Marfa Gay Wedding
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Marfa Gay Wedding: Marfa Agriculture Center & La Mistica

Photography by JD Swiger/John David Weddings

NAMES Jeff Frelack & Brandon Fried

LIVE IN Windsor Park, Austin

OCCUPATIONS Jeff is an IT project manager; Brandon is an elementary school assistant principal. how they met Working together at an Apple store in Austin in 2007.

HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED The couple started thinking about marriage soon after the 2015 SCOTUS ruling. Jeff had planned a Thanksgiving trip to Marfa as an anniversary gift and intended to propose. Brandon had an inkling this might happen and devised his own simultaneous proposal. While walking among a massive installation of Donald Judd’s concrete sculptures, Brandon popped the question, and Jeff quickly followed.

REHEARSAL DINNER They hosted a rehearsal “happy hour” and dinner at the Pizza Foundation, followed by an informal guest welcome party at Planet Marfa.

WEDDING DAY WEATHER Sunny and cool, just as they’d hoped. Clouds rolled in during the ceremony, followed by a perfect sunset.

NUMBER OF GUESTS 75

WEDDING COLORS A Southwestern desert palette

THEME The two have long appreciated Marfa’s stunning natural landscape and modern art and architecture. Their wedding style reflected this, balancing modernist and Texan elements.

FLOWERS The grooms’ bow ties and Marfa’s landscape inspired the florals, a mix of succulents and wildflowers.

DIY HIGHLIGHTS Guests signed vintage Texas postcards, which were displayed on a Texas-shape corkboard. Pinback buttons served as wedding favors.

THE MENU Food Shark food truck served tacos, including the signature Marfalafel taco. There were two signature cocktails, a “Marfa Mule,” with jalapeño-infused vodka, and a “Presidio Paloma.”

DESSERT A two-tier buttercream naked cake adorned with flowers, plus red-velvet whoopie pies, dark chocolate truffles, honey-lavender crispy rice treats, and lemon squares.

MUSIC The pair spent weeks creating playlists. Jeff: “Our first dance was to ‘Somersault’ by Zero 7, which contains the line, ‘you put my feet back on the ground,’ a lyric I sent Brandon early in our relationship.”

IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER Brandon: “I remember trying to rush through pictures, thinking people were waiting for us. It ended up going so quickly that I wish we’d enjoyed those special moments a bit longer.”

FAVORITE DETAIL The couple’s close friend wrote and officiated the ceremony. Jeff: “What she wrote perfectly reflected our personalities and journey.”

UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY A vintage blue Mercedes served as the “getaway car.”

UNEXPECTED EVENT Brandon surprised Jeff with a heartfelt note before the ceremony. Jeff: “The message inside reminded me of our journey over the past nine years.”

ADVICE FOR OTHERS Discuss what you envision early on and stay true to your goal.

THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Magical, personal, joyful.

Vendor List

CEREMONY

Marfa Agriculture Center

RECEPTION

La Mistica

CATERING

Food Shark food truck

RENTALS AND LIGHTING

Marfa Industries

OFFICIANT

YiMay Yang

WEDDING PLANNER AND FLOWERS

Lizzy Wetzel, Magic Hour Marfa

PHOTOGRAPHY

JD Swiger, John David Weddings

CAKE

Katy Rose Elsasser

FORMAL WEAR

Topman

SOUND

Marfa Recording Company

MUSIC

DJ Zeke Raney

HOTEL FOR GUESTS

Thunderbird Marfa

You can find more resources for planning an LGBTQ wedding in this part of Texas in our Marfa Wedding Vendor Guide.