Hill Country Wedding Venue Feature: Contigo Ranch

This Hill Country Wedding venue is second to make the nominations list for the best wedding vendors in the Texas Hill Country… Contigo Ranch! This beautiful white modern farmhouse venue was born into the Contigo brand just this year and I can’t wait start hosting weddings here! The owners, the Edgerton Family, are also the brains behind Contigo Austin and Contigo Catering, who have an excellent reputation in the Austin restaurant scene. And by the way, they are great people too!

Here are some of my favorite things about this venue:

(1)Gorgeous ceremony site featuring one of the best views of Hill Country I’ve seen at a wedding venue. See the stunning area below… Thanks to Lori Blythe Photography for lovely photos from our styled shoot!

Lori Blythe Photography

(2)Its white. Need I say more folks. A perfect blank slate with ship lap details, beautiful chandeliers, bistro lights over a patio, and a built in bar. Can I get an “AMEN” from the wedding photographers out there that have been shooting in dark venues for years and years? Brides, your pictures of your reception are going to be awesome.(3)The chairs. It’s a small detail, I know. But as a wedding planner, I pay attention to these things. You don’t have to pay a rental company to deliver stylish chairs for your wedding- they are included! No more mahogany chivari or folding fruitwood, folks. I know you have seen styled shoots on Pinterest with these chairs and thought “ha! As If. Who can afford chairs like that at their wedding?” You my dear. You. Their price point is competitive with other venues in the area, but their stylistic value is much higher.(4)Lodging on site featuring the same great stylish details. Just a short walk away from the reception site, down the beautifully terraced path next to the rippling waterfall. You never thought landscaping could be so impressive, did you? (5) Just a few miles from Fredericksburg. Close to shopping, restaurants, Enchanted Rock and wineries for your guests to enjoy, but far enough out that they can experience the peace and serenity of the Hill Country.

Hurry over to the vendor page to get their contact info and secure your dream wedding date! Sorry, this sounds a little “sales pitchy”. But ask any wedding vendor. We really like to work at pretty places!

Photos From our styled shoot with these amazing vendors:  Lori Blythe Photography, Contigo Ranch, The Green Room Floral, Weddings by Celissa Rae Hair and Makeup, Dresses from Serendipity Bridal Austin, Lace Dress Tara Lauren, Off the Shoulder dress Sarah Seven, Tux from The Black Tux, Linens from La Tavola, Styled by Hill Country Bride of course!

PS Vendors- they are having an open house on Friday, June 16th . See details below and be sure to RSVP! 

Pink & Gray Wedding in Fredericksburg, Texas

“Who is that stunning blue eyed beauty?” That’s the new Mrs. George!  She is the most spunky person I know and her smile lights up a room. To add to it, she has the ability to channel all of her bubbly energy into really productive tasks to tackle the career world. Plus she is a way cool mom of three equally gorgeous kiddos. Jason, she is quite the catch! To sum it up Jason and Mary Leigh were a blast to work with and it was so special to be a part of their day. A beautiful setting in the Hill Country at Rock House Hideaway, fresh florals by The Flower Pail, tasty treats by Sophie’s bakery and wedding planning by Hill Country Bride of course! Lori Blythe Photography deserves her own sentence of appreciation, beautiful images and the best to work with- great job once again girl!

 

wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0009 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0010 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0011 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0012 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0013 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0014 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0015 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0016 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0017 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0018 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0019 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0020 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0021 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0022 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0023 wedding_planner_fredericksburg_0024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi There…

I’m Emily Burgess, owner of Hill Country Bride. You’ve probably already gathered that if you have made it here to my blog page. However, since this is my first blog post, I thought it proper to introduce myself. If we were sitting together over coffee I’d probably be drinking a toffee-nut misto, or perhaps a chai.  I would be sitting with my legs crossed. I notice this about myself because I hear it causes spider veins. And yet, here I sit, legs crossed. I might be wearing a blue and white striped dress with a navy blue blazer and nude wedges, which happens to be the outfit that comes to my mind when I think of my favorite outfits lately. But since we aren’t in a coffee shop together, I’m sitting on my couch with my old faithful grumpy black cat, Rowdy, in my favorite band shirt, a white Switchfoot tee, and wondering who you are. Who are you Reader?

Writing my first blog post on this site feels a little awkward. But then again, aren’t a lot firsts a little awkward? First day of work, first time driving, first kiss… Need I say more!  I have long judged those who obsess over their Facebook, or share their lives to a world they will probably never meet. But here I am, hoping that I’m not that person, and that maybe, someday, I’ll get to meet you!

For starters I would like to tell you about how I got into weddings. The first wedding I ever attended was for a complete stranger. It’s true!  I was working for a photographer at the time, Phillips Mitchell, in a little town of Lexington, Kentucky. I was interning for him. He invited me to come help at his wedding that weekend, you know, carrying around his lights and being his second hands. I was about to be a sophomore in high school, just shy of 16. We were traveling in his Red Honda CRV when he pulled out of the back seat an enormous Canon camera that resembled a nuclear weapon, and said something to the effect of, “Get comfortable with that, you’re going to be shooting with it today.” Excitement and fear rushed through me. The rest of the day was a whirlwind. I remember it well.  The wedding was in this beautiful Cathedral and the bride wore a lace fitted dress with low bun. She was so beautiful. My job with this camera was to practice shooting the details. It was such fun! I fell in love with elegant ribbons playfully decorating bottled bubbles, the classic font on the program cards, the velvet texture of the flower bouquets, and the time-standing-still expression in the Bride’s eyes.

That look. So unique. So once-in-a-lifetime. It is a look reserved for a Bride who is truly in love. Her eyes glitter and smile all by themselves. You can see through those eyes that she feels like the most beautiful and special person in the world. In that moment when the doors are opened, and she emerges to see her groom, she takes a look at him. She often smiles shyly.  And then, almost every bride I have ever seen does this next… she looks down. Maybe she is looking to make sure her feet are still touching the ground. Such a feminine reaction. To feel so beautiful and to look at the man you are in love with, and when you feel his gaze, to have a little blushing moment. I imagine this is where they get the term “blushing bride”.

And that, my new friend, is how I fell in love with weddings. Because, not only are the fonts and flowers so pretty and fun, but even more so the people. What an amazing job, to be a part of the biggest day of someone’s life! I might be the one to fluff out their dress before they walk down the aisle. That dress will become a family heirloom, a symbol of pure love that generations will remember. How can you get more special than that?

I must stop for now. But just know, I could go on for pages and pages. And trust me, many more pages are soon to come!