Morgan Hollingshead and Andy Holliday met through a mutual friend over six years ago, and quickly fell for one another.
Hats Off to a Classic Love Story: Becky and Nicco’s Wedding
Theirs is a shared love story – shared in retellings, in legends both new and old, and in times of celebration and of fun. Becky and Nicco have traveled far, across years, stages of life and miles and miles of I-35 to arrive at this wedding day, and it’s hats off – LITERALLY – to their union. An April day saw the couple and their very-involved loved ones descend on Moon River Ranch, an all-in-one wedding destination that shows off the charm and stunning views of Central Texas. Located just East of Temple, it provided the ultimate wedding-day decor – a magic hour at sunset that is categorically, unapologetically and traditionally, Texas.
It’s a fitting setting for such a traditional meeting. College boy and college girl meet, bond over one another’s tastes in music and become friends. One refines the other and before one knows it, Nicco is listening to Paul Simon all on his own and Becky has a permanent study buddy, library accompaniment and late-night coffee run partner-in-crime. And, as their love bloomed and grew – out of college and into adulthood – Becky added distance to the mix, moving to Dallas to pursue her career in nursing.
With I-35 between them, the miles shrank and the days along with them. With the support of family, friends and one another, their bond grew, despite the distance and the constant drone of I-35′s white noise. Finally, after graduating, they decided to make the distance between them approach zero miles and become man and wife. They invited their beloved guests to bear witness and to celebrate an old-fashioned story in an old-fashioned way, top hat and all.
The ceremony benefitted from the most stirring of lights, as the sun set behind the chapel, which was merely a profound backdrop to the outdoor wedding. Captured brilliantly by Elizabeth Birdsong Photography, the setting sun peeked in and out of the treeline, lending warmth to all of the faces, and a brilliance to everyone’s impeccable dress. From Becky’s runway-ready gown to Nicco’s charcoal grey top hat and tux, the mellow glow showcased each detail of Moon River Ranch’s setting. The first look moment was preserved by some fancy work on the part of the wedding party and the photographer, who positioned the groom’s party (all 18 of them!) on the balcony of the ranch’s cabin, while the bride and her squad looked out from below – though it’s clear that Becky couldn’t help but peek.
Once the ceremony was done – and Nicco’s antics that drew a wagging finger from the officiant – it was truly time to celebrate. The wedding party cheered on a truly magical union, and all eyes, attention and love was focused on the lovely couple. They owned the stage, inspiring laughter at every turn and taking every advantage of their day – cracking wise at the slightest turn, dominating the dance floor and providing the ideal focus for attention, the swell of support and the impossible light that followed them throughout the event.
Waving goodbye from the bed of a vintage pickup truck, and surrounded by the warm glow of the family, friends and joy that hung in the Central Texas air – to say nothing of the bubble send-off that made for captivating photo studies of the happy couple – it was a story they’ll tell their children and one that inspires us to search for magic hour venues throughout the area.