Weddings to Celebrate: Matt + Katy's Julia Ideson Library Wedding

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Matt and Katy’s wedding was a literary lovers dream! The couple selected the Julia Ideson Library as their ceremony and reception venue. The architectural detail in this building is insanely beautiful and set the stage for their classic wedding perfectly.

These two knew how to enhance their reception venue while also incorporating things that they loved- which made our job easy!

Their ceremony was held in the Julia Ideson Library Auditorium. Their vows were exhanged in front of a solid Ivory backdrop with an overlay of organza with hanging LED curtain lights, falling to the floor, between the two fabrics. It was dreamy!

Following the ceremony, a cocktail hour was hosted in the Tudor Gallery.

Book Lovers Wedding Details

The reception was hosted in the Reading Room.

First, they used a card catalog for the escort card display and bookmarks as escort cards. This is one of the first details at your reception that cues your guests into any themes or colors you may have woven into the day. This really set the perfect tone!

Second, the game of life was the guest signature item. Katy and Matt love playing board games, so this was a great personal touch and also a fun nod to what’s ahead in their future!

Last, they utilizing books in the tablescapes as table numbers and for the base of the cake. We love this so much! The cake was a beautifully textured, four-tier buttercream creation with cascading white flowers. Alone it was beautiful. But sitting atop of a ruffled champagne linen and adding the books at the base took the display over the top. It was eye-catching and equal parts fun + elegant!

We have to say that we loved the ivory ruffled linen choice on all of the tables (they were on half of the round tables). It was a fun textural element and actually coordinated with Katy’s awesome ball gown style wedding dress!

Wedding Colors

White, ivory, champagne, hints of gold, greenery touches.

Wedding Hashtag

#keepingupwiththekimmels

Cast of Houston Wedding Vendors:

Planner: Something To Celebrate

Venue: Julia Ideson Library

Caterer: City View Catering

Cake: Cakes by Gina

Florist: Last Petal

Photographer: Theo-Graphics

DJ/Music: Goldline Entertainment

Rentals: EB Inc Events

Transportation: Trans. Consultants, Monarch British Limos, Sovereign Services

Hair/Makeup: Hey Lovely

Hotel Block: Hotel Alesandra

Weddings to Celebrate: Katie + Ryan's St. Regis Houston Wedding Reception

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Katie and Ryan are an incredibly sweet couple. Their wedding day was traditional and elegant, just like these two!

Church Ceremony

One of our absolute favorite moments of the day was just seconds before Katie walked down the long aisle of St. Luke’s Methodist. While Katie excitedly looked ahead, her dad was catching a glimpse of the joy on her face. You can almost feel his pride. Our heart fluttering kicks into high gear during these moments because it’s really what the day is about. A HUGE moment with REAL emotion. We shared the image on Instagram too- but added in Ryan’s Mom’s expression. Seriously, these two parents gave us all the feels!

Wedding Reception Details

The couple selected blush, white and gold, adding pops of purple and a bit of deep green (thanks to the chargers provided by St. Regis). Tables were draped in champagne linens with soft white overlays and a mix of tall and low arrangements. It worked really well in the ballroom!

The reception was an epic party. The Pictures Band knows how to keep a group high energy! We almost had to tear this crew off the dance floor.

The confetti exit wrapped up the night beautifully! Congratulations again, Mr & Mrs. Chamberlain!

Check out thier wedding hashtag too: #choosingchamberlain

Cast of Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Something to Celebrate

Church: St. Luke’s Methodist

Venue: St. Regis Houston

Groom’s cake: Who Made the Cake

Florist: Plants N’ Petals

Photographer: Jenna McElroy

Videographer/Photobooth: Yours Truly Media

Band: The Pictures Band

Transportation: Sam’s Limousine

Hair/MakeUp: Adorne Artistry

Weddings to Celebrate: Megan + Blaise's Briscoe Manor Wedding

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For Megan and Blaise, we helped them pick their venue, created the design concept, and pretty much everything in between! We love helping our clients from start to finish- we really get a chance to know them and help them pull together the best team for their needs (and budget)!

Briscoe Manor was the perfect venue to give the couple two distinctive areas to host the wedding. They were able to have an indoor ceremony at the chapel and the reception in the Crofton Ballroom, which feels like a completely different venue. The courtyard that separates the two was perfect for a few cocktail tables & milling about after their vows and before the party!

Wedding Colors

Blush, ivory, greenery, gold, and rose gold.

Megan and Blaise are super sweet and really wanted a day that celebrated their love, above all else. They were laid back and low-key. The vibe of the day was understated elegance- a great mix of warm (hello Mahogany chiavari chairs and farm tables) + inviting ambiance and pretty details.

Cast of Houston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: The Cotton Collective

Floral: Floral Events

Venue: Briscoe Manor

Catering: Behind The Bash

Stationary: Minted

Videographer: Reverent Wedding Films

Cake: Cakes by Gina

Pies: House of Pies

Cookie favors: Busha’s Custom Cookies

Charger rentals: Elegant Beginnings

Coffee Bar: Java Pura Coffee

Getaway Car: Monarch Limousines

Hair and Makeup: Adorne Artistry

Bride’s Dress: Brickhouse Bridal

Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux

DJ: Trevor Taylor (friend of the groom)

Weddings to Celebrate: Kelly + Wes's Allan House Wedding

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Kelly and Wes’s Allan House wedding was a dream! This outdoor garden fairytale was brimming with classic, chic details. We were delighted to help this sweet couple with everything from their budget to their vendor selections.

The wedding day was incredibly Intimate (under 90 guests) - the ambiance was fantastic and there was no shortage of great food and fantastic music. We love that the couple prioritized having an amazing experience for themselves and the guests.

Wedding Menu

We had so much fun with Kelly and Wes at their tastings to design this menu!

For cocktail hour, Steak tartare spoons, Mushroom polenta cakes and Blackened shrimp tostadas were passed in the courtyard while we flipped the room (as we say in wedding world) from ceremony to reception set-up.

The plated dinner was either Texas Ribeye or Seared Redfish with Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus with lemon vinaigrette and Kabocha Squash with farro and parmesan. You’ll see the tiniest F or S at the bottom of each place card, which allowed the servers to know which mean each guest selected. Tip- an option is to switch up the colors or design on the cards or add some kind of embellishment (feathers, hand drawn detail, stamp, etc.)

Music Choices

As the cocktail hour came to a close, guests heard “Your Hand In Mine” by Explosions in the Sky.

Mr & Mrs Wray were introduced to the tune of “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin and the couple shared their first dance and husband and wife to "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison.

Kelly and her dad chose "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor for the Father-Daughter dance, while Wes and his mom selected "Days Like This" by Van Morrison for Mother-Son dance.

A bit later in the evening the band surprised the officiant with their rendition of Happy Birthday.

To wrap up the night, Kelly and Wes shared a private Last Dance to "My First, My Last, My Everything" by Barry White performed live, once guests cleared courtyard. It was an ADORABLE moment that every couple deserves! If you want to have some private time with your sweetie during the wedding day, a first look and/or last dance is a great time to do it.

Be sure to check out the couple’s hashtag, #KellyGetsHerWray. Congrats again Mr & Mrs. Wray!

Wedding Planning: Something to Celebrate

Photographer: Julie Wilhite Photography

Caterer: Royal Fig

Cake: Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

Alcohol: Spec's 61

Florals: Last Petal Floral Studio

Rentals + Tent: Premiere Events

Lighting: Ilios Lighting Design

Hair: Erica Rae

Makeup: Nisa Nicole Makeup Artistry

Officiant: Carmen Armistead (bride’s high school principal!)

Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Musical Discovery

Reception Music: Love & Happiness Band

Transportation: Metrocycle

Weddings to Celebrate: Eric & Liza's Ma Maison Wedding

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If you follow us on Instagram, you likely already know that we love Ma Maison weddings! This venue has so much to offer- lots of character, plenty of space and gorgeous landscapes. it’s one of our favorites in the Austin area and we’re thrilled to share Eric + Liza’s wedding day with you!

Although the weather wasn’t exactly cooperative (let’s say spring wasn’t feeling ready to be “sprung”), it was still a gorgeous day for this duo!

Wedding colors

Eric and Liza wanted a French Garden inspired theme. They couple went for a color palette that we’re calling a the new classic- white and blush, with touches of taupe, green and just a hint of purple. It was organic, without tipping the scales to boho. It was also fresh and light, which pairs great with Ma Maison’s warm wood interior .

Wedding Ceremony

Liza did a first look with her dad, as well as her brother. When we had the opportunity to see their photos, It was one of our favorite moments captured during the day. It didn’t surprise us one bit that everyone got a bit emotional- she looked stunning! Eric’s expression when she walked down the aisle was about as good as it gets! It was a tear-jerker as well and man, it just hit us right in the heart.

The couple said their vows outdoors, surrounded by the lush landscape of Ma Maison. The lovely built-in arch was covered in greenery and white, blush, lavender florals by the talented Stems Floral! The really made it look effortlessly beautiful.

Wedding Reception

The decor for Eric and Liza’s wedding was elegant and inviting. Again, greenery made a big statement, as well as a combination of high and low centerpieces in fluffy florals of white with blush and purple accents. The tables were accented with lovely taupe linens (but we have to say, they photographed so beautifully, emitting a bit of a metallic hue). We also loved the mixed metal look with all the rich wood tones and white florals. It all came together so beautifully- polished and pretty!

Cast of Austin Wedding Vendors

Photo: Anastasia Strate Photography @anastasiastratephotography

Florals: Stems Floral @stemsofatx

Venue: The Ma Maison @themamaison

Officiant: The Knot Tyer

Catering: Crave Catering @cravecateringtx

Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery @sweettreetsbakery

Video: @hkphotos

DJ: Greenbelt DJ @greenbeltdj

Rentals: Bee Lavish Rentals @beelavishvintage

Linens : Premiere Events @premiereeventsaustin

Beauty: Lola Beauty @lolabeautyatx

Cigar Roller: Abia Tobacconist @abiatobacconist⠀

Weddings to Celebrate: Katie + Jonathan's Villa Del Lago Wedding

 
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Katie and Jonathan’s Villa Del Lago wedding was absolutely incredible! Despite mother nature’s attempt (and subsequent success) to rain on the wedding day, we made the best of a dreary situation and everything turned our beautifully! Really, if you’re going to have to go to Plan B we hope it’s with gorgeous canopies of lights just like these tents. STUNNING.

There were so many things we loved about this wedding.

First, we have to talk about Katie’s gorgeous dress. She looked stunning. The low V neckline, sparkling fabric and intricate appliqué detail made this a jaw-dropping statement piece that she absolutely radiated in. It was 100% made for her! Jonathan’s expression when he saw Katie for the first time confirmed that this statement-making gown was everything and more than they could ever could have expected or hoped for!

Another thing that we adored about Katie and Jonathan’s wedding day was the floral! The moon arch for the ceremony was perfection. The circular shape has beautiful symbolism and creates the perfect “frame” for vows, and later photos. The personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnières, corsages, flower crowns) were darling- fluffy and full white + blush blooms with touches of greenery. All of the florals created an elegant, inviting ambiance that worked wonderfully at Villa Del Lago.

There are so many details that were customized to this sweet couple.

  • The colorful design of the stationery was a nod to Jonathan’s heritage, along with the wall of Swedish candy.

  • Each food station was themed to reflect a favorite restaurant of Katie and Jonathan’s, and they even designed and built them themselves (with the help of some very talented and generous friends)!

And the personal touches didn’t stop there - the ceremony was officiated by one of Katie’s dear friends (an Austin judge) and the cake was made by Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, and proclamations were delivered at dinner by Mayor Adler, Senator Watson, and Congressman Doggett.

Lastly (although, we truly could go on and on about these two & their big day) is the endless and bountiful laughter shared by everyone. Katie smiled non-stop. Her laughter is absolutely contagious and it’s no doubt that genetics plays a big roll. Her parents are just the sweetest and were overjoyed for this union. They know (as well as everyone else) that this two are perfectly matched. We aren’t sure who giggled, laughed and grinned more, but it sure did feel good to be in their presence.

We loved working with Katie, Jonathan, their friends + family on every step of the design and planning to bring their wedding day to fruition. We also helped Katie & Jonathan with their rehearsal dinner: at Lucy’s on the Lake (more on that later)!

Wedding Hashtag: #Swedehearts

Cast of Austin Wedding Vendors

Venue: Villa Del Lago (@Villadellagoatx)

Officiant: Hon. Amy Meachum

Caterer: DNA Events (@dnaeventsaustin) featuring El Chilito, La BBQ, and Pappadeaux

Alcohol: Spec’s

Coffee: Riser

Cake: Sheriff Sally Hernandez

Florist: Last Petal (@lastpetalfloralstudio)

Photographer: Heather Curiel (@heathercuriel)

Music: Matchmaker Band (@matchmakerband)

Rentals: Premiere Events (@premiereeventsaustin)

Tents: Marquee Tents (@marqueeatx)

Lighting: ILIOS Lighting Design (@ilios_lighting)

Draping: Unique Design Events (@unique_design_and_events_)

Transportation + Valet: Transportation Consultants (@transportationconsultants)

Hair + Makeup: LoLa Beauty (@lolabeautyatx)

Photobooth: Oh Happy Day Booth (@ohhappydaybooth)

Comfort Station: Valet Restrooms, LLC

Fans: Sunbelt Rentals

Flower Girl Wagon: Bee Lavish (@beelavishvintage)

Stationery: The Inviting Pear (@the_inviting_pear)

Weddings to Celebrate: Emily + Ross' Lakeway Resort and Spa Wedding

Emily and Ross’ Lakeway Resort and Spa wedding was one of the most joyful days we’ve ever had the pleasure of planning/coordinating. Seriously, this couple is SO nice and Emily is one of the happiest people we’ve ever met. Emily and Ross were so genuinely excited to get married. They spent almost the entire day grinning ear to ear. It was awesome!

Austin Wedding Venue

The Lakeway Resort has a stunning view, gorgeous grounds and amazing staff- which was just icing on the cake for us (and our couple). They have plenty of indoor space (over 24,000 square feet) with panoramic views of Lake Travis. They boast a “rustic chic” vibe, but we think it can be transformed into just about anything with the right team!

Want to see some candid shots of the day? Check out their hashtag #HappilyEverHerbst!

Cast of Austin Wedding Vendors

Coordinator: Something to Celebrate

Venue: Lakeway Resort & Spa

Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery

Florist: Bouquets of Austin

Photographer: Christina Carroll

Ceremony Music: Live Oak Trio

Band: Memphis Soul

Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals

Lighting: JSAV

Hair/MakeUp: Katy Reddell Beauty

Photobooth: Oh Happy Day Booth

Weddings to Celebrate: Jordan + Nick's Hotel Ella Wedding

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Jordan and Nick’s Hotel Ella wedding was the sweetest southern celebration with countless timeless touches. These two have such warm, loving personalities and working with them was a breeze! Not only did they choose one of our favorite venues for their ceremony + reception, but they worked with some of our favorite vendors too (Spacecraft Entertainment always knows how to keep the party moving)!

The timeless wedding got a modern POP of color from the prettiest purple shade - it was incorporated in the bridesmaid’s dresses and men’s ties. Otherwise, they kept is classic with lots of white, touches of grey, gold and greenery. Jordan’s monochromatic white bouquet included lush peonies and huge ranunculus- a combination that we obsess over every time. Truly gorgeous!

Some of our favorite details- the scarves on every other ceremony chair (although it doesn’t look like it, it was a CHILLY day), the monogram detail on the bridesmaid’s prep PJs and the miniature pies at each place setting for the favors.

Be sure to watch Jordan + Nick’s awesome video by Ladybird! We highly recommend getting a videographer for the big day- it’s always so much fun to see the wedding played back. It goes so darn fast!

Cast of Austin Wedding Vendors:

Coordinator: Something To Celebrate

Austin Wedding Venue: Hotel Ella

Officiant: Mike Rinehart

Desserts: Sweet Treets Bakery

Florist: Exquisite Petals

Photographer: Angela King Photography

Videographer: Ladybird Studios

Cerem. Music: Terra Vista Strings

Music: Spacecraft Entertainment

Rentals: Whim Hospitality

Transportation: The Gypsy Tailgate

Hair: Kacey Brynne Hair

MakeUp: Lauren Lumsden Makeup

Weddings to Celebrate: Erin + Andy's Prosper House Wedding

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There are few things better for us than meeting a couple that wants a wedding that is quintessentially them. When you aren’t worried about trends or what your best friend did, but what matters to you as a couple, your wedding is going to be exponentially better. Having a vision for how you want it to feel and what you want the day to represent is so very helpful to us as planners! We want to pull those elements in while also using our expertise to guide you along the way for all the things that you might not think about.

Erin and Andy’s wedding was a beautiful culmination of all the things that make them, them. They made our job so easy and were troopers when we had to revert to our back-up rain plan for their ceremony .

Fun fact- this adorable duo lives in Australia, so we didn’t meet in-person until the day before the wedding!

Austin Wedding Venue

From the stunning, minimalistic decor to the epic party bus departure, we’re smitten #allthethings from this Prosper House wedding.

The Prosper House’s main hall is 3,000 square feet with 15 foot tall ceilings- the bright, airy quality makes it perfect for the couple who wants to feel as if they’re outdoors, but would prefer the comfort of a/c! Although they can accommodate up to 220, they’re perfectly suitable for smaller events too.

Be sure to check out the couple' on IG using their wedding hashtag: #waddlemoto

Cast of Austin Wedding Vendors:

Austin Wedding Venue: Prospect House

Officiant: Father of Groom

Austin Caterer: Noble Sandwich

Bar Service: Elevate Bartending

Florist: Last Petal

Photographer: Joslyn Holtfort

Music: FC Media

Transportation: Fly Rides

Hair + Makeup: Lola ATX

Weddings to Celebrate: Kady + Nathan's Brazos Hall Wedding

If it’s appropriate to start a blog post with Oh My Goodness, consider it done! Kady and Nathan’s Brazos Hall wedding was a stunner! These two are so in love and so much fun. Working with this family was a blast. We planned and designed the day, but have to admit that this group had great style already. Taking their vision, sprinkling in a few added details and pulling together the stellar vendor team resulted in the absolute perfect day for them.

The Austin Wedding Venue:

Both ceremony and reception were hosted at Brazos Hall. The ceremony was outside on the covered rooftop deck. The reception was inside the main hall. A classic and clean color palette of white with touches of greenery, copper and warm wood tones worked beautifully for the elegant, industrial venue. The tabletop design included beautiful metallic elements and loads of candlelight. So romantic! The show-stopper, however, was the suspended floral arrangement over the head table. This installation was the centerpiece for the reception and anchored the entire design.

Personal Details:

Kady’s brother happens to be fashion designer, Brandon Maxwell. He designed ALL of the ladies’ attire (including Kady’s dress and her rehearsal jumpsuit, which you can see HERE ). If you’re a fashion focused couple (and even if you aren’t), you’re in for a treat! Brandon dresses the likes of Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, so of course everyone looked AMAZING! All of the ladies wore white, which we just loved. Everyone was uniquely attired and it was a true focal point of the day.

If you want to do some Insta stalking, their wedding hashtag was #wisedupmaxedout!