This is a love story. A celebration. A gorgeous, inspired party that I have been obsessing over since the moment I first saw it. It’s glowy and romantic and a total blueprint for what a truly memorable party looks – and feels – like. Designed by the bride, who also happens to be an event planner, with photographs by She N He Photography, this little celebration with laughter and joy overflowing from every moment, should be the foundation to which we all plan our own parties. With complete unabashed love. Click here to see even more.

From the Bride… My first experience at Lenoir will always be diamond and white gold glitter dusted with the fact that it was on the same night that my best friend/partner in food love of over five years proposed to me. I’d crafted a Labor Day Weekend Stay-cation that mainly consisted of eating our way through Austin. No hiking Mount Bernal. No swimming in Barton Springs. And certainly no jogging on the lake. Our mouths moving and hands lifting would be all the exercise we needed. We planned to eat at places that I’d read and heard about and had yet to try, sprinkled in with eating at some of our favorite haunts.

After passing by Lenoir several times during my drive home and after reading an article in Bon Appetit where Lenoir was selected as one of the best new restaurants in 2012, Lenoir was placed on our Labor Day Bucket List. I also found it romantic that the restaurant was run by a talented husband and wife team. When I first walked into Lenoir, I thought “I want to eat here. I want to eat here A LOT.” And because I’m an event designer, I thought “I also want to throw parties here and I want to get married here. This place is magical.” Instead, I threw my engagement party there. I planned the event in a little over a month’s time and enjoyed every part of it.

Chocolate Invitations: Because we are food lovers and are in love with the Austin food scene, our wedding theme is “A love affair with each other and with food.” I had custom chocolate invitations made by Delysia Chocolatier which I hand delivered to each guest. The invitations were engraved with our wedding theme: “Dinner a Love Story: Devour love and life. Eat every single bite. Then lick your fingers.”

Design: The space has a “Marie Antoinette meets Alice in Wonderland” feel and is definitely is a classy grownup version of whimsy. The front of the restaurant’s building is covered with a panel made from whitewashed scrap lumber. The interior has a soft palette of blue and white and achieves a chic, romantic look using mainly re-purposed or recycled materials. We wanted to stay in keeping with the eco-friendly design by utilizing natural materials like succulents, bark, and seasonal flowers. We worked with the talented and earth friendly EcoChic Floral to achieve our design vision. There were also a couple of DIY projects with my bridesmaids including the huge white balloons with lace as the base, gold streamers and gold cord as the string and glittering gold pears with guest names written on the leaves for the place settings. EcoChic Floral used vases and containers found at thrift stores and garage sales. Our pop of color to add to the blues and creams of the space was achieved with coral colored flowers.

Cocktail Hour: We wanted the evening off right with lots of bubbly, live nostalgic jazzy music from the talented musically brilliant married couple Courtney Sanchez and Paul Sanchez, and of course, a great assortment of canapes to nibble on.

Dinner: For the feast portion of the evening, we decided upon four courses made with seasonal foods paired with four wines. Each of the four courses from the Lenoir kitchen was a culinary delight perfectly paired with wine. It was a story, from the appetizers and fennel and radish salad to the final bite of dessert, that truly celebrated the reason we were all gathered together. And because you can’t have a party in Austin, TX without live music, there were planned and spontaneous serenades from Paul Sanchez, a classically trained operatic singer.

We also had a fun moment when Delfino and I were goaded by our guests to kiss. We kissed and another guest yelled out “Now, EVERYONE kiss!” To which another guest said “Oh! Its that kinda party!” Which of course made every one roar with laughter and cheers. Best moment ever.

At the end of the evening, when our desserts were being served, popular local singer, Erin Ivey, sang the sexy romantic song “Chocolate” in French and in English.

The evening was a moment in time that neither Del, my guests or I wanted to end. After five hours of celebrating together, we all said our slow and reluctant goodbye’s. It was a joyous beginning to our wedding season with our close friends and a wonderful beginning of our lives together as two married best friends.

Venue/Food/Wine: Lenoir Restaurant | Photography: She N He Photography  | Event Coordinator & Designer : Jette Momant PR & Events | Cocktail Hour Music and Dinner Music: Courtney & Paul Sanchez | Dessert Music: Erin Ivy  | Flowers: Eco Chic Floral| Invitations: Delysia Chocolatier | Hair: Ashanti – New York Vixon | Makeup: W3LL People (organic makeup)