This down-home Texas wedding shot by Brooke Schwab is a perfect example of what a few amazing vendors can do. For their reception, Amanda and Bradley pulled together some of Houston’s most talented workers to craft their wedding, but they were sure to contribute some of their own very personal touches — for the wedding favors, the groom personally baked cookies using his very own chocolate chip recipe!

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

From Amanda, the bride: It took a long time to pick a venue for our wedding. Houston has plenty of places that host weddings all the time but we wanted something different. We settled on the Houston Museum of Natural Science for the reception as soon as we met with them. I had fond memories of attending summer camps there growing up and this was the only venue where my fiancé’s reaction wasn’t “meh”. We found the Clayton House later through my step-mom who works with the Houston Library. It’s a historical home that is part of the genealogical library and has a beautiful garden in the back. It was right down the street from the museum which was perfect. Planning our wedding was one of the most amazing and stressful things I’ve ever done. I’m so fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful vendors. Our wedding planner, Kelly Balfour is just amazing. She really understood the type of wedding we were trying to have (whimsical, romantic, not too formal, and very “us”) and helped us choose vendors who could carry out that vision. I looked at blogs like Ruffled almost everyday to get ideas. I am lucky that my maid of honor, Chelsea Windlinger, is a talented graphic designer. She helped bring together all of our ideas and made our incredible Save-the-Dates, invitations, our website and almost all the paper products that were part of our wedding. She also helped keep me sane! My advice to brides planning their weddings would be to work with people who understand what you want. If they don’t then keep looking. You need to have people around you that support all your decisions.

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

diy handcrafted texas wedding

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Wedding vendors (Houston, Texas):

Ceremony location: The Clayton House / Reception location: Museum of Natural Science / Wedding photographer: Brooke Schwab / Wedding Dress: Christos / Bridesmaids dresses: Lula Kate / Wedding flowers: SCF Events / Event coordination: Eventology Weddings / Wedding invitations: Chelsea Windlinger / Wedding cake: Cakes by Gina / Macaroons: Maison Burdisso / Catering: Melange / Pedi-cab: L&L Cruizers

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Comments (16):

  • Lauren Mcelroy on January 4, 2016

    I just love looking at this Beautiful wedding photos I like it :
  • Zachariah Ishmael on June 29, 2011

    Coolest invitations! So fun!
  • Pink Flower on April 29, 2011

    I love the choice of the blue bridal shoes, love when the brides chooses a non traditional colour!
  • Julie Wilhite on April 28, 2011

    Love how Brooke captured the unique personality of the wedding in the images - such a cute couple!
  • on April 28, 2011

    Tina, You can click on "View all images" link below the last image to dive in in the details!
  • Haylee on April 28, 2011

    Such a gorgeous wedding gown! I love it and I love the added touch of the beach cruiser by the cake. So cute.
  • Tina on April 28, 2011

    Also why are there no pictures of the taco truck!? Best wedding reception surprise-ending ever!
  • Tina on April 28, 2011

    @Coleen: Amanda looked hot in her glasses. If someone wears glasses as a key part of their look, it's always strange to see them without them. There's no need to lose the glasses. Unless you're the supposedly ugly girl in a cheesy teen movie who gets hot after her "makeover" aka taking off the glasses!
  • lizzie on April 28, 2011

    i LOVE their style. their colors, the photography, their look on the day...so badass.
  • Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL on April 28, 2011

    Those invitations are AMAZING!!
  • Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL on April 28, 2011

    Those invitations are AMAZING!!!
  • Emma on April 28, 2011

    So beautiful!!! Looks like a perfect day :)
  • Coleen on April 28, 2011

    I adore that Amanda was brave enough to wear her glasses. So few brides are! I feel they're a part of who I am and don't think I could go without 'em. The bike is so cute! Amazing wedding :)
  • Amanda on April 28, 2011

    The invitations were made by my Maid of Honor, Chelsea Windlinger. Her site is www.chel-c.com We got sooooo many compliments on them! -Amanda
  • Emma on April 28, 2011

    So beautiful!!!
  • Leah on April 28, 2011

    I love this wedding - sooo cute!! The invitations are adorable :)

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