Romantic Austin Military Wedding from Q Weddings
November 21, 2011
CasualGarden Weddings
Good morning LBBers! We've got a wonderfully romantic wedding to start your day off right. A soft color palette, be it creams, pastels, or in this case purples, can put a gorgeous, fresh feel on a wedding. It's subtle, romantic, and lets the couple shine in all their beauty. This Austin couple was beyond beautiful, and their wedding was just an extension of their love. The gorgeous bride married her man in uniform on a beautiful day in Texas, and lucky for us, Q Weddings was on hand to capture the love, the soft, romantic colors, and the style. Make sure to visit the gallery for the rest of this gorgeous affair!

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John attended prep school in New England with my best friend and matron of honor, Casey Mayfield.   Casey introduced us five years after graduation in south Texas where John was stationed for flight school as a naval aviator.  After going on only two dates in Texas, John moved to Florida to continue his training while I moved to California to begin veterinary school.

Upon completion of flight school, John’s first duty station was in San Diego where after three years he proposed during halftime of the Super Bowl.  After convincing me to take a walk to the beach, I reluctantly agreed (I was busy eating and consequently spilling my bowl of chili on my cute top).  The beach was seven blocks away but John only made it two before getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him.  Needless to say, it was a great surprise and I instantly regretted spilling chili all over my shirt.

As our family and friends are scattered about the country, we wanted to plan a wedding in a central location.  The fun and energetic city of Austin was the natural choice because my family lives there, I attended the University of Texas,  and it is smack in the middle of the country. We wanted to be married outdoors, near water but also close to the city which made the Four Seasons on Lake Austin the perfect place.  The venue encompassed just the right amount of unique Texas style while maintaining an understated elegance we were seeking.

John and I wanted a formal wedding with timeless style.... elegant, classic with incorporated Art Deco vintage elements, yet with subtle individual touches.  He wore his Navy choker whites while I chose a vintage style gown with delicate beading reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era. Because lavender is my favorite color, we incorporated touches of dusty lavender to jazz up the neutral palette throughout the wedding decor as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses.  My mother even decorated her delicious homemade jam wedding favors with lavender. The groom's cake was designed as a surprise to John to represent the other loves in his life; his beloved dog, Jobu, surfing, aviation, and Boston sports.  Coco Paloma couldn't have done a better job on his cake and his reaction upon seeing it was priceless.

There are so many unforgettable moments from our wedding day, but the military arch of swords following the ceremony is among my favorites.  The arch of swords is a beautiful tradition that welcomes spouses into the Navy family and symbolizes the sacred union between a military officer and his wife. John left on a seven month deployment shortly after our wedding day, and like so many other military spouses in our country, I am counting down the days to his return so we can resume our lives as husband and wife.

Event Planner: Cristin Meehan, Weddings By Kennedy / Floral Designer: Jennifer's Gardens / Cake Designer: Paloma Efron, Coco Paloma / Dress Designer: Kenneth Pool / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Favors:  Homemade Colorado Cherry Choke Jam by the bride's mother / String Quartet: Divisi Strings / Band: The Pictures Band / Photography: Q Weddings / Letterpress Paper Suite: Paper Chez / Cinematographer: 2nd Generation Videos / Film Work: Richard Photo