler Crabtree

From her Zac Posen dress to her Badgley Mischka sandals and her custom jewelry by DePetra, Aimee Woodall embodied bohemian casual.

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Aimee Woodall & Tyler Crabtree

In just five weeks, Aimee and her wedding planner, Sheila Youngblood, crafted a dream-come-true ceremony under a Texas sunset with special touches at every turn.

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Aimee Woodall & Tyler Crabtree

Aimee carried a loose bouquet with varying shades of pink and white

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Aimee Woodall & Tyler Crabtree

Rather than one large cake, the bride and groom opted for seven small cakes and assorted pieces from Royers Round Top Café.

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1 Emily Orum & Johnathan Martin
May 28, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Big Sky Barn, Montgomery
Photography by Dana Fernandez Photography

It’s hard not to believe in fate with love stories like that of Emily Orum and Johnathan Martin. For years in college, they ran in the same social circles, with Emily visiting her friends at Texas A&M, where Johnathan went to school. Fast-forward 2 ½ years to the spellbinding surprise proposal
during a long-planned trip to Austin for the 90th birthday of Johnathan’s grandfather.

Big Sky Barn’s reclaimed wood and dazzling chandeliers perfectly complemented the wild but refined theme of the wedding. Every detail of this wedding exuded the untamed beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Emily stunned in a Maggie Sottero gown with delicate corded lace, an A-line skirt and an elegant button-closure back. Another charming touch: the groom’s K. Bell American flag socks!

The Royal Dukes Band kept the reception buzzing for hours. A fun photobooth offered favors of candid photos emblazoned with the date of Emily and Johnathan’s wedding—a thoughtful memento!

After escaping in a limo amid a glimmer of sparklers, Emily and Johnathan hopped over to San Pedro, Belize, for snorkeling and relaxing beach-bum days. And, yes, they did swim with sharks!

Wedding Planner
Amy Brewington, A&E Weddings & Events
Bridal Gown Maggie Sottero, Weddings by Debbie
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hey Lovely Makeup
Rings Robbins Brothers
Florals Cornelius Florist
Catering All Star Catering Company
Cake Maple and Love
Linens Events to Remember

2 Vanessa Tort & Matthew Pagel
May 7, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Bride’s family’s property in Hempstead
Photography by Sarah McKenzie Photography

Sometimes the most inauspicious of happenings can culminate in the greatest of love stories. Vanessa Tort’s and Matthew Pagel’s tale is one such event. After meeting through mutual friends, both realized right away that there was an instant connection. It wasn’t long before the husband-to-be popped the question after Vanessa got home from a workout class. With a focus on family, the wedding planning began. Mario Tort, Vanessa’s brother and fellow founder of Estilo Salon & Spa, delivered a storybook setting at the family ranch in Hempstead with the help of several family members. “I loved seeing my aunt setting up the ceremony site, my grandmother steaming the linens and my sister putting together wedding favors,” Vanessa said. Café Natalie served mouthwatering bites like mac and cheese, pistachio-crusted red fish and jalapeno corncakes with bulgogi. The newlyweds enjoyed the buttercream wedding cake with raspberry filling and a decadent German chocolate cake—both by Who Made the Cake. They rode away in an elegant black town car, then jetted off to sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica. Vanessa put it best: “We took a private boat out to the middle of the ocean. It was a magical day between the two of us and the ocean.” From strangers to soul mates–just like that!

Bridal Gown
Hayley Paige, Now and Forever Bridal
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Mario Tort and Megan Halvorsch, Estilo Salon and Spa; makeup: Devin Lazaneo, Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom
Bride’s Jewelry Diamond drop earrings, Jenny Kim Couture
Rings Custom, Plaza Jewelers
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Alfred Angelo
Invitations Minted
Catering Café Natalie
Cake Who Made the Cake
Entertainment DJ Steven McGinn, GSM Event Sounds

3 Aimee Woodall & Tyler Crabtree
May 21, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Rancho Pillow, Round Top
Photography by Brooke Schwab

A mover and a shaker, Aimee Woodall spearheaded the founding of the philanthropic and modern-minded Black Sheep Agency. She was a woman who had it all—and then she found something she didn’t have: Tyler Crabtree, chief financial officer for Bruin E&P Partners. The pair met the “new old-fashioned way”—on a dating website six years ago. She was his first date. The engagement was a sentimental surprise on a picturesque mountaintop in New Zealand.

When it came to planning the wedding and choosing a venue, Aimee opted for rustic simplicity and “what felt like home.” After meeting Sheila Youngblood at Rancho Pillow during Round Top’s Antique Week, she knew the property was the perfect fit.

Tunes from East Side Dandies and fun favors like Topo Chico, wildflowers and s’mores added to the reception’s unique atmosphere. The adorable assorted cakes and pies from Royers Round Top Café also added a modern twist to the classic wedding cake moment. After gliding across the dance floor and sharing the memorable evening with “their best people,” as Aimee puts it, the couple escaped to a Hill Country retreat directly after the wedding and enjoyed an “official” honeymoon in Italy in August.

Wedding Planner
Sheila Youngblood
Catering Royers Round Top Café
Bridal Gown Zac Posen, Neiman Marcus, in the Galleria
Bride’s Hair & Makeup White Salon
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Jewelry Custom jewelry by DePetra
Rings Vintage ring from Past Era
Groom’s Tuxedo Suit Supply
Bridesmaids’ Dresses BHLDN
Invitations Jo Skillman, Black Sheep Agency
Cake Royers Round Top Café
Linens & Lighting Rancho Pillow