A Country, DIY Wedding at Montesino Ranch in Wimberley, Texas

“As a graphic designer with a passion for branding, I approached our wedding like a branding project,” says Anika Samples (27 and a graphic designer). Using her DIY skills and relying on help from family and friends, Anika created a beautiful country wedding that captured what she and her husband, Adam Koehler (27 and a sales representative), loved about Texas. Anika relied on themes like rustic, eclectic, romantic and festive to set the tone for the couple’s special day. The venue, a working organic farm known as Montesino Ranch in Wimberley, Texas, had the country element covered. Brightly painted German pub chairs and vintage furniture gave a touch of eclectic whimsy, as well as the couple’s collection of aqua-colored glass, postcards and the giant butterfly bicycle. Anika brought in the romantic element with a deep burgundy color used in her bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen ties, napkins and flowers. She let party decor balloons, garlands, streamers and gold details create a sense of festivity. Other DIY touches included handwritten chalkboards, homemade favors and escort cards and the cake. At the top of a steep hill overlooking the property, Anika and Adam said their vows, while friends offered blessings and prayers from their seats. Says Anika, “Our day came together so beautifully. It was that fall's first cool (much appreciated after a long Texas summer), and everything ran without a hitch. It was a massive effort from so many people—our vendors, family and friends—and it was perfect.” —Ginger Harris