Eco-Chic Texas Wedding: Clara + Matt

bride and groom

We have such a pretty wedding to start the week off lovelies! Clara + Matt picked all the things they love – vintage finds, repurposed objects, and all things eco-chic – and designed their dream day in Austin, Texas. One of my favorite elements of their day is the large succulent wall Clara created for their ceremony backdrop – wait until you see it! So gorgeous. :) And really love that Clara altered a dress she found to create the dress of her dreams! Congrats to Clara + Matt and big thanks to The Nichols for the gorgeous photos!

floral wedding invitation

I took a lot of printmaking classes for my fine arts degree, and really wanted to use some of those techniques to make our own invitations. Matt and I were able to rig up a way to silkscreen onto wood, and it was a really fun project for us to do together.

bride wearing BHLDN dress

bride wearing BHLDN dress

One of the things I was most proud of was my dress. I fell in love with a particular dress (this dress from BHLDN) but it was tea-length and had long sleeves, while I really wanted a long dress for the ceremony and short sleeves due to the Texas heat. So, I bought two dresses and used the skirt of one dress to add a layer to the bottom of the other for the ceremony. I used scraps to turn the long sleeves into short ones, and the result was even better than I envisioned!

bride wearing BHLDN dress

mint bridesmaid dress

mismatched bridesmaids

mismatched bridesmaids

bride and groom

succulent wall wedding ceremony

I knew early on that I wanted lots of succulents at the wedding, so I started to grow them myself. Succulents can be easily propagated from cuttings or even leaves, so after a year-long engagement, I had quite the collection! We were able to attach them to a grid as a backdrop, and even give some out as favors. Included in the wall were some aloe vera plants (another type of succulent) which had been grown from cuttings of a plant that was given to my grandparents at their wedding over 50 years ago. After the wedding, we were able to replant everything!

succulent wall wedding ceremony

succulent wall wedding ceremony

The whole day was such a whirlwind, but time stood still the moment we saw each other during the ceremony. We had people coming up to us afterward saying they've never seen a couple that smiled so much. Everything after that was a blur of good times!

succulent wall wedding ceremony

bridal party

Our Music
Since our relationship began with a lot of movie nights, we used music from some of our favorites at the wedding. The wedding party walked in to the themes of Forrest Gump and Little Miss Sunshine. I’ve played cello for over 20 years, so it seemed pretty fitting that I walk down the aisle to “The Cello Song” by Steven Sharp Nelson, which is an 8-cello rendition of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, my favorite song to play. The recessional was “Extreme Ways” by Moby (one of Matt’s favorite songs), which also happens to be the ending credits to The Bourne Identity (one of Matt’s favorite movies). Our first dance was to “All I Want is You” from Juno, which Matt had to re-teach me to two-step for!

bride and groom

bride and groom

plantation house

chalkboard wedding sign

doily table runners

doily table runners

cake with flowers cascading

book centerpieces

book centerpieces

succulent planter favors

sparkler exit

If anybody offers to help, say YES! I tend to get overly ambitious and try to do everything myself but I finally was able to let go and delegate, and *gasp!* everything turned out even better than either of us imagined it would be! We had everybody from family friends to the best man crafting at one point or another; and not only did it take a huge weight off of my shoulders, but it turned out to be really fun getting to hang out with all the people who stopped by to help out!

photography: The Nichols // venue + catering + cakes: Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas // floral design: Stem Floral Design // dress: Custom BHLDN // veil: Tessa Kim // headpiece: BHLDN // paper goods,succulent wall and chalkboard: handmade by the bride at Chirology // make-up: Maris Malone Calderon // hair: Jeni Hoover

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  1. What an unbelievable wedding to be a part of! We loved every minute of documenting this stunning affair. Thanks so much for the feature!

  2. I LOVE their invitations! So cool that they created the invites themselves. And what a fun way to make a dress completely one-of-a-kind!

  3. Wow this is absolutely adorable! That succulent wall is insanely cute, I want one in my room!

  4. The colour palette of greens, purples, peaches is so beautiful!

  5. Wow! It looks so beautiful! The bride is perfect, she’s all love for her husband. And the backdrop is a great idea! Who would have thought to use plants?

  6. I cannot believe she grew all those succulents herself – that’s amazing! Lovely wedding!

  7. So sweet! I love the succulent wall, the doily table runner, and the chalkboards with hand lettering!

  8. That dress make-over is impressive!!! Way to go. And I love the colors the bridesmaids are wearing.

  9. so much to love about this wedding- the venue, the bridesmaid dresses, her gown!

  10. That’s what I call the PERFECT dress!!!!! OMG… it’s so, so, so pretty!
    And the colors are so perfectly combined!
    Well done!

  11. Absolutely beautiful! Loved your dress and all the different bridesmaid dresses!

  12. Wow…I’d seen that dress before but it looks even more fabulous with the added length and no sleeves. Such a great reworking, though buying two would have been expensive. Looks amazing though

  13. Love the chalkboard program!! Were stencils used? I want to do something similar.

    • As a graphic designer who’s in the process of making a restaurants “challkboard themed” menu boards, it can all be done digitally :) then printed and made into signs.

  14. How can I get a hold of this bride? I too am having wooden invites and her design is so wonderful. I’d love to purchase it from her.

  15. Oh my goodness. I love everything about this. What a gorgeous color palette! I wonder if I could get in touch with the bride about designing my invitations???

  16. I can’t believe the bride made this exquisite wedding dress from two different dresses. So vintage and charming, you couldn’t buy anything so sweet.

  17. Mint bridesmaid dresses! Wow! Fab colour palette. And I just love the bride’s dress, especially how she made is her own. Just wonderful x

  18. i absolutely LOVE that succulent wall and am trying to recreate it for my wedding! can the bride provide details on how she made it? i’m mostly struggling to find a base for it (PVC pipes? wood frame?) thanks!!!

  19. Hi there,
    I adore the wedding invites on this page.
    Do you know if they are available to buy?
    Kind Regards


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