Mint Photography called this wedding “a photographer’s dream” and I’m going to have to agree and call it a blogger’s dream. With Vintage&Lace behind the floral & design, and a bride with such a fabulous vision for the day, how could it not be? The chic soiree put a big, goofy grin on my face, and thanks to the gallery, it’s not leaving anytime soon. Click here to see that!
I am a true Texas girl, and I have a soft spot in my heart for all things antique and vintage. My groom got the hint, and chose a perfect vintage-inspired setting for my engagement ring. On a sunny and brisk day in December, he proposed during a fun-filled and romantic day at the park–the same way his late father proposed to his mother. It was the perfect surprise.
As we were planning our wedding, we had two goals for our guests: they should have a true Texas experience, and they should have a weekend of activities instead of simply one evening. The Texas Hill Country would provide the perfect setting. We found Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley, Texas, and we immediately fell in love with its unique charm and stunning views. The rustic structures and towering oak trees provided a romantic setting, all under the casual gaze of strutting peacocks. We could not have had a better experience: between the spectacular setting and the friendly staff, we felt special the entire weekend.
Finding a gown was a harrowing experience. I could not find the perfect vintage dress that would fit my vision; many were good, but none were The One. I called on my friend bridal designer Matthew Christopher to design a one-of-a-kind soft and romantic gown. The beaded Chantilly lace bodice and silk organza layered skirt that he designed were exactly what I had been seeking. Along with a Juliet cap that was custom made by a local millinery and my mother-in-law’s pearls, I achieved the vintage look I had dreamed.
The clear blue skies and warm sun made our ceremony a Texas paradise. We incorporated the traditional lasso ceremony as a nod to my Latin and Catholic heritage. My favorite memory was walking down the aisle to Vitamin String Quartet’s arrangement of Coldplay’s Paradise. As I passed through the refinished doors with our personal monogram, I looked up and saw my groom’s face for the first time. As I saw him, I was brought to tears in my perfect moment.
Our lively reception was filled with good times and laughter. The rustic barn gave us a down-home Texas atmosphere. The barn doors opened up and provided a casual yet intimate setting. To achieve an antique feel, I acquired vintage china plates that provided each guest with a unique place setting. I also found cut glass vases of various sizes and old books to use as centerpieces on the tables. Each vase held yellow paper roses that I created in the weeks leading up to the wedding date. A local Houston-based microbrewery No Label Brewery (owned by a friend of mine) provided us with craft beer that got people on the dance floor. Dancing with my groom to our last song Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait” completed our memorable evening.
Without the help of Heather from Vintage and Lace, none of my crazy ideas would have been carried out. She took my ideas for our unique wedding and made them come to life. Our photographers Kelly from Mint Photography (and Brianna from Brianna Light Photography) captured every moment with brilliance. Photographs are some of the best memories of a wedding day, and we will cherish ours forever. My husband and I were blown away by the love and support from our family and friends (and vendors!), and we could not have had a day that was more “us.” From putting on my dress to my last dance, every moment was unique and special.
Photographer: Mint Photography | Second Shooter: Brianna Light Photography | Floral & Event Design: Vintage&Lace | Disc Jockey: Infinity Audio DJs | Ceremony and Reception Location: Red Corral Ranch | Invitations: Bering’s Stationery | Shoes: Steve Madden with added Texas Rangers logo | Dress Designer: Custom from Matthew Christopher Inc. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Damsel Maids | Groom’s Fashion: Canali from Nordstrom | Earrings: Haute Bride | Necklace: Mother of Groom | Juliet Cap: Scott Kilgore Millinery Designs