A Shabby-Chic, Vintage Wedding at Star Hill Ranch in Austin, Texas

Kate Gillis (32 and a dispatcher) and Chad McBride (33 and a landscaper) met on a blind date set up by a friend—they missed their table at the restaur

Kate Gillis (32 and a dispatcher) and Chad McBride (33 and a landscaper) met on a blind date set up by a friend—they missed their table at the restaurant because they were so busy talking. Down the road, the couple went to Austin, Texas to visit Kate’s parents and for Chad to secretly ask their permission for Kate’s hand in marriage. The Texas Hill Country played a role in the proposal, which took the couple around to several towns enjoying the music, wine, cuisine and country charm of the area before Chad got down on one knee. “Austin and the Hill Country have always felt like my second home, next to Hawaii, and the Hill Country is where Chad proposed to me,” says Kate, which is why the couple decided to be married just outside of Austin at Star Hill Ranch. “The little ‘town’ there was the perfect setting to match the vintage, shabby-chic feel of the wedding decor.” Since the bride grew up in both Hawaii and Austin, flowers from both areas were incorporated into the wedding decor. Kate and Chad wore fresh leis from Honolulu during the ceremony, and the floral arrangements included succulents, pikake, orchids and baby greens. They also incorporated the Irish handfasting tradition in their ceremony as a nod to the bride’s heritage. Guests signed a distressed wine barrel that the couple would later transform into a table. Antique-looking vintage furniture created an eclectic, shabby-chic atmosphere at the cocktail hour and reception, which were held outside on the main grassy street with overhead twinkle lights and a cool breeze. Following the wedding, the couple and their friends and family continued the festivities into the weekend, including a brunch, a boat party on Lake Austin and a cookout. “We were really excited to make this a family get-together in addition to our wedding,” says the bride.

Kate carried a bouquet of peach garden roses, champagne roses and white ranunculus mixed with greens such as dusty miller, string of pearls and other succulents.
The couple included the Irish handfasting tradition in their wedding ceremony to represent the bride’s Irish ancestry and her maternal grandmother.
Ivory and Navy Ceremony Programs at Star Hill Ranch
Peach and Ivory Flowers with Trailing Amaranthus
Outdoor Ceremony Venue at Star Hill Ranch
White Floral Tree Aisle Decoration at Star Hill Ranch
The bride wore a slim fitted dress with a lace overlay and a small train. She added straps for comfort as she danced the night away.
The bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses from Ann Taylor. The groomsmen wore dark gray suits with cream blush pocket squares. The groomsmen ties were cream, and the groom wore a darker blue tie.
Wedding Ceremony at Star Hill Ranch
Vintage Wine Barrel Guest Book
The couple utilized an old door to display the escort cards.
The couple chose to be married at Star Hill Ranch just outside of Austin, Texas in the Hill Country. “The little ‘town’ there was the perfect setting to match the vintage feel of the wedding decor,” says the bride.
The reception was held outdoors on the main street. All tables were covered in sage satin with lace overlays, and the table numbers were framed in vintage, antique-looking picture frames.
“The ranch is a beautiful place but I wanted to add in more vintage pieces, so I looked for antique furniture that just needed a little fixing up,” says Kate. The couple's sweetheart table featured an eclectic blend of vintage items.
Cocktail hour was set up on several porches with vintage furniture and chiffon white curtains billowing in the breeze to add a touch of Southern charm. The couple found several Victorian love seats to create a lounge on the front porch of one of the buildings by the reception.
Shabby-Chic Reception at Star Hill Ranch
Classic Ivory and White Cow Spotted Wedding Cake
Texas Groom's Cake at Star Hill Ranch
Airstream Retro Photo Booth at Star Hill Ranch