A Winter Country-Inspired Backyard Wedding at Private Residence in Austin, Texas

Roxanne Bales (39 and a realtor) and Kevin Bales (53 and a real estate consultant) got engaged on the grounds of Kevin’s church. When he got on one knee and opened the ring box… the ring was missing! Not to worry, it was all part of the plan; Kevin let Roxanne choose her own engagement ring later. The couple got married Roxanne’s backyard underneath a towering oak tree wrapped in Christmas lights, with a crystal chandelier hanging over where the couple exchanged their vows. “Kevin loves that we can always look in our backyard after our wedding and remember the special day,” says Roxanne. They had a winter country theme with a color palette of silver, gold, champagne and white. “We wanted a very intimate wedding around Christmas so we could incorporate all the Christmas ornaments and lights,” says Roxanne. “My home was our inspiration; we used things we already had in the home.” A white runner led down the aisle and large bales of hay covered in white fleece surrounded the deck. The living room wood floor was the dance floor and stage for Roxanne and Kevin’s first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me,” which transitioned into a two-step with jitterbug to Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance.” The couple passed out cones and bags of biodegradable snow for their send-off and sent their guests home with a fir tree sapling to plant somewhere special. “We thought this would be a good idea because it was a Christmas time wedding and people would have this tree forever,” says Roxanne.