A Simply Spring Wedding in Denson, Texas

Hi Guys, I wanted to share a fellow SFA alumni’s wedding. Kimberly was my CA my freshman year in college and I’m so excited to share her wedding day pictures and vendors bellow! Lets hear from Kimberly herself about this special day!

Hello! We are Kimberly and Michael Vaughan. We were married on March 11, 2017 at Katy Depot in Denison, Texas. Michael and I met online in October 2013. We talked for several months before we decided we were interested in each other. By April 2014, we were officially a couple. We got engaged in October 2015.

As for a theme/decorations, I knew I wanted simple as the wedding venue we chose was already so gorgeous. We chose navy blue and a pale green for a spring feel. Our flowers consisted of cream and white flowers with touches of greenery. I had a bridesmaid who is allergic to real flowers. I decided for this that I would do bouquets of “real touch” flowers. My bouquet along with my bridesmaids bouquets were purchased off of Etsy from a store called ModageFloral. Yvonne was wonderful to work with and definitely captured my vision for what I wanted. Our florist, who also was the venue manager, did a wonderful job of matching the real floral centerpieces and other arrangements to match the bouquets. My bridesmaids all wore the same dress in the color “Meadow” from David’s Bridal. The groomsmen wore the same ensemble as the groom without the tux coat. All of the mens’ attire was from Men’s Wearhouse.
Michael and I have a broad range of interests. Being nerds, we knew that we wanted our wedding to reflect our quirky interests along with  our love and devotion to each other and Christ. To incorporate so many of our quirks, we added touches such as a real pizza on top of a cupcake tower for the groom’s “cake,” Power Ranger action figures as the pizza’s “cake” topper, and a cake topper for our wedding cake in a Star Wars font.
To symbolize our dedication to keeping Christ at the center of our marriage, we assembled a unity cross that was hand-carved by a church member/family friend.
During the time Michael and I have been together, both my brother and dad passed away pretty unexpectedly at separate times. Michael was a huge support during those times. To honor them at out wedding, we set up photos with candles in the front row. My oldest two nephews seated my sister-in-law (their mother) and then lit the candles for my da
d and brother commemorating their presence during the wedding.
Our wedding was a beautiful day surrounded by so many of our loved ones. It was perfect in every way.​
Venue: Katy Depot in Denson, Texas
Wedding Website: Kimberly & Michael by the knot
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Invitations: Davids Bridal
Bridal BouquetsModageFloral

Magazine Feature

Hello guys! First of all I must apologize for being a little MIA recently. I started grad school and things just got pretty hectic. We are currently working on a preferred vendors page. I am going to need your help with that though! please head over to our contact page and include your favorite vendors and why you love them so much! We are also working on sharing REAL wedding’s with you guys!

Recently, we were featured in the Woodlands Bride magazine. We are also working on getting published in other magazine, and I promise you guys will be the first to hear. To check out more of this magazine and to share please click here.


Why I Went With Winnie Couture

Winnie Couture has a large selection of bridal dresses. What I love about them is that they do not cater to one specific style. They accommodate any bride’s tastes and any wedding theme. My dress was perfect for a barn wedding! My friend Aliett just got her dress recently from Winnie too! When she stepped out of that fitting room with the dress she picked, I gasped and was in total shock, It was perfect! Her Fiancee and my best guy friend, Abner, is going to just love it. I kept my dress in my closet for over 9 months and it never got a single wrinkle! The material is high quality. And they put so much detail into their lace on their dresses. Plus they sew in the bra into the wedding dress so all you need is a seamless beige panty. Nothing itchy goes underneath. The prices range form $1,700-$8,500. I figured if I was paying anything over 2k that I better love it. I did go to Davids Bridal and other bridal stores like BHLDN. I tried on dresses under the 2K range and disliked them all. The price was right, but the dresses weren’t, in my opinion. I didn’t get any attention from whoever helped me at Davids Bridal. Not even when I picked our flower girl dress from there, even though we made an appointment! Going into Winnie I was the ONLY bride there. And I had Lindsey’s full attention. It was such an intimate moment to say YES to the dress! With Aliett, Lindsey helped her just the same! My mom ended up picking the dress for me to try on that I chose. I was not expecting to love my dress! And just like Aliett I did not believe I’d pick it that day! They require you to put 50% down to order and make the dress and then to pay the rest when you come pick it up. but if you purchase a dress at your first visit you get 15% off. I did pay for a custom dress to be made to fit me, and I got my Swarovski crystal veil from there.  Paying for the dress to be custom made to your body is such a relief. They measure every single inch of you to make the most perfect fit! Being short, I didn’t want to lose any details in the lace of the dress. It’s such a relief to have picked up my dress, wedding ready. No alterations or having to worry about anyone messing up my dress, or changing it in any way. If your a #WinnieBride please submit your photos to me! I’d love to see them and maybe even post them!


Rubalcava Wedding

Forever I do. #RubalcavaMeAma

I am so excited to share our  wedding photos! With the photos I also wanted to share specific details. Planning my own wedding, while helping other brides really sparked my interest and reason for starting this blog. I found great vendors, and yet stayed in my budget to have the wedding of our dreams. I am so lucky to have married my soulmate, Diego.

Diego bought me the prettiest rose gold ring from Coast. Shoes were decked out in rose gold glam  and sexy ankle ties of ribbon from Blue by Betsy Johnson. Diego Knows my love for rose gold, and I’m so glad he picked that for my ring. I never even thought to look at rose gold rings. It’s so unique! Diamonds are timeless! He had a high quality vintage diamond in a miners cut placed that was from his grandmother.

Being a very petite woman, I had my dress custom made from Winnie Couture! The style is called Mishka. I was the first person to purchase this design when it came out in December of 2015. It was a relief not having to alter the dress or its beautiful lace. Every inch of me was measured, and then the gown was made. Not even a manikin wore my dress first, I did. I had a 3 point under bustle made. I do not like the look of wedding dresses tucked under, so that’s what I chose instead. I didn’t think I would go with a gown that had sleeves, it actually didn’t appeal to me on the rack, but my mom insisted on sleeves. I did know that I wanted an A line with lace! It was the first dress I put on only for her, and mother is always right! This was the one for me! I love how modest it is, however it had an open back. My back for some reason is always toned. I knew I wanted to show it off along with a long train. Full of lace and some sparkles! Winnie couture also built in my bra into my dress, so I was comfortable all night!

My bestfriend and hairstylist Liana did my hair. I always knew I would  book her for our wedding. Plus, if I needed my hair adjusted she was there! She’s seriously the best!

Big Sky Barn had these cool poker cards personalized for our big day.

Someone had loads of fun breaking them in!

A little bit of whiskey to take the cold feet away? Mhmmm, don’t worry I did the same. Diego looks so handsome in the Groom shirt design he requested I make.

This was Diego’s gift to his groomsmen as well as a personalized pocket knife!

My Bridesmaid Oanh and I put together this personalized welcome sign with our Cricut. I was too excited about the barn decal. I used matte vinyl because Lord knows my handwriting can never be that great.

Diego and I both know the loss of a father, so on our wedding day in the chapel we placed photos of those who have passed. We decided to show a happy time in their lives, pictures of them on their own wedding days. It’s pure coincidence that Diego wore a red bow tie just like his dad.

My good friend from SFA Michele helped to decorate the chapel. She did an amazing job! Can we just give it up to my florist for the bomb arrangement she made on our wood cross. I was so thankful for my friends and vendors allowing me to lay on the couch and drink Mimosas instead.

Our ring box I made with a wood burner, that Kristian wouldn’t let go of. That’s why I trusted him with the rings.

Kevin,  the best man, Helping Diego look handsome for me. 😀 This picture is so deep.

My make up artist deep into her work and passion. She was one of my favorite vendors. I wish we could be friends and hang out. That’s how much I loved her personality!

My Something borrowed: I borrowed my best-friend Vanessa’s wedding robe by Le Rose Lace. Her grandmother altered it to have a train, which made it even more beautiful. We’re the exact height so it worked out!

I gave my mom this mug, and a custom frame for her to place our photo in.

“To my Wife on our wedding day…”

My Veil was also from Winnie Couture it had three tiers and a beaded edge of Swarovski crystals.

I went with rose gold jewelry from the Kendra Scott Bridal collection.

  • Kapri drop earrings in rose gold
  • Cole Bracelet in rose gold (Wedding gift from my husband the day of!) My Something New
  • Elisa Pendant necklace in rose gold

Diego and I completely avoided each other on the wedding day, I didn’t see him at all that day until I walked out into the chapel. I wanted the ultimate feeling of suspense. But I did have a first look with my grandpa. He’s not an emotional man but you can see it in his eyes.

I got him a monogrammed genuine leather notebook. He loves taking notes, so it was perfect.

I know she’s super cute and pretty Kristian, but did you have to kiss her first? Anyways, I wanted a braid in Jayden’s hair and Alyx did a great job of showing it off even though she had a huge  beautiful flower crown! I didn’t want your typical flower crown, I wanted different and Maryann did just that!

AWWWW! Jayden gracefully put up with him.

Just before it was time to get in line to walk down the isle, my veil fell. I had Stevie run to go get Liana from the chapel to put it back in. (Pro’s to having your hair stylist at your wedding) She even hair sprayed my veil to get it some volume! Great wedding tip.

As I was walking down I was saying “oh my god, oh my god”. Because I was in total shock that the chapel was completely full! I was completely calm the entire time until I walked in. Then my eye’s met Diego’s and everyone disappeared.

This picture shows so much emotion, my grandpa giving me away, Diego’s reaction to seeing me up close, and Chris (Diego’s stepdad) watching probably thinking “yes, finally. I’ve bugged them so long about getting married!”

We always knew that we wanted the church feel to our wedding, and our venue’s chapel was pure perfection! It was always my dream to get married in a cute little chapel  with big windows like this!

Putting together this cross with my husband meant so much to us and our marriage and what it means. We want to keep God at the center of our relationship and this was the perfect symbolism of it and our promise and duty to one another.

The Groom places the outer Cross in the beautiful wood base as the Pastor explains how God created man- Bold, Strong, the Defender of the Family yet how he is empty and incomplete without the woman. The Bride then places the more delicate cross inside of the Grooms cross as the Pastor explains how God created Woman- Delicate, multi-faceted, taking care of all of the little things that completes the man, and the -Two become One. The Bride and Groom then use the 3 golden pegs to lock the union(cross) together in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the pastor exclaims that: What God has brought together let no man take apart. “

Finally “You may kiss your bride”. Such an intimate and personal moment. Pastor Gary from our church, Northside Christian Church Married us!

We are MARRIED! Meet the Rubalcava’s!

Thank you to Megan and Alyx for amazing make up done on my girls! Just look at those amazing Claret red dresses and Navy suites with brown dress shoes! Our bridal party was super stylish. With My bouquet, and the girls, I knew I wanted seeded Eucalyptus and Magnolia leaves. My florist did amazing job of doing exactly what I wanted even though I couldn’t show her any pictures even close to what I wanted. I described it in great detail, and she made it come true! Better than anything I ever imagined. All I said was that I wanted messy, unorganized flowers that incorporated December in it as well as our wedding colors. The closest thing I had in comparison to what I wanted was her own daughters wedding. In her daughters wedding, her daughter had long ribbon tied around the bouquets. I knew this was a must for us in order to incorporate all our wedding colors. It just adds elegance to the unorganized bouquets. That is how I knew I wanted to book her. Each bridesmaids bouquet was different and unique than the other. I absolutely adore her. I told Diego I want a bouquet from her every year for our anniversary.

I love that the dresses were the exact same but were convert-able! So each girl could wear them differently and they looked amazing from the back.

Our second photography SprArt Photography took this beauty! I recommend having one male and one female photographer the day of your wedding!

The weather was surprisingly perfect for December! it was cool, not hot or cold! It sprinkled a bit in the morning of but that was it!

At last, a picture of us in front of Big Sky Barn!

As wedding favors, Diego and I personally made wood ornaments for people to hang on their tree with pictures from our engagement shoot.

We also made our guestbook from solid wood, to later hang in our home.

It was very important to use to incorporate our culture into our wedding so we had Mexican pastries at the wedding called Conchas and my favorite Marranitos! My cousin Valeria brought these for me on our wedding day so that we didn’t have to stress about anything. It meant so much to me that she did this for me. Te Amo Vale!

I told Diego “We have to have the grooms cake be an SFA logo cake, but the OLD logo when we first started there.” Good thing he agreed and wanted the same thing! Not like he had an option though! We had to show some SFA pride at our wedding, where our love story began!

My grandfather put together this cake stand and I painted it and I placed our wedding date on it.

Of course we got our cake serving set in rose gold!

One of my fave things, now hanging over my bed is that massive R!

Lanterns were placed on the wood slabs Diego and I made along with some greenery. We decided on ivory linen to go with the drapes in the venue, and to contrast against the dark wood walls.

My grandma grew a bunch of succulents for the wedding. She did a great job!

our Rehearsal was well worth it. Everyone was such a pro! Lined up for us and all.

The number one item I asked my florist for was this beautiful wild garland! And it had Christmas greenery!

We would like to thank Erik at Ballroom X for helping me get over my fear of dancing, and for teaching us this wonderful first dance to our song “Forever I do” by Ruelle.

We did things a little bit different and went straight into our first dance when we walked into the reception!

Before we ate our awesome BarBQ, Bryan, one of Diego’s groomsman and super close nursing school friend of mine, gave such a beautiful prayer. It was important to us to pray before we ate, especially with it being our first dinner as a married couple.

Shelby and I enjoying our photo-booth that matched perfectly with the barn theme! Unlimited photos with Live prints, and GIFs is the way to go!  check them out at itsphotobomb.com , click here to view our gallery.

I knew I wanted a simple white cake with flowers! But the flavors were anything but simple. Pumpkin spice was that perfect taste of winter, strawberries and cream, and then Nutella!

My Aunt and Uncle preformed a few original country songs that they wrote. But our favorite song was Sweet Southern Sugar. The inspiration for my blog name. My aunt sang at my parents wedding, and here she is now jamming it out at mine!

Then of course we had to throw a little Mexican in it with some surprise Mariachi’s for our guests to request songs!

My sweet Mila in the beautiful outfit i bought her! I wish she could have thrown petals! You have to be the most beautiful baby I have ever seen.

My something old/used: On my left hand I am wearing a white gold ring that is totally different from my rose gold metals. It was the grandmothers original wedding ring. It was my way of holding them on my special day. They are my inspiration for a long happy marriage.

Something Blue: My beautiful lace garter was navy and the bottom of my shoes. Congrats to Mychal for catching it! Better take good care of it! I cant wait to start helping Asia plan her wedding! WINK WINK!

It was crazy but Diego and I realized a lot of people wore our wedding colors, we loved it! all the red made me happy!

Diego’s Wedding band is Tungsten. That metal is one of the strongest of metals. Also it was the only metal we could find that was dark enough that he liked. He loved the brushed look to it. In the inner part of the ring its rose gold, and it goes perfectly with my ring!

That truck turned into a bar with kegs during our cocktail hour!

Send off with amazing sparklers we got from Superior Celebrations!

We then acted like we were leaving for the sake of pictures. But this is my grandparents Lincoln town car that my Aunt decorated for the send off pictures!

Venue: Big sky barn

Dress: Winnie Couture Houston

Make up : Alyx Wright at Salons at the Lake

Photography: Alexander Cross Photography

Second photographer: Spryart Photography

photo booth: Its Photobomb

Videographer: Eddie Spaghetti Studios

Wedding planner: ME!

Day of coordinator: Sweet memories and events by Jenn

Caterer: Uncle Bob’s BarBQ

Cake: Mrs. Weber Bakes

Florist: Houston Flower Girls AKA Westside Flower Exchange by Maryann

Mariachi: Mariachi Monumental

Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo – Aiden on Vowtobechic.com

Men’s suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Website: DiegoAndStephanie.com by the knot

The Knot

Floor Plan & timeline: All Seated

Dance class: Erika at Ballroom X

invitations: Elegant Wedding Invites

Discounts: Groupon


How to plan your Honeymoon without actually planning it!

You don’t need a travel agent!


I am going to recommend two travel websites that I have used. Cheap Caribbean and Vacation Express. I’ve used cheap Caribbean for other vacations but we used Vacation Express for our honeymoon because it offered the best prices for the package we wanted. It was extremely easy! We narrowed down our search by ALL INCLUSIVE, ADULTS ONLY! Alcohol and foods included! You don’t have to pay for anything! Tips are not required but appreciated. We also didn’t have to leave any deposit with the resort beforehand or acquire any taxes or fees upon arrival or after.

  1. Enter your desired dates and destination.
  2. Select your hotel.
  3. Chose your flight.
  4. Select upgrades such as excursions and airport transfer.
  5. And payment. (Can be divided into a payment plan.)

We did also purchase travel insurance through another website instead that was cheaper.  I bought it because we were staying for so long, and I was a bit worried about lost luggage, weather, medical accidents, and such through Travelinsurance.com where I was able to compare pricing, and details. it was $96ish for both Diego and I. Nothing wen’t wrong but when we couldn’t find Diego’s Luggage we checked in  (because of the rum) I was a bit excited for the possibility of a $500 reimbursement through the company. But it came tumbling down the ramp to us.

In doing my research I was so overwhelmed with hotels, airplane tickets, transportation, activities that I didn’t know where to start! This website makes it simple and provides you only with options of your interest within your budget. With the excursions I looked up reviews and photos before booking. We did two separate payments for our honeymoon. Before the last payment I could still change my excursions! So that was great! I did get into contact with vacation express for help over the phone. They were so nice!

I love how this website made it so easy to book exactly what we wanted. We picked Punta Cana! I knew I wanted an 8 night honeymoon! Crazy, but we both needed that much time away from work and life to enjoy the married life. Punta Cana was within a reasonable price for a vacation that long. We were a bit stuck between staying at a more popular resort with a smaller room or a less popular resort with the BEST room! We went with the 2nd option, Grand Palladium! Let me tell you that this resort went above and beyond for us in making our Honeymoon special! They have multiple resorts around the world! Seriously look into them!

Our flight was at 4am after our wedding, because we wanted to arrive early in the day at Punta Cana.We packed light and just took carry on suitcases to avoid hunting them down. We arrived at the airport, looked up our tickets, and got on a plane with a layover in Miami. . Then once in Punta Cana our vehicle was waiting for us, With WiFi! Then at the hotel, they let us check our bags in until it was check in time. We were greeted with alcohol and food right away. We had our own massive jacuzzi in the room! And our room had 4 bottles of alcohol included, mini fridge with snacks, and 24/7 room service included! At no extra cost. Diego totally ordered room service that night 4 times. Not kidding you.

We picked dolphin swimming, zip-lining, Parasailing, and Sea Trekking as our excursions. They all include transportation to and from your resort. We also participated in sports at our resort. Plenty to do there! They hosted different events throughout our stay. Our package included staying at one and playing at all their resorts. We ate at almost every restaurant. Coffee was a way of life there. Needless to say we our hooked on Dominican coffee now.

They gave us a honeymoon bottle of rum to take home! and of course our vehicle was waiting to take us back to the hotel. Once home we had a family member to pick us up, but you can always just take a Uber home. The whole process was super easy! We only spent money on Photo, video, and souvenirs!