Weddings to Celebrate: Megan & Stephen

There are no words to properly describe how much I adore this family.  I planned Jackelyn & Zachary's wedding back in 2012 and was THRILLED when Megan (Zachary's sister) asked me to help with the planning for her wedding.  You couldn't meet a nicer group of people, and I am honored to call them friends.  They are welcoming, wonderful, open, loving and full of fun.  And Megan's wedding was all of those things times a million.  Though it was easily one of the most beautiful events I've ever planned, it was incredible because of the "vibe" in the room.  From the guests to the food to the music playing, it was a fairytale event.  I'll let the pictures tell you the rest of the story.  (If you don't know it already, Chip Gillespie is the bee's knees.)

Happy planning!!

The incredible cast of vendors.  Hands down, some of the best in the business.  Without them, this night would not have been as magical.  

Coordinator:  Resha Zazueta, Something to Celebrate
Videographer:  Evoke Photo & Video
Caterer:  Rice Epicurean
Cakes:  Alphorn Bakery
Floral & Decor Rentals:  Scott Konitzer, Blooming Gallery
Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings
Reception Music:  Professor D (booked through Show Business Entertainment)
Catering Rentals:  Swift Events
Dancefloor:  Mike's Dance Floors
Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches:  Ricca
Transportation:  TMI & Monarch British Limos

Alison & Pierce's Wedding featured on The Knot!

I am so excited to share the news that Alison & Pierce's wedding was featured on The Knot Real Weddings and will also be featured in the upcoming magazine edition of The Knot Texas! :) Check out the link below!

The Knot- Alison & Pierce


Weddings to Celebrate :: Rachel & Michael

Rachel & Michael were so fun to work with while planning their dream wedding. What a fun night everyone had! Q Weddings did and amazing job a capturing this gorgeous celebration. 


{Cast of Vendors}

Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Kristin Shrimplin                 
Venue/Caterer/Cake: Driskill Hotel                 
Florist: Last Petal                 
Photographer: QWeddings                 
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Arundel Ensemble                 
Reception Music: Blind Date                                   
Lighting: Ilios                  
Hair: Simply Mandy                 
MakeUp: Avery Allen                
Rentals: Marquee Rentals                 

Engagement to Celebrate :: Kaitlyn & Jacob

Kaitlyn and Jacob met on their first day training for a mission trip that they had both signed up for. They were headed to teach an english summer camp for Chinese children in Beijing. During this training course and five-week trip overseas, their friendship blossomed. They supported each other in one of the hardest experiences they had ever encountered in their young lives. Upon returning to the states, their friendship grew into something more. Jacob confessed his feelings for Kaitlyn and even though she admits she was scared to take the next step, they finally agreed to go on a date. 

Kaitlyn is going to school to become a secondary english teacher and Jacob will graduate with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies in May. They are both students at Dallas Baptist University and passionate about helping people; especially through overseas missions. 

They are extremely excited to finish school, travel more, and serve others locally and overseas. Their hearts are so big for the people and places that God puts on this earth. They hope that their relationship is a testimony to God's faithfulness, and they are so thankful for the opportunity to love one another and build a life and family together. 

Just like the rest of us, they know the wind could blow them anywhere... and that is the beauty of it all!

Engagement Photos by Ian Harber


A Wedding Gift that #NailedIt

My husband and I recently moved, and we all know that the entire process can be a challenge! As newlyweds, we had boxed up a lot of our wedding gifts and waited to open and use them until we were in our new home. 

A few days ago while I was unpacking a box in the kitchen, I pulled out one of the most heart-felt and exciting gifts we received! It came from a friend whom I had met in grade school. We were part of a club cheerleading team called "The Super-squad" in San Angelo, Texas.

Fast forward near 20 years later, I had no idea what I was in for when I began opening her gift to us.
On the outside it is an insulated & monogrammed tote, and on the inside the real fun began! There were 6 bottles of perfectly selected wine, each with a note tied around it's neck. 

#1: "First Date Night" - Little Black Dress Wine - "Roses are red, violets are blue, throw on your little black dress and toast to a date night for two!"
#2: "First Fight" - Relax Wine - "When fights occur and tempers get hot, pour a glass and be thankful for what you've got. If you always agreed it certainly would be a bore. The marrying of a man & woman, surely there'l be more!"
#3: "First Home" - Cul De Sac wine - "The day you've dreamed of is finally here! The future that surrounds you with hope and fear. You've waited so long to finally plant roots, so toast with some wine and kick off your boots!"
#4: "First New Year" - Champagne - "On January first while sharing some kisses, drink this bottle to toast the new year as Mr and Mrs!"
#5: "First Anniversary" - Monogamy Wine - "You've been married a year, where did the time go? No longer newlyweds, now you're pros! Hope this day finds you in good health and spirit, keep saying I love you, one always needs to hear it. Now toast to this date, it's certainly not the last, and as you build your future don't forget about the past! Happy Anniversary!"
#6: "First Baby" - Barefoot Wine - "The news that a baby will soon share your life will make you a mother, not only a wife. You'll see them through good times and sometimes through bad, you're the loving mother and Nick the dearest Dad. Sadly he must drink this alone. As you sit with an empty glass, sit back and relax, nine months will quickly pass."

Now, if that isn't a great wedding gift I don't know what is! Pass the tissues please!


New Venues to Celebrate: Lawless Kitchen & Spirits

Looking to host an non-traditional rehearsal dinner, welcome party or any cocktail-style event?  Check out the new Lawless Kitchen & Spirits, located above Sambuca!  Jaime & the fabulous Crystal Ballroom / Sambuca team oversee Lawless as well.  She hosted an event last night, and I enjoyed every minute of it (the food and spirits were exceptional & the atmosphere is spot-on).

Happy planning!!

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:

Weddings to Celebrate: Leah & Mark

I had an absolute blast helping Leah & Mark plan their April wedding. Each meeting truly was more fun then the last! Edmonson Photography captured this amazing celebration beautifully and were such a joy to work with!


{Cast of Vendors}

Venue: The Grove
Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Lauren Carrillo 
Photography: Edmonson Phtotography
Florist & Rentals: Blooming Gallery
Tent: Aztec 
Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings 
Reception Music: Jonny Black Productions 
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth Houston
Transportation: AFC
Getaway Vehicle: Monarch British Limos 
Hair & Makeup: Blush and Co. 

Press to Celebrate!

Megan & Matt's beautiful fall wedding is featured in the latest edition of Trendy Bride's magazine.  Yay!!  Special Thank you to Megan, Matt and their families for hiring me to help them with their planning, to Dana Fernandez for capturing such beautiful images, and to the entire vendor team for making the event fabulous!

In addition, I was quoted today in an article for The Daily Meal on tips for hosting an outdoor wedding.  If you are in need of tips for an outdoor wedding (or really any outdoor event), check it out!
Happy Planning!!

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: Patricia & Kyle

Okay, so this one isn't an official "STC" wedding.  However, I definitely helped with all the planning.  Patricia is my youngest sister-in-law, and she and I share a special bond.  I adore her.  Gabe (my husband, her brother) and I were there when Kyle proposed, and I was honored to help her with the planning process.

Patricia and Kyle are a very laid-back couple.  Patricia's not "frilly" or traditional and likes a simple, Bohemian-style aesthetic.  She and Kyle wanted something intimate with just their closest friends and family.  I think they got exactly what they wanted :)  Here are some of the pictures captured by the team at Theo-Graphics.  Enjoy!

Happy Planning,

Isn't she gorgeous?  Her beauty radiants from within.

Yes, that is me officiating.  No, you will never see me do this for anyone else, ever again (unless there is an emergency).

Kyle is toasting Patricia at this moment. I love the look on her face.

Awesome Cast of Vendors

Venue:  Station 3
Photographer:  Theo-Graphics
Florist:  Blooming Gallery
Rentals:  Elegant Beginnings
DJ & Lighting:  Jonny Black Productions
Catering:  BBs Cafe
Cake & Cupcakes:  Susie's Cakes
Hair / Makeup:  Your Beautiful Face (Patricia's) and Blush & Co (Resha's)

Venue to Celebrate :: Ma Maison

One of our favorite new venues is Ma Maison, in Dripping Springs, Texas. Just over one year old, Karen and her team thought of everything when planning this gorgeous venue. Even their Rain Plan options are gorgeous! And we're thrilled to be one of the few vendors featured in their venue's book. Check it out! And check out Ma Maison. :)


Weddings to Celebrate: Jennifer & Ben

I had such a wonderful time working with Jennifer & Ben on their February wedding at The Sam Houston Hotel. They are such a sweet couple and I truly felt honored to be a part of the celebration. Below are some beautiful photos captured by Agape House Studio.

{Cast of Vendors}

Venue: The Sam Houston Hotel 
Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Lauren Carrillo
Photography: Agape House Studio
Florist: Events in Bloom
Cakes: World Catering
Ceremony & Reception Music: Royal Dukes
Photo Booth: Smrkin

Weddings to Celebrate: Courtney & Brandon

I met Courtney & Brandon last summer, and we "clicked" instantly.  I adore this couple, and helping them plan their wedding was a ton of fun.  After meeting their families, I knew why they were such great people.  They both come from exceptional stock!  :)  And they sure do know how to laugh and have a good time!

As always, Julie Wilhite captured the day beautifully.  Feast your eyes on these pretty pictures...

Happy Planning,


Fantastic Cast of Vendors:

Coordinator:  Something to Celebrate, Resha Zazueta
Photographer:  Julie Wilhite Photography
Venue & Catering:  Bell Tower on 34th Street
Cakes:  Susie's Cakes
Florist:  Stem's Custom Floral
DJ & Lighting:  LG Entertainment

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: Angela & Drew

I had such an awesome time working with Angela & Drew on their fabulous summer wedding. Enjoy a peek into their special day from these beautiful images captured by Tess J Photography.


{Cast of Vendors}

Coordinator: Something to Celebrate, Lauren Carrillo 
Photography: Tessa J Photography 
Lighting: Bright Star
Cakes: Frosted Art
Ceremony Music: Encore Strings
Reception Music: Empire 6 
Transportation: Sam's Limousines 
Hair & Makeup: Blush & Co.