After six years together, Clayton + Erika decided to make it official! Her Hawaiian heritage met his Texas upbringing for a memorable celebration inspired by their culture and one very artistic town:
Marfa holds a special place in our heart. It was our first trip together as a couple and we honestly thought we would get married there. While we love Marfa’s vibe, nothing in Dallas came close. So, we decided to get married on my parent’s land since it gave us full creative freedom. It still felt intimate, even with 200 people, and I love the whole “Southern belle getting married in her parents’ estate” idea – ha!
Stacy from Maxwell + Gray Studio helped design and plan C + E’s dream backyard wedding, complete with a tepee festival, cacti ceremony, dance floor under twinkle lights, llamas (!) and an epic fireworks + lantern send off. As per Hawaiian tradition, Erika’s parents cooked an entire pig for the reception. And when it all came together, even a rainstorm on the dance floor didn’t put a damper in the day!
Erika’s Rue de Seine ‘Tiger Moss’ gown is QUICKLY becoming a favorite here at GWS!
Clayton: When we did our first look. It was like time stopped.
Erika: When I changed into my muʻumuʻu and performed the Hawaiian hula song. My older sister dances and taught me — it had been a long time since I danced hula. I was so nervous and worried that I would fall flat on my face or trip!
The Blushing Bridal Party
Erika is the co-creator of Hello Flawless Artistry, so we aren’t surprised that her bridal party looked absolutely stunning!
Don’t you just love when the simplest ideas have the biggest impact?! Crushing on this alter design!
Processional: Bridal Party: Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons on Piano | Bride: Come What May from Moulin Rouge on Piano
Recessional: Multiplied by Needtobreathe
First Dance: Live Acoustic Version of Your Song by Elton John
The Backyard Reception
The reception seriously brought the Marfa vibes home, complete with tepees a la the popular El Cosmico campsite!
What wedding is not made better by a llama bride and groom, we want to know?
Cheers to the Newlyweds!
Thinking about your own backyard wedding? We’ve got an incredibly helpful article sharing expert advice from those who have been there done that!
The stress is REAL! It will hit you hard the month before and is, unfortunately, inevitable. My advice for the brides is: be realistic with your DIY decor ideas. Sometimes you just do not have time for all the DIY things. I bought a lot of things from Etsy, Home Goods, and Amazon. I basically thought of what I could use as decorations for my home or things I could pull from what I already had.
Preparation for the wedding is important, of course. But preparing for marriage should be a priority, as well. We were thankful to find an amazing pre-martial counselor.
A true Texan send-off: fireworks in the field. All our congrats to Clayton + Erika!
photography: Lauren Nicole Photography // venue name: Family Property, Red Oaks, Texas, USA // event design: Maxwell + Gray Studio // planning: Maxwell + Gray Studio // florals: Zoeys Garden // wedding dress: Rue de Seine 'Tiger Moss' // wedding dress boutique: Unbridaled // bride's shoes: Cape Robin from Amazon // hair stylist: Hello Flawless Artistry // makeup artist: Hello Flawless Artistry // calligraphy: Thuyan Hoang // catering: Baon Caterer // desserts: Emporium Pies // furniture rentals: Coral Lane Rental // specialty rentals: Sugar Creek Event Rentals // music: Mr. Carter Davis // second shooter: Light as Gold