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The Cowboy and His Princess Bride

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An elegant wedding in a country setting with too many sweet details to mention. Take a peek inside my brother’s wedding to his beautiful bride.

Old apple orchard barn where the wedding took place.

It really happened! My youngest brother got married this weekend! My family is so happy to welcome his new bride into the family. 

She fit right in from the beginning, so other than the name change and the big party it feels like it’s always been (but better!)

Me and my brother at his wedding.

For those of you who don’t know, I am the oldest of six children.  So by the time my baby brother came around, I was in junior high.

I remember him coming home, being a baby and growing up.  I did a lot of babysitting for him and my sister who is a bit younger than him even. 

So while I’ve obviously been there for all of my siblings growing up, I feel like the age difference between myself and the two youngest gave me a different perspective than say my brother who is only two years younger than me.

I am going to go ahead and blame that perspective on being so proud of my brother and his new bride.  So I can’t help but to share some of the wedding with you.

Boquet of yellow roses and white calla lillies.

The day was a perfect mix of them and their styles.  They found a cool old barn as a venue and married the rustic country with elegance and it really turned out beautiful.

Bride and groom in getting to cut wedding cake on table with cupcakes, cookies and cheesecake jars.

We were honored to be involved in the wedding.  I got to make the desserts. 

I started menu planning and recipe testing immediately after they asked me.  You all know I love that kind of stuff, so it was fun to start rounding up ideas. 

After a few cake trials, including a tester with a couple of different frosting and filling ideas for them to try, I finally decided on a rough plan for their cake.

wedding cake with perfect buttercream decorations

Luckily for me they only wanted a small cake for cutting.  I would have been (even more of a) nervous wreck had they wanted lots of tiers!

So a two tiered white cake filled with homemade lemon curd and raspberry filling was in order.

It was frosted with a bit of a hybrid frosting. I wanted it to be as delicious and buttery as possible, but broke out as many tricks as I could to help it stand up to what was forecast to be a hot day.

stack of lemon blueberry cheesecake jars with navy ribbon and bamboo spoons

My youngest sister was gracious enough to come help me put together the lemon blueberry cheesecake jars while I went to work frosting cupcakes.  We did both chocolate and white cupcakes with four frosting designs.

Cupcakes with chocolate flowers and white frosting flowers piped on top as rustic wedding desserts.

Their colors with navy and gold, so I ordered some gold glitter antler toppers for some of the chocolate cupcakes and a nod towards a grooms cake. The rest of them were more floral in nature.  My loving husband built the cupcake stand and I think it turned out beautifully.

Wedding cupcakes arranged on wooden boxes, some with frosting flowers piped on top and some with gold glitter antler toppers.

My new sister loves cookies. So she wanted cookies as part of the dessert bar. 

Chocolate chip cookies are one of those classics that most people love and the groom especially loved the welcome home chocolate chip cookies the first time he had them, so I made a huge batch of those.

Mini jars filled with no bake lemon blueberry cheesecake in front of large cookie jars filled with various cookies and a cake stand filled with frosted sour cream cookies.

Whenever there is a batch of monster cookies around, we have impulse control issues and can’t stay out of them.  MiMi used to always have some dough in the freezer when the littler ones were in school and she’d bake up a few each day for them when they got home. 

So for a little nostalgia I made some of those as well.  I went ahead and made the full batch (2x the amount in the recipe I shared here on the blog) and ended up having to have two 6 quart mixing bowls going to get it done. That is A LOT of cookies!

Thick vanilla sour cream cookies topped with swirls of bright white buttercream.

The final cookie selection was some of sour cream drop cookies. They are soft and simple.

I thought they would be a good compliment to the other more mix-in heavy cookies.  My aunt always served them with cream cheese frosting when we were kids.

I was too nervous to do cream cheese frosting in the heat, so I went with a buttercream instead. They were a pretty compliment to the dessert table as well.

Of course it wasn’t ALL about the desserts. My middle brother is the master of the grill and smoker.

If you don’t believe me, he won both the grilled poultry competition and the chili cook-off (with a chili full of his smoked meats!) So he smoked and pulled 8 pork butts.

Little Dude had his own special role to fill. He got to be the ring bearer and he was very proud of his job. He was counting down the days until the wedding.

He woke up telling me it was his lucky day.  There were only three lucky people, himself and the bride and groom. The rest of us weren’t as lucky because we only got to be there.

He was also lucky to get to see the bride before everyone else.  He got to help her put the rings on the pillow.  It was a perfect chance to make him feel extra special and calm his nerves a bit about his debut.

I got to join them and couldn’t help to snap a few quick pictures. These two are definitely fond of one another. When MiMi  asked him how she looked, he said “she looks like a princess.”

place settings on table with gold chargers and white bottle with homemade wooden wine glass holders.

After the private outdoor ceremony, we got ready to party. The bride’s mother did not miss a detail. The tables were all set with chargers and plates.

The bride’s father and my uncle, who happen to be longtime best friends, made the wine glass holders. The wine bottles were all corked for easy pouring, but plugged to keep any unwanted visitors out.

Bouquet of white roses and yellow calla lilies on table with navy tablecloth and gold and white place settings.

The flowers they chose were beautiful. There were so many fresh roses, calla lillies and eucayptus. They were all so pretty and there were so many of them!

Bottles of various soft drinks in large trough with ice.

Even the drinks were fun. The barn used to be on an apple orchard, so the filled an old washing table with bottles of water and soda and filled it with ice.

Large glass jug of lemonade with slices of lemon floating in it.

The lemonade was homemade and fresh squeezed. Little Dude definitely drank his fair share. It was so refreshing since it was an unseasonably hot day.

I am sure I could go on and on about the wedding, but I’ll spare you.  It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple and we couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it.

Thanks for sharing!


Friday 22nd of June 2018

Congratulations on the feature on This is How We Roll. Much deserved. What a lovely day you had. It is always nice when something that has so much planning turns out so well.


Sunday 24th of June 2018

Thank you so much! They really had a beautiful day!


Wednesday 13th of June 2018

I LOVE weddings! I still think back to mine 14 years ago. Everything about your brother's wedding looks so perfect from the beautiful desserts that you made to the flowers and the decorations. What a special day! Thank you for sharing with us at Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!


Thursday 14th of June 2018

I love them too! Makes me think I need to get our wedding pics out soon. I am sure my son would get a kick out of seeing them too! Thanks xox


Monday 11th of June 2018

congratulations to the happy couple. Our eldest son got married last weekend, so lovely to spend the day with them and the families. love the individual jars with dessert #keepingitreal


Thursday 14th of June 2018

Thank you! Aren't weddings a great excuse to get the gang together? Congrats to your son as well!


Sunday 10th of June 2018

Hi Carlee, congratulatiosn to your brother and his new bride. I love the sound of the venue, I like rough and rustic. You did a grand job with all the sweet stuff. The antler decorations did make me smile. And the cupcake stand suits the occasion.

Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal



Thursday 14th of June 2018

Thank you so much! They are a sweet couple so it was fun to enjoy their big day with them!

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Friday 8th of June 2018

What a beautiful day! Best wishes to the newlyweds!


Sunday 10th of June 2018

Thank you!