Vintage Cactus Wedding

It is always a treat when I have the opportunity to feature a reader’s wedding on Once Wed especially one with so many creative and thoughtful details. Emma, the bride, is clearly one talented gal and created a lot of what you see below including her beautiful wedding dress. Isn’t it amazing what a bit of vintage trim and a new overlay can do to a simple, white dress?

When I started planning our wedding I knew that we didn’t have a lot of money to spend, but being a designer, I also wanted as many creative details as possible. Almost everything was DIY and we had such a great time putting everything together. The wedding details ended up being an eclectic mix of everything that we love: the old west, mexico, succulents, vintage ephemera, moss, Liberty florals, our frenchie, Colby and of course humor!

For my dress I had a vision of this shimmery fabric and I couldn’t find a dress with it anywhere so I ended up making it. I found the fabric and vintage metallic trims in NYC and instead of making my dress from scratch I re-vamped a dress that had a perfect fit that I bought off the rack.  My Matron of Honor, Tina, designed my headband, necklace and bracelets out of re-purposed vintage pieces.

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I designed and printed all of the escort cards and program fans, which were inspired by old timey western posters. I love moss and had to incorporate it somehow so we covered a table with it and stuck all the escort cards into it. It was possibly my favorite detail of the wedding.

Our centerpieces were a wonderful collaboration of family and friends. My mother and our dear friend Ann gathered all the succulents and potted them the day before the wedding in little terra cotta pots. They arranged them on the tables with Mexican tiles that had been brought to us from Mexico from my sister-in-law, Kelly. For the table names I used scans from a book from the 1940s that I found in a thrift store years ago called “What kinda cactus izzat?”. I had used cactus on our invitations so I loved being able to incorporate the cactus motif but in a more humorous way.

Wedding Coordinator: Lindsey Webb
Vintage Trim: Tinsel Trading Co.
Bridesmaids Jewelry: Susan Beh at Dinosaur Designs
Antique Wedding Band: Erie Basin
Bridal jewelry: Tina Lurvey
Centerpieces: Ann James
Flowers: Verbena Floral Design
Venue: House on the Hill
Photography: Katherine O’brien
Catering: Matt’s El Rancho

29 Responses to “Vintage Cactus Wedding”

  1. shannon kneafsey

    oops maybe i should have read a little more. any thoughts on selling it?

  2. WeddingXpert

    This is just divine! That wedding dress defies tradition and I LOVE it! I’m also totally into all the foliage…so fresh and clean.

  3. Kelly Hudson

    GORGEOUS! a friend of mine tumblrd this and i instantly perked up because i grew up in austin. i think i went to high school with the groom, in fact. wish i could remember his name!

  4. Paloma

    Wow Emma! That dress is absolutely to die for. I must have clicked back to this post at least 10 times today to check it out. You are so creative and talented!

  5. Rute

    Wow. I absolutely love everything about this wedding, from dresses to flowers to the beautiful patterned tapestry…

  6. The Sassy Bride

    I am completely drooling over her boquet…so pretty! The escort cards, program fans, and tiles on the table are over the top awesome!! So creative..I ? it.

  7. Christine

    i’m a fan of the dress! emma, what kind of fabric did you end up using?

  8. Jess McCann

    I love everything about this wedding but I especially love the Frenchie :) I have two at home and this one just looks adorable in her/his bandanna.

  9. Teresa

    This is possibly the most authentically unique and beautiful wedding I’ve seen! Every detail is coordinated elegantly, but none of it seems over planned. Inspired!

  10. Stephanie

    I never would have thought of a cactus themed wedding but this is gorgeous! Emma, I am astounded by your creativity.

    You can really do a lot with succulents. At one of our Hudson Valley weddings last weekend the couple used succulents beside purple, blue and pale green flowers in the bouquets and terrarium centerpieces on the tables that also featured insects and animals skulls from the bride’s private collection. (She is a zoo keeper.) It was a little quirky and really, truly beautiful.

  11. Amelia

    Holy goodness…that dress is AMAZING! I want to do this for my own dress…what kind of fabric did you use? Any help greatly appreciated, it’s so gorgeous!


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