Bright, happy and bubbly (quite literally) — that’s the vibe Eric and Claire were going for when they were planning their Austin, TX wedding celebration at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It’s safe to say they nailed the look, with tones of personal touches and bright colors to boot. Looking to incorporate fun, colorful DIY wedding ideas into your own wedding festivities? Read on to see how this crafty couple put their DIY skills to work.

1. Petal Power: “Do It Yourself” doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself. Case in point: Claire enlisted the help of Eric’s cousin, a retired teacher, for all of the floral arrangements. The bevy of bright blooms certainly helped set the tone for a happy, fun celebration for the couple. Plus, the small arrangements tucked into creamy porcelain cups above are the perfect way to great guests at the reception.

2. Rustic Reclaimed Wood: Turns out, Eric’s whole side of the family is pretty creative, including Eric himself! A construction manager by trade, Eric put his carpentry skills to work by designing and building all of the centerpieces vases using reclaimed wood that he scored from an old Austin home. The rustic nature of the boxes provides the perfect complement to the bright flowers used in the arrangements.

3. Unique Utensil Holders: Even the buffet line sticks with the rustic theme. Small metal buckets hung from chicken wire to hold the utensils, evoking a farmhouse-chic look. Strewing a few bloom-filled buckets among the utensil holders keeps things looking pretty, and not just utilitarian.

4. Pretty Paper Topper: Claire is a HUGE fan of paper crafts, so she was downright delighted when her mother came across the custom paper cake toppers crafted by the artists at Concarta Studios. The artist, Gwen Barba, even included the couple’s tongue-wagging dog Banks into the topper for a special touch.

5. Smashing S’mores Station: The biggest hit of the night? The build-your-own-s’mores station, of course. Eric put his woodworking skills to the test again to create this super cool picnic table with a trough down the middle. While the couple stuffed the trough with rocks and sternos for the s’mores station, they plan to use the trough to hold ice-cold beers during regular picnics. How genius is that?

6. Swanky Teepee: To add a little boho vibe to the festivities (and to provide a comfy spot for weary guests to take a break from all the dancing), Claire rented a teepee for the reception. The patterned chairs, hanging lights and rustic coffee table bring the boho, while the swag of flowers hanging above the entrance of the teepee — arranged by Eric’s cousin — add a feminine touch.

7. A Sweetly Personal Ring: This wedding was absolutely filled to the gills with custom creations — including Claire’s engagement ring. Eric designed the ring himself and then enlisted the help of his sister, a jewelry designer who owns Heather Henry Design, to bring his creation to life. Coincidentally, the ring contained 30 small diamonds, and Eric and Claire got engaged on March 30. Everybody say “awww.”

8. A Sudsy Sendoff: Claire ended the night with a quick dress change and the couple dodged hundreds of bubbles as they made their exit in style. Congrats, Eric and Claire!


Photography: Cory Ryan Photography
Wedding planner/coordinator: Pearl Events
Caterer: Royal Fig
Teepee: Loot Vintage Rentals
Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals

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