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Meet the Team: Morgan

 Meet Morgan, one of our summer interns!

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Morgan Nussbaum and I was born and raised right outside of Dallas in Plano,Texas. I am currently a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Public Relations with a Business Foundations Certificate. I am also Entertainment Chair for the Kappa Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha. 

What three words describe you best?

I would say I am outgoing, trustworthy and organized.
 

What are some of your hobbies?

I absolutely love fashion, so of course shopping. I love going to Cedar Creek Lake with all of my friends, running around Town Lake, and trying new restaurants around Austin. I have a huge weakness for sushi and mac n cheese.
 

What made you interested in weddings?

Ever since my Bat Mitzvah, I became obsessed with planning events. I would watch the SuperBowl, award shows and fashion shows on TV and wonder how huge events were put together. I then started to wonder about weddings, so that is why I am here now!
 

What are your aspirations for the future?

 In the future, I would LOVE to plan events for big companies and venues such as the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium. It would be awesome to manage all of the events that take place there and be involved with the entertainment and media as well.
 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

My favorite part about working weddings is definitely seeing all of the planning aspects come to life. You are constantly making phone calls and checking emails, but then on that one day you see the bride and groom’s dream turn to reality. It is a really cool experience to see all of the vendors merge together to create an unforgettable day.

Fun Facts

I have way too many: Rompers. (Short People Problems)
 
When I splurge it’s on… Food (2 rolls of sushi, miso soup and fried rice ends up costing a lot!)
 
I’d hide in a suitcase to… Cabo, my favorite place in the world!!
 
I can’t get enough of… My puppies!! Pistachio and Pressley are my life.
 

 

Vendor Shout Out: Paper Place

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to… Paper Place! A local Austin business, they not only offer the usual stationary and cards, but a plethora of other items like napkins, paper plates, rubber stamps, picture frames and more! They have worked with many brides all over Austin and have even been featured in Austin Weekly, Austin American Statesman, Instyle and Modern Bride.

We talked to Diana from Paper Place to see why their business is thriving and a definite staple for brides in Austin.

 

How did Paper Place get started?

I wanted to give you a little background: There are two partners in the store, Molly Smith and Suzy Ranney. Molly started the store in 1979, the original location was in Jefferson Square until Summer of 1994 when the Central Market shopping Center was being developed and they were the first store to sign their lease. I asked Molly to answer this question because she is the one that started this business:
 
Molly: “I got my degree in graphic design and I love paper. What a perfect match! Whenever I traveled, I always looked for paper stores. I especially loved the old-style office supply stores.”

What is your favorite part of working with weddings?

Being a locally owned business for 35 years, Paper Place has had loyal customers from the beginning that we continue to work with today. Like any friendship or marriage, customers require dedication and love to foster this long term relationship. When we help a couple with their wedding stationery suite, it creates a bond that continues over the years with baby announcements, birthdays, graduations and their own children’s marriages. This is our most favorite part, to be a part of their beginnings.

How does Paper Place stand out against other stationery companies?

The thing that makes us unique is that we are not a chain. Molly and Suzy (the owners) are here every day, they are very hands on. Even though we have been in business for many years, we stay on trend and go to markets all over the country to find new and exciting products. We also listen to what our customers’ needs are when they cannot find something, we will look into carrying it. We love hearing our customers tell us this is “their happy place.” We strive to offer our clients budget-friendly to couture style stationery and invitations that are not found in every store. We also offer inhouse, custom printing and design for a more personal look. Our inhouse consultants and design team are here to help you bring your creative vision life!

How would you describe the style of stationery products that you design?

Our style is upbeat and modern. But we also still offer beautiful stationery varying from Crane to imported, elegant paper. When writing a thank you note for a job interview or a love letter to your sweetheart, the feel of paper is very important because it leaves a lasting impression. We also have an endless selection of boxed invitations, stationery sets, journals, notepads, and fun office accessories to brighten your daily grind.

What is the most important thing for couples to know when it comes to their wedding stationery?

The most important thing for couples to know when it comes to their wedding invitations, save the dates, and any additional stationery needed is, budget. To have an idea of what a couple can afford is most helpful in creating something unique to them. Also, house-hold count vs. head count. And venue is very important because the invitation you choose will set the tone of your wedding and give your guests an idea of how to dress. It’s helpful to bring us ideas and a color palette, but part of our process is to help you with creating the look from color to wording.

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

The latest trends couples are asking for are: Letter-pressing, foiling, double-thick stocks, custom color edging, die-cuts and laser cuts. Font styles that are trending are custom calligraphy or fonts that look hand-written. For colors, blush, mint and jewel tones are almost every one of our brides’ choices. Another few trends are custom printed liners for your envelopes.
 
 
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Thank you, Paper Place for being such an awesome vendor to work with!

XOXO,

Pearl Events

Refinery 29: July 23, 2014

Allie + Henry’s charming and USDA-certified organic wedding at Barr Mansion is featured on Refinery 29! Make sure you check out the full article!

 

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Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors for helping make Allie + Henry’s day so special!

 

Photography: Nichols Photography

Venue: Barr Mansion

Hair & Makeup: Rae Cosmetics

Florist: STEMS

Stationery: Lion in the Sun

Cake: Barr Mansion

Catering: Barr Mansion

DJ: Greenbelt DJ

Rentals: Premiere Party Central

Lighting: ILD

Wedding Gown: Stone Fox Bride

Groom’s Suit: Bonobos

Claire + Adam

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Claire is one of the most organized brides I have ever worked with.  I feel like she is also a lover of highlighters, labels and sticky notes.  Claire is a classic beauty and had a classic style for her wedding with a few crazy twists.  TO INCLUDE a ping pong table with a “Mrs” and “Mr” paddles in gold sparkles.  We also can’t forget the awesome cut outs of the Olsen twins (don’t be mad at me Claire, I can’t remember if your love was for Mary Kate or Ashley?!?!)  Either way, they were there!  Claire also had loads of props for the dance floor (of which she had a love hate relationship with in the planning process).  It was an awesome party for an awesome couple.  Congrats to my pals Claire and Adam!

XOXO,

Becky

 

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Thanks to all of our vendor’s who helped make Claire + Adam’s day so special!

Venue – Allan House

Catering & Rentals – Royal Fig

Flowers - Posey

Cake – Simon Lee

Photographer – Caroline + Ben

DJ – Greenbelt DJ

Ceremony Music – Musical Discovery

Lighting – Intelligent Lighting Design

Tent – Premier Events

Ping Pong Table – Amanzi Party Rentals

Transportation – Capitol Pedi Cab

Hair – Simply Mandy

Makeup – Nisa Nicole

Meet The Team: Ashley

 Meet Ashley, one of our fabulous interns!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am from Katy, TX and I’m a senior at Texas State University. I’m majoring in Electronic Media with a minor in English. I am currently the president of the Theta Psi chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha!
 

What three words describe you best?

 I would say outgoing, ambitious and creative.
 

What are some of your hobbies?

In my free time, I love to read and listen to music. I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and my sorority sisters and of course, being on the river!
 

What made you interested in weddings?

The planning aspect of weddings is really fun and interesting to me. Making all the many components come together to make the bride and groom’s day special is so great.
 

What are your aspirations for the future?

 I would really love to work in event planning. Whether it be weddings or parties or banquets, I love to design and organize! I also love video production (my major) and love the ways that videos and photography are such a big part of weddings now. It would be amazing to combine the two. Oh, and travel. A lot!
 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

It sounds super cheesy, but I love watching the bride and groom interact. The decorations and lighting and everything that goes into the wedding are all beautiful and fun, but it is also so great to see the relationship between the couple and the reason why we are planning in the first place!

Fun Facts

Favorite Quote: “Dance as though no one was watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.” -Audrey Hepburn
 
After a long day, hand me a glass of… Carbernet Sauvignon. Wow, I feel like such an old woman saying that, but it is definitely my favorite!
 
Favorite ice cream flavor… If you haven’t had Mexican Vanilla at Amy’s Ice Cream, you are missing out.
 
Number one thing on my bucket list… Visit every continent in the world! 
 
Favorite wedding trend… Right now, I am a little obsessed with brunches. Whether they are the day after the wedding or for the actual wedding, there are SO many choices and cute things to do for them! I could be looking at brunches on Pinterest for hours.
 
 

Shannon + Jay

 

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Shannon and Jay’s wedding took place at The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge this past March. We were blessed with gorgeous Spring weather for early March. Shannon has a super bubbly but laid back personality, therefore I think her choice of sunflowers was a perfect match! Shannon and Jay had a wonderful team of vendors to carry out their big day. Check out the hard work by Marquee, Crave, ILD Lighting, Westbank and many more in these fabulous photos by Caroline+Ben Photography.

Congratulations!!!

 

XOXO,

Jessica

 

 

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Thanks to all of our vendor’s who helped make Shannon + Jay’s day so special!

Venue – Chappel Lodge

Rentals & Tent – Marquee Rentals

Caterer & Desserts – Crave Catering

Flowers – Westbank Flowers

Photo Booth – Central Texas Photobooth

Photographer – Caroline + Ben

Videographer – Spinning Leaf

DJ – Vox DJ

Lighting - ILD Lighting

Transportation – R&R Limo, Uptown Valet

Makeup – Adore

 

 

 

Vendor Shout Out: Wolf Stuntworks

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to… Wolf Stuntworks! Wolf Stuntworks is an entertainment company that provides breathtaking fireworks and pyrotechnic displays that can add that “little something extra” to any event. Stuntworks repertoire ranges from movies and television shows to live performances. Their ultimate mission is to create capstone moments at events that leave their guests in awe and filled with the utmost excitement.

We talked to Steve Wolf, President, and Carolina Moody, Production Coordinator, about why Stuntworks is one of the most exquisite entertainment companies to have at weddings!

 

 

How long have you been working in the industry, and how did Wolf Stuntworks get started?  

Wolf Stuntworks has been providing stunts and special effects for feature films (including Tom Cruise movies) for over 20 years.  We are the only company that puts all of the amazing services of a Hollywood special effects company at the fingertips of an event planner.  We allow event planners to bring serious magic to their events, and to go home heroes.

What is your favorite part of working in the industry?  

The excitement on our clients’ faces and their heartfelt gratitude when we put on a terrific show!

What is the most important thing for couples to know when it comes to hiring Wolf Stuntworks for their wedding?  

We want to make this absolutely perfect for you, so don’t be shy, share your vision, and we’ll make it happen for you!  

Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to adding Wolf Stuntworks services?  

 
We’ve noticed that brides are typically very surprised to find out how affordable fireworks and other pyrotechnics for their wedding can be!

 

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Thank you Wolf Stuntworks for being such an awesome vendor!!

 

XOXO,

Pearl Events Austin

Lauren + Bryan

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Have you been to Hotel Ella lately?!?  It is gorgeous! Hotel Ella was the perfect backdrop for Lauren and Bryan’s winter wedding. They had a small and intimate ceremony on the veranda.  We worked with Premier Select to add custom draping to soften the space and then added a rustic arch with cascading florals from Petal Pushers.  Lauren’s mom, Olivette, made the runner and wrote down all of their families wedding dates on it!  The party inside was a hit with Matchmaker as the band.  PLUS, I had the chance to work with a dear friend and the ever so talented – Jake and Kasey Holt on the wedding.  It was a party to remember!

Congrats Lauren and Bryan!

XOXO,

Becky

 

 

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Thank you to all of our amazing vendors who helped make Lauren + Bryan’s day so special!

 

Venue – Hotel Ella

Officiant – Allen Hill

Catering – Hotel Ella

Rentals – Premiere Select

Flowers – Petal Pushers

Cake – Blue Note Bakery

Photographer – Jake Holt Photography

Band – Matchmaker Band

Ceremony Music – Musical Discovery

Stationery – The Inviting Pear

Hair – Keith Kristofer Salon & Spa

Makeup – Rae Cosmetics

Meet the Team: Brittany

Meet Brittany, one of our fabulous interns!

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Brittany Smith, and I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I am currently a Junior at the University of Texas at Austin and am studying Corporate Communication with a Business Foundations Certificate.

What three words describe you best?

Three words I would use to best describe myself are driven, fun, and sassy. 

What are some of your hobbies?

During my free time, I enjoy being on the lake or in the pool, working out, spending time with my sorority sisters, and of course being a Longhorn fan!

What made you interested in weddings?

I became interested in weddings because I love being able to help make one of the most important days in a woman’s life so special! 

What are your aspirations for the future?

In the future,
I would love to be able to have a successful career, a great family, and be able to travel A LOT! 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

My favorite part of working weddings would have to be seeing the final product of everyone’s hard work put together, and seeing the bride, groom, and their guests enjoying the night! 

Fun Facts

I have way too many… beauty products!

When I splurge, it’s… on a good pair of jeans!

I can’t get enough of… The Real Housewives!

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Lauren and Steve were such a fun couple to work with, I knew when we met it would be a great fit! They were married at Lake Travis United Methodist Church with the reception at Lakeway Resort and Spa.  Lauren and I worked together to create an elegant evening with unique elements to celebrate the couple! We had a delicious popcorn bar for the end of the night and a beautiful light wall by D&H Lighting for guests to use as a backdrop for Instagram photos (with a custom hashtag of course!) We couldn’t have done it without the great vendors! Congratulations Lauren and Steve!

XOXO,

Megan

 

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Thank you to all our vendor’s who helped make Lauren and Steve’s day so special!

Ceremony – Lake Travis United Methodist Church

Reception & Caterer - Lakeway Resort and Spa

Rentals – Premier Party Central

Flowers - Gypsy Floral

Cake – Michelle’s Patisserie 

Photographer – Lisa Hause Photography

Videographer - Shattered Glass Productions

DJ – A List DJ & Pro Audio

Lighting – D&H Lighting

Transportation – R&R Limo and Bus