This beautiful event is most definitely not your ordinary wedding; in fact, the bride and groom wanted to steer clear of traditional altogether. The result? A whole ton of amazing-ness that perfectly represented the couple.
The day was full of bright colors, live music, food trucks, lawn games for a ton of fun. Keep scrolling past the credits to see this brides phenomenal budget breakdown! Don't forget to take a peek at the full gallery here, captured by Back Road Photography, you won't regret it!
We decided we were going to pick a date, hire a planner, give them our ideas, and let them run with it. That is exactly what we did. Jen Rios was the perfect choice for us as she took our initial vision and turned our “Wedfest” vision in to the best day ever. We gave her a pinterest board and told her if it screamed “traditional wedding “ we don’t want it! She compiled the perfect vendor team that all offered something a bit different and more creative than the usual.
food trucks and lawn games
Following the ceremony, the food trucks and photo wagon opened up. Guests played outdoor games such a giant jenga, cornhole, and horseshoes while others ate and visited with each other. This was also the time that Waine and I got a chance to take in the amazingness that Jen and her team compiled. Everything was perfect. There was an elegant southwestern festival theme through out the entire space that just fit perfectly with who we were and what we liked right down to the smallest details.
Jen found the perfect venue for us, Heart of the Ranch in Fort Worth. It was so perfect that we even changed our original set date to have it there. It was completely outdoors with 100 year old trees and café lights strung through out all the trees. They often held festivals there, so we knew we could have our own “Wedfest” there. The day of Wedfest started with one of our favorite local bands, Whiskey River Ramblers. We then had our informal ceremony performed by my father, where he shared stories; we shared vows, and then opened the floor for others to share their advice on a successful marriage.
keep your night going!
A lot of guests danced along with the band while others participated in the photo wagon and roasted s’mores at the fire pits. The headliner of the night was Zane Williams who was a crowd favorite with his interactive songs coming down from the stage and singing with guests. The night ended with Waine taking the stage again and thanking everyone for being there and letting everyone know that we would be continuing the night at our favorite dive bar because that is just totally us!
best decision? hiring a videographer!
It may not be right for everyone, but we feel one of our best decisions was hiring a videographer. Hiring a good photographer is very important but the video just captures the moment in a completely different way. We are obsessed with our wedding film. See the wonderful video below, filmed by Owl & Tree Wedding Films.
Read on to see how much this wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.
Wedding Designer & Planner: $4500 (for full planning, coordination and design)
Appetizers/S’Mores Station & Bar: $5000 (for Open beer/wine/fireball whiskey bar, S’more’s Station, 5 Different Passed Appetizers, Staffing and Cleaning Staff)
Photographer: $3000 (for Engagement Photo Session, 9 Hours Day of Service)
Videographer: $1750 ( for 2 Videographers, 5-6 Minute highlight video, Full ceremony footage, All included on a blu-ray)
**By far best decision made Florist: $2900
Stage/Lighting/Sound: $5000 (for Full Concert Stage, Lighting & Sound, Stage Hands, Coordination of all BandSound Check and Timing)
Photo Booth: $1400 (for 5 Hours)
Food Truck (Holy Frjole): $700 ( for 80 servings of 2 tacos each)
Food Truck (Ruthie’s): $1400
Venue: $1000 ( for Rental of outdoor space only)
Rentals (Grand Rental Station): $2000 ( for Dancefloor, tables, chair, linens)
Lounge Rentals (Juniper Rentals): $3000 (for 2 Sets of Lounge Furniture)
Cake & Desserts: $800
Hair & Make Up: $70o Zane Williams Band: $2000
Mike Ryan Band: $3000
Whiskey River Ramblers: $750
Invitations: $180 (for Design Only)
**Printed at Fed Ex for $80
Wedding Dress: $1600
**Ordered and Shipped 2 weeks before wedding!