Styled Shoot | Sayles Landmark | Abilene Wedding Photographers
Vendors from across the Big Country have come together to introduce Key City Brides to a new era of Abilene Weddings. Outlandish luxury, crystal chandeliers, rose gardens, and gothic courtyards. There is no longer a need to go to Dallas for nuptial necessities with The Double Knot Team and selected Big County Vendors by your side.
Eccentric taste meets rustic style:
French gothic iron gates welcomed guests into the 18th century homestead venue. A string quartet, champagne accompanied by mint and lemon, greeted guests as they entered the ceremony, and set the tone for the perfect evening. Vintage New Orleans church pews sat under the Terrace in the courtyard for the ceremony. The white pews in contrast with the Abilene red brick made for a Pinterest perfect wedding.
The reception sat beneath hundred-year-old oak trees strung with white lights. Marble serving platters, mixed-matched silver, mercury ornament name plates, handwritten glass menus, and white rose greenery décor all created a uniquely designed place setting for each wedding attendant. Center pieces consisted of silver candelabras, antique glass water jugs accented with greenery, and candles sitting atop a bed of eucalyptus and fern greenery. Wooden tables accented by metal courtyard furniture pulled together the perfect amount of eccentric and rustic style.
After dinner, wedding guests were welcomed back to the courtyard. The ceremony area transformed into a tranquil seating area where guests could conversant while sipping mimosas or coffee. White columns served as platting for white opaque mimosa pitchers on a wooden vanity draped with eucalyptus. French press & cold brew was served on a vintage drop leaf table accented by a tiered garden plant holder filled with coffee toppings.
Floral: Seeded Eucalyptus and Springeri Fern tied in with the venues eccentric feel, while white roses, and Texas White Stock attributed to the rustic style.
Attire: The bride & groom’s style seamlessly fit the 18th century venue and courtyard wedding. A sleek white wedding gown with plunging neck line, beaded accents and allusion back. The bride’s crown braid accented with seeded eucalyptus attributed to the royal feel of the venue. The groom wore a traditional dark blue suit, matching handkerchief and tie.
Cuisine: Keeping consistent with the theme of the venue (bed & breakfast) serving brunch was a must! The menu consisted of a charcuterie spread, fresh fruit, homemade bread, and a choice of shrimp and grits or slowpoke eggs benedict. The brunch was served with mimosas, French press or cold brew custom coffee.
The wedding cake was a perfect mix of elegance and rustic! The top and bottom tier consisted of immaculate white ruffles. The center was a tall naked tier garnished with greenery and a white rose.
The Venue for this enchanting wedding was the award winning Sayles Landmark
, an historic Bed and Breakfast, built in 1889. The gardens, pool area and antique rose covered arbors provided a setting for the wedding ceremony that is unparalleled in Abilene. The mesmerizing sound of the water features combined with the lushness of the landscaping created a fairytale experience. The seasonal blooming of the white antique Iceberg Roses is breathtaking!
The six bedrooms in the house, each with their own private bathrooms, hosted the wedding party in grand Victorian House Party Style, which provided a memory making experience that will never be forgotten. No wonder Texas Monthly Magazine recently declared it the most sumptuous Bed and Breakfast they had every stayed at. The architectural features such as the grand staircase and Victorian fretwork were a perfect backdrop for the Bridal Portrait session as well as fun bride and bridesmaids prep photos portraying hair and makeup sessions and the special first look experience for the groom and his radiant bride.
The Sayles Landmark and the Sayles Gardens wedding venue are unique to Abilene and so much so in general that it has been featured on the Today Show, as well as numerous magazines and publications. The trend setting décor, combining the antique and historical details with a strong sense of contemporary features and modern styling have strong appeal to Millennials and the young at heart. This setting has a strong sense of the past with an edge to it that made for that one of a kind wedding that every bride dreams of.