Wedding Open House!



Open House at Riverbend!

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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Photo Courtesy of Jenny DeMarco Photography

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. 


Photo Courtesy of Jenny DeMarco Photography


Photo Courtesy of Jenny DeMarco Photography


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Photo Courtesy of Jenny DeMarco Photography

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

Photo Courtesy of SMS Photography

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!




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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:


Photo Courtesy of She-N-He Photography

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!”


Photo Courtesy of She-N-He Photography


Photo Courtesy of She-N-He Photography

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!

Pearl Crush

Pearl Crush…

Coffee Shops

Pearl Crush is back at it! This week we are featuring the teams favorite coffee shops. Coffee is essential to mornings, can be great for an afternoon pick-me-up, or even an after dinner delight. Here are some local Austin hotspots, you just do not want to miss.


1. Becky’s Fav: Teo. Not only are their lattes to die for, but this hidden gem is  located right next to our office! Teo not only has an endless selection of coffee, but they serve a delicious array of gelato. The gelato ranges in flavors from Toasted Coconut,  to Goat Cheese & Cherry, to Texas Pecan & Whiskey. One taste of anything this little shop  has to offer will be sure to brighten up your day- And if by freak chance the delicious flavor isn’t enough, than the adorable pink lids they house will for sure put a smile on your face. Take our word for it, check this place out- and don’t forget to stop by our office to say hi!


1206 W 38th St

Austin, TX 78705


2. Katie’s Fav: Summer Moon. We honestly can not decide what makes this shop more irresistible- their eclectic, and comforting atmosphere, or the fact that they are the only place in the world where drinks are concocted with the delicious moon milk (their secret recipe). With coffee that is roasted in house, and even sold to go- coffee lovers can enjoy their one of a kind coffee not only in the café, but in the comfort of their own kitchen. So treat yourself- and check out Summer Moon at your next free moment! We recommend the Iced Mocha Moon drink, the breakfast tacos, and the pastries.


3115 S 1st St 1B,

Austin, TX 78704


Megan’s Fav: Buzzmill. This place is a one-stop shop to kickback with friends, listen to music, shop around the general store, and grab a drink while you’re at it! Buzzmill is more than just a coffee shop, it is a local hangout. The rustic feel- and spicy, sweet aroma that surrounds you, will make you never want to leave. Enjoy the Vanilla Latte, and relax at our self proclaimed home away from home. 


1505 Town Creek Dr,]


Austin TX 78741

4. Ashley’s Fav: Halcyon. From coffee, to tea, to smoothies, bar drinks, and s’mores- this delicious coffee shop houses everything, and anything one could ever imagine! The modish, and hip atmosphere allows guests to sit back, relax, and divulge into only the most delectable of treats. For those who are partial to anything sweet, Ashley recommends their house made coffee with a hint of vanilla. One can even roast s’mores at their own table, which makes the perfect excuse for a date night with friends.


218 W 4th St


Austin, TX 78701

5. Jen’s Fav: JO’s. This place only has two locations in Austin- but the one on South Congress is by far the most popular. They’ve got that world famous “I Love You So Much Wall” which makes only for the cutest of photo-ops after your morning coffee. Not to mention Jo’s also has delicious baked goods, breakfast tacos, and sandwiches that make the perfect side to any drink on their menu. Jen’s personal favorite is the iced turbo. So bold and oh so delicious!Austin_jo'scoffee

1300 S Congress Ave,


Austin, TX 78704


Vendor Shout Out: The Hummingbird House

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to The Hummingbird House! Located in South Austin, The Hummingbird House provides a beautiful garden space for any wedding. This tropical space is a unique venue that has been awarded “Best of Austin” by the Austin Chronicle. We spoke with Courtney Gayle to find out more about why The Hummingbird House is the perfect venue!

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How long has Hummingbird House been a wedding venue?

We celebrated our 5 year anniversary on April 10th, 2015.

What is your favorite part of being in the special events industry?

It’s an incredible feeling to be surrounded by so much positive energy! Everyone in the special events industry is so warm and welcoming- it’s like a big family that gets together every weekend!

What makes Hummingbird House unique for weddings?

Our sister company, The Great Outdoors, provides us with seasonal flowers and tropical plants to make our gardens some of the best in Austin. Our Texas sized Bridal and Groom’s Suites are spacious enough for any size wedding party.

What advice do you have for brides selecting a venue?

Start looking for your dream venue asap! Visit in person (if possible), bring your planner, take pictures, and ask plenty of questions!

How far in advance should a couple book the Hummingbird House?

For weddings, our Saturday dates book 18 months to 2 years in advance. Friday and Sunday dates book 1 year to 18 months in advance.  

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New glass-enclosed reception pavilion

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Thank you to the Hummingbird House for being such a wonderful vendor to work with! We look forward to collaborating with you in the future!


Vendor Shout Out: Blue Note Bakery

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to Blue Note Bakery! Blue Note aspires to make any occasion a special one by adding a touch of sweetness you won’t be able to resist! The “Confection Composer”, Angela Jiles, has been in the pastry profession for many years, and opened Blue Note Bakery in 2004 in a small shared catering kitchen. Just a short time later, Blue Note relocated to the popular spot on South Congress and has been growing ever since.  Angela says “without music and cake, the world would be a boring place!” From their delicious fondant, to their customizable cakes and filling flavors, Blue Note Bakery is the perfect place to create your unique and ideal cake for any wedding or event!

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Owner Angela Jiles: Photo Courtesy of Blue Note Bakery.

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How long have you been working in the industry, and how did Blue Note Bakery get started?

I have been working in the industry since 1990. I made my first wedding cake when I was 16. I started Blue Note in 2004 after working many aspects of the pastry industry. I have been a baker, a pastry chef in restaurants in San Fransisco as well as Austin. I taught at a local culinary school, but then realized, I really enjoyed the artistry of cakes. I quit teaching and started Blue Note Bakery in the kitchen of a catering company. After only 3 years, I was able to get my own South Congress kitchen, where I have been ever since. 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

My favorite part is meeting with the couple and designing something completely custom and their vision. The second best part is seeing it in place with the rest of the design and having it meld into one spectacular event!

How would you describe the style of cakes you typically design? 

“Elegant Fun”- The type of client that likes us are the ones that are looking to have their personalities show in the cake. 


How does Blue Note Bakery stand out against other Austin bakeries?

Oh well! We make EVERYTHING from scratch! We have the best tasting fondant and our cake and filling flavors are just as customizable as our designs. Just look at our flavor list. We LOVE options. 

How long has Blue Note Bakery provided sweets for weddings?

Since April 1st, 2004.

Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to cake selections?

The trends seem to go with what is on Pinterest. Brides are loving the ombre, make cakes and metallics, right now. 

How far in advance should a couple book Blue Note Bakery for their big day?

It is best, if your wedding is in the prime seasons (March, April, May, October) to book 6-9 months in advance. Other months, 4-6 months in advance should be fine. We are a small shop and we like to give plenty attention to each order. 

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Photo Courtesy of Blue Note Bakery.

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Photo Courtesy of Blue Note Bakery.

A big thanks goes out to Blue Note Bakery for their beautiful, unique cakes and other sweet treats! We can’t wait to see what next is in store for you all!









Pearl Crush

Boutique Crushes…boutiques

This week on Pearl Crush we are talking about a girl’s favorite thing: shopping! Whether you’re spoiling yourself or buying a gift for someone else, these boutiques around Austin (and Houston, too!) are definitely worth checking out. Adding more clothes and jewelry to your wardrobe is never a bad thing!


1. Becky’s Fav…Adelante!  Full disclosure they are in our shopping center so they are super convenient.  I love them because I feel like they have a good range of styles from sorority girl to recent grad to moms.  The quality of the clothing is great and the shop is well curated.  Plus the owner, Tricia, is super sweet and the gals that work there are very helpful.  Come stop by and visit us too when you go :)


Twenty Six Doors, 1206 W 38th St

Austin, TX 78705


2. Ashley’s Fav…Maya Star on South Congress is one of my favorite boutiques in Austin. Not only is it in one of the coolest parts of town, but the shop is full of beautiful jewelry and clothes. The jewelry is all hand-picked by the owner and ranges from natural gemstones to  metal work. They have a table full of random gifts that I love to go through, perfect for the person who you don’t know what to buy for. Plus, they have a great Instagram that is regularly updated with all of their items!


1508 S Congress Ave

Austin, TX 78704


3. Jen’s Fav…Langford Market. From dresses to cute tops, jewelry, and bottoms…they’ve got it all! You seriously have to buy a pair of harem pants. They’re comfy, stylish, and come in all different colors and patterns. I go to the one off 2nd street because it’s in a great location and by everything cool, including my favorite place: Cru Food and Wine Bar. So after a day of shopping, I can drink and people watch!


249 W 2nd St

Austin, TX 78701


4. Celia’s Fav…My favorite is a twofer. It’s Moss Designer Consignment and Garment Modern and Vintage. They are sister stores that reside just a few doors down from each other. Moss has a beautifully curated selection of previously loved designer items from Gucci to Rag and Bone. You could spend hours looking at every item they have and then go home and cry in your pillow because, like puppies in a pet store, you can’t take them all home. Garment has a mix of new current styles and dime piece vintage. They also have a knockout selection of jewelry from designers like Unearthen. I die. Swoon.


705 S Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78704


5. Megan’s Fav…Em and Lee. I first found out about Em and Lee when a friend of mine worked there in college.  They are located around the Houston area and have the cutest pieces that you can mix and match together.  What I really love is that the staff is very helpful and will put together outfits for you that fit your style. I always go there during the winter time to get fleece lined leggings that keep you super warm (I wore them skiing in Colorado and they are fun)! Check them out when you are in H-Town!


2021 West Gray St

Houston, TX 77019



Vendor Shout Out: Flora Fetish

We are so excited to feature Flora Fetish this week for our Vendor Shout Out! Flora Fetish has been providing their beautiful floral creations since 1996, and has since then been featured in The Knot for their 2012, 2013 and 2014 picks.  This creative team of artists and floral designers offer “the perfect combination of chic, fabulous, and laid back ballroom elegance.” This team creates both traditional and unconventional designs to make your event look even more spectacular. We had the chance to talk to Ashley and Carrie from the team to find out even more!

Flora Fetish Team

Photo Courtesy of Flora Fetish

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How long have you been in the industry, and how did Flora Fetish get started?

I personally have been in the floral and event industry since 1984. At a young age I entered a local flower shop in my home town that was owned by a family in our church. The owner offered me the assistant to the manager position. After two weeks passed, the shop manager informed me that she was looking elsewhere for a job. I have to mention that this notice fell two weeks prior to the largest flower holiday called Valentines Day. As a result of this change, I became the leader of the flower shop with no experience in management or design. The owner announced he would hire he would hire 20 people from the local college, and they would be my team for the BIG holiday ahead. With much self drive, I proceeded with a plan of action that I felt could be a winning situation. I continued to go through the florist shop management and design duties for about a year after deciding to enroll in the Texas School of Floral Design. After graduation, I did feel much more confident and continued my floral training and experiences into the grocery store market.

I have been in the business 18 years as a storefront. We started in a garage for 3 months. I worked full time. My husband Ross and I joined as a husband and wife team after moving to a large space on Burnet Road. 

What do you enjoy most about working weddings?

For us, it’s all about the personal connections and relationships we get to build. From the bride, the groom and their families to other professionals in this industry, we love it all!

How does Flora Fetish stand out against other floral companies in Austin?

We are a well-establish business. I believe this gives us an advantage because we truly know the industry and the professionals in this industry. Our designers also have a high level of training and education. With this experience, it becomes easy to work with any style a bride brings to the table. It just all comes down to the level of experience we have at Flora Fetish.

What is the most important thing for couples to know when choosing floral arrangements for their wedding?

First, they should start collecting images they like. We suggest looking at popular wedding blogs! Second, create a photo file or a Pinterest board. Third, gather paint samples for color references. Fourth, let an experienced designer or consultant guide you through. An experienced designer or consultation will know the best season, condition, and durability of the flowers you like. 

Have you noticed any trends in floral design for weddings?

Asymmetrical centerpieces, loose/free form design, and of course blush and gold!

How far in advance should a couple book Flora Fetish for their wedding?

We tend to book 4 to 8 months in advance. The earlier the better! It allows more time for consolations and a smoother transition if the bride decides to change her original plan!

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Thank you Flora Fetish for all of the beautiful designs that you do! We love working with you and can’t wait to work with you more in the future!



Throwback: Jackie + Sean



Today’s throwback is featuring Jackie and Sean! This lovely couple was married at one of our favorite venues, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, on a perfect Saturday in May. This wedding had an amazing team of vendors that were truly a perfect fit. Jackie had a fun, colorful scheme in mind that Verbena executed flawlessly. Crave Catering served delicious food as always, and with the help of Premiere Events, made set up and break down a breeze and delivered a smooth transition between the ceremony and reception. Greenbelt DJ provided the tunes as guests danced the night away, and lucky for us, we had the amazing Cory Ryan to capture it all!

Congratulations Jackie and Sean!




Thank you to all of our vendors who helped make Jackie + Sean’s day so beautiful!

Officiant: Reverend Ed Sarnella from Starbuck Weddings

Venue: Ladybird Wildflower Center

Rentals: Premiere Party Central

Caterer: Crave Catering

Flowers: Verbena Floral

Cake: Blue Note Bakery

Photobooth: Say Cheese Photobooth

Photographer: Cory Ryan Photography

Videographer: Nostalgia Film

DJ: Greenbelt DJ

Lighting: Greenbelt DJ

Stationery: The Inviting Pear

Transportation: Uptown Valet

Hair + Makeup: Rae Cosmetics