Southwestern Desert Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Well, the secret’s out — not only is Clayton Austin a photographer extraordinaire; he also knows how to put together quite the styled shoot. Earlier this year, Clayton held a photography workshop in Marfa, TX that was nothing short of total beauty, and we’ve got the evidence to prove it!

southwestern desert wedding ideas - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

From the photographer, Clayton Austin: Marfa is set in the middle of the west Texas desert and I really wanted to incorporate this vast beautiful landscape into the theme of the shoot. I imagined something organic and unique with accents of white, pops of rich colors, and touches of leather. For the bouquet I gathered simple green foliage and bound it with earthy jute twine pulling it all together with strips of leather belts purchased at my local thrift store. I found the stunning textile breast plate at a market days festival on Nantucket Island. Isobel and Cleo has some of the most amazing textile clothes in the entire world!

cactus wedding decor // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

unique bouquet wraps - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

southwestern wedding ideas // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

outdoor portrait photos - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

twine and leaves boutonniere - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas
white organic centerpieces - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

After seeing some vintage macrame hangers at an antique store in Santa Monica I was immediately inspired to incorporate them in a unique way. I found some smaller plates that fit my cakes perfectly and kept the sides of the hangers from digging into the cakes. I really loved how they turned out and had never seen such a unique cake display. I think an entire wall of macramé hanging deserts would be oh so stellar. Instead of more traditional tables and chairs I opted from something a tad more unexpected by removing the legs of a table I purchased from World Market and placing it on metal baskets. I then completed the arrangement with floor cushions and rawhide rugs.

southwestern desert wedding ideas - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

antique wedding decorations // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

gold centerpiece ideas - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

safari wedding ideas // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

botanical wedding ideas - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

white organic centerpieces - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

hanging wedding cakes // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

unique wedding plates - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

After collecting a few antler sheds from a local shop I hand painted them using golds and pinks. This was such a simple project and am looking forward to displaying the antlers in my own home. The blue lab is my baby girl, Mattie. After a super successful career of modeling she has decided to retire. This was such a fun shoot to style and am always so inspired by the unexpected! Never be afraid to think outside the box and take risks!

desert wedding ideas - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

safari wedding inspiration // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

hanging cake displays - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

flatware ideas // - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas

macrame wedding ideas - photo by Clayton Austin - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/southwestern-desert-wedding-ideas


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Shoot Location: Marfa, TX / Photography, Floral Design, and Cakes: Clayton Austin / Venue: El Cosmico / Leather Riding Pants: Michael Kors / Textile Breast Plate Necklace: Isobel and Cleo / Pheasant Plates: Pottery Barn / Beaded Chargers: Target / Wooden Vase: Anthropologie / Cylinder Wooden Vases: West Elm / Table Number: Hobby Lobby / Table and Floor Cushions: World Market / Hanging pocket canvas satchel: Restoration Hardware

5 comments
  1. Nikkol | Peter Loves Jane

    So unique and beautiful! I adore the tablescape – the plates are gorgeous, and the centerpiece arrangement is perfect! So refreshing to see something new!

  2. Sarah Park

    Love it! Great job :)

  3. Israel

    I love desert scenes, as a wedding photographer in adelaide, south australia, we have some beautiful desert scenery within a 3 hour drive from the city centre. I’d love the chance to capture imagery like this – what beautiful wedding styling

  4. bibecollins

    Okay, I’m officially jealous! That is every little girl’s dream come true! Love it!

  5. Dan

    The Southwestern theme is great! I love all the desert florals and the tablescape is gorgeous!

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