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This Couple’s “Backup” Wedding Plans Turned Out Amazing

It takes a special kind of couple to roll with the punches, especially when that means finding a new venue just months before the big day. Their backup location, Garden Grove proved to be a pretty incredible “plan B” and Jenna McElroy told the story behind her camera lens. Go see the celebration unfold in The Vault!

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From Jenna McElroyCallie and Ian have an inspirational, contagious kind of love. When they were told mere months before their wedding date, that their original wedding venue would not be finished being built in time for their April 9 nuptials, the couple took everything in stride. They knew that everything happened for a reason, and that no matter what happened with the wedding details- that becoming husband and wife was the most important part, and that would happen venue or not.

They found a new venue- Garden Grove- and this was the very first wedding that the venue hosted. All of the vendors came together and helped to create a special, wonderful, and memorable day for this couple to remember and cherish forever.

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Photography: Jenna McElroy | Cinematography: Adam Grumbo | Coordination: Blue Lotus | Event Design: Hello Lovely Wed | Cake: Bride's Table | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bride's Shoes: Dune | Catering: Pappa's | Hair + Makeup: Lola Beauty | Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth | Band: All Hat No Cadillac | Venue: Garden Grove | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Lounge | Earrings: BHLDN | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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An Ethereal Ceremony Under a Flower Adorned Pecan Tree

This ethereal outdoor ceremony surrounded by nature and captured by the talented Jen Dillender Photography is what dreams are made of. With sweet personal touches such as a backdrop of calligraphy love poems created by the maid of honor to the most adorable crew of flower girls, you’ll want clear your morning to pour through all the prettiness here in The Vault!

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From Jen Dillender PhotographyUnder a tree adorned with beautiful flowers, Alexis and Cason tied the knot this past April. With a heavy emphasis on hospitality, they welcomed their loved ones with lush greenery, delicious food, and entertainment. The bride’s style was simple and elegant with the perfect details to complete the day.

From The Bride…We envisioned a very personal and heartfelt wedding. We wanted it to be a community event where people felt involved and included. We hoped that people would walk away feeling that our wedding was not solely about us but rather something bigger than us. We wanted people to know that our love for each other starts with and is animated by God’s love for us. We also wanted to create a joyous and memorable experience for all of our family and friends.

The style we envisioned was whimsical, soft, and ethereal. We wanted the colors to be soft and muted with lots of organic elements. We chose the flowers, the gown, the signage, the cake and all the decor touches to flow with the overall style of the wedding and venue. The Barr Mansion is already a gorgeous wedding venue, dressed with beautiful trees and flowers so we wanted the details to compliment it’s natural beauty rather than overshadow them. One of our most favorite details was the banner behind the cake. My talented maid of honor created a calligraphy back drop for the cake table with one of our favorite love poems on it. It added such an elegant touch!

Our favorite moment during our wedding was the surprise gospel choir that sang at the recession. Being an April fools wedding, we wanted the wedding to be full of entertaining surprises for the guest! Another surprise we had during the reception was a choreographed flash mob and dance off between the bridesmaids and groomsmen. We also had Gourdough’s, a local Austin gourmet doughnut truck, bring their signature airstream trailer at the end of the night for a late night treat!

One piece of advice I would give to brides to be is to enjoy each step of the wedding journey. It’s easy to get into the mindset of “once this is done, then I’ll be happy.” Each stage of the wedding planning process has it’s joys and challenges. Don’t dwell so much on the challenges that you fail to experience the joys!

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Photography: Jen Dillender Photography | Cinematography: Heart Visuals | Floral Design: Rosehip Flora | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Lola Beauty | Lighting: Ilios | Band: Matchmaker Band | Venue: Barr Mansion | Cake + Catering: Barr Mansion | Donut Truck: Gourdough's | Event Planning + Styling: Leeves + Berries | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Photography - Assistance: Shalyn Nelson | Rentals: Barr Mansion | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Signage, Banner + Table Numbers: Leeves + Berries

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Pink, Gold, Confetti, Sparkles. Bring on the Girly Wedding Dream.

If you need a little reminding just how fun a pink, gold, confetti, and sparkles can be, let me introduce you to Megan and Louis. This Austin couple fully embraced all of the above for a whimsical garden party wedding with the help of Westcott WeddingsBristol Lane Florals, and Jessica R. Crowell just to name a few. The incredible Sophie Epton photographed, and in our opinion, this is a gallery best viewed with champagne in hand. Cheers, Megan and Louis!

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From The Bride…I didn’t know when Louis proposed it was going to open up a world to me, a world where we were not only planning a wedding but also meeting life long friends and securing my roots in Austin, Texas. I’m fairly new to this city and didn’t have a circle yet, and little did I know the journey of planning my wedding would lead me to all of these places! I fell into the wedding planning not really knowing what I was doing but fortunate enough to have crossed paths with the most incredibly talented people who quickly became my dream team.

My first meeting was with Sophie Epton Photography, and from the moment we met I knew she was going to be our photographer. I had done a little research on Sophie and was blown away with her work, and when we started chatting I was as impressed with her down to earth, inviting personality! It felt like we had already been lifelong friends, we had similar visions of what weddings are and what they should look like. I remember her asking me if I was looking into a wedding planner, which I had been. She suggested Ellen from Westcott Weddings, which ironically enough I had a meeting scheduled with the next day! Meeting with Ellen had a similar feeling…she was warm, gracious, and sweet. It felt like I was having a conversation with my best friend about my vision for our wedding. We bonded over our love of sprinkles, glitter and confetti, which to me are the three things that make this world go round! I knew Ellen was going to take my inspiration of a whimsical garden party and make it a reality.

From there, Ellen put me into contact with the rest of the ladies who would become my dream team! Meredith from Bristol Lane did our florals, and her visions and creations are incredible; Meredith’s love for cultivating relationships is what makes her so special, and I knew what she created for me would be extraordinary and perfect for our day. Jessica from J.Ro Cro Arts & Lettering designed the most whimsical invitations and signage. I had spoken with Jessica over the phone for our initial consultation, and a few days later while I was out running errands, I was checking out and handed over my credit card. The cute girl behind the counter looked at the card, looked back up and me and said “Megan? I’m Jessica, I’m doing your invitations. We spoke on the phone!” Basically, what’s behind all of this is each of these women were meant to come into my life, it was meant to be that these were the people I would go on the journey with and I couldn’t have asked for anything or anyone better. When looking for your perfect team of vendors to make your vision a reality, make sure to choose people who you trust. I conveyed my vision to all of them of what I was wanting and then said “do your thing!” That was the best decision I made, and the result was a day that was completely us and completely perfect!

We had a fairly small and intimate wedding celebration…we wanted to be able to look at each guest and give them a specific reason why they were there. We wanted our friends and family to feel as special and as loved as we did! Our wedding was a celebration of them, and we wanted to thank them for the love and support that has built a foundation that Louis and I are able to stand on and start our life together! Louis and I did a first look, which gave us the unique opportunity to see the vision come together! It’s pretty incredible to look over and see the set up of the tables, florals and just see how hard everyone was working to make it special for us.

It’s hard to choose just one favorite moment, because the day came together with so much love and joy that it was impossible not to smile! We were surrounded by people who love and support us, friends who have become family, family who are our friends and feel so honored to have them share in our special day. We are incredibly thankful for a wonderful wedding team who made our dream into a reality and who have become cherished friends.

From Westcott WeddingsFrom the moment I met Megan, I knew I was going to love working with her. She is so kind, genuine, and full of joy. And I think that’s the biggest takeaway I have from both the months we spent planning and her + Louis’s big day–so much joy! Throughout the planning process, I affectionately referred to Megan as my “pink, confetti, and sparkles bride,” and I think we were able to deliver on all three counts for her wedding. Working together, we used a color palette of “elevated pinks and golds” to create a happy, garden atmosphere, perfect for a spring wedding.

She and Louis were married in front of 65 of their closest friends and families, beneath strands of bright floral garlands. From there, guests gathered in the courtyard for drinks and appetizers. We served dinner from the P. Terry’s food truck–a perfect piece of Austin to share with their out-of-town guests! Once guests had grabbed their burgers, they dined together at family style tables outfitted with vintage china, sequin runners, and bright, beautiful blooms under strands of twinkling lights. After dinner we moved inside for dessert (all beautiful, delicious, and dusted with gold glitter!) and dancing.

I’m so thankful to the incredibly talented team who pulled together to make Megan and Louis’s day come together so beautifully! So many congratulations to the happy couple!

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Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: Bristol Lane Florals | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Rosados Box | Catering: DNA Catering | Catering: P. Terry's | Hair + Makeup: Makenzi Laine | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Mercury Hall | Bride's Sandals: Bella Belle | Chair Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events | Cocktail Hour Catering: Tiny Pies | Desserts: Green Lily Bakery | Earrings: ILioniti | Event Planning + Styling: Westcott Weddings | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Invitations + Signage: J.RoCro Arts + Letters | Lighting Design: Intelligent Lighting Design | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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