It was a labor of love when Coleton Burch wed Cassie Watson: His family’s prep list included clearing a pasture, laying fresh sod, arranging hay bales, and salvaging two cedar trees for the altar cross at his family’s private Texas ranch. The two met on the property several years prior during a summer weekend party with mutual friends. “I’d wanted to get married there for years,” Coleton says. Cassie happily obliged—she’d always envisioned an outdoor Texas wedding. Their nuptials on May 4, 2019, spoke to their covenant and the Southern setting, with a wildflower cake, a pie bar, a vine-wrapped sweetheart table, the handcarved cross, and late-night mini Blizzards from the local Dairy Queen.
Be Our Guest
Cassie’s stationery suite, reception signs, and logo were created by her sister-in-law, Terésa Burch, who works for Dallas-based Color Box Design & Letterpress.
Eye on the Pies
Apple, cherry, chocolate, and key lime pies from For Heaven’s Cake stood in for the groom’s cake.
Sage Fine Flowers handled all of the couple’s florals, including the flower girl’s vine-wrapped petal basket.
Pressed to Perfection
Lottie Fowler carefully placed edible pressed wildflowers on the beautifully simple buttercream cake, which was made by Debbie Parker with For Heaven’s Cake.
The altar cross was designed by the ranch manager, Rick Cox, and built to last. “We wanted the cross to be something we could leave up for us to remember our ceremony spot but also to use as a family for years to come,” Cassie says.
Always With Me
Cassie tucked her maternal grandmother’s handkerchief pinned with one of her earrings around her bouquet. She couldn’t attend the wedding for health reasons, so “it was very special to me,” she says.
The couple always wanted a tent, but Lottie’s vision of greenery and lanterns transformed the property. “It was so cool to see it all together,” Cassie says.
Find Your Place
“The overall vibe we wanted was rustic and elegant,” Cassie says. Her vision translated to brass candlesticks paired with natural deer antlers collected by a close friend of Coleton’s.
First dance song: Band Prophets and Outlaws sang “From the Ground Up,” originally by Dan + Shay.
Special cocktails: “The John Wayne,” a cherry-topped Crown and Coke; “Ranch Water,” with vodka, sparkling water, and lime
Honeymoon destination: Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Something blue: “I Do” was inscribed in blue on her boot soles
Number of guests: 300
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