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Hayley + Ryan

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Today we are featuring Hayley and Ryan! Their special day took place in the Austin treasure, The Bob Bullock Museum.We were able to transform the Bob into Hayley and Rhonda’s (MOB) vision. With a great roster of vendors, dear family and love in the air, Hayley & Ryan‘s wedding was one for the books.  This couple could not have been cuter, happier and more in love.

Wish you all the very best.

xo,

Jen

 

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Special thanks to our amazing vendors who made Hayley + Ryan’s day so beautiful!

Venue: Bob Bullock
Rentals: Premiere Rentals
Caterer: The RK Group
Flowers: Flora Fetish
Cake: Simon Lee
Photographer & Videographer: Captivating Weddings
Photographer: Jerry Hayes
DJ: Intensity
Lighting: ILD
Hair + Makeup: Adore
Transportation: AAA Limousine Services 

 

Janet + Keith

Today we are featuring one of our beautiful Hotel Ella weddings. Janet and Keith’s elegant wedding was a night to remember!

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Janet and Keith were an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s not everyday you meet a bride that lives far far away and who was definitely meant to be in your life. Janet, Keith, and I quickly bonded over our first phone call and then when we met, the rest was history! Janet said “I want to be classy and elegant for one day of my life, and this is it”. We used this sentence over and over throughout the planning process as our inspiration. There was so many surprise elements to this wedding it was hard to keep everything under wraps… hard, but not impossible! The groom, Keith, hired “The Ransom Notes” to preform Queen “Somebody to Love” during the ceremony. It’s Janet’s favorite song and it was absolutely magical. We added two confetti launchers for the last song which caught everyone by surprise. And the parents of the bride got the couple a horse and carriage as their getaway at the end of the night. It’s very rare that when the event is over, I’m this sad. I wasn’t ready for the night to end; I wanted more surprises and so did everyone else. It’s a good thing they rented out Hotel Ella so the fun could continue.

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Love you two deeply and best of luck.

xo

Jen

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Special thanks to these wonderful vendors for making Janet + Keith’s wedding so spectacular!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hotel Ella

Caterer: Hotel Ella

Cake: Simon Lee

Flowers: Stems

Rentals: Marquee

Lighting: Ilios

Photography: Photography by Vanessa

Videographer: ILC Films

Ceremony Soloists: Ransom Notes

DJ: Greenbelt DJ

Stationary: The Inviting Pear

Carriage Service: Angeli Carriages

Pearl Crush

 

 

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Pearl Crush is back at it! This week we are featuring the team’s favorite local food trucks. Here are some local Austin hotspots, you need to check out! 

 

1. Megan’s Fav: Via313 Pizzeria:

Thick, crispy, Detroit-styled, and delicious. The Detroit natives and brothers, Zane and Brandon Hunt, brought a little piece of their home in to Austin, Texas. Via313 prides themselves in having the some of the finest pizza in the area. With dough prepared fresh daily, and the use of traditional baking techniques- every bite is an explosion of flavor. We recommend the Cadillac Pizza Pie which is a delicious infusion of Gorgonzola, fig preserves, prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan, and balsamic glaze. With two food trucks, located in the center of Austin- there are no excuses not to check this wonderful place out!

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2. Katie’s Fav: VeraCruz:

Texans love their Mexican cuisine, but VeraCruz hits the classic favorites out of the park. VeraCruz was founded in 2008 by VeraCruz locals, and sisters- Reyna, and Maritza. Everything at VeraCruz is fresh- and delicious, as the sisters pick fresh ingredients daily. The three-truck food chain specializes in homemade tortillas, chips, tacos, and salsas, and houses everything from vegetarian to meat lover options. Katie’s favorite (and the locals obsession) is the Migas Taco. VeraCruz is not only adored by Austin locals, but has also been praised by household names such as Rachel Ray, the Rolling Stone, and the Austin Eater.

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1704 East Caesar Chavez Street

Austin, Texas 78702

 

3. Ashley’s Fav: Burro:

Burro Cheese Kitchen satisfies any cheese lovers craving. Baked with Balkan burro cheese which is the finest, and most expensive cheese produced globally, this food truck only serves up the best of the best. With local artisan bread, homemade sauces, and Texas cheeses- Burro is bound to serve you the best grilled cheese sandwich you’ve ever tasted. Ashley’s favorite, and our recommendation is the Waylon & Willie- the spicy maple bacon sauce is to die for.

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1221 South Congress Avenue

1905 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin TX 78746

 

4. Becky’s Fav: Biscuits + Groovy

You don’t get more southern than biscuits and gravy, so it’s no surprise Biscuits + Groovy made this weeks Pearl Crush! With biscuits baked fresh daily, and prices below ten dollars- this food truck is perfect- for a date night, friends night out…or just about any night of the week. Becky’s favorite, and our meal of choice is The Aretha Franklin. The white pepper gravy is just too good to pass up!

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Hyde Park at 51st and Duval 

Austin, Texas 78751

 

Jen’s Fav: East Side King:

East Side King, created by Paul Qui, serves up asian cuisine with a Texas flare.  Guests line up the block for tasty snacks like beet fries, ramen noodles, and curry buns. Jen’s favorite, the Chicken Tortilla Ramen, is a delicious blend of chicken, avocado, cilantro, and lime. This is a hot spot you do not want to miss!

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2538 Guadalupe Street 

Austin, Texas 78705

 

Party For The Parks

Today we are featuring

Austin Parks Foundation’s Party for the Parks!

Austin Parks Foundation held a marvelous evening at Brazos Hall to raise funds and support for Austin’s local parks.

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Party For The Parks was the perfect way to kick off Austin City Limits music festival. Guests enjoyed delicious bites provided by Tacodeli and danced the night away to the Bruce Robison Band. Westbank Flower Market did an amazing job at transforming the venue into a park itself. We were knocked off our feet by the incredible generosity and turn out at the event. Reaching full capacity at Brazos Hall was the cherry on top of a perfect night.

 

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Thank you to all the vendors who helped create a night to remember for an incredible cause!

Venue: Brazos Hall
Rental: Premiere Events Austin
Caterer: Taco Deli
Cookies: Tiffs Treats
Band: Bruce Robison Band
Staffing: DNA Events
Flowers: Westbank Flower Market
Photographer: SMS Photography
Videographer: Aaron Weiss
Photobooth: My Event is the Bomb
Transportation: Lyft

Sound: Big House Sound

 

Lindsay + Brent

Today we are featuring Lindsay + Brent’s Wedding! 
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Lindsay & Brent were absolutely amazing to work with! From Icehouse keeping the dance floor jam packed, to Roppolo’s Pizza as their late night snack, their wedding was perfect in every single way. I hope you enjoy these photo’s as much as I have. Best of luck you two!
xo
Jen

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Thank you to all of our  vendors who helped make Lindsay and Brent’s wedding a success!

Venue: The Texas Federation of Women’s Club Mansion

Caterer: Pink Avocado

Cake: HEB

Flowers: Exquisite Petals

Photographer: Andrew Chan

Videographer: The Wedding Theater

Bridal Beauty: Lola Beauty

Band: Icehouse

Transportation: Cynthia’s Manhattan Limousine

Rentals: Premiere Events

Laura + Dan

Today we are featuring one of our magnificent May weddings! This elegant wedding at Brazos Hall incorporated pops of color here and there, making it a night to remember!001__LL

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When we started planning Laura and Dan’s beautiful wedding, she was working in Austin, and he had moved to Nashville.  This made for a lot of skype/facetime meetings in order to make their dream wedding come true.  Laura toured many venues and would facetime Dan to show him everything. Finally, the two settled on Brazos Hall! This was a perfect selection being located only a few blocks away from their ceremony at the First United Methodist Church. It was a such a lovely space and the decor at the church was simple – nothing less than perfect! We had a blast working with Bouquets of Austin to create several amazing floating globe chandeliers as centerpieces. Finally, to top it off, Simon Lee did an outstanding cake for the couple and the band, London Calling, was fab!

Congrats to Laura and Dan!

xoxo, Becky

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Special thanks to these wonderful vendors for making Laura + Dan’s wedding so spectacular!

Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: Brazos Hall

Caterer: Crave

Cake: Simon Lee

Flowers: Bouquets of Austin

Rentals: Premiere Events

Photography: Photography by Vanessa

Band: London Calling

Beauty: Rae Cosmetics

Stationary: The Inviting Pear

 

Wedding Open House!

 

 

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Open House Jpeg-2We are so excited to have been invited to this Open House at the Riverbend Church right here in Austin! On November 2nd from 5:30-7:30, you can tour the facility, meet vendors, and sample a variety of yummy food. Make sure to make stop by and check it out. We hope to see you there!

Vendor Shout Out: Jenny DeMarco

This week’s vendor shout out goes to Jenny DeMarco Photography! Jenny started photographing professionally in 2009 , and is now one of the most popular after photographers in Austin and the Texas Hill Country. She has been voted one of the top wedding photographers in Texas by Austin Monthly Magazine, Birchbox, and The Knot. Jenny DeMarco’s stylish Photography is truly breathtaking! We got the chance to hear from Jenny, and find out more about Jenny DeMarco Photography.


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How long have you been working in the industry and how did Jenny DeMarco Photography get its start?

I’ve been working as a photographer since 2009, so I’m coming up on my 7th year in the business.  I’ve always loved photography and have a background in design so it seemed like a good fit – after living abroad with my husband for three years, we decided to move back to Austin and I started on my journey upon my return.    

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

I love working with people and being able to become almost like a part of the family for the day.  I also love documenting how much the bride and groom are loved by their family and friends. 

How would you describe your style of photography?

Stylish and classic.

What is the most important thing for a couple to know when it comes to selecting a wedding photographer?

Often the advice here is that you “click” with your photographer, which is important, although there are other things that are equally important, such as consistency and skill (how they approach lighting and timing challenges).  But above all, excellent customer service is key.  I like to be very hands-on with my clients throughout the entire process, helping them with what I can during the planning process, on the day of the wedding, and all the way through the building of and presentation of their wedding albums.  

How far in advance should a couple book Jenny DeMarco Photography for their big day?

Depends on the time of year, but generally 9-12 months before the wedding, especially if it falls within the high season (April – October or Spring – Fall).  

Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to their wedding photography?

 I love when couples have a private final dance as the guests are lining up for their exit.  It allows for a great closure for the end of the album and a chance for me to do something creative.  Also, night shots are becoming increasingly popular. 

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Thank you Jenny DeMarco Photography for all of the gorgeous work you do! We look forward to working with you in the future!

 

Laura + Brian

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When I met Laura, I knew that we would be a great match! Her vision was absolutely beautiful and even though we had some mixed feelings about the look in the beginning, we finally landed on our colors and thus we created a beautiful event for everyone to enjoy at Omni Barton Creek Resort. I was honored to be a part of their special day and I hope you all enjoy these lovely photo’s from non other than SMS Photography

Best wishes in CA and much love!

XOXO

Jen

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This beautiful couple was married at Omni Barton Creek. They were equipped with a perfect team of vendors that made the day so special. Strong Events supplied decorations that enhanced every corner of the venue and the flowers from Posey added the softest, most delicate touch. With the help of Marquee, the set up and take down was executed flawlessly. Not to mention that Adore made everyone look absolutely beautiful. This wedding was truly one to remember.

 

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Special thanks to the amazing vendors that helped make Laura + Brian’s day so beautiful!

 
Officiant: Justin Hyde
Flowers: Posey
Photographer: SMS Photography
Videographer: Waterloo Films
Lighting: Greenbelt DJ
Rentals: Marquee
Hair + Makeup: Adore
Stationary: Meldeen

Vender Shout Out: She-N-He Photography

This week’s Vender Shout Out goes to She-N-He Photography! She-N-He specializes in natural, modern, and portrait photography. Melanie Grizzel, and her husband Steve Howe work together to take professional, and quality photos that all of our clients adore. We spoke with Melanie to find out more about She-N-He Photography:

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How long have you been working in the industry and how did She-N-He photography get its start?

She-N-He started 6 years ago. “She” is myself, Melanie Grizzle and “He”, my husband, Steve Howe. I have been a photographer in the commercial, editorial, and advertising world for more than 20 years. When we moved to Austin nearly 9 years ago we wanted to have a family and the travel demands with maintaining my commercial clients was impossible with our young family. So we slowly started accepting wedding commissions and it grew and grew. We now photograph between 20-25 weddings per year. We like to keep the numbers down so we can offer excellent, hands-on customer service and attention throughout the process. We often finish a couple’s collections and become good friends with them afterwards. 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

My favorite part of every wedding is the getting ready time. The intimacy and the super charge of electric energy that lives in those moments just before a couple walks down the aisle is incredible. I have nothing I can compare it to. I love it. Then the 3 minutes a couple shares immediately after the ceremony before their guests can meet and congratulate them. These “just married” moments are another of my favorite times of the day. The range of emotion people go through on their wedding day is the reason I know I’m in the right place. I love working with people more than anything and what’s a better scenario than their wedding day?! They may have bigger days in their life, but up until today, this is the biggest!

How would you describe your style of photography?

Capture. I don’t like to set up too much on a wedding day. I want my couples to remember their wedding day with the little flaws and real moments. Charm exists in those times that weren’t planned and set up perfectly. When it comes to the way I photograph, I love dramatic lighting, dark and light, with lots of contrast and natural or artificial light. I love symmetry. I’m inspired by House of Cards because of the DP’s use of symmetry in his shots. I love West Wing and Wes Anderson movies where darkness plays a role.

What is the most important thing for a couple to know when selecting a wedding photographer?

Obviously weddings only happen once in your life. Your images are going to be the one lasting memory you’ll have after the day has come and gone. We all know that. Beyond that, most people feel that budget is important (and it is), but loving the work that your photographer produces is critical. Make sure you love your photographer because he or she will spend the entire day with you, photographing you and in some cases asking you to do this or that. Work with someone who understands you, who loves you back and who you wouldn’t mind hanging out with. Ask the potential photographer ALL of these questions. Everything. 

– Can we see a whole wedding that you’ve photographed? 

– How many weddings will you photograph this year?

– Can we speak with past clients of yours? 

– What am I getting for the money I am spending? / Will there be any surprises I should expect or ask about? 

– Do I get a USB or DVD? Will the files be ready to print? Are they hand-edited and processed? 

– Do you shoot RAW or JPEG? (PS – You absolutely want someone who shoots in RAW format.)

– How do you approach a wedding? What is your philosophy?

– What makes you different from other photographers in the area? 

** Never work with a photographer who calls themselves a “Natural Light” Photographer. You generally have a whole second half of your wedding that happens after dark and they may not know how to handle artificial lighting very well and therefore not be able to handle your wedding reception. 

How far in advance should a couple book She-N-He Photography for their big day?

Generally couples schedule the She-N-He 9-12 months in advance of their wedding date to make sure we lock it down for them. That being said, if we have the date available we might be able to photograph a wedding just days in advance. We booked a wedding last week in 4 days!

Have you noticed any trends that couples are looking for when it comes to their wedding photography?

I try to stay away from trends. If it’s something the couple is asking for, I will surely accommodate their needs but I won’t show it on my blog because I want my work to be genuine, natural, and timeless. If you follow trends, then in 10 years the couples will look back on their work and say, ” Wow, this looks so 2015!”

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Thank you to She-N-He for being such an awesome vendor to work with! We look forward to working with you in the future!