French Legation Museum Wedding by Jessica Monnich Photography
September 6, 2011

A garden party in Austin is maybe the prettiest combo on the planet. Who doesn't go gaga for a romantic outdoor setting riddled with peonies and other yummy florals by Stems Floral Design and the sweetest lineup of cakes by CoCo Paloma Desserts? And that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this pretty party captured so perfectly by Jessica Monnich Photography. Believe us, you'll want to head over to the gallery for more from this sweet Southern wedding. It is a total knockout from beginning to end.

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From the Bride...Andrew and I really wanted two things going into our wedding. 1. for it to reflect our personality and 2. for it to be a glorified party, not just a wedding. We chose the French Legation as our wedding and reception site because it was a beautiful venue that also allowed us to really transform the place into exactly what we wanted, a Southern Garden Party. Throughout the wedding we wanted to create the feel of a casual elegance. We chose eclectic centerpieces that didn't quite match, yet just "went together" and the same rule applied to the dessert table, which was made up of mini cakes and personalized pies.We put emphasis on having our flowers look "hand-picked" and our florist (Abbey from Stems Floral Design) accomplished the look perfectly.

I wanted my bridesmaids to really love their dresses so I let them choose whatever they wanted within a vintage pastel color range. The colors of their dresses ended up complimenting the reception decor perfectly. We also wanted to incorporate French themes into the wedding since our venue was Texas' original French Embassy, and because Andrew and I had spent quite a bit of time in Paris together. To do this we used vintage French postcards as our sign in book, and danced to "La Vie En Rose" as our first dance song. Looking back, the wedding was everything we wanted it to be. Old world Paris met a Southern estate and both seemed to compliment the backdrop of a Texas sunset. It was so special for us to have everyone we loved in one place during such a magical night.

Catering: Portabla / Wedding Cake: CoCo Paloma Desserts / Pies: Cutie Pie / Venue: French Legation Museum / Wedding Photography: Jessica Monnich Photography / Floral Design: Stems Floral Design / Wedding Planner: Events by Emily / Band: Minstral Band