Leigh and Tim planned their Texas intimate wedding in only two months!

The whirlwind wedding was filled with brilliant DIY touches that added to its charm. There were plenty of sentimental touches too.

“Our theme surrounded my grandmother and grandfather’s 60 year marriage; we had their old black and white photos all over the place – even on my bouquet,” says Leigh, who adds that she also wore the same necklace that her grandmother wore when she was married.

Thanks to SMS Photography for sending over the wonderful photos!
Intimate Texas wedding

Leigh, 31 & Timothy, 27

San Antonio, TX

Wedding Date: May 4, 2012

Number of Guests: 45

Wedding Cost: $12,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Vista West Ranch

Wedding Reception Location: Vista West Ranch

Vista West Ranch wedding venue

Vista west ranch wedding venue decor

wedding wishing tree

mason jar candles

white ruffled wedding cake with rope detail

wedding candy bar

wedding pecan pie

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We both come from small families and wanted to share our special moment with the ones closest to us.

detail shot of wedding rings

hanging wedding dress

wedding cowboy boots

bride's heirloom jewelry

red wedding shoes

bride getting ready

bride putting on her earrings

ring bearer getting dressed

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We were very lucky with planning. We planned and did everything in two months with wonderful help from Joe and Stacey at Vista West Ranch who gave us a list of recommended vendors that we used! With their list we met some amazing people that helped make planning happen!

bride and groom portraits

bride in antique car

bride portrait

bride and groom on the ranch

groom lifting up bride in hug
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No. We chose our closest family members (which was most of them since we have a small family and friends who have been the closest the longest).

bridesmaids in mismatched dresses

laughing bridesmaids

groomsmen and groomswoman

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Not at all. We let everyone know that we were going to keep the list under 50 for family and close friends. Everyone was very understanding.

bridal party portrait on the ranch

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

All of it!!! We did the traditional thing and did not see each other before the ceremony and the moment the doors opened and we took our first glances at one another will always be remembered, along with hearing our personal vows to each other.

ring pillow with green satin ribbon

outdoor ranch wedding ceremony

outdoor ranch wedding ceremony

laughing bride at outdoor ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

bride and groom walking down aisle

What were the highlights of the reception?

Leigh: Seeing our guests’ reactions to all of our personal touches on the tables and all over the gorgeous venue. Our theme surrounded my grandmother and grandfathers 60 year marriage and we had their old black and white photos all over the place … even on my bouquet … and I wore the same necklace my grandmother wore when they were married.

bride and groom with grandma

mason jar drinking glasses for wedding guests

ranch wedding table settings

just married bunting on sweetheart table

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Tim: Being able to enjoy each other and not having to divide our attention across a large number of guests.

bride hugging ring bearers

groom's speech

bride and groom first dance

bride and groom dancing with their mothers

ranch wedding dance party

bride and groom cutting the wedding cake

groom removing bride's garter

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Strongly focus on the details that truly matter to you! Make it as personal as possible.

bride and groom in antique car

bride and groom with antique car



Photographer: SMS Photography, Stacy Sodolak

Flowers: Petal Pushers

Caterer: Pok-e-jos

DJ: Mike with Vista West Ranch

Cake: Simon Lee Bakery