A Romantic Pastel-Colored DIY Wedding in a Barn in Texas
Casey and Alan
Sparks flew the moment Casey Larkin and Alan Bond met. Casey, a clothing designer living in San Francisco, spied Alan, a Danish local, during a speech she was giving in Copenhagen on sustainable fabric dyes. Two years later, they decided to wed at Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley, Texas, with their friends, families, and their toddler, Penny, by their sides.
Invitations featured a five-page illustrated booklet tied with twine and a vintage heart charm. Its cover was emblazoned with crossed arrows; an arrow also showed up on the pair's guest-book table and was the shape of Casey's Jacquie Aiche wedding ring.
The Bridal Party
The bride was joined by her mom, flower girls, and attendants in this pretty photo op. "It was two girls to every guy," Casey says of her entourage, which included 10 'maids (nine regular and one junior) and three house-party members (a traditional southern way to honor pals without making them bridesmaids).
Mother of the Bride
Casey's mom held tight to her two granddaughters: Penny, in her arms, and Sophie, Penny's cousin (and fellow flower girl), by her side.
The Dapper Groom
Groomsmen donned these bright boutonnieres.
Lucky in Love
To honor the little leading lady, a "lucky Penny" jar was placed on the sign-in table. Save-the-dates also sported an illustration of a penny etched with the words "Lucky in Love."
Good friends -- like these two from Sweden -- flew in from all over the globe.
To keep loved ones cool and in the know, a basket filled with peacock-flaunting fans as well as programs embellished with hand-dyed silk ribbons was placed at the ceremony’s entryway.
Casey and her father, Larry, strolled down the aisle to “Let Your Fingers Do the Walking,” by Danish rock band Sort Sol, chatting as they went. “He has a good way of talking the nerves out of you -- and I think it also helped him hold back tears,” she says.
The bride showed off her Jacquie Aiche for Bhldn diamond arrow wedding band, a sweet day-of surprise from Alan.
Stunning Photo Op
After exchanging vows, the newlyweds hopped up on top of a huge tree stump for an unforgettable portrait.
Cocktail hour took place outside the barn, where 200 feet of twinkling lights festooned with paper-doily lanterns set the scene. The signature drink: Hard lemonade made with Tito's vodka and lavender-infused lemon juice.
White peacocks roamed the grounds freely. "During our rehearsal dinner, an alpha male squawked hilariously after every toast and cheer," Casey says.
Inside the ranch's barn, 130 guests sat down for a dinner that merged Danish and Southern cuisines. The rafters dripped with white lights above long banquet tables, and antiques and family photos lined the walls. Carefully frayed painter's cloths running the width of the tables stood in for place mats, and vintage glass vases from Casey's mom's and aunts' collections held green-eyed roses, lisianthus, craspedia, lavender, and ranunculus.
Casey and Alan turned an old map into a seating chart that highlighted just how global their guest list was: Little flags, hand-painted with names and table numbers, were pinned to each attendee’s home country.
"Guest Book" Table Cloth
Guests penned their sentiments on a tablecloth. "I'm going to embroider over each entry and use it at our next dinner party," says Casey.
The Place Settings
A calligraphed favor box and a napkin decorated with a hand-dyed silk ribbon and tiny succulent awaited guests at place settings.
Crystal favors, in kraft-paper boxes stamped with positive affirmations, awaited guests at each place setting. "I collect raw minerals, so they're a part of our home, and we wanted to share that," says the bride.
Eco-Friendly Confetti Toss
Guests were given "Spread the Love" burlap sachets filled with black sunflower seeds to toss at the night's end. The ranch is a wildlife refuge for golden-cheeked warblers, which quickly gobbled up the seeds, making them an eco-friendly option.
The Photo Booth
Casey’s sister, Lauren, deconstructed more than 1,000 silk flowers and then glued the petals together curtain-style to create a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony and photos during the reception captured with help from Smilebooth. "It was an homage to my favorite work of art," says the bride, referring to Jim Hodges' silk, cotton, and polyester sculpture "No Betweens."
Casey, Alan, and Penny shared a sweet moment together.
Location: Red Corral Ranch
Catering: Wimberley Catering
Event Planning: Aimee Villa of Lizze Belle Event Planning
Flowers: Amber Nosbisch of Blume
Stationery: Ello There
Calligraphy: Katy Antill
Cake: Mr. Natural
Wedding Photography: Brooke Schwab Photography
Gown: Mr. Larkin Six Pennies Collection
Bride’s Accessories: headpiece, Debra Moreland, and shoes, Remix Vintage Shoes (both bhldn.com).
Bridesmaids' Skirts: Mr. Larkin Six Pennies Collection
Groom’s and Groomsmen's Suits: Mads Nørgaard
Groom’s Bow Tie and Groomsmen Ties: Tux and Tulle
Groom’s Accessories: watch, Uniform Wares; shoes, Common Projects
Flower Girl Dresses: Gap Kids
Hair: Danielle Barr, and makeup, Kandy Glass (both for FaceKandy)
Beading on Bride’s Gown: Elephant Embellishments
The Purple Bee Crew
Lighting: Ilios Lighting
Rentals: Whim Event Rentals; vintage rentals, Our Second Home
Transportation: Star Shuttle and Charter
Wine: Spicewood Vineyards
Photo booth: Smilebooth