A Whimsical, Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Brookshire, Texas

The wedding between Sarah Whitaker (21 and the owner of a vintage rental company) and Corbin Carsrud (25 and a geologist) was a whimsical affair inspired by vintage pieces. “I knew I wanted the overall design to reflect our quirkiness and also speak volumes about our history and who we are with an abundance of personal details,” Sarah says. Midcentury-modern furnishings, bright colors and Wes Anderson films all inspired the big day. Even the invitation suite was inspired by the director! Many of these elements were DIY, including Sarah’s headpiece, the Polaroid photo booth and Cholula hot sauce party favors. Teal, red and pastels were used in furnished seating areas and in floral arrangements. The pair met while working together in an on-campus coffee shop at Texas Tech University; they were married under a tree, surrounded by ferns and their friends and family. Sarah wore a lace gown with gold tones and accessorized with jewelry borrowed from loved ones. She made her own hairpiece and donned a teal shrug after the ceremony. Her bridesmaids wore teal dresses in the same shade and she also had male attendants, who dressed like the groomsmen and groom. They wore gray shirts, flannel ties, suspenders and black pants. After their rings were “warmed” by loved ones, all sending them wishes as they passed them along, the reception was also in Corbin's mother's backyard. They had a naked cake after feasting on a menu that included pork with green apple slaw and couscous salad. A DJ spun tunes into the night and the couple danced to “The Story” by Brandi Carlisle. “It’s a song that has so much movement emotionally and literally. We just love Brandi and her pipes!” They exited the festivities to sparklers before leaving for their honeymoon in the Bahamas. —Caroline Eubanks