Wander Woman

Wedding Bells

by on Jun.11, 2012, under Parties & Gatherings

Almost eight weeks ago we did something crazy: We got married.

We had been planning all of the big and tiny wedding details for what seemed like forever. (Actually, it was only 7-1/2 months, as soon as we moved to Austin.)

Our wedding was relaxed and romantic, a little bit of Great Gatsby and a lotta bit of rustic countryside. I had always wanted to marry in a small chapel and have a candlelit reception in a barn, and that’s pretty much what we did. Our venue, Vista West Ranch in Hill Country, was perfect: a private house with a barn, bunkhouses and flowery, nook-filled grounds. My groom, who hadn’t dreamt of any specific details for his wedding day because he’s a groom, loved the beer garden, where we had our cocktail hour, and the quiet lavender fields that covered the lawn outside the barn.

The wedding – the whole wedding day – was everything we want from a marriage… and a party: It was stocked high with belly laughs, grinning loved ones, good food, pretty dresses, a fuzzy entertainer (our ring bearer), a chatty, bow-tied little sweetie (our flower boy), foot-thumpin’ music, and lots of tears – mainly during our personal vows. Oh, and kisses. Oceans of hugs and kisses.


The hours leading up the big moment were breezy. My bridesmaids and I noshed on burgers. (Well, I ate a burger. The girls mostly hurried around, Mishel semi-frantically applying my makeup while Margo policed reception set-up and blocked people from entering the bridal suite. They both were amazingly hardworking – and exhausted! – bridesmaids.) About an hour before the ceremony, we cracked open a bottle of rosé, finished our faces and threw on our dresses while “Paint It Black” screamed in the background.

And then it was time to walk down the aisle to see my beautiful, patient – oops, I was late coming down the aisle! – groom. That was the best part – seeing him shed tears while I walked down the aisle.

For more pics, including photos of the cake and a thousand other details, check out our much-easier-to-scroll-through feature on Style Me Pretty.

Or, visit my fave wedding-shot round-up on our fabulous photographer’s site.

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