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It was a rainy day in late October that I married the man of my dreams, my soulmate, my lobster under the pecan trees along the Concho river in a very special place called San Angelo, TX. One year ago today, I climbed into the dress that made me tear up, sipped champagne, admired the place on my left ring finger where my simple wedding band would live for the rest of my life, and thanked our sweet Lord for His unfathomably beautiful design.
We knew it might rain…
We planned an outdoor wedding ceremony under the pecan trees (three of them in the shape of a cathedral) and a barn reception. This particular Fall, Texas endured some MASSIVE flooding – flooding that reached the usually-dry San Angelo. While my sweet wedding planners did their best to coordinate a dry ceremony, I asked if it were still possible to proceed with our original plan …a ceremony under the trees. I figured that whatever the weather, it was a sweet, purposeful gift from Above. Our job was to enjoy it!
The mud was too thick for our hired trollies to cart our 200ish guests down the hill for the ceremony, so we opened the bar and left the sweet crowd of dear friends in the barn. Our wedding party and immediate family hopped in the available 4-wheeled trucks for a ride down the hill 500 yards away. It was WET …and it was magical.
My Dad and I were the last truck down the hill. He escorted me in his first automobile, a 1968 bright red Ford (which he last painted in 1986, the year I was born). He then took me on the most important walk of my life …down an isle formed by oak church pews, filled with the most important people in our life (including Gus), towards my future husband. Because our preacher was stranded by the flood, two of our dear friends married us …just as it was supposed to happen. We exchanged our vows to the music of raindrops, kissed, mixed tears with the sweet water from the trees above, and walked back out as one.
The rest of the night was a PARTY! We danced the night away in our wet clothes, enjoyed some delicious gluten-free cake, and had the time of our lives.
I’ll share links to all our vendors later this week, but here’s a quick photo recap of the day.
Photos by: Jana Williams
Oh.my.god. These are beyond gorgeous!! Su he a beautiful wedding you had, and the rain And Guss’ collar, so so cute! ❤️
Stephanie Cahill says
Gosh, thank you Cassie for sharing these! I absolutely love your bridesmaid dresses, and yours too. So romantic! I love that Gus was involved in your big day, our dogs were too. Love the picture of you gazing up your dad from the truck. So so cute! Happy anniversary- wishing you both endless more years of laughter, joy, and love.
Happy anniversary! We’re celebrating our first today, too! 😀 Gorgeous picture.
Thank you for sharing! I was smiling the entire time I was looking at these. Seriously gorgeous!
Norma Shepherd says
What a beautiful wedding. Glad you wore your boots! I was wondering how you walked in the rain in those heels! They say rain on your wedding is good luck! Thank you for sharing your special day. Many blessings for the next 50 years!
So beautiful, I had to stop myself from tearing up at work!
Such beautiful photos, thanks for sharing! My husband and I got married outdoors as well and included our Newfoundland dog, Goomba, so seeing these photos brought back memories of my own wedding. Happy Anniversary!
Absolutely beautiful! What a perfect day! Thanks for sharing with us! Happy first anniversary!
Happy Anniversary!!! Love, love, love your pictures!!!! Looks like it was the perfect day <3
Happy Anniversary! What joyful, beautiful photos–thank you for sharing them!
Michelle Cotter says
San Angelo?!?! Sic ’em Cats! (CHS alumni here!) I am from San Angelo and it is a very special place indeed. I have lived in Nashville the past 13 years but get ‘home’ two or three times a year. I just found your blog very recently, bought your book and cannot wait to devour it and some recipes. Blessings to you, my fellow Texan and lover of sweet West Texas!
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Looked like a great time with people (and animals) you loved! 😀
Your dress is perfection!! Thanks for sharing, everything was so beautiful! Loooooove Gus, we have a Great Pyr too – best dogs ever!
Hi! Where is your amazing cake topper from?
Etsy! Can’t remember the name of the shop, though.
This is beyond gorgeous! Where did you get your reception necklace from? Thank you
It’s by the same designer as my dress! Hayley Paige.