ftconchostables_inside.jpgFirst, let me just say that I was born and raised a “city girl” in Georgia – and fully understand and appreciate that “the South” has its own idiosyncrasies / culture… By contrast, Brian’s family has deep roots in West Texas, where we visited for Asyna and Jeremy’s wedding, where I learned first hand that “Texas” and “ranch living” has its own culture as well…

The wedding was held at the Ft. Concho Stables in San Angelo.

sealeyancy_saddles.jpgAs we walked in to the stables, we were greeted by his and hers saddles – announcing that we’d made it to the right place. Their saddles. Cute!

We weren’t quite sure if we were going to be dressed correctly for the 7pm wedding – when we heard (in advance) that the groom was planning on wearing jeans! We shouldn’t really have worried… The bride was lovely in a strapless white gown – and her bridesmaids wore matching brown strapless dresses with teal sashes… however the groom and his men were in tux shirts and jackets, black cowboy hats and boots, and black “dress jeans”!

Cowboy hats with blue “dress jeans” (a nice press crease down the front of each pant leg) seemed to be the unofficial male dress code. Call me naive – but I didn’t know what REAL cowboys wore when they dressed up… Now I know! And – of course – belts, some with belt buckles as big as your fist (or bigger). Now – to be fair – the groom’s party did look nice in their “country formal” attire… And though lots of their friends were in jeans – the hat, boots and belt do “dress it up” a bit. I was starting to feel like I was in a western where WE were the ones from “back east” who dressed differently!

groomscake.jpgIt was finally starting to click. These are real cowboys… Particularly when the groom’s cake is patterned like cow hide, has his monogram in “rope” icing, and the cake is rimmed in “barb wire” icing with the brands of local cattle ranches on it.

linedancing.jpgThen the music started, and I realized that we were actually in a music video for Country Music Television!
After the traditional dances of the new couple, daddy-daughter, etc. – the open floor turned into a line dance circle. Brian and I were at a loss with the music – much less the moves! We even thought for a moment that the DJ was playing the first few bars of “Cotton Eyed Joe” by the Rednex – until we found out that was actually a cover of “one of the first” line dancing songs that everyone – including grandparents – knew the moves to.

So – long story short – it was a lovely wedding, and a fun time – but don’t forget that there are still real cowboys (and girls!) in Texas.