Wedding at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

There are so many reasons to love today’s DIY wedding at the Ladybird¬†Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX. The venue is a nod to the former first lady, and helps to protect some of North America’s wildflowers and native plant species. Natural outdoor beauty, water features, and meadows are a serene backdrop for your wedding day. The colors were inspired by lemons and limes, which played a role throughout the wedding.

The gorgeous photography is by Katherine O’Brien.

Wedding at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

photos of bridal gown and bridal bouquet with yellow accents

The flowers were bought in bulk and arranged the day before the wedding. Heather’s sister made the bouquets and boutonnieres.

Green satin shoes with open toe and bow

Heather found a pair of green satin shoes and dyed her petticoat yellow to go along with the color scheme.

vintage handkerchief wedding favors in wicker basket

For favors, Heather and Russell provided vintage handkerchiefs for their guests’ tears of joy, and paper parasols to keep them cool.

framed black and white photo of parent's wedding

Russell wore a white tux and black bow tie, inspired by this photo of his parent’s wedding. Sweet!

groom with white suit and black bow tie

photo looking straight on view of wedding ceremony

bride and groom kiss at wedding ceremony

wedding recessional at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

bride lays her head on groom's shoulder

bride and groom sit on bench and hold hands

jugs of lemonade with straws and galvanized buckets filled with pop bottles and ice

There was no shortage of drinks – jugs full of lemonade, mason jars filled with lime water, and bottles of Mexican cokes, Topo Chicos, and Dr. Peppers in galvanized tubs. Of course, we love the striped paper straws!

lemons and limes in glass vase surrounded by cakes on dessert table

The dessert table is our favorite part, it looks totally yummy! Inspired by a country bake sale, Heather and Russell had their favorite cupcake bakery make six different cakes. Hand stamped labels marked the cakes with intriguing names like the James Brown, Marilyn Monroe, Black and Tan, & Strawberry Love!

white cake with sign that says, "Marilyn Monroe", plate of cookies next to it

german chocolate cake on dessert table

vanilla cake with strawberry icing

brown chocolate cake with treats in individual wrappers

bride and groom first dance

night view of reception for wedding at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

bride and groom kiss in back seat of vintage car

What a sweet wedding! Thanks to Katherine for sharing it with us. See more photos on her blog here.

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  1. love the fonts used on the paper goods.

  2. I love the vintage feel of this wedding. And those green shoes – so adorable. Thanks for sharing these really great photos. It really captured the essence of this wedding. I’m putting together my sister’s wedding in the Spring and gathering as many ideas as I can. Your article definitely helps me in this process.

  3. Love her green shoes. They add such a great color to her overall look for the day. The sweet table looks amazing and delicious.

  4. Can you tell me where she got her green shoes? I really really can’t find anything like that anywhere! Thank you

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