LJ + LJ = party!!! Yes, the bride and groom were both called LJ, and it was awesome! The LJ’s live in London; so, we were planning from across the pond. Lots of witty e-mails and one big trip to Austin and we were able to plan her gorgeous Driskill wedding. We used awesome linens and ghost chairs from Premiere Party Central and chevron linens from La Tavola. Westbank decked out the Driskill with gorgeous florals and it all came together “bloody perfect” (cue my English accent). I hope you enjoy!
Thank you to all of the vendors who helped make LJ+LJ’s day so special!
Nadine, the owner of Nadine Studio Photography, is a true artist. She thoroughly enjoys capturing the ‘emotional landscapes in a face’. Nadine is known for her photo journalistic style, capturing every moment as it happens.
We asked Nadine some questions about wedding photography. See her answers below!
How did you get started working as a photographer?
I was bringing my camera to parties and photographing my friends, and people would make those photos their Facebook profile. I realized it was something I could both enjoy and make a living doing!
How long have you been photographing weddings and other special events?
This is my fourth year.
What is your favorite part of being a photographer for weddings?
You’re part of one of the most joyous times of a person’s life. I would go into these weddings not knowing much about the couple, but after hanging out with their friends and family (especially after hearing the toasts), I can see how much the couple is loved. Usually, I end up falling in love with them as well.
What is the most important thing to know when it comes to wedding photography?
For me, capturing the story and emotional moments is the most important part. I want to be able to have my photos be a picture story book of the day.
How would you describe your style of photography?
It’s a mix of photojournalism and artistic fine art portraits.
Have you noticed any trends that brides are asking for when it comes to wedding photography?
When I ask the couple what is the most important part of their day, they usually emphasize how much they want their family and friends to have fun and to enjoy themselves and for me to capture that.
Pantone’s top ten colors for 2014 can only be described as full of life. Dazzling Blue, Violet Tulip, Radiant Orchid, Celosia Orange, Freesia, Cayenne, Placid Blue, Paloma, Sand and Hemlock are bright, lively hues that foster a similar atmosphere. Putting Freesia and Paloma together generates a cool mood with bursts of energy; where Hemlock and Cayenne together ties elegance with sweet pink. No matter what type of mood you are trying to create with your event, these colors will get the job done.
Here are a few examples of Pearl Events Austin weddings that have 2014 color combinations that are just as unique as the couple’s personality!
This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to The Allan House! This is a beautiful venue inside and out! The Allan House is a charming home built in 1883 and was turned into a wedding venue in 2000. This quaint building and courtyard space, conveniently located downtown, is perfect for weddings! We talked to Juliana, the event and sales manager, about what makes The Allan House so great! See the interview below!
Tell us about the history of The Allan House.
The Allan House was built in 1883 by a man named John T. Allan, who was a Scottish immigrant, attorney and philanthropist. Allan was known as the “Father of Industrial Education” in Texas. Originally, the house was used as his private residence. Later, it was used as a girls’ boarding school and was left in Allan’s estate to the State of Texas.
In 1905, Thomas E. Trasher purchased the home, and it was named the ‘Allan-Trasher House’. The Trasher family used their home as their private residence, and passed it on for generations. The home was owned by their family for 94 years.
In 1999, the current owner, Daniel Ross (my pops), purchased the home. He intended to use the rooms on the upper floors of the house as his law offices. As he saw a complete restoration of the home, he realized the lower floors and the courtyard space were ideal for weddings and events and decided to turn the space into a dual-purpose building – event space and offices for his law firm. We had the first wedding in February of 2000 (I was 10 years old!), and we’ve been using the space for weddings and events for the last 14 years. After I graduated college, I decided to come back to Austin to work at the Allan House. I’ve been managing the space for almost two years, and we are opening a second location (the Brodie Homestead) this Spring!
What makes The Allan House so special and different from other venues in Austin?
The Allan House is a truly special place. I think the downtown location (We’re just three block away from the Texas State Capitol Building.) is a very appealing aspect. We’re downtown, but at the same time, we have a beautiful outdoor garden courtyard that is tucked away from the madness of downtown Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. While the beautiful outdoor space is what draws in most of our clients, I personally am in love with the white Victorian home and its wrap-around porches. I love that there are so many different areas in the space, but none of them feel secluded. It’s also special in that it seems like a charming, intimate area, but we can actually accommodate seating for up to 225 guests.
If a bride wanted her wedding at The Allan House, how far in advance should she reserve the date?
We book Saturdays anywhere from nine months to a year and a half in advance. Peak months should definitely be reserved more than a year in advance, and dates during off-season can be booked closer to nine months before the big day.
What is the most important thing to know when it comes to picking a wedding venue?
That’s a tough question, but I would say there are three major factors – location, style and venue requirements.
For location, we’re usually a great fit for the client who has a lot of out-of-town guests who want to explore Austin and stay downtown. Having the actual wedding downtown makes that very easy to do. Knowing where in Austin (or in the world) you want to have your wedding is an important thing to know, even before you begin your venue search.
In venue selection, it is good to keep in mind the style you have. The Allan house can take on many different wedding styles, from vintage to whimsical to rustic to glamorous. We like to think of our space as a blank slate for the bride to create her vision on. That said, we’re obviously not for everyone.
Different venues have such different requirements, which can make the venue selection process a confusing one. At The Allan House, we allow the client to bring in vendors of their choice, with a few small restrictions. We’re very flexible when it comes to decor, layout, timeline, etc. Our typical bride wants a big hand in the planning of her wedding; however, she doesn’t want someone to do all of the planning for her. That said, we basically don’t include other than the space itself, tables and chairs, and some decorative lighting. For the bride who wants a one-stop shop, we’re just not the right fit.
What is your favorite part of working at a wedding venue?
My favorite part of managing a venue is that I get to be a part of each couple’s planning from start to finish – venue selection is usually the first step in planning a wedding. It sets the date, the tone of the event, etc. From there, I am definitely available to help along the way with venue-related questions, vendor recommendations, and giving my opinion (if asked). However, I’m not terribly involved in the ‘nitty gritty’ (and sometimes stressful) details. I basically get to see couples super excited at the beginning of their planning, and then fast-forward a year, I get to see the final product! It’s so fun to see their individual styles and the ways they use our space. Just when I think I’ve seen every style of wedding our space can accommodate, a client will come in with something completely different that I haven’t seen before.
Here are some beautiful photos of this astounding venue!
Thank you to The Allan House for being such a wonderful venue! We cannot wait to work with you again soon!
Finally, the polar vortex is satisfied and Spring is upon us. And what’s not to love about Spring? The weather starts to warm up, plants turn green again, and most importantly, all our favorite flowers are in full bloom. Flowers always play a huge role when it comes to designing a wedding. The flowers you choose can not only create a certain type of atmosphere, but they can also bring your guests’ senses into play. Incorporating scent, touch, and sight is a great way to ensure that the memories of your special day last a lifetime. Your guests will remember the tastes of the dinner your serve, the smell of your flowers and food, the sounds of the music and the sight of it all brought together. Believe it or not, even something as timeless as floral arrangements have their trends. Making a statement in 2014, we are anxious to start working with some of these gorgeous buds and ideas!
This fun, spiky, and funky flower brings a unique quality to bouquets and arrangements. The Protea symbolizes courage and diversity; enter this new chapter with an extra helping of courage!
Green Trichelium or ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus:
Adding this grassy stem to any bouquet or arrangement, will add some bright, refreshing green to your wedding. The ‘Green Trick’ will bring a summery, earthy feel to any wedding.
Allium is a great purple stem that we find perfect for bouquets and arrangements. This stem symbolizes unity and is a great addition to your wedding flowers. We love how it adds some texture diversity when placed among traditional flowers!
Symbolizing protection, the thistle is a great way to start a loving marriage. Just like the Allium, it offers a unique, non-traditional feel with its spiky, yet feminine, texture and color.
Bright and fuzzy, these flowers are a great way to introduce a warm, vibrant, and welcoming vibe to your special day. Celosias come in bright scarlet, orange, and yellow and symbolize passion, courage, boldness, and happiness. Everything you could want to feel!
We are in love with these gorgeous, regal-looking flowers. Symbolizing wealth, abundance, and truth, they are a beautiful accessory to any table.
Hopefully you are just as impressed as us, we can’t wait to see these start popping up in nature and in the wedding scene!
I really loved working with Abbie and her mother, Michelle, on Abbie and Cade’s wedding. Their vision of soft color tones, warm lighting and candlelight, and rich linens set the scene for a very romantic December wedding. Abbie even designed all of the stationery herself! My favorite part about this wedding you ask? Westbank‘s floral chandelier above the head table. All of the hard work put into the details made it even more exciting when we found out Abbie and Cade’s wedding was featured in the Knot Texas! Here are more photos of their gorgeous day. Congratulations!
Thank you to all of the spectacular vendors who made Abbie + Cade’s day so special!
This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to Royal Fig! Royal Fig is a superb Texas full-service caterer that abides by three words: simple, fresh, and seasonal. Their philosophy is to help clients through the entire event from the food to the linens to timeline decisions. Only using food that is fresh, organic, and local, makes Royal Fig‘s food full of flavor and color. When putting a menu together, Royal Fig keeps seasonality in mind; so that the tastes of each bite are in tune with the season.
We asked Kristen Stacy, co-owner, some questions regarding what makes Royal Fig so extraordinary. See her responses below!
How did Royal Fig get started?
My husband, Dan, and I moved here from NYC in 2008 and planned on getting married and starting a business here in Austin. After a decade of professional cooking, both in restaurants and country clubs, Dan thought he wanted to focus on opening a restaurant. However, after starting the planning process for our own wedding, we were having trouble finding a caterer who cooked the type of food we loved to eat – American fare using seasonal, local ingredients. So, we figured with an obvious void in the market, starting a catering business was the way to go. After just a month of being in business, I was able to quit my full-time job to run the sales and marketing, and Dan quit his country club job two months later. After Royal Fig was well established, we embarked on a new adventure by opening The Seedling Truck and then our own private dining space, The Harvest Room. It has felt so amazing to have been embraced by the events industry as well as the Austin food scene as a whole.
How long have you been working in the wedding industry?
Royal Fig will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this spring!
What is your favorite part of catering for weddings and events?
I really enjoy getting to know the clients. Most of our clients work with us on their weddings for between 6 and 12 months. By the time their weddings roll around, we have a great relationship and it really gives us joy watching them walk down the aisle. Most people come to Royal Fig because they share our farm to table philosophy, so we are fortunate to have that opportunity to connect with the clients and make their wedding truly reflect who they are through delicious food!
What style of food does Royal Fig make and serve?
Farm to table is our number one goal. Our menus are set up seasonally so we are able to source as much as possible from local and/or organic farms. The style of food can be described as upscale American comfort food. You will see influences of French and Italian cooking throughout the menu, as both of those countries put a premium on celebrating high quality ingredients with simple preparations.
Have you noticed any trends that brides are asking for when it comes to catering?
We specialize in family style service. It does seem to be a trend these days, but we started doing it because we were able to put out much higher quality product. The service is fast, so the food isn’t sitting for a long period of time. We also love that it creates a communal dining experience, which is what good food is all about.
What is the most important thing to know when it comes to catering for weddings?
Everyone enters wedding planning with certain goals in mind. That is why the Austin wedding industry is so amazing. There is a huge variety of vendors to choose from and meet the needs of every couple. The same goes with catering. Know your priorities and find the perfect caterer who fits within the vision you have. Hire vendors for what they specialize in; you will always get the best result. Food is your gift to the guests. You are thanking them for spending the day celebrating with you. Make sure that the food you choose not only appeals to them, but also creates the right atmosphere and reflects who you are.
“Keep Austin Weird” is a saying that you hear a lot in the Live Music Capitol of the world, but how can you do the phrase justice when it comes to your wedding? Here are a few fun ideas that will make your special day unique, quirky and well … Austin. Since this is the Live Music Capitol of the world, you have a wonderful selection of wedding bands! Another way to ‘Austinize’ your wedding is to have a photo shoot in front of the Capitol or have food trucks as a late night snack for your guests! From transportation with Austin trolleys to taking pictures in front of the city’s most famous murals, incorporating a piece of this unique culture can create memories that will last a lifetime.
We hope that these photos have sparked some inspiration to pay homage to this amazing city on your wedding day. Keep Austin Weird, y’all!
When I first met Jerry and Diego, I knew we were a great fit. They did a lot of DIY projects for their wedding, including growing the succulents that were used in their centerpieces and designing a logo for their wedding along with all of their paper products. On top of everything else, Diego MADE each concrete planter that they used as the centerpieces! One of the highlights of the night was when the bride and groom grabbed the microphones and sang Sublime’s “What I Got” before guests departed; they knew every word! Congratulations Jerry + Diego!!
A special thanks to all of our fabulous vendors that made Jerry + Diego’s day so special!
This week we would like to recognize ILIOS Lighting’s shining (pun intended) and brilliant work with a Vendor Shout Out! Started by friends Bryan Azar and Jack Davis, ILIOS was created to service their live music passion. After purchasing used lights off of eBay, they rented a closet in a warehouse and started their business. Bryan quickly realized that there was a hole in the Austin market for event lighting and suddenly, the focus of the business shifted and began to provide their services to a wider range of clients. With a special eye for stage and theatrical design, Bryan provided ILIOS with a unique perspective on lighting for different venues. Working to introduce a creative edge to events, they can create edgy geometric accents, funky colors to encourage dancing, or a simple luminescent glow to complement the colors of the event. ILIOS knows that lighting, while often overlooked, has the power to change the mood and look of a room. Expertly transforming a venue into a party, we are amazed with their talents.
We asked Adam Kirby from ILIOS a few questions about what makes them so special! Check out the interview below!
How did Ilios Lighting get started?
ILIOS was started by friends, Bryan Azar and Jack Davis, who had a passion for lighting for live music. They purchased a few used lights off of eBay, and rented a closet in a warehouse behind the Chuy’s on Barton Springs.
Bryan quickly realized that there was a hole in the Austin market for event lighting, and the focus of the business shifted from solely live music to include event lighting. Bryan’s eye for stage and theatrical design gave ILIOS a unique perspective on event lighting, and as they say, the rest is history.
How long have you been working in this industry?
I have been in the event industry for 6 years now. Each day becomes more exciting than the last!
What is your favorite part of working with weddings?
My favorite part is interacting with the clients, especially for weddings. Each person is so excited about their special day with everything that it entails. It really is a delight seeing the process start from nothing and grow into something spectacular. We are lucky and so honored to be a part of such a beautiful moment for every client.
What is the most important thing to know when it comes to the lighting for a wedding?
Every client and every venue have different and unique qualities about them. It is important to not only get to know and understand your client more, but also get to know their venue on a deeper level in order to create the right mood/tone for their wedding.
How would you describe your style when it comes to lighting ?
I would describe my style as more theatrical-based design. Having deep roots in the theater for most of my life provided me with a keen eye for mood and color. Color is everything. Color is beautiful. Color is powerful. It can completely change the feeling of a room in an instant. I love working in an industry that allows me to live my life full of color. It really is uplifting.
Have you noticed any trends that brides are asking for when it comes to lighting at their wedding?
I have seen more and more weddings featuring the vintage Edison pendant lights lately. They add a sense of vintage elegance to modern-themed weddings. I am a huge fan of these lights and am always looking for new/unique ways of applying them in the field.
Check out how ILIOS tranforms a space into a party with their talented lighting design!
Thank you so much to everyone at ILIOS! We look forward to working with you again soon!