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Our Wedding 5.25.13

Posted Jul 14 2013 11:32pm


Finally! I am so excited to share with you an intimate look at our wedding day.

We got married on May 25th in Austin, Texas at Pecan Springs Ranch . We found the venue last Christmas when it was still under construction, but I fell in love with the owner’s vision for the place and knew it would be perfect for us. I always knew I wanted an outdoor wedding in a prairie-like setting and Pecan Springs Ranch totally fit that vision.

All these photos are courtesy of our photographer, Astrid. Astrid has been an ELR reader for years and after chatting with her briefly, I knew she would do a spectacular job shooting our wedding. I couldn’t have been happier with the way our photos turned out, plus she is a totally lovely person and a joy to work with. I highly recommend her!




The venue was actually built on an old homestead from the 1800s, and I think the most special part was the old fireplace that we got married in front of. The fireplace was part of the original home and had children’s names scratched into the brick. Just writing about it gives me shivers…it was very, very cool.



Here’s a few photos of us girls getting ready in the adorable brides house, circa 1940. Our wedding color was cornflower blue, and all my girls were matching blue sundresses that I found on clearance from BHLDN . At $60 a pop, they were a total steal and absolutely adorable!





I bought all my bridesmaids FashionABLE scarves to throw over their dress during the reception in case they got chilly. They LOVED the scarves!! They also wore Noonday earrings and Stella & Dot gold bangles .

And now for the story about my dress.


To be totally honest, the dress wasn’t the highest priority of mine. I had no desire to spend thousands on a dress I would wear for a few hours. That’s just not me. I’d rather put more money towards the food! Anyway, I found this short party dress on BHLDN and instantly knew it was a winner. It’s the “sequin stash dress” in case you’re wondering. I ordered it online, it fit like a glove and I paired it with a sparkly necklace {also from BHLDN}, a short veil, kitten heels for walking down the aisle and my fav cowboy boots for dancing later! :)



It truly was exactly the “laid back prairie-style” look I was going for. I HIGHLY recommend short wedding dresses! It made dancing later super fun, especially since my dress had a tight pink sequin layer underneath. It was the ultimate party dress and I felt like a princess in it.

As for the flowers, I got together with a couple of my bridesmaids two days before the wedding and we made them all by hand. It saved tons of money and was really fun! I wanted everything to be bright, colorful and sort of messy. No matchy matchy bouquets here!


My amazing wedding coordinator, Christine , doubled as our florist. Seriously, if you’re getting married in Austin I can’t recommend Christine enough. She was fabulous and I don’t think we could have done it without her. In fact, I know we couldn’t have done it without her. Twenty minutes before the ceremony started, all electricity was lost at the venue and Christine held everything and everyone together perfectly. Our band and caterers ran on generators all night and hundreds of candles were lit for dinner. Right when I walked down the aisle to Adam I whispered that we got our “real prairie wedding” with no electricity and he burst out laughing. It was so us, power or not.


Here are some more ceremony photos. I can’t even tell you how special our ceremony was. It signified our union in Christ and the covenant we now share. We chose two passage of scripture, one from the old testament {ruth 1: 16-17} and one from the new testament {mark 10: 6-9}. It was also very special to have a good friend marry us!









Our gorgeous ceremony programs were custom designed by Tricia at The Memory Trunk . I can’t recommend her enough – she did a beautiful job on our programs that totally fit the rustic look we were going for.


Our moms helped us so much with decor! My mom made these mason jar vases that we hung on the ceremony end chairs. They were so bright and beautiful!

Adam’s mom made all the centerpieces for the tables. She used reclaimed wood from their property to make these wood “cookies” then she found collected all the vintage bottles we used as vases.




All other vintage decorations were provided by Pecan Springs Ranch! Christine decorated the entire place for us and it just looked fabulous with vintage typewriters, books and yard games.


One of the coolest things we did was this fun seating chart! I wrote all of our guest’s names down on doilies I bought from a craft store then pinned them up with wooden clothes pins on this wire frame to correspond with their table number. It was a big hit!


I also made this huge Eat Local Organic sign that we propped up. I painted it last winter when we were visiting Adam’s family over Christmas. His mom made the other signs!



Those little burlap wrapped thingies in the first photo are our wedding favors! Adam made e-books that we loaded on flash drives for everyone. The e-books contained a dozen different playlists synced to Spotify of our favorite songs along with photos and quotes from our favorite books.

And now let’s talk about FOOD! We used Royal Fig Catering in Austin and they were just lovely. We picked a menu of roast chicken, macaroni and cheese with brie, dates and bacon, roast heirloom carrots and brown butter cornbread. Delicious comfort food for all!

And spicy guavaritas to drink! These spicy tequila cocktails were definitely the hit of the party.


We also had old school cokes in big galvanized tubs for easy sippin’!


As for our cake, we used the extremely talented Hayley at Cecelia’s Austin . She was fabulous. We chatted on the phone because I couldn’t get in for a tasting and I told her exactly what I wanted — a very simple, yet very delicious carrot cake with no “frilly things” like pineapple, nuts or raisins. Just plain ol’ carrot cake with cream cheese frosting layers and buttercream on the top.


I’m telling you, Adam and I are STILL talking about that cake and how good it was. I’m so glad my mom snatched the top tier to take home and freeze for us to eat on our first anniversary! I highly recommend working with Hayley if you need a great wedding cake. She’s the best!!


Like our wooden cake topper? Kacia made it! That girl is mega talented.

We decided to go the band route instead of a DJ. We used The Pearl Tones and they were wonderful! Despite no electricity, our wedding was a It was awesome! I would book them again in a heartbeat. They are so insanely talented!




Here’s us and Astrid ! Again, I can’t recommend her enough as a wedding photographer. She lives in DC but will travel to wherever you are!


Whew! I think that pretty much covers it. I think one of the best decisions Adam and I made was to leave the wedding at 10:30pm and head to our hotel . We drove ourselves in our maroon rental car, and right after the car door slammed and we pulled out into the dusty Texas night, we shared a brief moment of silence then looked at each other and just burst out laughing hysterically. We did it! We got married! I still can’t even believe it really happened. And man, that night goes by so fast.


I also loved that we left immediately on our honeymoon. I know some couples say they appreciated having a few days before leaving, but we loved leaving the next day as a newly married couple. We were running on pure adrenaline at that point! It was the best.

I know all brides probably say that their day was absolutely perfect, and I’m no different. It really was perfect for us…..a huge dance party out in the country with good food and all our best friends. It was so “us”, despite not having any electricity! Just simple and enjoyable. We are so thankful for all the extra help our friends and family gave us getting ready for our big day! We couldn’t have done it without them.

Here’s our vendor list! I highly recommend each and every one of them. They were wonderful to work with in every possible way.

Vendor List ~

Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch

Wedding Coordinator: Eventfully Yours’

Florist: Eventfully Yours’

Caterer: Royal Fig Catering

Vintage Rentals: c/o Pecan Springs Ranch

Photography: Astrid Photography

Wedding Dress: BHLDN

Wedding Jewelry: pearl earrings from grandma, necklace from BHLDN , bracelet from Stella & Dot

Wedding Shoes: kitten heels from BHLDN, boots from Corral Vintage

Veil: Unbridaled Austin

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN

Wedding Cake: Cecelia’s Austin

Hair + Makeup: done by friends

Band: The Pearl Tones

Ceremony Programs: The Memory Trunk


And that, my friends, is the story of how I came to be Mrs. Jennifer Beaugh.

The End.




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