A Rustic, Modern Wedding at Three Points Ranch in Austin, Texas

Minh Tran, 31 and an architect, met Miguel Bao, also 31 and an architect, during their first year at the University of Texas, but didn’t start dating

Minh Tran, 31 and an architect, met Miguel Bao, also 31 and an architect, during their first year at the University of Texas, but didn’t start dating until the last months of their degree. The pair decided to try out the Northern California after graduation where they fell in love. After switching coasts to settle in Brooklyn, Minh and Miguel decided to get married where they met in Austin, Texas. They wanted an outdoor party where their close family and friends wouldn’t have to worry about the formalities of a traditional wedding and could celebrate, eat well and have a good time. Minh and Miguel found the rustic, casual atmosphere they were looking for at Three Points Ranch. The couple, partnered with Mibellarosa Designs, worked with the soft colors and vintage props already at the site, complete with airstreams, picnic-style tables, antlers, benches, frames and wooden accents that complimented the natural beauty of the surrounding trees, hills and wildflowers. A 40-foot eucalyptus garland, accented with pops of garden roses, ranunculus, rice flowers and spray roses, draped over the Eleven Oaks as Minh and Miguel’s ceremony arbor. The rustic wedding had a clean, modern aesthetic, accented by the geometric origami spheres that Minh made to decorate the peach ombre wedding cake and the triangular pattern she painted on the peach table runners. Her flowers included succulents and air plants with a mix of peach, gray and soft neutral blossoms for a unique, natural look.

"Three Points Ranch had tons of treasures such as rustic bird cages, antlers, painted wooden frames and tables, blocked letters and more. It was so much fun using them to style with," says Phuong of Mibellarosa Designs.
Peach Garden Rose Bridal Bouquet with Succulent, Air Plant and Eucalyptus
Short White Wedding Dress with Peach DIY Petticoat
Peach Garden Rose Flower Girl Tiaras
Minh found her dress by chance while shopping on a Saturday. "I think from there everything fell into place," says Minh. "We knew we did not want a formal wedding, and since it would be outdoors I decided on a short dress. The little petticoat showing made it a little more fun." She also chose comfortable shoes designed for dancing all night.
Phuong from Mibellarosa Designs is a friend of Minh's from college and designed the florals for Minh's wedding. "I knew Minh would be a different kind of bride with very clean aesthetics and both Minh and Miguel are architects, so we knew eight of the bat their florals would be unique. I suggested mixing soft neutral colors with succulents and using wood elements for the overall look. Minh and Miguel thought that combination would fit their wedding perfectly," says Phuong.
Flower Girl on Rustic Vintage Ranch Decor
Outdoor Ranch Ceremony at Eleven Oaks in Texas
Outdoor Ceremony Under Eucalyptus Garland
A beautiful, intricate grove of oak trees made the focal point for the ceremony. Minh and Miguel created a 40-foot long garland arbor made mostly with eucalyptus, which reminded the bride of her days living in San Francisco. Garden roses, ranunculus, rice flower and spray roses were added to give the garland little pops of color.
Minh drafted the seat map algorithm herself and let Kathy Phan of Kathyphantastic invent the creative chalk art display using simple geometric shapes and soft hues.
The couple wanted an outdoor party where people didn't have to worry about the formalities of a wedding.  "We just wanted our families and close friends to come, celebrate, eat well and have some fun," says Minh. The couple chose to have their ceremony in an intimate space Three Points Ranch calls Eleven Oaks, embraced under a grove of oak trees. Dark wooden benches framed the ceremonial altar.
Natural Succulent Table Centerpiece on Wood Slab
Whimsical Wedding Ad Libs for Newlyweds
Phuong of Mibellarosa Designs suggested adding goemetric paper origami and table runners to tie Minh and Miguel's geometric peach and neutral aesthetic together. Minh painted gold triangles on peach crepe paper for the table runners, and potted succulents on wooden slabs or boxes completed the clean, rustic look.
Minh and Miguel wanted a simple cake with ombre frosting of white and coral; Minh embellished the cake with handmade origami prisms and flowers. Nhan Pham made a vanilla and devil's food cake with raspberry Bavarian and vanilla cream filling, which was a hit with the party guests.
The couple wanted an outdoor party where people didn't have to worry about the formalities of a wedding. "We felt an affinity to Three Points Ranch because of the eclectic quality of the site; the airstreams and rustic pieces against the backdrop of the Texas hill country seemed unbeatable," says Minh. The meal was served family style on long tables so that conversations could be more intimate.
First Dance at Three Points Ranch in Austin, Texas