Courtney + Adrian // Ranch Austin Wedding

Courtney and Adrian had a big intentional, bilingual, bicultural wedding at Ranch Austin in March.

I shot their engagement photos awhile back at the Central Library & McKinney Falls, so I already knew how awesome they are and was excited to be part of their wedding! They met when they were both teaching at the same school, and not one but two proposals brought them to this day. You can read more about their story in this article.

On the wedding day, Courtney got ready with her mom, nieces, sister, and a few friends. She wore flowers in her hair and her mom’s wedding dress, which is something I haven’t seen before, and it was so beautiful.

Ranch Austin actually does have a big ranch with longhorns. There’s one main central building and a really pretty brick paved area for the ceremony.Adrian is Mexican-American and has a Spanish speaking family, so they had a translator there and the whole wedding was in English and Spanish. It can be done and their officiant and translator did a wonderful job.

When they came down the aisle, all the parents and Courtney and Adrian had a big group hug before joining the ceremony. Courtney and Adrian walked down the aisle together. I really loved the way they combined old Catholic traditions and as well as new ones that were specific to them.

There were so many sweet little details they did to make their wedding more personal. Instead of a bouquet toss, they did a soccer ball toss. At the reception, they did a Mexican wedding tradition called Snake Dance where essentially the couple gets on two chairs and everyone else gets in a line and goes underneath their arms or around them and all around the reception area.

At the reception, they had two dessert tables - a cupcake table and a Mexican dessert table with Chamoy (a hard chili candy that comes in various forms- it’s really spicy, sweet and salty) and all those great spicy sweet treats that probably burn the inside lining of your stomach but are delicious nonetheless.

They also had these wooden pieces on the tables that their friend made for them. There were mini Mexican pastries and treats on every table with little doilies that were placed by Adrian’s mom.

Photos of the amazing reception and Mexican dance traditions are below!

Shout out to all the other vendors who made it possible:

Keep scrolling to look through the photos from this wedding!

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