A Rustic Wedding at Big Bend Ranch State Park and The Gage Hotel in Texas
After deciding to wed in Texas, Jasmin Arpin and Seth Stidham planned a "minimalist yet chic High Desert event," the bride says. The ceremony took place at Big Bend Ranch State Park, anchored by a group of sotol cacti and overlooking majestic hills. "Our desert surroundings became our color palette, and we opted to use organic, minimalist materials for the ceremony site so that it had a natural feel," Jasmin says. "I walked down the aisle to Seth with the desert panorama behind him and a acoustic guitar playing." The couple spruced up the space with wood benches, as well as rugs and runners from Turkey. Jasmin wore a mermaid gown with a plunging neckline, low back, embroidered lace and honeycomb ribbon patterning on the train. Her bouquet included a mix of fresh and dried flowers, such as protea and peonies. She finished her look with cowboy boots and later changed into a fringed dress for the reception. Seth donned a blue suit jacket and neutral-colored pants. For the reception, guests headed to The Gage Hotel, where the couple was "purposefully minimalistic with décor because we loved the existing surroundings," Jasmin says. "The cobblestone courtyard was surrounded by adobe walls and arches, towering cacti and warm string lights. I wanted cheesecloth and exposed wood farm tables, terra-cotta vessels and natural chargers." Earth tones kept the rustic aesthetic—and since Seth owns a custom leather shop, many of the details and décor were made by him, like the leather table numbers and Jasmin's bouquet wrap. The next day, the newlyweds and their guests embarked on a "gringo honeymoon" (based on the Robert Earl Keen song) two hours away in the little mining town of Boquillas, Mexico. "The town is home to less than 300 families who have constructed adobe houses on the banks of the Rio Grande river more than five hours from the nearest grocery in Mexico. With primitive resources and solar- or generator-based power, it’s like stepping back in time to old Mexico," Jasmin says. "We planned an excursion for all of our family and friends the day after the wedding that turned into a survivors club of sorts!" Everyone rowed across the Rio Grande into Mexico, rode burros into town, participated in a greeting by a mariachi band and noshed on authentic Mexican enchiladas and cocktails.