Austin Wedding Reception Inspiration

Austin Gay Wedding Ideas: Whimsical Forest Theme – Bull Creek District Park Wedding

Outdoor receptions have become an increasingly popular option among LGBT couples, especially those preferring an outside-the-box approach. “We all yearn to be close to nature,” says Solrun Erlingsdottir, owner of Austin-based wedding planner Electric Purple Events, regarding the inspiration behind this “into the woods” reception held at a verdant nature preserve that’s part of Austin’s extensive greenbelt system. Erlingsdottir embraces offbeat weddings set in nature as perfect opportunities to unleash her creative side. “Fortunately, around Austin, we have a multitude of amazing outdoor venues to choose from.”

To execute this lush and sensual theme, Erlingsdottir chose Bull Creek District Park, with its dense spring-fed flora, gurgling waterway, and dramatic limestone outcroppings.

A sturdy walnut farm table anchored the seating area. Erlingsdottir and Cathy Northcutt, of Epic Event Design, curated the tablescape to create a sense of wonder, and used greens, purples, and whites to evoke hues of the wildflowers that thrive along the banks of Bull Creek. “We wanted to bring a sense of playfulness and elegance by using greenery, flowers, and natural elements,” says Northcutt. “The moss-covered trees and forest floor, along with the beautiful waterfall, provided the perfect backdrop for our vision.”

A decidedly nontraditional three-tier wedding “cake” of moss, mushrooms, pinecones, and lush floral elements—purple astrantia, green spider mums—rises above a moss-shrouded table  and is framed by a weathered antler. Vintage glassware from Revisionist Events’ Tabletop Rental Collection—“smoke” wine glasses, faceted tinted water goblets, and crystal champagne coupes—bring a touch of refined luxury to the otherwise free-spirited vibe. Mixology 512 created a signature cocktail, the bourbon-based New Style Old Fashioned, evoking a magical potion you might stumble upon in a sylvan fairytale setting.

Vintage folding chairs add a gently worn edge to a handsome walnut table (from Party at the Moontower rentals), echoing the natural woodland surroundings. Shades of green and white with pops of purple evoke visions of creek-side strolls. “The moss and deer antlers bring nature to the table,” says Erlingsdottir, who brought in brass candlesticks along with antlers and plant-filled apothecary jars to lend bucolic elegance. Geodes, wood slices, wild mushrooms, and other organic materials gracefully frame the ferns, hydrangeas, grasses, and local flora. The centerpiece is a fascinating tree-limb arrangement.



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