A Boho Chic, DIY Wedding at a Private Residence in Anahuac, Texas


                    DIY never looked better than it did with Sarah Engelke (33 and an event and travel coordinator for TBG Partners) and Charles Bar

DIY never looked better than it did with Sarah Engelke (33 and an event and travel coordinator for TBG Partners) and Charles Barrow’s (37 and a director of sales and admissions for the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts) stunning wedding. From dip-dying 135 cloth napkins to match the stationery and making 37 concrete planters for the centerpieces to building and staining 13 farm tables for the reception, arranging all the flowers (including Sarah’s flower crown), and creating a light-up bar sign for cocktail hour, to say we’re impressed would be a serious understatement. “Our friend Brian [who was also a groomsman] wrote in our wedding card, ‘To know if you’re really loved, plan a DIY wedding.’ That really said it all,” Sarah says. “Everyone—groomsmen, bridesmaids, siblings, cousins, parents—all helped complete the vision for our wedding day, even hours before the wedding.” When Sarah and Charles started planning their wedding, Sarah knew she had to have one thing: a live oak tree to get married under. After searching high and low in Austin, Texas, for the perfect tree, she finally went to Charles’s family’s ranch in Anahuac, Texas, with her best friend. She found more than 20 Spanish-moss-covered live oaks in the yard around the house. Standing there in that moment, she knew that’s where she wanted to exchange vows with the love of her life. Wanting their wedding to be the perfect mix of romantic and boho chic, Sarah and Charles took a modern twist on a neutral palette. Shades of blush, taupe, latte and champagne were accented with pops of yellow, mint and burgundy. There are so many details we love about this gorgeous wedding. See them all, beautifully captured by Feather & Twine Photography, below.

Sarah and Charles ordered their stunning invitations on Minted. Sarah loved the blush ombre look and the simple, chic design, and they even inspired her to dip-dye 135 cloth napkins in the same blush hue for the reception. “I absolutely adored my invitation suite and envisioning how it would play with the other details of the day,” she says.
It was Sarah’s dream to wear a flower crown at her wedding. But the morning of the wedding, she ran out of time trying to complete DIY projects. Luckily, her sister and best friend got to work and pulled together burgundy ranunculus, green succulents, white anemones and olive branches to create the boho masterpiece. “It turned out better than I could have hoped,” Sarah says. “At first I was worried it wouldn’t go with my dress, but then I reminded myself that it was my day, I was marrying my best friend, and I could do what made me happiest.”
Sarah and Charles had two flower girls at their wedding. One wore a dress from Target and the other’s grandmother made hers. Both wore lily-of-the-valley flower crowns. Instead of scattering petals or something else, they carried a garland made of olive branch and blush-colored ranunculus.
Sarah and Charles wanted all the members of their wedding party to feel comfortable and confident. All the bridesmaids chose their own blush dresses, and Sarah loved how they turned out. “Allowing them to choose their own dresses was so appealing, since everyone is so different both in personality and body shape,” she says. “I loved how diverse they all were and how representative of their personalities their dresses were.”
Custom-Designed Gold Engagement Ring
Sarah and Charles knew they wanted to get married in Austin, Texas, since that’s where they met and now live. Plus, Sarah knew her family was going to have to fly in from all over the country, and she couldn’t think of a better, more hip town to introduce them to. Although Sarah didn’t have an exact vision when she started planning, she did know she wanted to get married under an oak tree. After searching for the perfect tree, Sarah and her best friend drove to Charles’s family’s ranch (which they’ve owned since the 1800s) in Anahuac, Texas, and saw the most gorgeous Spanish-moss-covered tree. Standing there in that moment, she knew that’s where she wanted to exchange vows with the love of her life.
Charles wore a three-piece gray Ralph Lauren suit. He and Sarah loved the amazing stitched detailing along the lapel and the edging on the vest. He completed his look with a gray, black and blue plaid penguin tie and brown leather boots.
Cocktail hour took place in the yard between the ceremony and reception in an old smokehouse that Sarah and Charles converted into a bar. Since they’re both whiskey connoisseurs, they served old-fashioneds as their signature drink.
Sarah and Charles, with the help of their amazing friends and family, built and stained 13 farm tables for the reception. As if that weren't enough, Sarah also made over 34 concrete planters to hold baby succulents for the centerpieces. We’re definitely impressed!
DIY Succulent-Filled Concrete Planter Box Centerpieces
DIY 'Where the Cool Kids Are' Table Name
Green Succulent, Purple Ranunculus Wedding Reception Centerpiece
Romantic Spanish-Moss-Covered Live Oak Tree Ceremony Location
For dessert, Sarah and Charles enjoyed a three-tier naked cake decorated with succulents. Since the couple aren't into cake, they also served Sarah’s favorite (chocolate torte) and Charles’s favorite (creme brûlée), among other treats.
Since the majority of the guests were traveling to the wedding, Sarah and Charles made welcome bags. They were canvas totes that said, “And so the adventure beings,” with the couple’s name and date in the corner. Sarah’s brother, owner of Bang Bang Chicago screen printing, created them all. Each bag included Topo Chico, gummy bears (Sarah’s favorite), pistachios (Charles’s favorite), and local coffee.
Sarah chose a gorgeous ivory organza A-line dress by Moonlight for her chic boho wedding. She loved the embellished straps that carried the glam detailing to the back leading into cascading ruffles—and so do we. “I was so surprised at how much I loved it,” Sarah says. “It felt like too much and borderline Disney princess, but I didn’t want to take it off. I waited a week and went back to put the dress back on, and knew after having those giddy—like a kid on Christmas morning—feelings that it was my dress.”