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Kate + Greg

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Kate and Greg were married at Vintage Villas this summer. Kate’s favorite color is orange, which is appropriate as she is always bright and cheerful. Greg’s mother lives in Canada and was unable to make the trip to Austin for the wedding, so she was live on an iPad. I had not seen this before, and I thought it was fabulous! Another thing I loved about this wedding – Nothing Bundt Cakes! I’d never had Nothing Bundt Cakes before and now it’s turned into an obsession. I really enjoyed working with Kate and Greg. I hope you enjoy these photos from A La Vie Photography!

XOXO,

Jessica

 

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Thank you to all of our spectacular vendors who helped make Kate + Greg’s day so beautiful!

 

Venue: Vintage Villas

Rentals: Marquee Event Gr0up

Caterer: Vintage Villas

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Flowers: STEMS Floral Design

Photographer: A La Vie Photography

Videographer: Crescent Videos

Photo Booth: Say Cheese Photobooth

DJ: Texas Pro DJ

Ceremony Musician (Ukulele): Devin Campbell

Salon: Total Look

Makeup: Rae Cosmetics

 

Meet the Team: Hillary

Meet Hillary, one of our interns!

 

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Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Hillary Coughlin, and I am from Sacramento, CA. I am currently a senior at The University of Texas majoring in advertising and serve on the executive board of Omega chapter of Alpha Phi as Vice President Marketing.

What three words describe you best?
Quirky, positive and dedicated

What are some of your hobbies?
I love hanging out with my friends, swimming, and making to-do lists.

What made you interested in weddings?
My mom has been planning events and auctions since I was young. I grew up watching her always thought it looked like so much fun!

What are your aspirations for the future?
My first plan after graduating is moving to the east coast! I’m praying I’ll be able to withstand the snow… but I cannot wait to have 4 seasons! I’m very interested in politics so possibly doing events for campaigns or political functions. I also love the marketing aspect of business so working for a company in their marketing and communications department would be amazing, especially paired with corporate events!

What is your favorite part of working weddings?
Seeing the bride enjoying herself during the reception! Especially when the bride and the groom are dancing with each other being goofy and fun after all of the formalities are over, it is so cute!

Fun Facts

I have way too many…. J. Crew Chino shorts, they’re a staple in my closet. I basically have every color.

During deadlines, I snack on… Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies!!!!

I’d hide in a suitcase to… Santorini, Greece

Favorite ice cream flavor: anything with rainbow sprinkles!

Number one thing on my bucket list: Go to the Dead Sea!!

Favorite Austin Hot Spot: Whole Foods

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Candace + Ben

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Candace and Ben’s wedding is one of my all time favorites.  The couple lives in California, but they wanted an intimate wedding for 50 of their closest friends and family to be held in Texas. The wedding was at the beautiful Umlauf Sculpture Garden.  Candace’s mom, Jean, and I worked on the decor together and had a wonderful time. She knew exactly what Candace wanted and we worked with Posey Floral, Mancino Iron Works, Royal Fig, and Premiere Events to pull it off.  For the couple, music was the most important aspect of their wedding. We were able to secure the amazing Penny and Sparrow band to play the ceremony music, and they came back to play the couple’s first dance song live as a surprise to the guests!  Thankfully, we had the amazing Cory Ryan to capture all of the beauty that was put together for Candace and Ben’s wedding! It was an amazing evening full of so much love and I am truly happy that I was able to be a part of it!  Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made it happen! Congratulations Candace and Ben!!

 

XOXO,

Megan

 

 

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Thank you to all of our vendors who helped make Candace + Ben’s day unforgettable!

Venue: Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Officiant: Case Hubbart

Rentals: Mancino Iron Works

Caterer: Royal Fig

Flowers: Posey

Cake: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

Photographer: Cory Ryan

Videographer: Shattered Glass Productions

Lighting: ILD

DJ: Greenbelt DJ 

Ceremony Music: Penny and Sparrow

Tent: Premier Party Central

Salon: W Blo Dry Bar

Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon

 

Vendor Shoutout: Merveille Events

This week’s Vender Shout Out goes to… Merveille Floral and Design!! Merveille Events has been using their background in design to create weddings of all styles since 2005. As designers in the wedding industry, they look for new and fresh ideas to incorporate into their planning and love the challenge of  working with new clients to create their visions and ideas.

 

We spoke with Katie Hood, the Owner of Merveille Events, about what makes their services unique and stylish.

 

 

How long have you been working in the industry, and how did Merveille

Events get started?

Merveille Events was founded by Amy Bodle in 2005. Last year, Katie Hood

took over ownership of Merveille while Amy kept her role as lead designer for

the company. Jennifer Norris, Studio manager has been with Merveille for 4

years.

What is your favorite part of being in the wedding industry?

The ever changing scenery! As a designer, you are always looking to

come up with something new and fresh. Getting to work with new clients

on a regular basis allows us to take their ideas and vision, and run with it!

How would you describe the style of flowers you typically use in your

designs?

We like to work in all different styles – from rustic to traditional/romantic to

modern, but it does seem that most of our clients are traditional. Peonies,

garden roses, ranunculus and hydrangea are the most popular. Flowers with

large,rounded blooms. We like to pair them with contrasting flowers like tulips,

stock and scabiosa for diversity or with a twist by using orchids, succulents or

unexpected greenery.

What is the most important thing for a couple to know when it comes to

choosing their wedding flowers?

Realize that many popular flowers have a season. We let our brides know during

their consultation that their favorite flower (mainly peonies) are only available at

certain times of the year.

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

floral design?

We are seeing less rustic and more refined white, ivory and blush floral paired

with gold containers.

Here are some beautiful and fresh examples from Merveille Events!!!

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Thank you Merveille Events for being such a wonderful service! 

We are looking forward to working with you again soon!!

xoxo,

Pearl Events 

Sally + Max

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Sally and Max are incredibly sweet people. They are the kind of folks that always greet with a hug, and I just loved that about them! And they know how to have fun – there was a mariachi band, guests toasted with tequila instead of champagne, and there was plenty of dancing. Their wedding also had the cutest little flower girl and ring bearer I think I’ve ever seen. Check out these photos by Shauna Autry of Sally and Max’s day at Red Corral Ranch.

XOXO,

Jessica

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Thank you to all of our vendors who helped make Sally + Max’s day unforgettable! 

 

Venue: Red Corral Ranch

Rentals: Whim Event Rentals

Caterer: Royal Fig

Flowers: Verbena

Cake: Sweetish Hill Bakery

Photographer: Shauna Autry

DJ: Hill Country DJ

Ceremony Music: EUN-MI LEE

Transportation: Best Western Plus Blanco

Invitations/Program: Minted.

Salon: Glitter Knockout

 

Meet the Team: Rachel

 Meet Rachel, one of our summer interns!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

 My name is Rachel Robins and I am from Houston, Texas. I am currently a senior at the University of Texas, majoring in International Relations with a Business Foundations certificate.
 

What three words describe you best?

Outgoing, relaxed, and dedicated
 
 

What are some of your hobbies?

My favorite thing to do is travel- especially to foreign countries! I love learning about new cultures and trying new foods. I also really love to read- right now I am reading The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
 
 

What made you interested in weddings?

 I became interested in weddings because I knew I wanted to do something creative and work with people!
 
 

What are your aspirations for the future?

  I would like to move somewhere abroad for a year to work or volunteer! 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

My favorite part of working weddings is seeing the venue before the wedding begins, after all the hard work is over. I also really love seeing the happy bride and groom enjoying their big night.

Fun Facts

After I hit the alarm I…. get some coffee!! I have to have a cup everyday to get out of bed
When I splurge, its…. candy- especially sour/ gummy things!
After a long day, hand me a glass of….wine. My favorite is Malbec from Argentina.
Favorite Austin hot spot- Elizabeth Street Cafe. I go there at least twice a week!

 

 

 

Kristin + Adam

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When I got the opportunity to work with Kristin and Adam, I was very excited.  Kristin and I went to high school together; so, it was so much fun to plan with her and her family! Kristen and Adam had their May wedding at the W Hotel.  The ceremony was on the terrace and included two of the cutest ring bearers (their puppies)!  We designed the reception to match the modern look of the W hotel; we kept the tables and chairs neutral, incorporating all of the color in the centerpieces.  Kristin and Adam are two of the most caring individuals I have ever met. Not only are they doctors and help people everyday, but they wanted their wedding favors to also make an impact. Every place setting had a traditional Chinese red envelope with their guests’ wedding favors, a donation of one chicken to a family in need. The Overdrive Band kept the dance floor full, and overall we had a great night celebrating Kristin and Adam! Congratulations!

XOXO,

Megan

 

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Thank you to all of our vendors who helped make Kristin + Adam’s day unforgettable! 

Venue: The W Hotel

Rentals: Marquee

Caterer: The W Hotel

Flowers: Posey

Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery

Photographer: Dustin Finkelstein Photography

Videographer: George Street Photo + Video

Band: The Overdrive Band

Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings

Lighting: PSAV

Invitations/Program: Pamela’s Printing

Salon: Belle’s Ball

Meet the Team: Megan

Meet one of our fabulous planners, Megan!

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 2011. Hook’em Horns!

What three words describe you best?

Organized, positive and creative.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love hanging out with my friends, going to the gym and traveling. I also like finding new places in Austin to hang out!

What originally drove you to work in event planning?

I have always been extremely organized and have wanted to use my creative side in a way that did not require me to be “artistic”. Also, I love… love; so, weddings just seemed perfect! I enjoy planning all events, but weddings are such an important day for someone. I feel very fortunate to be a part of their big day.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would love to plan a larger variety of events, including music festivals since there are so many here in Austin! ACL – let me know if you need some help!

What is your favorite part of working events?

Sending the bride and groom off at the end of the night. I get a few minutes with them alone before they depart, and it’s so wonderful to be able to say goodbye after all of the time we have spent together planning! It’s a bittersweet moment!

Fun Facts

 

Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi

After I hit the alarm… I snooze a little longer.

I’d hide in a suitcase to get to… Venice, Italy!

After a long day, hand me a glass of… Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red vodka and Sprite.

I can’t get enough of… my boyfriend and new puppy!

Favorite ice cream flavor: Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked – cookie dough AND brownie pieces?! Yes, please!

Vendor Shout Out: Word of Mouth Catering

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This week’s Vendor Shout Out is Word of Mouth Catering! Word of Mouth has been  thriving in Austin’s catering scene since 1983. This elite catering service is well known not only for the stylish and clever ways they present their food,  but also for their ability to enhance the overall atmosphere of a wedding. Word of Mouth’s charming staff only adds to their premier service, and gives clients even more reason to keep coming back for more.

 

 

We spoke with general manager Myra Adkins for an inside look into Word of Mouth’s flourishing business. Read on for the full interview!

 

 

How long have you been working in the industry and how did Word of Mouth get started?

I’ve been in the catering business since 1996 when I was still in college.  Word of Mouth began in 1983 and Leslie, the current owner joined the charge in 1986.

What is your favorite part of working with weddings?

I love being able to customize client menus to enhance the overall feeling of the wedding.  Kinda like pairing wine with the meal.  It really all needs to go together!

How would you describe the style of food that you typically serve?

I’d say WOM offers recognizable food with a bit of a twist.  A little subtle something that makes the item stand out as really great.

What makes Word of Mouth catering stand out against other Austin caterers?

I’d like to think that we provide really great food, with a stylish and clever presentation.  Our staff goes above and beyond to provide a memorable experience for clients and their guests alike.

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

The fit has to ‘feel right’!  Be sure you are comfortable with turning over such an important experience to each vendor.

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

We’re still seeing quite a bit of ‘comfort’ foods.  Clients are moving toward food moments or stations to cast a wider net for their menus.


Thank you Word of Mouth Catering!

We cannot wait to work with you and your wonderful staff again!

xoxo,

Pearl Events

 

 

 

 

Laura + Grayson

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Laura and Grayson were married at Villa Del Lago on a beautiful day in April.  From the moment Laura and I started working together, I knew how important it was to her to have her wedding be beautiful and unique.  The couple had seen GOGA play in the Dallas area and booked them immediately for their wedding. They were so entertaining and played every type of music imaginable! The beautiful florals were done by Angie at Posh Floral out of Dallas.  To top it all off, we had an air steam photo booth, Cool Haus ice cream sandwich truck AND a cotton candy spinner from Cloud9! Unique is an understatement! There were so many personal elements put together by Laura and Grayson, I loved being a part of their special day! Thanks to all of the great vendors that made the day so unforgettable!

XOXO,

Megan

 

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Thank you to all of our vendors who helped Laura and Grayson’s day unforgettable!

Venue: Villa Del Lago

Rental: Premiere Party Central

Rental: Loot Vintage Rentals

Caterer: The Peached Tortilla

Flowers: Posh Floral

Cake: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

Photographer: Mint Photography

Photobooth: Austin Imagery

DJ/Band/Ceremony Music: Goga

Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design

Tent: Premiere Party Central

Transportation: Transportation Consultants

Cotton Candy: Cloud9

Ice Cream Sandwiches: Cool Haus