This Gorgeous, DIY Wedding Ended With A Special Ritual

About seven years after meeting through a mutual friend (and groomsman), Becky Quach and Derek Masar made things official and got married. Their October 25, 2013, event in Austin was a destination wedding (the lovebirds reside in San Diego, where she’s an interior designer and he owns a visual-arts production company) and a fully DIY affair.

The modern celebration had a little Art Deco flair and plenty of personalized touches. The Austin locale was one such detail; the bride grew up visiting the city. The venue was another, as the bride and groom instantly fell in love with it. Barr Mansion has a history dating back to the late 1800s, beautiful grounds, and a modern glass-fronted ballroom that offered the ideal setting for their nuptials.

The couple designed the invitation suite, which had a festive undertone and several elements. The invite itself had a vellum flag with the duo’s monogram logo sewn on with gold thread along the top. A vellum overlay with the wedding date, a welcome-dinner invite, a response card for both of the weekend’s events, and an information card were bundled together with gold twine and a hexagon tag boasting the bride and groom’s wedding website’s address. The bundle was mailed in a dark-gray envelope lined with glittery paper, all calligraphed by Becky.

Overall, the stationery introduced the modern and personal style of the wedding, with some vintage inspiration that was elegant, casual, and celebratory all at the same time. It also beautifully showcased the chosen color palette of mint green, gold, and hints of gray.
Becky’s Art Deco-inspired Anna Sui for BHLDN dress boasted sheer details and shimmering panel insets. She accessorized with a vintage brooch worn in her hair, a J.Crew necklace, and Elizabeth Cole earrings. Derek donned a Theory suit.

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Becky created a Pinterest board with a large selection of dresses for the bridal party to comment on and choose from. “It was a great way to control colors and sort out the styles of dresses, while having the bridesmaids choose dresses they personally liked and would wear again,” Becky said. The girls all carried white bouquets made by the bride and her sisters. The groomsmen wore Jos. A. Bank vests and slacks, with personalized brass tie bars that Derek gave them.
Derek’s nieces were the flower girls. Here, one checks out the scene from above on the mansion’s large porch.

Location, catering, and cake: Barr Mansion. Officiant: Sarah Reed. DJ: Brian Olivas.
Becky designed the programs, too, with a special page of fun facts about the wedding date. (It was also Becky’s sister and brother-in-law’s anniversary and the couple’s dog’s birthday.)

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The late-afternoon ceremony took place under the large pecan tree on the side of the historic mansion. The groomsmen entered to Jose Gonzales’s “Heartbeats” and then the bridesmaids and flower girls walked down the aisle to “Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia Stone. The bride and her father debuted to an acoustic version of “Hysteric” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Becky’s nephew carried the wood ring box down the aisle wearing an FAO Schwarz suit. During the service, two friends quoted Bob Marley about love, and the bride and groom wrote and exchanged their own vows.
The double happiness symbol, a prominent figure throughout Asian weddings, is most often seen in red. But Becky went for the gold, with this oversize 3-D cardboard display covered in fringed Mylar that sat on the lawn for their tea ceremony.

Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals. Hair: Lisa Parke. Makeup: Jessi Pagel of Fire Makeup Artistry. Lighting: Ilios Lighting Design.
The bride and groom served tea to all elder family members in their traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
By drinking the tea, the elders symbolize acceptance into the family.
During this ritual, red envelopes with gifts inside for the couple are put on a tray (in this case, one the bride painted to fit the wedding’s look).
Using adhesive vinyl stencils, Becky customized IKEA throw pillows to showcase the wedding date, the couple’s logo, and the state of Texas. These were set out on benches throughout the day to add a touch (and some softness) to the seating areas. Cards for the newlyweds were placed in a woven basket dressed up with the couple’s logo and painted to match the day’s color palette.
See the rest of this modern, mint-and-gold DIY wedding here!

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