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 :: Annette & Jeff

I had the honor to work with Annette and Jeff as they planned their July wedding at The Brodie Homestead. Working along side these two was so much fun! It all paid off with a gorgeous evening. Check out the memories captured by Caroline's Collective on this perfect evening.


{Cast of Vendors}

Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Kristin Shrimplin
Caterer: Royal Fig
Florist: Last Petal
Photographer: Caroline's Collective, Eric
Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings
Furniture: Bee Lavish
Makeup: Molly Makeup

Weddings to Celebrate: Justine and Tom

I first met Justine and Tom at his sister's wedding, where he was in need of help with a jacket button gone rogue. Little did we know I'd soon be helping him plan his own wedding!

I have so loved getting to work with this family again, and adding Justine to the mix makes it all the more sweet.

We planned a garden chic wedding in the Austin hill country over Memorial Day weekend, and despite a few curve-balls thrown at us by the weather (tornadoes and floods, eek!), we pulled it off beautifully.

Congratulations, Justine and Tom!

With love,




Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

With the weather requiring us to move the ceremony indoors, I love this shot reflecting the gardens just on the other side of the window.

With the weather requiring us to move the ceremony indoors, I love this shot reflecting the gardens just on the other side of the window.

Floral chandelier

Floral chandelier

Lily and AJ! Yay!

Lily and AJ! Yay!

The team of vendors who made this happen:

Two Weddings by Something To Celebrated - Published!

Monday mornings are great when you wake up to not one, but TWO Something To Celebrate weddings being published. :) We love what we do, and it's just the cherry on top when other wedding pros recognize what we do as excellence. Thank you!

Weddings to Celebrate: Denise & Gray

I love referrals!  They are the best gift a client could ever give me.  When that referral is within the same immediate family, I am doubly delighted.  Especially when it's this family.  They are incredible!!  I was fortunate enough to coordinate Karen & Darryl's wedding back in 2013.  When Karen's parents contacted me last year to ask me to help with Denise's wedding (their oldest daughter), I was over-the-moon :)  I can't say it enough:  I adore this family!!

The forecast for Denise's and Gray's wedding (this past April) was hail on Friday and 100% severe thunderstorms on Saturday (with the heaviest scheduled for right at the ceremony time).  The bride, the groom, and both families handled this news with grace and poise.  We were all prepared for the worst, but were thrilled when the rain held off for the ceremony.  The overcast skies weren't what the bride had originally envisioned, but they ended up making for a glorious event.

Chip Gillespie was there to capture the entire thing, and I am so excited to share some of his pictures with you.  He is amazing!


The Exceptional Cast of Vendors:

Coordinator:  Something to Celebrate, Resha Zazueta
Photographer:  Chip Gillespie
Videographer:  MIA Video Productions
Florist:  Last Petal
Lighting:  Ilios Lighting
Decor Rentals:  Premiere Events
Tent Rentals: Marquee Tents
Catering & Bartending Staff:  DNA Events
Cakes:  Classic Cakes by Lori
Transportation:  Transportation Consultants
Food Trucks:  PTerrys & Stony's Pizza
Comfort Stations:  Waste Partners

Weddings to Celebrate :: Sarah and Dane at Mercury Hall, Austin

I had so much fun working on Sarah and Dane's wedding. I was honored to help this sweet couple with the design and day-of execution of their wedding. It was recently featured on The Knot - enjoy some of my favorite moments below, captured by Jennifer Weems. :)

Jessica Moore
Something To Celebrate

Cast of Vendors:
Design and Coordination: Something To Celebrate, Jessica Moore
Venue: Mercury Hall
Caterer: Word of Mout
Florist: Last Petal 
Photographer: Jennifer Weems  
Rentals: Marquee
Lighting: ILD

Weddings to Celebrate: Kelly and Sheldon

I so loved working with this beautiful couple! Kelly sent me this super sweet email a couple of weeks after their February wedding:


We are so so SO incredibly thankful for everything you did to help our wedding be the success that it was. That entire weekend was amazing and we both agree - "the best weekend of our lives!" I would not have survived/enjoyed Saturday without your help. I still don't know if there were any snaffoos because you did an awesome job of handling EVERYTHING! I recently was watching a reality show episode where one of the cast members was getting married and everything just seemed so disorganized, despite having a coordinator. While watching, all I keptthinking was "oh my gosh....I can't even imagine" and thankfully, I did not! You were organized, prompt, detail oriented, and professional the entire process, from the first phone call (before we were even engaged) until Chateau Bellevue was locked up on Saturday night.


As always, we're nothing without our vendor team! Here's Kelly and Sheldon's Cast of Vendors:


Weddings to Celebrate: Jennifer & Justen

I've said it many times before, but the highest compliment anyone could give me is a referral.  When you honor me with the privilege of planning not one, but two of your daughters' weddings … well, that goes beyond compliment.  I love this family.  And I loved helping plan another wedding for them.  A private residence, 30 of your nearest and dearest, a killer gown, yummy food and a great view - I don't think it gets any better than this.  Feast your eyes on the beautiful images captured by the always amazing Chip Gillespie.

Happy planning!

And the terrific cast of vendors :)

Coordinator:  Something to Celebrate, Resha Zazueta
Photographer:  Chip Gillespie Photography
Videographer:  The Wedding Theater
Caterer:  Primizie Catering
Cupcakes:  Simon Lee Bakery
Florals:  Petal Pushers
Lighting:  Ilios Lighting
Rentals:  Monarch Rentals
Transportation:  Transportation Consultants
Hair / Makeup:  Adore

Weddings to Celebrate: Jenny & Eric

I  am beyond excited to share Jenny & Eric's beautiful photos from Philip Thomas Photography. I had such a wonderful time working with them and their AMAZING families!


{Cast of Vendors}

Venue: Pecan Grove at Salt Lick
Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Lauren Carrillo
Photographer: Philip Thomas Photography
Florist: Blackbird Floral 
Lighting: FILO Productions 
Cakes: Three Brother's Bakery 
Ceremony Music: Bottom Dollar String Band 
Reception Music: Hot Sauce Band 
Transportation: R&R Limousine 
Hair: Blo Domain 
Makeup: Rae Cosmetics 

Weddings To Celebrate :: LaKesha and Darin at The Austin Club

I loved working with this sweet couple and mom Karen. We incorporated their love of Jazz into the design, with a Night At The Savoy theme that showcased the best of an era, and at the perfect venue, The Austin Club. Enjoy these lovely pictures from Yanire Yanez Photography.

Cast of Vendors:
Coordinator: Jessica Moore of Something To Celebrate
Venue: Austin Club
Stationery: The Inviting Pear
Photographer: Yanire Yanez Photography
Music: Alter Ego Jazz Band
Lighting: Ilios
Photobooth: Forever In Time
Transportation: Cynthia's Manhattan Limo
Rentals: Austin Party Tent & Event

Weddings to Celebrate: Dani & Hendrik

I enjoyed working with Dani and Hendrik to make sure their special day went off without a hitch. What a fun wedding! Here's an email I received from Dani (Bride) just a few days after her big day: "You could not have done a better job this weekend!! Thank you for making the wedding run so smoothly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed not being one bit stressed the day of. :)"


Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Kristin Shrimplin 
Venue: Thurman's Mansion, Carson Saldivar
Photographer: Mint Photography, Kelly
Florist: STEMS
Reception Music: Altared WeddingsChristian Barbuto

Weddings to Celebrate: Caitlin & Mike

I am so excited to share these amazing photos of this amazing couple! I truly had the absolute best time working with Caitlin & Mike throughout the entire planning process. They are such a beautiful, inspiring couple and I loved all of the special details they wanted to incorporate into their big day. The  images below were captured by the super talented Caroline + Ben Photography.


{Cast of Vendors}

Venue: Hotel Ella
Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Lauren Carrillo
Florist: Last Petal
Rentals: Aztec & Marquee 
Lounge Furniture: Loot 
Cakes: Cake Mix
Ceremony Music: Barton Strings 
Reception Music: Altared Weddings
Hair & Makeup: LucieMarie 

Weddings To Celebrate :: Jen and Andy

Ahh I loved working with Jen and Andy! From design to the selection of just about every vendor, we spent a lot of time together, and I miss them already!

Enjoy these pictures from our ever-talented office-mate, Tyler Schmitt of The Mill Photography Studio.

Jen + Andy - let's do it again!! :)

Cast of vendors: