Rustic Wedding

Dustin & Virginia | Outdoor Rustic Wedding at Rustic Acres | Belton, Texas

A bride and groom hold hands in a field with hay bales under a blue Texas sky at their rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

In late June we joined Dustin & Virginia for their wedding day, and we’ve been so excited to share their wedding story on the blog!

Dustin and Virginia had their outdoor rustic wedding at Rustic Acres Event Center in Belton, Tx, and it was the perfect venue for their wedding. The ceremony site had lush green grass, even in the Texas summer! The backdrop of the green trees behind the altar framed the ceremony beautifully. And the open fields with hay bales made for some romantic sunset portraits while the reception was rocking along inside the red barn.

Virginia chose a pink, tan and cream color palette, an ideal choice for a rustic Texas wedding in summer! The bridesmaids wore soft pink dresses, while the groomsmen wore a Texas tuxedo - jeans, boots, a white button up shirt, and vest and tie. The tan, pink and cream color palette was carried throughout the wedding day in the large pink rose bouquets carried by the bridal party, the pink roses that adorned the buttercream wedding cake, and the burlap and wood used throughout the decor.

Dustin & Virginia’s wedding was simple, romantic, and full of so many sweet moments. Their daughter was enamored with Virginia’s wedding dress, and kept wanting to touch her skirt. In fact, kids were a big part of the day! Nieces and nephews filled out the bridal party, and little cousins ran around the dance floor all evening. One of the sweetest things to watch during most of the reception was all the dads, grandpas, and uncles dancing with the little girls, teaching them how to two-step and twirl.

We say it every wedding, but it still holds true, our Sweethearts always have the most amazing friends and family. Seeing how everyone gathers to help our Sweethearts have the wedding of their dreams, how they celebrate and cheer on the love shared between the couple...it’s always so heartwarming to see. A marriage is two people, but it’s also their support system. And seeing such a great support system surround Dustin & Virginia gives us faith in the strength of their marriage.

Bridal details from a rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride getting in her dress with the help of her bridesmaids, rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding details, wooden ring box - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding details, ring shot and flowers - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic outdoor summer wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Details for a summer outdoor rustic wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom smiles at his bride coming down the aisle during their outdoor wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Ceremony site during an outdoor summer wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Belton wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding ceremony photos from a Belton, Texas wedding - Jason Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom kisses his bride at the end of their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Summer outdoor wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom smile at each other after their wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Pink and tan bridal party colors at a rustic wedding in Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
White buttercream wedding cake with pink roses and greenery - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces in a field with a Texas sunset behind them after their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Waco Texas wedding photographer - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A bride and groom dance at their wedding reception at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding reception photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple leaves their wedding reception in a sparkler exit Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Dustin & Virginia,

We were so happy and honored you chose us to tell your wedding story! We love your family and feel like we're the official Pustka Family Wedding Photographer now! ;) We hope the love you felt not only for one another but by all your loved ones (present or not) on your wedding day will be a cherished memory you carry for years to come.

Love, J&M

A bride and groom kiss surrounded by their guests with sparklers, black and white image - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Rustic Acres Event Center

Coordinator | Patti Pustka

Officiant | Mike Belgard

Florist | HEB Florals

DJ | Kyle Heitmiller

Rentals | CenTex Rentals

Baker | Simply Sweet Bakery - Traceylynn Cudej

Bridal Gown | David's Bridal

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

James & Elizabeth | Rustic Wedding at Peacock River Ranch | Gatesville, Texas

Bride and groom exchange vows during their rustic wedding ceremony at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

We’re so excited to share the first 2018 wedding here on the blog! This past weekend we joined James & Elizabeth for their beautiful and perfectly-them wedding day at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas. You may remember these two J&M Sweethearts from their romantic engagement session by the river. Do you remember how James proposed to Elizabeth back on New Year’s while they were fishing together, one of their favorite things to do? We kept the important theme of the Bosque River in their love story, photographing their engagement portraits at Brazos Park East. And just as their engagement session told the story of their engagement, their wedding day pulled together all the things that defined them as a couple and perfectly told the story of them.

There were the soft, romantic touches of the lace on Elizabeth’s dress, and the bridesmaids’ turquoise dresses too. But paired with the lace were the cowboy boots that highlighted their love for the country and how one of their favorite things to do is go two-stepping together. The romance and the country continued to blend together well in the burlap and lace table runners, the twine and lace in the invitations, and the baby’s breath and sunflowers in the centerpieces. Even Peacock River Ranch, with its expansive views of green pastures marked by a wooden fence line, kept the romance of the country in the guest’s mind as they watched James & Elizabeth become husband and wife.

Their wedding details also pointed to the importance of relationships in their life. Elizabeth glued a penny in her boot, dated 1988, the year she & James were born. On her bouquet, she pinned treasured items to stand for her “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” as well as remember her late father. James’ mother made all the floral arrangements, including Elizabeth’s bouquet. Elizabeth’s friends, Erik and Stella Johnson from Cuppiecakes in McGregor, made the cake and cupcakes for the reception. Most of the gorgeous hand-lettered signs were made by Morgan Johnson with Watercrest Mill, while the remaining signs and invitations were done by Elizabeth, her soon-to-be mother-in-law, or her dear friend, Brandi. With the help of friends and family, these Sweethearts planned the perfect rustic wedding, full of romantic details and sentimental elements.

But James & Elizabeth’s love story wasn’t only in the details. It was in the face of every person at their wedding. Family and friends came from all over the country to celebrate the love of these two Sweethearts. This love was felt throughout the day during so many touching moments - when Elizabeth and her dad were teary-eyed when they first saw one another, when Elizabeth smiled through happy tears at her first look with James, when they both laughed and cried a little while exchanging their vows, and when Elizabeth’s sister began crying during her toast and then laughing through her tears. And after dancing the night away, James & Elizabeth were showered with the bright lights of sparklers held high by friends and family, ready to walk into their next adventure.

Turquoise, sunflower, burlap and lace wedding details at a rustic wedding ceremony at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Reception details at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding rings tied in knot of twine lace wedding dress
Sunflowers and baby's breath centerpieces at rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride glued a penny in her boot on her wedding day - rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding ring and invitation details at a rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Flower girl and ring bearers wearing their ring security shirts - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride's mother buttons up her wedding gown and adjusts her veil - Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride's first look with her dad - Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father of the bride kisses her cheek at their first look - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridesmaids in turquoise lace dresses and cowboy boots -Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride walks up to groom during their first look 
Groom sees bride for the first time at their wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom embrace in a green pasture at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride in a lace wedding dress holds her groom in his cowboy hat - Jason & Melaina Photography
Groomsmen in jeans and tan vests and bridesmaids in turquoise dresses and boots - Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride in lace wedding gown poses in green pasture on her wedding day - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride and bridesmaids pose along wooden fence - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Dad walks his daughter down the aisle at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony at Peacock River Ranch Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Unique guest book idea at wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography
Cake and cupcake display at wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride and groom share a first dance during their reception at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father dances with his daughter on her wedding day - Peacock River Ranch - Gatesville TX - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding ring casts a heart-shaped shadow in Bible - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Sunset portraits with the bride and groom - Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Groom kisses his bride with sunset behind them at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride's parents dance at Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride and groom hold one another surrounded by sparklers - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear James & Elizabeth,

Your wedding day was magical and so full of love! We pray the love you felt that day is a firm foundation for your marriage to grow on. And as you return to life at home with your pups and your normal routine, we hope you remember the joy and love of this day every time you look back at your pictures.

Love, J&M

Groom dips bride and kisses her during their sparkler exit - Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography

Venue | Peacock River Ranch

Planner | Brandi Lott

Rentals | Priceless Moments Photo booth

Officiant | Rev. Scott Kerschner

Videographer | 4 Rivers Videography

Florist | Crystal Klepper, mother of the groom

Baker | Cuppiecakes

Ceremony Musicians | Grazioso String Quartet

DJ | Hannemann-Thomas Productions

Caterer | Bare Bone's BBQ

Hair | Amy Lynn, Hair Artist

Make up | Elizabeth Tindell

Signage | Morgan Johnson with Watercrest Mill

Transportation | Legacy Limousines of Waco


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