Colorful + Fun Austin Wedding: Lauren + Sam

couple with handmade flags

I love that Lauren + Sam had such a personal and handmade wedding – and full of lots of laughs just like them! :) They love breakfast for dinner, so they served chicken + waffles and pancakes on a stick. They met at Apple, so Lauren embroidered an apple and iDo on the ring bearer pillow. They love movies, so their guest book was The Encyclopedia of Movies and asked their guests to sign on their favorite movie so they could watch them later. And Sam proposed at Austin’s Capital, so that is where they took their first look photos. So many sweet, thoughtful details! Lauren crafted so many things for the day also including: the Apple ring bearer pillow, boutonnieres, bouquets, banners, felt flags, her headpiece, the ceremony backdrop + more! Thanks so much to Ely Fair Photos for sending this one our way and congrats to Lauren + Sam!

mint colored shoes

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heart sewn into sweater

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balloon boutonniere


Ok, I think this is one of the cutest + sweetest things I’ve seen! The bride made this large banner to hide behind, so they could do portraits before the ceremony, but without seeing each other! They even managed to get a photo of the entire bridal party – with the bride + groom – without the bride + groom seeing each other until the ceremony! Wait until you see how they did it! Super creative you guys!!

nothing to see here sign

hand touch first look

hand touch first look

hand touch first look

hand touch first look

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kraft paper invite

apple ring pillow

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Our Musical Choices

Processional: Wedding Party: Go Do by Jónsi; Bride: Regina Spektor's cover of Real Love by John Lennon

Recessional: Hoppípolla by Sigur Ros

First Dance: Peter Gabriel's cover of Book of Love by Magnetic Fields

cross stitch ceremony altar

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Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

It would clearly have to be during the ceremony. Our Minister who sounds a bit like Sean Connery went off an extended tangent about how the idea that "All You Need Is Love" is the biggest load of "hokum" he's ever heard. "Love is like a hot bath," he said. "At first, it's hot and steamy, and then you get used to it." We each laughed awkwardly and shared a lot of, "Is this really happening?" glances, especially considering the fact that we were standing in front of an altar with the words "All You Need Is Love" suspended from it. A sort of bemused terror set in with our friends and family, as he continued to talk about the hard work we'd have to put into our marriage day in and day out. At the end of it, though, he brought it back to a beautiful message about how the hard work is how you maintain the love, and that the work is what makes it worthwhile. We wouldn't have changed a thing.

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felt flower bouquet

Lauren made her pretty bouquet using family members broaches + pins and felt!

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felt flag bridal party

coffee wedding favors

embroidery hoop initals

blue glass bottle vases

mini chicken and waffles reception food

cake and pie bar

cake and pie bar

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Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Lauren: If you really want something made or done that might be out there, just go for it. I knew my Grandmas would scratch their heads at some things, but I was also pleasantly surprised at their warm compliments at the things I made myself. When it comes to DIY, allow time for trial and error. Don't stress out when it seems like it won't work. Most importantly, listen to your fiancé when it comes to taking a break with a "non-wedding" day.

Sam: Make sure to find a time as it gets close to the wedding where you decide not to worry or stress about the little things.

photography: Ely Fair Photos // venue name: Palm Door, in Austin Texas // wedding dress: Unbridaled // bride's shoes: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropolgie, Delias and Boden // hair stylist: Erica Cantu // groom attire: Indochino // paper goods: Ely Fair Photos // catering: Pink Avocado Catering // cake: Polkadot Cupcake Factory // music: ATX Event Systems // pies: Moms of the Bride + Groom, and a couple last minute ones from Cutie Pie Wagon