The Hinojosas

The gazebo area (but not from this wedding). Photo by Lisa Shepard,

Saturday’s wedding was held at Star Hill Ranch – a location I have been wanting to work at for years!  And Emelda and Aldo instantly knew it would be perfect for their vintage vibe, country chic style wedding.

Star Hill Ranch is located in South Austin but you will feel like you have stepped back in time.   The first thing you see as you come up the drive is what appears to be an old turn of the century town complete with a saloon and charming chapel.  The historic buildings have all been relocated from around Central Texas and lovingly restored.

Since the weather was so nice, Aldo and Emelda decided to hold the ceremony in a gazebo just behind the town.  With help from talented family, the gazebo was decorated with white draping gathered at each post with a mason jar filled with pink and white flowers.  A vintage chandelier was hung from the center as well.

The Bride wore a stunning strapless ivory ball gown (with pockets!) – there was no embellishment except for a champagne sash at the waist with a feathered brooch in the back.  Her MoH wore a strapless chiffon cocktail dress in a a spring green.

The Groom and his BM both wore light brown suits accented with green ties.  The final touch was the ring bearer in his little red wagon – dressed in khaki pants, white shirt, and green tie and baby Chucks.

The ceremony was approximately 15 minutes with readings of The Art of Marriage by the Bride’s brother and the Blessing of the Hands by the Groom’s Marine cousin (in his dress uniform of course).  The couple included funny, personalized vows – and they kept them a secret from each other.  And this time rather than each writing their own, they wrote the vows for the other – which including Emelda not being embarrassed when Aldo sings Justin Bieber in the car with the windows down.  That was a tough one!

Although in my daily life I cry at the drop of a hat (happy or sad) I rarely cry when doing a wedding.  But Aldo made my eyes misty when after kissing his lovely bride he bent down and kissed her pregnant belly.  She was completely surprised and it was very sweet.  That they then hugged and whispered to each other for a minute before facing their guests once again made it even sweeter.  I think for a moment they actually forgot they had 100 of their closest friends and family watching them.

Aldo and Emelda – thank you for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Be Carefree,



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