Tuesday, November 4, 2014


When our Alexis first got engaged she went straight out and bought the mandatory wedding magazines. As soon as she sat down and started reading the list of rules -- rules actually "created" by the wedding industry, to enable them to make more money -- the veil of stress descended upon her. But our Lexi is one smart cookie and decided to do a little research, which is how she stumbled across a wedding site called Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives For Independent Brides. It was a match made in heaven. It gave her permission to have the wedding that she and Nate really wanted, instead of the one that everyone else expected.

And what a wedding it was! Unfortunately, we won't be able to see the professional photos for several weeks. However, thanks to all the great tips she got from Offbeat Bride, she knew to set up a wedding website, where all her friends have been downloading the candid shots they took with their own cameras. I had great plans to share some of the best ones with you this morning but, alas, my blog seems to equate taking photos from her wedding site to stealing them from Facebook and such, and blocks me from posting them. Waaahh! This is what I get for making up my mind to be present and in the moment for this entire event, instead of hiding behind a camera. Didn't take one single picture of my own at the wedding or rehearsal dinner. Just a few before and after. C'est la vie!

A stop for tacos on our way to check in at the wedding venue, Cypress Falls Event Center here in Wimberley.
Most of the wedding party stayed in the main lodge, but the bride and groom got a darling little stone casita from the 50s.
Coming from Minnesota, Nate's nephew and niece thought this was great swimming weather!
Checking out the Speakeasy set-up.
The cakes arrive!

Red velvet with amaretto filling for Lex.
Chocolate + Chocolate for Nate.
Getting set up for a Halloween Rehearsal Dinner on the shores of Cypress Creek.

There would be fire pits, S'mores, a pinata for the kids, and even Trick-or-Treating in the neighborhood for those with little ones.

Best of all, there would be lots of time for this -- just hanging with their tribe!

So if you know anyone who is soon to be married, I suggest you introduce them to Offbeat Bride. It just might "Altar Their Thinking!"

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