A sweet at-home ceremony, followed by a glorious restaurant reception… oh, how we LOVE a fabulous non-traditional soiree.  And when that fab soiree is boasting a plethora of vibrant hues, a pair of sparkly blue TOMS and a darling Austin duo that could.not.be.cuter, well… we LOVE it that much more. All planned to absolute perfection by the geniuses at 36th Street Events and captured in breathtaking images by mike reed photo this, my friends, is how you start the week off in some serious style.  Click here for more.

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The couple’s main goal for their wedding was for it to be a personalized gathering that showed who they are as a couple. They decided on October 21, 2011, then later found out it was the bride’s great-grandparents’ anniversary. Austin was the only choice for location, but after searching through all of the typical venues they decided to take a different more non-traditional approach. The bride’s parents had recently begun construction on a new deck at their house, and they soon realized it was the perfect space for the ceremony. The space would not hold the entire guest list, plus they wanted to keep the ceremony small, so they decided to have an intimate ceremony with a bigger reception. Not long after the groom proposed, the couple had dinner with the bride’s family at Malaga and discovered it was the perfect place for their larger reception. It had everything all in one place and had the perfect ambiance they were trying to accomplish. At first it seemed impossible to connect the decor at Malaga and at the house, but with the help of their wedding planner and florist they were able to create a beautiful connection that worked for both places. 

The colors were the easiest part of it all. The couple’s mutual favorite color is blue, so naturally it was to be the main color for the big day. Gray is a close second therefore blue and gray became their colors. We mixed in mauve, eggplant, natural green, ivory and mustard yellow to round out the fall color palette. The colors were mostly reflected in the menus, table numbers and flowers. Linens in chocolate brown donned the tables and the decor was kept to a minimum as to not overpower the beauty of each location. Whole Foods reusable grocery totes were placed in the seats and doubled as wedding favors and place cards. The couple also wanted to create a very personalized feel with the rest of the decor, favors, photos, etc. The groom created a “brand” using the couples initials in place of a traditional monogram. The brand was used on the invitations, koozies, the groom’s cake, cocktail napkins and wedding shirts. Inspired by a photo in a magazine, the couple made a banner that hung on the door of Malaga with the wedding date and brand. Wedding photos of the couple’s grandparents and parents were on display with a canvas of the couple’s favorite engagement photo, a gift from the bride’s sister. The bride and groom wanted to send a save-the-date postcard with the Austin skyline, but couldn’t find a photo that they loved, so the groom created a sketch that was used for the save-the-date and the guestbook. 

The bride gave the groom cufflinks, made by the groom’s mother, with pennies from their birth years, the year they were engaged and the wedding year. In keeping with the colors, the bride received sparkly blue TOMS from the groom as a wedding gift, which she ended up wearing all night. The bride’s sapphire earrings and necklace were custom made by the groom’s mother, and she wore her grandmother’s bracelet.  Their rings were also handmade by the groom’s parents and sat in customized ceramic ring bowls during the ceremony.  The couple chose to have their family as their bridal party and asked them to dress in shades of gray, blue and black. After the ceremony the bride’s mother surprised the couple with a classic 50s Cadillac that drove them to the capital for photos then to the reception.

Wedding Photography: mike reed photo / Ceremony: The Bride’s Parents’ Home in Austin, Texas / Reception: Malaga Tapas & Bar in Austin, Texas / Wedding Coordination: 36th Street Events / Floral Design: Jennifer Pavlovich Designs / Officiant: Georjean Blanton / Wedding Invitations + Paper Goods: Paper Place / Cupcakes: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop / Cookies: Great American Cookies / Linen Rentals: Marquee Linens / Ceremony Exit Vehicle: Vintage Rides Austin Texas / Pedicabs: Metrocycle Pedicabs / Wedding Dress: 2Be Bride via Circle Park Bridal / Bride’s Belt: Blue by Enzoani via Circle Park Bridal / Bride’s Earrings: The Groom’s Mother / Bride’s Bracelet: From Her Grandmother / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani + TOMS / Groom’s Cufflinks: The Groom’s Mother / Hair + Makeup: Estilo Valdez

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