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Romantic Outdoor Wedding at The Winfield Inn

It’s pretty much impossible to not get swept up in the romance of a wedding like this. Complete with flower crowns and flowing dresses, sprawling centerpieces and one charming inn, there’s a wealth of pretty moments and believe it or not, we’re just getting started. The Nichols told the whole story of the day, and it’s all waiting to unfold right here.


From The Nichols… The Winfield Inn, an historic venue with grounds full of 100-year old live oak trees, was such a lovely setting for this stylish couple’s wedding day. Reneé and Hugh personalized their wedding through all of their thoughtful details; I loved the Kraft paper table runners paired with feminine florals and modern, numbered water bottles.

But I think we can all agree that Renee’s delicate dress, paired with her Chloe ballet slippers, stole the show. Stunning! I adore both Reneé and Hugh’s wedding day style. Such a fashion-forward couple!

From the Bride… The Winfield Inn in Kyle, Texas served as the backdrop to the commitment ceremony that Hugh and I dreamed of! We wanted our BIG DAY to incorporate some of the traditions of a wedding and fuse that with the more contemporary concepts of a commitment ceremony. To that end, I wore the most magnificent Jenny Packam Azalea dress with a sweet flower crown and joined my partner for life in the walk down the aisle to join 115 of our dearest friends and family to celebrate our love for one another. The ceremony was a testament to the values we share as Hugh and I wrote our entire ceremony, including our vows, and at the moment when we joined hands I knew this was the best decision I had ever made.

In planning our celebration our goal was to create a vintage, chic vibe that allowed our guests to enjoy the wonderful scenery the Winfield Inn had to offer. This look was achieved by mixing our own vintages pieces with some great find from Loot Vintage Rentals, and Stems Floral Design flower arrangements provided the perfect final touch. Our guests enjoyed the outdoor photo booth provided by Booth 66 and the custom backdrop by The Pink Pen and had an amazing night dancing to a variety of tunes DJ’ed by my brother Stuart.

The memories of this most amazing day were captured by the talented The Nichols and my dear friend Luke McKibben with Lukrative Visual Products. Hugh and I couldn’t have planned a better day and are in more in love today than yesterday!

Photography: The Nichols | Floral Design: Stems | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Love Bird Sweets | Bride's Shoes: Chole | Donuts: Red Rabbit Co-op | Photo Booth: Booth 66 | Photo Booth Design: Pink Pen | Venue: The Winfield Inn | Videographers: Lukrative Visual | Vintage Furniture: Loot Vintage Rentals

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From The Bride…Travis and I were pretty relaxed about the way our day would be. Through everyday conversations, excited dinners and countless wines we found that the most important aspects for us would be that our day was fun/relaxed, down-to-earth and most importantly a truly genuine representation of our love for each other.

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Zonzo made for the most incredible location – A stunning autumn winery backdrop for our outdoor ceremony. Exposed brick, polished concrete floors and high ceilings with timber and long cafeteria style tables made for an absolutely perfect reception.

Dusty baby blue simple bridesmaids, extremely dark navy blue groomsman, all over lace dress for myself, dark green foliage, bright blue and brown small bottles, fairy light canopies and pops of pink, yellow and orange were the feel of the day. Our beautiful timber arbour was filled with dark green foliage with bursts of bright colors with a gorgeous deer skull/antlers with flowers and foliage all entwined throughout. Travis and I hand wrote our own vows and surprised each other on the day.We plan to take our favorite part from each others vows and have the words engraved inside our wedding bands.We had a heshen/lace runner with brown bottles lining the aisle and the green vineyard backdrop completed the look.

My dress was a backless,high neck,entirely lace, capped sleeves Johanna Johnson (Rosa) dress.The first dress in the first shop I had tried on, it was beyond perfect. I wore a babies breath flower crown for the ceremony and a larger brighter, bolder flower crown for the reception (my party crown!)

Travis wore a check blue and white Paul Smith dinner jacket which complimented the yellow/pink button holes so perfectly – just divine!

My mum sourced us a Volkswagen Beetle as the wedding car and this meant so much to us. Travis’s first car was an old Volkswagen beetle which he called Tallulah, he picked me up for our very first date in that car and this was always our form of transport in the very early stages of our relationship. We adored that car and the many memories we have with it, even when we did run out of fuel on numerous occasions due the fuel gauge not working properly!

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My sister in law Hollie and Jen my mother in law crafted our icosahedron curtain for our tripod “photo booth” back drop. They spent hours cutting, gluing and folding and thank goodness because end result was spectacular.

Our stylist/florist Bobilee from Love Clarence was a mind reader. She knew exactly what I wanted and completed the aesthetics of our day! Our dance floor was covered by a fairy light canopy which was covered in green foalage, large “T & K” light letters lit up the reception area, below another beautiful skull/antler combo. The tables were lined with bright blue jars, pops of pink, orange and yellow flowers and the pretty tiny name tag succulents. We also had a “posie wrapping station” where guests can grab flowers from the around the reception, wrap them up and take them home at the end of the night.

Guests ate antipasto, pizza, traditional roast and the carrot cake throughout the night. The dance floor was constantly busy and filled with people dancing along to Travis’s very talented school friends (Michaela Marshall) band, including Travis’s famous bum dance. Another school friend of Trav’s surprised us and sang a couple of songs which was just so lovely also.

Overall, our day went by so incredibly quickly. It was better then we could of ever imagined. Along with our guests we just had so much fun, and I’m so pleased as this was our goal. More then anything else, our day was filled with love, that totally down-to-earth, real love – the kind of love that I still haven’t been able to wipe off my face.

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