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Rustic Texas Hill Country Ranch Wedding

You know you’re in a country wedding when the Bride has got her cowgirl boots on! This couple chose to wed in a real working longhorn ranch for its rustic charm, yet they kept it elegant with a open-air barn reception decorated with the prettiest floral arrangements and candle-lit lanterns! Joshua Aull photographed all the lovely details in the full gallery right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… My husband and I met in October, got engaged in March and were married one day after our first date, a year later in October. We had quite the accelerated wedding planning process, but thanks to our amazing vendors and our families help, it all came together just as we both had envisioned. We knew we wanted a rustic but elegant and romantic wedding and we both fell absolutely in love with the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, TX- it being the first and only venue that we looked at. We felt it offered us this rustic elegance we were looking for.

I absolutely love all of the pastel colors, so my bridesmaids wore long Amsale blush colored chiffon dresses in three different styles. The dresses were purchased at Bella Bridesmaid. The groomsmen wore light gray pants and vests, white shirts and light brown shoes, with the Groom in a full suit. The colors were perfect against the pale green background of the ranch.

We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony under a gorgeous grapevine laced with beautiful flowers draping down either side. We then transitioned into a relaxed cocktail hour outside of the barn where traditional San Antonio foods such as gorditas and chicken white wings were served. There were live longhorns that the kids and adults could feed in the pens right outside of the barn, giving it that true ranch feel we were looking for. After the cocktail hour, the double doors opened into the back of the barn and the guests were seated in the reception area. I can’t even put into words how beautiful this area looked. Our florist designed a gorgeous hanging wood plank that hung over the head table. It had beautiful flowing flowers and greens dangling down with big plush garden roses mixed in, as well as lanterns with lit candles spaced across the plank. It gave it a very romantic and garden feel. It was perfect! The tables were dressed with silk, blush colored napkins with clear glass chargers to add a touch of elegance. Beautiful lanterns with floral arrangements in colors of blush, coral, green and hints of dark purple sat in the center of the table.

Our day was nothing short of a fairy tale. The ranch was absolutely gorgeous on its own, but with the help of our incredibly talented florist, Patti Beebe of the Elegant Bee in Bourne, TX; our wonderful wedding planner, Tracy French of The French Connection Events in San Antonio, TX; our wonderful parents and one handsome Groom- we pulled off our dream wedding. Our amazing photographer, Joshua Aull, captured our day beautifully! It is truly a day that we will never forget!

Photography: Joshua Aull | Coordination: Tracy French | Floral Design: Elegant Bee | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Ceremony Venue: Don Strange Ranch | Reception Venue: Don Strange Ranch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Film Processing: Photovision | Print Work & Signage: The French Connection

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Rustic Fall Wedding at Paniolo Ranch

I can admit it, I’m supremely jealous of this Bride and her amazingly chic short hair. As someone who plans to chop off inches post-wedding, I love when I stumble upon a beautiful bride with short locks and this one is not only stylish, but absolutely glowing. And who wouldn’t be, with such a colorful, festive fall celebration, captured by Mint Photography. Kickstart your day the right way, right here.

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From Mint Photography… This stunning wedding took place in the heart of the Hill Country at Paniolo Ranch. The views are like none other and the grounds of the property offer charm and an upscale vibe. I love how the bride went with tons bright pastel color flowers to contrast against the neutral cream colors of the building. One of my favorite aspects of their wedding was the custom ceremony arch. It was covered in flowers with backdrop against the Hill Country views. The light was soft and warm this day and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Definitely one of our favorites wedding!

From the Bride… Almost all of my family is from out of state, and though Lyon and I love our home town of Houston, it is not the most scenic place. We wanted to take the opportunity to show my family how beautiful Texas can be. Lyon’s family has a ranch in the Hill Country, and visiting it over the last six years, I have really fallen in love with the area. We looked at a lot of venues spanning from Austin to San Antonio, but the second we drove up to Paniolo Ranch, we canceled our other appointments. We both knew it was the place we wanted to get married.

The garden and ceremony area were so naturally gorgeous that we hardly had to add anything. The reception hall, however, though it had beautiful views, was pretty bare. To dress it up, we rented 12 ficus trees from a local nursery, wrapped their pots in burlap, and draped their leaves in twinkle lights. Erin from Eden’s Echo created a diverse range of stunning floral arrangements, to bring a little more of the outdoor beauty in. My mom and I created some additional cocktail table centerpieces by collecting old books from stores and relatives, stacking them, and planting succulents in the top. The book decor and guest book (an embossed, leather-bound dictionary) were homages to Lyon’s love of words. To warm up the entrance, we brought lamps from our apartment and an oriental rug from my parents house. We also used command strips to hang pictures of Lyon and me on the walls, and collected and framed pictures of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings to display on a side table. We even created rustic signage by using a soldering pen to burn the information into tree slices. All of these things really helped to give the space a more warm, organic feeling.

From there we tweaked the standard wedding format a bit: Having five brothers between the two of us and no sisters, we didn’t have a wedding party, so the color scheme came almost entirely from the flowers. Additionally, we opted for a cocktail style dinner with eight rounds of passed appetizers, a cheese table, and a bruschetta table, instead of the standard seated dinner or buffet. We did this so that everyone could start dancing immediately after the cocktail hour and so that, rather than being stuck at a table with the same 6 or 7 people most of the night, all of our out-of-town guests could catch up with or meet as many different people as possible. Instead of one wedding cake, we served 11 different flavors of cheesecake. We also hosted a karaoke after-party at the venue after a “faux exit” signaled the end of the reception. We served Whataburger and kept the bar open and the party going until 1am. It was so much fun to spend the entire night dancing and singing with our closest friends and family.

Photography : Mint Photography | Videography : Infinity Event Productions | Event Design : All In The Details Events | Floral Design: Edens Echo | Cake: The Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery | Catering: Cartewheels Catering | Officiant : Olive Tree Officiating | Venue: Paniolo Ranch | Guitarists : Hot Sauce | Make Up Artist : Prim & Powder | Photo Booth: SmileBooth | Tree Rental: Burns Garden Center

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Mint Equestrian Kendall Plantation Wedding

If this is the result of a well timed downpour, I hope that every wedding in 2014 is preceded by a great, big rain storm because the light, captured by Mint Photography, is quite possibly the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. And it shines perfectly on this stunning, stunning wedding!


From the phtographer… The romantic affair took place at the beautiful Kendall Plantation. A gem of a venue that sits in the bill country of Boerne Tx. Their details were adorned with soft shades of pastels, timeless details, and a backdrop that will make you ohh and ahh. What was so magical about this day was it poured all day long and minutes before the ceremony the rain cleared and we were left this beautiful perfect and even light. Enjoy!!

Photography: Mint Photography | Event Planning: A Grand Occasion | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool | Cake: Cupcake Chateau | Catering: Absolutely Delicious Catering | Venue: Kendall Plantation | Groom\'s Attire: Vera Wang

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Texas Hill Country Wedding at Don Strange Ranch from Ryan Ray Photography

We’ve been chomping at the bit over the long weekend go get this week started on SMP, particularly because this pretty little number by Ryan Ray was first on the lineup of lovely. Thankfully the time has come to share the pretty, so we don’t have to wait a moment longer to soak up all the sweetness of this Texas fête. One little scroll through all the gorgeous images and you’ll see why we had ants in our pants to get it on your screen – and believe it or not, there is so much more to swoon over right here!

From the Bride… The most important aspect of our wedding was being wed before God with all of our friends and family there in support. As long as that was our focus, we knew the wedding itself would be beautiful. We had many more guests than we originally anticipated, so we tried to keep the ceremony and reception intimate with as many personal details as possible. These included all of the groom’s favorite deserts at his cake table, honey from the county his parents grew up in for favors, a picture of the bride’s grandfather sewn to her bouquet, a family Bible as the ring pillow and a stone altar that was transported to the family ranch for generations to come to enjoy. Our ceremony was held outdoors in the Texas Hill Country and we could not have been more lucky with the weather in May! The creek was running, the clouds rolled over right before the bridal processional, and the breeze was perfect. While most people look forward to the reception, we will never forget our wedding ceremony!

Wedding Photography: Ryan Ray Photography / Wedding Venue: Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas / Floral + Event Design: Razzle Dazzle Event Decorating / Wedding Coordination: Melody Agee of One Fine Day / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Bess Zowarka / Makeup: The Makeup Maven and Company / Groom’s Attire: Wilke Rodriguez

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Boerne Wedding at Kendall Plantation by Archetype Studio Inc.

There is something so sweet about a soiree filled to the brim with southern elegance. It’s one of the reasons we can’t get enough of SMP Texas – y’all do southern elegance like no other! This pretty party captured by Archetype Studio Inc. is the perfect example of classic style meets southern charm, and we couldn’t love it more. With a pretty as can be color palette, florals galore and homemade margaritas as the signature cocktail (which the Groom made the night before!), this is one full gallery of images that can’t be missed!

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And before we send you off into the weekend, here’s this adorable duo’s fabulous wedding film by Weiss Eubanks Films

From the Bride… Brian and I knew instantly that we wanted to get married in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and at the same time, we wanted to bring a sense of elegance to the countryside. We found our venue Kendall Plantation before they even started building it, but we knew it was exactly what we were looking for. Southern elegance mixed with Texas Hill Country charm — what could be better? We chose navy and pink as our color scheme because, naturally, I love pink, and navy is such a classic color. I just loved the combo especially the way pink can just pop next to the navy (hence the hot pink bridesmaid shoes!). Shopping for my dress was easy. I knew within a week of getting engaged it was the one — when you know you know! I loved the way it was very form fitting and simple with just some beading on the belt and on the side where it gathers.

After a year and a half of planning, there was still lots of stress all the way to the very end, but there were also many great friendships formed and tons of memories made in the process. Our wedding to us was — charming, upbeat and unforgettable. It was everything we could have imagined it would be and more. One of the most meaningful things to me at the wedding was getting to walk down the aisle with my dad, who nearly lost his life this last year. He spent five months trying to learn how to walk again. Getting down those steps was his biggest goal and well accomplished! Another really meaningful thing to us was getting married by our pastor, who also married my parents many years ago.

I loved that there was such a large abundance of flowers everywhere, from the ceremony outside to the tabletops of the reception inside. My bouquet was everything I had dreamed about since I was a little girl — a tight collection of white roses and peonies (my favorite). Our guests were greeted after the ceremony with our signature cocktail drink of strawberry margaritas  — which Brian made himself the day before — served in mason jars with navy and pink striped straws. My maids of honor and bridesmaids surprised us with a hilarious Ice Ice Baby rap/dance instead of the traditional speech, which totally caught me off guard but was beyond hilarious and perfectly matched my personality. The band then kicked off the night with a bunch of oldies dance music, and the photo booth with its hilarious props was a continuous hit all night! My favorite memory of the evening was looking into my future husband’s eyes during the ceremony and not being nervous at all about taking that step but just getting lost in his stare and thinking about how happy we are.

Wedding Photography: Koby + Terilyn Brown of Archetype Studio Inc. / Wedding Venue: Kendall Plantation in Boerne, Texas / Event Design + Planning: Katherine Lopez of Sweet August Events / Floral Design: Fresh Urban Flowers / Wedding Cinematography: Weiss Eubanks Films / Wedding Cake: Cathy Young / Ceremony Music: Ivette of Allegretto (210-497-8831) / Wedding Dress: Sottero & Midgley / Shoes: luichiny / Makeup: Mistique Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo

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