A Vintage-Inspired Wedding In Austin, TX Full Of 70’s Vibes + Retro, Handmade Details

Kaypee + Max’s retro-inspired woodland wedding combined all of the warm and earthy tones of the 1970’s with tons of plant life and floral patterns to create a dreamy “vintage wonderland.”

South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas was *the* spot for these two to tie the knot because its modern, lowlight vibe served as the perfectly complementary backdrop for their moody, vintage design vision and because the couple had their very first date just down the street! 

Event designers from Bianca Nichole & Co helped Kaypee + Max realize their dream wedding aesthetic, folding wood elements and greenery in with warm, 70’s colors and handcrafted details (that the bride made herself!!) for a cozy vintage vibe. 

We are loving the photos that Kirsten Holliday Photography snapped of Kaybee + Max’s big day. Let’s take a look!!

The rich, warm colors of this invitation suite by Joy Collaborative are oh-so-70’s. And how cute is that floral envelope liner!!

Kaypee found her staggered and tiered full skirt wedding gown at Anna Bé in Denver. The floating florals of that sheer lace long-sleeved bodice are giving elegant enchanted forest vibes!

Groom Max brought forest green to the color palette with his three-piece wedding suit from StudioSuits. So fun that the vest and tie are nods to the wedding’s warmer tones!

Okay, can we get a standing ovation for these Mustard ankle strap block heels from Pelanir?! What a perfect pop of color!

Florist Mabry of The Flowered Blue likes to do a “bouquet reveal” with brides on their big day so they can have a moment to enjoy their flowers before all of the wedding business begins. Kaypee set aside plenty of time on the morning of the wedding to take in this gold and burnt orange masterpiece.

Definitely check out our list of the most stunning emerald bridesmaid dresses in every style and our list of terracotta bridesmaid dresses we’re swooning over if you’re loving this autumnal bridal party pallette as much as we are.

The Ceremony

Warm wood guest seating from Loot Rentals introduced the cozy, retro vibes into the South Congress Hotel’s mostly modern and minimalistic event space. Love the way that the interior brick added just a little bit of mid-century magic.

That greenery climbing up the ceremony arch!! “We like to call it a ‘Vintage Wonderland,'” the couple says how they coined the term for their wedding day design aesthetic, “because the space felt as though one had stepped back into the 70s as well as simultaneously being in a woodland.”

Kaypee spent over a year making the details of this ceremony arch by hand!!

Kaypee says that having handmade pieces of her wedding to take home and cherish forever made all of the hours of work totally worth it. She also says that commitment and patience are two key parts of doing stitch-work and that cross stitching pieces for the wedding was a symbolic nod to the importance of those qualities in a marriage.

Snag some custom wedding cross stitch DIY kits & patterns if you like the idea of your wedding day featuring some of your own handiwork.

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Max: I enjoyed taking pictures around South Congress Avenue, our first look, reading vows, listening to voice messages on the audio guestbook, and dancing.

Kaypee: I cherished marrying my best friend, reading vows to Max, my dad walking her down the aisle after a challenging health journey, the first dance to our favorite song, and singing with friends. The day was filled with love, joy, and cherished moments.

One of our fave parts of Kaypee + Max’s unique wedding aesthetic is the fact that the team from Bianca Nichole & Co incorporated color blocking with greens oranges reds and yellows as an homage to the way Kaypee + Max decorate their own home.

Loving Kaypee’s wedding day mani! Check out our colleciton of 41 beautiful wedding nail designs and ideas!

This bold bursts of marigold, all of Kaypee’s handmade details, and the overall 70’s vibe has us remembering colors and embroidery at this intimate 70’s-inspired Colorado wedding.

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Make it personal and make sure it involves both of you. Hire a wedding planner and build a reliable vendor team that can create something more amazing than one could ever ask for. Focus on what truly matters to you, whether trendy or timeless. Incorporating elements for your relationship in everything you plan will make your wedding that much more special.

Kaypee’s gorgeous wavy half up half down hairstyle and moody neutral makeup look were the creation of Lux Beauty & Bridal.

Love how that hairpiece by Magaela Accessories added a touch of floral whimsy to Kaypee’s look.

The Reception

Kaypee + Max included handwritten notes for every single guest as the escort cards on their fun and floral reception seating chart.

Explore our list of 36 unique wedding seating chart ideas we’re obsessing over to find your own special way of getting everybody seated at your celebration!

Those personalized blush envelopes pop so beautifully agains the deep green of Kaypee + Max’s arched seating chart.

The warm wood guest seating that Loot Rentals used for the ceremony transitioned perfectly into the vintage-inspired vibe of the reception setup.

Table Manners outfitted the reception tables with earthy textiles and and retro colored glassware that felt so perfectly rustic and retro alongside the greenery-filled centerpieces.

You would be absolutely correct if you guessed that Kaypee handmade these cross stitched table numbers as well!

Grab a set of Acacia wooden charger plates from Williams Sonoma to create a warm, 70’s tablescape of your own.

Kaypee + Max totally nailed the guest book situation by using After The Tone, and audio guest book service that lets your friends and fam leave voice messages for you on a super cute vintage telephone!

We are SO IN LOVE with Kaypee’s short, 70’s-inspired reception dress!! The button details! The high neckline! The bishop sleeves! 😍

Check out our list of the best short wedding dresses and tea length gowns to explore the idea of a wedding day look with a higher hemline like Kaypee’s!

Congratulations on your “vintage wonderland” wedding, Kaypee + Max!! GWS wishes you all the very best!

photography: Kirsten Holliday Photo // venue name: South Congress Hotel, Austin, Texas, United States // event design: Bianca Nichole & Co // florals: The Flowered Blue // wedding dress boutique: Anna Be Colorado // hairpiece: Magaela Accessories // bride's shoes: Pelanir // bride's ring: Charles & Colvard // hair stylist: Lux Beauty & Bridal // makeup artist: Lux Beauty & Bridal // groom attire: Studio Suits // groom's ring: Patrick Adair // paper goods: Joy Collaborative // catering: South Congress Hotel // tabletop rentals: Table Manners // furniture rentals: Loot Rentals // linen rentals: Loot Rentals // music: DJ Blake // photo booth: Homestead Photo Booth Co // audio guest book: After the Tone