Bohemian Wedding at Big Bend National Park

April 13, 2017 | Junebug Weddings

Before Karla and Nick were even engaged, they went on a road trip to Big Bend National Park and immediately knew they would want to get married there one day. The couple wanted their desert wedding to be as low-key and close to their own bohemian style as possible, so they invited their very closest family and friends to join them on a casual hike to their gorgeous ceremony spot in the park. From the bride’s cold shoulder Free People gown to her DIY desert bouquet, we can’t get enough of Karla’s country boho look! The brilliant Sam Hugh Photography captured every majestic moment of this couple’s day, including spectacular post-ceremony portraits over a canyon.

The Couple:

Karla and Nick

The Wedding:

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Being able to share such a beautiful place that held such importance to us with those closest to us was most important to us while planning.

The wedding vibe was chosen based on the location Big Bend National Park; the desert, Mexico, Texas, bohemian, and country. The bride made the boutonnières, corsages, and her bouquet from artificial flowers. Artificial flowers were used so as not to alter the ecosystem of the park. The bride also created the table setting and cake topper from items she’d found or made.

For favors, the guests received screen printed handkerchiefs done by the bride’s close friend.

The first look was definitely the most memorable part of the day. With all the planning and stress of getting ready rounding everyone up to get to the specific location in the park, when we finally saw each other for the first time we were immediately calm and ready. All the nerves faded away and anything and everything that we forgot or misplaced didn’t matter because the only thing that mattered was that we were there for each other.

The bride’s wedding day fashion and beauty was comfortable boho with a free people dress, free people boots and hiking boots; her hair and make up were minimalist and natural; and her accessories consisted of a thrifted belt and vintage silver jewelery.

The groom wore a vintage western jacket, shrink to fit wranglers, and redwing boots. The rest of the wedding party wore desert casual clothing with comfortable shoes for hiking to the spot.

Our photographer, Sam Hugh, was amazing. It was incredible to have a photographer who loved the venue/park as much as we did and who was game for anything.

We both absolutely love Texas. We went on a weekend trip to Big Bend National Park for the first time and happened upon our wedding spot at sunset. We weren’t engaged yet. But it was undeniable. We both shared different faiths and we agreed this could be a magical place where neither of us would have to compromise.

Our advice: Get married in a national park if you can. They are breathtakingly beautiful, inexpensive, and you’ll be able to revisit your venue whenever.

We actually didn’t have any music at our wedding. We wanted the calm, quiet sights and sounds of the park to be our music.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sam Hugh Photography
Venue – Big Bend National Park
Catering & Accommodations – Big Bend Lodge
Cake – Capital City Bakery
Officiant – Kasey Weikel
Wedding Dress – Free People
Groom’s Apparel – Wrangler, Red Wing Shoes


Congratulations to Karla and Nick, and a special thanks to Junebug member Sam Hugh Photography for sharing their Big Bend wedding with us. Love this couple’s low-key desert wedding? Then you’ve got to see this intimate desert wedding in Arizona that’s full of thoughtful details and love!

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  1. Loved all the pictures. Very beautiful.

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