Rancho Mirando Wedding: Amy and Dallas

June 22, 2016

Amy and Dallas embracing in front of the stone altar wall at the Rancho Mirando Luxury Guest Ranch. Artistic views of the bride's dress and cowboy boots along a stone path. Amy and Dallas's wedding invitations atop a sparkling backdrop. The bride and her Mother dancing while getting ready for the wedding. Amy continues to prepare for her walk down the aisle as she puts on her final touches with diamond earrings in the lighted window of the Hacienda. A mirror image of Amy while she reads her wedding vows after getting fully prepared in her dress. Amy giving her bridal party a first look at her entire appearance in the bridal sun room. An emotional shot of the bride's Father seeing his daughter in her wedding gown for the first time. Sassy french bulldog admiring the buzz of the wedding while lounging on a leather chair. Groomsmen helping Dallas prepare for the wedding. Glamorous shot of the groom fixing his tie as he dresses in his suit. Amy ascendes a stone staircase while Dallas waits for his first look nearby. Emotions of pure joy upon the faces of the the bride and groom as she reveals herself to her fiance for the first time in her wedding gown. The bride and groom embrace in front of the stone altar. The bride and groom embrace against the beautiful backdrop of the Rancho Mirando Luxury Guest Ranch. Two black and white photographs accompany one another while the bride fixes her dress and her groom embraces her in a hug. Amy and Dallas pose for a romantic shot on the venue grounds. Amy and Dallas smile while face to face preparing for their wedding. Amy and Dallas share a close kiss in the garden. Dallas places a kiss on Amy's cheek while they pose underneath the archway of the Hacienda. The groomsmen line up for a photo with Dallas in front of the stone altar. Amy and her bridesmaids share a laugh in their bridal gowns and dresses in front of the stone altar. Two french bulldogs make their way down the stares while carrying the ceremonial rings around their collars to place on the bride and groom's fingers. Dallas smiles as he walks down the aisle to await his bride. An artistic shot of the bride and her father while he walks her down the aisle to meet her husband. A wide shot of the entire ceremony at the Bella Vista site at sunset shot by Jenny DeMarco, the best Wedding Photographer in Texas. The bride and groom exchange smiles as the officiant reads their vows. The bride and her bridesmaids laugh as the groom and officiant share a joke. A close look at the interpreter's hands while she signs to the crowd during the ceremony. Amy beams as Dallas places a ring on her finger. The bride and groom share a glass of wine to commemorate this joyous moment together and celebrate their marriage. Dallas leads Amy away from the ceremony smiling after they have just become husband and wife. A beautiful shot of the reception seating area inside the Pavilion at the Rancho Mirando Luxury Guest Ranch. A close-up shot of the seating areas and all of the details surrounding their seats such as the plates, forks, glasses, and menus. Details of the reception seating tables with reserved seats and candlelit centerpieces. The Maid of Honor makes her toast while the bride and groom listen on in the background. The Best Man makes his speech as the bride and groom listen on in the background. Amy wipes a tear from her eye while listening to her Maid of Honor speak as Dallas stands by her. Dallas raises his glass to his Best Man during his speech. Dallas begins to make a speech as Amy and the guests sit and listen. A close-up shot of a craftsman hand-rolling cigars for the guests. The groom takes a long drag off of his hand-rolled cigar. Several guests dance in the Pavilion with one another. Two female guests laugh and point at the camera while dancing. The guests enjoy the reception with wine and liquor while dancing. One guest sings along to the music while dancing, smoking his cigar, and drinking white wine. Two girls laugh and dance to the music. Amy and Dallas share a private moment together underneath the lights of the outdoor Pavilion at the Rancho Mirando Luxury Guest Ranch, shot by Jenny DeMarco, the best wedding photographer in Texas.

How did you choose your venue Rancho Mirando?
We had taken a trip to California and originally wanted to get married in Napa. After looking at around 15 venues, I just couldn’t wrap myself around having a destination wedding. I knew it would be hard for a few very important people in my life to make that trip. So we came back to Texas and Dallas took me to Rancho Mirando. It was magical and everything I could have dreamed of. There were so many different location options for the wedding events and we got to stay at the ranch from Friday to Sunday. The rustic, romantic charm was so unique and I knew it was the perfect venue. The owner, Donna, and her daughter, Leslie were so amazing. The wedding date we originally wanted was booked the day we went to tour the property. Leslie could tell how upset I was so she called the bride, explained the situation and the bride gave the date up for me! Once the date was opened, we booked and never looked back. I’ll be forever grateful to them!
Describe your decor and how you chose it?
I like traditional elegance. I also LOVE the color pink. I wanted a soft, romantic feel but also a bold transition color, hence the navy blue. My florist took the design up a notch and incorporated some merlot, which was perfect for the wine that we love. The sequin table cloths really helped the decor to sparkle and I wouldn’t have chose them without the help of Donna, the owner of the venue. Her floral designs took my breath away. I was in shock when I saw the arch she made for the ceremony! We were really happy with the rustic signs we had made for the bar and cigars.
Why did you choose me, Jenny, to be your wedding photographer?
We looked online at a ton of photographers and narrowed it down to 3. We really liked Jenny’s consistent work and she captured some pretty epic shots of her previous brides. We liked the style of her editing and color contrast and just overall unique ability to have the creative vision she does. She is just so personable and made us feel 100% comfortable.


What was one of your favorite moments from the your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle was my #1 favorite moment. Being surrounded by all of my family and friends, all of the emotion I never felt before, and the incredibly perfect & beautiful setting was something I will never forget. I also was so surprised by Dallas’ surprise dance and video he made for me. It just goes to show how lucky I am to have married such a wonderful man. I love surprises so I was very happy and excited when all that happened!
What was your favorite image from your wedding day?
There are so many!! I really love the one of Dallas and I sitting in front of the hacienda, snugged into each other. The one of my father when he first saw me in my dress was pretty incredible as well. I have about 100 favorites so that is really hard to answer. One of my best friend’s mother, Connie Teykl did all of the smaller flower arrangements and our bouquets. I will be forever grateful for her, she saved me a lot of money and her work was impeccable! Her flowers blended beautifully with everything else.

Who was the clothing designers? Brides gown/shoes, Bridesmaids dresses (those fab earnings), Groom and groomsmen’s attire?
Matthew Christopher- bridal gown
Saison Blanche Couture- bridal belt
Earrings- Blush Bridal
Badgley Mischka- bridesmaid gowns
Lucchese- brides boots
Groom- Custom suit
Groomsmen- Jos A Bank

Did any of your other vendors go above and beyond for you?
My florist, Donna Aldred, definitely went above and beyond my expectations on the arch at the ceremony and my flowers at the wedding. I was so blown away when I saw them. Donna and her daughter, Leslie were always so quick to answer my phone calls and emails during the planning of the wedding. They helped so much with the whole process. I really appreciated how much attention they gave to the details!

Do you have any tips to share with other couples?
Remember this day is about you and your groom and no one else. Everything will be OK, even if parts aren’t perfect, they make for amazing memories and make your day uniquely yours. Have fun! My wedding was so magical and I wish I could go back and relive it all over again!


Venue: Rancho Mirando

Caterer: Cypress Grille

Florist: Rancho Mirando

DJ: Complete Music & Video

Hair Stylist: Alexandria Hillard

Makeup Artist: Gertie Glam

Special Guest Musician: Ryan Beaver