A Rustic Pink-and-Orange Wedding in Texas

Emily and Colby

Natalie Shelton

Though they clicked instantly, for Emily Sieker and Colby Allen the timing was off at the start of their courtship: He was Los Angeles-bound and she was headed to South Korea. But after months of digital love letters, they both found themselves back in their mutual home state of Texas and in love.

Wedding planning started with the location: Marfa. A vivid palette of pink, orange, marigold, and cornflower blue was borrowed from the area's gorgeous sunsets and desert landscape. Slate walls and muted gardens served as a blank canvas for the bride's "color explosion."

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The Invitations

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Festive invitations were strung together like Mexican "papel picado" flags.

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The Bouquet

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Emily's bouquet of dahlias, scabiosa, ranunculus, roses, and protea was tied with an embroidered vintage ribbon (her somethings old and blue). "The arrangement was free-flowing and looked just-picked," she says.

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The Wedding Party

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Emily and her attendants striked a sunny pose. Bridesmaids shined in Theory dresses, while the flower girls' Crewcuts frocks picked up the color scheme's every last shade.

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The Location

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The Capri Lounge and Event Space offered scenic spots for all the happy couple's needs. A garden (on the left) provided a picturesque plot for their ceremony, a back courtyard made an ideal cocktail area, and the interior's lofty ceiling and spaciousness was designed for dining and dancing.

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The Groomsmen

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Colby picked out the navy J.Crew suits and khaki ties sported by the groomsmen. "He's got very good taste, so I knew they'd look dapper," says Emily.

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Mother and Daughter

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Great fashion sense runs in the family: Emily chose a strapless lace Monique Lhuillier gown with matching capelet. And her mom fell for a coral chiffon number with fluttering petal details from Julian Gold, a designer boutique in San Antonio.

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Here Comes the Bride

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The bride's two little cousins held a sign announcing her grand entrance. An artist friend from Dallas crafted it the day before the wedding.

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Floral Aisle

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Emily wanted the aisle covered in flower petals that matched her palette; the florist took it a step further, incorporating full buds and stems for extra texture.

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The Recessional

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Guests waved hand-made "Yeehaw!" pennants during the recessional.

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The Reception Space

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Hanging bulbs and lanterns accentuated the venue's lofty ceiling.

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Escort Cards

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Inked with vintage letter and number stamps from Anthropologie, escort-card tags hung from lines of packing string.

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The Program

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The program's rustic font resembled the letters on cattle-branding irons.

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The First Dance

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Under paper lanterns and the loving gaze of family and friends, the newlyweds danced their first to Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways."

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Arrangements of antlers, cacti, and glass vases holding garden roses, pincushion, and king protea decorated each reception table.

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Cocktail Hour

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The signature drink, a Venetian Spritz, was an intoxicating combination of Prosecco, Campari, and sparkling water.

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Potted Decor

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Potted cacti, a tribute to Marfa's desert landscape, garnished everything including the bar and the guest-book table.

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The Cake

A two-tier vanilla cake covered with buttercream frosting and garden roses.
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The two-tier vanilla cake, covered with buttercream frosting and garden roses, sat on an antique pedestal that Emily purchased on Etsy.com. It was framed by vases of pincushion proteas and hydrangeas, and was just one of the sweets guests sank their teeth into. Also on offer? Berry tarts, petits fours, and dark-chocolate tortes.

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Dessert Buffet

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Macarons brightened the dessert buffet.

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Wedding Guests

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A flower girl got a big hug for a job well done.

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Unique Favors

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Each guest took home a crocheted horseshoe wall hanging. "I bought one as a souvenir on a road trip, but as we were planning, I realized they 'd make great favors," Emily says.

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Location: Capri Lounge and Event Space

Catering: Maiya Keck of Maiya's

Flowers and Day-of Coordination: Alicia Rico of Bows and Arrows

Stationery: Chelsea Carpenter of Southern Fried Paper

Cake: Lisa Copeland of Austin Street Cafe

Calligraphy: Nicole Black, The Left Handed Calligrapher


The Rivers Rockabilly Trio

Rentals: Ken's Rental Services

Wedding Photography: Natalie Shelton of N. Barrett Photography

Sound: Gory Smelley of Marfa Recording

Lighting: Marfa Lighting

Veil: Homa Bridal

Bride's Earrings: Bhldn

Bride's shoes: Stella McCartney

Menswear: J.Crew

Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan

Groom's Glasses: Oliver Peoples

Rings: Bride: Sarah Perlis; Groom: James Avery

Hair and Makeup: Dorothy Moore of Americana, Aveda Concept Salon

"Here Comes the Bride" Banner: Crisman Keeling Liverman

Papel Picado Banner: Melissa Guerra

Cake Pedestals: E. Isabella Designs

Cake Servers: Leif

Horseshoe Favors: Telegram Home

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