SO many weddings are destination weddings. Whether across the country or to some exotic location, weddings usually involve travel for many of the guests ~ and quite often the bride and groom! Now, you might not consider Austin, Texas a typical setting for a destination wedding, but for this bride and groom, it held everything they could possible dream of! Sent to us by stella alesi / photography ~ Christina & Todd’s fantastic Austin wedding …

from Christina …

Todd and I met in Houston, Texas, at a restaurant. On our first date (the next night) I looked at Todd and said, “I think I will marry you!”…not a great first date line, but exactly a year later he was my husband!

Though we live in New York City, we have roots in Texas so we wanted to be married there. I had seen pictures of weddings at the Four Seasons in Austin and thought it would be a beautiful destination wedding.

Our wedding colors were inspired by a gray suit Todd spotted in December before we were engaged. I wanted to incorporate my favorite color, pink, in a way that was respectful to a man’s taste. We made gray the basic color and pink the accent: suits and dresses gray, accessories and flowers pink. The bridesmaids wore beautiful silver and stone bracelets and long pearl necklaces made by one of the bridesmaids.

Wendee from Petal Pushers pulled everything together with flower design: chandeliers of peonies, lanterns, mirrored boxes of arrangements, crystals, and twinkling votive candles. Mint julep glasses in the floral arrangements complemented our signature drink. And the bouquets… HOLY PEONIES, they were beyond beautiful!

We wanted our guests to experience the greatest in food and drink. The Four Seasons did not disappoint anyone! We feasted at several stations: sushi to Mexican to beef tenderloin. Late night snacks included cookies, tomato basil soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches.


We celebrated Todd’s parents’ 40th anniversary that night with a special cake and an anniversary dance. Also, instead of throwing the bouquet to my already married girlfriends, I gave it to my mother.

I cherish every memory and thank Stella and Leon Alesi for capturing our special weekend on film to remember for a lifetime.


See all of Christina and Todd’s photos in their SMP Gallery

Photography: stella alesi/photography ~ SMP Portfolio
Flowers: Petal Pushers ~ SMP Portfolio
Event Planning: Aimee Villa of Lizze Belle Events
Ceremony & Reception: Four Seasons Austin - Lawn
Dress: Monique Lhuillier ~ SMP Portfolio

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