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Twisted Ranch Wedding: Josh & Alura

April 7, 2016

After three years of dating, Josh woke Alura up early one morning.  He told her she wasn’t going to work that day and drove her to the airport (he already had her bags packed), where St. Thomas was the final destination.  He took her to H. Stern, where Alura got to pick out a piece of jewelry to remember the trip by.  Little did she know, this wouldn’t be the ONLY piece of jewelry she would be leaving St. Thomas with.  Soon after leaving the store, Josh took Alura to what he considers one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Magen’s Bay, to watch the sun set.  As they were walking hand-in-hand, they stumbled upon a wine bottle in the sand.  With that, she instantly knew what was happening and began to cry.  Josh pulled the cork out, and read the letter hidden inside the bottle to Alura.  At the end of the letter, Josh got down on one knee and asked Alura to marry him.  She said yes!  Just over a year later, on her grandparents’ wedding anniversary, Josh and Alura promised to love each other forever.  Their Twisted Ranch wedding is one for the record books!

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Once Alura was ready in her wedding day attire, the bridesmaids came in with giggles and tears!  It was a sweet moment.  Alura’s Maid of Honor made Alura’s garters and helped her into her veil.  Twisted Ranch Wedding-28 Twisted Ranch Wedding-33 Twisted Ranch Wedding-35

Josh and Alura opted for a first look.  It was held in the Little White Chapel of Twisted Ranch.First look at twisted ranch wedding in little white chapel Twisted Ranch Wedding-40 Twisted Ranch Wedding-45 First Look at Little White Chapel at Twisted Ranch photo Twisted Ranch Wedding-50

One of the big perks to having a first look (besides being able to actually hug on your beloved and telling them how happy you are that the day is FINALLY here!), is that you get more portraits!  Twisted Ranch Wedding photos Twisted Ranch Wedding-54 Twisted Ranch Wedding photos Twisted Ranch Wedding photographer Twisted Ranch Wedding photos Twisted Ranch Wedding-68 Canary Yellow Bridesmaids Dresses Twisted Ranch Wedding-76Spring Wedding at Twisted Ranch Photos

When Alura’s grandfather saw her for the first time on her wedding day, he gave her a kiss on the cheek!  He would later walk her down the aisle, where her future husband waited.  Twisted Ranch Wedding-75yellow and gray wedding party

Josh’s boutonniere was made out of corks that came from his and Alura’s favorite winery, Spicewood Vineyards.  This is where we took their engagement photos and is the bottle Josh had hidden in the sand during their proposal.  wine cork boutonniere for weddings Twisted Ranch Wedding-88 Twisted Ranch bridal portraits

Alura’s entire bridal look was STUNNING!  I seriously could have photographed her ALL DAY!Twisted Ranch Wedding-96 Bridal Photos at Twisted Ranch in Bertram, Texas

The two exchanged wedding gifts.  The lure on Josh’s new fishing rod says “You are the catch of a lifetime.” Twisted Ranch Wedding-101

Not only did Josh give Alura diamond earrings on their wedding day, he drew this portrait of her!  He had been keeping this talent secret, waiting for just this moment!  Of course, tears happened.  Twisted Ranch Wedding-106 Twisted Ranch Wedding-145 Twisted Ranch Wedding-146 Vintage Guest sign in table at wedding Unplugged Ceremony Signs Dogs at weddings photos Twisted Ranch Wedding-161 Twisted Ranch Wedding-164

Alura’s grandfather walked her down the aisle wearing his Stetson. Twisted Ranch Wedding-167 Twisted Ranch Wedding photos Twisted Ranch Wedding-169 Twisted Ranch Wedding-172 Dogs at weddings

The two had a wine box ceremony.  They each wrote a letter to each other to be opened on their 5 year wedding anniversary.  Enclosed in the box was also their favorite wine and a wine key.Wine Box Ceremony Wine Box Ceremony at Wedding Twisted Ranch Wedding-183 Twisted Ranch Wedding-186 Canary Yellow Wedding at Twisted Ranch in Bertram, Texas Cocktail hour at Twisted Ranch Wedding Twisted Ranch Wedding photos with vintage red truck Twisted Ranch Wedding photos Twisted Ranch Barn Door Photos Twisted Ranch Wedding-207 Twisted Ranch Wedding-211

This is Dylan’s shot.  I have to give him credit here.  Sunset Photos at Twisted Ranch Wedding Betsey Johnson Wedding Heels

I’m so thankful Josh and Alura made sure to include plenty of time for romantic portraits.  To me, these are the most important shots of the day.  The more time we have, the more locations we can include and the more creative we can get.Bertram Texas Wedding photographer Twisted Ranch Wedding-219

Two very special people were only able to attend their wedding celebration in spirit, as Heaven is just a little too far away.  Twisted Ranch Wedding-220

In true Texas style, there was even a shooting range at this wedding!  Wedding Game Ideas: Shooting RangeSaloon at Twisted RanchTwisted Ranch Wedding-144Twisted Ranch Wedding-140Sweetheart Table at Twisted Ranch Wedding Reception in Cedar barnWine Bottle Wedding Decor: Spricewood Vineyards Bluebonnet BlushTwisted Ranch Wedding-131Twisted Ranch Wedding-127Cedar Barn Wedding Venue in Texas Hill Countrywine bottle wedding decorHow to pick your wedding date: share it with a special couple in your life, like grandparentsTwisted Ranch Wedding-113Twisted Ranch Wedding-112 Tearful Wedding Toasts at twisted ranch

Tears AND laughter filled all of the wedding toasts given in honor of the bride and groom. The Best Man gave a shout out to all the bridesmaids before confessing his undying Bromance with Josh.  The Maid of Honor reminded Alura that a psychic had predicted Alura would marry the next man she met (who just happened to be Josh).  Twisted Ranch Wedding-240 Sweet Treets Bakery Wedding Cake

After cake was cut, guests transitioned into the Saloon, where they danced the night away.Twisted Ranch Wedding-227 First Dance at Saloon of Twisted Ranch in Bertram, texas Twisted Ranch Wedding-254 Twisted Ranch Wedding-256 Twisted Ranch Wedding-259

Josh and Alura made sure to keep the surprises coming for guests!  First up, everyone was given a shot of Fireball! Twisted Ranch Wedding-264

Second, they showed a slideshow of fun moments that they had shared with their bridal party!Twisted Ranch Wedding-268

Finally, they served up a “midnight” treat to make sure their guests had enough of a sugar rush to keep the party going all the way til Midnight! Hey Cupcake Food Truck at Twisted Ranch Wedding as Midnight Snack and Sugar Rush Hey Cupcake Food Truck as Midnight Snack at Wedding Twisted Ranch Wedding-277 Twisted Ranch Wedding-280 Twisted Ranch Wedding Reception in the Saloon Twisted Ranch Wedding-288 Twisted Ranch Wedding-289

Y’all!  ALL THE FUN was had at this wedding! Last Dance at Wedding Reception Sparkler Exit at Twisted Ranch

Josh and Alura, Dylan and I absolutely ADORED being your Twisted Ranch wedding Photographers!  Seriously!  We want you both to know that when it comes time for your vow renewal, we’ll be the first to RSVP!  We had a ton of fun spending the day with y’all and your family and friends!  THANK YOU for allowing us to be a part of your celebration and love story!

Mylah Renae

Twisted Ranch Wedding Photographer

Creative Team: 
Oatmeal Wedding Venue with Buffalos: Twisted Ranch
Twisted Ranch Wedding Photographer: Eureka Photography 
Coordinator: A Bunch of Weddings (Ashley Bunch)
Hair & Make-up Team: All Dolled Up Austin
Wedding Videographer: JR Digital Video (Jason)
Wedding DJ: Innovative DJ (Robert) 
Wedding Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery
Catering: Catering by Mopsie
Officiant: I Do Ceremonies Austin (Stephen)
Ceremony String Duo: Terra Vista Strings 
Midnight Snack: Hey Cupcake! 
Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander
Bridal Heels: Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bridal Jewelry & Bridesmaids Gifts: Kendra Scott
Wedding Bands: Diamond’s Direct
Wedding Floral: Twisted Blooms


  1. Jennifer Weems

    April 7th, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Beautiful job Mylah!

  2. Tricia

    April 7th, 2016 at 9:28 PM


  3. Megan

    April 13th, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Absolutely beautiful wedding and gorgeous photos!

  4. Amilia

    April 13th, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    This looks like such a fun wedding! Great job photographing it :)

  5. Kim

    April 13th, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Such a beautiful story and gorgeous wedding!

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