Vintage Inspired Weddings
A Dreamy Summer Orchard Wedding
Today’s floral filled beauty is the perfect wedding for this May Monday! The sweet couple’s love and joy shines through their beaming smiles in every gorgeous capture by Ryan Ray Photography; and from their soft watercolor palette, to their lush early summer blooms and stunning garden ceremony, it makes for quite the unforgettable, affair…..
Childhood sweethearts Tyler and David met when they were just 13 and 14 year old eighth graders in Colleyville, Texas, and remained a couple even while attending rival high schools and different colleges three-hours apart. “From the first day of freshman year, there was a countdown until we could be together again,” David says. Tyler adds “Dating long distance was so hard but so rewarding. I tried to cherish the time we were together—even if it was only for a couple of hours—but in the back of my mind there was always that feeling that we’d have to part again soon. Living separately for so long made our wedding day even more special. We kept saying to each other, ‘We don’t have to say goodbye again!'”
The summer before senior year, the couple chose an engagement ring, and David proposed on a Cape Cod beach at sunset – how romantic! *swoon* Eager to start the next stage of their relationship, the couple didn’t let graduating get in the way of planning their big day: Tyler graduated on the 9th, David on the 17th, and this beautiful wedding occurred on the 31st. “Our last semester was quite the whirlwind!” says Tyler.
They set the scene using a palette of light pink, mauve, green, and blue, inspired by their oceanfront engagement, and it all came together perfectly thanks to their planner and event designer Stefanie Miles. “The wedding was influenced by a piece of abstract watercolor art,” says Stefanie, who created a mood board of pictures, including that painting, to communicate her vision. “Once Tyler shared the ocean-inspired colors she was considering, the image came to mind. I used it as a jumping-off point for the look and feel of the watercolor details.”
Julie Song Ink designed, calligraphed, and hand-painted the couple’s dreamy watercolor stationery suite.
Bows + Arrows created the groom and each of the groomsmen a unique boutonniere using poppy pods, ranunculus, scabiosa, china berry, and various herbs, all tied together with lavender, blush, or cream-colored ribbon.
The couple chose The Orchard in Azle, Texas, a 100-acre property with 50 acres of century-old pecan trees, because “we wanted a relaxed, semi-rustic, organic feel,” says Tyler. A wooden arbor was dressed for the romantic outdoor ceremony with swags of linen, lace, and more beautiful flowers from Bows + Arrows.
The couple’s three-year-old ring bearer suffered a bout of stage fright at the top of the aisle, but recovered once he saw him mom. “He didn’t walk the whole way, but it made everyone smile,” Tyler says.
Tyler’s beautiful bouquet by Bows + Arrows Flowers was an asymmetrical cascade of ‘coral charm’ and ‘angel cheek’ peonies, scabiosa, clematis, sweet peas, honeysuckle, and passion vine; a real early Summer stunner!
Tyler was supported by six bridesmaids and two maids of honor, dressed in mismatched pretty pastel chiffon dresses.
The couple has a gorgeous 1941 Packard, adorned with a “Just Married” sign framed with peonies, garden roses, and clematis, for their getaway car – and it made for some stunning portraits too!
An antique stand with floral accent held the menu beautifully calligraphed by Julie Song Ink, whilst the reception tables were set with sage, peach, or silver linens, and lush floral centerpieces that included peonies, scabiosa, and clematis in terra-cotta vessels.
The newlyweds cut into the towering spiced-carrot naked wedding cake adorned with fresh flowers by Cakewalk Bake Shop, which sat on a table laden with mini cakes in other delicious flavors like burnt-sugar cake with strawberry, and dark chocolate cake with espresso buttercream – how good do they look and sound??
After their first dance as husband and wife, Tyler took to the dance floor again, this time with her dad, swaying to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.
Oh just so so beautiful isn’t it?? The wedding and the photography! And those smiles….. . A huge congratulations to newly weds Tyler and David, and a big thankyou to their photographer Ryan Ray for letting me share their wedding with you. If his fine art style of photography has you swooning and dying to see more of his beautiful work be sure to make your next stop his website ryanrayphoto.com. And you will also find him on Instagram, for daily doses of wedding loveliness.
If, as I do, you love this wedding and are looking for more inspiration for your own Summer wedding then you might want to see this gorgeous vintage garden wedding, this rustic barn wedding and the nautical details of this summer wedding are not to be missed!
Contributors & Credits
Photography ~ Ryan Ray Photography // Venue ~ The Orchard // Event planning, Styling, & Design ~ Stefanie Miles Events // Wedding Dress ~ Saja // Bride’s Belt ~ Tessa Kim // Bridal Shoes ~ J.Crew // Bridal Jewelry ~ Betsey Johnson // Hair & Makeup, Lindey Duckworth and Amy Clarke // Bridesmaids’ Dresses ~ Camilyn Beth; BHLDN; Ann Taylor; J.Crew // Robes ~ Plum Pretty Sugar // Flower Girl Dresses ~ Nordstrom // Flower Girl Shoes ~ Jumping Jacks // Groom’s suit ~ J.Crew // Groom’s Tie ~ Tie Deals // Groom’s Tie Clip ~ The Tie Bar // Groom’s Shirt & Groomsmen Attire ~ Jos. A. Bank // Groom’s Shoes ~ Sebago // Catering ~ Tastefully Yours Catering // Flowers ~ Bows + Arrows // Videography ~ Mason Jar Films // Stationery & Calligraphy ~ Julie Song Ink // Cakes ~ Cakewalk Bake Shop // Ice-cream Sandwiches ~ Melt Ice Creams // Music & Lighting ~ Astounding Sounds & Lighting // Rentals ~ POSH Couture Rentals; AFR Event Furnishings; Perch Event Decor; Todd Events; La Tavola Fine Linen // Transportation ~ myvintagelimo.com // Valet ~ VIP Valet Services