December 23, 2010

In High Cotton, Kelly+Brandon, Part 2

Photos by Kate Crafton Photography, The Studio Five

Kelly and Brandon Risko are two engineers who love:  each other, adventure, nature and the outdoors, good food, good music, family and friends and farms! Brandon, a North Carolina native, and Kelly, a Texas gal, met in Canada during an engineering competition and soon realized they preferred being on the same ‘team.’ A five year long distance relationship ensued with each of them traveling a multitude of miles over many states. Life led to love and love to marriage.

It was crucial for their marriage to be consummated in a Catholic church, yet Kelly and Brandon’s dream wedding celebration involved vintage, Anthropologie-inspired styling, an outdoor countryside locale, preferably with a barn (standing in for Kelly’s grandfather’s Texas farm). Cedarwood was the perfect reception compliment to their church ceremony. We just love it when a plan comes together!   Be sure to CLICK HERE for Part 1 to see the whole story!

Guests and the bride and groom arrived in a festive  FAADS trolley and enjoyed lawn games, acoustic guitar music and cocktails in the Cedarwood barn. Wedding decor radiated with bursts of purple, green and orange flowers throughout the grounds.  Click Here to see Part 1 photos of Kelly and Brandon’s pre-dinner arrival celebration by Kate Crafton Photography. When guests moved to the Cedarwood Pavilion for dinner and dancing, they were greeted with adorable eclectic vintage tablescapes using Kelly’s bottle collection, filled with dainty-wildflower style arrangements and antique silver filled with cotton hand picked from the Dobson Texas Farm. Tables were named after places important to their relationship and identified with vintage-reproduction postcards. A cute cotton garland (hand made by Kelly) hung above the family tribute table displaying wedding photographs of parents and grandparents in rustic wood frames.  Cotton wasn’t the only Texas product represented.  Kelly and Brandon brought in mini Blue Belle Ice Cream cups with monogramed wooden spoons to serve as a late nightcap with cookies and brownies – Whoop TX!  Scroll down to take in the delightful table top decor and details. The ambiance was as infectious and fun as the personal styling – all celebrating Kelly and Brandon’s love of each other and family.

Kelly and Brandon, you truly love and live in ‘high cotton.’ For those who don’t know the expression, it means a “rich life”. This idiom came from the old south where cotton was one of the few cash crops when this country was first settled. High cotton is a reference to the tallest healthiest plants, which produced the most cotton and value. Thanks to Kate Crafton Photography for sharing images with us. Wait! There’s more opportunity to appreciate Kelly and Brandon’s wedding design, floral and decor in the following bonus detail shots taken by Cedarwood staff photographer, Aspen Cook-Hall. Whenever possible we hire Aspen to document set up and design details for Cedarwood, and she’s definitely developing her talent.

CLICK HERE for Part 1!

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team

Vendor Credits: Ceremony: Church of the Assumption Reception: Cedarwood Photographer: Kate Crafton Florist: Cedarwood Decor: Bride’s bottle collection and family heirlooms plus Cedarwood’s vintage collections Music: Guitarist Rob Higginbotham (cocktail hour in the barn) and Deejay Mad Dog (reception) Cake: Patty Cakes Catering: A Dream Come True Catering Transportation: FADDS Trolly (group transfers/arrival) and Matcheless Limo (bride and groom departure)

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