A Note from Andy Sams Photography: ”Kim and Ragan actually met at a wedding in 2008, so being a part of their own wedding was really exciting. This fun couple descibes their first encounter as a tipsy rendezvous that began at Lavaca Street Bar and and has lasted ever since. Kim and Ragan are living proof that weddings are a great place to meet somebody, so don’t be shy and ask the cutie at the wet bar to dance. The ceremony took place at The Phoenix of Weimar, TX in the Colorado River Valley among the Texas Hill Country. The gorgeous landscape lent itself to some really unique decorations hung throughout the venue, including strands of crystals and a floral chandelier. Their vibrant color scheme really stood out against the woodland backdrop, making for stunning photographs. Kim is kind and really easy-going, which fit her lifestyle perfectly as a kindergarten teacher in the Austin area. As she narrates in her version of the couple’s meeting story, Kim very much enjoys going to happy hour with her fellow teachers after long days nurturing children in the classroom. It was only a matter of time before these two ran into each other. Though Kim graduated from the University of Texas Austin in 2002, Ragan received multiple Bachelor’s degrees, including Mathematics and Computer Science, from UT Tyler only a couple of years prior. He now works as a business analyst at a leading business solutions agency in Austin, TX. The fireworks didn’t end at the alter at this wedding. The reception was held under the giant Texas sky as fireworks shot off overhead.”
Novella of the Bride…
Kim Taylor Morris is a Kindergarten teacher at Round Rock I.S.D. in Austin, Texas. Ragan Kyle Morris is a software developer for Santanna Energy Services. We met in November of 2008 at Ragan’s cousin’s wedding. Kim taught Kindergarten with Ragan’s cousin. We began talking at the wedding and have been together ever since. Kim is a graduate of UT Austin and Ragan graduated from UT Tyler. We both love the Texas Longhorns and attend football games. Ragan makes Kim laugh often. We both enjoy yard work, home improvements, relaxing with an adult beverage from time to time, cooking together, going for walks/jogs and watching tv. Our latest passion is our new baby daughter, Taylor Layne Morris. :-)
Our wedding theme was country chic/rustic. The colors were chocolate brown, champagne and fuschia. The flowers were bright bouquets of pinks and other spring colors. We had mason jars for guests to drink from, burlap covered picnic tables, as well as satin covered chocolate brown & fuschia tables with beautiful arrangements around candelabras and lanterns. We had a chandelier strung with roses hanging above our ceremony site in a grove of trees. Many strings of crystals were also hanging around our ceremony site catching the sunlight. A string trio played classical music. Floral arrangements hung in mason jars from shepherd’s picks along the aisle. DJ Superman (Art Hernandez) from Flatonia, Texas kept soft music/country music playing throughout cocktail hour and dinner and then kicked it up a notch for the dance after dinner. We had fireworks near the end of the evening.
My husband and I wanted an outdoor venue in the spring and researched online. When we found The Phoenix we went to tour the facility and it just felt right. It was 35 minutes from my hometown and was a very laid back and comfortable venue. It is a bed and breakfast with vegetable and flower gardens, as well as a pond. There are pastures and cattle surrounding the venue and many big, beautiful live oak trees. My husband loved the open space and feel of the venue. We also love the screened in back porch on the bed and breakfast. It was so peaceful and beautiful. The weather was perfect when we toured the facility and the day of our wedding too! Also, the owners of The Phoenix, Bruce and Ken, were SO helpful and kind. They catered to our needs and helped relieve any anxiety and stress. As well, my best friend and one of my matrons of honor, Earlanda Williams, helped coordinate the wedding with her very talented sister, LaQuita Hopkins, who was in charge of wedding décor.
Bride’s Favorite Moment: “I loved the fireworks at the end of the night. They were truly beautiful and our photographer got some great photos that will capture those memories forever!”
Venue: The Phoenix Special Events Facility | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Shoes: Antonio Melani | Hair & Makeup Stylist: Sheena Little | Music: Third Floor Strings | Rentals: Any Occasion Party Rental | Florist: Art In Bloom | Caterer: Mik’s Catering | Baker: Liz Stryk | Event Planner: LaQuita Hopkins | Photographer: Andy Sams Photography