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!


Comments (26):

  • Mark Byron on September 21, 2015

    Great photos. I love how vibrant the colors are. Clearly a lot of thought has gopne into this.
  • Ann on August 21, 2013

    Love! Love! Love!
  • leah pearson on December 29, 2011

    can you send me the instuctions to create the waterfall backdrop. thanks
  • Michelle Rahn Bridal on August 4, 2011

    Absolutely love the vibrant ribbon details! And that's the first agave bouquet I've seen, and love ite! Going green is so chic!
  • donaville on May 20, 2011

    madly in love with the stage. so much i would marry it ;)
  • ramyad london wedding photographer on September 18, 2010

    Love the bridal bouquet, the green plant? or flower looks really cool. what is it called, would love to know.
  • Jay Studio Photography on September 17, 2010

    YESS! Eco-friendly weddings are my personal favorite!! Mostly DIY and personalized... and GREEN! Not to mention they're great for photos!
  • Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista on September 17, 2010

    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
  • Christina on September 17, 2010

    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!
  • Carter and Cook Event Co. on September 17, 2010

    I love this wedding! Such a creative backdrop!
  • Sarah@fogliopress on September 17, 2010

    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!
  • Amanda on September 17, 2010

    Emily - There are at least two images from their ceremony. One of them is at the top on the right :)
  • Jay Rowden on September 17, 2010

    I LOVE the use of colours in this wedding and the photography rocks!! Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing ;-) Jay Rowden
  • Emily Heizer Photography on September 17, 2010

    LOVE the colors in the ceremony backdrop site. Would have loved some ceremony pictures in the post.
  • Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on September 16, 2010

    WOW. How much do I love that backdrop? A LOT.
  • lydia {ever ours} on September 16, 2010

    oh my holy macaroons! that backdrop for the altar is totally rad.
  • the perfect palette {Chrissy} on September 16, 2010

  • Mom on September 16, 2010

    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!
  • April on September 16, 2010

    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!).
  • Angela on September 16, 2010

    I love the bride's necklace. Any idea where it's from?
  • Katherine on September 16, 2010

    Thanks Karen, the cake toppers were custom made for them by her creative friends!
  • Karen on September 16, 2010

    Katherine - so creative! I love the clothespin cupcake toppers - where did you find them?
  • forget.me.knot.weddings on September 16, 2010

    Amazing ceremony backdrops! That is one of the best ones I have seen!!
  • Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper on September 16, 2010

    that wall and stage are so creative and i'm in love with that reclaimed wood!
  • Debbie @ Bridalhood on September 16, 2010

    Loving that stage design - folks are getting so creative these days with their ceremony staging/backdrops!
  • Sofia@Brancoprata on September 16, 2010

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


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