I think my eyes must deceive me here, because when I see the Villa del Lago Events Pavillion in these breathtaking images from Hyde Park Photography, I think this must be an Italian destination wedding. Little do I know that it’s right there in Austin, TX. No big deal, just a cascading waterfall, gorgeous villa architecture and showstopping views of Lake Travis that are sure to blow your mind. And they’re all in the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… Paul and I had been dating for a little less than five years when we got engaged. Our venue, Villa del Lago Events Pavilion, was the first one we visited and we both fell in love with it immediately. The site is located at a private residence on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. From waterfront views to an expansive lawn ending in a waterfall, they had everything we desired (even a pet camel if you know where to look).

About 40% of our guests were from out of town, so we wanted to be sure and have a few local touches mixed in with the Italian villa atmosphere. Our bar menu consisted of Texas favorites such as Shiner Bock and Tito’s Vodka. We were happy to use Austin-based Whole Foods as our florist; they were extremely reasonable and put together beautiful bouquets. The bridal bouquet included white lilies like the ones Paul would surprise me with during our first year together. When planning our guest book, we wanted something we could enjoy forever. My stepmother and I handpicked river rocks from a landscaping company in the Texas hill country and asked our guests to write us a personal note. We keep all of our “wishing stones” in the birdcage from our sign-in table and hope to use them in a garden after we buy our first house.

Since the wedding was in the evening, we used lanterns for our table centerpieces. After the sunset, we were able to bring some light to the long lawn. We wanted to have a bit of tradition during our ceremony with the Musical Discover Chamber Players trio of string instruments. They performed all of the traditional compositions but allowed us to add our own touch by arranging our special modern request, “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens, to complete the ceremony.  Our DJ, Look No Further Entertainment, was one of my favorite vendors. It was very important for us to get everyone up and dancing, so they helped put together an unforgettable playlist that kept the dance floor packed all night. Last but not least, we were lucky to have such wonderful photographs from Hyde Park Photography so we can enjoy the unforgettable memories for years to come.

Wedding Photography: Hyde Park Photography / Wedding Venue: Villa Del Lago Events Pavilion in Austin, Texas / Floral Design: Whole Foods / Classical Trio: Musical Discovery Chamber Players / DJ: Look No Further Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Marisa