Moon River Ranch Wedding: Alexis and Philip

This white Christmas-themed Moon River Ranch wedding was adorned with evergreen, pinecones, stockings, warmth and laughter. And really brought the season’s joy and cheer!

Let the Planning Begin

Following a romantic dinner and proposal in the backyard with their dogs, the newly engaged couple went to work on planning their wedding. Organized and a creative planner at heart, Alexis had a vision: a white Christmas wedding accented by deep greens. And let’s not forget about including their fur-babies!

Between collecting Christmas decor and working on her DIY projects, she slowly started bringing her visions to life.

Moon River Ranch Wedding

Situated near Waco, Texas, Moon River Ranch is the perfect venue for Alexis and Philip’s wedding. It comes with its own church, reception hall, and rustic boutique lodging. This venue also offers “accommodations in the Main Lodge that is filled with overstuffed leather furniture, vintage antiques and elegant finishes that captures the true spirit of Texas living at its best.”

But most importantly, it allows the couple’s dogs on property and can host the amount of guests that are attending this wedding.

The Big Day

The day has finally come! Alexis and Philip are ready to say “I do!”

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Martina Liana wedding dress

Alexis getting ready with her entire bridal party, and dogs, of course!

Angela Karr working her magic.
Dogs and children played a major role in this Moon River Ranch Wedding in Waco Texas

Matching flannels for all the bridesmaids and bridesmen:

The bridal party.
Getting ready for the Moon River Ranch Wedding in Waco Texas
Putting on her wedding dress
Mom and sister zipping and buttoning up the Martina Liana gown on the bride.
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The bride putting on her wedding jewelry

Meanwhile, at the boathouse …

The groom and groomsmen getting ready for the Moon River Ranch Wedding
Dad helping the groom get ready.
The groom
The groom with his brother and father.
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The weather seemed to know that this was a Christmas-themed wedding. Dark clouds loomed over us, rain threatened to pour down, and there was constant cold wind blowing. However, that wasn’t going to stop these two from enjoying their day.

First Look

We went back and forth on whether to do this first look inside or out. With the rain holding out, we just couldn’t resist using this perfect setting. So we set Philip up and waited for the bride.

The first look
The bride walking to do the first look with her groom

Their first look:

Seeing each other for the first time
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After the first look, they read their vows to one another. It was such a sweet and intimate moment.

Reading their vows to one another before the ceremony

Most first looks are just between the bride and groom. However, in this case, they wanted their moms and sisters to be a part of the special moment.

The moms and sisters witnessing the first look and vows.
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It's the groom's turn to read out his vows.
the bride and groom
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Time for bride and groom portraits (my favorite time)!!

Taking time out for bride and groom portraits
The bride and groom
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The beautiful couple
Walking around Moon River Ranch
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The groom looking handsome in his suit.
The beautiful bride
Hair done by Ashlyn Quisenberry
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A Martina Liana bride
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Ready to walk down the aisle

The wedding party:

The wedding party

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The chapel at Moon River Ranch

Alexis and Philip’s dogs play a huge role in their lives and relationship. So much so that they give the dogs credit for shaping them into the couple they are today. This couple “compliments each other in how much they care about dogs, and people.”

Just like with their engagement session, their dogs (Georgie, Pompi, and Jack) were very present. From walking down the aisle (alongside their cousin dogs), to details like the koozies below, they make many appearances. Being a dog-lover myself, it made my heart happy!

Wedding ceremony details.
The dogs were physically a part of the wedding, as well as part of the decorations.
Wedding ceremony time

The beautiful flower girl with the ring BEARers!!

The flower girl and ring bearers
Flower girl

The bride’s dad began singing a song while the bride starting coming down the aisle:

The father of the bride singing as the bride walks down the aisle.
The bride walking down the aisle with her dogs.
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The wedding ceremony outside of the chapel.
The officiant was the groom's brother.
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The wedding party at the wedding ceremony
Their first kiss as husband and wife.

Family Portraits

Their little fur family

The wind and cold proved to be too much. We moved family photos from the ceremony location to inside the ranch, where everyone was able to stay warm (and fix their wind-blown hair).

Family portraits

Wedding Reception

Wedding reception decor

Can we just take a moment to really appreciate all the small and large details? All imagined and executed (with the help of family, friends, and her planner) by the brilliant bride!

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Wedding reception details and matching jean jackets for the bridesmaids
Wedding favors
Wedding reception details
Hot cocoa bar
Table centerpieces
A Christmas themed wedding
Signature drinks inspired by their dogs.
Cocktail hour
The wedding party introduction
Introducing the bride and groom
The first dance
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A spin during their first dance

Okay, so just take a look at the photo below. How does a bride get flipped and still maintain a pretty face and a big smile?! Impressive!

The father-daughter dance:

The father-daughter dance

Mother-son dance:

Mother-son dance

Toasting the bride and groom:

Toasts by the groom's dad.
A traditional Russian toast.
The bride's mom giving a toast.
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This cake by Glamour Cakes is just the cutest! Alexis and Philip made sure that Georgie, Pompi, and Jack made an appearance on the cake. And one of them was naughty (but cute) and took a bite out of the cake!

The wedding cake
Wedding cake and details.
Cutting the cake.
Smashing the cake in each other's face.

Santa made a surprise appearance, bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. As if that weren’t enough, he even had gifts for the little ones. Then, he stayed to dance and party with the guests!

Santa surprised the guests and joined in on the party!
The wedding reception
The bouquet toss
The groom dancing on his bride before grabbing the garter
Retrieving the garter.
Tossing the garter

I love when couples celebrate their heritage. That’s exactly what Alexis and Philip did. They incorporated a few Dutch and Romanian traditions. Everyone danced the Dutch promenade, and a traditional boiled Romanian drink was served to the guests with its cheese-meat pairing.

The Dutch promenade.

What’s a reception without a flash mob? The bride and groom, wedding party, and family all broke out into one in the middle of the reception. As the song continued, their guests jumped in, learned the moves, and made it one of the largest flash mobs I’ve seen!

Dancing at the reception

It’s always a fun idea to include LED lights and accessories:

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Who needs sleeves? Exactly what the groom and his brother were thinking! Off with the sleeves!

Final night shot of the bride and groom

Cheers to the bride and groom and one of the most epic weddings ever!!

Wedding Vendors:

Bridal Boutique: Georgios Bridal ♥ Wedding Dress: Martina Liana ♥ Wedding Coordinator: The Whole Bridal Affair ♥ Hair Stylist: Ashlyn Quisenberry ♥ Makeup Artist: Angela Karr ♥ Wedding Venue: Moon River Ranch ♥ Photographer: Sweet Memories Photography ♥ Videographer: The Philgreens ♥ Floral Company (bridal bouquet only): A Rare Bloom ♥ Catering: TCP Catering ♥ DJ: DJ Traviste ♥ Rental Company: Action Rental ♥ Wedding Cake: Glamour Cakes ♥ Christmas Tree Decorator: Elizabeth Soto ♥ Santa: North Texas Santa