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WEDDING BLOG

Beautiful and Sentimental Garden Wedding at the Dallas Arboretum

August 1, 2014 | olivia

Sentimental details and a love of the outdoors were the perfect inspiration for Kristen and Travis’ enchanting garden wedding, artfully photographed by Erik Clausen. A master at quietly capturing intimate moments in beautiful light, Erik’s portraits of the lovely bride and groom are simply magical, and we are so honored to share their wedding day with you all.

bride and groom portrait, photo by Erik Clausen| via junebugweddings.com

The Couple: Kristen and Travis

The Wedding: 10.6.2013 – Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas

bride getting ready, photo by Erik Clausen |via junebugweddings.com

bride getting ready, photo by Erik Clausen |via junebugweddings.com

bridal portrait, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

groom getting ready, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

groom getting ready, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

J.Crew groom's fashion, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

The Inspiration: We wanted our wedding to represent us, our families, and what we hold dear, instead of just tradition for tradition’s sake. Most of our decisions involving the decor and vendors were made with that goal in mind. We both love the outdoors, so we chose a flower garden for our venue, and most of the decor came from something of significance and part of our story. The backdrop we used for the ceremony came from recycled wood my family saved from an old house of ours, and is now the headboard for our bed. The tree stumps for the tables came from a tree that my parents planted when they first got married, and the books for the table decor were my great-grandfather’s schoolbooks. 

garden wedding first look, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding couple portrait, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding couple portrait, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

couple portrait, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding flower decor, photo by Erick Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding couple portrait, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding bridal portrait, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

The Moments: One specific moment that I hold dear is when Travis and I were saying our vows. The ceremony backdrop was a large waterfall that was actually really loud – so loud that all I could hear was Steve (our officiant, who is Travis’ uncle that we both love dearly) and Travis. It made me feel as if it was just us two, promising our lives to each other with Steve, who has walked with us through most of our dating relationship.

garden wedding bridal entrance, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

sentimental garden wedding ceremony, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

sentimental garden wedding ceremony, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding vows, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding first kiss, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding landscape, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

The Photography: I have followed Erik Clausen‘s work for years, and love his photojournalistic style. I loved how he and Bradford Martens captured our day – full of real moments, love and emotion from their artistic view.

garden wedding venue, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding decor, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding decor, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding decor, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

wedding reception photobooth sign, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

wedding reception dessert by Emporium Pies, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding reception, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

garden wedding reception, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

confetti wedding sendoff, photo by Erik Clausen | via junebugweddings.com

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Erik Clausen with Bradford Martens
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dallas Arboretum
Videographer/Film Maker: Reid Bitten of VIP Productions Dallas
Officiant: Steve Hardin of The Village Church
Invitation Designer: Dana Tanamachi
Catering: Pappas Catering
Florist: Jourdan Johnson
Cake: Emporium Pies
Wedding Dress: Watters
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: J.Crew
Hair Stylist: Kameron Douglas of Halo Salon
Makeup Artist: Jourdan Johnson
DJ: Jon Meyer
Live Music: Joe Moralez

Thank you to Kristen and Travis for sharing your sentimental garden wedding with us!

Looking for more garden wedding romance? Check out Lauri and Isaac’s outdoor wedding for more naturally beautiful inspiration!

xoxoOlivia

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One Comment

  1. Her eye looks very lovely .

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