Dec 31, 2020
Pecan Springs (http://pecanspringsranch.com/) is close to Austin, which makes it a good choice because that allows guests to stay in the city, as a cab ride would not be too outrageous. It features Bride’s house for her and her family, Groom’s house for his party, and pretty folding chairs, as well as a pavilion and nice outdoorsy wooded ceremony area. They have a nice website, and allow all sorts of vendors, which could work out to be cheaper in the long run since I know caterers, pastry chefs, and DJs. Also, Caryn has shot here before, so she’ll have good ideas!
Twisted Ranch (http://twistedranchweddings.com/) is in Bertram, which is close to our house and has a great Hill Country feel. They have lots of neat little buildings, including a super awesome old barn as their reception site (my favorite barn!) They allow decorating the day before, which would be fantastic, and also, the $6000 package includes cabins for people to stay in the night of. The little church is adorable, and very pretty inside, although I would rather an outdoor ceremony.
Old Glory Ranch (http://www.oldgloryranch.com/hillcountryweddings/) has a really pretty outdoor pavilion, and the ceremony site is right on the Blanco River, which would fit us nicely since we enjoy floating the river. However, it is far away from Austin, so we would need to take a closer look before considering it.
The Red Corral Ranch (http://www.redcorralranch.com/default.asp) has the perfect big red barn, and is another bed and breakfast that provides places for the bridal party to stay. Probably too pricy for that, since it doesn’t include a lot of other things, but if the Big Red Barn can be set up for both ceremony and reception, I’d keep it on the list- they have fire pits!
Pecan Grove at The Salt Lick (http://www.txwinecountryevents.com/pecan-grove/) is gorgeous, and the caterers will make anything. I love the rustic pavilion, and the ceremony site is gorgeous as well. They are flexible with other vendors, and the lawn can be set up with games and lights. I’m very interested!
Memory Lane Event Center (http://memorylaneweddings.com/ML/Home.html) is in Dripping Springs, which is not too far away from town. Their packages include space for the bridal party to stay the night, tables and chairs for up to 175, getting ready suites, choice of centerpieces that I would at least look at, and a very pretty ceremony and reception site. About $4200 for a one night stay for everyone, including a Honeymoon suite, a large covered stage, and the other things listed already.
Texas Old Town’s Redbud Hall (http://www.texasoldtown.com/redbud-hall.html) is about $2,950 for the facility, getting-ready rooms, ceremony sites, a DOC, tables and chairs, but no accommodations or other inclusions, and it’s down in Kyle, which is kind of far away, although both families would probably be interested in Cabellas, and there are plenty of affordable hotels around there.
The Flying T Ranch event center (www.flyingtrancheventcenter.com) is in Bertram, which is close to home, and includes an entire weekend (Friday-Sunday) with a house that sleeps 12, a covered wooden deck for receptions, getting-ready rooms, ceremony sites, parking with an attendant, clean-up and break-down, a DOC, tables, chairs, horsehoes, washers, and volleyball, with the option of quail hunting and target shooting, low season is only $3,500, high season is $3,900, which is reasonable for everything included. Ceremony and Reception sites are pretty, but not very “rustic” looking.
Sutton Springs (http://www.suttonspringsaustin.com/) is inside of the Austin city limits, which is nice, and the amphitheatre seating for the ceremony is great because everyone can see. I love the reception pavilion, but I’m not certain it’s big enough for everyone- this may be intended to be a ceremony-only site.
The Heart of Texas Ranch (http://heartoftexasranch.net/) is out in Marble Falls. It includes two pretty houses and an event center- finishing October 2013- is $3,995 for a two-night stay, which includes white chairs, and probably more tables and chairs once the hall is done.
We met at a dance hall (or a bar, as his aunt insisted on correcting me) on April 16, 2011. (the day I was supposed to be making the biggest mistake ever by marrying my ex- sign from above? I think so!!)
Anyhow, I had spent the day with my girlfriends at an all day music festival, and we had finally made our way downtown in Austin to a place called Rebels. I had been there maybe a total of 5mins when he walked up and asked me to dance. We hit it off right away and when we were done with our second dance he said "I hope your friends don't get mad at me, becuase I want to dance with you all night!" (awwwwww!!)
We went on our first date that next week to a concert and then out dancing again. I had been praying for a guy who would be just like him- want to dance with me, talk to me about anything, have fun and joke with me- and I got him! From then on we've been inseparable! (How right was Aaron Watson with what he told me?? [see page above] And that was only three days beforehand. I ought to email him and let him know he's a prophet...)
Anyhow, here is my baby. I love him so much! I really believe us meeting was fate; I've never felt I was supposed to be with someone so much in my life. It's a nice feeling. :)
Old picture of him I stole from FB (mmmm) Our first outing together as a couple to the drag races!!
Rangers game! At the beach in Florida!
Memorial Day Weekend at a concert Racing his race car (did I mention he was a driver??)
When it comes to planning a wedding, photography is the MOST IMPORTANT THING to me. Seriously, above all else. Well, aside from who I'm marrying, of course!! :)
I have a friend from HS that I grew up with who has turned in to an amazing photographer. Her website is www.lovecaryn.com and I am just in awe with her work. I really hope she does me the honor of shooting my wedding and engagement (and maybe some more bpics!) pictures one day!
Here are some examples. ALL courtesy of Caryn at Love Caryn Photoraphy- CREDIT HER!!
These ladies won't change, no matter who I marry!
The Bridal Party
MOH: Bridget- saved my life by taking a chance. Turns out we're pretty much the same person- right down to the size of our fingers and feet!!
Sandra! She's from Germany and here we are in Hannover.
Renae, Alyssa, Veronica. All known from High School, and all amazing women!
The group of friends and family I know will be at my wedding one day like. To. Party.
What's more approrpirate than a functional gift that keeps on giving like a koozie?
I plan on putting a monogram and the date on it and get half yellow and half blue.
These are under 120 dollars total for 220 koozies!!
Provided by Personalized Drink Ware once my mom gets me the guest list so I can get going!