It doesn’t get any cooler than Madison and James. So stylish. So fun.

They got married at Three Points Ranch which is one of my favorite venues around.  There are so many options for how to use the spaces at the venue (seriously, three totally different options for ceremony sites? Yes please) and Sally makes working there a breeze!

They said their vows under a cluster of oak trees, had cocktails in the Dining Barn and then dinner outside under the festoon lights and dancing in the Pavilion.

The theme for their wedding was something familiar to all proud Texans – “The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.” The goal was to be outside as much as possible under the stars – the twinkling festoons added to the canopy of stars overhead; down the long wooden dinner tables were beautiful constellation runners that Madison’s family had printed; and even when we met with Stems, we requested flowers that looked like starbursts. Stems did a beautiful job with the flowers – they felt rustic and wild, just like we had wanted. Upscale wildflowers!

Dinner was provided by BBQ Bill with sides by Central Market. Central Market did the cake as well – love the naked cake – with pies by Bluebonnet Cafe. And on top of cakes and pies, they had a smores station for their friends too! On a fall evening, that was just perfect – everyone loved sitting around the giant fire making their smores.

Let’s also talk about Madison’s style – she works for RewardStyle, so fashion is no small thing. Seriously, every time we met for anything throughout the planning, I was constantly in awe of her natural fashion swagger! So for her wedding, you can only imagine.  She wore a two piece bustier and skirt for the ceremony (with two veils!  A bird cage and a catherdral!) and part of the reception, and then she changed into the cutest green tulle tiered skirt to get her dance on.  And don’t get me started on her amazing shoes.

I absolutely loved everything about this wedding, most importantly, the two people who said “I do!” I’m mad for Madison and James!

Photos by Katherine O’Brien Photography.

 

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Lacy and Colby are impossibly cool.

You’ll see it in every single one of the photos by Leah with The Life You Love Photography. You’ll want to be friends with them instantly, I promise. How do I know? Because that’s what happened to me.  The day I met Lacy, I’m not going to lie, I’d been having a tough morning. But then I sat down with her, we bonded immediately, and I was so lucky that she decided to work together on the spot at the end of the meeting.

And from that meeting on, it was beyond wonderful to work with her and Colby.  They had such an amazing wedding in mind for their guests and Three Points Ranch was the perfect spot for it.  Warm, Texan, natural, amazing.

Let’s start with Lacy’s dress. I’m mad for it!  When she started describing her dress during the planning, I knew it was going to be amazing.  And then she sent me a photo from a fitting and I couldn’t believe it. Even better than I’d imagined!

They included so many custom touches throughout like the logoed mason jars, barbed wire table numbers, many colorful chalkboard signs, bandanas for napkins, and on and on!

There ceremony took place in the most perfect cluster of trees you’ve ever seen.  Under an enclave of oaks and with their friends seated on benches shaped like an amphitheater, they said their vows. The ceremony included friends singing an acoustic song and a pause for Lacy to take photos of everyone from her vantage point.

Cocktail hour, dinner and dancing took advantage of lots of the spots Three Points Ranch has to offer – the whole night was spent mostly outside under the trees and cafe lights.

Rosehip Flora knocked the flowers out of the park.  These are some of the most beautiful flowers I have EVER seen, and they so perfectly fit the feel and design of the wedding. Textural, unusual, natural.  LOVE!

Catered by Pink Avocado, with music by Weldon Henson, and tiny pies for dessert by, well, Tiny Pies, this was just a blast of a wedding. Start to finish.

Check out the amazingness!

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Julie and Andrew came to me as a referral from Sherry Hammonds who photographed their wedding – Sherry and Andrew used to be colleagues! And boy am I glad because I just loved working with them on their fun fall wedding at Lakeway Resort and Spa!

Their wedding was a hybrid of art deco meets Gatsby meets classic meets glitter! How can you go wrong?? Lots of crafting which makes me a very happy lady! We created the gold dipped feathers for each place setting along with the glitter spiked balls for the cocktail tables. And then Julie glittered the hanging lanterns to frame the dance floor as well as created the chevron risers for the wedding cakes.  And then enter Stems to complete the puzzle! The ceremony setting that Stems created was just stunning – a beautiful, modern altar with acrylic bases to create height and oozing with candle light, both on the altar and down the aisle.  With the backdrop of Lakeway’s wall of windows, it was just spectacular! For the reception, we had two styles of centerpieces. Some were lush compotes filled with ivory flowers, and the others were clusters of candles surrounded by gold confetti.

Julie and Andrew danced the night away under their glittered-lantern dance floor to the sound of the Royal Dukes band!

Congrats, you two!

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Hilary and David’s wedding was a blast.  Actually, the word “blast” doesn’t quite do it justice.  So many things to talk about. Beautiful and romantic setting. Amazing flowers and decor. Armadillo races. Killer dance floor. And to top it all off, a surprise appearance by Mr. Met himself.  SO MANY THINGS. Let’s start from the beginning.

Their wedding took place at Thurman’s Mansion at the Salt Lick.  To get everyone in the right mood, they had a pre-ceremony cocktail hour which included armadillo races (so fun!) and music by The Clarkes.  Being a TV writer with lots of other folks who work in television as guests, Hilary wanted to have The Clarkes play classic TV theme songs for the pre-ceremony time.  It was such a sweet personal touch and it was fun to see the crowd pick up on which theme songs were being played liked “Family Ties,” “Golden Girls,” and “Cheers.”) As the last song before they walked down the aisle, the band played “The Muppet Song.” The ceremony took place under a beautiful chuppah created by Unexpected Elements (now Wendee Sawran Petals & Decor) in the corner of the lawn area. As Hilary walked down the aisle, the band played “He’ll Make Me Happy” from The Muppets Take Manhattan, which was a surprise for David. Already so sweet.  Unexpected Elements also set up lots of white lanterns around the chairs, so as the sun went down during the ceremony, it only got more and more romantic.

Following the ceremony, cocktail hour continued in the lawn. We set up a naked tent draped in festoon lights by Ilios for people to continue to mingle on the lawn – more armadillo races, lawn games, and fun cocktails and snacks.  People also headed to the balcony area of the Mansion where we had a lounge set up by Loot Vintage for seating.

The escort cards were a fun nod to David’s New York background – a magnetic chalkboard designed to look like a subway station with MetroCard escort cards!

But the biggest surprise of the evening came during cocktail hour.  As I mentioned, David hails from New York and is a huge fan of The Mets. As a surprise to him, Hilary arranged for Mr. Met, the Mets mascot, to fly down and surprise David! So under the guise of taking a moment to welcome their guests, Hilary and David headed up to the stage where The Clarkes were playing. At the end of her words to their friends and family, Hilary said, “Live from New York, it’s Mr. Met!” we played the Mets theme song, and Mr. Met ran out onto the second floor balcony of the Mansion! It was such a fun moment and a great surprise for David and all the guests. He stayed around for cocktail hour to take photos with the couple and the guests.

After cocktail hour, everyone headed into the Mansion to take their seats for a BBQ dinner at rows of long tables. Wendee with Unexpected Elements did a beautiful job of bringing Hilary’s vision to life. Hilary had the idea of having an ombre set up across the whole room in the flowers, and Wendee killed it! So beautiful! To continue the subway theme, the table numbers were subway lines. Since their wedding was on November 2nd, we also included a display for Dia De Los Muertos – papel picado, Catrina dolls, and paper flowers.

After dinner, the real fun began. This was one of the most epic dance floors ever.  We flew DJ Car Stereo Wars in from Brooklyn (he was the perfect fit for Hilary and David – a combo of New York and Texas!) and he was AWESOME. He did a perfect job of keeping the dance floor going. It was packed all night!

Blue Note Bakery did their cakes, check out the bride’s cake nod to Disney’s “Robin Hood.”

They had lots of branded pieces all throughout the day with their super cute armadillo wedding logo from stir sticks and napkins to the bibs (hey, gotta keep people’s outfits protected when you’re having BBQ!) to the sparkler sleeves for the exit. And the taxidermy armadillo from their Welcome Party made an appearance at the wedding as well.  And their favors were awesome too – as I mentioned, Hilary is a TV writer.  David is also a writer, so for their favors, they did notebooks and pencils for their guests!

With their Welcome Dinner the day before and their Farewell Brunch the day after, Hilary and David’s wedding weekend was amazing.  They had bought the URL weddingofthecentury.org as their wedding website and the weekend truly lived up to it!

Photos by Jake Holt Photography.

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Brooklyn meets California meets Texas.

Carolyn and Ben’s wedding incorporated them all (starting with their logo!) – a sweet southern wedding at Star Hill Ranch with lots of Cali/Brooklyn cool and a dash of vintage flair.

They tied the knot down at the arbor at Star Hill under a suspended greenery arch created by Rosehip Flora standing on a vintage rug. After their sweet ceremony, cocktail hour took place on the Main Street of the venue.  Guests noshed on Royal Fig appetizers to the sound of Heybale! We created some fun gathering areas in the street using wooden tables and benches and mismatched chairs we rented from the venue (seriously, Adam at Star Hill has amassed an amazing collection of pieces!) interspersed with barrel cocktail tables.  We worked closely with ILD Lighting to create some fun lighting in all the various spaces – outside in the street, we supplemented the cafe lights that Star Hill has already and added in some additional strands to add some more lighting.

For dinner, everyone headed into the school house for an amazing meal by Royal Fig. For the lighting in the school house, ILD strung festoons across the ceiling in both the inside and outside spaces, so the entire venue looked like it was twinkling! Rosehip did an amazing job of capturing Carolyn and Ben’s vision of sweet, natural flowers.  I loved the whole feel of the reception.

After dinner, we asked everyone to start making their way to the Fitzhugh building for dancing – as a surprise to the guests, when they stepped out into the street, they were treated to an amazing Lion dancing performance! And the lion dancers slowly moved the whole crowd down the street to the Fitzhugh building.

Inside Fitzhugh, we worked closely with Loot Vintage to create a number of seating areas with lots of fun couches/tables.  They had also arranged for a photo booth from The Traveling Photo Booth that we set up in Fitzhugh B along with the bar and some other seating. And we even had some more barrel cocktail tables in the bridge area between Fitzhugh A and B – guests had lots of options during the reception of places to sit, hang out or things to do! Their dessert was a beautiful bake sale style display of cakes by Blue Note Bakery and pies set up on a wood table we rented from Star Hill.

Such a fun, gorgeous day!

Photos by Katherine O’Brien Photography

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All the vendors involved in Hilary and Ernie’s wedding, well, adored them. Any time we’d be talking about their timeline or layout or set up, inevitably someone would say something about how nice they are.  Seriously, every single time.  Because when you get to work with a couple like this, you feel so lucky to be a part of it. Hilary and Ernie are awesome!!

They got married on a gorgeous fall day at The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge which is such a cool venue.  Tucked away in South Austin, you’d have no idea that such a beautiful outdoor space is even there until you drive right up to it! Their ceremony was outside in an enclave of trees under a stunning arbor designed by Visual Lyrics.  How beautiful is that? Love.

And then after the ceremony, cocktail hour was in the courtyard followed by dinner and dancing in the open plaza area with an amazing dessert bar by Sugar Mamas Bakeshop inside.

I loved the design the they created with Visual Lyrics – the guys’ boutonnieres had gears woven in and the centerpieces all had a large piece of metal machinery somehow woven in, like a giant spring that the flowers sat in, or a large gear at the base. All so cool! Juxtaposed with the soft flowers and greenery, it created such a beautiful effect!  And then, having Royal Fig Catering as a part of your wedding is always a good idea. Dinner and dancing under the lights strung by Ilios just made for such a fun, romantic setting. And DJ Digg did a great job keeping the party going.

Take a look – you’ll fall in love!

Photos by Forever Photography

 

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Take two seriously awesome people and combine with a dream team of vendors and what do you get?  A badass wedding.

Jen and John are too cool for school and also two of the nicest people ever.  Working with them was just a joy.

They did an amazing job of putting together an amazing roster of vendors – Catering with a Twist, Posey Floral, DJ Go Go Garcia, Sweet Treets Bakery and then on top of all of that, Cory Ryan to document all of the fun.

Their wedding at the Allan House was gorgeous.  First, Jen’s bridesmaids are in some of my all time favorite dresses – everyone in mismatched varieties of metallics, sparkles, sequins. The effect of all of them standing side by side was just stunning. Love!  And Posey did a beautiful job with all of the flowers, keeping things soft with pops of gold (love the gold painted succulents so much! I might have to DIY some of those just for myself!) from the personals to the centerpieces. There were three types of centerpieces – a low overflowing compote, a cluster of bottles with succulent accents at the base, and then some tall gold containers with lush arrangements on top for the family tables and the head table.  Everything looked stunning! And let’s talk about dinner… the food was so fun too! Catering with a Twist had 3 food stations around the courtyard – sushi, tacos, and sliders! And then on top of all of that, the late night stack station was such a winner – Frito pies and donut holes! Seriously.

I hadn’t worked with DJ Go Go Garcia before, but I am a huge fan now! My assistant and I were joking that he was so great, he should DJ our day to day lives.  Just to have an awesome soundtrack all the time.  I loved the playlist – so many amazing songs, things I hadn’t heard in a long time! So. Fun.

And then when it was time for the wedding to end… lavender buds for everyone to toss! The photos of their exit are just so perfect.

Their lovely day was featured on Love and Lavender – you can see the feature here!

 

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Let’s talk about the awesomeness that is Sheer and Ryan. So kind, smart, funny, and LOTS of fun. (We’ll get to more of the fun when we get to their dance floor.)  I absolutely loved working with these two from my first phone call with Sheer to seeing them off at the end of their Mercury Hall wedding!

They tied the knot under the oak trees on a brisk January day – and thoughtful as they are, they even had blankets for their guests to share during the ceremony! A really personal touch that I loved was that they had their family process with and hold up their chuppah for the ceremony, so as they said their vows, they had their whole families standing up with them throughout the ceremony (with their adorable pup Sambo in the first row! He even stuck around for some portraits after the ceremony. Seriously, I can’t get over that dog).

After the ceremony, everyone was ready to celebrate! Inside the hall, I loved the clean beauty of the design that they put together. Keeping the chairs and linens in white, the lovely flowers provided pops of yellows and greens with some natural paper elements for table numbers and escort cards (with green fern detailing to boot!). Brooke with Pollen Floral Art did such a beautiful job with the flowers. Everything felt so easy and natural.  Just pure pretty!

After a delicious dinner by Austin Catering, it was time to party.  Sean with ATX DJ is one of my favorite DJs to work with – he knows what he’s doing, and Sheer and Ryan’s reception was a perfect example of that! They had put together an amazing playlist and then Sean ran with it and kept the dance floor going and going with only a quick break for cake and cupcakes by Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop for something sweet.  As me and my assistant stood off to the side, I told her this was a wedding I wish I could’ve been a guest at. Dance. Party.

I feel like Sheer, Ryan and their guests could have danced for days, but alas, all good things have to come to an end, and eventually it was time to say goodbye. So they hopped into their pedicab and headed off into the night!

Such a perfect wedding.

Photos by Sledd Weddings.

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To wrap up their amazing wedding weekend, Hilary and David threw a Farewell Brunch for their guests on the lawn of the Four Seasons.

We were so lucky and had gorgeous weather all weekend long, so it made for a perfect setting for an outdoor brunch!

Photos by Jake Holt Photography

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Hilary and David’s wedding weekend was AWESOME.  Period.  Three days of super fun events for all their guests to enjoy.

The first event of the weekend was their Friday night Welcome Dinner held at The Contemporary Austin Jones Center on the rooftop.

Meant to be a mingling event rather than a sit down dinner, there were food stations with delectable Mexican food options for guests to enjoy catered by Word of Mouth Catering to go alongside agua fresca in fun flavors. And then for dessert, an Amy’s ice cream bar (what better welcome to Texas than Amy’s?) and passed churros!

In order to feel different from their wedding which was at Thurman’s Mansion at the Salt Lick, we kept the design of this event very modern to fit in the space.  White ottomans and square tables provided some seating for guests and Ilios strung cafe lights across the rooftop.

Wendee with Unexpected Elements did an amazing job with the flowers and decor for the whole weekend. For the Welcome Dinner, the design was primarily focused around succulents in all shapes and sizes, including the focal point – giant H and D letters made out of succulents with a deer head mounted on moss in between with painted antlers.  Wendee and her team carried the pops of color throughout with more painted antlers and custom orange pillows for the ottomans.

Also, this event marked the beginning of the armadillo theme that would show up throughout the weekend – on napkins, in their logo, and even a taxidermy fellow that Wendee procured!

A great way to kick off a weekend of fun!

Photos by Jake Holt Photography.

 

 

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