Real Weddings: Karie & Marcus’ DIY Austin Elopement


Karie, 33, Marcus, 37

Austin, Texas

Wedding Date: June 15th, 2010

Number of Guests: 0 (Just the bride, groom and bride’s son)

Wedding Cost: $2,675 (not including rings)

Wedding Ceremony Location: Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Austin, TX

Wedding Reception Location: We had dinner at a local Italian restaurant, Asti, which was also where my husband and I had our first date! No formal reception for us! We went home after the ceremony and changed into our cocktail/ dinner attire.



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austin groom Why did you have an intimate wedding?

This was our second (and final!) wedding and we really wanted for it to be for and about us. Also, our families and friends are spread all over the country. We love them dearly, but really wanted the day to be simple, sweet, stress and detail-free!



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What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We were doing most everything DIY, so coordinating all of the “day-of” things like decor, flowers, make-up, etc was a bit of a juggling act.

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boy at wedding Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

In the beginning, we wanted a small ceremony. In the planning stages it became clear that just wouldn’t be possible without hurting anyone’s feelings. Since the ceremony was for us, the family we were about to create, we decided to make it a party of three!

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?

Our family was very supportive, as were our friends.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

For me, the highlights were having my son walk me down the “aisle” and looking into my (future) husband’s eyes and saying our vows.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

Getting to take off my shoes! And air conditioning!

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Being able to do things the way you (as a couple) want to and not getting caught up in the pomp and circumstance of having a formal wedding. We were able to plan our wedding in a way that was true to us as a couple and in a way that integrated us as a family. It was an added bonus not to have to worry over guests and seating charts, caterers and florists.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Do it! It was such an amazing experience. Having had a large formal wedding the first go around where there were complete strangers watching us say “I Do”, we were craving something small and sweet, something that reflected our personalities and where we are in our life now.

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Photographer: Cory Ryan

Officiant: Ed Carter of Custom Hitches

Bridal Bouquet: Whole Foods

Hair & Makeup: Keep Austin Gorgeous

Shoes: Zappos

Dress: Dolly Couture (via Ebay)

Veil: Unbridaled

Ring Bowl: Paloma’s Nest

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  1. Posted by Angela on April 14th, 2011 at 5:21pm

    Great photography! A beautiful couple. It's nice to hear family was supportive of your decision to keep your wedding very small.
  2. Posted by Tiffany on July 2nd, 2011 at 11:05am

    HI there!! My brother is getting married in several weeks. I really LOVE the purple "&" thing and "just married" .. Is there a way I can contact the bride - who I assumed made them? I want to learn how to make it.... THANK you!!!

  3. Posted by Meagan M. on September 16th, 2013 at 10:20am

    It's lovely that her son was part of the sand ceremony. Wonderful approach to a second marriage elopement.
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