santa fe wedding photographer | jessica + richard’s haak winery wedding

Prepare yourself for an amazing post of lovely diy details, amazing fall florals, gorgeous sunset light, and a stunning bride and groom! Jessica & Richard tied the knot at the Haak Winery in Santa Fe, Texas. It was a perfect day for a wedding! It’s obvious Jessica & Richard poured out creativity into every aspect of their wedding. Check out some of my faves from the day;)If you haven’t seen Jessica’s bridals in the Heights or the couples lovely Discovery Green engagement session, check them out by clicking on the links. Here is a note from the bride with details about her vendors and her ideas from the wedding:

Dress –  Now and Forever Bridal in Houston
CatererHaak Winery
Cake – Yvette Schmiz made our gorgeous cake. She’s on staff at Haak Winery and she’s super talented. The cake was to die for. Red velvet top and bottom layer and vanilla almond in the center. She did a great job creating a simple and elegant whipped icing to enhance the beautiful cake topper that I purchased from Vintage Proverbs ETSY shop. The cake balls were made by my bridesmaid, Jennifer Graff. They were as tasty as they look! She’s had so much positive feedback that she opened an ETSY site, Baker Balls (, to be able to meet the increasing demands she has for these delectable treats! The flavors were carrot spice cake and chocolate peanut butter! They were a huge hit, so much so I never even saw them!
Bridesmaid DressesNordstrom, Designer – Lush – $47!
GroomsmenKenneth Cole Slim fit suits and Ben Sherman skinny ties
Wedding colors – The palette I used was Pumpkin orange, mustard, cream, honey and eggplant
FloristVintageProverbs shop on Etsy, for the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets
Centerpieces – October is my favorite month of the year, not only is it now my anniversary month but my birthday as well so, carved pumpkins were a must. We incorporated paper flower floral arrangements designed by my super talented sister-in-law, Amanda Haskell. To incorporate the winery, we spray painted empty wine bottles with chalkboard paint and used a chalkboard pen to write the table numbers.
Thanks you cards – I ‘borrowed’ the thank you cards from a pinterest post and had Kyla Henderson (a graphic designer in St. L0uis that Rich and I know) change it to my colors and add a lace border. They turned out fantastic!
Necklace – Pearl necklace given to my mom by my dad 20 years ago, which is now mine.
Belt, Hairpiece, boutonnieres, brooches, bridesmaids accessories – Designed by RosebudLips out of The Woodlands. She’s AMAZING! 10% of her proceeds go to benefit The Mercy Project. The Mercy Project is a non profit aimed at assisting battered women in Houston get back on their feet. Giving back while spending for the wedding made the expenses worth it. I highly recommend it. Supporting friends, local artists and non profits were a must for us and is a priority in our marriage. Each anniversary we hope to donate more.
InvitationsBering’s in Houston
DJ – Exceptional DJ’s - Best thing ever! they send you 5 HD cameras that you give to friends and wedding party to capture your special moments, send them back and they edit a 5 minute video and a 60 minute video.
Something Borrowed – My grandparents pendent necklace. My Papa had it engraved before he went to the army, he had one half and my ‘Neenaw’ had the other. On their 50th wedding anniversary he had it set together. They are the example of marriage I hope to live out everyday.
Paintings and signs – were all done my my bridesmaid, Caroline Lankford. She’s an artist in Arkansas, using her art to raise the funds to adopt a baby in Ethiopia!
Instead of wedding favors - we donated to Diabete’s Friendly Foundation’s K9′s for Kids event. They pair diabetic alert dogs with youth 18 and under with Type 1 Diabetes. Such an amazing cause!


There was an abundance of handmade fabric rosettes and paper florals from the guys boutonnieres, to the girls sashes and hairpieces, and even on the cake. Don’t Jessica and her mom look so much alike? Both stunning women with great hair too!Since it was so close to Halloween, the guys rocked some Halloween masks which made for some hilarious picturesThe pendant on Jessica’s bouquet is a family heirloom and has been in her family since 1952. The front side says her grandparents names and wedding date, and the back has a verse from Ruth in the King James Version, which I love. “Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” Ruth 1:16
Jessica & Richard didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, but really wanted a shot holding hands. I’ve always loved these shots. You can just feel the anticipation and excitement. Richard surprised Jessica with an engraving on the inside of her ring that had the date when they first met. I loved how they used the pumpkins as the centerpieces and painted the wine bottles with chalkboard paint. The candy stand was full of Halloween inspired goodies. The scarecrow crunch and cake balls were delicious!

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