I just don’t even know where to start on this one. This modern meets traditional meets fabulous meets wedding branding at its best Austin wedding by Jennifer Lindberg Weddings is to die for. I think I shall start at the monogrammed ghost chairs for the bride and groom – seriously to die for. Or how about the monograms that popped up on pillows, windows, the cake, napkins, beverages tags, etc? To die for. Or the adorable escort/table number idea – see where I am going here? It’s all amazing and the gallery is packed full of all the branding goodness.
From the Bride… Our wedding was sort of Anthropologie meets Jonathan Adler. Antique charming pieces mixed with a modern pattern and punches of color. It started with a cocktail reception in the garden with the music of “Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys” playing in the background, which created an old-timey 40’s kind of feel. In a way I wanted the reception to feel like you stepped back in time. A little Texan, a little modern, a little old-southern, a little Italian, but all very charming.
Since I’m a designer, I did the invitations myself. It was convenient that both of our initials are “J” so I started there. Being a visual person, I wanted to tell our story in pictures. Each “J” is made up of icons that represent each of us and then the theme was carried out throughout the wedding. They were printed at a local shop that I regularly work with on an antique letterpress.
During the cocktail hour, the guest picked up little escort cards/boxes, which matched the picture of the table they were at. Continuing the theme from the invitations, we chose 12 icons (one for each table) that represented us as a couple and labeled the tables this way. Each card on the table stanchion told a bit of a story on the back of why that picture was significant. In lieu of the new trend of wedding slide shows, we did a photo wall of old family photos, and photos of Jack and I traveling (and some from our engagement session with Jenn). The photos were all black and white in antique white frames.
Our first dance was to Nellie McKay’s “I Wanna Get Married,” which, again, is very 40’s in style and the message of the song is very housewife-ey. I’m not very wife-ly, so I loved the irony of this, but the song is still just pretty. My dad and I danced to Ben Folds’ “Gracie.” When I heard the line “didn’t really want to make you be anything you didn’t want to be,” I knew it was the right song. We’re not very traditional people so what was important to us were those more unique touches.
One of the most important things to us was getting our dog down the aisle. She’s our baby, but she’s terrified of large crowds and public spaces. We did a lot of training ahead of time including multiple visits, so she could get used to the scents of the space. In the end, she was still the wild card, but she did surprisingly very well.
The last personal element was the vows. I didn’t want to recite anything, so it was important to me that we write our own. I’m nervous in front of a crowd, so I was regretting this choice once the day actually came. The morning of the wedding, I was still fine-tuning what I was going to say. Ultimately, my whole message came together in the dressing room with my bridesmaid friends helping me right before the ceremony.
The most memorable part of our ceremony was unplanned. I walk down the aisle, I look at Jack and he’s crying. I hug my mom, and she’s crying. I was about to lose it altogether, when Scott the officiant starts… “We’re all here to celebrate the relationship of Jack and Jeanine.” Right at that moment, a car in the distance slammed on its breaks letting out a very large screech. Everyone laughed and it broke the tension.
I knew I wanted Jenn to photograph my wedding long before I ever thought I’d have a wedding. She’s known my business partner/graphic designer Trina for a long time. One day I was on a plane with Trina while she was working on Jenn’s website. This was the first time I saw her images and I was stunned. I never considered anyone else from that moment on.
Wedding Photography: Jennifer Lindberg Weddings / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: Mercury Hall / Floral Design: Flora & Fauna / Wedding Coordination: Mariska Nicholson (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Wedding Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts / Rentals: Austin’s World of Rentals / DJ: Todd Meador, Friend of the Bride & Groom / Ceremony Music: Julia Cory / Wedding Dress: Manuel Mota via Balina Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Veil: Balina Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Paper Goods: Jeanine Donofrio of State & Madison Design Co. / Catering: 34th Street Cafe