Hello gorgeous ones! Hope you all had the best weekend, and if you’re in the throws of wedding planning, hopefully you had a worthwhile and productive weekend in the planning stakes!? If you’re lacking inspiration when it comes to planning a unique, alternative wedding, look no further, as we might just have something to hit the spot right here on the blog this morning!
Scout and Michael were married in an outdoor, industrial style venue in River East, Texas. With Art Deco iron work in the doorways and windows, large palm trees surrounding the gates and a stunning whitewash courtyard flaunting scrappy exposed brickwork, brash metals and even graffiti, this couple rocked their urban inspired wedding in style. The industrial vibe of this venue certainly complimented the overall feel of this authentic, bohemian wedding.
We were hoping to keep things relaxed, easy and enjoyable for our loved ones in attendance! Throughout planning, we chose to remove a lot of traditional wedding things such as formal dances, cake cutting, toasts and speeches. Choosing not to do these things meant that our wedding was extremely personalised.
The couple worked in their Mexican heritage to influence the styling too, and banished nearly all typical wedding traditions from their day to create something magical and truly reflective of their personalities and style. We absolutely love the simplicity of this wedding, for example, the table décor is bare yet so effective – long, twining greenery and glass candle holders on bare wooden trestles. Simplicity is sometimes key when it comes to the most effective styling choices!
Matched up in a delicate lace crop top and bespoke low-high hemmed skirt, Scout flies the flag for beauty, green hair, tattoos and just pure coolness in this uber urban wedding. And I know we aren’t really allowed ‘favourites’, but she’s one of my absolute fave brides to feature in real weddings here on the blog this year! Big thanks to these incredible photographers for sharing this collection of images with us – Liesl and Matt – your style, creative eye and artistic vision is insane!
Here she is to share all of the details with you….
Wedding Planned in Just 6 Months….
We were engaged and planned our wedding in just 6 months! When Michael proposed, he gave me the ring in a small blue ring box that is 200 years old. He told me that he wanted our love and marriage to have a legacy that outlasted the two of us… much like the ring box’s history!
We were married at The Post at River East, Fort Worth, Texas. Everything took place all in one venue. Michael and I had known we wanted to get married at The Post even before we were officially engaged. We actually got to walk inside the venue minutes before he proposed to me, as some flooring was being worked on that night and it was opened up! The venue has a 1920’s Palm Beach vibe on the outside with Art Deco iron work in the doorways and windows, and large palm trees out front. The inside courtyard has exposed brick patches, metal work and even graffiti! The venue was originally a post office – I loved the industrial look and how it had rustic, bohemian beauty to it with an urban touch.
Intimate Wedding Breakfast
Our wedding day started with the two of us getting breakfast together at one of our favourite local restaurants so that we could read the wedding vows we wrote each other in private. Our photographer came with us to capture these early morning moments together. After that, we went our separate ways to get ready.
two piece bespoke boho bridal outfit inspired by traditional Mexican fashion
My dress was composed of two pieces: The lacy crop top (by Sarah Seven) and a custom skirt. The top was found at a boutique, but when shopping, I couldn’t find a bottom that I liked to go with my top! I ended up asking my friend, who is a costume designer, to help me design and create a custom skirt to wear. I wanted a high-low skirt that was inspired by traditional Mexican fashions. She sketched and created this skirt for me and it was wonderful – it exceeded my expectations. I truly felt like a boho, Mexican princess! For the reception, I switched up my skirt to wear one my brother hand embroidered for me so that I could dance with freedom.
I wore shoes from ASOS and I used braid hoops and wood beads in my hair, topped off with a flower crown. Michael is 6 ft 7” and is very slim, so his suit needed to be built for him! Franklin at Franklin Anthony made the custom suit. My siblings, who were my wedding party, wore outfits that were picked to resemble traditional Mexican regalia.
Pre-Wedding Ice Cream Parlour Visit!
Our venue didn’t have a “getting ready” area, so after the bridal party finished photos, we all walked to the ice cream parlour next door to wait for the guests to arrive! We all got ice creams and got to enjoy our friends and family in such a relaxed, fun way before the crazy wedding festivities began. One of my favourite photos is of my mother letting me try her ice cream!
Urban Ceremony, Flowing Greenery, rose gold foil and DIY décor reception
Each friend was given a few stems of greenery to hold and when I walked down the aisle, I stopped at each friend to collect the stems and build my bouquet with their help. Halfway down, my almost Mother-in-Law helped me tie off the bouquet, and then my mother and father joined me and escorted me the rest of the way down to give me away. All decor was DIY! My siblings helped me so much in getting everything ready. We broke terra cotta pots to create dessert labels and hand lettered details together. I added rose gold foil to all my cactus pots and my brother hand embroidered a skirt for me to wear for the reception. For table decor, we kept it simple and layered fresh greenery and branches down the long tables and added mismatched glass jars filled with greenery. It was all very simple and low key to keep things informal and free flowing.
Artistic Details and Sentimental Installation
During the reception, one of my close friends live painted a huge canvas! I am an artist and art teacher, so this meant so much to me to have this detail at our reception. The piece she created that night is now hanging in our living room! One decor detail that meant a lot to us was our “Wish You Were Here” installation. We chose to honour our loved ones who had passed away and couldn’t be there to celebrate in person with this artistic installation.
Mexican Inspired Décor and Bursts of Bright Colour
Another aspect of the design and decor for the wedding was mixing my Mexican heritage with a modern, southwest feel. We chose to reflect traditions such as Mariachis, Pan Dulce desserts, Aguas Frescas to drink, Latin tunes for dancing and had a street taco truck serve dinner! A plethora of colours were used in my colour palette because visually, I didn’t want anything to be boring! I designed all the little details to be very textured, such as the metal and fabric grates hanging behind the cake table, various fabrics marking the alter, the ‘Wish You Were Here’ installation, and the macramé inspired piece behind our alter.
Mariachi Band and all night dancing
We had a Mariachi band play a grand entrance and entertain during the dinner hour. They were such a fun and lively bunch who walked around and sang so many songs that my family knew and loved! After the “traditional” music, our DJ Sean P, turned up the party tunes and we had the greatest time dancing into the night!
Wonderful, Whimsical Wedding photography
Our photographers did such an incredible job capturing the day! Liesl Claire Photography and Matt Allen Photo went above and beyond on every little detail, down to joining us early that morning for our couples breakfast and vow reading. I am so grateful to have photos of that special time. We also had a blast getting ice cream as a wedding party and the photos from this time are so whimsical and fun. Both Matt and Liesl kept Michael and I feeling comfortable in front of the cameras and delivered the most incredible wedding photos!
We used smoke bombs in many photos and as our grand exit at the end of the night. The smoke bombs made for incredibly interesting photos during the day time, and make epic shots in the evening!
Don’t feel like you need to follow traditions. In fact, make your own! Take out the things you are not in love with so that your day can be more about you and your new marriage and less about running here and there to cut cake or do a dance! My rule in planning was “if it stresses you out, take it out!”
Our wedding day couldn’t have been pulled off without the help of our family and friends! There were so many helping hands making things go so smoothly, I am so grateful for our community who loved us well! Don’t be afraid to ask your community to help you on your wedding day. It’s not inconvenient, and they would love to help out. The day before the wedding, our friends and family took time to help us set things up and decorate, and many people gifted their time and talents to make this day happen.
The Line Up
Photography: Liesl Claire Photography and Matt Allen Photo
Bride’s Shoes: ASOS
Groom’s Outfit: Franklin Anthony
Greenery and Flower Crowns: OSO Pretty Things
Bouquet: The Greenhouse 817
Catering: Salsa Limon Food Truck
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets