Kathryn & Larry’s Elegant and Sassy DIY Wedding with a ’40s Flair


Kathryn and Larry had an elegant and 1940s-flavored wedding with touches that were 100% personalized to them, from the vows to the DIY decor to the  Eiffel Tower and angels to Larry’s tie to the song Kathryn walked down the aisle to.  I think it’s also the first time for Poptastic Bride to feature a bride with short cropped hair — which Kathryn sported so beautifully, don’t you think? 🙂

40s inspired wedding

Bill Alewine of Austin-based Alewine Photography perfectly captured this vintage styled, 40’s inspired wedding in beautiful Kyle, Tx and here’s what he had to say about the day:

A lot has gone into this completely DIY wedding that highlights shades of purple and green from the quaint bouquets to the adorable cupcake table. This adorable couple took their vows under the shade of giant oaks as family and friends watched. This truly fun event ended with an impromptu fashion show by the bride and her maidens.

40s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

elegant 40s inspired wedding

elegant 40s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

The lovely Kathryn is on hand to tell us about the two of them as well as how she and Larry got together:

Larry and I had been dating for almost 4 years before we got married.  We met through Larry’s brother.  At first we hung out in a group, then one day we went on our first date to the Oklahoma City Zoo.  To this day, it was the one of the best dates I have ever been on.  From that moment on there was really no doubt to either of us where things were headed.  Even though almost 2 years of our relationship was spent as long distance, it didn’t have any negative effect on us.  When he graduated from OSU, we moved to Austin together, and for the first time since the start of our relationship, we lived in the same town!  Just over 3 years after that first “zoo date” as we call it, he took me to the Austin zoo on another “zoo date” where he proposed.

We moved to Austin together from Stillwater, OK after he graduated from Oklahoma State.  He is an electrical engineer at National Instruments, and I work as an admin at Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Research Foundation.  I’m currently working on finishing my degree in Marketing Management.

40s inspired wedding

elegant 1940s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

'40s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

What a darling couple! Here are a few more details from Kathryn:

For our wedding, we were hoping for an elegant, but slightly sassy feel.  We didn’t really have a theme, we just wanted it to be fun, laid back, intimate, and very “us”.  There were certain elements that were inspired by the 40s, as well.  For example, all of the music we had playing before the wedding was classic ’40s love songs.  After our first kiss the song “From This Moment On” by Ella Fitzgerald played as we all walked off.  The piece I wore in my hair was an updated birdcage type piece.

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

The bride shares tips on how they made their wedding 100% theirs:

We did a lot of things differently.  We rented out a vacation home in the country for the weekend and for the wedding.  We had a small guest list, and ended up with about 35 people total, which is exactly what we wanted- all our closest friends and family celebrating our new life together.  We didn’t write our own vows, but we took bits and pieces from several different vows so that ours was unique to us.  We did everything ourselves: decorations, food, etc.  We even designed and made our own invites and save-the-dates.  The backdrop was probably my favorite DIY, made with a curtain rod, fishing line, glass ornaments stuffed with flowers, and little candle holders.

All of the bouquets we’re designed and made by Larry and me, and were made of fake flowers from Hobby Lobby.  We used a song from Sleeping Beauty for the processional (my favorite Disney movie/ballad), we selected readings we felt spoke to us as a couple, my sister sang “Make You Feel My Love”.  Larry’s tie was purchased from Etsy, and was a circuit design (since he is an electric engineer).  We had an Eiffel Tower sitting under a tree at the front in honor of my aunt who passed away a few months earlier, and we had angels in the trees for the relatives that had passed away many years before.

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

40s inspired wedding cupcakes

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

1940s inspired wedding

A few words of advice from the bride and groom:

Don’t let the little things get you down because at the end of the day, the important part is being united with your soul mate. No matter how much you plan ahead, there are going to be things that don’t go like you expected or wanted, but as long as you remember the significance of the day, everything else will fall perfectly into place when the day arrives. Oh, and try to have someone video the ceremony, even if it’s just a cousin with their phone!

Thank you Bill for sending this beautiful wedding my way, and congratulations to Kathryn and Larry! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. 🙂

Photography: Bill Alewine of Alewine Photography
Bride’s & bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Angelo
DJ: Kurt of Austin Sound Machine
Venue: The Plant at Kyle, Kyle, Texas
Cupcakes: Lick It, Bite It, or Both
Chairs and Tables: Musical Chairs
Linens: BBJ Linens

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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