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Vendor Shout Out: Uptown Valet & Transportation

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to the wonderful Uptown Valet & Transportation! Since 2008, Uptown Valet & Transportation has provided a higher standard of valet service that cares about the needs of each individual client. Uptown Valet provides coordinated parking, managed transportation, limo services, luxury vehicle transportation, and more. As a result of their outstanding work, Uptown Valet won the 2014 Member of the Year from the Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals! With excellent ratings, years of experience, and great customer satisfaction, Uptown Valet is a wonderful company that will take care of all of your transportation needs.

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how did Uptown Valet get started?

I have been in the events industry about 12 years now.  Uptown Valet & Transportation was started on the premise that there was a lacking of truly professional and caring valet/transportation companies in Austin.  We  started the company on the foundation of making sure that we would always provide a higher standard of service…it’s been the running theme since we started in 2008.

 

What do you enjoy most about working weddings?

It’s always really cool to see the vision of the planners, caterers, lighting, band/dj’s, florists, photographers, etc. come together and make this unbelievable product.  I love seeing all of the various pieces of the event work together and making something really cool and creative that the families will cherish for a lifetime.

 

How does Uptown Valet stand out against other valet services?

We truly care about each individual or client that we come into contact with.  Whether it be our valet parking attendants, limo drivers, bus drivers, etc., we will treat your event as if it was our own.  Unfortunately valet parking has negative connotations due to movies, “undercover exposes”,etc.; we are constantly trying to prove the stigma of valet parking wrong.

What is the most important thing for couples to know when choosing their transportation, and valet services?

When booking your venue, it is so important to think about how you will get your guests to your wedding.  Whether it be by shuttle, limo, private car, or valet parking, it’s important to think about transportation aspects in the very beginning.  Make sure that you talk to your venue/planner about vehicle restrictions, or suggestions on what has worked or not worked at the venue previously.  If you ever have questions, we have worked at every venue in Austin and the surrounding Hill Country, we will be glad to help answer any concerns.

 

How far in advance should a couple book Uptown Valet for their wedding?

As far out as possible!!  We are almost always one of the “forgotten” items on weddings…we are constantly trying to scramble and help on last-minute needs.  So, please try to book us as far out as possible so we do have availability for your “big day”!

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Mary + Nelson Wedding Video

Check out this amazing video created by Davidson Creative! Mary + Nelson were married on August 9, 2014 at the University Christian Church followed by their reception at The Bob Bullock Museum. You can view their wedding video here!

 


  Congratulations once again to Mary + Nelson!

Thank you to Davidson Creative and to our awesome team of our vendors who helped make Mary & Nelson’s day beautiful!

 

Ceremony Venue: University Christian Church

Reception Venue: The Bob Bullock Museum

Rentals: Marquee Rentals & Bee Lavish

Caterer: Rosemary’s Catering

Flowers: Gypsy Floral

Cake: Crema Bakery

Popsicles: Good Pop

Groom’s Cake: Cake Plate

Photographer: Amber Vickery Photography

Band: Matchmaker

Ceremony Music: The Levites

Lighting: Freeman Audio Visual

Transportation: Antique Limousines – Carey of Austin and Deer Run Chauffeur

Hair: Danann Patrick

Makeup: Bobbi Brown

 

 

Jamie + Ken

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Who doesn’t love a ballroom wedding, especially when the bride’s favorite color is PINK!  And our sweet bride, Jamie, owned it!  Jamie and Ken were married in June at the Four Seasons Austin.  Their ceremony was outside on the Four Seasons lawn and it was a gorgeous day for a wedding.  Jamie, her mom, Kathy, and I had a blast planning together.  They used The Inviting Pear for all of their stationery needs and Bouquets of Austin for their stunning florals.  Big thanks to Matt Montalvo for the photos!

Congrats to Jamie and Ken!

XOXO,

Becky

 

 

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Thank you to all of the fantastic vendors that helped make Jamie and Ken’s wedding a day they will never forget!

Venue: Four Seasons Austin

Officiant: Mike Reinhart

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Caterer: Four Seasons Austin

Flowers: Bouquets of Austin

Cake: Four Seasons Austin

Groom’s Cake: Monica Stelly, family friend

Photographer: Matt Montalvo Photography

Photobooth: Say Cheese Photo Booth

Videographer: Adam Grumbo Films

Band: Good Question

Cocktail Hour Piano: Austin Pianist Andy Grainger

Ceremony Music: Musical Discovery

Lighting: FILO

Stationary: The Inviting Pear

Salon: Corrine Kimbro & Jessica Hershey

Makeup: Avery Allen

Vendor Shout Out: Spinning Leaf Films

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to the wonderful Spinning Leaf Films!  Spinning Leaf is dedicated to making their clients’ wedding video as special and unique as the client! Each moment on your wedding day, Spinning Leaf ensures that they capture these extraordinary moments as they happen. With a wide variety of filming styles, Spinning Leaf has the means to capture your wedding day exactly the way you envision. Spinning Leaf has everything you need to make your wedding video a classic you can enjoy for a lifetime!

We were able to speak with LeVan Owens, Creative Director at Spinning Leaf Films to get further insight on what makes them unique, special and desired by so many!

 

 

How long have you been working in the industry and how did Spinning Leaf Films get started?

Spinning Leaf Films was started in early 2011 when I decided to film my best friend’s wedding as a gift. I’ve been a cinematographer in the film industry for close to a decade, so I recruited some other talented filmmakers and we gave it a shot. We received many rave reviews and requests from that wedding film, so we decided to keep going.

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

I love the moments. We are with our clients on the most memorable day of their lives. Full of smiles, laughs, and tears of joy.  

How would you describe your style of videography?

One of our favorite compliments is when someone says, “You don’t seem to have a style”. We believe the style of the film should fit our client, not the other way around.

What is the most important thing for a couple to know when selecting their videographer?

Usually, your videographer will be around you on your wedding day more than your fiance’. We want to make sure its someone you get along with :)

How far in advance should a couple book Spinning Leaf Films for their big day?

At least 6 months in advance, if possible.

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

Same Day Edits (films edited and shown during the wedding). Its the only way videography actually adds to the day. Also, it creates a very memorable moment at the end of the night.

Below are a couple videos that will give one an idea of what to expect from the beautiful work of Spinning Leaf!

 

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Thank You Spinning Leaf for doing such incredible work and for capturing our clients special day in such a special way! We look forward to working with you again soon!!

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We were honored to be a part of a ARC’s 30th anniversary bash this December.  We love planning corporate parties, and this one was no exception.  ARC came to us with one vision  – we want a Texas Themed Party, and boy did we Texas-ify Brazos Hall.  We worked with Brazos Hall, Stems and Ilios to make their amazing vision come to life.  A few of my favorite elements of the event were our fun lounge areas from Stems.  Upstairs we had a few Dell lounges and photo booth from My Event is the Bomb.  Then downstairs a big ARC lounge with their massive ARC letters hanging from above.  We also made Brazos feel like a Texas honky tonk with an Edison bulb and rope installation above the dance floor.  We also had Stems bring in their gorgeous wooden bars, and they made a wood pallet wall with the ARC logo burned into it!  GORGEOUS!  The food was all Texas comfort food by Austin Catering… who doesn’t love a frito pie bar? Kellie’s Baking Co made cute mason jar cookies as our swag.  My FAVORITE part of the night was our entertainment, PAT GREEN!  One of the Kings of Texas Country, boy did he put on a show!  The party was great, and after Pat left, Anthony from Greenbelt DJ kept the dance floor packed.

 

Big shout out to Photography by Vanessa for capturing the evening in all it’s glory!

 

We had a blast planning this corporate party and look forward to planning the big 3-5!  Congrats to ARC!

 

XOXO,

Becky and The Pearl Events Team

 

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Thank you to all of our amazing vendors!

Venue: Brazos Hall

Stationery: The Inviting Pear

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Caterer: Austin Catering

Flowers: STEMS

Dessert: Austin Catering

Photographer: Photography By Vanessa

Photobooth: My Event Is the Bomb

Band: Pat Green

Marque Letters: Anthropologie

Lighting: Ilios

Cake Jars: Kellie’s Kandies

Posters: Hatch Print

Brodie Homestead Open House – January 28, 2015

Cozy up with us next Wednesday, January 28th at the Brodie Homestead‘s Winter Lodge Open House! There will be tasty treats and a hot cider bar provided by Primizie Catering as well as a fun photo booth by Le Photobooth. Make sure you come and check out this beautiful venue and meet some of the best vendors in the industry: Whim Rentals, Gypsy Floral Design, Loot Vintage Rentals, Texas Pro DJ, Stationery Bakery, InTandem Photography, Kenny’s Coffee, and Intelligent Lighting Design! There will be free swag bags for the first 50 guests! We hope to see you there!

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Lindsey + Randy

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Lindsey and Randy’s wedding at Umlauf Sculpture Garden was a perfect reflection of the couple!

Lindsey wanted to make sure the beauty of the venue was noticed; so, we started with a base of natural tones. The flowers are where we brought in all of the color! It was VERY important to Lindsey to have beautiful, colorful, and unique flowers, and I loved it! Posey did an amazing job making our vision come to life.  Pink Avocado created a delicious family style meal for their guests with Asian Fusion elements.  The tables were designated by cities around the world that were important to the couple, which brought in a personal element and a conversation starter! I would have to say that my favorite aspect of the wedding was Lindsey’s amazing statement piece necklace! It was so unique and fit her personality perfectly. I loved working with Lindsey and Randy to design their big day! Congratulations!

XOXO,

Megan

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Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who helped make Lindsey + Randy’s big day extra special!

 

Venue: Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Officiant: Bonnie Connor

Rentals: Premiere Party Central

Caterer: Pink Avocado

Flowers: Posey

Cake: Polkadots Cupcake Factory

Photographer: Matthew Hogan

DJ: DJ Johnny Bravvo

Lighting: ILD

Tent: Premiere Party Central

Transportation: Carey Limousine Austin

Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon 

Salon: Jeni Hoover

Vendor Shout Out: Whim Hospitality

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to the amazing….. Whim Event Rentals!
When Whim Rentals wants their clients to “Party Like Royalty”, they mean it!  The Whim team is dedicated to transforming your vision into a reality with their experience and passion of creating unique experiences!  The Whim staff have worked on weddings and special events at a wide range of venues from ranches to private homes. The Whim team has the experience and the vision for your every wedding and special event whim!

 

 

We spoke to Ashley Rousseau, Whim Services Manager, about what makes Whim stand out! See the full interview below:

How long have you been in the industry, and how did Whim Rentals get its start?

Whim Event Rentals has been in the business of producing memorable events for over 10 years. When Kim Hanks (one of Whim Hospitality’s fearless leaders), moved to the Dripping Springs area over 10 years ago, she anticipated the growth of the event and wedding industry in the area and saw a need for an event rental company. Having a true entrepreneurial spirit, she took on the venture at that time of creating Dripping Springs Party Rentals. Whit Hanks later joined to take their business to the next level and “Whim Event Rentals” was created.

 

    What do you enjoy most about working weddings?

Who doesn’t love weddings? There’s love in the air, there’s delicious food (especially when made by Whim Catering), and of course you can’t forget- there’s CAKE! You can’t beat it. But to us, we love working with couples and their families to bring together all the little details that reflect their unique love story. Most couples like using some of the ideas they have seen on Pinterest and in their favorite bridal magazines, but at the end of the day, they want to make their wedding their own – and we help them achieve that.

    How does Whim Event Rentals stand out against other rental services?

Based on feedback from our customers, the most notable ways we stand out is through the diversity of our product lines and our service. At Whim Event Rentals we are always looking for ways to reinvent our product offering to deliver an event anyone could dream of, but only we can deliver. One of the newest additions to our product line is our exclusive line of Sperry Tents which makes using a tent comparable to using a gorgeous venue.  In the Whim Family, we strive to go above and beyond expectations not only with the physical product delivered to our customers, but the service every customer experiences along the way. It is our people at Whim Event Rentals that make us shine the most as a rental service.

    What is the most important thing for couples to know when choosing their rentals, and event services?

It is important for couples to know whenever choosing rentals there are going to be a lot of options- so keep your cool, and try not to get too overwhelmed. A way to help with that is to get inspiration from looks you like prior to your meeting to help with narrowing down choices. Also know that when you’re choosing an event rental service, it is important the company you work with is familiar with the space where you are having your event.

    How far in advance should a couple book Whim Rentals for their wedding?

On average, we typically suggest booking rentals for your wedding six months in advance. If you book your rentals too far in advance, you may encounter some changes of heart, or changes in guest count, where you could have to go back to the drawing board entirely. Talk about unnecessary stress!

    Have you noticed any trends or styles when choosing rentals?

Popular trends we’ve seen lately include: mixed metals (silver, gold, rose gold), the classic look of blushes and ivories, sequins mixed in as much as possible, and using farm tables. Farm tables can be used for a special display, a cake table, or for creating a communal dinner for your guests.

    What is your favorite wedding look that Whim has created?

Just one?! There are so many looks we love right now! One of the top 5 looks we’ve helped create is the “Rustic Glam” look as pictured below which ties together recent trends using sequins, farm tables, and shades of blush and ivory.

Here are a few examples of how Whim Rentals can transform a space into the reception you always dreamed of!

 

 

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Thank you again to Whim Event Rentals for being such a fabulous vendor to work with!

 

XOXO,

Pearl Events Austin

Hilary + Victor

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We hope you cozy up this January day and check out this Spring Wedding we did for Hilary and Victor at The Hummingbird House.  STEMS went above and beyond with a crazy gorgeous floral install on their gazebo to incorporate all of Hilary’s favorite colors.  Hilary loves spring pastel hues, and we were able to incorporate them into her florals, linens and lighting.    The stationery for this weddings was perfect for the couple, all custom made by The Inviting Pear.  Great food from Royal Fig and a great band – MATCHMAKER!  It was a party had by all and gorgeously photographed by Jenny DeMarco!

 

Congrats Hilary and Vic!

 

XOXO,

Becky


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Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who helped make Hilary + Victor’s day a dream come true!

 

Venue: The Hummingbird House

Officiant: Mike Reinhart

Rentals: PPC

Caterer: Royal Fig

Flowers: STEMS

Cake: Polkadots

Photographer: Jenny Demarco

Videographer: Shattered Glass

Band: Matchmaker

Ceremony Music: Musical Discovery

Cocktail Music: JoAnna Lee

Lighting: The Hummingbird House

Tent: PPC

Stationery: The Inviting Pear

Transportation: Uptown Valet & Transportation

Hair + Makeup: Rae Cosmetics

Sofie + Anthony

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Let’s just take a minute and talk about the stunning vineyard wedding we planned for Sofie + Anthony!  Their wedding was literally in the middle of the Salt Lick Vineyard.  It was GORGEOUS.  I really think that it was one of the most beautiful settings I have had for a wedding yet. We used Marquee for the tent, lighting and rentals. The photos are by the super awesome Jennifer Nichols.  Stems did stunning florals for the wedding.  I loved Sofie’s style because she knew her own, unique style.  Her family is from Mexico so we went for it; her whole design was interior Mexico vibe with ferns, bougainvillea, Mexican pots and table numbers.  We were worried about the wind for her escort cards so she got these unique wooden envelope openers and we wrote the guest’s name and table numbers on them instead.  Sofie handmade a big flower wall to be the backdrop of her dance floor, which brings me to the best thing ever… the dance party.  Guys, really I have never seen a dance party like this.  Sofie got these AMAZING dance floor props with foam hats. I am absolutely obsessed and want them at every wedding and every party I throw… mainly just want to wear them daily. Like I said, OBSESSED.  Best Prop Ever.  Congrats to Sofie and Anthony on a gorgeous wedding and crazy dance party!

 

XOXO,

Becky

 

 

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Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors who helped make Sofie + Anthony’s wedding a dream come true!

Officiant: Father Bud Roland

Reception Venue: The Salt Lick

Tent: Marquee

Rentals: PPC

Iron Rentals: Mancino Iron Rentals

Flowers: Stems Floral

Cake: Whole Foods

Photographer: Nichols Photography

Videographer: Jordan Haro (Brother’s Friend)

DJ/Band: ATX DJ

Ceremony Music: Hyde Park Strings

Lighting: Marquee

Transportation: US Coachways

Hair: Donna Ferony

Makeup: Chelsea Johnston (friend of Bride’s family)

Mariachi: Los Toros

Quesadillas: Maribel Martinez (friend of Bride’s family)