An Eco-Friendly, Elegant Wedding at Ma Maison in Dripping Springs, Texas

With a strong will to keep their elegant wedding eco-friendly, Ann Claire (26 and a communications specialist) and Cody Green (26 and a cellist) fell

With a strong will to keep their elegant wedding eco-friendly, Ann Claire (26 and a communications specialist) and Cody Green (26 and a cellist) fell in love with Ma Maison, which values sustainable principles in Dripping Springs, Texas. "Ma Maison is built of reclaimed materials, and waters its grounds with rain cisterns," Ann says. "This is a key example of finding a venue that values ecological principles and is a beautiful place to marry." Shades of deep green, blush, terra-cotta and lavender served as the palette for the day, inspired by a Texas Hill Country sunset. Red Turkish rugs inherited from Ann's parents draped down the aisle, leading up to live oaks where Ann and Cody got married. Ann and her bridesmaids took part in assembling the flower arrangements with pesticide-free donated blooms, for their affordability and sustainability. Green glass wine bottles decorated tabletops at the reception, and the leftover corks were used for table number holders. Even the wedding cake had an eco-friendly element—a topper depicting two birds made with the same newspaper Ann used for her grandparents' anniversary cake. Our favorite detail had to be the elegant, ivory dress with a sweetheart neckline and trumpet-style silhouette, which happened to be a sample gown. "Buying a sample means a new dress doesn’t have to be created and shipped in, reducing its carbon footprint, and it generally costs less, alterations included," Ann says. "I am in the process of selling my gown so it can be used again for someone else’s miracle day."

The white wedding invitations had elegant floral designs accenting its pages—from the wreath wrapped around Ann and Cody's initials at the top to the corners accented with leafy greens.
Ann accented her elegant bun updo with a long, gold leaf clip, which she selected because it reminded her of autumn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she and Cody lived.
Floral Purse and Wedding Jewelry
The bridesmaids wore deep green V-neck dresses, holding a single pink peony for a pop of color. "To capture the deep green of live oaks in the Texas Hill Country, the girls wore the same flowing dark green chiffon gowns we purchased from my hometown’s Bella Bridesmaid shop," Ann says. "The dresses went well with everyone’s skin tones and body types."
Single Pink Peony Bouquet
Cody wanted to be married by the water, so they had the ceremony in front of a spring-fed pond on the property. The bright red Turkish rug aisle runner led to the altar, where they got married underneath live oaks.
Ann carried a bouquet that she arranged with her bridesmaids, using pesticide-free blooms donated by a service that the florist worked with. This served as an affordable and eco-friendly way to bring flower arrangements to the wedding.
Trumpet-Style Tulle Wedding Dress Skirt
Hypericum and Dusty Miller Boutonniere
Charcoal Gray Groomsmen Suits
A rustic wooden table with wheels at the bottom held up the display of white escort cards, arranged on a grassy surface with a lantern on top.
Classic Updo and Elegant Dangling Earrings
Inside the reception space, guests sat at dark wood dining tables set with gold plates and decorated with a green grass runner. A variety of moss, candles and colorful flower centerpieces covered the surface.
Pecan Praline Favors in a Wooden Box
Ann had a lace cover-up draped over her shoulders, which she took off for the reception. She wore a strapless ivory Tara Keeley dress that she found a sample of, which meant no additional materials had to be used to create the gown.
Hydrangea, Peony and Rose Centerpiece
Ann and her family collected several green glass wine bottles months before the wedding, and they used the corks to hold up table numbers decorated with wreath designs.
The three-tier cake covered in buttercream icing had white fondant feathers decorating its surface. The cake topper depicted two birds made of newspapers, created from the same paper used for Ann's grandparents' anniversary cake.
Strapless Ivory Tara Keeley Wedding Dress