Lauren + Howard’s Retro-Artsy Texas Elopement

Well Howdy y’all.

It’s me, Rachel, the new addition to the DIY Bride team.  I’m so excited to be part of such a fun and creative community!  Now that my hazing is complete, and I’ve almost gotten all the glitter and glue out of my hair, (totally kidding, these girls are awesome!)  I finally get to write my first Real Wedding!  I couldn’t have dreamed of better first post.  When I got to first look over Lauren and Howard’s elopement in Marfa, Texas, I nearly spit out my New York “caw-fee.”

Lauren and Howard’s elopement is the kind of event that made me want to join the DIY Bride community.  It’s fun and creative with the perfect amount of tradition, and a whole lot of love.  It’s proof that a fairy tale wedding doesn’t always have to involve a poufy dress and horse drawn carriages.

Q Weddings Photography did a great job capturing Lauren and Howard’s spirit.  From the photographer: “Lauren and Howard chose their wedding date (11-11-11) because of the cool sequence of numbers.  Then they chose to elope to Marfa, Texas.  They had never been, but they are both artists and felt like exploring this renowned artist town would be a unique start to their marriage.”

Oh! What a great choice it was; shooting at one of the Donald Judd installations and El Cosmico trailer park created a great artsy, modern, yet retro vibe. Howard created the red “ones” that added an awesome modern, graphic element.  Lauren’s cute short dress, handmade fabric bouquet and birdcage veil were a perfect fit for the retro feel.  Throw in a cute pup in a matching sweater for “family” portrait and you have seriously simple diy perfection.

Lunch for Lauren and Howard was in a school bus and they stayed at the oldest trailer park ever!  While that might not sound very “fairy tale” for some, it’s incredibly unique, fun and retro.  A scrumptious looking chocolate cake just for two was the perfect hint of romance and tradition.  All that combined with the fact that they got married by Judge Cinderella!  Can’t get more fairy tale than that, can you?!


Congratulations Lauren and Howard!  Thanks for sharing your day with us!

Photographer: Q Weddings

Pre ceremony location: El Cosmico

Ceremony Venue: Marfa County Courthouse

Lunch: Food Shark

Cake: Austin Street Café

Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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