Amy and Ryan wanted a sweet, nostalgic and happy wedding. They were married at Star Hill Ranch in Austin, in March. “I originally wanted a ceremony at our house, but there was no way we could ﬁt everyone, so we brought elements of our home to the venue”, Amy said. “We both love mid-century ascetics, but didn’t want it to be too kitschy or overdone. One guest described it as ‘if Wes Anderson remade Steel Magnolias’ which is a fantastic compliment if not just a really, really good idea.”
“Our décor was a combination of handmade projects, beloved items from our own home and items provided by family. Our taxidermy weasel on our sweetheart table was actually what Ryan proposed to me with… long story! My mom even made us a piñata for guests to drop in their well-wishes. All of the paper ﬂowers in the décor were made by Ryan, my mom, her students and myself. The ﬂowers in my bouquet were picked up that morning at Whole Foods and beautifully thrown together.”
Carmen and Doug were initially dreading the wedding planning process, but when they realised that didn’t have to do the traditional stuff, it became so much fun! “I had these images in my mind of priests, Hilton convention centres, big shiny bridesmaid dresses and drunk cousins”, Carmen said. “Then I realised that our wedding could be whatever we wanted it to be, and I found the whole process really fun. Drunk cousins made an appearance, of course, but it was still fun!”
Their ceremony was officiated by the groom’s brother at Mercury Hall, Austin. “He has a really witty, dry, irreverent sense of humour and we told him to do whatever he wanted, knowing we wouldn’t be disappointed”, she continued. “He put together a hilarious little diddy with references to my beauty pageant past, Doug’s video game addiction, and some really funny ancient and biblical wedding traditions. We did the ceremony under a big live oak tree. At some point in the planning process I found some pictures of a couple who made a succulent wall to get married in front of. I sent it to my mom and asked if she be interested in making one herself, and much to my surprise she said yes. It ended up being A LOT of work on her part, but it was really gorgeous. Thanks mom!”
Xaviera and Russell’s wedding didn’t follow any rules. It was held at Casa Rio De Colores and quirky venue located just outside of Austin. The couple described their theme as a ‘rainbow family reunion’.
“We had a three day weekend wedtacular”, said Xaviera. “Our location was very unique and allowed for an interesting weekend. Friday night we had a talent show. Saturday during the day there were lawn games and there’s a river for swimming. The ceremony was at sunset and all the guests were asked to bring puppets for the recessional. We had a potluck dinner (although we did supply booze and a roast pig.) The groom built an effigy and it was burned along with a firework show. We also had grilled cheese at midnight. Sunday morning we had breakfast tacos and bloody marys.”
“The talent show was so much fun!”, she continued. “One of the surprise acts was our friends who wrote us a song. It was so great we had the perform it as part of the ceremony the next day. My Mom also surprised me with a whole choreographed song and dance number with friends compete with a wig!”
Are you ready for some serious wedding envy? Don’t say I didn’t warn you… Brooke and Spencer had a lunchtime wedding in Texas in June, “I met Spencer at summer camp in Ardmore when I was 13 and he was 14. We had a friendship spanning over 10+ years until we both ended up in San Marcos, Texas where our friendship grew into something more. Our ceremony was performed by one of the counsellors from that summer camp!”
“The inspiration for our wedding was our venue, Le San Michele. I really was inspired by the landscape and décor. It was simple and beautiful. We bought flowers in bulk at Austin Flower Co. and I arranged the bouquets and boutonnieres. I also created the succulent planters with my sister. The vases were all found at thrift stores. We bulk ordered hand fans for wholesale online and made tags for each handle inscribed with the wedding date. A lot of the décor we spray painted with gold paint or mirror spray paint. ”
I bet you’ve never heard a wedding story quite like this one! The groom, Steve, decided to surprise his British girlfriend by asking her to marry him while on a road trip from Nashville to New Orleans. He proposed on the banks of the The Angelina River and they were married in Austin four days later. The bride knew nothing about what was going to happen on the day. With the help of wedding photographer Katherine O’Brien, Steve planned the entire wedding himself, his bride just had to show up!
“This wedding was 16 years in the making”, explained wedding photographer Katherine. “Steve decided to surprise Katherine and asked her to marry him on their road trip this summer. All he needed was a place, some music a photographer and someone to marry them!”
“We suggested our favorites Roadhouse Relics for the space, Spike Gillespie for words, Unbridaled for a Nataya dress, a bouquet from Whole Foods, Nick Armstrong for music and Lenoir for dinner afterwards! Steve booked a house off South First and brought two custom made rings from Laura at Wood Goes Around.”
Danny and Maya were married at Cedar Bend Events, just 25 minutes outside of Austin. They chose their venue because they wanted an outdoor wedding and this place was beautiful! “We both really wanted the wedding to be outdoors and to embody the relaxing feel of a backyard barbecue”, wrote the groom. “Our original plan was actually to have a family barbecue style event and handle all of the food/catering as a family, but that proved too difficult logistically, so we opted for a wedding venue that could provide the same relaxed feeling.”
“Throughout the planning process, we consciously chose to ignore any rules that were inconvenient or contradicted our values”, he continued. “For example, when it came time to decide on a dessert, we opted for catering from Amy’s Ice Creams instead of expensive wedding cake(s). When we were choosing friends for our wedding party, we disregarded the traditional gender guidelines, because some of my best friends are women. It felt inappropriate for my BFFs to stand with Maya just because they are women, and Maya felt the same way about her male BFFs. It took a little extra work to color-coordinate everyone, but it ended up looking great!”