An Organic, Garden Wedding at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is an iconic Austin location, showcasing Texas’ natural foliage. It made for the perfect setting for the spring nuptials between Kara Menefee (29 and a dietitian) and Justin Lam (30 and an analyst). They said “I do” in the center’s outdoor garden, which had string lights above and an abstract archway. “It took us only a few minutes after visiting the venue to decide this was the place for us. It was peaceful and perfectly fit us as a couple,” Kara says. The pair met at a wedding (she was a bridesmaid), and he asked her out not long after. Four years later, on a trip to Japan, Justin popped the question. Kara walked down the aisle in a lace gown with a soft flowing train. The bridesmaids wore gold and neutral dresses in different styles, while the groomsmen wore gray suits with vests. The couple wanted to embrace the venue's natural beauty, so they used a palette of greens, soft peaches and white. Floral arrangements and decor used an organic and vintage feeling. To escape the rain, festivities were in the center gallery, with wall-to-wall windows. Tables were decorated with linen tablecloths, floral centerpieces and photo albums of Kara and Justin. The bride used her calligraphy talents to create the custom table numbers and escort cards. Guests dined on the couple’s favorite dishes, like street tacos, sliders and macaroni and cheese. Kara’s father performed a special saxophone solo, and her mother and Justin performed a mash-up dance. They danced to “You and Me” by You+Me, which Kara says “was a perfect song for us, and we avoided the cliche wedding songs we all hear so often.” Family and friends tore up the dance floor and the couple was showered in flower petals on their way out. —Caroline Eubanks