I never tire of a good dose of Vista West Ranch. That happy place in the Texas Hill Country where the coolest of the cool go to get married. It’s the ultimate mash-up of rustic and re-purposed vintage with a layer of yellow-hued details by Yellow Umbrella Events that make even this rainy day affair bright and happy. And happy matches beautifully with the florals of Petal Pushers and the images by Lisa Woods Photography. It’s a trifecta of wedding greatness, I tell you and you can see so much more in that little sweet spot we call the gallery.

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From the Bride… When it came time to plan our wedding I knew two things. First, it had to be in the beautiful Texas hill country, and second, it had to have a lot of personal touches to make it truly our own. Vista West Ranch was the first place we visited, and we never looked anywhere else! It added just the right amount of vintage charm and Texas chic we were looking for. After the venue was picked, I was able to start being creative — my favorite part. I could have never done it without the help of my incredibly talented and creative best friend Amber from Heart Made Events (and maybe a little help from Pinterest, too). Since I love pinwheels, we decided to incorporate them into everything. I first started working on the table centerpieces. I attached each pinwheel to a dowel rod and stuck them into old vintage milk jugs that I had wrapped in the gray yarn used on the groom’s boutonniere. For the smaller jars on the tables, I stuffed them with white packing paper and mini pinwheels. Amber designed the adorable flags that identified each table name, and we attached them to grey and white striped paper straws and put them in with the mini pinwheels. It all looked amazing when it came together with Petal Pushers’ collection of vintage jars and bottles.

After the centerpieces were done we moved on to the escort cards. We had to make 175 small pinwheels to ensure we had enough to place on the cards for each guest. Putting the cards in the shutters really made them stand out that much more and once placed at each guests seat it looked great with centerpieces! Since we did flags for the table names we decided that we should make programs into flags as well. We spent the next several hours cutting each one into a triangle, then hole punching, then attaching to dowel rods, then tying ribbon around. They were actually quite fun and a great way to bring paper crafts into something functional for the wedding. My wonderful mother slaved away in the kitchen months before the wedding because she wanted to make our wedding cake special. I saw one similar to it from another wedding and knew it was exactly what I wanted! We stuffed pinwheels in the cake so that it would go along with the rest of the décor. Since Joey and I both grew up in Round Rock, Texas, we decided to incorporate the world famous Round Rock Donuts into his groom’s table. Surrounding the donut tower, we had cake stands holding cookies that we had custom made to match our invitations, along with the hot chocolate bar that had several different “fixins” for people to choose from. There were burlap banners that were placed throughout different areas of the venue (including the groom’s table) and the paper straws with our logo on them. They definitely added some cute personal touches.

Since we had so many pinwheels leftover, we created the paper accordion circles and placed pinwheels on each one. We tied them together, and it made a beautiful display over the top banister. Originally we had bought tissue poms to hang in the outside cocktail area, but since the rain changed our plans a bit, they were also placed near the banister so we could still get some use out of them. They ended up looking absolutely perfect there. Looking back, the best part of all this wasn’t necessarily the personal touches that made it our own but the time we got to spend with everyone who helped us make it our own. Even with the rain, it was perfect for us and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Wedding Photography: Lisa Woods Photography / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas / Event Planning: Cheryl + Shea Bailey of Yellow Umbrella Events / Floral Design Petal Pushers / Wedding Invitations: Details Austin / Catering: Pok-e-Jo’s / Groom’s Table Donuts: Round Rock Donuts / Cookies: Royal Cookies and Design / Wedding Dress: Saison Blanche Couture via Blush Bridal Lounge / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Men’s Attire: Express

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