A Rock-'n-Roll Inspired Black-and-Taupe Rustic Wedding on a Ranch in Texas
Sorenne and Matt
When Portland, Oregon, couple Sorenne Gottlieb and Matt Drenik want to get away, they head down to Austin, Texas. And so when they decided to make it official, the Lone Star State was a no-brainer. So was a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired wedding -– since the pair had met at a concert Matt’s band played back in 2009. The resulting affair celebrated the desert landscape and fit their personalities like a pair of broken-in cowboy boots.
The couple chose Three Points Ranch for their September 30, 2011, nuptials. The site boasts a barn, stuffed and mounted animals, Airstream trailers, and a pavilion, and is decorated with European antiques, Mexican blankets, and rustic farming relics throughout.
Artist Norman Orr's hand-lettering and illustration on the stationery suite was influenced by Native American elements, hints of Texas, and rock music. Another cool element: the invitation was printed large-format, just like a concert poster.
The groomsmen wore vintage-wash Levi's 501 jeans, pale blue button-down shirts, and suspenders. Reversible bow ties (chambray on one side, ivory with red polka dots on the other) were made by the mother of the groom.
Loeffler Randall satin-and-mesh booties were Sorenne’s footwear of choice. "They looked very Cyndi Lauper-meets-the-1800s," she says.
Crimson Horticultural Rarities created the bride’s bouquet of roses, craspedia, and succulents.
Sorenne and Matt posed for photographer Suzi Q. Varin before and after the ceremony to capture the setting sun.
Their twilight service, held in an open field surrounded by pecan, oak, and cedar trees, was officiated by a friend. Sorenne and Matt penned their own vows and had a friend read an excerpt from the play "Chelsea Walls." Another pal played the fiddle.
The couple's pup, Rambeau, donned a bow tie for the occasion.
Instead of clapping or tossing confetti, guests were asked to fire off toy guns when the newlyweds kissed and as they walked up the aisle.
The signature cocktail, a Peppermint Palmer, was the idea of Matt’s friend Austin, who manages the bar Ria Rita, in Austin. The lemonade-and-vodka drink was mixed by the groom the night before.
Matchboxes printed with hearts, arrows, and the couple’s initials were set out in large jars.
The Escort Cards
The concert ticket-inspired escort cards were printed on cardboard and clipped to twine.
Baker's twine, strung with a charm, was tied around each hemstitched napkin. Anchors, captain's wheels, guitars, and hearts with wings were selected for their symbolism to the couple.
Southern's Fine Dining gave traditional barbecue an upscale twist. Roasted vegetables, tangy citrus cole slaw, tomato soup shooters, corn bread, jalapeno mac and cheese, and salad were served.
Wine bottles, doubling as table numbers, were placed among flower-filled glass vases and candlelit Mason jars. Antlers, crystals, and lace doilies were incorporated into the decor, too.
The First Dance
Sorenne and Matt swayed to "Cool Water" by Isobel Campbell.
A dessert bar created by the couple's friend Dawn Paulson featured macarons and Texas pecan pies, one of which the couple cut into instead of a traditional cake.
Photography: Q Weddings Photography
Location: Three Points Ranch
Event Planning: BZ Events
Flowers and Event Design: Crimson Horticultural Rarities
Catering: Southern’s Fine Dining; BBQ Bill (512) 422-7439
Stationery: Norman Orr
Music: Lost Soul Revue
Rentals: Outback Party Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Jesse Vain and Jene Marony of Topaz Salon
Bride's and Groom's Wedding Bands: Twist