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Austin Wedding at Vista West Ranch by Mike Reed Photo

Looking to create a “rustic cabin in the wintery woods” feel for their big day, this stunning bride and groom turned to Vista West Ranch, the breathtaking Hill Country locale where hosting drop-dead gorgeous weddings is like second nature.  The result?  A seriously stunning affair filled with uber-amazing florals from Petal Pushers, sweet vintage details and personalized touches aplenty, including a dessert buffet.  Yummy.  See every love-filled moment captured by Mike Reed Photo in the full gallery.


From the Bride… My husband Darron and I have definitely been coined old souls from our taste in music to design and style preferences.  We channeled that while planning our wedding exactly the way we wanted it; set against the Texas Hill Country backdrop. I had always envisioned an outdoor ceremony, so that, paired with an indoor ranch style reception, gave us a lot of space to add our personal touches.  Meaningful song quotes were sprinkled throughout our wedding from the invitations to the welcome baskets to even being displayed on wooden signs and chalkboards on the wedding day.  I had a bartender tell me “I knew this wedding was going to be fun when I saw the Led Zeppelin quote displayed during the cocktail hour.”  We also handpicked practically every song played that night from the ceremony to dinner music and, of course, for dancing. It was a lot of work but it accented the night perfectly and represented Darron and I in such a fun way.

When I tried to describe my vision to my floral and design planner I remember using the phrase “rustic cabin in the wintery woods minus any animal decor.”  The output was lots of muted flowers, branches, pine cones, antique books, vintage door hardware for table numbers, and tons of candlelight.   The warm candlelight ambiance at Vista West Ranch at night is to die for.  It felt almost magical. It was important that our wedding would not be confused as a Christmas party despite the December date; hence no poinsettias, mistletoe, or garland were present.

We enjoyed personalizing the timeline by skipping a lot of the reception cliches: instead of a cake we had a dessert station; I presented my bouquet to my mom instead of tossing it; and a family style dinner comprised of mostly locally grown and organic food was served instead of a buffet. When I first proposed the idea of doing a choreographed dance to Darron he gave me that “you’re crazy” stare, but now we look back at those late night dance sessions fondly and they actually helped me to de-stress quite a bit leading up to the wedding. I choreographed the dance to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s song “Home” and had both sets of parents and all of our wedding party incorporated.  It was a huge success and one of my favorite memories of the night. In our eyes, the wedding was absolutely perfect which is in large part is due to all of our amazing vendors who made our vision a reality.

Photogrpaher: Mike Reed Photo | Coordination: Coordinate This | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Venue: Vista West Ranch | Dress: Essense of Australia

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Hill Country Wedding from Tara Welch Photography + Nostalgia Film

I love Tara Welch.  And not just because she’s one of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet (she sooo is), but because she also happens to snap up some crazy gorgeous images.  Crazy gorgeous images that never fail to leave me breathless.  And, in the case of this beautiful Hill Country wedding, a little speechless, too. Because when you combine sweet vintage details, stunning yellow and gray hues and mesmerizing blooms from Bouquets of Austin, sometimes you lose the ability to speak.  (Seriously.)  Oh, and the beautiful favors painted by the bride’s grandfather?  SOOO awesome.  See so much more right here.

And even more pretty from the amazing Nostalgia Film.  Enjoy, lovelies.


From the Bride… The day of our wedding was perfection in every way. From trying to sneak up on Peter during our first look – but my dress was way too loud – to smashing the cake up his nose (whoops). We had the best time and love was all over our faces… or so we were told by our guests! My number one goal for the day was for everyone to have fun and enjoy the evening! With a 90′s cover-band, the hand sketched photo-booth, the wine and a sparkling exit I think everyone had a blast!

When we starting planning we knew the first decision to make was where to have the wedding. Peter comes from a very big Texas family and even though I originally wanted a Napa Vineyard wedding I knew it wasn’t fair to ask so many people to travel.  Everyone had to be there since we are very close to our families! Peter suggested Hill Country for a happy medium! It was perfect… vineyards in Texas, who knew?!

I didn’t really know what “type” of wedding I wanted to have but after we found the Duchman Family Vineyard, it became my inspiration for the big day. It has such a romantic old Tuscan feel, I went with vintage details for almost everything. And I love shopping at flea markets and vintage stores! I did know I wanted yellow and gray, which actually came from my parents’ wedding. I remember looking through their wedding album and seeing her bridesmaids’ dresses that were yellow!  The yellow in the photos made the day seem so happy! So I modernized that with the popular yellow and gray trend!

Some vintage details I knew I had to have when I started to plan were: 1.) A “family tree,” as I called it, which was a tree that had photos hanging of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days by yellow and grey ribbon.  2.) Old handkerchiefs to pass out before the ceremony for tears of joy. (We decided to hold these in an old violin case which went perfect since we had a mandolin & strings playing as people found their seats.)  3.) I have collected milk glass vases over the years and knew they would be perfect for the low centerpieces at the reception! Bouquets of Austin did an amazing job with them! 4.) Lastly I knew I wanted my grandfather to be a part of the day! He is an unbelievable painter. so for wedding favors I wanted him to paint scenes of vineyards & Austin that I could give guests. He agreed to help and painted 125 postcard size paintings for us; he is AMAZING!

Some accidental details happened while the planning was going on… skeleton keys for escort cards was one of them! When shopping in vintage shops I came across SO many skeleton keys and I wanted to use them somehow, so I tied ribbon to each key attaching it to an escort card. The front would have the guest’s name and back of the card would have their assigned table. The table names for the reception were a vintage find that wasn’t supposed to happen! We were originally going to do basic table numbers but came across little cards that had the CUTEST names and sayings on them such as “Summer Time Sweethearts”, “Autumn Colors”, “Honeymooning”, “Flying the Coop”… and so became our table names.

The most fun, and last detail, was my toss bouquet. I personally hate going to weddings and diving for the bouquet when I was single so I wanted to give ALL the girls a chance to catch it! I tied lottery tickets to the bouquet to up the ante… too bad the lotto tickets only came to $10 when the girl cashed them in!!!

Wedding Photography: Tara Welch Photography | Wedding Cinematography: Nostalgia Film  | Wedding Venue: Duchman Family Vineyards in Driftwood, Texas | Wedding Coordinator: Austin Wedding Planners by Rosa | Floral Design: Bouquets of Austin | Caterer: Pink Avocado Catering | Wedding Cakes: Michelle’s Patisserie | Band: Zoodust | Linen Rental: Sweet Sunday Event | Wedding Invitations: Jessica Suhr | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Earrings: Diana Warner | Groom’s Attire: JoS.A.Bank | Groom’s Shoes: Custom | Hair: Sunny Webb from Orbit Salon

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Hill Country Wedding at Three Points Ranch from Tara Welch Photography

You’re about to fall in love with this bride.  Not only because she is beautiful beyond belief and rockin’ one of the prettiest Blush by Jim Hjelm gowns you have ever seen, but because she and her handsome groom are sooo very, very talented (see: her stunning veil + fab flea market decor) and are the kind of crazy in love that makes your heart melt.  And their uber-gorgeous Hill Country wedding captured by Tara Welch Photography?  Amazing.  Click here for more and stay tuned for a beautiful film from Hardeman Films below.

From the Bride… It was about 12 hours post-proposal that my full-blown obsession set in. Although the “theme” (if there was just one) evolved over time, we knew we wanted our wedding at its core to be a Hill Country, old timey, fall affair. Our starting point began with succulents, more specifically the Pearl of Nuremburg (did I mention obsession?!). Wanting to grow our own succulents for the wedding became a daily care where we tended to our first 100 bud plants, which soon became 200 and is still growing larger to this day. The thought of being able to one day look at all the pretty arrangements in the backyard and show our children ‘that once was part of our wedding’ seemed really beautiful.

From there I knew the colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses. I wanted the color to mimic the color on the tips of the succulent and to be the only bold and major color point in the wedding, having the main focus on the natural surroundings. Once I laid eyes on the beautiful antique fuchsia color of the dresses and the sophisticated pinstriped material, I knew the dress would look amazing on each of my friends.

Because we didn’t have an unlimited budget and wanted to do as much ourselves as we could, my fiancé and I began to spend a lot of quality time together going to every estate sale in Texas, along with the awesome flea markets back in my hometown in Ohio. I wanted to mimic much of the vintage decor my grandmother has always had around. We eventually amassed every woodland brass animal I could get my hands on, including my much-coveted armadillo. Soon we had every vessel our house would hold, made up of a mix of hobnail milk glass, brass planters and antique bottles from beer to bourbon. We finished off the tables with an assortment of vintage candlesticks, embroidered napkins and crocheted doilies and runners of various sizes.

For my dress, I knew I wanted amazing texture and an equally rich antique color, but with hopes I wouldn’t look like the many doilies I was covering the wedding in. I chose a Blush by Jim Hjelm ivory on champagne stunner that cannot be appreciated fully by a photo. I played up the dress with an antique filigree horseshoe brooch and handmade fabric flowers I found on Etsy, along with a veil I made from tulle and vintage tatting. For our flower girl, I found a 19th century ivory silk dress that had the most incredible handmade crocheted collar. We tied off her dress with an antique French ribbon and vintage horseshoe brooch, which when juxtaposed with her fuchsia tights and brown cowgirl boots looked adorable.

We finished up our year of relaxed wedding planning madness with a night of whisky and laughs while the men chose their fabric for their custom pants by the local Dandy’s. From a bride approved small sampling of plaid lightweight wool fabrics that worked best with my fiancé’s choices for his three piece suit, each groomsmen (and my “bridesman”) chose which one suited them best, along with the style of pant they preferred. In the end, this pulled together the whole look and feel of the wedding party… the hats the men debated over for months and eventually picked up last minute the night before helped too!

In the end our wedding day was memorable beyond belief. Our bellies were full, almost as much as our hearts. We both feel truly blessed to be so lucky in love.

Wedding Photography: Tara Welch Photography / Secondary Photography: Brandon Johnson / Wedding Venue: Three Points Ranch in Round Mountain, Texas / Cinematography: Brett Hardeman from Hardeman Films / Floral Design: Austin Flower Co. / Caterer: Pink Avocado / Wedding Cake: Crazy Cakes / Decor + Programs: The Chartreuse Goose / Band: The Chris Story Band / Wedding Dress: Blush by Jim Hjelm via Serendipity Bridal / Veil: DIY by the Bride / Boots: Texas Boot Company / Bridesmaids’ Attire: BCBG / Men’s Attire: Custom Made by Dandy’s / Hair + Makeup: Mandy Silver from Mandy Silver Magic (512.773.3257)

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