This Texan beauty of a wedding from Morgan Trinker Photography shows how easily eclectic style can still translate into a cohesive, beautiful wedding design. Bride Sarah blended handmade details with rustic elegance, adding touches of gold, peachy pinks, and mint along the way, to end up with a ceremony and reception we won’t soon forget.
From the bride, Sarah: My personal style is very eclectic – I like a large variety of different styles, colors and eras, so I knew going into planning my wedding I would really have to be careful to make everything look and feel cohesive. Initially, I wanted a full blown travel theme with maps and globes etc, and in the end the travel theme was very subtle. After pinning for several months, my vision became more clear. I wanted a romantic, rustic yet elegant vibe. Really mixing gold with an ombre of coral pink to white, with touches of mint and turquoise. I wanted my wedding to feel cozy, as well. Since the location was so rustic to begin with, I used the golds to play up the elegance.
Our favors were a compilation of our favorite old love songs burned on a CD that looks like an old vinyl record. I spray painted the sleeves gold and used shipping labels with the save the date as a logo. I attached the place cards, which I hand stamped with guests names, to the CD. So they became multi-functional in being a gift as well as a place card. The night before the wedding I gathered a small group of ladies (family and friends) at the barn and we made bouquets and boutonnieres. Thank goodness a lot of my friends are as crafty as I am. And last but not least, probably my fave DIY, which my Dad made was our initials marquee made out of metal. With both of our names starting with S, we now share the same initials and it was probably my favorite detail of the wedding because it ended up being such a wow piece.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Use pinterest to gather and sort your ideas! There are so many great tutorials and freebies out there, the internet is your friend :) If you are creative and like to be crafty, make your own decorations! You will save money and it is so worthwhile. For me it was so so rewarding seeing everything coming together and knowing that I created this. Everyone at the wedding was STUNNED by the fact that I made all of the decorations. Several people thought that I had a wedding planner who made everything, and that to me was the biggest compliment!
When you are in the process of planning, do a mock setup of your table at home to get a feel for how it will look on the big day. I have seen so many weddings where there are two or three small things on the table and it ends up looking a little cheap or worse getting overlooked. For me, in setting it up at home, I realized the more the better. 2 wine bottles and 1 vase looked bad. 2 wine bottles and 5 smaller vases looked awesome. Add the table runner and you have a wow factor. You have to find and in between to where you wow with your tablescape but don’t overwhelm. So my biggest advice is try it out before hand and don’t sell yourself or your skill set short. Am I a master calligrapher? Absolutely not! But my escort cards turned out awesome. They had a personalized touch that I believe made people feel special. If I hadn’t put a pen to paper to try it out, I never would have known that it was something I was capable of.
Processional: Canon in D played by my sister on the flute to a backing track
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
First Dance: “La Vie en Rose,” Louis Armstrong
Mother/Son/Father/Daughter Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Wedding Location: Wimberley, TX / Photographer: Morgan Trinker Photography / Wedding Venue: Red Corral Ranch / Wedding Flowers: Bride, wholesale via Texas Specialty Cut Flowers / Wedding Dress: Watters WTOO “Mimi” / Wedding Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell and Jessica Simpson / Earrings: Kate Spade / Necklace: J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: Bride and Bride’s mother / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Ann Taylor / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Tie: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterer: Wimberley Catering Company / Desserts: Our dessert bar was made up of DIY desserts made by friends and family. With us being from Germany, Steffen’s mother made a nut cake as well as a linzer torte. My Grandmother made Donauwelle and Russischer Zupfkuchen. It was important to integrate our heritage into the desserts. / DJ: Ryan Williams of Beat Connection / Officiant: Andrew Fox / Rentals: Whim Event Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Minted