Jamie and Jason’s wedding was a riot of colour and fun and took place in Liberty Hill, Texas. Their only inspiration was their family and friends and wanting to make sure there was a comfortable, fun and unique experience for everyone. And going on these photos, they definitely did that!
They hosted their whole wedding at Casa Rio de Colores a stunning and eccentric house on the waterside full of bright colours and gorgeous mosaics, which they rented for the whole weekend. “Our wedding didn’t have a ‘theme’ per se, but it was an entire weekend getaway!” Jamie says. “We rented our venue for Friday – Monday (with lodging included) for only $2750. Our guests were able to swim in the river, relax or go for a walk on the nature trails, and really let loose during party time! Almost all 70 of our guest list stayed on site for Saturday night. We just wanted to have one big party with all of our loved ones – getting to hang out for several days, meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones really was special. I truly believe some life-long friendships were made that weekend.”
It was also really important to Jamie and Jason that their dogs were allowed there – for their stationery, a friend designed a wedding logo comprising of their two dogs’ faces, which they used on the invitations and the thumbprint book they used as a guestbook. They also had them in their photos, and referenced them in their ceremony. “Our ceremony was short, sweet and heartfelt, with our mutual best friend Nic officiating. When we were in the planning stage, we both wanted Nic as part of our wedding party and fought over him until I realised the perfect solution: he could be right in the middle.” Jamie continues, “Our vows were filled with jokes, references to our beloved dogs, mentions of adversity and promises for the future. It’s difficult to choose but this was my favourite part of the day.”
Amy and Ryan wanted a sweet, nostalgic and happy wedding. They were married at Star Hill Ranch in Austin, in March. “I originally wanted a ceremony at our house, but there was no way we could ﬁt everyone, so we brought elements of our home to the venue”, Amy said. “We both love mid-century ascetics, but didn’t want it to be too kitschy or overdone. One guest described it as ‘if Wes Anderson remade Steel Magnolias’ which is a fantastic compliment if not just a really, really good idea.”
“Our décor was a combination of handmade projects, beloved items from our own home and items provided by family. Our taxidermy weasel on our sweetheart table was actually what Ryan proposed to me with… long story! My mom even made us a piñata for guests to drop in their well-wishes. All of the paper ﬂowers in the décor were made by Ryan, my mom, her students and myself. The ﬂowers in my bouquet were picked up that morning at Whole Foods and beautifully thrown together.”
Natalie and Patrick had a fairly traditional church ceremony but that’s definitely where the the tradition ended! Their wedding reception was one of the most authentic carnival/ circus themes I’ve ever seen! They changed outfits, had lots of performers and plenty of food truck options for their 500 (!) guests… Oh and they arrived on an elephant. NBD…
“The reception was at Texas Stunt Ranch”, Natalie said. “We chose it because we knew we were planning on having a circus complete with performers and an elephant and we knew there would be few if any venues that would be ‘elephant friendly’. So when they were not only willing but excited about our plan, we signed with them right away.”
“Our entertainment was provided by The Vampire Circus and it was the absolute most amazing show I have ever seen….That ANYONE had ever seen! They were an absolute pleasure to work with and handled all the snags in the road with grace. If you have not seen them perform do yourself a favour and go. It was an incredible show, performed by the most skilled and astounding artists. They dazzled 500 people, and every single one of them told me it was the best show they had ever seen. They left the crowd awe-struck. I can’t begin to thank these guys enough. They had a pizzaz that made you not able to take your eyes off of them!!!”