Where to begin, where to begin. Let me start off by saying that the florals in this fabulously festive affair by Bouquets of Austin are just be-yond. It's bouquet perfection for this Austin soiree if you ask me, and even if you don't ask me - I think/know you'll agree. Ku Photography snapped all of the fabulous shots, and each and every one made me completely fall in love with this pretty, pretty party. I am just completely smitten, and you can see all the reasons why in the full gallery of images.
From the Bride... The official story is that Stan and I met through friends while he was in med school and I was in business school. The more interesting story is that we met during one fateful, crazy night on 6th Street in Austin. Our romance was long-distance for the first couple of years, but we both came to the quick realization that it was truly something special, and Stan proposed almost 3.5 years after that first night on the town.
We planned our wedding over the course of 12 months. It was important to us that the day be incredibly personal, colorful and natural while drawing upon key elements of our shared Chinese backgrounds. Most of all, we wanted everyone to have fun! We have both always been drawn to blue hues, and red is very symbolic in the Chinese culture, so royal blue, turquoise and red became an obvious palette for us.
When we visited the Wild Onion Ranch, we immediately knew that the property, with its sprawling grounds, huge oak trees, outdoor dance floor and eclectic yard art, was perfectly suited to what we hoped would be a largely outdoor celebration. To seal the deal, they even had longhorn cattle roaming the front pasture!
As guests arrived prior to the ceremony, they were greeted with St. Germain champagne cocktails to help set the mood and kick off the festivities. The brief ceremony was held at sunset atop a picturesque hill under a semi-circle of giant oak trees. We walked down the aisle to contemporary string music selections and read our own vows to each other. Homemade ceremony programs were also provided in the form of scalloped fans, which we hoped would help cool our guests in the unseasonably warm April heat.
It was important to us that the members of our wedding party be able to reflect their own personalities. The bridesmaids created their own style using royal blue convertible dresses and each held different bouquets of red flowers and succulents, while the groomsmen each wore a turquoise tie with a unique royal blue screen print specially chosen by the groom.
We incorporated a variety of personal touches throughout the evening. Chinese elements included lanterns adorning both the ceremony and reception areas, illuminated water lilies in the pool and custom-made mandarin duck cake toppers (a symbol of wedded bliss and relationship longevity). Our florist delivered on our request for bright and natural centerpieces by using different combinations of wheatgrass, wildflowers and citrus fruits. Stan brewed two types of craft beers for the occasion and we even made our own hand-picked blueberry "sloe" gin to give out as favors! Stan was also able to share his love of sweets with a blue-themed candy bar that was placed by the exit toward the end of the night. Finally, to help keep the party going we had a hilarious flip book booth, glow sticks that were distributed on the dance floor during our requested techno song and post-wedding transportation on buses with dance poles!
Perhaps the most memorable part of the evening was at the very end, when guests were invited to light huge white (100% biodegradable) wish lanterns as a send-off. Unfortunately, high winds prevented many of the lanterns from being lit, but the effect was just as picturesque and serene with the few that flew up into the night. It was the perfect way to cap off the most amazing day of our lives.
Photography: Ku Photography / Floral Design: Bouquets of Austin / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Wild Onion Ranch / Wedding Coordination: Barbara Hearne & Kristi Treadwell of Barbara's Brides / Wedding Cake: Blue Note Bakery / Catering: 2 Dine 4 Fine Catering / Rentals: Premiere Party Central / Hair & Makeup: method.hair / Wedding Dress: Stardust Celebrations / Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Dresses: Restoration Threads / Cake Topper: County Squirrels-R-Us / Flower Girl Basket: Fleur Detaillee / Flower Girl Sash & Hair Accessories: Project U / Bride's Hair Piece: ivoryONwhite / Custom Groom & Groomsmen Ties: Cyberoptix Tie Lab / Flip Books: On The Flipside / Officiant: Michael Boles / Save the Dates: Paperless Post / Wedding Invitations: The Paper Kutt / DJ: Mr. Thrill DJ & Bands / Ceremony Music: String Music / Shuttle Bus: Bongo Bus