A Pastoral, Outdoor Wedding at Picosa Ranch in Floresville, Texas

Set on the estate of a former Texas governor, Talia Mills (25 and a financial adviser) and Todd Cox (25 and a division order analyst) were married und

Set on the estate of a former Texas governor, Talia Mills (25 and a financial adviser) and Todd Cox (25 and a division order analyst) were married under a century-old oak tree in a rustic outdoor ceremony. “There was a sense of wanting to keep the whole wedding casual yet elegant—one that reflected our personality individually and as husband and wife,” Caroline says. The design aesthetic was selected to go with the natural landscape, from the navy and neutral color scheme and white flowers to the antique furnishings. An antique door created an entrance for the processional, while guests were seated in antique church pews. The high school sweethearts were married by their hometown pastor. Talia fell in love with the first dress she tried on, a floor-length Monique Lhullier sheath. Navy Christian Louboutin pumps accented the look and coordinated with the floor-length navy gowns worn by her bridesmaids. The groomsmen wore gray suits with brown cowboy boots and different ties given to them by Todd to match their personalities. After the intimate ceremony, guests were caravanned a mile down the road for the reception at Picosa Ranch in Floresville, Texas. Tables were lined with burlap with wooden chairs. The menu featured comfort food at its finest, with dishes like macaroni and cheese, fried quail and tenderloin. The band played into the night until the couple made their grand exit in a 1962 Rolls-Royce as their loved ones held sparklers. —Caroline Eubanks

The wedding program featured a section on the history of Picosa Ranch on one side. The other side listed information on the wedding festivities and wedding party.
Talia's navy velvet Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps had a light blue insert to represent her something new, given to her by her maid of honor. The signature red soles provided an extra pop of color.
To brighten up the otherwise neutral-toned wedding, the bridesmaids wore floor-length navy gowns in silhouettes of their own choosing. Bouquets featured hydrangeas and baby's breath. The bride's also included white amaranthus.
The gentlemen wore gray suits with brown cowboy boots, but the groom gave them ties to represent their personalities. They wore hydrangeas wrapped  in twine as boutonnieres to retain the rustic theme.
White flowers like baby's breath were used in the aisle, set inside galvanized pails as well as the tall upright amaranthus arrangements used in the reception. Florals were chosen to accent the natural Texas scenery.
Picosa Ranch in Floresville, Texas, was the home of former Texas Governor John Connally. Talia and Todd wanted to keep the wedding casual but elegant, so they chose navy, white, brown, cream and gray as accent colors to go with the rustic decor.
Talia and Todd's advice for other couples: "If I had to give one piece of advice for all the brides-to-be out there it would be not to sweat the small stuff. Everything I agonized and obsessed over I truly didn’t even notice. I was so captivated by the excitement and beauty that a wedding day is supposed to depict that I didn’t even notice all the small, minute details."
The ivory lace floor-length sheath featured a Juliet neckline and a stunning keyhole back with pearl buttons. She wore her hair in a low chignon bun with a cathedral-length veil. She was escorted down the aisle by her father.
It was important to the couple that only their nearest and dearest be a part of their special day. Josh Tatum strummed Bob Dylan's “To Make You Feel My Love” as the wedding party entered. The couple's hometown pastor performed the ceremony.
"It was extremely important that our wedding day reflect our personalities. We went for a theme was understated yet elegant. We wanted it to be a memorable experience without being too over-the-top," Talia says.
Guests were caravanned to the resort, where they were treated to dinner and drinks. Each table was lined with burlap tablecloths with a white overlay with wooden chairs to reinforce the rustic vibe. The dance floor was was surrounded with different-size tables and couches, and the reception space was accentuated with string lights.
Talia and Todd didn't announce the cutting of the cake. Instead, they allowed guests to enjoy the white-frosted wedding cake as well as the groom's mini pies.
Talia and Todd met in high school and were homecoming dates. Both attended Texas A&M University, then moved back to their hometown, Midland, Texas.
In addition to the traditional wedding festivities like the dance floor, guests enjoyed a s'mores bar, a campfire and a coffee bar to keep them cozy once the sun went down. They were also given shawls, koozies and custom sunglasses as favors.