Real Brides: Sarah E.

As seen on The Knot: DIY never looked better than it did with Sarah Engelke (33 and an event and travel coordinator for TBG Partners) and Charles Barrow’s (37 and a director of sales and admissions for the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts) stunning wedding. From dip-dying 135 cloth napkins to match the stationery and making 37 concrete planters for the centerpieces to building and staining 13 farm tables for the reception, arranging all the flowers (including Sarah’s flower crown), and creating a light-up bar sign for cocktail hour, to say we’re impressed would be a serious understatement. “Our friend Brian [who was also a groomsman] wrote in our wedding card, ‘To know if you’re really loved, plan a DIY wedding.’ That really said it all,” Sarah says. “Everyone—groomsmen, bridesmaids, siblings, cousins, parents—all helped complete the vision for our wedding day, even hours before the wedding.” When Sarah and Charles started planning their wedding, Sarah knew she had to have one thing: a live oak tree to get married under. After searching high and low in Austin, Texas, for the perfect tree, she finally went to Charles’s family’s ranch in Anahuac, Texas, with her best friend. She found more than 20 Spanish-moss-covered live oaks in the yard around the house. Standing there in that moment, she knew that’s where she wanted to exchange vows with the love of her life. Wanting their wedding to be the perfect mix of romantic and boho chic, Sarah and Charles took a modern twist on a neutral palette. Shades of blush, taupe, latte and champagne were accented with pops of yellow, mint and burgundy. There are so many details we love about this gorgeous wedding. See them all, beautifully captured by Feather & Twine Photography, below. Moonlight Style: J6321