Don Strange Ranch Wedding by Anne Marie Photography
January 23, 2012
This gorgeous San Antonio wedding by Anne Marie Photography has fully and completely converted me into a purple lover.  The flowing, ruffled bridesmaids dresses are the most delicious lilac hue and perfectly compliment the rustic, barn setting.  If you are a super fan of rustic elegance like I am then you are going to be swooning over all the delightful details.  See them all in the full gallery!

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From the bride... It was difficult for some of our friends and family from across the country and around the world to understand why we — a couple who met in Southern California — decided to marry nine years later on a ranch in San Antonio, Texas. As we explained in our wedding programs, "In every chapter, Texas has held a special place in our hearts. It is where the bride has her roots and where the groom earned his wings."

The ceremony and reception took place at the Don Strange Ranch, beginning in the rustic Kendall Creek barn past dirt roads, longhorns, and wooden signs with hearts and arrows leading the way. The contrast of delicate ivory rose petals lining cement floors, musicians playing string instruments from wooden folding chairs, and glass votive jars hanging from wooden rafters made for a magical setting. Standing before a wooden cross decorated with flowers and barn door panels with light casting shadows through the cracks, the bridesmaids wore flowing, wisteria-colored, floor-length dresses, and the groomsmen wore traditional tuxes and bow-ties. The candles by the altar were votives placed in an antique sugar mold my mom found at my grandparents' house. After the ceremony, which had most of the bridesmaids drying their eyes with the handmade handkerchiefs they held behind their bouquets, guests made their way just down the road past the creek and the windmill to the open air pavilion where the reception was held.

With every detail, from the cowboy boots beneath my lace wedding dress to the candles, gold chargers, and mason jars with flowers on every table, to the waffle cones and Blue Bell ice cream enjoyed toward the end of the evening, the wedding was both rustic and elegant with a reception that was both formal and fun. Our cake knife was the same one my parents used when they were married 30+ years ago, at ages 20 and 21. It's engraved with their names and wedding date on one side and our names and wedding date on the other. We are so grateful to, and would highly recommend, everyone who worked so hard on the event, from our wedding planner who made the vision a reality, to our band that had couples slow dancing beneath the twinkle lights and later got the whole group dancing to "Thriller" in front of the stage, to the photographers who captured every moment beautifully.

Wedding Photography: Anne Marie Photography / Flowers: Tom Cardenas of RTC Floristry / Wedding Venue: Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas / Wedding Band: Blind Date / Wedding Planning + Design: Chris Wells, Wedding Planning Worldwide (Based in Washington, D.C., / Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza / Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal / Wooden Sign on Chair at Reception: RumpelstreetBoutique / All Other Wooden Signs: DIY / Bride's Boots: Frye / Handkerchiefs: Vintage via The Flea Market at Eastern Market