Eco-Friendly Austin Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

I know how much you all love a good eco-friendly fête (who doesn’t, after all?) so brace yourself for the most darling green wedding. From their wedding rings to their ceremony stage, everything was made or purchased with Mother nature in mind. If that want’s enough to feast your imagination with ideas, the bride also wore glasses which means major points in my book for staying true to who you are and being comfortable on your wedding day. Thanks Katherine O’Brien for sharing these photos with us!

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From April’s brother, who created the ceremony stage:

The inspiration for the wall was a bit haphazard, and came together after a series of discussions I had with April and Mark. We knew the color palette was going to draw from the aqua/greens of desert plants – namely the agave plant since this was a loose theme for their wedding as seen in April’s bouquet – and I wanted to integrate Texas plants into the design since they were traveling to Austin for the ceremony. I wanted the piece to be rustic, even dilapidated and crumbling, so I started with the idea of a decaying wall made of old fence boards. I found an ad on craigslist and acquired the fence wood from a dude who was removing his old fence, and then dry-brushed the boards one of three colors: white, robin’s egg blue, and pale green.

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Much of the design was created to cover the backyard fence of the venue, and thus came the idea of the cloth ‘water’ wall. I dyed large sheets of muslin three shades of aqua, and then tore them into strips and stapled them randomly into a large, rectangular frame. I wanted the ‘water’ wall and fence wall to work together, so I adapted the design to allow the strips of fabric to ‘flow’ through the fence wall, which also provided the bride and groom with a color platform to stand on. The fence wall had small planters built into it to allow me to plant the aforementioned Texas plants into the structure.

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Wedding Vendors (Austin, Texas):

Venue: Copa/ Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Florist: Central Market / Officiant: Shazia Anwar / Caterer: Copa / Rings: Brilliant Earth / Cupcakes: The Cupcake Girls / Set Design: Alan Lampert

For cupcake recipes and more images from this wedding, check out Katherine’s blog!



25 comments
  1. Sofia@Brancoprata

    This is probably one of the most amazing things i have ever saw… at this point… i’m speechless….

  2. Debbie @ Bridalhood

    Loving that stage design – folks are getting so creative these days with their ceremony staging/backdrops!

  3. Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper

    that wall and stage are so creative and i’m in love with that reclaimed wood!

  4. forget.me.knot.weddings

    Amazing ceremony backdrops! That is one of the best ones I have seen!!

  5. Karen

    Katherine – so creative! I love the clothespin cupcake toppers – where did you find them?

  6. Katherine

    Thanks Karen, the cake toppers were custom made for them by her creative friends!

  7. Angela

    I love the bride’s necklace. Any idea where it’s from?

  8. April

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments! Angela, the necklace is by Daphne Olive. You can find her designs at daphneolive.com, and purchase at tabletopdc.com (where you’ll probably find other things you’ll like, too!).

  9. Mom

    That’s my beautiful girl and my new amazing son-in-law!!!! LOVED, LOVED,LOVED EVERTHING! They did an amazing job; it was sooo perfect! Brought tears to my eyes!

  10. lydia {ever ours}

    oh my holy macaroons! that backdrop for the altar is totally rad.

  11. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    WOW. How much do I love that backdrop? A LOT.

  12. Emily Heizer Photography

    LOVE the colors in the ceremony backdrop site. Would have loved some ceremony pictures in the post.

  13. Jay Rowden

    I LOVE the use of colours in this wedding and the photography rocks!!

    Beautiful job.

    Thanks for sharing ;-)

    Jay Rowden

  14. Amanda

    Emily –

    There are at least two images from their ceremony. One of them is at the top on the right :)

  15. Sarah@fogliopress

    So – so – so – FANTASTIC! Obviously that ceremony stage is incredible, but so many of the other details are too! The bride’s shoes, her bouquet…what a gorgeous way to go green!

  16. Carter and Cook Event Co.

    I love this wedding! Such a creative backdrop!

  17. Christina

    As a photographer I am a bit jealous, ha ha ha. And as a future bride I am now thinking that we may need an awesome ceremony backdrop, it looks amazing!

  18. Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista

    This is just gorgeous! The stage is so stunning…and I would have never thought such a thing!

    I cannot help but share my own DIY wedding…using what we had and saving money…see the posts about it here: http://www.domesticfashionista.com/search/label/wedding

  19. Jay Studio Photography

    YESS! Eco-friendly weddings are my personal favorite!! Mostly DIY and personalized… and GREEN! Not to mention they’re great for photos!

  20. ramyad london wedding photographer

    Love the bridal bouquet, the green plant? or flower looks really cool. what is it called, would love to know.

  21. donaville

    madly in love with the stage. so much i would marry it ;)

  22. Michelle Rahn Bridal

    Absolutely love the vibrant ribbon details! And that’s the first agave bouquet I’ve seen, and love ite! Going green is so chic!

  23. leah pearson

    can you send me the instuctions to create the waterfall backdrop. thanks

  24. Ann

    Love! Love! Love!

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