Apr 24

Crystal & Barry’s Intimate National Park Themed Wedding

When I first spoke with Crystal last year, I was over the moon excited to work with her. Her and her fiancé, Barry, had moved from California, having postponed their wedding due to a wildfire damaging their venue. So once they arrived in Austin, they set out to plan their wedding, again. Crystal was so organized, and such a joy to work with. We hit it off right from the beginning! Here’s what Crystal had to say:

From the first coffee brainstorm meeting to the beautiful onsite work, working with Megan was so wonderful. She took my jumbled vision and turned it into exactly what I wanted. The signage was to die for! We had a kind of unique wedding at a state park and needed a lot of different signage from a pickle and popcorn bar sign (with a popcorn and pickle person roasting s’mores) to a custom onsite drawn chalkboard welcome sign to a 6 ft HUGE canvas sign with a beautiful quote. She can do it all and take your signage ideas to the next level. I honestly think her signage was my favorite thing about my wedding. Not to mention she is super communicative and asks all the right questions to make sure everything is perfect. I cannot recommend Megan enough and any bride would be so thankful they had her apart of their special day. – Crystal, Bride

Crystal & Barry share a mutual love for all things outdoors and camping related, so it made complete sense for them to have a wedding centered around their favorite national parks, all set at the beautiful state park, McKinney Falls, in Austin.  (Which I personally adored since I’m a mountain baby!) They had an intimate ceremony with just close friends and family, and then had their reception in the recreation building in the park. It was a nice way to have an intimate adventure wedding close to the city. Check out their gorgeous photos!

Couple saying vows at McKinney Falls Dog at Wedding wedding Couple exchanging smiles

All of Crystal’s signage was on point with their theme. I lettered a chalkboard on site to welcome guests, complete with a cute little camping scene. For their seating chart, I hand lettered the guests names on acrylic that overlaid a vintage US map. Each table was named after a national park Crystal and Barry had been to, and we mapped a line from the guests names to the matching national park (so cute! And so hard to photograph!).

One of the highlights of their wedding signage was a 14 foot banner (yep, 14 feet!) hung across the end of the hall, hand painted with the quote “We love because it is our only true adventure”. (Isn’t that the sweetest quote?)

Other signs included a fun Bar menu (look at that awesome bar!), a cards and gifts sign, and table numbers written on vintage national parks postcards. For their guest book, Crystal rented an old phone cabinet from Loot Rentals, to commemorate the fact that her and Barry’s relationship began over the phone. Each guest got to “leave a message” as they entered. Also, Crystal created the cutest place cards in the style of a national park sign. Aren’t they the greatest?

National Park Postcard Wedding Table Number

Two of my favorite details were the pickle and popcorn snack table, with popcorn flavors named after their pup, Crumbles, and an assortment of pickles. I had so much fun drawing the cute little pickle and popcorn roasting marshmallows, and it turned out so cute. Isn’t that a great alternative to a sweet treat table? (And don’t worry, they had a donut wall, so the sweets were handled.)

Finally, as a fun alternative to a traditional bouquet toss, Crystal opted to do a “Solve Our Bouquet Lock” game. The bouquet lock was a series of riddles that led to a combination for a lock, and whoever solved it first got the bouquet and a gift. Such a great idea!

Overall, I have to say, this wedding will forever be a favorite for my Colorado born heart. I hope you enjoy the inspiration!!



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