Eco-Friendly Airplane Hanger Wedding: Caitlin + Steven

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Wondering what Caitlin + Steven’s main motivation was for having their wedding at an airport? So Steven, a pilot, could fly away with his new bride right after the reception! Now that’s a getaway with some wow-factor! :) In addition to that, their wedding was filled with lots of fun DIY elements and so many thoughtful + personal details reflective of Caitlin + Steven. Here’s more from the adorable bride:

I am very detail oriented so it was important to me that everything be intentional + have a personal touch. I have some very artistic family + friends that made my dream come true! Over the year of our engagement, my mom + I collected bottles for the centerpieces and to serve water in. We collected vintage plates from resale shops + antique stores for the reception which also served as guest favors. Also, I gathered vintage handkerchiefs for the guests to have for the ceremony “for happy tears”.

We also wanted to reduce the footprint of the wedding as much as possible so all of the cups, napkins, wooden cutlery, table cloths, trash bags, etc. were recycled/recyclable and/or compostable/biodegradable. Even the trash cans were made of recycled cardboard!

Big thanks to Elisabeth Carol Photography for the lovely images + congrats to Caitlin + Steven!

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gray bridesmaid dresses

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chalkboard program

Processional: Buongiorno Princepessa – Nicola Piovani (from the movie 'Life is Beautiful')

Recessional: My Baby Said Yes (Yip Yip De Hootie) – Bing Crosby (sung by some friends)

First Dance: Exactly Like you – Carmen McRae

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A couple of my friends served as baristas for our Italian Cream Soda Bar at the reception…

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And since Steven proposed on a picnic blanket at our favorite picnic spot + we often picnic with a gourmet cheese selection, we served our guests artisan cheese plates. We also both like to have fun like little kids, so we provided crayons to draw + color on the paper table cloths at the reception and Steven’s grooms cake was the shape of a lego with rainbow layers! 

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cameo cornhole

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personalized cake toppers

From Caitlin: My favorite memory of the day is the first dance. I have been swing dancing for several years and wanted to be able to swing dance with Steven at the wedding. He had never previously danced, so he took lessons leading up to the wedding and nailed it! It was so much fun and a great surprise to Steven's family and friends that have never seen him dance.

From Steven: The moment I saw Caitlin walking down the aisle. I was overwhelmed and could hardly stand still to wait for her to get to me. I wanted to run to her and take her in my arms.

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I would advise you to keep it simple! You may think you need to invite the entire world for it to be a great party (or not to hurt anyone's feelings), but truthfully, but when the day comes, you really just want the people you're closest to around you to share the happy moment. Planning a huge wedding brings a lot more stress than reining it in to an intimate time with the people you love and that love you. It's hard at first when you're having to take a hack saw to the guest list, but it is worth it! NEVER forget the point of the whole day: You're marrying your true love! That is what lasts. Not the day itself. People will understand if you tell them you're having an intimate wedding with just family and very close friends.

Also, take an awesome honeymoon where you can just relax and have no pressure to go out and do things. You need time to recover and spend undistracted time together! It helps so go somewhere beautiful too. We went to Santorini, Greece which was a DREAM.

photography: Elisabeth Carol Photography // venue: Denton Airport, Texas // bride’s veil: Glamor By Design // videography: Jordan Productions // wedding dress: Bliss Bridal SalonWatters ‘Austin’ Gown // groom’s suit: Indochino // flower girl dresses: Made by the Groom’s mom // wedding photo app: Wedding Party // stationary design + chalk hand lettering: Jessica Terrill (friend of the bride) // makeup: Lauren Leeper

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  1. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this wedding, it’s just so adorable! Every single thing about it!


  2. Thank you SO SO SO much for featuring their wedding! It looks wonderful! :)

  3. Love the bridesmaids dresses. I am looking for a pretty simple dress. Where did they get these? I live in Austin so I would like to know.

  4. THERE WAS A CHEESE MENU?! Are you kiddding me?! OMG, I am so stealing that! I am OBSESSED with cheese! I have at least 6 different kinds of fancy cheese in my fridge right now! AHH! GENIUS!

  5. I love her shoes! Stunning photos! Congrats to the happy couple from all at!

  6. Courtney @ Sweetchic on:

    Uh, talk about the coolest mode of transportation EVER!

    I know the main idea of having the reception in a hangar was for them to fly away, but regardless of flying away or not, it’s a lovely reception spot! Love it.

  7. That’s my lovely friend, Caitlin! She was my first friend when I moved to Texas more than a decade ago. It’s so fun to see this featured since i helped with so many of the projects. Their wedding was truly unique.

  8. Wow, first of all I love the “green wedding shoes”, that was extremely clever! I also love the idea of having a wedding inside of an airplane hangar! The small plane at the end was pretty fantastic!

  9. I would love to know where that dress came from! It’s beautiful.

  10. Awesome stuffs! cracking images at a cracking venue! looks like a great day!

  11. wow ..i am amazed with these shoes.. Could you let me know where can I buy them ?
    I am not gonna sleep anymore,
    if you couldn´t :D thanx

  12. I Love Catlin’s green shoes – just fab. And I am well jeal of her simply gorgeous hair cut, so simple and lovely, looks so fab with the floral crown. What a fab wedding, in a very unique venue, and some great tips, couldn’t agree more!! Congrats Caitlin + Steven x

  13. Wow what a unique venue! Great that it is so personal to the couple.

  14. As well as the unique venue I really like the understated but distinctive style here, the touches of green for both their shoes, his bow tie and the bridesmaids sashes and the beautiful bride has that lovely innocent and fresh Julie Andrews just out of the Sound of Music look – some very tender couple shots and love the simple cut out cake toppers

  15. Amazing venue, the airplane theme is a great idea. Congratulations to the couple!.

  16. All the world Is green – as in the song by Tom Waits… Lovelly wedding!


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