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!
Thank you to all of our vendors who helped make Kristin + Adam’s day unforgettable!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Thank you to all of our vendors who helped Laura and Grayson’s day unforgettable!
This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to… Texas Pro DJ! This Austin based DJ Company serves all of Texas and beyond! These guys are a trusted source for wedding entertainment services- they’re even ordained ministers!
We spoke to Barrington Miles, CEO and Disc Jockey about what makes Texas Pro DJ the best wedding and event entertainment service around! Check out the full interview below!
How long have you been working in the industry and how did Texas Pro DJ get started?
My name is Barrington Miles Owner/CEO and Senior DJ of Texas Professional Disc Jockey. I’ve been Djing since 1993 and started my company the summer of 1999. I’ve never started a company before and knew nothing about starting/running a business. But what I did know was: how to DJ, common sense (even though that’s very uncommon these days) and a passion for people. Through research and asking a million questions I built a website, came up with a name that is catchy and easy to remember: Texas Professional DJ’s.
What is your favorite part of working weddings?
A wedding has many parts as you can imagine but nothing pleases me more than seeing the look on the Bride and Groom’s face when all the formality is done and we have an hour and a half to just be free and let the music take us to a another level.
How would you describe the style of music that you provide?
Saying I have a style seems so restrictive and in-the-box. My style is all styles and no style. I imagine the dancefloor as a blank canvas, the guest as colors, and my turntables my paint brush. I need to get my guest to a point of no thought….forget about it all for a second and be present in the moment and enjoy the music. Dance like no one is watching and get lost in the moment, sounds like a country song, I know. I can play anything and everything very well. I take my art seriously and always aiming to be better and surprise my guest with my amazing mixes.
What is the most important thing for a couple to know when selecting their wedding entertainment?
Ask yourself 1 question, “How important is music to me?” You’ve done the planning and you’re about to hand the entire thing over to the DJ/MC/Band. Select wisely, take the time to meet with the DJ, treat it like an interview. The DJ can make or break the Wedding. Make sure the entertainer captures your vision and has a clear understanding of what is expected.
How far in advance should a couple book Texas Pro DJ for their big day?
Texas Professional Disc Jockey accepts bookings years in advance, we already have bookings for 2017. The sooner you book an entertainer the better.
Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to their music selection?
All my Bride’s and Groom’s do not want cheesy and all the songs associated with “the cheese”. However like “cheese” there are many different variety and what one might think is cheesy, another has as a must play.
My goal for Texas Professional Disc Jockey is to consistently deliver the highest quality and professional service to each Bride and Groom. To deliver on our promises and exceed expectations. We are amazing DJ’s and detailed planners. We love what we do, and it shows.
Photo Credit: Matt Montalvo Photography
Photo Credit: Matt Montalvo Photography
Thank you to Texas Pro DJ for being such a fun vendor to work with! We look forward to working with you in the near future!
When you are asked to be the wedding planner for another wedding industry vendor, it is the BIGGEST honor around! So when I got the call from Whitney (currently sales manager at Barton Creek Country Club) to help plan her wedding, I was ecstatic! One, because what a honor, and two, this girl has got STYLE. She is the cutest!! I knew she had big plans for her wedding and we would have the best wedding vendor team around!
As you can tell by these photos, Whitney is not afraid of color. Which is a welcomed change from the “all white weddings” that have been trending. Flora Fetish did an AWESOME job on the flowers, I really can’t describe how gorgeous it was. The couple chose to have the ceremony inside because it was an August wedding. The W‘s team did the quickest flip I have ever seen and wow-la, band, dance floor, crazy gorgeous head table and food stations galore welcomed guest into the ballroom. What a transformation! The lighting from FILO was the icing on the cake and really made the room pop. With that being said, did you see the cakes from Simon Lee?!?! Really, the details are overwhelming and Cory Ryan did a stellar job of photographing everything. Check it out below…
Congrats to Whitney + Jordan!
Thank you to all of our amazing vendor who helped Whitney + Jordan tie the knot!
Jackie and Sean were married at one of our favorite venues, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, on a perfect Saturday in May. I was lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with Jackie and her mom, Linda, during the planning process, and I loved every second of it!
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!
You are invited to Ma Maison‘s Open House! On Sunday, September 14th, come and tour this beautiful venue with not one but three outdoor ceremony sites! In addition, we will have the top Austin wedding vendors there, including caterers, florists, musicians, rentals, photographers and more! Food and beverages will be provided by Royal Fig Catering! The event will start at 1:00 PM and finish at 3:00 PM. Please RSVP here.
This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to… Cake and Spoon! This delicious patisserie serves up some of the yummiest sweets and treats, utilizing farm-to-table ingredients found locally and world-wide!
We spoke to Melissa Brinckmann about what makes Cake and Spoon so sweet! Check out the full interview below!
How long have you been working in the industry and how did Cake and Spoon get started?
I started working in the industry in 1984 at Green Pastures Restaurant. I had very little experience, practically none, really, but was hired to work as a prep person. It is funny now because the kitchen manager who hired me is a customer of ours at the SFC Downtown Farmer’s market. I really wanted to work at Green Pastures so she hired me for like, $5.00 per hour. When an opening came in the bakeshop I jumped at the chance to train with a CIA-Trained Pastry Chef with lots and lots of patience. All I did was read books and books and try out recipes, not just pastry. Culinary as well. I also have culinary training in the field which I believe makes me a better pastry chef.
What is your favorite part of working with weddings?
My favorite part is seeing everything come together when the tables are set, the flowers, and the cake and desserts are in place. And of course, hopefully, the bride and her family are very happy with the results. I take it very personally to make sure the client has the best product we can offer.
How would you describe your style when it comes to your baked goods?
My style is simple and elegant. I start with the freshest and highest quality ingredients, local if possible, and only 83% fat butter which makes the richest cakes and butter creams.
How does Cake and Spoon stand out against other Austin bakeries?
We accept only the highest quality standards in our ingredients as well as discipline in our work.
What is the most important thing to know when it comes to choosing your cake vendor?
The most important factors are checking references from friends, family, wedding websites as well as having tasted samples of the actual cake you have chosen.
Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to weddings?
Our brides are asking for simple cakes made with all natural flavorings filled with citrus curd, fresh jams and preserves, and frosted with butter creams. We specialize in French buttercream.