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Autumn Winery Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

Everything about Houston couple Jessica and Richard’s autumn winery wedding is so sumptuously seasonal, so elegantly festive, yet so full of handmade warmth and simple sweetness…we are utterly smitten. It doesn’t surprise us one bit that Jessica used Pinterest for much of her inspiration, from her spray-painted wine bottle table numbers to those pretty pumpkin centerpieces. “My sister-in-law and I worked several weekends creating decor,” Jessica told us. “And my bridesmaids helped with all the final touches. I will say though, not everything is how you plan it, so a few mishaps happened that I am thankful I only noticed after the fact!” That adorable banner gracing the head table, for instance? It was supposed to read “mr & mrs” rather than the other way around. But bride Jessica is so easygoing about the oops: “Maybe we’ll start a new feminist movement at wedding receptions!” We love it. The same way we love everything about this absolutely gorgeous fall wedding, with its echoes of Halloween, its whimsical sense of romance—and most of all, the wonderful couple at its heart, Jessica and Richard. As for these stunning photos, big thanks goes to the wildly talented Sarah Ainsworth of Sarah Ainsworth Photography, an HWB fave photographer, and, in the words of bride Jessica, “simply put, our best investment.”

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Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Jim Hjelm from Now & Forever Bridal Boutique ~ Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom ~ Decor & Floral: DIY and Etsy ~ Venue, Catering & Cake: Haak Winery

Peacock Pretty Ranch Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

As you know, we here at the Houston Wedding Blog aren’t huge fans of the concept of the soup-to-nuts DIY wedding—mainly because we believe a bride should be as unencumbered by stress as possible on her wedding day, and in the months leading up to it. Also because there’s often a big gap between what a bride envisions for her wedding, and what she’s able, practically speaking, to achieve. Which can lead to stress and disappointment, which are two words we do NOT believe should be associated with one’s wedding day. Ever.

Well, every once in a while, a wedding comes along that makes us think, “Wow, DIY done RIGHT.” Jana and Buddy’s wildly beautiful fete at Wimberley’s Red Corral Ranch, magnificently photographed by HWB fave Sarah Ainsworth, is just such a wedding. Coordinated, with a minimum of stress, by Jana’s talented mother and sister, this wedding manages to take a variety of references—Victorian, 1950s, Western, indie-hip—and blend them seamlessly, with little fuss, and much fabulousness. Everything—from the bride’s floral-and-pheasant-feather belt to the maids’ darling blue frocks to the mix-n-match table runners to the homemade pies to the live peacock—is of a piece, in this wedding that just seems to have Texas deep in its heart. Congratulations, Jana and Buddy!

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Photography: Sarah Ainsworth Photography~Bride’s Dress: San Patrick~Flowers: Infinite Flowers & Events~Pies: Texas Pie Co.~Venue: Red Corral Ranch