Michelle + Brandon's Colorful Boho-Western Elopement

This gorgeous elopement included tons of bright colors, prickly pear cactus, longhorns, and our brand new western teepee altar, so you KNOW it was right up our alley! Michelle and Brandon got hitched on a Wednesday, and it was such a perfect day! Who says you can’t get married on a weekday?! This couple was easygoing and let our team handle totally handle their details, and it all turned out spectacular. Lance and Kathryn Shingleur from Shingleur Photography photographed this wedding so perfectly… they’re always some of our favorite photographers to work with, and we were thrilled to work with them on this one!

Photographer: Shingleur Photography | Venue, Coordination, Design, Florals: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch | Hair and Makeup: Abbey Lee at Southern Grace Salon | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Cake: Kneading Hands Bakery 

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Michelle and Brandon were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch on May 1, 2019. Michelle’s only requirements for her wedding day were bright colored florals, turquoise, and western-meets-bohemian vibes. “I gave Lesleigh free rein to use her creative style and she went above and beyond our expectations to fit my style perfect,” she said.

Michelle’s punchy colored florals stole our cactus-loving hearts! They were full of corals, pinks and loads of greenery. “And of course the prickly pear cactus to totally fit my style!” she said. We finished off her bridal bouquet with a turquoise ribbon and a gold cactus concho.

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Michelle’s bridal gown was from David’s Bridal and it was absolutely jaw-dropping. The all-over lace, beading, belt, and plunging back were all stunning. Michelle also wore a great pair of boots! LOVE. Her hair, makeup and jewelry were all gorgeous, and she was seriously the most beautiful bride!

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Michelle and Brandon’s ceremony details were full of bright, punchy colors, and bohemian and western inspired details. We debuted a brand new teepee shaped altar on their big day, and would you just look at it! This thing is so fun and beautiful, and it was perfect topped with a few prickly pears, bright colored florals and turquoise ribbons. We (obviously) included a cowhide rug and a steer head in their ceremony details, too.

“Lesleigh and her team did amazing incorporating all of my favorite things to make our wedding fit my style,” Michelle said. “The steer heads on my altar and cake display, the cowhide rug, and the prickly pear cacti all fit me to a T!”

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Their ceremony, which was held on the lawn in front of The Barn, was intimate and sweet. “The entire day was so special and we will always remember the intimacy of spending it with each other and our closest family,” Michelle said.

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As always, I am OBSESSED with these portraits! This couple is gorgeous, and their post-ceremony portraits are giving us ALL the feels. (If y’all think these are pretty, just stay tuned for their portraits with our longhorns at the end of this post!)

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When looking for a venue we knew we wanted a small intimate ceremony with parents and grandparents but didn’t want to deal with the stress that comes with wedding planning. We were thrilled The Barn offered an all-inclusive elopement package that fit our exact wants! Not only was it completely stress free, the venue was absolutely breathtaking!
— Michelle
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Our elopements don’t include a full-on reception, but they do include a cake cutting for our couples and their guests. And our elopement cake set-ups are always the BEST. Michelle and Brandon had a simple scraped cape topped with more of those bright colored florals, sitting atop some stacked wood discs. Their table also included rustic candlesticks, old barrels and crates, a steer head, and pops of turquoise. And that adorable mini teepee, though!

“I don't think I could pick a favorite detail,” Michelle said. “Everything was so perfect! From the amazing altar and cake display to the beautiful pictures we took with the longhorns. Every single detail was so unique and special.”

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And then after their cake cutting, something purely magical happened. These two newlyweds went out in the pasture with some of our longhorns and horses, and these photos are EVERYTHING. Major heart eyes! (Excellent job, Shingleurs! These are stunning.) Michelle said the longhorns were actually one of her very favorite things about getting married at The Barn (her #1 favorite thing was “how easy and stress free” planning her wedding was with us, she said!).

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Words alone cannot express the gratitude for everything Lesleigh and her crew did to make our wedding day perfect. It was an experience we will never forget and we will forever be grateful for the simplicity and hospitality we experienced at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.
— Michelle
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Michelle and Brandon headed off to New Orleans to begin their Southern honeymoon! “We started our honeymoon in New Orleans for several days visiting Jackson Square, the French Quarter, swamp tours and of course eating the best Cajun food,” Michelle said. “Then we drove down the coast to Destin, Florida and relaxed on the beach for a week.” Sounds perfect!

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Michelle and Brandon, we adored EVERY detail from your wedding day! We’re so, so thankful we got to plan it with you! We wish you two the best! xoxo