A Mega Chic Black Tie Wedding in a Barn

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If you thought a black tie affair was something to special all on its own, just wait until you see how said celebration becomes even more spectacular when the venue just so happens to be a barn in the middle of Texas. It’s rustic meets regal and Becca Lea has captured it all to share. From the Bride’s one-of-a-kind wedding gown, to the elegant outdoor ceremony, to the bright indoor reception, we’ve got it all in The Vault!


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From the Bride… Being from Texas, I couldn’t have thought of a more perfect place to get married then a barn out in the open country. I looked at a few venues before this one but nothing quite struck my eye like the White Sparrow Barn. The whimsical feel that the natural wood floors and whitewashed walls made it impossible for both my husband and I to turn down. I knew the open field surrounded by oak trees would give me the nature driven ceremony that I had imagined and the rustic details of the barn would promise me a fairytale reception.

I wanted my flowers to stand out so with the help of Lindsey, my planner, I chose to use a pop of black in my arrangements as a way to make the event unique and add some formality to it. Our flowers were a garden style mix of silver dollar eucalyptus, cafe au last dahlias, burgundy ranunculus, white anemones, and patience garden roses. Frou Frou chic ribbon was added onto my bouquet for a more romantic touch. The head table was lined with mixed greens and pops of big blooms. I wanted each floral piece to contain loose greens with big blooms because I knew it would accent the beautiful ceremony space.

My dress I knew had to be one of a kind. I shopped for months to find something unique enough to stand out to me. After multiple trips to different bridal stores I fell into the arms of the Bridal Boutique in Lewisville, TX. The dress was featured in the store and my eyes were immediately drawn to the unique lace. There was something bold yet timeless about it and I knew it was the one before I even had the chance to put it on. On top of that I knew the dress was made by the stores private line therefore it wasn’t going to be accessible to many making it even more special.

The day of the wedding was everything Rhett and I could have imagined and more. We couldn’t have asked for things to go more perfect than they did. We wanted our guests to feel our love and have the best night of their lives and we think we did just that. It was a dream come true.

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Photography: Becca Lea | Cinematography: When It Clicks | Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral | Wedding Dress: Bridal Boutique Of Lewisville | Cake: Tastefully Yours Cakes | Invitations: Minted | Hair & Makeup: The Styling Stewardess | Wedding Venue: The White Sparrow | Dress Boutique: Bridal Boutique Of Lewisville | Event Planner + Stylist: Lindsey Brunk | Place Card + Calligraphy: Cleggraphy Designs | Tables + Coffee Bar: The Olive Bench

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Beachy Bachelorette Party? You Need These Mermaid Gift Sets!

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Hello brides-to-be, Olivia from LivvyLand here and I’m sharing some fun news…I went to Costa Rica for my destination bachelorette trip! For our tropical beach getaway to celebrate I crafted my ‘maids a fun gift to welcome them to paradise and as soon as we touched down in Costa Rica my fabulous crew went from bridesmaids’ to mermaids for an entire week of beach festivities!

If you saw how I asked my bridal party to be a part of my big day, it’s no secret that I thoroughly enjoy coming up with themed gift sets and making them come to life! Between being a Pinterest fanatic and my career as a fashion blogger, let’s just say creating these precious little sets is a ‘happy place’ of mine – not to mention getting to see the look on everyone’s faces when they open them up is truly the absolute best! I thought up a batch of items that would coincide perfectly with the ‘mermaid’ theme of the shindig and be useful throughout the trip. Here’s what I included in my mermaid gift sets:

Ramblers | Since we’ll be roaming from the pool to the beach, I opted for cups that can keep drinks extra cold throughout the day. I worked with Rambler On to customize YETI Lo Ball cups for my bridal party – each one says “Let’s Be Mermaids” on one side and then has their monogram on the back. I think we’re all set for a “cheers” photo opp!

Nail Kit | When doing some extensive mermaid research, I spotted this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to add it to my gift set! I got super lucky and found the glittery scale nail files at CVS (honestly, I’m not sure the cashier has ever seen someone so excited about nail files, ha!) and then scooped up the polish colors by Essie. My color scheme was coral and a mix of light blues and mint greens, so I grabbed polish colors within that spectrum. Finally, I tied each one with a dash of twine and voila, cutest little nail polish sets!

Bracelets | A beach getaway just calls for beaded bracelets with bursts of color, and when I saw these pretties by Gold & Gray I was completely hooked! I got one per gal, but if you’re feeling ultra festive you could pass out a few per person so they can stack them up!

Matching Tees |  I love the idea of a matching bachelorette bridal party, and after scouring the internet for the perfect tee fit for a flock of fabulous mermaids, I decided this adorable coral Wildfox number was the one! For starers, it’s the color of Ariel’s hair (Little Mermaid reference), and two, I love the word ‘Mermaid’ written across the front – it’s got that effortless, playful look that I was hoping to find. Not to mention, everyone can use a breezy tee to throw on over a swimsuit after a day at the beach!

Shell Hair Pins | Such a fun and easy DIY activity! All you need is a hot glue gun, a pack of bobby pins, some small shells and pretty paper. I ventured to Michael’s for all of the items – they have a ton of itty bitty shell options in different colors to choose from.

Mermaid Inspired Cards |  A gift set is never complete without a super adorable card that just sums it all up! My sister is an artist and runs the Etsy store Kimberlee Artworks, so I knew she could make my vision come to life. She hand painted these watercolor prints with pastel scales in the background and handwritten text – beyond precious and so perfect to top off this mermaid gift package!

For all you beach bachelorette babes, I hope this gave you some fun planning inspiration! This is the time to treat your fellow mermaids like queens, so have an absolute blast with it! xx

Follow Olivia’s Journey down the aisle!

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Photography: Olivia Watson | “Let’s Be Mermaids” Cards: Amazon | Beaded Tassel Bracelets: Gold & Gray | Blogger Bride: Olivia Watson | Mermaid Bikini Swimsuit: Amazon | Mermaid Tee Shirts: Amazon | Monogrammed cups: Rambler On | Nail Polish: Amazon | Starfish Veil : Amazon

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