Today’s countrified Texas wedding feature is a real treat! There were truthfully almost too many adorable wedding details to squeeze into one post — like toy dogs in tutus, cowboy boots, burlap bows, groomsmen in suspenders, and of course, custom beer koozies!
Your names: Dusty and Katie
Occupations: Dusty is a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad and I work for Touchstone Communities.
Wedding location: Adkins, Texas.
Wedding date: April 14th, 2012
Wedding budget: We didn’t really have a wedding budget. My Dad gave us $10,000 and whatever we went over that was up to us to pay for.
Approximate guest count: 300
How would you describe your wedding? Rustic, shabby chic. We wanted our wedding to be very relaxed and not too frou-frou.
What was your favorite part of your wedding? Our ceremony, it was intimate and relaxed.
What did you splurge on? Flowers, I’m obsessed with yellow roses and I wanted them and other flowers everywhere.
What did you save on? Alcohol; we served beer and six different flavor margaritas. Some of the beer was given to us by a distributor.
Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect?
I would have looked at the reception area before it took place. Thank God our amazing photographer was able to capture what it looked like before our guest filled the area or I would have never known how it all came together.
What was your biggest challenge in planning?
The guest list; Dusty and I both come from very large families and cutting people from the list was a challenge for us and our parents.
What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself?
I learned that being organized was the key to getting anything done in a timely manner, and to let go and let people help when they offered!
What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?
My bridal bouquet, it was exactly what I wanted!
Our Day of the Dead bride and groom cake topers that mean enteral love.
Our photographer and coordinator, they were my wedding life savers!
The margarita bar was pretty much amazing!
Top 5 least favorite?
I don’t really have a list of least favorites because I told myself that if something happened that I didn’t like, I just had to make the best of it and move on. Our wedding coordinator was amazing at making sure everything went smoothly. If I had to choose one thing it would have been the windy weather, it did make me a little nervous but it died down as the night went on.
What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received?
I didn’t really get any bad advice that I can remember of, besides divorcees saying “don’t do it.” HA.
The best advice I received was when we first got engaged, and it was to just enjoy being engaged. Dusty and I were engaged for almost two years before our wedding and it was the best decision we made. You can say you’re husband and wife for years but you’re only a fiancé for a short while so we wanted to make the best of it.
Any other bits of wisdom?
The wisdom I would give to a bride having an outdoor wedding would be to have bridesmaids wear their hair up somehow … I didn’t think about wind being the big problem on our wedding day but it was, hair was flying everywhere in pictures but it did make for some funny faces and moves. That’s the only thing I really wish I would have thought more about. And to make sure you are have the wedding you and your other half want, not the wedding your families want.
Table Linens & Chairs- $1200
Decor – $100
Dress- $2000 with alterations and accessories
Venue: Rustic Gardens Weddings & Events
Bartenders: Bartenders 4 You
Flowers: Oakleaf Florist
Photography: Al Gawlik Photography
Wedding Planner: Country Sugar
Cake: Kari’s Konfections
Food: Snoga Bar-B-Cue
Table linens & chairs: Aztec and To Have & Hold
Dress: Mayfair Bridal
Congrats, you crazy kids! And big ups to Al Gawlik Photography for sharing this fabulous wedding with us! Interested in featuring your radtastic wedding on Broke-Ass Bride? Email Emily at email@example.com, or submit via Two Bright Lights.