Eco-friendly Handmade Wedding
This bride’s decision to utilize a rental home for her wedding venue is nothing short of sheer genius, not to mention wildly eco-friendly. Diana and Ramesh’s guests all stayed on the property grounds the night before the wedding and enjoyed some seriously fine porch action with a wonderful view to boot. Thank you to sweetheart Erin of EE Photography for sending these photos our way!
From the bride, Diana: We originally envisioned a relaxed outdoor wedding with a touch of vintage. Ramesh and I loved water, so we wanted a lake, river, or ocean involved. I wanted something laid back but still fancy and beautiful, as a wedding should feel. My husband is very environmentally minded and wanted to keep waste at the bare minimum. We also wanted to support local businesses and used local, organic foods. And we loved the idea of a food cart!
Our wedding was completely handmade. Friends and family members all were in charge of different items. My wedding coordinator was a good friend, and my sister made half of the desserts the night before for our dessert bar. The flowers and bouquets were done by my bridesmaids, and I ordered at a local wholesaler. All the decor was the genius of my younger sister, and her and I worked for months finishing all our projects. We were on a small budget, so it was severely tight. My veil was made by my mom for $2 about 12 hours before the wedding from supplies at the local Wal-mart. All my friends and I collected mason jars and old wine bottles for an entire year.
The earthy dessert bar consisted of an eclectic collection of tables, cabinets, lamps, and a barrel. Antique buttons and books propped up cookies and cupcakes. The wedding and groom’s cake rested on fallen tree slices, and marshmallow peeps kept an eye on all the goodies.
Any advice for future brides? I think the packaged weddings are very enticing because they’re stress-free, but I just love the weddings where you feel part of the family, and everything has a personal touch.
Wedding vendors (Austin, TX):
Ceremony and reception location: Rental home in Marble Falls, TX / Wedding photographer: EE Photography / Wedding planner: Sandi Nguyen, bride’s friend / Flower arrangements: Thao Pham and Rhonda Keneson / Wedding dress: Group USA in Grapevine, TX / Wedding veil: made by bride’s mother / Wedding shoes: Nordstrom BP / Wedding ring: Brilliant Earth / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Last Chance in Phoenix, AZ / Wedding music: Apex Productions / Wedding catering: Max Parfait / Dessert bar designer: Kim Tran / Desserts: Evan Baltazar from sweetebakes and bride’s sister / Wedding invitations: cocodot.com