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High School Sweethearts’ Wedding at The Ivory Oak in Texas

Can you imagine having to change your wedding venue just two months before your big day?! That’s exactly what this duo had to do after finding out their original venue was to be sold—even forcing them to re-send their wedding invitations. Thankfully this wedding planning woe was a blessing in disguise, because if Caitlin Rose‘s images have anything to say about it, venue #2 (The Ivory Oak) made for the loveliest setting. Memory Lane Weddings coordinated the entire day, leaving the Bride & Groom completely free to soak in their celebration. Have a look below!

From Caitlin Rose PhotographyChelsey and Gabriel started dating in high school and have been together for 10 years. They had been waiting years for their big day of finally making it official. The couple wanted a classic southern outdoor wedding in the hill country with bright florals and romantic details.

They picked out a venue just outside of Austin, only to find out that their original venue had been sold. The couple had to pick out a new venue just two months before the wedding! Luckily the Ivory Oak, a brand new southern venue in Wimberley, was available on their wedding date. This was actually the venue’s first wedding! The couple had to re-send out all their wedding invitations with the details of the venue change.

On the day of the wedding, everything went smoothly, everyone was relaxed, and the couple could not have been happier with how it all turned out. The bride wore her mother’s jewelry and a stunning classic lace dress. It was supposed to rain all day, but the rain held off for their wedding. Chelsey and Gabriel could not stop smiling as they officially tied the knot. Congrats to the high school sweethearts!

Photography: Caitlin Rose Photography | Coordination: Memory Lane Event Center | Florals: Wild Bunches | Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Caterer: Trudy's | Make-up: Noelle Ponce-Alivar | DJ: DJ enCore | Venue: The Ivory Oak | Bridal Boutique: Belle Saison | Bridal Gown Designer: Mori Lee | Ceremony Programs: Ink and Veil | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Hairstylist: Keisha Dorty | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

Country Wedding in Wimberley Texas

Layered in lots of peach, thanks to Prive Floral, this rustic ranch wedding is as cute as they come. With details like rock candy and corn hole, the affair was both romantic as well as comfortable for family and friends. Crush on all the quaint details here with a look at the full gallery from Two Times Photography.

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From Two Times PhotographyThis Spring wedding was set at a ranch in Wimberley, TX. The family of the bride and groom, the bridesmaids, and the groomsmen all stayed on site throughout the weekend. The rustic and homey feel of Red Corral Ranch made it a comfortable and inviting event! Grey, peach, and yellow were prevalent throughout the event – as was burlap! From the overcast sky to the lights hanging in the barn, Brandi and Colton’s wedding was romantic. With a photo booth, a game of “cornhole”, and lots of dancing, this wedding was fun for everyone involved! The love that Brandi, Colton, and their families share made this such a joyous weekend!

Photography: Two Times Photography | Floral Design: Privé Floral | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Pennington's Cakes | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids Dresses: Sosie | Hair And Makeup: Belle Mariee | Bridal Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Cake Topper: The Path Less Traveled | Ranch: Red Corral Ranch | Wedding Programs: French Press Mornings

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Intimate, Vintage Hill Country Wedding at Red Corral Ranch

I feel so incredibly lucky that I get to spend my days fawning over some of peoples’ most special moments. And because I am a complete sap, when I come across images like this from Amanda Pomilla, and a film like this one from Joel Calvin, there are definitely tears involved. This couples’ vintage-inspired wedding is filled with so much heart I can almost feel it through the screen.  Join me in the gallery (and press play) to see exactly what I mean.

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From the Bride…Our wedding was a beautiful Vintage Texas Hill Country themed affair, surrounded by our most intimate friends and family. It was our little creative vision that finally came to life. There were 43 guests in total this past November 18th, 2013. The date, November 18th was to signify a blessed life (18 is the Hebrew number for a blessed life).

David and I have been antiquing for 6 months leading up to the wedding buying props and items that we were drawn to. One of our favorite parts was setting it all up ourselves and watching it come together. I loved that David was just as much into it as I was (it wasn’t only about the
bride) we wanted so badly our wedding to reflect us and who we are and I think we nailed it. We were out there just hours before the ceremony started putting our last minute touches on everything, some of my favorite moments!

Roses were an easy decision for me as “Rose” is both mine and my sisters middle name as well as my parents wedding song, “The Rose”. Not only are they one of the most romantic flowers, they also have the highest vibration and bring balance and harmony to your life. All the flowers
were also arranged by my aunt, Darcy Truehart.

My grandmother was not able to attend due to her health but she did pass down her mothers wedding dress from the late 1800s which I received at my bridal shower. I had my belt and gloves made from the dress which was very special having something of hers with me on my special day. David’s grandparents were also not able to attend but we incorporated a piece of them with his grandmothers minx fur that I wore and his grandfathers silver at our table which was from his Navy ship. There was never a discussion on the theme of our wedding, it was all about our style and having our guests feel part of our life together. There was also never discussion about a wedding planner, everything was too specific and personal to put in the hands of someone else. My father always said, if you want something done right you have to do it yourself! Of course some things you leave to the professionals, the food was one of them! 

Photography: Amanda Pomilla Photography | Videography: Joel Calvin | Reception Venue: Red Corral Ranch | Wedding Officiant: Mr. Carl Deal

Cozy Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

Spring might be quietly knocking at our doors, but that doesn’t mean my heart beats for pretty, cold weather fêtes any less. In fact, the second I stumbled upon this amazing shoot from Loft PhotographieSouthern Social and Petal Pushers, I sort of wished it was the beginning of winter all over again…just don’t tell anyone I said that. Get comfy-cozy and join me in the gallery for soooo much more.

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From Loft Photographie… We created warm wedding to encompass our favorite seasonal elements – a welcoming dinner table, cozy lounge and delightful sweets surrounded by the Texas Hill Country.

The key to any event is a superb location. We teamed up with the humble folks at Red Corral Ranch – a place your dearest 33 friends or family members will feel right at home in cozy accommodations and make a yearly tradition. We started with the inviting place settings balancing the edgy rose gold flatware with classic vintage water goblets and wine glasses on a hearty rustic farm table. The dinner table was nestled away amongst the trees only found on the ranch’s 1,100 acres by a secret footbridge.

Petal Pushers transformed the farm table with winter whites and lush greenery perfectly mastering the balance of comfort and luxury – a table encouraging guests to sit for hours sipping wine and sharing stories under the Texas sky. The Stationery Bakery hand painted gorgeous tree slices with seasonal sayings bringing comfort to the bold and modern place settings.

When creating the cozy lounge, we filled the gorgeous over-sized sofa from Bee Lavish with fury pillows and a beautiful throw to embrace the night’s chill. We included a few sweet treats from Simon Lee Bakery and champagne within arms reach to enjoy while chatting with loved ones. Also, we designed a scrumptious dessert cart matched for the season offering cake with hazelnut filling, spiced sugar cookies and decadent cake balls.

Photography: Loft Photographie LLC | Design & Styling: Southern Social Events & Experiences | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Venue: Red Corral Ranch | Desserts: Simon Lee Bakery | Furniture & Tabletop Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | Stationery & Lettering: The Stationery Bakery

Red Corral Ranch Wedding from Matthew Johnson Studios

The color palette in this gorgeous Red Corral Ranch wedding by Matthew Johnson Studios is enough to inspire all of you out there any day of the year, but it feels even more fitting today. Why you ask? Because it’s fall perfection, and it’s like sprinkling a little style over all hallows eve. With the gorgeous (and I mean, gorgeous) florals from WOW Factor Floral Design and all the details planned to perfection by Wedding Warriors, this gallery is one inspiring place to be this Halloween. See why here.


From Matthew Johnson StudiosI think you can tell a lot of about a person, or a couple, by how they deal with unexpected events on their wedding day. That being said, Zach and Karolina showed what amazing people they are by enjoying themselves and their beautiful event even though heavy morning rains required a shift from their original outdoor ceremony plans. With the quick help of their planner, Christina Lewis of Wedding Warriors, the ceremony was moved into Red Corral Ranch’s Celebration Hall. Even though getting all the guests into the Hall was a tight squeeze, it actually made for a really nice, intimate experience.

The morning rains eventually lifted and we were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Red Corral Ranch. The reception at the Big Red Barn kept the fun going with great live music by Rhythm Inc. and a photo booth featuring old wooden picture frames that Zach and Karolina had collected. The classic styling of the wedding fit the couple perfectly and was a great blend of traditional with a touch of Texas Hill Country feel to it.

Photography: Matthew Johnson Studios | Event Planning: The Wedding Warriors | Floral Design: WOW Factor Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Ceremony Venue: Red Corral Ranch | Shoes: Alex Marie | Catering: Austin Catering | Hair and Makeup: Margo Mead Styling | Music Ceremony: Will Taylor & Strings Attached | Music Reception: Rhythm, Inc.

Rustic Wimberley Wedding from Shaun Menary Photography

I’m not quite sure what your Monday agenda entails, SMPers, but do me a favor and set aside some time to really, really soak in this beautiful day captured by Shaun Menary Photography.  Because this isn’t just any drop-dead gorgeous wedding.  No, it’s a drop-dead gorgeous wedding set against a stunning Hill Country backdrop boasting beautiful DIY details, a fab BHLDN gown and one serious set of paper good lovely from Lilco Letterpress.  In other words, it’s the perfect way to start off the week and you can see it all right here in the full gallery.

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From Shaun Menary Photography Liz and Brian were married on September 29 against a breathtaking Texas Hill Country backdrop. The entire wedding day, from prep to party, unfolded on the grounds of a working organic farm in Wimberley, Texas. Once you meet this couple, you realize just how perfect this venue was for them! They are true environmentalists and love all things local, organic and sustainable. They forewent traditional wedding fare for vegan cuisine catered by East Side Kings food truck, and the bar was stocked with Austin-brewed beer and hard cider. And the invitations! Those were designed not only with the couple’s love of the outdoors in mind, but also their budget; the envelopes were off-the-shelf craft paper bags sealed with a personalized sticker and posted with vintage stamps from Ebay! The most charming element, however, was the Wall-E and Eve duo perched atop the wedding cake.

The bride also values family relationships and has a particular affinity for family heirlooms. Her veil was originally her mother’s, and Liz had it shortened for her own wedding day. The delicate leaf necklace had been melted down and molded from her grandparents’ wedding rings, and her pearl earrings were a friend’s family heirloom and also Liz’s something borrowed.

The centerpieces were created with flowers from the Austin farmer’s market. Liz purchased bucketfuls of wildflowers, and her mother and friends arranged them into stunning bouquets and displayed them in glass mason jars. The DIY wedding favors were more mason jars stuffed with wildflower seeds, peanut packets and Mentos.

Liz and Brian were so laid-back and extremely fun to photograph, and their DIY wedding was nothing short of incredible. It was beautiful reflection of their personal values and their love for each other, and that was a wonderful celebration to be a part of!

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Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Dress: BHLDN | Cake: The Sugar Shack | Invitations: Lilco Letterpress | Shoes: Nordstrom | Caterer: East Side King Food Truck | Boots: The Wild West Store | Bride’s Ring: Wexford Jewelers | Groom’s Ring:James Avery | Makeup + Hair: Ashley at Belle Mariee | Venue: Montesino Ranch

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Wimberley, Texas Wedding from The Life You Love Photography

True story: I’ve never actually been to Texas. Total shame, I know. But I imagine that big, beautiful state to be a lot like this Wimberley wedding — a true slice of rustic charm. From the sprawling farm tables to the wide, open spaces of Montesino Ranch, it’s a place I’d be more than happy to sit and stay a while (or, forever!) So until I can get my “visit Texas plan” officially in place, you can find me in the gallery of The Life You Love Photography’s pretty captures right here.

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Jennifer was studying in a bookstore during her junior year in highschool when a boy came up and asked for her phone number… the rest was history! Jennifer and Nowlin planned their “destination” wedding (planning from San Antonio) at the beyond beautiful ranch at Montesino Ranch. Montesino Ranch is privately owned and spans acres and acres of gorgeous land and scenes. It was important to the couple to have an intimate wedding showcased all local vendors when it came to food, wine, breweries, flowers. The couple opted out of having a bridal party which really set the tone for how intimate the ceremony was. With the Wimberely hills as the backdrop to their vows, there was not a dry eye in the house. The sun set over the reception set up, rows of long tables with mismatched plates with twinkling lights over head. It was a beautiful day.

Photography: The Life You Love Photography | Flowers: Arnosky Family Farm | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Engagement Ring: Family Heirloom | Wedding Bands: Kruger's Diamond Jewelers | Catering: Chef Sonia Cot | Ceremony Music: Hill Country Strings | Venue: Montesino Ranch | Belt: Mayfair Bridal | Bridal Salon: Mayfair Bridal | Earrings: Nordstrom | Reception Band: The Lost Pines

Red Corral Ranch Wedding from Matthew Johnson Studios

The beauty of blogging for a living is that I can live anywhere in the world I want to.  I could literally pack up my bags tomorrow, catch the first flight out of the desert and, say, set up camp at the Red Corral Ranch, my new obsession and the breathtaking locale for this darling duos happily ever afters.  Sure, they may kick me out after just a few hours, but not before I really soak in the beauty that is this Hill Country paradise.  And if that doesn’t happen, then there’s always the gallery of mesmerizing images from Matthew Johnson, which is moment after moment of pure wedded bliss wrapped up in some of the prettiest details you will ever lay your eyes upon.  See it all here.

From MatthewRed Corral Ranch sits about an hour outside of Austin in the beautiful little Texas Hill Country town of Wimberley. The property has enough guest cabins to allow the wedding party and family to spend the entire weekend at the ranch, which is always a big selling point for the venue. Once out at the ranch couples have numerous spots to pick from for their ceremony, all of which will have Red Corral’s famous peacocks wandering around entertaining guests.

For Katy and Daniel, Red Corral Ranch was the perfect fit since their family is from Wimberley and they had connections to many of the vendors. Wow Factor Floral is a local Wimberley business that I always love working with as a photographer. Whenever we work together their spectacular floral arrangements and bouquets play a part in photographs that become some of the couple’s favorite images from the day.

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Photography: Matthew Johnson Studios | Wedding Venue: Red Corral Ranch | Wedding Planning: Ruth Ann Gilbert of Red Corral Ranch + Christina Lewis of Wedding Warriors | Floral Design: Wow Factor Floral | Lighting + DJ: Altared Weddings | Catering: Primizie | Rentals: Whim Event Rentals + Bee Lavish

Texas Ranch Wedding from Mint Photography + Vintage&Lace

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!

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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.

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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

Red Corral Ranch Wedding by Q Weddings

I just can’t get enough of ranch weddings!  Each one we feature makes my heart do a few hundred somersaults and this Wimberley wedding has put it into overdrive.  I’m totally smitten with the long, European-style dinner tables covered in romantic arrangements of fuchsia flowers and feathers in vintage bottles, the many personalized details and the seriously swoon-worthy couple at the center of it all.  Q Weddings knows how to capture a wedding with style and they did not hold back here!  See it all in the full gallery!

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From Suzy of Q WeddingsThe overall theme of Elisha and Buzzy’s wedding rustic chic. It took place on a ranch in Texas with mostly non-Texans for wedding guests. There were lots of unique details. Instead of a first dance, the couple did a first karaoke: “Islands in the Stream,” followed by the hora, which was played by a local rockabilly band, Jesse Dayton. Elisha hired cheerleaders from a local high school to create a paper banner that said “E loves B.” When Elisha and Buzzy were introduced at the reception, they broke through the banner. The reception dinner was outdoors and featured long European style tables topped with brown pharmacy bottles, feathers, flowers, corkboard table numbers and hand painted place cards. Elisha and Buzzy hand-painted the invitations. The invitations were created by her father, who also is a rabbi and officiated the ceremony. Elisha said they made a lot of the details themselves because “we love being creative and we love making things special for the people we love.” Buzzy’s dad owns a mens’ clothing store, so his clothing was particularly detailed, including his name sewn into his suit jacket. Elisha wore two dresses, and the first one had a hoop!

Wedding Photography: Q Weddings / Wedding Venue: Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley, Texas / Day-Of Coordination: Aimee Villa of Lizze Belle Event Planning / Florist: Tracy Rassett of Violet Crown Designs / Catering: Kristen Stacy of Royal Fig Catering / Cinematography: The Dandylion Studio / First Wedding Dress: Suzanne Ermann / Second Wedding Dress: BCBG / Groom’s Attire: SAMS Fine Mens Clothing / Music: Jesse Dayton / Programs: KRAFT and JUTE

Wimberley Wedding by Matthew Johnson Studios

Note to self – I need to high tail it to Hill Country ASAP. After seeing this wedding by Matthew Johnson Studios I’m ready to book a flight to the Lone Star State to see this pretty place in person. And the bride? Well she is as breathtaking as the backdrop. I know they say everything is bigger in Texas, but it also looks like everything is prettier too. See for yourself in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride…Our wedding took place on the stone terrace of a friends villa overlooking the sweeping Texas Hill Country, in the artsy town of Wimberley.  It was a sunny, slightly breezy spring day, everything about it reminded us of our favorite San Diego, California retreat.

A small gathering of close friends and family members joined us for the celebration.  The evening was filled with laughter, smiles and love.  Everything was just perfect; the scent of succulent jewel toned peonies in blue mason jars, the crowd beneath the warm glow of tree-hung lights, it was really magical!

Wedding Photography: Matthew Johnson Studios / Wedding Coordinator: Christina Lewis of Wedding Warriors / DJ: Altared Weddings / Caterer: Austin Catering / Bar: Star of Texas Liquor / Ceremony Music: Classical Guitarist Tony Morris & Renata / Floral Design: Wow Factor Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori / Transportation: Mike’s Luxury Transport / Rentals: Premiere Party Central / Make-up: James Allen Salon

Rehearsal Dinner At The Red Corral Ranch From Jennifer Lindberg

OH wait!  We have one more Texas-terrific feature for you today!  From Jennifer Lindberg ~ a fun-filled rehearsal dinner …

Guilyn, a Malibu native, wanted her out-of-town wedding guests to experience the proverbial Texas experience for the rehearsal dinner. The CLINK team helped her host an unforgettable night at the Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley ~ booking the entire ranch for both their wedding and rehearsal dinner. The decor was Texas to a T!

Guilyn & Troy’s wedding was featured in Modern Bride and can be seen on Jennifer’s blog! Really, really, really worth a look!!

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Paper Place for Stationery; BBQ & Catering-County Line (Austin); Lighting-ILIOS; Rentals-Marquee Event Group for Rentals; Linens-BBJ; Floral: Prive’

OK … so NOW we’re off to sit back and sip some Texas-tea and soak up the early summer sun!! Stay safe!