Cori and Andy are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met. Both hailing originally from Central TX, they picked the perfect venue, Star Hill Ranch, to celebrate their marriage with their family. If you don’t know about Star Hill Ranch, it feels like a little village, because, well, it pretty much is! Owner Adam created it to emulate the small Texas Hill Country communities of the 1900s, and each building has been relocated from where in Texas and then restored. It’s magical, rustic, and timeless.
This wedding was largely a creation of Cori’s imagination and hard work and a labor of love from many hands; she and her bridesmaids, including her two junior bridesmaids, worked tirelessly from 10am that day until the last minute making Star Hill extra beautiful with warm pink and teal accents. Cori made her own brooch bouquet, but I like how she obtained the brooches. She had a gathering where each person brought a brooch with them; this way, every piece had meaning and would remind her of that person!
One of the most touching moments I witnessed was Cori’s father seeing his daughter as a bride for the first time. He has been through a major life-threatening health ordeal this year, and no one thought he’d be there to see his daughter marry the love of her life. It was the most emotional first look I’ve ever witnessed. Cori’s brother, Dusti, aided their father as he walked Cori down the aisle of the beautiful little chapel. The ceremony was officiated by Cori’s past youth minister, Mike, which I thought was really special and he did a great job of characterizing who they are as a couple and what they mean to each other. They also did a unity ceremony using beads in a jar, which I thought was very creative; Cori, Andy, each parent, and each grandparent had a chance to pour a layer of beads into the jar, which they now have on their breakfast bar.
After pictures in the sweltering August heat, it was time to celebrate! Cori’s maid of honor, Sarah, and Andy’s best man and brother, Luke, delivered lively and heartfelt speeches that left everyone in stitches and tears. The first dance started out sweet, but it got even sweeter when Cori’s niece, Emma, decided to hold Cori’s train when she noticed that it hadn’t been bustled. I also loved watching Andy dance with bridesmaid Kimberly’s sister. A defining characteristic of this wedding was that there were smiles, all the time. There was so much joy, goodwill, and love everywhere. After some good ol’ line dancing and a few tosses of the bouquet and garter, it was time to exit sparklers-style into their new lives together!
I can’t begin to express how important this couple has been to me, and I am so honored to have been there to capture this pivotal moment in their lives. There is an innate goodness in them that is truly special. You can see their hill country engagement portraits here and Cori’s beautiful bridal session filled with sunflowers here.
Thanks to my fantastic second shooter, Suzanne of Pressman Studio.