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.”
Natalie and Patrick had a fairly traditional church ceremony but that’s definitely where the the tradition ended! Their wedding reception was one of the most authentic carnival/ circus themes I’ve ever seen! They changed outfits, had lots of performers and plenty of food truck options for their 500 (!) guests… Oh and they arrived on an elephant. NBD…
“The reception was at Texas Stunt Ranch”, Natalie said. “We chose it because we knew we were planning on having a circus complete with performers and an elephant and we knew there would be few if any venues that would be ‘elephant friendly’. So when they were not only willing but excited about our plan, we signed with them right away.”
“Our entertainment was provided by The Vampire Circus and it was the absolute most amazing show I have ever seen….That ANYONE had ever seen! They were an absolute pleasure to work with and handled all the snags in the road with grace. If you have not seen them perform do yourself a favour and go. It was an incredible show, performed by the most skilled and astounding artists. They dazzled 500 people, and every single one of them told me it was the best show they had ever seen. They left the crowd awe-struck. I can’t begin to thank these guys enough. They had a pizzaz that made you not able to take your eyes off of them!!!”
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!”
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.”
Alisha and Marc were married in Austin, Texas at The Palm Door, a super cool events space in the city. Their day had a whimsical and natural feel, which reflected the two of them perfectly. The reception was also littered with homemade vintage-inspired touches and lots of pops of colour.
“Marc and I like to have fun and like old stuff and nature”, began Alisha. “So, we included things in the wedding that we already had – an old typewriter, family photos, old suitcases and a mounted deer head given to Marc by one of his students years ago… which I don’t think you’ll see at every wedding! Also, we picked up a lot of stuff from Goodwill, such as the books on the tables, a lot of the frames used, little knick-knacks. Marc has an obsession with knives (they are scattered all over our house), so we used one of his absurdly small knives to cut our cake.”
“We had Marc’s uncle ordained through the Universal Life Church (which you can do in a few minutes online) so he could marry us. We basically tried to make the wedding a representation of us; nothing too fancy or uptight. We also like having our friends around, so we rented a house for the weekend so we could all stay together.”
“Marc and I made our altar together”, she continued. “We cut down a branch from his parents’ backyard and used chain to hang little colorful vases and blue mason jars from it at different lengths. We then put fresh flowers and plants it the vases/ jars for the ceremony. We plan to hang it up at home as well. It turned out really well!”