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Vendor Shout Out: Amazing Ice Designs

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to….. Amazing Ice Designs!! Amazing Ice Designs has been creating beautiful and unique ice sculptures for events since 1999. From vases to centerpieces to ice bars, Amazing Ice Designs does it all. On top of the sheer beauty of the sculptures, the creator goes above and beyond to incorporate venue-specific elements, such as lighting, to ensure a dazzling presentation.  This allows the ice to go one step further to generate a special and memorable moment for everyone in attendance.

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Meet the Team: Makensie

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My name is Makensie Francis and I am from Dallas, Texas.I recently graduated in May from The University of Texas with an Education degree.

What three words describe you best?
Ambitious, outgoing, positive

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends and being at the gym. I also love trying new foods, and finding the next best happy hour!

What made you interested in weddings?
I originally wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but I soon learned that I wanted to channel my creative side. I have always loved planning parties and get togethers, so I decided to see what wedding planning was all about….and turns out, I love it!

What are your aspirations for the future?
I want a job I am passionate about and enjoy doing above all things. Therefore I hope to have a career that does just that.

What is your favorite part of working weddings?
I love the planning! It’s exciting to help the bride plan her special day! Each wedding is so unique, and that’s when the creative juices flow. I also am a sucker for the toasts and family love that is shown throughout the night!

Fun Facts

I have way too many….shoes and accessories! Girl can’t have enough!

During deadlines, I snack oncoffee, almonds, apples. In college I would bring a my own bag of popcorn

I’d hide in a suitcase toItaly and Greece! Who’s can I hide in?

I can’t get enough ofAustin! I’ve lived here for 5 years and there is still SO much I want to do!

Number one thing on my bucket list…travel to all 50 states!

Cate + Michael

I loved working with Cate and Michael! Meetings with them were full of laughter. The two married at Chateau Bellevue, and actually right before their ceremony we were graced with a thunderstorm out of nowhere! We decided to wait it out and sure enough, Cate and Michael were able to have their beautiful ceremony in Chateau Bellevue’s courtyard only moments later. It turned out to be a lovely evening, and I’m so happy for Cate and Michael. Congratulations!

XOXO,

Jessica

 

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Thank you to all of our vendors who helped make Cate + Michael’s day so special!

Venue: Chateau Bellevue

Rentals: Premiere Events Austin

Caterer: Chateau Bellevue

Flower: Bouquets of Austin

Cake: Sweet Treats

Photobooth: Live Oak Photobooth

Photographer: Bradford Martens

DJ: Texas Pro DJ

Ceremony Music: Musical Discovery

Lighting: ILIOS Lighting Design

Transportation: Transportation Consultants

Make Up: Brooke Amber

Valet: Ace Valet

Vendor Shout Out: Shattered Glass Productions

This weeks Vendor Shout Out goes to…. Shattered Glass Productions!!! Shattered Glass Productions has been providing film production service since February of 2011. Shattered Glass Productions has been in the wedding industry for six years. With the ability to tell stories through video, Shattered Glass Productions allows their clients to do just that. They believe that wedding videos should not be something that is looked over in the wedding planning process. Instead, Shattered Glass thinks Brides should consider that the video is not just for watching but for hearing the words said by their loved ones and the vows shared on their special day.

We talked with Shattered Glass Productions and here is what they had to say!

How did Shattered Glass Productions get started?

Shattered Glass Productions officially became a business in February of 2011.

How long have you been in the industry?

We’ve been a business for almost 4 years, but have been doing weddings closer to 6 years.

What is your favorite part of working with weddings?

Our favorite aspect of filming weddings is finding a way to make it look more cinematic through creative camera angles.

How big is your team?

Nicco and myself are the partners of the company, but we employ up to 3 videographers for shoots and 1 or 2 editors depending on the length and complexity of the video.

How does Shattered Glass stand out against other photographers and videographers?

As filmmakers, we try to make our videos stand out by layering music and moving images to give the sense of a story being told on film.

How would you describe the style of the photos and videos that you produce?

Our shooting style tends to have a dramatic flare to it, so that we accurately reflect the dramatic relevance of the moments we are capturing.

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

We think it is important for couples to consider a wedding video essential as it not only allows you to relive all the moments visually, but also to hear the words spoken during vows and toasts.

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

A couple trends we’ve noticed lately have been the bride and groom holding hands around a corner before seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.  Another has been that the bride and groom will sometimes write letters for each other to read in their dressing rooms prior to the ceremony.

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Introducing Nico and Caleb

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We look forward to working with you in the future, Shattered Glass Productions!

XOXO,

Pearl Events

Meet the Team: Mayra

Meet one of our fabulous interns, Mayra!

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Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m originally from California and I have been in Texas for about ten years. I moved to Austin three years ago to attend Austin Community College. I completing my Associates free for Meeting, Event Planning, and Hospitality Management. I would like to continue my education at the University of Texas at San Antonio to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Sport, Event, and Tourism Management.

What three words describe you best?
Optimistic, Honest, Determined

What are some of your hobbies?
I love going to concerts, events, and festivals. I also love to shop. I am crafty and like to do DIYs I find on Pinterest. And of course I enjoy watching Netflix!

What made you interested in weddings?
Growing up I had always gone to weddings and quinceañeras. They were so beautiful and I always had a great time. When it was my turn to plan my own quiceañera, I realized how much work goes into events. But even through all the stress and drama planning the event, my quinceañera came out perfect and everyone had a great time! That day I learned how hard can really pay off and that was when I became hooked on planning events, specifically weddings because I am a romantic!

What are your aspirations for the future?
After I complete my Bachelor’s degree, I hope to travel the world and gain new experiences. I have an inclination toward learning new languages and immersing myself in different cultures. Further down the road when I gain more experience in event planning, I hope to start my own event planning company at a specific venue. 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?
I love seeing the two families of the bride and groom come together through the love of their relative. They are all there to celebrate one thing; the couple!

Fun Facts

Favorite Quote…. “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future..” -Proverbs 31:25

When I splurge, it’s… on shoes!

After a long day, hand me a glass of… milk with cookies or cake.

Number one thing on my bucket list: live in Europe for a year.

Favorite Ice cream flavor: almost anything by Blue Bell.

 

Vendor Shout Out: The Nightowls

This weeks Vendor Shoutout is……The Nightowls!!!! The Nightowls was founded in the fall of 2011 by lead singer Ryan Harkryder. The ten member band bonded over their mutual love for classic 60s and 70s soul and motown. They perform soul, motown, funk music, classic 60s and 70s covers, and original music. The Nightowls love getting to know their clients and working with them to create the perfect performance for their special day.

 

  We interviewed Ryan on what makes The Nightowls such a great band. See the whole interview below:

 

 

How long have you been working in the industry?

3 years

How did The Nightowls get their start?

The band formed in the fall of 2011 through our mutual love for classic 60 and 70s soul and motown.

What is your favorite part of working weddings and special events?

We love getting to know our clients (brides/grooms) and then working with them to create the perfect performance to celebrate their big event.

What type of music do you typically perform?

We perform soul, motown and funk music, both classic 60’s/70’s covers and original music.

How far in advance should a couple book The Nightowls for their big day?

6-12 months in advance

Have you noticed any trends when it comes to wedding music selection?

Classic soul and motown music is unique and powerful in that both the young and older generations know the music.  And, even at a time when recorded music is often both affordable and easily accessible, nothing can beat good live band playing timeless music.

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Thank you Nightowls, and we look forward to working with you in the future!

 

XOXO,

Pearl Events

Meet the Team: Laura

Meet Laura, one of our interns!

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Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Laura Uhrich and I’m from Atkinson, New Hampshire. I am graduating from the University of Texas at Austin this May with a Sociology major and Business minor.

What three words describe you best?
Thoughtful, adventurous, and ambitious.

What are some of your hobbies?
I love being outdoors and on the water! Spending time at the lake going wake boarding, boating and tubing is my favorite part of the summer. I also love skiing in the winter, traveling, and attending sporting events.

What made you interested in weddings?
Taking various classes at UT has increased my awareness of different career paths. Planning weddings is a way that I can use my business and organizational skills as well as utilizing my upbeat and creative side. I love the idea of working with people who are excited to see this event come together.

What are your aspirations for the future?
I am looking forward to graduating and taking on a full-time career. I hope to continue working in the business field with some kind of media planning or public relations.

What is your favorite part of working weddings?
My favorite part of working weddings is being able to see the final outcome. Every wedding is so unique and special. The amount of thought and detail that go into planning takes a lot of time and effort, so seeing the guests all enjoying themselves is such a gratifying feeling!

Fun Facts

I’s hide in a suitcase to…. Bali! It looks like absolute paradise

When I splurge, it’s… on new clothes

After a long day, hand me a glass of… Pinot Noir, please!

Number one thing on my bucket list: Visiting every continent in the world

I can’t get enough of: Mexican food! I hardly ate it before I moved to Texas, so now I’m in love with breakfast tacos