Nothing gets me excited for spring quite like a gorgeous pop of color. And this Austin affair has plenty to go around with the happiest hues of navy, purple and pink infused from start to finish. Add in an al fresco dinner party with the most heartfelt “I dos,” and you’ve got a recipe for the prettiest watercolor-inspired wedding around. Taylor Lord Photography sent us a slew of lovely images, and we even have a film from Bird and the Bear to tie it all together.
From the Bride…Ryan and I fell in love in the fall and two years later got engaged on a chilly November evening. Because this was a special time of the year for us, we wanted to have a fall wedding (which also gave us a year to plan!) Though we currently live in Dallas, we chose Austin to be nearer families and for the laid-back atmosphere (Ryan is also a UT Austin grad) We knew we wanted a relaxed outdoor ceremony, festoon lightning overhead for dinner, and a serious dance party to follow. Mercury Hall provided the perfect space to make all of these things happen. We chose navy, blush pink, with various tones of whites, browns and greens to convey a nontraditional fall palette with a relaxed, rustic feel. I also wanted to incorporate holiday touches as it was the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had a tree with personalized mercury glass ornaments for favors and chose a hearty fall meal. We also had a shrimp and grits station, a personal favorite of Ryan and I’s.
In planning the wedding, the most important aspect for us was to personalize the day. With 175 guests, we still wanted it to have an intimate and genuine feel. To accomplish this, we incorporated family and friends. Ryan wrote the entire wedding ceremony, with readings by his youngest sister and older brother. We involved my brother and his younger sister in the actual exchange of vows. His uncle, a district judge, was the officiant. We wrote our own vows, one of my favorite parts of the day (a must!). It made for an emotional but heartfelt ceremony. We also had a signature blueberry margarita for guests to enjoy as they arrived for the ceremony, another aspect of the relaxed atmosphere! We continued the involvement of family with my brother and his bandmate playing our first dance, father son dance, and mother son dance. They performed the MOST beautiful covers of M. Ward’s “Poison Cup,” Loudon Wainwright III’s “Daughter,” and Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.” My mom and I also took quite a few DIY projects to add our touch to the decor. I made all the signage, she sewed special table cloths and runners with the help of a sweet friend, among many other things.
Dinner was held on the gravel patio under festoon lights at banquet tables. We chose to place our table in the center, perpendicular to the guests tables. It was so perfect to be in the center of the party, where everyone could see us as well. Following dinner, the dance party began, with incredible music by a DJ and long time family friend, Silace Amaro. We ended the night with a sparkler exit and a ride to Hotel St. Cecilia in a pedicab! This was another very memorable moment for us…it was so nice to have an extended trip via pedicab to reflect on the night and enjoy each other’s company. We even drew some honks and congrats from rolled down windows on the way there!
The night was made incredibly special by our phenomenal group of vendors we chose. Taylor Lord was the most incredible, fun, and easy photographer to work with. I can’t imagine not having our memories captured through her perspective! Our wedding highlight video by the Bird and the Bear was so well done and is so fun for us to watch. STEMS florals created the exact vision I was looking for and were so great to work with.
Wedding Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Wedding Venue: Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas | Wedding Cinematography: Bird and the Bear | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design | Invitations: Hip Ink Paper Co. | Wedding Cake: Blue Note Bakery | Catering: Dagar’s Catering | Handfast Ties: Anthropologie | Lighting: Ilios Lighting | Music: Jamestown Revival for First Dances | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra