Pretty Pastel Rustic Wedding from Tracy Autem Photography

There are three things in this wedding world that I simply cannot get enough of: pretty pastels, rustic details, and sweet, sweet love. Lucky for me (and for you) today’s wedding from Tracy Autem Photography has an abundance of all three. My favorites include the mismatched bridesmaids dresses, the wedding cake with rippled buttercream, the very rustic, almost barn-like venue for the reception (twinkle lights included), and the personalized burlap chair decor. I hope you love them as much as I do!

getting ready, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

mismatched pastel bridesmaid dresses, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

Riley and Emily met as freshman in college. Once Riley laid eyes on Emily, it became imperative that he meet her. He had a strategy, and once implemented, introductions were made. Their first impressions of each other though were totally opposite. His: “Emily was energy in the room.” Hers: “Hey there, good lookin’, but no thanks.” Ouch.

classic men's attire and boutonniere, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

beautiful bouquets, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

Their first date was nothing short of hilarious and not necessarily defined as such by both parties involved. Riley asked Emily to go look at Christmas lights one December eve. Thinking this would be a casual drive around the city, Emily greeted Riley in sweatpants and no makeup at the entrance of her dorm. While Riley had a bit more planned for the two that night, they still had a blast driving around Ft. Worth admiring the lights, and later, enjoyed dinner at Chili’s (the only restaurant that Emily could get into with her sweatpants attire).

classic men's attire and scabiosa pod boutonniere, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

embroidered handkerchief, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

classic men's attire and boutonniere, suspenders, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

personalized pocketknife, groomsmen gift, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

While in college, their relationship grew and flourished, with both of them learning from each other during critical growth and struggles. Emily went to college seeking answers and direction. Riley was confident and excelled in his studies, though experienced high stress and demands. Together, they supported and complemented each other, offering freedom, encouragement, and a voice of reason. Some of their most favorite dates included climbing trees together, exploring the region, and road trips just so they could “get out” and spend time with each other.

beautiful bridesmaids bouquets, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

beautiful bride's bouquet, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

The moment you know that person is “the one” is different for everyone. For Riley and Emily, it was exactly that – different. For Riley, it happened on a camping trip when Emily proudly exclaimed “I did it!” while holding up a tent wire that simultaneously snapped in half over head. To this day Emily is not sure why that was “the moment” for Riley, but it was :)

For Emily, it grew over time as Riley came to know her, understand her, and not run in the other direction when he did. But she was scared to death. Thus, when the time came to say those three little words, it was again quite different than one might think or expect.

They were carrying on a heated discussion (read argument), over what, neither can remember. Through all the frustration, Emily realized that she loved Riley but was very reluctant to be the first to say it. But Riley finally calmed her fears when, after two hours, he said, “Em, I think I know what you’re trying to say. And I love you too.” Are you falling in love with these two yet? :)

beautiful ceremony setup, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

ceremony programs, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

ceremony floral and aisle decor, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

ceremony seating, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

ceremony programs, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

Riley had known how he’d wanted to propose for months. He’d yet to be successful (all of his previous attempts had gone right under Emily’s radar) until one much-needed date night that became the perfect night.

After picking Emily up, he presented her with two closed fists, a piece of paper in each one. He told her that it would determine where they went for dinner and that she should pick one. He did this two more times throughout the night to determine the fate of their date. The final time that Riley offered her his fists for decision making, he put the same park name in each to ensure they wound up at Tillery Park (a favorite place of theirs). Pretty sneaky albeit clever of him.

When they arrived at their cherished field in Tillery Park, Emily was perplexed and glowing at Riley’s thoughtful and spontaneous date night. They chose to sit at the base of a tree where Riley shared passages with Emily from his journal about their relationship. As he reached the last page, Riley took Emily by the hand and led her down a ravine to a spot spread with a quilt, lit with candles, and covered in flower petals. With a pounding heart, Emily stood and listened as Riley read his journal entry from that day, then got down on one knee. “Emily, will you marry me?” With tears in her eyes, Emily screamed and said YES!

day of wedding stationery, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

guestbook, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

{From the Bride} Our wedding weekend goes down in the history books as one of the best of our lives thus far. Days after, we were still reeling from the amount of love and support showered on us throughout the weekend and the wedding day that we did not deserve!!

ceremony and reception decor, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

bride and groom, ceremony, vows, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

bride and groom, ceremony, vows, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

bride and groom, ceremony, husband and wife, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

bride and groom, first kiss as husband and wife, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

The day of consisted of waking up next to my best friend and little sis, Allie, and having morning breakfast and prayer with my other best friends. It was an incredibly special morning to be surrounded and covered in prayer by these strong women who I cherish so much. Once everyone woke up the day consisted of multiple dance parties in the salon where the bridal party got ready for the day. The day moved like the waves; peace, then butterflies and bursts of giddiness, and then peace again. It was surreal and glorious.

bride and groom, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

bride and groom, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

Riley’s day consisted of a morning run with a couple of the groomsmen, and an afternoon of golf with the men of the wedding party. Riley would describe the day as pure excitement and anticipation.

rustic wedding decor, bride and groom's initials, letters, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

escort card display, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

escort cards, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

wedding rings in coffee beans, ring shot, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

custom burlap and baby's breath initial chair decor, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

custom burlap and baby's breath initial chair decor, rustic wedding decor, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

custom burlap and baby's breath initial chair decor, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

rustic wedding reception and decor, barn-like reception venue, twinkle lights, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

As the day neared, there was great expectation and anticipation for the culminating moment of the evening: the ceremony. I knew that once the doors opened and I clasped my father’s arm that I would walk down the aisle as a wife-to-be and Riley would be standing there waiting for me. There was no “first look” or letter swapping. We kept the silence between us that day so that our rejoicing would be that much sweeter when we finally met at the altar to make a very serious covenant between us and God.

bride and groom, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

The song the bridal party came out to was mistakenly the same song we had picked for the garter toss – Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys. It was a hit and started off the reception with a bang. Fortunately, I had AMAZING people to work with in the wedding planning process and the night went fabulously. Our first dance song was an unreleased song by Ben Rector called Forever Like That. It was a song he played at the last concert of his we went to and has held a little more weight than most other songs since then :)

rustic wedding decor and floral centerpieces, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

wedding rings, rustic favor bag, ring shot, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

wedding cake, buttercream rippled effect, floral cake topper, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

floral and candlelit centerpieces, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

rustic wedding reception and decor, barn-like venue, twinkle lights, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

P.S. Our vendors were amazing. I love them with my whole heart. They are wonderful, beautiful people, and they made the crazy wedding planning process a BREEZE!

bride and groom, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

bride and groom, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

{Advice for Couples} Marriage is the hardest and most gorgeous thing I’ve ever been a part of. Be honest with each other. Marriage is a binding covenant, not a flighty relationship. It is based on grace, so live into that with one another. Be honest with each other – brutally honest and vulnerable. Make your relationship a safe place to be real and raw and yourself. Then you can live with sincerity through the good and the hard stuff. Remember that in marriage you are in the business of loving another human, so love them through their flaws. And have lots of fun, because you get to spend the rest of your life learning to love and know your best friend.

bride and groom, confetti toss, recessional, getaway, sendoff, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

bride and groom, confetti toss, recessional, getaway, sendoff, pretty pastel rustic wedding, Tracy Autem Photography

Congratulations, Riley and Emily, and thank you so much for sharing your love story with us! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! And a very special thank you to Tracy Autem for sharing their very special day with us today! xoxo

Photographer: Tracy Autem Photography / Reception Venue: The Cotton Mill / Event Design & Florals: Branching Out Floral & Event Design / Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Tina Pope / Videographer: Lashley Media / Entertainment & Lighting: Glenn Roush Productions / Cake Baker: Sugar Bee Sweets / Catering: CN Catering / Transportation: My Vintage Limo

Comments

  1. Morgan says

    Thank you for sharing my friend’s story!! They are two of the most amazing people, and I’m so happy other people get to take part in their special day! Thank you for letting me relive their wedding too! =)

  2. Karen Ragsdale says

    Keep trusting and knowing God has perfect plans for your lives even as a married couple. Your day was a blessing and remembered by us so clearly as we were inspired to keep believing in a God that never gives up on us. Love, Karen

  3. Nahla Garsia says

    ahhhh.. don’t know these two, and yet i’m in tears. Way better than romantic movies because it is so real. they look like a lovely couple and the pictures were beautiful. Definitely stealing some of the ideas for my wedding next spring! and oh my gosh the ben rector song is my fave.. none of my other friends even know that music but I am much obsessed. ahh i seem to be rambling again but I am in so much wedding bliss. so sweet. I hope God continues to lead them down a wonderful path of happiness. Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless.
    -Nahla

  4. Brittany says

    I am in love with this beautiful wedding, where could I find such beautiful bridesmaid dresses? I’m planning a wedding myself and struggling to find dresses for the girls. I would really appreciate a point in the right direction.

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