Haley and Nick were married on October 20, 2018, in Johnson City, Texas. Their Texas Hill Country Wedding was a fun weekend filled with family, friends, and a lot of DIY!
I was excited to work with Haley and Nick from the first time I spoke with them. Haley found me through a local Facebook page, Moms of New Braunfels, thanks to a few of my past clients who recommended me. (Thanks, guys!) She and I talked on the phone for over an hour about their wedding plans, how I could best serve them on their wedding day, and about their family. They are a blended family and have two kids the same age as my son. I am so happy they chose me to help them on such an important day.
A little over a month out from their wedding I met with Haley and Nick at their house, which was surprisingly only a couple of minutes away from me. Haley’s step-mom, Ericka, was there also, and we soon found out that we live 4 doors down from one another. It’s a small world!
During our pre-wedding meeting, we discussed all of their wedding plans. They showed me their decor they were making and their hand-made bar (which was awesome), we talked about their vendors and their responsibilities, and we made sure the timeline for the day was clear and flowed smoothly.
We also discussed the layout of the wedding, which was very important because their wedding was taking place at an Airbnb in Johnson City, TX. This meant that there is not a reception hall or building, but that the celebrations would be all outdoors. We also discussed a rain plan because Central Texas is well known for a wet fall season. We crossed our fingers and hoped for no rain, but had a backup plan just in case.
Fast forward to their wedding week, and the weather decided to be the wettest fall on record in the Texas Hill Country! While this was a very stressful time, luckily, we had already discussed a rain plan, and they were able to rent a tent for the weekend.
By the time we arrived at Rancho De Vida in Johnson City on Friday, there was a lot of green grass, but also a lot of mud. The tent was set up, but there was still some very wet ground underneath it. We quickly developed a “mud plan,” and Nick and his groomsmen decided that they would build a dancefloor under the tent to cover mud and to have a backup area to have the ceremony if the rain persisted. These are some hard-working guys – you wouldn’t believe how quickly this dance floor went up! They also picked up hay to cover the very muddy areas where guests would need to walk around the property.
All of these guys worked so hard, and there’s no way we would’ve gotten everything done or had such a smooth wedding day without them!
Soon the reception area under the tent was set up, and the wedding rehearsal was underway! Since it was sprinkling, we had the rehearsal under the tent with the understanding that as long as there wasn’t any rain the next day, we would be setting up the ceremony on the hillside overlooking the beautiful Texas Hill Country. I must say, this rehearsal was my first where the wedding party was in mud boots and rain jackets, but everyone was getting excited for the next day and in good spirits when I left the ranch.
The best part about having your wedding at a ranch with a bunkhouse is that everyone in the wedding party gets to stay the night and no one is late in the morning! Everyone rolled out of bed and began getting ready for the day. My assistant, Eva, and I started setup mid-morning, allowing Haley and her family and friends to relax and enjoy getting their hair and makeup by Bombshell Beauty, and having photos taken by Raven and Hare Photography.
Luckily, we hardly had a drop of rain on Saturday which meant that we were able to have their ceremony on the hilltop. You can’t beat a Texas Hill Country View, even on a cloudy day!
Soon everyone was ready, and the wedding party was headed up the stairs to the top of the hill and down the aisle!
The moment when my couples see each other down the aisle for the first time is one of my favorites.
Father Ben married Haley and Nick in a meaningful ceremony that included sand for the whole family, sweet vows, and their rings.
You can’t ask for a more beautiful ceremony site than these Texas Hill Country views!
After the ceremony, Haley and Nick, and their wedding party took some beautiful (and some silly) pictures on the hilltop.
Then Haley and Nick were able to enjoy time for photos, just the two of them. Here are just a few of their amazing photos by Raven and Hare Photography.
I know, amazing right?
During this time their guests meandered down the hill to the bar while all of the kids enjoyed the fun swing and playhouse on the lawn.
Mr. & Mrs. Fye were announced to their guests just before dinner by DJ David McDougal. A BBQ dinner was then served.
Soon after dinner, Haley and Nick cut their German Chocolate cake, which was served along with an assortment of cupcakes and a tower of doughnuts, which were a hit with the kids!
Nick and Haley danced their first dance, followed by Haley and her father, Graham, and then Nick and his mother, Diane. Last, but definitely not least, Haley and her daughter CeCe took a turn on the dancefloor that left hardly a dry eye in the crowd, especially when Haley invited her step-mom, Ericka up to dance with her.
Next up, time to get the party started! The evening’s festivities began under the tent but ended up on the dance slab, which was where the dancing was going to be in the original plan.
I’m so glad the weather cooperated enough that they could end the reception out in the open, dancing and hanging out with their friends and family, which is what they wanted from the beginning.
Thanks, Haley and Nick, for allowing me to serve you and your family on your wedding weekend! I think everyone had a blast celebrating you guys, and it was an honor to be a part of it!
Thanks to their amazing vendors and people who helped make their day special!
Eddie and Jordon of Raven and Hare Photography
Kelsie and team with Bombshell Beauty
Father Ben Nelson with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
DJ David McDougall