Even a Tornado Warning Couldn’t Dampen Spirits at This Texas Couple’s Family-Style Wedding

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Oct 032016
 

Tenaya has a deep love for old houses — so much so that the design director moved to Austin, Texas, to get her master's in historic preservation at the UT School of Architecture! So when she and Matthew started to plan their Austin wedding for May 23, 2015, the bride knew she wanted a grand venue full of personality. The home in question? The Commodore Perry Estate, a 1920s estate with a walled garden that hasn't been lived in since WWII, leaving it perfectly preserved in time. But Tenaya and Matthew's wasn't all formal. "To offset the fanciness of the home, we wanted a casual, outdoor wedding on the lawn. Wine in crystal glasses, people dancing in bare feet, and family-style roasted pork and fried chicken." Sounds perfect!

The bride had a grand idea for how the day would flow: Cocktail hour on the veranda as guests arrived, a ceremony on the grounds, and a fancy picnic at farm tables, lit by the moon. "But it rained!" she says. "Thankfully we had amazing wedding planners, The Whitt Experience, so we quickly put Plan B into action." While people may have gotten a little wet, and there wasn't much moonlight with rain falling sideways all night, nothing could stop this couple from having the best wedding they could imagine. "I was going to marry the man I love and we were surrounded by all of our favorite people. Yes, it was rained out, but it was still the coolest thing," says Tenaya. Grab an umbrella and take a look at how they pulled off a wonderful celebration, weather be damned, photographed by Alysse Gafkjen.

When Matthew and Tenaya sent out their watercolor invitations, they were actually still crossing their fingers that the venue would work out. "It's not an official wedding venue, so we had to get a lot of permits," says the bride. Inspired by both the venue and the bride's antique 18th-century engagement ring, the celebration spanned decades in its design.

With a 1790s mine-cut engagement ring, Tenaya also went vintage with her other accessories: consigned Prada shoes ("They were surprisingly comfortable!" she says) and turquoise earrings from the Marburger Farm Antique Show.

Tenaya visited a few dress shops, and ended up at LOHO Bride in San Francisco. "I'm from California, and my sister's friend owns the boutique," she says. "It was the best experience: She had the motherload of perfect dresses, has amazing taste, and is such a sweet, positive person." The winning dress was a drapey silk gown by A La Robe, with lace trim and a ribbon across the back.

"My dress was classic and simple, but a little sexy, too," says Tenaya. "Dress shopping was so surreal. I never thought much about my wedding day, so it hadn't sunk in that I was getting married!"

Her bouquet popped against the simple gown, a combination of red roses, peonies, ranunculus, and scabiosa pods.

Matthew matched the late spring vibe in a seersucker suit.

Tenaya's nieces served as flower girls in white eyelet dresses, topped with crowns of greenery.

"Because rain meant we couldn't have cocktail hour on the lawn, we moved it inside the chapel on-site," says the bride.

While her dream of guests stumbling upon a 17-piece rock orchestra playing on the grounds was dashed by the rain, instead Mother Falcon set up on the altar of the estate's church.

Tenaya has five sisters, so she skipped bridesmaids and instead asked them to each pick a blue dress they loved and to find a seat in the front row of the ceremony. "We did, however, have an incredible bachelorette party in Healdsburg, shucking oysters in Tomales Bay, tasting wine in Napa and, most importantly, coming up with synchronized dance routines!"

The bride's father walked her down the aisle as a soft drizzle fell. The couple wrote their own vows, cobbling them together from readings and vows they'd read, as well as writing a few lines of their own. "The most grounding moment of the day was standing up in front of all our guests, looking into Matthew's pretty blue eyes and just being there with him," says Tenaya.

Dinner was moved inside the mansion, with the head table set up on the veranda. "It still looked stunning, even though we may have chosen to use more florals if we'd planned all along to have it inside," says the bride. She struggled to find the rentals she really wanted, so as she planned her wedding, Tenaya and a friend founded their own event rental company so other Austin brides can access what she couldn't — starting with the dark wood farm tables.

Garlands of eucalyptus leaves were interspersed with votive candles and the floral designer's collection of vintage brass figurines.

Instead of traditional menus, Tenaya and Matthew purchased a door from Home Depot and painted it with chalkboard paint. The bride's sisters hand-wrote the menu onto the door, which was then decorated with eucalyptus. They also hand-wrote each guest's name and table assignment on a Magnolia leaf, a nod to Matthew's home state of Mississippi.

The family-style dinner was planned with two friends, who are also local chefs. Cocktail hour featured charcuterie from butchers across Austin, like Dai Due and Henri's Cheese & Wine, and cocktails made with fresh juice from Juiceland (we can only imagine how tasty the rum punch was!). Dinner included slow roasted whole pig, fried chicken, and polenta with roasted vegetables.

Choosing a cake was the couple's favorite project, with Matthew picking up cupcakes from bakeries all over Austin until they found the winner: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting from Sugar Mama's.

During the best man's speech, an incredible curtain of rain came down and the tornado warnings on everyone's phones started to go off. "It blew the terrace doors wide open, so we finally had to move everyone inside," says Tenaya. But that wasn't all: Before the dancing could really start, the power went out and the fire marshals had to ask everyone to leave. "We settled on heading to the nearest bar with a great DJ, and ended up having the best after-party ever!" the bride remembers. "It's easy to put pressure on your wedding day, but at some point you need to let go and savor the moment. Things may not go as planned, but make sure you enjoy what is still happening!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Commodore Perry Estate || Wedding Planner: The Whitt Experience || Event Staff: DNA Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: A La Robe, from LOHO Bride || Shoes: Prada, from Moss Designer Consignment || Jewelry: Marburger Farm Antique Show || Hair: Lip Service || Makeup: Erin Lee Smith || Groom's Attire: J.Crew || Wedding Bands: Bell and Bird || Floral Design: Transplants || Music: Mother Falcon || Catering: Chef Michael Brantley || Cake: Sugar Mama's Bakeshop || Rentals: Party at the Moontower; Loot Vintage Rentals || Photographer: Alysse Gafkjen

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Even a Tornado Warning Couldn’t Dampen Spirits at This Texas Couple’s Family-Style Wedding

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Oct 032016
 

Tenaya has a deep love for old houses — so much so that the design director moved to Austin, Texas, to get her master's in historic preservation at the UT School of Architecture! So when she and Matthew started to plan their Austin wedding for May 23, 2015, the bride knew she wanted a grand venue full of personality. The home in question? The Commodore Perry Estate, a 1920s estate with a walled garden that hasn't been lived in since WWII, leaving it perfectly preserved in time. But Tenaya and Matthew's wasn't all formal. "To offset the fanciness of the home, we wanted a casual, outdoor wedding on the lawn. Wine in crystal glasses, people dancing in bare feet, and family-style roasted pork and fried chicken." Sounds perfect!

The bride had a grand idea for how the day would flow: Cocktail hour on the veranda as guests arrived, a ceremony on the grounds, and a fancy picnic at farm tables, lit by the moon. "But it rained!" she says. "Thankfully we had amazing wedding planners, The Whitt Experience, so we quickly put Plan B into action." While people may have gotten a little wet, and there wasn't much moonlight with rain falling sideways all night, nothing could stop this couple from having the best wedding they could imagine. "I was going to marry the man I love and we were surrounded by all of our favorite people. Yes, it was rained out, but it was still the coolest thing," says Tenaya. Grab an umbrella and take a look at how they pulled off a wonderful celebration, weather be damned, photographed by Alysse Gafkjen.

When Matthew and Tenaya sent out their watercolor invitations, they were actually still crossing their fingers that the venue would work out. "It's not an official wedding venue, so we had to get a lot of permits," says the bride. Inspired by both the venue and the bride's antique 18th-century engagement ring, the celebration spanned decades in its design.

With a 1790s mine-cut engagement ring, Tenaya also went vintage with her other accessories: consigned Prada shoes ("They were surprisingly comfortable!" she says) and turquoise earrings from the Marburger Farm Antique Show.

Tenaya visited a few dress shops, and ended up at LOHO Bride in San Francisco. "I'm from California, and my sister's friend owns the boutique," she says. "It was the best experience: She had the motherload of perfect dresses, has amazing taste, and is such a sweet, positive person." The winning dress was a drapey silk gown by A La Robe, with lace trim and a ribbon across the back.

"My dress was classic and simple, but a little sexy, too," says Tenaya. "Dress shopping was so surreal. I never thought much about my wedding day, so it hadn't sunk in that I was getting married!"

Her bouquet popped against the simple gown, a combination of red roses, peonies, ranunculus, and scabiosa pods.

Matthew matched the late spring vibe in a seersucker suit.

Tenaya's nieces served as flower girls in white eyelet dresses, topped with crowns of greenery.

"Because rain meant we couldn't have cocktail hour on the lawn, we moved it inside the chapel on-site," says the bride.

While her dream of guests stumbling upon a 17-piece rock orchestra playing on the grounds was dashed by the rain, instead Mother Falcon set up on the altar of the estate's church.

Tenaya has five sisters, so she skipped bridesmaids and instead asked them to each pick a blue dress they loved and to find a seat in the front row of the ceremony. "We did, however, have an incredible bachelorette party in Healdsburg, shucking oysters in Tomales Bay, tasting wine in Napa and, most importantly, coming up with synchronized dance routines!"

The bride's father walked her down the aisle as a soft drizzle fell. The couple wrote their own vows, cobbling them together from readings and vows they'd read, as well as writing a few lines of their own. "The most grounding moment of the day was standing up in front of all our guests, looking into Matthew's pretty blue eyes and just being there with him," says Tenaya.

Dinner was moved inside the mansion, with the head table set up on the veranda. "It still looked stunning, even though we may have chosen to use more florals if we'd planned all along to have it inside," says the bride. She struggled to find the rentals she really wanted, so as she planned her wedding, Tenaya and a friend founded their own event rental company so other Austin brides can access what she couldn't — starting with the dark wood farm tables.

Garlands of eucalyptus leaves were interspersed with votive candles and the floral designer's collection of vintage brass figurines.

Instead of traditional menus, Tenaya and Matthew purchased a door from Home Depot and painted it with chalkboard paint. The bride's sisters hand-wrote the menu onto the door, which was then decorated with eucalyptus. They also hand-wrote each guest's name and table assignment on a Magnolia leaf, a nod to Matthew's home state of Mississippi.

The family-style dinner was planned with two friends, who are also local chefs. Cocktail hour featured charcuterie from butchers across Austin, like Dai Due and Henri's Cheese & Wine, and cocktails made with fresh juice from Juiceland (we can only imagine how tasty the rum punch was!). Dinner included slow roasted whole pig, fried chicken, and polenta with roasted vegetables.

Choosing a cake was the couple's favorite project, with Matthew picking up cupcakes from bakeries all over Austin until they found the winner: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting from Sugar Mama's.

During the best man's speech, an incredible curtain of rain came down and the tornado warnings on everyone's phones started to go off. "It blew the terrace doors wide open, so we finally had to move everyone inside," says Tenaya. But that wasn't all: Before the dancing could really start, the power went out and the fire marshals had to ask everyone to leave. "We settled on heading to the nearest bar with a great DJ, and ended up having the best after-party ever!" the bride remembers. "It's easy to put pressure on your wedding day, but at some point you need to let go and savor the moment. Things may not go as planned, but make sure you enjoy what is still happening!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Commodore Perry Estate || Wedding Planner: The Whitt Experience || Event Staff: DNA Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: A La Robe, from LOHO Bride || Shoes: Prada, from Moss Designer Consignment || Jewelry: Marburger Farm Antique Show || Hair: Lip Service || Makeup: Erin Lee Smith || Groom's Attire: J.Crew || Wedding Bands: Bell and Bird || Floral Design: Transplants || Music: Mother Falcon || Catering: Chef Michael Brantley || Cake: Sugar Mama's Bakeshop || Rentals: Party at the Moontower; Loot Vintage Rentals || Photographer: Alysse Gafkjen

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It Was All About Spring Flowers at This Open-Air Wedding in Austin

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Aug 092016
 

When Taralah and John started planning their May 5, 2015, wedding in Austin, Texas, they knew they wanted a venue that would highlight the spring season. "We fell in love with Laguna Gloria, the gorgeous gardens and the lush flowers," says Taralah. In keeping with the season, they nixed a color palette in favor of featuring all the blooms they could that were in-season, from garden roses to peonies and everything in between. "Our vision was to have long hardwood tables, string lights, gold accents, and people drinking Moscow Mules in copper mugs under the stars. The outcome was everything we'd imagined and more!" says the bride.

This soft, romantic garden wedding will leave you itching to get out into nature — take a peek at the photos by Ashley Garmon Photographers!

The couple's invitation suite featured modern calligraphy, natural-edged paper, and an illustration of the venue (which they also used as their guest book on the wedding day). The combination of gold and charcoal was relaxed and modern.

Taralah had an emotional wedding dress-shopping experience: "My maid of honor cried when I put on the very first dress!" she says. She ended up choosing a lace mermaid gown from Ines Di Santo, with a sweetheart neckline and a low back. "It was exactly what I'd always described as my dream dress," says the bride. John wore a navy blue suit with a black bow tie and camel-colored wingtips. The groom also wore the gift his bride gave him on their wedding morning, monogrammed cufflinks.

Taralah's bouquet featured soft pink and white hues, combining roses, and peonies for lots of fullness and texture. And since the couple wanted their day to be brimming with beautiful blooms, bridesmaids' bouquets were made up of garden roses, ranunculus, and lilacs.

"We did a first look before the ceremony so we could have a few moments alone and exchange gifts," says Taralah. "We loved having that private time, as well as the chance to take all of our pictures before the ceremony — everyone's hair and makeup was fresh!"

Her bridesmaids wore charcoal-hued Amsale gowns with either strappy or one-shoulder necklines, while the groomsmen all wore navy blue to match the groom. The one thing that didn't match? Their collection of eclectic socks!

"We actually had cocktail hour start before the ceremony," says Taralah. "We wanted everyone to feel like they were coming to a really fun party, so we served Moscow Mules for guests to sip as we came down the aisle."

The ceremony took place overlooking the venue's pond, with an altar draped in white fabric and greenery serving as the backdrop. "We didn't want to take away from the natural beauty," Taralah explains. Instead of writing their own vows, they worked with the bride's childhood pastor to tweak the traditional vows to ensure those words felt more like them.

Guests' escort cards were tied with charcoal ribbon to a fence covered in ivy. Long wooden tables were covered with gathered ivory linens and sprawling centerpieces in wooden boxes.

Gold-brushed chargers and gold calligraphy on the menus tied together the ornate details, while combinations of seasonal blooms, including peonies, garden roses, Queen Anne's lace, and ranunculus, were light and natural. At the sweetheart table, a lace tablecloth was topped with votive candles and a lighter ivory-hued arrangement.

The pair's three-tiered wedding cake featured a gold-frosted center tier and a cascade of white peonies.

After taking a spin with John to "Easy" by Lionel Richie and Willie Nelson, Taralah danced with her dad to "Baby Blue" by George Strait. "I cried through the whole thing," she remembers. And even after the stress and hard work, every moment was worth it. "To see all the planning come to life is so surreal. It's an amazing feeling!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Laguna Gloria || Wedding Planner: The Nouveau Romantics || Bride's Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo || Shoes: Stuart Weitzman || Jewelry: Alexis Bittar || Hair: NSalon Austin || Makeup: Nisa Nicole || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Kors || Music: Barton Springs; Greenbelt DJ || Catering: Kurant Events || Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery || Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals; Premiere Events; Marquee Event Group || Photographer: Ashley Garmon Photographers

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WATCH: This Fun-Filled Austin Party Is Everything You Want in a Wedding

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Jul 302016
 

The weekend is here, and for most soon-to-be brides and grooms, that means some much-needed (and uninterrupted!) wedding planning. Whether you're at the very beginning of the process or just weeks away from your own big day, there's a good chance you're still looking for a little — okay, or a lot — of inspiration to pull off the biggest party of your life. One of our favorite ways to gather up fresh ideas? Our real weddings video channel! Each week we're highlighting one of our favorite love stories, and today we're taking you inside Libby and Peter's laid-back wedding in Austin, Texas.

This duo invited guests (and videographer 63 Films) to Palm Door, an urban loft space in the heart of the city's downtown scene. It was the perfect backdrop for Libby and Peter's colorful celebration, which was filled with bright-hued flowers (think: bold coral, deep burgundy, and pops of yellow) and lots of love. From the bride's flower crown and the groom's boutonniere to the ceremony altar covered in fresh blooms and the couple's adorable pup ring bearer, who wore a garland of fragrant roses, this couple made sure to pay attention to the fine details.

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This wedding wasn't just beautiful, it was also incredibly sweet and emotional. The groom choked up during their first look and then once again during the ceremony. While there were no apparent tears from the bride, her ear-to-ear grin was Libby's best wedding day accessory. Another awesome part about the bride's big day look? Her convertible wedding dress! We loved that her flowing ceremony frock was transformed into a party-ready cocktail-length dress for the reception.

The reception looked like a total blast, too. Despite the groom's broken arm, he was on the dance floor all evening long. Some guests (and the bride!) even busted out slings for the dance party — talk about making a guy feel comfortable!

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This Military Couple Said “I Do” in True Texas Hill Country Fashion

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May 272016
 

On a sunset walk along a lake near Austin, Texas, Trevor Dunlap issued a challenge to his longtime girlfriend Randi Reed: Prove you love me, he dared her. "No, you prove it," she replied. And he did, in immediate and spectacular fashion. There, he got down on one knee and popped the question, catching his future bride-to-be entirely off guard.

The decision to host their April 25, 2015, wedding in Austin was an easy one. The city held special meaning for Randi and Trevor, who spent time there together while the groom earned his master's degree at University of Texas. Plus, with Trevor's family from Houston and Randi's family in Virginia, the location allowed the couple to host a destination wedding for all their guests — albeit a closer destination for some.

Selecting the striking Roman-revival Central Christian Church for their ceremony and the Vineyards at Chappel Lodge for the reception helped guide the tone of their big day and a Texas-meets-Los-Angeles vibe quickly emerged. They wanted their nuptials to be a mix between laid-back country and chic city, and with the help of Liv By Design Events, they were able to strike that balance perfectly. And thanks to Ashley Garmon Photographers, we get the huge pleasure of enjoying their hard work now.

When Randi set out to find her wedding dress, she was determined to take home a fitted-but-bohemian style. "Once I tried something like that on, I realized it wasn't what I was looking for at all," she admits. With the help of her matron of honor, Randi narrowed her choices down to two classic options by Vera Wang.

She ultimately chose a ball gown that featured a corseted lace bodice and a layered tulle skirt. To add a bit of bling to the look, Randi added a beaded Carolina Herrera belt to the waistline and slipped on Jimmy Choo shoes. She carried an all-white bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, garden and spray roses, and dahlias, with subtle hints of blush astilbe.

Trevor, who was an active member of the United States Marine Corps at the time of his wedding, wore his dress uniform for the ceremony, reception dinner, first dance, and cake cutting before changing into a custom suit from Indochino that coordinated with his groomsmen's attire.

The couple's bridesmaid selected their own Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo dresses, ending up with three distinct floor-length styles in varying shades of pink, including one style that showed off a bit of metallic blush. "I'm an only child and my cousins are like my sisters, so naturally they were my co-matrons of honor," Randi says.

Two flower girls wore ivory dresses with floral details at the waistline, while the couple's ring bearer donned a soft-blue collared shirt and shorts. But it wasn't the ring bearer's adorable outfit that stole the show. "When Nicky, our ring bearer, made to the end of the aisle, he entertained the crowd with a quick nose pick," Randi laughs.

It's easy to see why Randi and Trevor chose the Central Christian Church for their ceremony. "It is beautiful inside and out," Randi says. "I fell in love with its ornate iron doors and the courtyard, and I was taken with the Romanesque revival interior with large green columns, wooden rafters and a magnificent soaring altar." With its stunning architecture, the couple decided the church needed little in the way of ceremony decor, opting to place eucalyptus and Italian ruscus runners along the altar and white blooms tied in blush-hued ribbons on the pews.

A family friend flew in from Virginia to officiate the ceremony. "His daughter was one of the friends that introduced Trevor and I," Randi explains, "and she's one of my closest friends and was a bridesmaid. A few weeks after meeting Trevor I told her I was going to marry him! It was special to have her dad be the person who married us ten years later."

Since he knew the couple so well, their pastor was able to tailor the ceremony to fit Randi and Trevor's personalities. "His sermon was touching, funny, and brought a real air of intimacy into the church," says the bride. The couple further personalized this portion of their day by weaving in special readings performed by family members.

A string quartet performed throughout the ceremony. "I love music, and it was one of the things I felt most strongly about for the ceremony and reception," Randi says. To get it right, the bride worked with her longtime piano instructor to choose specific songs for the ceremony that would work well with the quartets capabilities, including the couple's recessional song: "Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra.

Randi and Trevor had initially struggled to find a reception venue that conveyed the Hill Country vibe the couple so desired. But when they saw the Vineyards at Chappel Lodge's fields, they knew it was the perfect spot. "The open spaces immediately transport you from downtown Austin into true Texas Hill Country with large oak trees and countless wildflowers," Randi says. But building a tent from scratch in the open field wasn't an easy undertaking. "Up until a month before the wedding we were still trying to find someone to custom build items for the tent."

Despite the logistical headaches, the final product was well worth the effort. "The reception venue was extremely special," Randi says. "We were the first wedding to be held in their wildflower fields. Planning long-distance had me second-guessing myself a few times, but it was more beautiful than I could have imagined."

She continues, "The large oak trees surrounding us for cocktail hour while a local bluegrass band played was idyllic, and seeing the tent in the middle of a huge field of bluebonnets really felt like the epitome of Texas. At the end of the night, before our exit, there was a moment when it was just Trevor, myself, my parents, and our wedding planners. We looked at the empty tent all set up exactly the way we had imagined and I couldn't believe it. I didn't want to leave."

During the outdoor cocktail hour, guests sipped the couple's two signature drinks: The Pear Press, a mix of champagne, St. Germaine, and fresh pear juice, or the Crockett's Corona, raspberry juice, vodka, and Corona. Since Randi and Trevor wanted this to be an interactive portion of the evening, they served freshly-shucked oysters and made to order guacamole.

Once guests finally made it inside the tent, the look entirely encapsulated the Hill Country vibe Randi and Trevor were going for. Stem Floral created towering centerpieces of red, blush, and ivory blooms that were arranged in gold trumpet vases. The florist also added greenery garlands the back of the couple's chairs.

One of the bride's favorite elements of the reception décor were their watercolor dinner napkins, which coordinated perfectly with their floral envelope liners, ceremony programs, and dessert bar display. "I can't be sure a single guest noticed, but I appreciated it," she says.

Food was also hugely important to the couple, who insisted that everything served throughout the evening be sourced as locally as possible. "We put all the farm information on the dinner menus since everything came from somewhere in Texas," Randi says of their family-style meal. "We loved the idea of serving everything family-style because it promotes interaction and dialogue at the table. Also it's perfect for someone like me that is a more picky eater, or Trevor who is ready for a second helping before most have started."

The design of the dance floor was one of the most vexing problems for the couple throughout the planning process. "We had a specific vision for the elevated dance floor, along with the ivy glass bar backs with shelves," Randi says. With the right vendor, however, they were able to achieve their vision of high-gloss white floor flanked by green shelves and lit by several crystal lanterns.

The couple took their first dance as husband and wife to "Cowboy Take Me Away" by The Dixie Chicks, an appropriate selection for a Texas wedding, to be sure.

A live band kept guests on the dance floor all night long, playing everything from Garth Brooks to Iggy Azalea. Then, the couple left the reception through a tunnel of sparklers and headed to their honeymoon in Australia.

"Take your time in choosing who you work with because it will make a huge difference," Randi advises future couples. "Whether it's your wedding planner, photographer, or even florist, you want to be comfortable with them and that will show through the day of. It will help create a team atmosphere with the end goal being your perfect day."

Ceremony Venue: Central Christian Church || Reception Venue: The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge || Wedding Planner: Liv By Design Events || Wedding Dress & Veil: Vera Wang || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Ritani || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Erica Gray Beauty; Katherine Crenshaw || Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhulliher; Jenny Yoo || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino; Little Boots || Flower Girl Attire: Children Chic || Ring Bearer Girl Attire: Lylian || Florist: Stem Floral || Invitations: Meldeen || Music: Barton Strings; Milk Drive; Blind Date || Catering: Royal Fig Catering || Transportation: The Cake Plate || Rentals: Whim Event Rentals; Posh Couture Rentals; The Good Life Furniture Collection; Nuage Designs; BBJ Linen; Marquee Rents || Videographer: Robert Fondue || Photographer: Ashley Garmon Photographers

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WATCH: Go Inside One Couple’s Winter Wedding in Austin

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Feb 062016
 

As you get ready for a weekend filled with planning, we know you'll be searching for fresh and fun wedding inspiration. Enter: Our real weddings video channel. We've compiled countless love stories from across the country (and beyond!), each with its own unique style and aesthetic. Every week we take our readers behind the scenes of one of our favorite new videos, and today we can't stop gushing over Stephanie and Cody's fun-filled winter wedding in Austin, Texas.

The McKellars joined the bride and groom for a quirky celebration at Brazos Hall, where they celebrated with friends and family in a party that truly spoke to who they are as a couple. From their fashion — can we talk about the groom's incredible hunter green velvet suit jacket?! — to the punchy-hued florals in their ceremony and reception, Stephanie and Cody chose details that reflected their unique style. And while there's no way you would have been able to convince us to change out of that incredible beaded wedding dress, we're obsessed with the long-sleeve cocktail gown that Stephanie changed into for the reception.

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With Austin as the backdrop for their big day, it's only natural this pair put a major emphasis on great music. Their live band kept the dance floor packed all evening long. As another fun twist, Stephanie and Cody projected a vintage dance video on one of the reception walls to inspire their friends and family to show off their own moves.

The night closed out with a sparkler exit before the couple hopped into a vintage car for their final getaway.

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An Old Plantation Home in Austin, Texas, Was the Perfect Backdrop for This Wedding Planner’s Big Day

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Jan 292016
 

After spending many summers together at Laity Lodge Youth Camp in Kerrville, Texas, it was only fitting that Brodie Sherman return to the summer retreat to propose to Madeline Bowen. Naturally, she accepted and the two Texans gave themselves just shy of a year to plan their Austin celebration. "Barr Mansion was the first venue we visited and I immediately knew it was the one," Maddy says of the estate they booked for their big day. "It is a gorgeous old plantation home and has some of the most beautiful grounds I have ever seen. Gardens and wildflowers galore!"

With Barr Mansion's gorgeous gardens at their disposal, the couple quickly decided on an elegant garden-party aesthetic for their wedding and entrusted Shelley Gay of Leave the Details to Me to bring their vision to life. Three hundred guests joined the couple on August 18, 2015, and SMS Photography was on hand to document Maddy and Brodie's spring celebration. Keep reading to see all of the photos below!

Maddy's lace Essense of Australia gown hugged her body perfectly. "It fit like a glove and it was so comfortable!" she says. While she loved this mermaid silhouette, she made sure to try on different styles to be sure she found the right look. "You may be surprise with what you end up liking on your body."

Her cascading bouquet was comprised of hanging pepper berry foliage, peonies, garden roses, scabiosa, lisianthis, tweedia, and mixed foliage.

Brodie was his bride's perfect match in a custom midnight blue tuxedo.

Maddy's six bridesmaids wore mismatched crinkle chiffon Amsale gowns. "I wanted everyone to feel beautiful, so I was really happy to give them each the option of choosing their own neckline," the bride says. "Luckily there were no overlaps and it really looked amazing in the photos. It was exactly what I envisioned for them."

The couple asked their groomsmen to wear traditional black tuxes, favoring a formal look to complement the groom's attire.

"We got married outside, surrounded by wild Texas bluebonnets and lush green grass," Maddy says of the ceremony space. Two tall floral arrangements flanked the bride and groom as an altar while chairs were decorated with garlands of greenery and flowers. The bride's young cousin, Cort, served as the couple's ring bearer and made his walk down the aisle dressed in adorable pale blue shorts and a white shirt. "My aunt used to design children's clothing, so his outfit was her creation," the bride says. His entrance was made all the more adorable thanks to his partner — the couple's dog, Harvey, joined the young attendant on his walk towards the altar.

Maddy's father walked her down the aisle as a string quartet performed Pachelbel's Canon in D. She and Brodie shared vows they had written themselves, and admittedly became quite emotional as they made their promises. "I cried the whole time as I was reading them but it was so beautiful," she remembers.

With a monsoon bearing down over Texas, Maddy and Brodie wisely chose to tent their reception, but ended up having great weather straight through dinner. "The weather held up all through the ceremony, cocktail hour, and our dinner under the stars, but at about 10 P.M. the monsoon came through," the bride says. "My dress was completely brown on the bottom from the mud, but it was so much fun!" Luckily, the bride loves a tented reception — "There is something about eating under a tent that is just so magical to me!" — and was excited about a partially enclosed reception. The couple chose a mix of long vineyard and round tables and found glass chargers and hemstitch napkins for their place settings.

Mixed mercury glass vessels were filled with loose arrangements of flowers, including blooms like clematis, scabiosa, garden roses, lisianthus, and seasonal greenery. Other tables were draped with a garland of greens, studded with garden roses and pepperberry, which wrapped around taller centerpieces containing a mix of roses, hydrangeas, and tulips.

Before the skies turned, guests were treated to a decadent organic and locally sourced family-style dinner, which included beer-brined chicken, beef tenderloin, and oven-baked bread.

Maddy and Brodie's five-tier wedding cake was decorated with fresh flowers and white ruffled buttercream. Inside, guests found layers of honey lavender and carrot cake.

The bride wanted to surprise her groom with something special just for him, so she brought in a hand-rolled cigar station, along with a coffee and espresso catering company that served up freshly ground drinks.

Despite the rain, the couple and their guests made it back outside for a classic sparkler exit. "Don't sweat the small stuff," Maddy advises. "And, if you can, hire a wedding planner at least for the day of. My wedding planners saved me from so much unnecessary stress."

Venue & Catering: Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom || Wedding Planner: Leave the Details to Me || Bride's Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia || Veil: Blush Bridal Lounge || Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. || Shoes: Heritage Boot Co. || Hair: Lola Beauty || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: Texas Clothier || Groomsmen's Attire: Wally's Menswear || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: The Menagerie || Flowers: Flora Fetish || Invitations: Dromgoole's || Other Paper Products: Swell and Grand || Music: Musical Discovery; JUICE the Band || Cake: Michelle's Patisserie || Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals; Premiere Events; Intelligent Lighting Design || Favors: Bobalu Cigars || Transportation: Cynthia's Limo || Videographer: ML Photo & Film || Photographer: SMS Photography

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An Old Plantation Home in Austin, Texas, Was the Perfect Backdrop for This Wedding Planner’s Big Day

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Jan 292016
 

After spending many summers together at Laity Lodge Youth Camp in Kerrville, Texas, it was only fitting that Brodie Sherman return to the summer retreat to propose to Madeline Bowen. Naturally, she accepted and the two Texans gave themselves just shy of a year to plan their Austin celebration. "Barr Mansion was the first venue we visited and I immediately knew it was the one," Maddy says of the estate they booked for their big day. "It is a gorgeous old plantation home and has some of the most beautiful grounds I have ever seen. Gardens and wildflowers galore!"

With Barr Mansion's gorgeous gardens at their disposal, the couple quickly decided on an elegant garden-party aesthetic for their wedding and entrusted Shelley Gay of Leave the Details to Me to bring their vision to life. Three hundred guests joined the couple on August 18, 2015, and SMS Photography was on hand to document Maddy and Brodie's spring celebration. Keep reading to see all of the photos below!

Maddy's lace Essense of Australia gown hugged her body perfectly. "It fit like a glove and it was so comfortable!" she says. While she loved this mermaid silhouette, she made sure to try on different styles to be sure she found the right look. "You may be surprise with what you end up liking on your body."

Her cascading bouquet was comprised of hanging pepper berry foliage, peonies, garden roses, scabiosa, lisianthis, tweedia, and mixed foliage.

Brodie was his bride's perfect match in a custom midnight blue tuxedo.

Maddy's six bridesmaids wore mismatched crinkle chiffon Amsale gowns. "I wanted everyone to feel beautiful, so I was really happy to give them each the option of choosing their own neckline," the bride says. "Luckily there were no overlaps and it really looked amazing in the photos. It was exactly what I envisioned for them."

The couple asked their groomsmen to wear traditional black tuxes, favoring a formal look to complement the groom's attire.

"We got married outside, surrounded by wild Texas bluebonnets and lush green grass," Maddy says of the ceremony space. Two tall floral arrangements flanked the bride and groom as an altar while chairs were decorated with garlands of greenery and flowers. The bride's young cousin, Cort, served as the couple's ring bearer and made his walk down the aisle dressed in adorable pale blue shorts and a white shirt. "My aunt used to design children's clothing, so his outfit was her creation," the bride says. His entrance was made all the more adorable thanks to his partner — the couple's dog, Harvey, joined the young attendant on his walk towards the altar.

Maddy's father walked her down the aisle as a string quartet performed Pachelbel's Canon in D. She and Brodie shared vows they had written themselves, and admittedly became quite emotional as they made their promises. "I cried the whole time as I was reading them but it was so beautiful," she remembers.

With a monsoon bearing down over Texas, Maddy and Brodie wisely chose to tent their reception, but ended up having great weather straight through dinner. "The weather held up all through the ceremony, cocktail hour, and our dinner under the stars, but at about 10 P.M. the monsoon came through," the bride says. "My dress was completely brown on the bottom from the mud, but it was so much fun!" Luckily, the bride loves a tented reception — "There is something about eating under a tent that is just so magical to me!" — and was excited about a partially enclosed reception. The couple chose a mix of long vineyard and round tables and found glass chargers and hemstitch napkins for their place settings.

Mixed mercury glass vessels were filled with loose arrangements of flowers, including blooms like clematis, scabiosa, garden roses, lisianthus, and seasonal greenery. Other tables were draped with a garland of greens, studded with garden roses and pepperberry, which wrapped around taller centerpieces containing a mix of roses, hydrangeas, and tulips.

Before the skies turned, guests were treated to a decadent organic and locally sourced family-style dinner, which included beer-brined chicken, beef tenderloin, and oven-baked bread.

Maddy and Brodie's five-tier wedding cake was decorated with fresh flowers and white ruffled buttercream. Inside, guests found layers of honey lavender and carrot cake.

The bride wanted to surprise her groom with something special just for him, so she brought in a hand-rolled cigar station, along with a coffee and espresso catering company that served up freshly ground drinks.

Despite the rain, the couple and their guests made it back outside for a classic sparkler exit. "Don't sweat the small stuff," Maddy advises. "And, if you can, hire a wedding planner at least for the day of. My wedding planners saved me from so much unnecessary stress."

Venue & Catering: Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom || Wedding Planner: Leave the Details to Me || Bride's Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia || Veil: Blush Bridal Lounge || Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. || Shoes: Heritage Boot Co. || Hair: Lola Beauty || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: Texas Clothier || Groomsmen's Attire: Wally's Menswear || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: The Menagerie || Flowers: Flora Fetish || Invitations: Dromgoole's || Other Paper Products: Swell and Grand || Music: Musical Discovery; JUICE the Band || Cake: Michelle's Patisserie || Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals; Premiere Events; Intelligent Lighting Design || Favors: Bobalu Cigars || Transportation: Cynthia's Limo || Videographer: ML Photo & Film || Photographer: SMS Photography

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This Couple’s Fall Wedding in Austin, Texas, Was All About Romance

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Jan 042016
 

Anneka first heard about Hooman through a co-worker at her private equity group in New York City. As it turned out, the co-worker was one of Hooman's college friends, and a blind date was quickly arranged for one evening in February 2012. "Luckily for her career, it all worked out!" Anneka jokes. Almost two years later, in October of 2013, Anneka thought Hooman was taking her for a normal weeknight dinner date, but her groom-to-be had something much more special up his sleeve. "I was a bit delayed at work, but Hooman very patiently told me it was no big deal and he was happy to wait," she says. "He started improvising where he would actually propose since my work delay had caused us to miss daylight in Central Park!" He chose a cozy spot on a bench by the fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel, where he finally had the opportunity to pop the question. "The surprises continued from there," she remembers. First, the couple met friends for drinks, then headed to Paris for a three-day celebration in the City of Lights.

Choosing the perfect venue for their November 15, 2014, wedding took some creative thinking. Although the pair resides in New York, Anneka felt strongly about tying the knot in her home state of Texas. But what was even more important was finding a city with a destination feel and a property that had both plenty of natural beauty and lots of character. They chose the Wild Onion Ranch in Austin, Texas, and invited 225 guests to celebrate with them in a Napa-meets-Texas style bash. "We envisioned something very romantic with an outdoor ceremony but wanted it to be elegant with lots of soft colors and candlelight," the bride says. "We had a beautiful canvas to work with at the Wild Onion and tailored it to this vision with elements like a long, beautiful dark wood-and-mirror cocktail bar, a margarita bar with a selection of drinks and toppings, and an elegant seating lounge area." Keep reading to see every stunning photo, captured by Caroline + Ben Photography.

Anneka admits she tried on at least 50 dresses before she found her dream wedding gown. The winner was a strapless lace mermaid from Vera Wang. "This one was the perfect in between of being feminine, a little sexy, a little dramatic, and just 'different' enough," she says. "Plus, my friends and my mom loved it." Even though it was a long process, the bride says she truly loved every minute of it. "I definitely recommend giving yourself plenty of time to go to lots of different places and have that experience before you have to narrow it down. That way you can enjoy it a bit before having to make the tough decisions, and you don't feel pressured to do so."

The groom wore a Ralph Lauren Black Label navy tuxedo with a boutonniere made of white spray roses and greenery. Anneka's bouquet was comprised of white orchids, pink and white roses and spray roses, and plenty of romantic greenery.

The bride had eight bridesmaids by her side; six of her attendants wore blush gowns from Jim Hjelm in a variety of different silhouettes while the last stood out in sparkling dresses. "My maid of honor wore an Adrianna Papell beaded gown in taupe while my eighth bridesmaid, my sister-in-law, found a beautiful silver beaded dress at Anthropologie," Anneka says. "She was pregnant with my nephew at the time and wound up growing out of her original dress two weeks before the wedding, but this blended in perfectly with the bridal party and the beading on my maid of honor's dress. I ended up preferring this to our original plan!"

The couple worked with Becky Brock of Brock + Co. Events to plan their day. "I told Becky from the beginning that I would tell her my vision and then ask her to give me three good choices for everything," she says of the planning process. "That approach worked wonderfully for us, so instead of me scouring through hundreds of website and options for everything, I relied on her team to give me three options per category. Every vendor I picked from those three options turned out to be perfect." When it came to the bride's vision for her ceremony altar, Becky and her crew nailed it. With the help of florist Wendee Sawran, the team created a wooden arch with an asymmetrical cascade of flowers and greenery. "With the lights of the setting sun and the mistiness from rain that day, the result was really gorgeous."

Wooden cross-backed chairs were arranged facing the beautiful altar and lanterns welcomed guests into the space. Anneka's father walked the cheerful bride down the aisle, before she and Hooman exchanged traditional vows.

The Wild Onion offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, and with questionable wedding day weather, the couple was happy to have had the option to host their reception beneath a clear tent. But before guests found their seat in the flower-filled reception space, everyone stopped by the lounge area for a margarita. "Instead of a signature cocktail we had the margarita bar," Anneka says. "Everyone loved it!" The couple offered pomegranate, mango, and lime margaritas, and let guests customize their libation with chile salt, candied jalapenos, grilled pineapple, and broiled orange.

Rows of long tables were set up beneath the light-filled tent and were topped with either a patterned champagne or champagne lace tablecloth. For centerpieces, the couple chose a series of mismatched arrangements of roses, greenery, astilbe, raunculus, and greenery that were displayed along the length of the tables. "We used different pot styles, like wood and white ceramic, in different sizes and shapes so the look wasn't overly uniform," the bride says. Candles and potted succulents and cacti were also added to keep tables looking different.

Anneka and Hooman chose traditional white plates, clear stemware, and gold silverware for their place settings, but added in dark wooden chargers for color contrast and to tone down the feminine color palette. The bride and groom's chairs were draped with a garland of white flowers. After a multi-course dinner, which included a choice of short rib, chicken, or a vegetarian entrée, the party moved inside for dancing and dessert.

After the couple shared their first dance to Al Green's "Love and Happiness," Anneka and Hooman invited their guests to join them on the dance floor. "We flew in DJ Frank Delour from Miami because he is a total genius when it comes to getting the dance floor rocking," the bride says. "We really focused on making sure all our guests had a raucous good time and ours was the third wedding in our family that Frank has played, so we were confident he would read the crowd well and deliver."

The partying stopped only for dessert, which included a four-tiered wedding cake, cake pops, macarons, and assorted cookies. While the bride remembers everything on the dessert wagon being a huge hit, their entirely vanilla confection stole the show.

While their guests were still dancing, Anneka and Hooman secretly had brunch boxes delivered to everyone's hotel rooms. "They were filled with scones, jams, and beverages," the bride says.

After a sparkler exit, Anneka surprised her new husband with a vintage getaway car. Then, the two enjoyed a mini-moon in Miami followed by two weeks in New Zealand for their honeymoon. "I think the bride and groom's state of mind really sets the tone for a party, even if there are hundreds of other people there," Anneka says. "So if you decide that you are going to have the best time ever, even if XYZ things go 'wrong.' Being happy and looking on the bright side makes any possible negative into a big positive for you and all of your guests."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Wild Onion Ranch || Wedding Planner: Becky Brock of Brock + Co. Events || Officiant: Sarah de la Fuente || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Makeup: Denise Vasquez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm; Adrianna Papell; Anthropologie || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Abe Mor NYC || Florist: Wendee Sawran || Invitations: Meldeen || Additional Paper Productions: Carolyn Jane; Anibella Ink + Paper || Music: Hill Country Strings; The Good Nights; DJ Frank Delour || Catering: 2 Dine 4 Catering || Cake: Polkadots Cupcake Factory || Rentals: Marquee Event Group; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental; Townsley Designs || Videographer: Love Bird Wedding Films || Photographer: Caroline + Ben Photography

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Candlelight Inspired This Couple’s Dreamy Wedding in Austin, Texas

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Nov 062015
 

Despite the fact that Lauren Ibanez and Scott Feiler lived across the country from one another (she called Austin, Texas home while he hailed from New York City), it was a birthday party and a guy's getaway to Las Vegas in January 2011 that brought them together. The two instantly connected at the Palms Casino, and when both returned to their respective homes, Scott knew he wasn't ready to let the charming girl he met in the City of Sin get away from him. "He surprised me by emailing flight tickets to New York City to celebrate his birthday with him," Lauren remembers. "As soon as I graduated, I moved to the city and the rest is history!"

Three years later, in February 2014, Scott surprised Lauren with a candlelit proposal in their apartment. "Afterwards, he took me to the roof of our apartment building to celebrate with a glass of champagne," she says. "My whole family from Texas and Scott's from Memphis were there waiting!" Once they started planning their March 7, 2015 wedding, the two knew they would return to the bride's hometown for their big day. They worked with Caplan Miller Events to create a magical, candlelight-inspired celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel, Austin and asked SMS Photography to capture the magic!

Lauren and Scott worked with Meldeen to create a stylish stationery suite to invite their 190 guests to the festivities. To set the tone for their Texas celebration, the pair chose a save-the-date with a laser-cut silhouette of the Austin city skyline. Then, they selected a formal black-and-white invitation suite with gold foil accents for the formal invitation.

The bride wasted little time in picking out her wedding dress. "The day after we got engaged I saw a picture of my Reem Acra wedding dress and I just knew it was the one," she says of her strapless tulle and embroidered lace gown. "Sure enough, when I tried it on, it was perfect!" She wore a tulle veil and accessorized with a pearl bracelet that was passed down from her mother and grandmother before her.

Her bouquet was a mix of blush and ivory garden roses and hydrangeas.

Lauren's ten bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo gowns in two different shades of pink. "I wanted a uniform look but couldn't decide between the two pinks," she says. "They blended together beautifully." Each wore a flower crown comprised of pink and white spray roses. "I thought they went with the soft, romantic, and magical look we were going for," Lauren says.

Scott and his groomsmen chose traditional black tuxes with a classic bowtie and white ranunculus boutonniere.

The bride's father, who is an architect, designed the couple's chuppah to be reminiscent of a woven basket to symbolize the joining of two families. Guests were seated around the chuppah in order to make the space feel more intimate and to ensure everyone was able to witness the couple's marriage.

Cocktail hour was filled with personalized food and drinks. "Scott loves Asian food, so we had individual boxes of fried rice and a dumpling bar," Lauren says. They also served two signature cocktails: the bride chose "Mojito in Love," which added raspberry to the traditional minty drink, while the groom favored a classic Mint Julep.

The reception was held in a clear tent that was decked out with hundreds of glowing string lights. "When Caplan Miller asked what I wanted my colors to be, the only word I could think of was 'candlelight.' We wanted to create a romantic and intimate setting for the ceremony and have a party room that was all about fun," Lauren says. "We hoped it would feel like you were dining under the stars." Long tables were dressed in gray-blue linens, reminiscent of the night sky, and topped with arrangements of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery and accented with dramatic gold candelabras.

On each clear charger, guests found a whimsical menu card, which listed the couple's tasty dinner options. Friends and family enjoyed a duo of herb-crusted lamb and oven-roasted grouper before heading to the ballroom for cake and dancing.

The hotel's ballroom was transformed into a party space with the help of a glossy dance floor, mirrored bars, a neon welcome sign, and lounge furniture. For an extra ounce of fun, Caplan Miller lined the walls with white sequin draping. There, guests were treated to dancing, champagne, and desserts, which included the couple's three coconut pecan wedding cakes. The first was a traditional tiered white cake decorated with flowers, the second was a two-tiered gold confection with sugar flowers and pearls, and the third was a trendy naked cake decorated with flowers and swan cake toppers.

Guests danced all night long, and when the couple's final song played, the energy in the room was palpable. "Our last song was 'New York, New York' and every person in the room was singing along. It was amazing!"

Lauren and Scott, who honeymooned in South Africa and Mozambique, suggest that, if you choose a wedding planner, find one whose vision matches yours. "And always have a rain plan! We did, and it ended up being not only need, but even better than the original plan."

Venue, Catering & Cakes: Four Seasons Hotel Austin || Event Design & Production: Caplan Miller Events || Officiant: Rabbi Daniel Septimus || Bride's Wedding Dress: Reem Acra || Veil: Sara Gabriel Veils || Shoes: Giambattista Valli || Hair: Ron King Salon || Makeup: Face Kandy || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Flowers: Wendee Sawran Petals + Décor || Invitations & Paper Products: Meldeen || Ceremony Music: Barton Strings || Reception Music: Matchmaker Band || Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals; Marquee Rents || Marquee Tents; BBJ Linen || Specialty Décor: Townsley Designs || Lighting & AV: FILO Productions || Afterparty DJ: DJ Rich || Videographer: Paul Raila || Photographer: SMS Photography

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