A Country Chic Wedding at Cotton Creek Barn in New Home, Texas

Jaclyn Ratcliff (25 and a lab technician) and Russell Ratliff (32 and a diesel mechanic) met on a blind date through mutual friends who thought they w

Jaclyn Ratcliff (25 and a lab technician) and Russell Ratliff (32 and a diesel mechanic) met on a blind date through mutual friends who thought they would be perfect for each other. A year after they started dating, Russel popped the question at a homecoming bonfire for their alma mater, orchestrating a surprise for Jaclyn complete with her closest friends to help the couple celebrate. Jaclyn and Russel's wedding was a perfect slice of West Texas at Cotton Creek Barn in New Home, Texas. Jaclyn wanted an outdoor wedding and Russel wanted country, so the venue was the ideal blend for the couple's country chic wedding. True to her roots, Jaclyn featured cotton bolls in the arbor at the ceremony, baby's breath bouquets and mason jars. Her lace dress was perfectly complimented by the blush bridesmaids' dresses and the men's khaki suits. The couple decorated with soft pink and vintage white decor, including lots of cotton and pearls. After an outdoor ceremony placed perfectly in front of an old rail car, the couple joined their guests for a barn reception, where they danced under strings of bulb lights. "The laid back and fun atmosphere best reflected us as a couple," says Jaclyn.

The bridesmaids wore a petal pink and carried baby's breath bouquets.
Mason jars filled with cotton decorated every aspect of the wedding, from the ceremony as aisle and arbor decorations to the reception table centerpieces.
Exit from Cotton Creek Barn
Rustic Wooden Signs at Cotton Creek Barn
The bride's cake was white and decorated with burlap flowers for a rustic look.
The groom's cake was a chocolate Texas Tech cake with chocolate-covered strawberries on each tier.
"We made a lot of our own decorations and centerpieces, which was a lot of fun and made everything very personal," says the bride. Centerpieces featured displays of baby's breath, cotton and pearl strands.
Rustic Ceremony Decor and Sign with Programs
Diamond Engagement Ring on Cotton Boll
The bride carried a baby's breath bouquet with an overarching twig halo to set her bouquet apart.
"I chose the location because it fit both of us perfectly," says the bride. Jaclyn wanted an outdoor wedding and Russell wanted a country wedding. Cotton Creek Barn provided both.
"We wanted our wedding to be fun and for us to be able to spend time with our family and friends," says Jaclyn. The couple shared their first dance in a beautiful barn of refurbished wood and string lights.
Rustic Vintage Card Case for Gift Table
The wedding arbor featured bunches of baby's breath and garlands of natural cotton bolls.
Cotton Boll Garlands on Wedding Ceremony Arch
Outdoor Country Ceremony at Cotton Creek Barn
The ceremony took place in front of a vintage rail car. "It was such a unique venue that allowed us to have an outdoor ceremony but also host the reception in a beautiful barn made out of refurbished wood.