This wedding, you guys. This wedding just does it for me. Cara and Andrew wanted a true Texas wedding with a heavy mid-century and 1960s spin, and they kept to their vision completely. Briana Purser Photography was the perfect match with their aesthetic, and Melissa Hoover of EcoTrousseau knocked it out of the park with vintage-inspired dresses with eco-friendliness as a high priority.
From the bride, Cara: For a long time I knew I wanted a Hill Country wedding, being a Texas girl. Andrew was partial to the Austin area, being a UT graduate. So we looked for venues in the Marble Falls area. I also have been a long time mid-century fanatic. I did my best to combine a mid-century aesthetic with a Texas twang, and used a lot of color for good measure (inspired by Texas wildflowers, y’all!). We also wanted our wedding to be fun and non-traditional in many ways, reflecting our personalities. And being that we are both artists, we wanted to do a lot of the designing ourselves.
A big part of making my dreams a reality was enlisting the talent of Melissa Hoover of EcoTrousseau. She helped bring my ideas to life, and offered the most amazing style advice along the way. Being eco-conscious, I wanted to do a lot of eco-friendly and up-cycled details where I could. Melissa, however, pulled out all the stops. The fabric and dyes for the bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen’s ties were organic and manufactured by environmentally friendly and socially responsible companies. Melissa hand-dyed those fabrics. And my dress had almost no new materials besides the thread and buttons, and a little extra tulle under the skirt. My dress was a circa-1990s satin A-line full-length dress with very little detail save the pleated bodice. I found it at a thrift store. Melissa acquired the vintage ivory lace, and using her incredible seamstress talent, transformed it into the 1960s tea-length, lace-covered dream dress. To hammer home the mid-century theme, we asked our guests to wear cocktail attire inspired by the era (“think Mad Men” was the common hint). A good many people were happy to oblige!
Our DIY projects included: hand-dipped color-block wooden dessert forks by bride, men’s boutonnières made by groom’s mother, Bride and Groom designed the invitations/programs/escort cards/place cards/cap gun cards/cake toppers and all paper signage, Bride and MOB designed the table settings and purchased items from thrift stores, handmade petal toss envelopes made with craft paper and washi tape, succulents in teacups planted by bridesmaids, bunting over dance floor made by bride’s grandmother and bride, and more.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Advice from the Bride: When planning a DIY wedding on a budget, of course you might seek out talent via friends or acquaintances, or go with vendors who are just starting out. My biggest piece of advice is to make sure there is paperwork for all services rendered, from quotes to agreements to invoices, from any vendors, even if they are “just a friend of a friend.” Handshakes (even digital ones) aren’t sufficient! Also, I would urge couples to not skimp on the photography. The photos are the documentation of all of your hard work and the best visual reference for memories you will have for the rest of your life. A great photographer makes all the difference (from flexibility when the schedule gets off (which it will) to being personable with you and your family and guests, to providing the most beautiful hard copy of your wedding to treasure). Briana was all of these things, and was completely worth the investment. Advice from the Groom: Pick you battles. Say yes to everything within reason. Don’t lose sight of the fact that you and your partner are best friends, because things will go wrong no matter what, but you two are each others’ best, most valuable support system.
Seating of the Families: “Everyday,” Buddy Holly
Bridal Party Processional: “Stand by Me,” Ben E. King
Bride’s Processional: “Dream,” The Eisley Brothers
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Dream,” The Eisley Brothers
Sticking with the 50s/60s theme of the wedding, we had the following songs for our ceremony and first dance. All ceremony music was played by the Officiant and groomsmen on acoustic guitars, and was absolutely gorgeous.
Wedding Location: Round Mountain, TX / Photographer: Briana Purser Photography / Event Planner: Something to Celebrate / Florist: Stephanie Tolentino (sister-in-law) / Wedding Venue: Three Points Ranch / Bride’s Dress and Fascinator: Melissa Hoover of EcoTrousseau (My dress was made from a full-length A-line satin dress purchased from a thrift store, real vintage lace was added, and a lot of cutting was done – so the dress is completely recycled except for the new thread that was used) / Bride’s Accessories: Vintage pieces purchased or borrowed / Hair and Makeup: Lorene Herrera / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Melissa Hoover of EcoTrousseau (fabric was hand-dyed by Melissa in colors of my choice, then dresses were made from an actual vintage pattern) / Mother of the Bride: Melissa Hoover of EcoTrousseau (made from an actual vintage pattern) / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s suits: Vera Wang through Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Ties: Melissa Hoover of EcoTrousseau / Bundt Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes / Pies Bluebonnet Cafe / Band: Burgess Meredith / Wedding Invitations: Designed and printed by Bride and Groom / Transportation: R&R Limo