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An Elegant Ranch Wedding

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Katie & Paul in Wayside, TX
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A DIY wedding banner with Katie and Paul’s names and wedding date hung on the mantel place of the ranch. The couple tried to incorporate as many personalized details as they could to give their wedding a low-key, family picnic atmosphere.
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Katie readily admits that she had almost nothing to do with her wedding bouquet -- she gives all the credit for her romantic garden rose, tulip, and ranunculus bouquet to her florist!
Amy Thoennes, Amarillo, TX
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The bridesmaids’ breezy satin dresses were perfect for the August weather, and the bold purple, champagne, pearl, and chocolate-brown stripes fit perfectly into the wedding’s color scheme. The guys’ wine-colored ties kept them in theme.
Hazel, Dillards, Dillards.com
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The couple spent many hours putting together their ceremony program fans. The front of the programs had a picture of the couple, and the fan opened up into the program. An antique-style brad and twine held it closed during the ceremony.
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Katie and Paul exchanged vows on the front field of Hidden Falls Ranch. Two trees hung with paper lanterns marked the altar space, but otherwise the only decoration was the breathtaking view. They used a few old church pews from the camp chapel for seating.
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Katie bought her pale blue-green wedding dress from Morle in Lubbock. Her seamstress added the sweetheart neckline.
Mon Cheri Bridal Gowns, Morle, Lubbock, TX
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Each table at the indoor/outdoor reception had a different centerpiece for an eclectic look. There was a mix of lanterns, bottles filled with peacock feathers and berries, and floral arrangements with cases filled with coffee beans.
Amy Thoennes, Amarillo, TX
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One of the centerpieces had special meaning for Katie. It was a paper-covered vase her late great-grandmother had made. Including it in the wedding decor let the couple honor her memory.
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Eight Mason jars were placed on each table for the guests to use as drinking glasses.
Hidden Falls Ranch, Wayside, TX
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The three-tiered spice cake was frosted in off-white buttercream and decorated with a lace ribbon along the bottom of each tier. Fresh flowers that matched the bridesmaid dresses topped the confection. The couple also served brownies and vanilla ice cream for Paul in place of a groom’s cake.
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Katie & Paul in Wayside, TX

Having an outdoor wedding was important to Katie and Paul. Both natives of the Texas Panhandle, they picked Hidden Falls Ranch for their wedding venue because it was where they had met while working at the summer camp there. Plus, the natural beauty of the location made it an easy decision. The Bride Katie Burton, 24, high school English teacher The Groom Paul Clark, 29, audio engineer The Date August 8 Katie and Paul wanted their wedding to have a “family picnic” feel, so they decided to plan the entire thing themselves to give it as many personal touches as possible. Drawing inspiration from a dark teal glass bottle and a peacock feather, they planned their eclectic wedding with a mix of classic and funky colors.
- Justine Lorelle Blanchard
Their Ingredients
  • Avery House Creative, Chicago, IL
  • Hidden Falls Ranch
  • Amy Thoennes, Amarillo, TX
  • Hazel, Dillards, Dillards.com
  • Mon Cheri Bridal Gowns, Morle, Lubbock, TX
  • Hidden Falls Ranch, Wayside, TX
  • Cakes and Catering, Amarillo, TX

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