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Bouquet Breakdown: Modern Austin Garden Party Wedding

Sometimes you just need a little something bold and colorful to brighten your day, and this lush little posy from Austin-based Verbena Floral Design is just the thing! Filled with seasonal florals in the richest pink and burgundy hues, designed by the lovely LuAnn Dickson, we got the scoop on this beauty below, and there’s even more pretty from the Modern Austin Garden Party Wedding right here in The Vault!

Modern Austin Garden Party Wedding

  • 3 Stems David Austin “Kate” Garden Roses
  • 3 Stems Burgundy Peonies
  • 6 Stems Ivory Vendela Roses
  • 3 Stems Hot Pink Freesia
  • 2 Stems Hot Pink Ranunculus
  • 2 Stems Light Pink Ranunculus
  • 2 Stems Burgundy Ranunculus
  • 2 Stems Ivory Majolica Spray Roses
  • 3 Stems Hot Pink Boronia Heather
  • 2 Stems Burgundy Astrantia
  • 3 Stems Jasmine Vine Foliage
  • 2 Stems Olive Branch Foliage
  • 3 Stems Variegated Bush Ivy

From LuAnn…. Lindley, the bride, and I spoke long distance about her wedding concept overall. She had a very clear vision incorporating black and white striped linens, gold metallic accents, and colorful florals. Traditional with a modern edge was the vibe she wanted to express that day. The garden setting was an essential feature for us to accentuate. We wanted her bridal bouquet to have a structured style with a garden feel.

It needed texture and depth with a compact shape overall. It was also a priority to utilize seasonal flowers in the color palette we set out for the day. Lindley shared several inspiration photos with me before we spoke on the phone. We landed on two bouquet images that we took elements from, along with some seasonal florals we had discussed, to create her custom bouquet. A few months before the wedding, Lindley and Joseph flew down to Austin from their home in the northeast to finalize their wedding details. We reviewed the inspiration photos and discussed the details, adding gold ribbons as the finishing touch on her lovely bouquet. 

I love creating custom floral designs for my brides. It’s important for me to bring out the personality of each of my bridal clients. I want the bridal bouquet and all of the wedding designs to tell the couple’s story. It’s a skill I’ve worked on for a long time. I try my best to listen to the bride as she tells me her likes and dislikes, to hear the little highs and lows when she describes a certain style she saw somewhere or tells me her favorite flower. The inspiration photos she shares with me also help guide me to narrow in on those elements she is drawn to for her wedding flowers. I take all of those elements and do my best to extract the ideal combination of colors and seasonal varieties to bring out her personal style in flowers. The flowers should always compliment the bride and each bride deserves something unique and her all own.


Floral Design: LuAnn Dickson of Verbena Floral Design | Photography: Jen Dillender

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SMP Blogger Bride: Meet Olivia of LivvyLand

When we heard Olivia of Livvyland was rocking some sparkly, left handed bling, we promptly began jumping for joy. Because when the sweetest lil’ lady says “Yes” it means we get to welcome her to the Blogger Bride tribe. She’ll be sharing her fashionable journey down the aisle with us, starting with her lakeside e-sesh. Dive right in to The Vault for more, and be sure to follow along every step of the way!

From Oliva of LivvylandHello Brides-to-be, my name is Olivia and I run a fun little fashion and lifestyle blog based in Austin, Texas called Livvyland, and also work for a tech company full-time. I’d like to think of my style as approachable, casual and a little boho here and there – much like the city I live in. Let’s just say when SMP asked me to be their latest Blogger Bride, I quickly stepped outside the office (okay, so I may have sprinted…) to call my fiancé and geek out about the news. Given that Blake is not a social media lover like myself (opposites attract, right?) nor has he been ogling all things wedding related since, well…ever, I’d give him a 10 out of 10 in his acting abilities to share my level of excitement. He’s a keeper!

Blake and I met back in high school when we were teenagers. Funny enough, our young love began on a class field trip when my bus buddy didn’t show up, so Blake asked if he could sit with me on the three hour ride from Austin to Houston. I guarantee you that my teenage self was in full panic mode because all the girls in school knew who he was, but between composing my anxiety to keep conversation alive for six hours and worrying whether or not I had food caught in my braces (remember those days?), there was a spark that was undeniable

Flash forward two years later when we were both attending college at the University of Texas. Blake broke up with me and we went our separate ways for four years. We both focused on school and dated other people throughout – however, I had this thing I called “first love syndrome” where no matter what, I could not shake my feelings for Blake! Let’s just say I mastered the breakup wallowing phase and it kind of stuck around for another two years following the breakup…as did my routine of blasting sad Taylor Swift songs and belting them in the car…(White Horse, anyone?).

It was a blessing and a curse that the Biomedical Engineering building and the Journalism school were along the same pathway, which meant I’d run into him regularly. Though it was tough to see him so often, it also gave us time to catch up and stay in each other’s lives over the next few years.

I graduated UT in 2012 and began working in the marketing department at Kendra Scott Jewelry shortly after. I was at home when I received a text from Blake telling me in the midst of cleaning his apartment he found an old note I’d written him years ago and that after re-reading it, he felt inclined to reach out. He asked me to grab a drink and catch up, and of course, I accepted the invitation.

One drink led to over six hours of conversation and it was clear that timing was in our favor this time around. Those four years apart were the best thing for us and gave us time to mature and grow as individuals. After six months of dating “part deux,” we moved in together and our relationship felt stronger than ever!

As for the proposal…Blake works in cancer research as a scientist/software developer and he used his coding background to create a website that chronicled our full story and history together. He surprised me one morning during what appeared to be normal coffeehouse work session at one of my favorite spots along Lake Austin that we’ve been going to together since we were teens (and it’s also where we took the photos in this post). He kept his cool all morning and finally said he wanted to show me something on his computer…and when I read the first line and saw a picture of us from 2007 as kiddos, I completely lost it. After I scrolled through the site reading through little snippets of our life together and wiped the endless stream of tears away, he got down on one knee…and the rest is history!

Given my workload managing Livvyland and my day job, we decided a long engagement was best for us so that we could have ample planning time. In terms of a dream wedding, our biggest hope is that it’s ultra romantic, personal and above all, fun! I am most excited about working with people we’ve known since high school or college who have started their own businesses and now work in the wedding industry in Austin – pastry chefs, florists, calligraphers, photographers, etc. I think it’s so sweet to keep things intimate and “in the family” per se. Aside from that, I’ll be sharing the rest as it comes! Next up on my to-do list is wedding dress shopping this weekend…I’m thinking something feminine and whimsical! You can follow my dress shopping adventures on Instagram, I’m certain I’ll be sharing any news!

I am beyond thrilled and so honored to a be the newest Blogger Bride and I can’t wait to chronicle our wedding journey leading up to the big day on October 15, 2016. Thank you so much for following along!

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Photography: A Dandy Pear

Elegant Dallas Wedding

Imagine a day boasting lush florals from Kate Foley Designs, breathtaking details crafted by Hitched Events and a bride and groom who are the serious definition of stunning and you’ll land squarely on this affair captured by Joshua Aull.  Think beyond beautiful stylings meets heartwarming moments meets cultural details sprinkled throughout.  Join us for so much more in The Vault.


From the Bride… Eugene and I have known each other for almost eight years. We met in New York City; I work in fashion and he works in finance. We were both working crazy hours, but somehow made it work. After getting engaged in the Amalfi Coast, we moved to Dallas and decided to have our wedding here given it is our new home.

Eugene and his family moved from the Soviet Union in the early 90’s, and they still hold dear many Russian traditions. So when we began planning our wedding, we knew there would be lots of vodka! Nostrovia!

One of our favorite places in New York is a Russian restaurant, Mari Vanna. It’s like stepping into your Babushka’s (Grandmother’s) house in St. Petersburg: peeling floral wallpaper, mismatched chairs, towering china cabinets, hanging plants and of course dining tables with every inch covered in food. It was the perfect inspiration for our big day since we had so much history there as a couple.

We found our venue almost immediately. We fell in love with the Joule- its open terrace, art installations and rich history as a Bank in downtown Dallas. It just spoke to us when we first walked in. In fact, it was both the first and last venue we considered. The mirrored ballroom with soft lighting and dripping garden florals would make for the romantic setting we were looking for. The Joule even worked with us to create a custom Russian inspired menu with all of Eugene’s favorite recipes.

Being new to Dallas, I was incredibly lucky to find such talented vendors that shared my aesthetic and vision. The ladies at Hitched Events helped us stay relaxed and pulled together an amazing day. Our ceremony was held on the rooftop terrace of the hotel in a floor-to-ceiling windowed room with views of downtown Dallas. Propmaker Event Rentals designed a beautiful natural birch chuppah adorned with flowers and candles under which Eugene and I said our vows. My dress was a couture Anna Maier lace gown from Gabriella NY which fit like a glove! The blush lining under the ivory lace was the perfect blend of classic and modern styles. I added my own handmade, cathedral lace trimmed veil and knotted a crystal embellished ribbon belt around my waist.

I knew I had found the perfect photographer when we had our engagement session with the very talented Joshua Aull. He captured Eugene and myself in a way we’d never seen and our wedding day was no exception. He even humored us and snapped some photos of our dog, Myles. Kate Foley of Kate Foley Designs was such a pleasure to work with. The floral arrangements that she designed for us were beautiful, and perfectly sized. Our palette consisted of rich cranberries, indigo and soft pink with gold accents. The best piece Kate engineered was an installation of dripping garden florals over the head table, not to mention she whipped it up in under one week when I decided the ballroom needed one more exciting element! And my bouquet was enchanting with an ombre of colors – my absolute favorite. Everything came together so nicely and in such a romantic way from the gold trimmed place settings by Posh Couture and the mirrored mercury finish on our dance floor to the colorful matryoshka doll escort cards that doubled as party favors for our guests.

It’s hard to look back and try to remember every single detail, because what they say is true – your wedding day really flies by too quickly. But I can certainly say, the advice I was given to try and remember the little moments and leave the other stuff to the photos was some of the best I could have received. The memories I do have from that day are so incredibly special and are moments I will cherish forever… like laughing while attempting to safety pin my husband’s suspenders back together, signing my Hebrew name backwards, my father’s really funny “dad jokes”, changing our choreography mid-dance and best of all looking into my husband’s eyes for the first time after exchanging our rings.

Photography: Joshua Aull Photography | Event Planning: Hitched Events | Floral Design: Kate Foley Designs | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Couture | Invitations: Val Marie Paper | Bride's Shoes: Valentino D'Orsay | Hair And Makeup: Samantha Landis | Groom's Attire: Kings Tailor (NYC) | Venue: The Joule Dallas | Film Processing: Photovision Film Lab