A Rustic Chic Wedding at the EPIC Railyard Event Center in El Paso, Texas

Brittanie Portillo (32 and an insurance agent) and Matthew McCoy (34 and an insurance agent) met in an elevator at the New Orleans airport during a bu

Brittanie Portillo (32 and an insurance agent) and Matthew McCoy (34 and an insurance agent) met in an elevator at the New Orleans airport during a business trip. They ran into each other a few times during the trip, but nothing came of it. One month later, they both attended a business trip cruise to Barcelona, Spain. Brittanie was sipping an after-dinner limoncello, and when the server came to check on her he brought her another limoncello, courtesy of the man in blue. When Brittanie looked up to see the mystery person in blue, it was Matt. She went over to say thank you, and the next thing they know, they are watching the sunrise on top of the ship. The couple lived eight hours apart, so they dated for six months long distance before Matt surprised Brittanie with a proposal in Las Vegas. The couple contemplated a destination wedding, but Matt fell in love with Brittanie’s hometown of El Paso, Texas. They chose to be married at the EPIC Railyard Event Center for its rustic interior and versatility. “We were mindful to include our personalities in each and every detail of the day,” says Brittanie. “While we included all of the customary details, they were far from ordinary.” The ceremony decor included a grand wall of flowers that provided the backdrop to where the couple exchanged their vows. The cocktail hour was a nod to the bride’s Mexican heritage, with traditional music, beverages and food. The couple displayed a pinata for guests to fill with well-wishes and advice for them to “pop” on their one-year anniversary. At the reception, guests danced to live music from The Vintage 15 jazz band and a DJ as the party was streamed live through jumbo screens placed throughout the venue. The favors were pink limoncello bottles, a homage to how Brittanie and Matt met. “We left no detail unturned and put a lot of thought behind the little things, all to enhance my guests’ experience,” says Brittanie.

The couple chose to decorate with roses, hydrangeas and orchids as well as stark white paper flowers by Balushka.
The bride wore a dress from Ian Stuart’s bridal collection. “I was inspired by my ‘flowerbomb’ wedding dress and used that sense of ‘princess meets modern day bride’ as a theme,” says Brittanie.
The groom wore a cream-colored tuxedo jacket by Robert Talbott of Monterrey, California, and black tuxedo trousers by Samuelson of Montreal. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos by Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.
Cream and Pink Bridal Bouquet in El Paso, Texas
The highlight of the decor was a wall of flowers that served as a backdrop for the wedding ceremony, featuring a plethora of roses and hydrangeas in an ombre pattern of vanilla to boysenberry. “It brought romance and grandeur to the otherwise rustic warehouse space,” says Brittanie.
Cocktail hour was a nod to the bride’s Mexican heritage. The space was decorated with custom diamond-shaped silver pinatas hanging from the exposed rafters, and a trip of musicians serenaded the guests with regional Mexican music.
A rustic bar served signature ‘jalapeno margaritas’ and Mexican-style cucumber martinis on the rocks.
The couple decidded to he their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in the EPIC Railyard Event Center. “With its exposed brick walls, antique wooden floors and vintage chandeliers, it was ripe for transformation into the wedding of our dreams,” says Brittanie.
Ombre Flower Sweetheart Table in El Paso, Texas
Live music from The Vintage 15 jazz band from Austin, Texas entertained the guests. A DJ followed up for the last two hours of the reception.
The wedding cake was a pink champagne naked cake adorned with fresh garden and spray roses and cascading orchids.