Austinites Kate and Chris were self-proclaimed “not the marrying type.” It took eight years and an unforgettable trip to South Korea and Japan for them to decide that they did indeed want to make it official. When they got home, with the help of Lauren Field Design, they planned an intimate wedding filled with meaning and purpose. Stunning floral design by Clementine Botanical Art added to the modern yet natural vibe of the celebration. Katie Webb captured the excitement and joy of this special day. Don’t forget, there’s always more to see in the full gallery!
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From the Bride… We were never the “marrying” types. We were together eight years before we decided to get married and we certainly weren’t going to let our nuptials be traditional, either. We took our first international trip together to South Korea and Japan four months earlier. We weren’t really planning on getting married, but spending two weeks together, bonding over a lot of language barriers, missed trains, and an unforgettable experience staying at a buddhist temple with monks, we fell in love all over again. It felt new and fun and exciting, and we couldn’t wait to get married when we returned home. We wanted our wedding to be as meaningful and purposeful as possible. One of our best friends married us, our friends played the music as we walked down the aisle, our friends arranged the balloon release and our wedding planner and stylist is a close friend. Our moms were our wedding party. We wanted everything to be about us and our life’s journey that landed us in Austin. We got married on Mt. Bonnell, a famous look out point in Austin, among all the hikers, with no permit, guerrilla wedding style. We had a beautiful lunch at Olive and June, where they allowed us to create our own menu, and it was the first time they had made any of the dishes, and they were all incredible. We had chicken and waffles, quiche, and rather than serving cake, we chose our favorite dessert, beignets.
As Austinites, we could finish the day only one way, partying the night away at Austin City Limits with our friends and family and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We wanted our day to be casual, but beautiful and timeless. Our palette was inspired by Austin’s lush foliage, and contemporary architecture. Everything was white, black, gold, and offset with rich greens. Some of my favorite details were the hand-made invitations by a local Austin artist, Chris’ Austin themed socks, and our portrait guest book. We wanted our flowers to feel natural and a little wild to embrace the outdoor venue. Everything was Texas themed down to our gift bags, including mini bottles of Tito’s vodka, cans of High Brew coffee made in Austin, Texas shaped chocolates from a local chocolatier, Texas teas, and a custom nut mix from Austin Nuts. Every detail was considered down to the gold linens, green velvet ribbon coordinating with a green velvet ring box, the gold striped on the gift tags playing off the stripes in the bride’s dress, and the bride’s vintage brass candlesticks and green glass bottles in the tablescapes. I’m a Commercial Interior Designer, and my friend decorated the get-away car, my Fiat, with hand made banners, and poms made out of Interior Design practice tests.
I found my dress with my best friend, my aunt, and my mom two years before the wedding! I never thought I would like a ball gown, but it was perfect. I love the simple but flattering cut, and the stripes were so modern and unique. As established professionals, we also had the opportunity to make our registry meaningful. We got married only six weeks after Hurricane Maria finished its devastation of Puerto Rico. We chose to register with Global Giving’s Puerto Rico Recovery fund to help the hundreds of thousands of people still without power. One of my favorite moments was as I was walking up the stairs to the ceremony with my dad, a little girl said “mommy, look, it’s a princess!” I’m not much of a girly girl, but every woman wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day.
From Katie Webb… Kate and Chris had their hearts set on a fun and relaxing wedding day, which led them to plan an intimate celebration with their dearest friends and family in their home city of Austin, TX. Kate is herself an interior designer, so the visual and emotional aesthetic were highly important as she planned each detail with care and help from Lauren Field Design. Throughout the day, Chris and Kate wanted to curate the best possible experience for their wedding guests – from choosing their ceremony site at one of Austin’s most beautiful vistas, releasing big white balloons after the ceremony, providing guests with an incredible brunch at a local restaurant, and sending them off with individualized gifts, their wedding day was a true celebration inspired by the city of Austin.
From Lauren Field… We chose a chic palette of emerald green and gold metallic paired with classic black and white inspired by vintage botanical prints. We layered natural elements and soft contrasting textures throughout the design to create a rich yet subtle vibe with wood, velvet, satin, and mixed metals.
Kate and Chris’ style was very modern and elegant, with a few fun twists on traditional details. For instance, Kate wore a pair of stunning gold Keds during the ceremony since the park requires a short hike up to the top lookout point. Also, in lieu of a wedding cake, Olive and June served the most delicious beignets to guests to showcase Kate and Chris’ love for New Orleans as the sweet ending to their brunch. Everyone who contributed to this wedding did a phenomenal job, and the combination of Clementine’s centerpieces in Olive and June’s top floor room with floor to ceiling windows was breathtaking. Whites, creams, and beautiful green florals blossomed around the natural wooden chargers, emerald green velvet bows on the menus, and the gold-foiled glasses – each of them a different design. Chris and Kate had actually already taken their “honeymoon” before the wedding. They took a trip to Japan, which is where they found the designer of Kate’s wedding ring. For them, their wedding was about curating as many beautiful elements as they could to give their friends and family an incredible day of celebrating, and every detail came together with grace and beauty.
Photography: Katie Webb Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Field Design | Floral Design: Clementine Botanical Art | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Ceremony Venue: City of Austin | Reception Venue: Olive + June | Shoes: Keds | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Ring: Yoshinobu Kataoka | Hair + Makeup: Callie Driskill of Third Space Salon | Band: Terra Vista Strings | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridal Boutique: Unbridaled | Day-Of Coordination: Ashley Voda | Gift Bags: Kate Aspen | Hair Accessories: Blue Bridal Boutique | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Premiere Events | Ring Box: esselle SF