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A Wedding Photographer’s Spring Wedding at a Family Home in Texas

Claire Pedregon and Josh Bethany met within the first few weeks of college, but it would have taken them years of friendly flirtation, third wheel riding and riding to take their connection to the next level. “We were real buddies,” Claire explains. “But one day, literally out of the blue, everything changed and I started to see it differently.” After a fateful trip to visit their respective sisters at college, they stepped out of the friend zone and never looked back.

Josh documented their dynamic romance in a book, which he gave to Claire when he proposed in May 2020.”[It] gave me tremendous comfort that I will always be able to read through all the little details of our first few days together,” she shares.

As a wedding photographer, Claire admits standard venues often resemble her office, so she wanted a space that was special to them. “I’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding in the hills, and my parents’ space is so beautiful,” the bride shares. “Love that we will be able to revisit the place with all of our friends to picnic and camp for the rest of our lives!”

For their April 24, 2021 nuptials, the couple transformed the Fredericksburg, Texas property with pops of pastel florals, custom napkins and a full-bloom seating plan. The result? A fabulous “evening dinner for the ages”, with 220 guests. Read on for an intimate look at their special day, as planned by Foster ATX and photographed by Peyton Byford.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


The groom and his entourage dressed in classic tuxedos. “I was hoping to find a linen and cotton blend, beige suit option for the boys, but couldn’t find anything cost-effective that fit the bill,” Claire says. “We decided to pivot to a classic [option] Black Tux, and I’m glad we did! I think the [tuxedos] helped steer our wedding in an elegant and timeless direction.”

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


It was a slow, peaceful morning before a super busy day.

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“Our wedding morning was spent with the wedding party drinking smoothies, eating avocado toast, doing 90s rap and playing basketball on the street next to my parents’ house. parents,” shares the bride. “It was a slow, peaceful morning before a super busy day, and I’m so grateful for those quieter moments!”

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


When the time came, Claire slipped into an elegant wedding dress by Alena Leena, with a modern bustier and a sensational cutout. To finish the look, the bride added a dramatic veil and heels by Sam Edelman.

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As for her bridesmaids? They sported an assortment of dresses in dreamy pastels and florals. “I wanted a mixed and stretchy look,” the bride explains. “I also don’t like how often bridesmaid dresses are worn once and can never be worn again. I was hoping Reformation dresses would be reusable and could be enjoyed beyond the day of the bride. our marriage !

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


The wedding party boarded a carriage from Fredericksburg Tours, with the groom blindfolded so he wouldn’t see the bride before their first sight.

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Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Once they arrived at their destination, the couple exchanged personal love letters which they read back to back before turning around for the first look.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Of course, the dapper couple wasn’t the only photogenic moment of the day; the festivities also featured statement signs, which the bride made herself. “I came up with the idea for the design with my best friend, and we did it over the weekend,” the bride explains. “The pressed flowers in the seating chart and welcome sign were all made with flowers from our garden that we had planted for this purpose about six months prior.” The signage was flanked by an assortment of peach and pastel florals, courtesy of Blumen Floral.

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If guests were thirsty, they could take a cold sip from a wooden boat filled with drinks.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


The bride and her father glided down the flower-lined aisle to ‘I can’t help but fall in love’.

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Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


In our ceremony, I got married in a ring that my grandmother had worn all her life.

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After exchanging their personal vows, the couple exchanged rings full of sentimental value. “Josh and I are saving up for a wedding ring,” the bride shares. “In our ceremony, I got married with a ring that my grandmother has worn all her life. The ring originally belonged to my great-great-grandmother, and my aunt wears it now. was so special to feel a connection with these generations of incredible women, who I know are a part of me, even though I have never been able to meet them all. Josh, on the other hand, left his band at home by accident. Our best man discreetly removed her own ring for Josh to wear during the ceremony and no one had a clue!

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


I wanted to create a fun filled day for our weddings and our guests.

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The happy couple hit the aisle for Zappacosta’s “Overload.”

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“I wanted to create a fun filled day for our weddings and guests, and avoid a lot of the fluff that can come with a traditional day – easier said than done,” the bride shares. “I was hoping to build spaces, a timeline, and a team that would give Josh and I absolutely as much space as possible to soak in and hang out with our friends and family.”

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Before the reception, the bride slipped into an off-the-shoulder number by Grace Loves Lace. “I loved visiting the Grace Loves Lace boutique,” Claire recalled. “We drank champagne and I ran all over the store in every dress I tried on. The ‘running test’ became very imperative for me to choose ‘the one’ one way or the other. another; I think it just helped me figure out how comfortable I really was in a dress.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


The couple enlisted event planning company Foster ATX to transform Claire’s family estate into an elegant oasis. “[We] Can’t recommend these gems highly enough,” the bride shares. “Their main gig is having beautifully curated dinner parties; they are pros at creating memorable experiences. Here, Foster ATX has transformed the reception area with fairy lights, pastel flowers, and long tables covered in crisp white linens.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


At dinner, guests enjoyed a tasty feast prepared by El Locavore. Highlights included corn soup with avocado cream and basil oil, tomatillo enchiladas with roasted vegetables, and ancho-marinated lime-marinated chicken. The bride gave the dinner a DIY touch by hand-dying all the guest napkins from cheesecloth.

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The younger guests also had their own pint-sized table for the day’s festivities.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Josh and I broke cake against each other and cracked up while all of our loved ones laughed and whistled.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


For dessert, the couple enjoyed strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting, lovingly made by Claire’s sister, Rose. “Cutting the cake was a blast,” the bride says. “I timed it for [when] the sun would be just at the edge of the horizon. As we were bathed in the dazzling light, Josh and I broke off the cake and cracked up while all of our loved ones laughed and whistled around.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Thirst? Guests enjoy the couple’s four signature cocktails. “They were maybe my favorite detail of the night,” Claire shares. “Our bartender, Coleman of Jitters, did an amazing job creating beautiful and delicious cocktails using natural ingredients. We had a spicy margarita, hibiscus bourbon cocktail, blood orange vodka sparkling and an aperol spritz.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Claire and Josh shared their first dance (and a deep dive) to “La Vie En Rose.”

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Photo by Peyton Byford


Meanwhile, the bride and her dad picked up Jack Johnson’s “Constellations,” while Josh and his mom swayed to Don Williams’ “I Believe in You.”

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Before the party kicked into high gear, the couple listened to a handful of heartwarming toasts. “Our best friends and my dad brought the perfect mix of laughter and tears,” the bride shares. “We are so grateful to have a video of the speeches so that we can watch them again and again at birthday parties over the years!”

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Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


Later, guests danced the night away to a lively Matchmaker Band setlist, while sporting flower crowns and sparkly cowboy hats.

Photo by Peyton Byford


Photo by Peyton Byford


The couple drove away from the festivities in a van and quickly traveled to their honeymoon in Tulum, Mexico. Looking back, the couple say the best part of their nuptials was celebrating their love with all the special people in their lives. “There’s something so beautiful about a simple celebration of love,” the bride shares. “Keep the focus on celebrating your love [and] the love you have for the people in your life is what it’s really about!