Texas/New Mexico Fusion

Having lived in Albuquerque for nearly ten years, I have come to love the rustic culture of the great southwest. But a little more than a year ago, we left that fascinating (and sometimes quirky) state and headed home to family and business in the big state of Texas. When a friend from Albuquerque wrote to ask about our new wedding venue, I thought she had missed the fact that we no longer lived there. I reminder her that we had moved away from “The Land of Enchantment” and our venue actually set on twenty-seven gorgeous acres in the heart of Texas, not New Mexico. Imagine my delight when she emailed right back and said, “I AM IN TEXAS!” Danielle had moved to Fort Worth and had recently gotten engaged.

And Danielle wanted to bring a touch of her New Mexico roots to our charming Texas farm.

I was beyond excited.

Danielle picked the perfect month and day for her southwest wedding: October 3, 2015. The weather was glorious, the skies big and blue, and the bride, well she was beautiful.

Take a look at Michael and Danielle’s Southwest Fusion wedding. I loved it!

Michael and Danielle rented the Bed and Breakfast for the weekend, giving family and bridesmaids a place to stay during the activities.
Michael and Danielle rented the Bed and Breakfast for the weekend, giving family and bridesmaids a place to stay during the activities.
Danielle in Milagro's Woods
Danielle in Woods de Milagro. Special shout out to The Studio – a local Jewelry Store that specializes in Southwest glam. Note Danielle’s native turquoise ring and bracelet. Bride’s maids wore turquoise earrings from the Studio, too.
His first look. Precious.
His first look. Precious.
“I do”
Photo opps at Milagro Farms are endless. Love this walk on Texas land.
Photo opps at Milagro Farms are endless. Love this walk on Texas land.
The barn made the perfect backdrop for the antlers and turquoise. Stunning!
The barn made the perfect backdrop for the antlers and turquoise. Stunning!
Beautiful October day!
Beautiful October day!
Milagro Farms' barn is romantic, rustic and the perfect place for this couple to begin the adventure.
Milagro Farms’ barn is romantic, rustic and the perfect place for this couple to dance the night away!

Photo Credit: Aubrey Lisa Photography

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Sacred Moments

I work with a lot of brides and their grooms, mamas, aunts, best friends, dads, photographers, caterers, wedding coordinators, and grandparents. And I have learned that weddings can be stressful events for all of the above. It’s true that a wedding will most likely be the biggest, most expensive party/event a bride and her family will host in their lifetimes and with that comes more stress than most just-getting-the-planning-underway brides can imagine. However, the day of “I do” is a day of such reverence, I believe it to be worth every penny spent and every difficult decision made.

On the wedding day and in the midst of  answering a questions, dealing with a plethora of personalities and gaggles of people, reducing day-of anxieties, and finally enjoying myself at the actual celebration, I take time to stand back and look at the bride. This woman in white is God’s chosen symbol of purity and preparedness; confidence and patient love and I want to see the beauty of the bride in the marriage covenant. And as I gaze, I always catch my breath. It’s a moment when all the activity around me stops and see her, I like to think, as God sees His waiting people.

It is hard to explain. It’s an elusive moment, but I reach and take hold of it.

These glimpses of truth are why I love being an owner and manager at Milagro Farms.

These are a few pictures that remind me to seek the elusive moments of the marriage ceremony and supper. I hope these will remind you to do the same on your wedding day.

Laurie Green Westlake, Owner/Manager, Milagro Farms

Click here for more about Laurie Green Westlake

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Morgan. quaide sunset

whitney at arbor

Bride and Barn Doors
Bride and Barn Doors
He's Waiting
He’s Waiting
It Happens Right Here
It Happens Right Here

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Danielle in Milagro's Woods
Danielle in Milagro’s Woods

Prayer

Tiffany

Samantha stairs

Photo Gallery

 

Three of our 2016 spring brides

A LOOK AT OUR WEDDINGS AND SEASONS

May, 2016 – Photos by Rebecca Chesney

Winter Wedding

View More: http://jessicagoldphotography.pass.us/starr--scott    Early November and still in bloom.

Photo opps at Milagro Farms are endless. Love this walk on Texas land in October.
Photo opps at Milagro Farms are endless. Love this walk on Texas land in October.
Beautiful October day!
Beautiful October day!
October
Gentle October Breeze
September Bride in the late afternoon on the grounds.
September Bride in the late afternoon on the grounds.
September love.
September love.
Rustic Elegance, September
Rustic Elegance, September
Beauty in Bare Feet, March
Barefoot Beauty, March
June Love at Milagro
June Love at Milagro Farms
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June Bride with Maids
Barn Doors Ready to Open
Barn Doors Ready to Open June
Love Letters at Milagro
Love Letters in May
Bride and Maids in the Bridal Loft
May Bride and Maids in the Bridal Loft
Bride's Maid's Boots
May Bride’s Maid’s Boots
Romance in June
Romance in June
June Smiles
June Smiles – Elisabeth Carol Photography
Anticipation
Anticipation June
Waiting for the Bride
Waiting for the Bride after a June rain
barn door bride
Here She Comes – June in Bloom!

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She Said Yes…To a Couple of Things

Sacred, sacred, sacred. I consider that every detail (no matter the size) in the coming together

Agave at Milagro's gates
Agave at Milagro’s gates

of “the two shall be as one” as hallowed. From the moment marriage is considered, to the parental blessings, to the white dress, I find deep spiritual meaning in things connected to the love between a man and woman and the way our society and most societies around the world

have chosen to recognize the holy union. What God has joined together is a big, sacred deal.

Imagine my giddiness when I discovered a groom planned to make his proposal here at Milagro Farms.

Let me explain.

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A Long-Distance Wedding Plan

Hello Farmers and Brides!

One of our barn brides (June, 2015) lives in Colorado and is putting together a wedding with a two-hundred and thirty person guest list. Because many of the invitees are from out of state, she anticipates 150-160 people coming. (As an FYI, 150 guests is a Milagro Farms wedding size average.)

Here’s what Mesa Westlake had to share about planning a long-distance wedding:

Wedding planning is hard. In one instant you are thrust from being a student, nurse, teacher, or whatever it is that you are titled, to a professional event planner. And the stakes are high. One false move and your friends will forever remember you as the girl with the crappy wedding or worse, your most memorable day will be not remembered by others. If you throw a few hundred miles between you and your wedding location, things can become even more challenging. My friends (as well as my own long-distance wedding planning experience) have helped me develop three tricks to make coordinating a distance or destination wedding a little more bearable (if not down-right enjoyable).

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John Deere Meets Vera Wang: Milagro Farms

Milagro Farms, Forreston, TX
I was raised in an entrepreneurial family and we engaged in a variety of exchanges: restaurants, antiques, imports, and lighting. I left the family businesses years ago and I have been working with international ministries. These recent ventures have included rather interesting doses of marketing and event planning. My work experience is all over the place. My fragmented career life has most recently come together to form a picture fit for a kaleidoscope: We moved to a farm; we opened a wedding venue.

Perfect!

Now my life consists of hosting weddings, working with brides (and mamas and grooms and

Peach!
Peach!

more family members than anyone should have, let alone include in their wedding planning), growing peach trees, and cooking for our small Bed and Breakfast. And as if I had nothing else to do, I also cater some of the large weddings held in our farm barn.

The name of this new and wildly exhausting adventure is Milagro Farms, a peach farm, wedding venue, and Bed and Breakfast set on a twenty-seven acre tract of primo land in the wooded vistas that border the cotton country of central Texas. My husband Steve and I are resident farmers along with our partners, my brother Scott and his wife Deborah. We work nonstop and when I put this old body to bed, I’m sore, exhausted, and surprisingly satisfied.

It’s good to work hard. I sleep better than I have in years.

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