This Rustic Chic Lubbock wedding is what west texas weddings are all about to me! Cotton Creek was a gorgeous backdrop and the bride, Kelli, a Michigan native, did a wonderful job researching, planning and executing a beautiful Texas wedding! Check out what she had to say about it!
How you found/chose your vendors? The owners of Cotton Creek Barn are childhood friends of my husband. I am originally from Michigan and that is where my entire family lives. My husband’s family owns a construction business here in Lubbock, Texas, and we knew this was going to be our home for the foreseeable future, this is when we decided to be “untraditional” and get married in the grooms home. After visiting Cotton Creek Barn I knew this is where I wanted to marry Jacob. It was the perfect spot to create a rustic chic culture.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Oh where to start! I love the rustic-chic style that is trending in today’s market and social media is a god-sent gift to brides. Pinterest is obviously the mothership but there are SO many helpful wedding blogs (Something Turquoise, Style Me Pretty, Brides of Austin/OKC, Budget Savvy Bride, Bridal Musings, and Ruffled). I found many of my ideas/inspiration from Instagram and all the pretty pictures of weddings on there. From all the ideas I collected I had a vision, a vision to take a very rustic/western feeling barn and decorate it with vintage pieces and warm colors to help fill the space. The entire year we were engaged I bought random vintage junk! My family thought I was insane! My mom would look at the pieces that I was buying and say, “We are not seeing the same vision, what are you going to do with that?” I knew what I was going for and I really couldn’t explain it to anyone.
How did you go about planning your ceremony/Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We knew we wanted the ceremony to be outside. We are both nature-lovers and avid outdoors-people so we knew we had to find a spot at the barn that we loved. The owners of the barn built the large pergola over the concert slab only two months before our wedding, we had an entirely different spot picked out for our ceremony but changed last minute. When I changed it was because I kept seeing all these photos of ceremonies being performed in front of fire places, and I was falling in love! Knowing that I wanted an outdoor ceremony I decided to make an outdoor fireplace.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Being able to profess my love and admiration for Jacob surrounded by our friends and family. It’s such a sacred tradition.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To soak up as much of the wedding as you can, because the evening flys by! Also, to take some time after the ceremony with your husband and just be together before the madness of the evening begins.
How would you describe your reception? Crazy fun! We had a great DJ, mixed dessert table, and a DIY photo booth!
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We did almost all DIY! We bought and sewed LARGE sheer curtains for the barn to help soften the space. Our cocktail hour was all homemade food by my mom and father-in-law. Our decorations were all coordinated by myself and our extremely talented florist, Jessica Ormond. My mom made her special sugar cookies for the dessert table in the shape of Texas (groom’s home) and Michigan (bride’s home). The invitations were all printed and designed by myself.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Dancing with the men of my family as well as friends.
What was your first dance song? Our first dance was so special! Jacob and I LOVE music. We love to go to live shows or sit on our patio and listen to old records, we love the passion and emotion that songwriters put into their lyrics. We love it so much we incorporated it into our wedding. On each table there were two lyric cards with excerpts from our favorite songs. A couple of months before the wedding we started collecting excerpts and I’m designed the cards with the excerpts on them and we incorporated it into table decor. Our first dance was a Texas two-step to the Bellamy Brothers 1976 hit, “Let Your Love Flow” and our wedding’s official hashtag was #tylertwostep
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? HAVE FUN! This is one of the most blissful moments in your life
Photography: Allee J. Photography
Florist: Jessica Ormond Events
Coordination: Jessica Ormond Events
DJ: Brian Maines
Catering: Cast Iron Grill
Cake: The Cakery
Hair & Makeup: Micheal Northcott, owner of Salon Etincelle
Bar: Beer and wine from Michigan wineries: (Bride’s home state) and McPherson Cellars here in Lubbock (Groom’s home)
Stationery: Designed and printed by Bride
Dress: Lulu’s Bridal (Dallas)
Alterations: Alterations by Maria