Texas Ranch Wedding: Elsbeth & Andi
The brides, Elsbeth and Andi, chose to have both their engagement photo session and their wedding in Graham, Texas, not far from where they live. They were married at the Wildcatter Ranch & Resort on September 22, 2012.
They chose that resort because it’s co-owned by Andi’s aunt, and also because “it is in the middle of nowhere and you can see the stars at night and barely get cell service. It was the perfect escape for us,” Elsbeth said.
Both brides were walked down the aisle by their parents, but what got everyone crying happy tears was the moment in the ceremony when Andi’s son, who was a high school freshman at the time, read the ‘stepson vows’ and a poem he’d written for Elsbeth.
The ceremony was followed by a reception that featured a fajita bar, and lots of dancing in the rain. “The rain came flooding the barn floor and we all had one big splashy mosh pit! Our dresses were ruined but it was worth is,” Elsbeth said.
For these brides, the wedding planning trick that worked best was to make a list of wedding details in order of importance. Some items – like music and cake – were very important to Andi but not to Elsbeth, and it helped them to figure all of that out early on. The two brides met in 2007, at a local bar that Andi owned, called Tiff & Andi’s Place. Andi eventually made it clear that she wanted Elsbeth to do the proposing, but in the end Andi beat her to it. Elsbeth had it out planned out – she was going to pop the question at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas, where Andi’s grandmother’s ashes had been spread. At the last minute, Elsbeth chickened out, after a friend persuaded her it was a morbid idea. Much to her surprise, Andi proposed in the exact same place.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.