With the word “festival” guiding their design choices, Allison and John threw an Austin, Texas wedding to remember at vintage-rustic Star Hill Ranch. The venue’s little white chapel provided shelter from the rain as the pair shared their first look, where brightly colored windows made for a festive backdrop. Utilizing the natural beauty of the chapel, Sweet Events created a simple ceremony backdrop with individual flowers hung with gold tape on the white wood paneled wall. The newlyweds didn’t let a little rain dampen their happiness. In fact, they credit Sam Hugh Photography for making them feel like it was the most beautiful day of the year as they kissed beneath an umbrella during post-ceremony portraits.
Allison and John
Star Hill Ranch, Bee Cave, Texas
The most important thing to us when planning our wedding was sticking to our inspiration, which was one word: “festival.” We knew we wanted it to be a day completely dedicated to celebrating how far we’ve come together, but even more so, our dedication to each other, our love and our future. We wanted an unforgettable celebration surrounded by family and friends, who have basically become one in the same over the last ten years of our lives together. We were going for something quirky and eclectic that would reflect our love for Austin, and we got exactly that. Our wedding was absolutely us and we couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out.
When hunting for the perfect wedding venue, I had a vision of someplace rustic and unique with vintage charm. I walked on the Star Hill Ranch property and thought, “Wow, this is it!”. It was the perfect location…a little bit of everything in one place! The buildings were so inviting and I loved the fact that they actually came from somewhere. Each building had its own “story” to contribute and I was excited to add our story to the list. We loved the Bridal Cottage and Grooms Quarters on site so we could get ready, be with our bridal party, and have a relaxing day in one place. The owner, Adam, is the kindest man who made us feel right at home. We said our “I dos” in the little white chapel, which was very intimate and romantic, I couldn’t have pictured it better in my mind.
I would have to say my favorite memory of the day was probably something I never thought I would ever say about my wedding day…the rain! It absolutely POURED all day long on our wedding day but none of it changed the meaning of the day. The love between us, our family and our friends brought us our own sunshine, which makes it even more special. Looking back through the pictures of our wedding day that our extremely talented photographer, Sam Hugh, captured…leaves me in awe. The rain added another level of romance and pureness that we could have never expected. At the end of the day, I could finally say John was my husband and I get to keep him for life! Rain or shine…how much better can it get?
My advice for brides to be would be to relax throughout the process as much as possible and remember less is more! Renting décor from Loot Vintage Rentals was the way to go for us…the choices were limitless! Also, wedding planners are a must! They keep everything running smoothly so the bride and groom don’t have to think twice (or even once) about a single thing. Hiring Sweet Events was a lifesaver! Those woman were amazing and on top of it every second of the day. They took my ideas completely to heart and somehow brought life to the wedding I had been dreaming up in my head! It was everything I’d been wanting and more.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Sam Hugh Photography
Event Planning – Sweet Events
Venue – Star Hill Ranch
Floral Design – Dsweetpeas Custom Floral Design
Catering – The Peached Tortilla
Cake – Sweetness Bakery Austin
Groom’s Cake – Round Rock Donuts
DJ – Ricky DJs Austin
Videography – Something Clever Films
Invitations – Minted
Hair & Makeup Styling – Bellezza Salon
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – David’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Dandy’s The Gentleman’s Store
Rings – Diamonds Direct
Rentals – Loot Vintage Rentals
Linens – Unique Design & Events
Congrats to Allison and John on their festive Austin wedding at Star Hill Ranch! Love the way Sam Hugh Photography captured this wedding? Be sure to check out Alyssa and Beau’s barefoot Texas elopement on Caddo Lake to see more from Sam!