A Boho Garden Glitz Wedding at Stone Oak Ranch in Murchison, Texas
This wedding will give you butterflies—literally! At their wedding ceremony, Aja Smith (31 and a marketing manager) and Colin Friday (30 and a mortgage banker) had a live butterfly release to symbolize the joy they felt to start their new lives together. “There are old sayings that if you whisper wishes or blessings to butterflies, they will carry your messages to the heavens. There were lots of special wishes on our wedding day,” says Aja. The couple chose to get married at Stone Oak Ranch in Murchison, Texas, after discovering its sweet outdoor chapel, rustic barn (Aja knew she could glam it up for the reception) and the selling point: its location in East Texas, near where the bride and groom grew up. The couple decorated the space to create an enchanted garden atmosphere, or what they like to call “bohemian glitz with a Southern twist,” with a color palette of blush and gold, full of lush, whimsical florals by La Tee Da. “My style is a little bit boho, but I love anything gold and sparkly,” says Aja. Another special detail? The DJ who played at the reception, Sound Rascals, was one of the bride’s late father’s best friends. He even played some of her father’s original songs, including the bride’s namesake, “Aja,” by Steely Dan. “It was really sweet and meaningful,” says Aja. The night ended on another sentimental note, with the last song: “I Got Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks. “All of our friends huddled around us in a circle and sang and swayed as we walked around toasting and high-fiving everyone,” Aja says. “It was priceless.” See the sweetness captured by Erica Mae Photography, below.