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A Glamorous Ballroom Affair with a Hint of Rustic Style

I knew I was going to love this wedding the moment I read the gorgeous bride’s description.  I mean, a moody, glam, ranch look? She’s speaking my language.  From the golden glitter dotting every table to the cowhide accents to the ghost chairs in a decidedly sweet garden setting, every last moment planned + designed by Bird Dog Wedding is absolute perfection.  Head to THE VAULT for a full day of beautiful images captured by Shaun Menary and prepare to be amazed, my friends.

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From the Bride… For me, I needed three things on our wedding day: the perfect planners, the perfect photographer to capture it all, and originality. I knew that I had to have our wedding ceremony at Hotel Saint Cecilia long before I was ever engaged. I’m a lover of design, architecture, and original styles, and this place is filled to the brim. You add to that the most fabulous planners and people in Emily at Bird Dog Wedding and Shaun and Shannon Menary of Shaun Menary photography, and I was set from the beginning. I wanted all my bridesmaids in emerald green, gold, white or black, and I didn’t care which combination. I loved giving them the freedom to show their personalities in the dress they chose. I decided on no bouquets (except for mine of course!) and replaced them with flowers in their hair or flowers tied around their wrists. This way whoever was not at the ceremony would know who my people are the rest of the evening!

We chose to have our reception at the fabulous Hotel Ella featuring Goodall’s restaurant and my favorite hotel bar in Austin, the Parlor Bar. Talk about another design dream of mine. Kat Kinney and her team helped create and plan the best dining and reception experience ever. If you haven’t been, go. Now!

I chose black and white, emerald green, gold, cowhide, deer antlers, lucite, and shearlings to be the main staples of our day. Kind of this moody, glam, ranch look. Is that a thing? (Pinterest helped a lot.) I wanted every thing that we created to speak to the next from the details on our invitation to the place settings and decor. And what better way to make everything pop than with Carly of Margot Blair Florals! Also one of the coolest people I’ve ever had the chance to work with. It was so important to me to have this wedding reflect Brian and me, find ways to be truly original, and have everyone that comes relax and enjoy themselves. Emily and Celeste of Bird Dog Wedding made that a reality!

Looking back I have two favorite things about that day. One was getting ready with my bridesmaids in the suite (as cliché as it is, it’s the truth). Not a worry in the world, listening to records, sipping on chardonnay, taking photos on polaroids I gave them all the night before and just enjoying each other. The other was my bouquet. The floral combination and black ribbon to the floor, I died. Bravo, Carly! Oh also, marrying my husband, obviously.

For planning brides – have people you genuinely like help you plan, photograph, do makeup, do florals, etc. Spend the time to find the RIGHT people that understand you and what you want. There was truly nothing better than having a team of people around me that I trusted completely and that got me. I loved going to every meeting because it meant I got to catch up with each of them and hear about their days! I had a new group of friends after, and that’s pretty special.

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Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Floral Design: Margot Blair Floral | Wedding Dress: Second Summer Bride | Cake: La Victoria Bakery | Invitations: Gold Fox Paper | Reception Venue: Hotel Ella | Bride's Shoes: Arte Latica | Makeup: Donna Bruns | Hair: Salon Hush | DJ: Johnny Bravvo | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Event Design + Coordination: Bird Dog Wedding | Furniture Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Saint Cecilia | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Annie Ray | Rentals: Marquee Event Group | Transportation + Getaway Car: Transportation Consultants

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She Lost Her Purse at a Concert and the Rest is History

Nine times out of ten, losing your purse at a concert doesn’t end in a happily ever after, but for this lovely bride, it was a moment that led directly to her Prince Charming. What followed their movie-like meeting was an amazing romance, awesome proposal and a seriously romantic wedding from talented vendors like Pearl Events AustinBelle Mariee and SMS Photography.  Head to THE VAULT for every moment, then stay tuned for a sweet film from ILC Films below.

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From the Bride… Let’s start with The College Chapter. Jason and I met in college at the University of Georgia. We were both at a concert at the Georgia Theatre and I lost my purse. This was not the first time (or the second or the third…) I had lost my purse and my concerns to my friends were met with little more than an eye roll. Jason was chatting with one of my friends he knew and stepped in and offered his services (Prince Charming). We found the purse in no time (spoiler alert: the bartender had it all along). That summer I studied abroad in Spain. I can now admit that I spent the entire summer thinking about that sweet boy I met in Athens. At the beginning of the next semester, we kept running into each other downtown. After quite a few times hanging out (read: dragging my friends to whichever bar I thought he might be frequenting), he asked me on a date to my favorite restaurant, The Last Resort Grill. That was almost 7 years ago.

We dated the rest of college. Jason was a year older than me and had a job already lined up in Atlanta, GA. I told him that I knew I wanted to move to NYC after college, no question. Jason was able to put in for a transfer and soon we were both working in New York City. Those were some of our favorite years together. After many adventures and lots of exploring, we both came to realize this was more than a college fling. I will never downplay how grateful I am that we had the chance to grow up together at the same time in a place like New York. After much deliberation (and more pro/con lists than you might think possible), Jason decided to move back to Atlanta, GA to join his family business. We spent about a year going back and forth between Atlanta and New York. Jason knew it was going to take a while to get New York out of my system and he never tried to pull me away. Long distance brought a whole new set of challenges and a whole love of travel and skype and we continued to grow together.

After almost three years in New York, I moved into my third apartment. The day after we moved in, amidst the hurricane of boxes everywhere, my roommate woke me up bright and early by handing me an ice coffee and an envelope that read: “Letter #1.” Inside, I found a letter in Jason’s handwriting and I embarked on the most fun game I have ever played–and I had a sneaky suspicion I knew how this was going to end. Very long story, short, I was given 10 envelopes and precise times I was allowed to open them. Letter #1 had the packing list, Letter #2 had a plane ticket, and so on. Eventually I found myself in a car with a driver on the way to a city that looked a little too familiar. Remember where we met, Athens? I was on my way back to our college town. The last letter, #7 ended with “I’m taking you back to where it all began.” As we pulled into Athens, I was about to burst. The driver drove me around all through downtown until we were in front of the Georgia Theater (where the famous lost purse brought us together 6 years before). The marquee above the theatre read, “Where It All Began.” My heart lept out of my skin. I slowly got out of the car and opened the theater doors to find Jason sitting alone on the stage. I remember very little after that. I saw a ring, Jason on his knee, and a lot of tears. Later that night we went to dinner at The Last Resort Grill, where we had our first date. To say I was impressed is an understatement. It still feels like a dream.

Looking back, the night of our wedding seems equally dream like. We always knew we wanted to get married in my hometown, Austin, TX. I am one of the lucky few who actually grew up in the center of Austin and really wanted it to be downtown. We wanted it to be a magical night outside, right in the center of Austin, by the water, under the stars, with lots of dancing and that’s exactly what it was. It was the most fun night and the most perfect way to start our lives together. The days leading up to the wedding night had some of the worst weather Austin has ever seen: tornados and monsooning and it all cleared up just in time to have our perfect wedding. Our families were so supportive and my parents really made our dreams a reality.

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Photography: SMS Photography | Cinematography: ILC Films | Coordination: Pearl Events Austin | Floral Design: Westbank Flower Market | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup: Belle Mariee | Lighting: FILO | Band: Flash Entertainment Services | String Quartet: Terra Vista Strings | Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Photography - Assistance: Diana M. Lott Photography | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Marquee Event Group

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Elegant Austin Wedding at Villa del Lago

From now on, when I think of a classic and elegant wedding with a timeless feel this wedding captured by Heather Rowland Photography will undoubtably pop up in my head. Every gorgeous moment sitting pretty in this gallery planned by Pearl Events Austin couldn’t be more lovely if it tried, and you can see them all here.

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From Heather Rowland PhotographyThis stunning lakeside wedding was the perfect mixture of intimate and elegant. The bride Khaki and her groom Grant made for a beautiful couple and truly set their wedding apart from so many others by emphasizing elements that represented their love, style, and taste. By remaining true to themselves the wedding was simply exquisite yet laid back and extremely personal to this precious couple.

The bride and her bridesmaids spent the morning drinking mimosas and getting dressed overlooking the beautiful Barton Creek resort. Her custom Anne Barge gown was on display and her mom’s vintage veil complimented it perfectly adding a sweet family touch to her bridal couture. Khaki’s invitation suite is by far a favorite of mine and I’d give anything to turn that gorgeous envelope liner into custom wallpaper in my home! It was a unique look that represented Khaki and her ethereal taste so well.

Later that evening the string quartet and chiavari chairs were set for the ceremony overlooking beautiful Lake Travis. As the sun was setting Khaki and Grant tied the knot surrounded by their loved ones on the most perfect September evening. The ceremony was followed by a chic cocktail hour where guests were greeted with a signature cocktails garnished with jalapeños, which made for a nice (and subliminal) Texas touch. Guests mingled on the lawn while the men gravitated towards the cigar bar where cigars were being hand-rolled by professionals on site. Custom matchboxes adorned with the couples name made for a perfect signature touch and take-home favor for guests to enjoy. Beautiful hors d’oeuvres were passed on custom monogrammed cocktail napkins until dinner was announced. Guests then ate family style along the Villa del Lago pavilion lawn and enjoyed southern comfort cuisine under the Texas stars and intimate string lighting.

“The Pictures” a local Austin favorite, set the pace for the evening by playing a wide variety of hit songs both past and present. Guests visited the dance floor all night long while Khaki and Grant relished in the moment in the midst of it all. The bride’s cake was understated and elegant with a bit of an art-deco theme coupled with vintage green crystal toasting glasses, which have been used by Khaki’s family in weddings past. The couple had a classic sparkler exit where they were whisked away by a unique vintage car. This wedding was truly one of my favorite events I’ve photographed to date. It felt so extremely personal and heartfelt while still remaining stylish and upscale.

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Photography: Heather Rowland Photography | Cinematography: When It Clicks | Coordination: Pearl Events Austin | Floral Design: Jessica Crisco | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Invitations: Invitations Etc. | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Band: The Pictures | Venue: Villa Del Lago

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