Austin Wedding by The Nichols
January 26, 2012
It's been awhile since we've laid our eyes on a gorgeous wedding photographed by The Nichols, but today is the day loves and this wedding was completely worth the wait. It's sweet simplicity with a lovely organic feel all crafted by The Nouveau Romantics. The flowers alone are total heart-palpitaters and then there's the all white backdrop of Mercury Hall to really set the scene. This is a study in understated elegance wrapped up in Southern charm and we're giving it two thumbs up. See it all here!

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From the bride... I really had no idea which direction to go when I began planning our wedding. I began pulling images from blogs early and putting together a PowerPoint, which ended up being the best thing I could have done. It was how I found our amazing florist. I showed the PowerPoint to my photographer who suggested that I get in contact with her friend. I am so grateful that Jennifer Nichols put me in touch with Liz Lewis of Nouveau Romantics. The first time I spoke to Liz on the phone, I knew it was going to be a perfect match. She understood exactly the look and feel I was aiming for. Liz has amazing taste, and she did a perfect job achieving what I had in my mind — and beyond.

Mercury Hall was a lovely venue that captures Austin's easy-going charm. Because I had so many friends recommend it, we booked the venue unseen, and we were so glad we did. The beautiful wood floors and white bead board walls were gorgeous, which made creating a beautiful space so easy. Not to mention I really wanted to get married under a live oak tree, and Mercury had two amazing live oaks — an ideal backdrop for the ceremony. My mom inherited beautiful cake stands from my grandmother and great-grandmother. It was important to me to have something of theirs included, so I did my best to incorporate them. The stands also worked amazingly well with a collection of my mom's cloches. We had our cakes done by Polkadots Cupcake Factory. They were able to make gorgeous cakes from some images I provided. And they were very yummy! I had seen a photo booth backdrop in a blog that I really liked, which gave me the idea to do a landscape using felt for a backdrop. My fiance proposed while on a trip in Iceland under a waterfall. I thought it would be fun to do a Icelandic landscape — with a geyser, glaciers, Vikings and, of course, a waterfall. The backdrop really turned out to be my favorite project. I got help from a sewing studio in my neighborhood called "Gather Here." Our guests loved posing in the photo booth, and the playful personal touch made the photos that much more special.

My fiance is from North Carolina, and I am from Texas, so we thought spice rub as a gift would be appropriate. I found a great online fabric manufacturer in Durham, North Carolina, named Spoonflower that produces personalized fabric. I painted the states of North Carolina and Texas and had the fabric made for each. It was so easy, and the fabric with baker's string was adorable on the little jars. We made a jar of Texas and a jar of North Carolina spice rub for each guest. Luckily, we had eager family to help put these together for us. The entire weekend was amazing. For me, it was great to see all of my favorite people gathered in one of my favorite cities. We were so lucky that people came from all over to celebrate with us, some as far as China! The night really turned out to be beautiful, and all the personal touches made it feel like our very own.

Wedding Photography: The Nichols / Wedding Coordination: Lizze Belle Events / Floral + Event Design: Liz Lewis of The Nouveau Romantics / Venue: Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas / Catering: Kurant Events / Dessert Table: Polkadots Cupcake Factory / Photo Booth Backdrop: DIY with Help from Gather Here (Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts) / Spice Rub Favors: DIY with Custom Fabric from Spoonflower / Wedding Gown: Catherine Deane / Hair: Jean Barton / Makeup: Rae Cosmetics