A Rustic, Romantic Outdoor Wedding in Texas

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Heather and Tibaut

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including the love stories. And for Lone Star State natives Heather Winn and Tibaut Bowman, the tale was written in the stars. A few years after meeting at a rooftop party in Brooklyn, New York, where they both now live, Tibaut proposed on a vacation in the West Indies. On April 13, 2013, they returned to their home state and tied the knot in front of 400 family members and friends.

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Starry Save-the-Dates

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Save-the-dates featured constellations of the duo's zodiac signs, Sagittarius and Gemini.

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Bridal Style

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Heather wore a beaded, kimono-style top from a Paris thrift store over a dress of her own design. Her romantic bouquet from The Nouveau Romantics included lavender, lilacs, sweet peas, clematis, and ranunculus.

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The Groom's Extra Touch

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Tibaut's mother embroidered monogrammed pocket squares for him and his groomsmen.

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The Bridal Party

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The 16 'maids chose dresses in black, navy, or pink and carried lilacs, sweet peas, and ranunculus.

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Amazing Archway

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The pair said "I do" under a handmade arch of more than 1,500 blooming cherry and pear branches.

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Cocktail-Hour Tunes

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The Americana Ensemble, a local bluegrass group, made the outdoor cocktail hour lively.

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Personalized Sips

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The couple offered multiple custom drink options for guests.

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A Rustic Welcome

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Hand-stamped escort cards were pinned to a wooden fence with brass tacks.

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The Lounge

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Antique sofas, chairs, trunks, and whiskey barrels from Loot Vintage Rentals, in Austin, created intimate gathering spots for guests.

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Hot Wheels

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One of the bride's family friends pulled up to the party in a vintage Chevrolet.

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The Dining Room

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Open-weave runners, white candles, and wildflowers in terra cotta pots dressed up farm tables.

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Cakes Aplenty

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In addition to the groom's cake, the couple served three fondant-covered cakes from Coco Paloma Desserts.

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Overnight Accomodations

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The wedding party and their dates slept in furnished canvas tents from the California-based company Shelter-Co. "We wanted it to feel like a music festival," says Heather.

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Event planning, design, stationery, and flowers: The Nouveau Romantics
Catering: Kurant Events
Photography: The Nichols
Videography: Shark Pig
Calligraphy: Magpie Paper Works
Cakes: Coco Paloma Desserts
Music: The Americana Ensemble (ceremony and cocktails); The Motts (reception)
Maid and matron of honor dresses: Rebecca Taylor
Groom's suit: Brooklyn Tailors

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