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

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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

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



Samantha stairs


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.


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


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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