Ranch Wedding

I was honored when my friends, Matt and Scott, asked me to create arrangements for their wedding day. This was the largest event I had done and the venue was expansive. West of Austin is Star Hill Ranch, a replica Old West town complete with a chapel, schoolhouse, barn, dance hall, saloon, and Sears, Roebuck & Co. homes.

I dragged my mother, a former florist and shop owner herself, along for the ride. I look to her for direction. We transported most of the florals and supplies from Dallas to Austin. Two hotels, a few flower runs, and many hours later, it all came together just in time. And not without the help of my good friend, photographer, and florist, Elizabeth Thacker, who came through in the clutch.

 An assembly line was constructed in our hotel room. Photo by Travis Ward Horticulture.

An assembly line was constructed in our hotel room. Photo by Travis Ward Horticulture.

 Buffalo crown of Daffodils at the entrance.

Buffalo crown of Daffodils at the entrance.

 Wildflowers spill out of a pot at the sign-in table.

Wildflowers spill out of a pot at the sign-in table.

 Gazebo swag made of cherry blossoms, Pussywillow, Protea, and succulents.

Gazebo swag made of cherry blossoms, Pussywillow, Protea, and succulents.

 Boutonniere of Chamomile, thistle, and Billy Balls.

Boutonniere of Chamomile, thistle, and Billy Balls.

 Themes repeated in the party's bouquet. 

Themes repeated in the party's bouquet. 

 Set up for the reception begins.

Set up for the reception begins.

 Window boxes made the perfect centerpieces for 19 tables.

Window boxes made the perfect centerpieces for 19 tables.

 Bronze Fennel, Eucalyptus, lavender, thistle, succulents, and moss were used in many of the boxes.

Bronze Fennel, Eucalyptus, lavender, thistle, succulents, and moss were used in many of the boxes.

 The weather was perfect for dining on "Main Street" under the lights and stars.

The weather was perfect for dining on "Main Street" under the lights and stars.

 Bar top piece in the dance hall including Dahlias, Delphinium, Bells of Ireland, Smilax, and Pussywillow.

Bar top piece in the dance hall including Dahlias, Delphinium, Bells of Ireland, Smilax, and Pussywillow.

 Milk glass and succulents with fresh Spanish moss for cocktail tables.

Milk glass and succulents with fresh Spanish moss for cocktail tables.

 And my partner in crime.

And my partner in crime.

All photos courtesy of Cory Ryan Photography and Elizabeth Thacker Photography, unless otherwise noted.