Sarah and Dane were married at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas on November 9. “We loved the Hill Country feel without ever having to leave the center of Austin,” Sarah said. The bride wore a capped sleeve a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, berries, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus. “Getting to see each other for the first time,” she said. “We decided to do a first look before walking down the aisle so we could have a moment to ourselves. It was great getting to show off my dress and telling Dane how stunning he looked. Such a perfect, private time to be goofy and settle any last-minute nerves or jitters.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak trees, it was official, almost 125 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with mini beer churros on donkeys followed with the reception shortly thereafter. Guests were escorted to their seats via animal figurines. Tables were decorated with white linens, gray napkins, birch wood centerpieces, vintage books, and mason jar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “The food was absolutely amazing, and the same caterer did our cakes as well,” Sarah said. “The groom’s cake was a total surprise to Dane. It was so fun creating it with the caterer and even better getting to see the surprise on Dane’s face when he saw it.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake topped with fruit was cut and served concluding dinner. Fun fact: the other one was a replica of a scene set in the wilderness! In lieu of a favors, donations were made to Heifer International, University Catholic Center, and Christian Veterinary Mission. “We broke out to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ halfway through our first dance,” she said. “We had been practicing for weeks, and it turned out perfect. Everyone was so surprised.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Hire a wedding planner!” Sarah said. “Even if it is just the day of stuff, you don’t want to be stressing when you’re tyring to focus on preparing for a marriage. Ours was fantastic, and helped us out so much. We were totally stress-free when the day finally arrived.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Katy and Michael were married at Pecan Springs Ranch in Austin, Texas on August 16. The bride wore a v-neck satin a-line wedding gown with a cowl back, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a bow tie and matching vest and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, and ivy vines. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with signature cocktails such as “Mikey’s Something Brewed” and “Katy’s Sangria.” It would not have been a grand entrance down the aisle without two do-it-yourself wooden doors. The altar was highlighted with a vintage dresses and crystal chandelier hanging from an old oak tree. The reception followed inside the main building. Tables were decorated with galvanized metal and milk jar centerepieces surrounded by fruitwood folding chairs. Notice the Mr. and Mrs. book signs for the newlyweds? In addition to the unfrosted naked cake topped with a glitter “Love You More” quote, there was also a cookie and milk bar complete with chocolate chip, M&M’s, double-stuffed Oreos, brownies, and let’s not forget Nesquik too.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
My husband is very outdoorsy. We’ve been to so many weddings in Houston that we were ready for something fun and different. I had seen four other venues before this one, and I just knew when I saw it that was the perfect amount of rustic for my husband, and the perfect amount of chic for me!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My mom did so many DIY projects. All of the table decor was done by her. We collected old bottles, and she took apart all my old jewelry and decorated bottles and vases and votives. It was so enchanting. She worked so hard and was so good at it. So, I loved all the things my mom made. I also loved the dance my friends and bridesmaid’s did. It was a surprise to everyone. It was a choreographed dance done after the garter toss to get the party started! And the last thing that was my favorite was of course saying my vows to my husband. During the ceremony there were gunshots in the distance and my nephew (5-year-old ring bearer) yelled, “Gunshots!!!” at the top of his lungs.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Walking into the venue after we got married, took pictures, and seeing everyone smiling at us as we were walking in. It was just perfect. Took my breath away. My coordinator and HEB flowers and RTC Floristry did such a fantastic job decorating and bringing the exact feel of what I wanted my wedding to be like.