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Bouquet Breakdown: Modern Austin Garden Party Wedding

Sometimes you just need a little something bold and colorful to brighten your day, and this lush little posy from Austin-based Verbena Floral Design is just the thing! Filled with seasonal florals in the richest pink and burgundy hues, designed by the lovely LuAnn Dickson, we got the scoop on this beauty below, and there’s even more pretty from the Modern Austin Garden Party Wedding right here in The Vault!

Modern Austin Garden Party Wedding

  • 3 Stems David Austin “Kate” Garden Roses
  • 3 Stems Burgundy Peonies
  • 6 Stems Ivory Vendela Roses
  • 3 Stems Hot Pink Freesia
  • 2 Stems Hot Pink Ranunculus
  • 2 Stems Light Pink Ranunculus
  • 2 Stems Burgundy Ranunculus
  • 2 Stems Ivory Majolica Spray Roses
  • 3 Stems Hot Pink Boronia Heather
  • 2 Stems Burgundy Astrantia
  • 3 Stems Jasmine Vine Foliage
  • 2 Stems Olive Branch Foliage
  • 3 Stems Variegated Bush Ivy

From LuAnn…. Lindley, the bride, and I spoke long distance about her wedding concept overall. She had a very clear vision incorporating black and white striped linens, gold metallic accents, and colorful florals. Traditional with a modern edge was the vibe she wanted to express that day. The garden setting was an essential feature for us to accentuate. We wanted her bridal bouquet to have a structured style with a garden feel.

It needed texture and depth with a compact shape overall. It was also a priority to utilize seasonal flowers in the color palette we set out for the day. Lindley shared several inspiration photos with me before we spoke on the phone. We landed on two bouquet images that we took elements from, along with some seasonal florals we had discussed, to create her custom bouquet. A few months before the wedding, Lindley and Joseph flew down to Austin from their home in the northeast to finalize their wedding details. We reviewed the inspiration photos and discussed the details, adding gold ribbons as the finishing touch on her lovely bouquet. 

I love creating custom floral designs for my brides. It’s important for me to bring out the personality of each of my bridal clients. I want the bridal bouquet and all of the wedding designs to tell the couple’s story. It’s a skill I’ve worked on for a long time. I try my best to listen to the bride as she tells me her likes and dislikes, to hear the little highs and lows when she describes a certain style she saw somewhere or tells me her favorite flower. The inspiration photos she shares with me also help guide me to narrow in on those elements she is drawn to for her wedding flowers. I take all of those elements and do my best to extract the ideal combination of colors and seasonal varieties to bring out her personal style in flowers. The flowers should always compliment the bride and each bride deserves something unique and her all own.


Floral Design: LuAnn Dickson of Verbena Floral Design | Photography: Jen Dillender

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SMP Blogger Bride: Meet Olivia of LivvyLand

When we heard Olivia of Livvyland was rocking some sparkly, left handed bling, we promptly began jumping for joy. Because when the sweetest lil’ lady says “Yes” it means we get to welcome her to the Blogger Bride tribe. She’ll be sharing her fashionable journey down the aisle with us, starting with her lakeside e-sesh. Dive right in to The Vault for more, and be sure to follow along every step of the way!

From Oliva of LivvylandHello Brides-to-be, my name is Olivia and I run a fun little fashion and lifestyle blog based in Austin, Texas called Livvyland, and also work for a tech company full-time. I’d like to think of my style as approachable, casual and a little boho here and there – much like the city I live in. Let’s just say when SMP asked me to be their latest Blogger Bride, I quickly stepped outside the office (okay, so I may have sprinted…) to call my fiancé and geek out about the news. Given that Blake is not a social media lover like myself (opposites attract, right?) nor has he been ogling all things wedding related since, well…ever, I’d give him a 10 out of 10 in his acting abilities to share my level of excitement. He’s a keeper!

Blake and I met back in high school when we were teenagers. Funny enough, our young love began on a class field trip when my bus buddy didn’t show up, so Blake asked if he could sit with me on the three hour ride from Austin to Houston. I guarantee you that my teenage self was in full panic mode because all the girls in school knew who he was, but between composing my anxiety to keep conversation alive for six hours and worrying whether or not I had food caught in my braces (remember those days?), there was a spark that was undeniable

Flash forward two years later when we were both attending college at the University of Texas. Blake broke up with me and we went our separate ways for four years. We both focused on school and dated other people throughout – however, I had this thing I called “first love syndrome” where no matter what, I could not shake my feelings for Blake! Let’s just say I mastered the breakup wallowing phase and it kind of stuck around for another two years following the breakup…as did my routine of blasting sad Taylor Swift songs and belting them in the car…(White Horse, anyone?).

It was a blessing and a curse that the Biomedical Engineering building and the Journalism school were along the same pathway, which meant I’d run into him regularly. Though it was tough to see him so often, it also gave us time to catch up and stay in each other’s lives over the next few years.

I graduated UT in 2012 and began working in the marketing department at Kendra Scott Jewelry shortly after. I was at home when I received a text from Blake telling me in the midst of cleaning his apartment he found an old note I’d written him years ago and that after re-reading it, he felt inclined to reach out. He asked me to grab a drink and catch up, and of course, I accepted the invitation.

One drink led to over six hours of conversation and it was clear that timing was in our favor this time around. Those four years apart were the best thing for us and gave us time to mature and grow as individuals. After six months of dating “part deux,” we moved in together and our relationship felt stronger than ever!

As for the proposal…Blake works in cancer research as a scientist/software developer and he used his coding background to create a website that chronicled our full story and history together. He surprised me one morning during what appeared to be normal coffeehouse work session at one of my favorite spots along Lake Austin that we’ve been going to together since we were teens (and it’s also where we took the photos in this post). He kept his cool all morning and finally said he wanted to show me something on his computer…and when I read the first line and saw a picture of us from 2007 as kiddos, I completely lost it. After I scrolled through the site reading through little snippets of our life together and wiped the endless stream of tears away, he got down on one knee…and the rest is history!

Given my workload managing Livvyland and my day job, we decided a long engagement was best for us so that we could have ample planning time. In terms of a dream wedding, our biggest hope is that it’s ultra romantic, personal and above all, fun! I am most excited about working with people we’ve known since high school or college who have started their own businesses and now work in the wedding industry in Austin – pastry chefs, florists, calligraphers, photographers, etc. I think it’s so sweet to keep things intimate and “in the family” per se. Aside from that, I’ll be sharing the rest as it comes! Next up on my to-do list is wedding dress shopping this weekend…I’m thinking something feminine and whimsical! You can follow my dress shopping adventures on Instagram, I’m certain I’ll be sharing any news!

I am beyond thrilled and so honored to a be the newest Blogger Bride and I can’t wait to chronicle our wedding journey leading up to the big day on October 15, 2016. Thank you so much for following along!

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Photography: A Dandy Pear

Modern Austin Garden Party Wedding

This is the kind of wedding that makes you want to kick off your heels and pour a festive glass o’ bubbly. It’s just that fun. 36th Street Events designed a day that’s one part modern and one part classic with no shortage of color thanks to Verbena Floral Design. Black and white stripe lovers – consider this your lucky day and follow me to the full  gallery by Jen Dillender.


From The Bride…We met shortly after Joe relocated to Washington, DC to pursue a job opportunity as a landscape architect. We shared a love of football, and enjoyed cheering on our favorite NFL team, the New Orleans Saints.

Joe proposed on November 17, 2013, two years into our courtship. The night before we had gone to a friends wedding in downtown D.C. The next morning Joe took our goldendoodle Arabi on her morning walk while I stayed in bed. On this particular morning, Joe decided to put a T-shirt on Arabi with a photo of a diamond ring and the text “will you marry my daddy?”. After the proposal, we went to one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants where we met up with 20 of our closets friends and family to toast our engagement.

When looking at wedding venues, we knew we wanted something different. We considered getting married in DC, but decided on Austin because to its laid-back atmosphere. Additionally, my family was from Austin, and the city was like a second home to me. After looking at a number of venues, we fell in love with The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria because of the breathtaking grounds and gorgeous views of Lake Austin. A private residence built in 1916, Laguna Gloria was converted into an art gallery in the 1960s. The design of the villa and surrounding grounds was inspired by the original owners’ trip to Lake Como, Italy. We knew it was just the place to achieve the upscale, outdoor, garden party feel we wanted for our wedding reception.

We were married on May 8, 2015. Though the day began with a few showers, the rain stopped and the clouds parted just in time for us to walk down the aisle as man and wife. The day was everything that I could hoped for and more!

Photography: Jen Dillender Photography | Event Planning: 36th Street Events | Floral Design: Verbena Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Crave Catering | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Crave Catering | Hair And Makeup: Rae Cosmetics | Lighting: Ilios Lighting | DJ: Hill Country DJ | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Transportation: R&R Limo | Venue: The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Rentals: Premiere Events | Tent Rentals: Marquee Tents

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