Monday, January 16, 2012

Rustic Ranch Wedding Details and Decor

Hello, friends! 

I've been asked by several lovely friends to share some of the details of my experience planning our Oct. 15 wedding in La Grange. It was worth every ounce of hard work, and the details truly made it our own unique soiree.

My lovely bridemaids wore the multi-way dress from Victoria's Secret for under $80 a piece. I'm pretty sure they loved me for that! The dresses were a bit hard to figure out, but check out these tutorials on YouTube by Michelle New York. Once we got everyone safety pinned in, they looked gorgeous and were totally danceable. They all wore their own cowgirl boots. I found the flower girl dress at Ross for $18, removed the cheesy fake flower, and trimmed it with pretty ribbon and a feather flower. My dress is a Maggie Sottero that I found at Anonymously Yours, a hole-in-the-wall consignment shop in Dallas. It was brand new (the bridal shop had gone out of business) and I paid $500 for it. Love a good bargain!! Found my flower girl's pail at a garage sale. Flowers are by me :)

 The fellas wore tan-colored suits from Al's Formal Wear. FYI: It is perfectly acceptable to have fewer groomsmen than bridemaids. The last two guys got to walk down with two girls instead of complaints! :)

The "Guestbook Table" was an antique dresser filled with linens and our programs, which I designed and printed on kraft paper cardstock and tied with antique lace. The guests signed picture books from Shutterstock with photos of our engagement. 

When you're in the middle of a pasture, the dilemma of where and how the girls would arrived was solved by riding in on a biggo tractor! The girls rode in on a hayride covered in vintage quilts. The groomsmen were waiting at the end of the aisle to help them down and walk down the aisle with them.

 This is a big picture of the site. The guys built our arbor of cedar trees from the land. We draped it with chiffon and hung colored mason jars from the back. We made the aisle our of white rocks lined with loose hay and shepherds hooks. A rustic tree stump hold our engagement portrait at the end of the aisle.

 This is one of my favorite shots. We left this fallen tree in the pasture for this purpose.
 I rode in on my stepdad's 1930 Model A coupe. It doubled for adorable photo ops afterward! The bunting is made of burlap, jute and chipboard from the scrapbook aisle.
 I designed these koozies, which I got from Discount Koozies. They were less than 75 cents each and doubled as favors.
 These awesome beer steins were from Derek's grandparents' restaurant in La Grange, which was open in the 70s. Patrons would have custom mugs made and kept at the bar. We had around 70 laying around in the barn, so we cleaned them up and let guests take them home afterward. HUGE hit!
 Our families scoured flea markets and yard sales for months finding more than 180 pieces of mismatched china for our table settings. The tags were found at Staples and we stamped them with several similar stamps. This stamp was from Hobby Lobby.
 I dreamed up this cupcake display and it turned out just like I wanted it to. we collected wood stumps from the land and made all sizes and levels. We covered the table and wood pieces with vintage linens and doilies and threaded lights between the logs. We also incorporated vintage cake stands. We had three flavors of cupcakes from Eat Cake! in La Grange--spice cake, red velvet and butter cream. We topped them with cute "I do" flags made by me.
 Derek's grandma Shirley is an award-winning pie maker and a county fair favorite, so naturally we asked her to bake about a dozen pumpkin pies (Derek's fave). We framed her story on the table to the rights and sprinkled in a few of my bridals. Levels were key here!

 We strung cafe lights across our homemade dance floor and inside the tent, too. It was much easier than renting one, and we used the frames and plywood later. It was really rustic but was a big hit. We spent hours dancing the night away.
{All images by Nathan Addison Photography}

Sometime soon, I'll share the do's and don'ts of planning a ranch wedding!

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  1. I'm SO glad you shared this beautiful wedding at our linky party. I will be pinning some of these right now!


  2. This wedding was GORGEOUS! I am your newest follower, and I look forward to reading your do's and dont's of planning post!

  3. This beautiful post was just featured on Cowgirl Up. Please grab a "featured on cowgirl up" button!! Woo hoo!!

  4. Thanks, everyone! I'm feelin' the love this Valentine's Day! SO appreciate the feature and pinning! ;)

  5. this is such a beautiful wedding! i love all the diy details. congrats dear!

  6. What a lovely location and a gorgeous wedding. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

  7. You are so adorable What a fun fun wedding, and so beautiful. Congrats on newbie spotlight and thank you for joining in.