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.
Heather and Kristy were married at The Flicker Building in Dallas, Texas on April 12. “There was an outdoor space available for the ceremony, weather permitting, and it was on White Rock Lake that held special meaning to us,” Heather said. One bride wore a strapless tulle tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, pearl necklace, sash, and a pair of bow peep-toe high heels, while the other bride wore a blazer and pants, accessorized with a pair of sneakers. The bouquet featured roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, and dusty miller wrapped with lace around the stems. “Each of us walked down the initial portion of the aisle with our chosen family members, and then walked down the remainder of the aisle together,” she said. “We incorporated the Hawaiian tradition of exchanging leis during the ceremony because we lived in Hawaii just prior to the wedding. We also had a blessing of the stones by our guests, and then leaving the stones in a bowl for us to keep.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter inside the loft. Fun fact: There were distinct exposed brick walls, iron trusses, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking sweeping views. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, glass compote centerpieces, lemons, jars of mints, which served double-duty as favors, and votive candles, surrounded by white folding padded chairs. Each one was named after a city. For example, Honolulu, the place of shelter, and O’ahu, the gathering place. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The vendors we have listed are phenomenal,” Heather said. “I did extensive research on WeddingWire, and felt the vendors did an exceptional job and made our day perfect. Use these vendors!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
For engaged couples in Austin, the WeddingWire Sip & Plan event at Caffé Medici at The Austonian was the place to be on Thursday, January 29th! Wedding planner Johnell Huebner of Clearly Classy Events was at this lively event to answer attendees’ tough wedding planning questions.
“It was wonderful to chat about all things wedding planning—from save the dates to DJs, tricks to save money and where to spend,” says Beth Zerdecki, the WeddingWire Austin Community Lead. “It was one extremely informative evening!”
Check out the top five tips our wedding expert Johnell shared at this unique event:
”Don’t be afraid to ask! This is your wedding and it should represent you as a couple. Personalize it!”
“[Wedding planning] starts with the venue! Once you have that secured, all the details and planning may begin.”
“Please, please, please get a day-of coordinator, at a minimum! Don’t make your mother, aunt or photographer run around for you!”
“How to get through planning your own wedding: plan for a weekend, take some time off, plan for another weekend, then take some time off. Divide your year of planning into the beginning, middle and end. Focus on your goals for each stage and let it go in between.”
“Most importantly, keep it simple and do your own thing!”
Beth and Drew were married at Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas on October 25. “Hotel Ella is a beautiful, old Southern mansion,” Beth said. “I loved the vintage, romantic look and feel to the structure with their new modern touches. It was the perfect mix of old meets new!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, and a pair of platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long dresses in various hues and carried bouquets of roses, seeded eucalyptus, and succulents. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the front porch. “The moment when the double doors opened to the ceremony with my father by my side was my favorite,” she said. “. . . and Drew waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was magical, and I will never forget it.” The reception took place inside the ballroom hung with crystal chandeliers and draped with fabric. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall mercury glass candelabra centerpieces, and chalkboard-inspired numbers. Dinner was traditional fare, including jalapeno corn bisque and butter lettuce salad. The three-tiered cake was cut and served following the father-daughter and mother-son dances. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” Beth said. “The actual wedding day definitely flies by so try to enjoy that time with your family, friends, and husband-to-be while you are all working together to create your dream event.” At the end of the night, they jetted off on their honeymoon to Big Sur, Calif.
Michelle and Matthew were married at Classic Oaks Ranch in Mansfield, Texas on June 28. “The overall feel of the venue was very rustic, but very classic at the same time,” Michelle said. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided sideswept updo, feather dangling earrings, and a pair of cowboy boots, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies, seeded eucalyptus, thistle, and nigella. “Michelle is in school studying to become an equine veternarian, and they both are animal lovers so both of their dogs were out with them all day . . . she even intended to ride in to the ceremony on horseback, but at the last minute, the horse wouldn’t cooperate,” Lindsey Burns of Tyler + Lindsey said. “Instead, we just included her in their portraits.” The ceremony took place outside underneath the wooden pavilion with guests seated in benches. “I can’t stop thinking about when the barn doors opended and I saw Matthew waiting for me at the head of the aisle,” she said. Afterwards, the reception began in the barn. Horseshoes served as escort cards and prepared everyone for the BBQ. Yum! Tables were decorated with white linens, tall wheat centerpieces, galvanized metal tins, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, and surrouned with bows tied aroud cross-back chairs. “They are sweet, down-to-earth, and relaxed, and the wedding was such the perfect reflection of them,” Lindsey said. “The day had a beautiful collection of personal touches that truly added so much personality.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparlers and drove off in an antique black Ford Ranger truck for their honeymoon along the entire West Coast. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Start as early as possible and seriously consider a planner,” she said. “Even if you just have someone take over in the final weeks before the big day.”