Austin Wedding by Matthew Moore Photography
May 11, 2011

This next wedding is so effortlessly cool, kinda like the congregation of Airstream trailers on the Texas ranch where this adorable couple got hitched. Captured beautifully by Matthew Moore Photography, this intimate, super-duper budget friendly wedding proves that with a little creativity and effort, you can have a gorgeous wedding with tons of style. See it all here in the gallery!





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Nathan and I wanted a small, intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. We wanted it to be fun and relaxing, and we didn't want to worry later that we hadn't had a chance to talk to everyone at our wedding. We settled on a morning brunch wedding. After looking at countless venues, we found Three Points Ranch, about 45 minutes outside of Austin in the Hill Country. It's a cattle ranch that also hosts weddings on the weekends. The ranch is comprised of several airstream trailers, a barn with an antique kitchen inside, and an East African-inspired pavilion.

We had a small budget to work with ($5000), and we were really honest with our vendors about that. Having a morning wedding helped keep costs down. Our photographer, Matthew Moore, gave us a great deal in exchange for being able to use us in his portfolio. Sally from Three Points Ranch gave us a discount for having a morning wedding. Erin from Rosehip Flora created the bouquets and bud vase arrangements with vases I provided, but I made the centerpieces myself. Our caterer worked with us to create a menu that would be both delicious and cost-effective (waffles, omelettes, and mimosas). Nathan's father, who is a minister, performed the ceremony. My father, who was once a jeweler, made our wedding bands. Instead of having a stacked cake, I chose individual cakes, which are less expensive, and set them on vintage cake stands. The morning of the wedding, we topped them with wildflowers. My mother, who is Brazilian, made some wonderful Brazilian sweets as well. I wore a flowy organza dress that I got on sale at JCrew and golden kitten heels (also on sale). The pearls and bracelet were my mother's. My awesome hairstylist, Katie, was also the wife of my photographer.

Despite having an October wedding, I chose coral and tangerine as my color scheme. It's Texas, so you never get to see autumn anyway, and I wanted bright colors. I made many of the decorations myself. To create paper garlands,  I punched out circles from double-sided paper (by Smock) and sewed them together. I planted succulents in old sewing machine drawers from various flea markets, and used these as my centerpieces.  I also made paper medallions that hung in various parts of the ranch. For favors, I designed post-cards in coral and blue with quotes on the front, and wrote a thank-you note on the back to each guest for attending. I also filled small, white boxes with home-made Brazilian truffles and stamped them with an airstream stamp from the Paper Source. I did purchase the chevron-patterned placemats from The Stationary Studio online.  For the most part, the ranch was so beautiful that it really didn't need too much.

Photography: Matthew Moore Photography / Flowers: Rosehip Flora / Reception and Ceremony Location: Three Points Ranch / Invitations: Bride / Shoes and Dress: J.Crew / Caterer: Traveling Bistro / Cakes: Upper Crust Bakery