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Eclectic Texan Wedding

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Although now residing in New England, Lizzy was born and raised a Texan and always knew that was where she would one day tie the knot. While she is a true Texan bride, an over-the-top rustic country wedding was not her style. Instead, Lizzy and Sam said "I Do" in an intimate ceremony at a historic Spanish chapel surrounded by their closest friends and family.
A reception followed in the backyard of Villa La Casita, a quaint B & B, where they got to relax and spend time with their guests. From the custom appliqued wedding gown to the waffle cone bouquet, all the way to the burger and fries cake, this is one wedding that you don't want to miss! Don't forget, you can always view more of the fabulous photographs Mi Amore Foto captured of this eclectic Texan wedding by visiting the full gallery here.

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From the Bride:My dress...there are no words. For those who do not know me, I am a hoarder of clothing, jewelry, accessories...I love personal style and fashion. This is why my main concern for so long was the DRESS! I knew in my heart that I wanted Miss Tashina to design my gown. We have lots in common and have very similar personal aesthetics! We went back and forth about ideas, styles, and then one day magic happened! I was at my favorite antique store in Corpus Christi, Renaissance Antiques, for a fashion show and I saw it...white tiered lace ruffles and a train! That Monday I went in the the shop just to see, and there it was!! It had long sleeves and was oddly lined, but I knew Tashina could change it. It was the perfect foundation for my dream dress! I mailed it off to Los Angeles and couldn't wait to see what was next!

I originally wanted my dress to be simple, all white, perfect bridal gown, but then I realized that's totally not me! I'm a lover of novelty, kitsch, wild vintage and color. I decided I wanted to do sequin and beaded flowers all over the bodice. While I was looking for floral appliqués online, I discovered all of these novelty appliques! There were fruits, candy canes, flamingos, bows, hearts, cars, cosmetics. I was completely inspired, so I told Tashina that I wanted to go all novelty. She convinced me that it was a little crazy to go ALL novelty, so she would find some more feminine appliques and arrange them with the ones I provided. She did a PERFECT job. When I got my dress back I cried, it was seriously so fun and wacky, but beautiful and elegant at the same time! I didn't want to take it off, and I still wish I could wear it every day! It was 100% completely me, and that's why Miss Tashina is amazing. She makes personal gowns completely special to ladies on their special day.

When deciding what to do for my hair and makeup for the big day, I couldn't find any fun hairstyle for girls with bangs or short hair. At first I was bummed out. Every hairstyle I saw was long and wavy, or up with lots of hair. Should I get extensions? NO. I decided to go with what I always do. My hair down as is, with a little tease and a small flower pinned on the side! It was easy, beautiful and it took like 10 minutes to dry and style. It was completely me!

My makeup was classic, just the way I like it. Pink cheeks, big fake lashes, and pink lips. Special part of the hair and makeup, is that my best friend, Mallori came down to do it. She is an amazing stylist and I knew I couldn't have had the day happen without her help. She knows exactly what I like! It was perfect and she did an amazing job! It was so wonderful to have her be a part of this special day!

Sam wore a khaki suit from J.Crew. I helped him have it altered nice and slim, and he picked out his gingham on gingham shirt and tie. It was such a fun look! We also picked out his shoes together at Nordstrom! At first he was a little hesitant on the shoes with the suit but I told him to get colorful and fun, and not to worry about matching! I'm so happy he got on board! My favorite memory of the day was everyone arriving at the chapel. Since Sam and I did our pictures the morning of the wedding, we had already seen each other! When we arrived at the chapel, we just hung out together and greeted everyone. Everyone was chatting and laughing and there was so much love in the air!

My shoes are by Miista, and they were amazing! I'm from Texas so I had to have boots of course. And blue ombre boots for my something blue?! I couldn't resist. I wore them with lace edged bobbie socks!

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I knew in my heart where it had to be...Texas. I now live in Rhode Island, but I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Texas is such a dear place for me, and there is such a fun culture and warmth there that I constantly long for! Another fun tidbit...I essentially had to get married there if I wanted my Daddy to be there. He really hasn't left our city in about 30 years. He just doesn't like to travel anymore. So I knew that if I wanted him to be at my wedding, it had to be close to home!

During the summer before I was engaged, I realized that when I got married I wanted to do it in Goliad, Texas at a chapel in the state park. This was no ordinary chapel. It's a beautiful, rustic, gorgeous and simple Spanish mission that my grandfather helped restore in the 1930's...something that I am extremely proud of. I thought it would be so sentimental and wonderful to marry in this chapel. Who would have imagined that his granddaughter would be married inside decades later? A few days after we were engaged I called the chapel, secured the date and we were off and ready to go!

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We decided to have a small reception at a gorgeous Bed & Breakfast called the Villa La Casita in Corpus Christi. A small, white 1930's Spanish casa with gardens, fountains and impeccable details! The whole house and grounds are available to the guest, which makes the place very private and special! I had visited the casita when I was younger for an art show and I always felt very drawn to it. There is a magic in this home that is indescribable! When I found out that it was available to rent for the wedding weekend I was overjoyed! The owner, Donna Frederick, is wonderful to work with, and she has curated a beautiful, special place!

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Cake! Cake is so important to me. It's my favorite medium for special messages to friends and loved ones! I buy 2 cakes a week, just to put fun messages on them like "OMG," "Totes" or "You can do this." I knew I didn't want to have a traditional wedding cake because they are so expensive and boring! I chose to have two cakes because why the heck not? Cake is delicious! I went with the hamburger because I knew it would make everyone laugh, it's just ridiculous. A hamburger that says I love you forever? Come on! And it came with fries. It doesn't get any better than that! And I had a boot cake because it's Texas, it had to be done! The cakes were such a big hit, and they were one of my favorite details of the day!

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