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Meet the Team: Sarah

Meet one of our lovely interns, Sarah!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Hi! I’m Sarah. I’m a senior advertising major at the University of Texas with a passion for finding the best queso in Austin!

What three words describe you best?
Outgoing, positive, and a little bit of an organization freak.
What are some of your hobbies?
When I am not exploring Austin with my friends, I love to curl up and read, but only if I have a great cup of coffee and a candle burning beside me.
What made you interested in weddings?
I have wanted to work in the wedding industry for as long as I can remember, as I have always been drawn to the beauty of weddings and brining someone’s big day to life.
What are your aspirations for the future?
 In the future, nothing would made me happier than to be a wedding planner and take part in making brides’ visions come true, because we all know that most women have been counting down to this day for years.
What is your favorite part of working weddings?
My favorite part of working weddings is seeing all of the décor come together and how much the guests appreciate all of the small details. We work so hard and it is amazing to see everything brought together seamlessly. Watching the bride and groom’s dream day come true is truly satisfying.
Fun Facts

After I hit the alarm I….check the weather, hoping that it is cold outside.

Favorite ice cream flavormint chocolate chip, no hesitation.

After a long day, hand me a glass ofLola (Pinot Noir)

I have way too many…candles, nail polish, and leggings.

During deadlines, I snack onSpecial K Chocolaty Delight

Vendor Shout Out: Eclectic Images

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This weeks Vendor Shout Out goes to….Eclectic Images!!! Eclectic Images has been capturing sweet and fun moments that clients will treasure since 2000. Eclectic Images thrives off of the images that are modern, fresh, and organic due to the importance of capturing the moments that are unnoticed. With over 350 weddings shot, their style and all around great work leads Eclectic Images to happy clients!

 

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We Spoke to Heather Banks, Owner of Eclectic Images, about what makes her photographs so special!

 

How long have you been working in the industry and how did Eclectic Images get started?

I have been photographing weddings since 2000, for 14 years! I took a bunch of photo courses while in college (they didn’t offer it as a major) and after college my hobby was taking black and white fine art photos in  my spare time, and developing them in a darkroom I would set up in my bathroom. Friends and family who were getting married at the time started asking me to bring my camera to the wedding and snap some photos for them and I gladly did. After I gave them the photos, they were coming back to me very happy and telling me that the moments I captured were better than the photos they received from the hired photographer. This prompted me to throw up a little website, and I got my first official paid wedding shoot!

What is your favorite part of working with weddings?

My favorite thing is when I capture a sweet or fun or touching moment that I know the client will treasure later – I love to imagine their children looking at the photos and being tickled with them, as my daughter is when she looks at my own wedding album.

 How would you describe the style of photography?

My style of photography is decidedly modern, fresh, graphic, and photojournalistic. I thrive on anticipating and capturing the moments that often go unnoticed, and also photographing all of the details that have been so meticulously planned and designed.

How does Eclectic Images stand out against other Austin photographers?

My level of experience (I’ve photographed more than 350 weddings!), the time I spend editing and the style and final look of the photos I create (modern, colorful and graphic), and the photojournalism and graphic design experience that I use with my photography.

What is the most important thing for couples to know when selecting their wedding photographer?

Ask to see an entire wedding from start to finish so you can get a feel for the consistency and style of their work (not just the best of the best images). Also,  you want to make sure you “click” with the photographer since they will be around your entire wedding day!

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

I think the very stylized portraits are on the way out, and leading back into a more natural and candid style.

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Thank you Eclectic Images, we look forward to working with you more in the future!!

 

XOXO,

Pearl Events

Meet the Team: Victoria

Meet one of our lovely interns, Victoria!

 

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m from Harlingen, TX and I attend St. Edward’s University. I am majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. I absolutely love Austin!

What three words describe you best?
Outgoing, Hard-working, and Ambitious
What are some of your hobbies?
Going to the beach, shopping, and reading
What made you interested in weddings?
I’m interested in weddings because I truly enjoy helping couples make their perfect dream day a reality.
What are your aspirations for the future?
My two main aspirations in life are to be happy and successful.
What is your favorite part of working weddings?
My favorite part of working weddings is seeing the groom’s face when he first sees his future wife.
Fun Facts

When I splurge, it’s….clothes, shoes, purses, anything!

Favorite Quote…”A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous” -Coco Chanel

Number one thing on my bucket listgo to Paris, France

I have way too manyshoes!

I can’t get enough ofScandal

During deadlines, I snack ongoldfish

Lynn + Dan

 

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Lynn and Dan were married at a family home tucked away in the hills of Austin. We had a wonderful vendor team, including West Bank Florals, Crave Catering, and their officiant, Spike. Lynn, her sweet daughters, and I worked together to design the space with amazing rentals from Marquee. We created a flow throughout the home for the wedding that felt natural and worked for the guests since the location is not a typical wedding venue. Lynn wore an amazing pink Kate Spade dress and we had special cakes brought in from Dan’s favorite bakery, Ann’s Kitchen. Overall, it was a beautiful event full of so much love! I feel honored to have met and worked with Lynn and Dan to plan their wedding. Congratulations!!

xoxo,

Megan

 

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

Officient: Spike Gillespie 

Rentals: Marquee Event Group 

Caterer: Crave 

Flowers: Westbank Flower Market 

Cake: Ann’s Kitchen 

Photographer: Matthew Danser Photography 

Ceremony Music: Musical Discovery 

Salon: Pearl Hair & Makeup Studio 

Makeup: Adore Makeup Boutique and Salon 

 

 

 

Vendor Shout Out: Dessert Divas

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This week’s Vender Shout Out goes to… Dessert Divas!! Dessert Divas has been providing sweet treats since 2012, when owner Connie Mottle decided to turn her hobby into a career. Dessert Divas enjoys working with each individual client to create a unique dessert buffet. With their love of sweets, this allows clients have the opportunity to create their dreams into reality!

 

 

We spoke with Connie Mottle, the Owner of Dessert Divas, about what makes their services delicious and stylish. See the full interview below!

 

 

How did Dessert Divas get started?

I was creating candy buffets for friends and family before they were popular! I saw the need and thought it was a great opportunity to bring my love of sweets, styling and crafting to the wedding world. Trends were slowly moving from traditional wedding cakes to the non-traditional candy and dessert buffets. At that time there was no one specializing in custom styled dessert buffets so I decided to turn my hobby into a business!

How long have you been working in the industry?

I have officially been working in the industry since 2012.

What is your favorite part of working with weddings?

I LOVE that each client, each wedding is unique! I’m honored that I can use my creativity to bring something unique and sweet to one of the most important days of someone’s life

How big is your team?

Dessert Divas is solely owned and operated! I am however, blessed to collaborate with some amazing bakers to bring the freshest and sweetest desserts and cakes to my clients.

How does Dessert Divas stand out against other dessert buffet companies?

Dessert Divas “Specializes” in custom-styled dessert buffets. Our buffets are all inclusive. We create gorgeous dessert buffets filled with custom-styled sweets uniquely created for each client. With experience in styling and decorating we bring a fresh and unique design to each buffet with our extensive inventory of serving vessels, décor, props, etc. We customize each buffet to our clients’ vision and bring a personal touch to each one. We are constantly one the hunt for unique items to add to our inventory. We go the extra mile repurposing items, refinishing furniture and so much more! Dessert Divas not only creates styled dessert buffets but popcorn bars, s’mores bar, cheesecake & pie bars. We created hot beverage bars and brunch displays. We also create styled buffets for bridal and baby showers, corporate events, birthday celebrations, graduation and more!

How would you describe the style of desserts that you make?

I collaborate with the best bakers around to plan, design and execute the perfect dessert bar. Just like every bride and groom, each dessert bar is unique. The style of dessert depends on what the theme of the table is and what the bride and groom are wanting. Most important thing to know when it comes to Dessert Divas Desserts: They are created by the best of the best bakers around and made custom to go with the dessert bar designed for the Bride and Groom.

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

 Most importantly, couples are looking for a unique experience for their guests. We scour the internet, magazine stands looking for the newest, freshest ideas. Always trying to stay one step ahead with what is trending and bringing to our clients.

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

Rachel + Ben

The Goldsteins!!!!!!!!  I love this family!!!!  It was always a fun day of planning when I had meetings with the Goldsteins.  They were referred to us by the Hyman family (see two of their three daughters’ weddings here: Marissa +Todd,  Lindsay + Jordan )  I was able to be on board from the beginning with planning Rachel and Ben’s spring wedding.  They came in town to tour venues, we met and we hit it off and they picked the fabulous Driskill Hotel as the backdrop for their big day.  We got creative with the space at the Driskill.  They invited all of their guests to watch the ketubah signing in the Citadel Room.  We then had the ceremony in the round, inside the Driskill Ballroom.  Check out the photos of the ceremony, it is one of my favorite ceremony set-ups to date and Townsley, Westbank, FILO and Driskill did an awesome job bringing our vision to life!  Rachel and Candy (MOB) imagined the reception space being a big surprise to all of their guests; so as guests exited the ballroom we had floor to ceiling gold draping to hide the reception.  When the big reveal happened, and we pulled back the draping, it was a stunning view for everyone!  Congrats to Rachel and Ben!

XOXO,

Becky

 

 

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Venue: The Driskill

Officiant: David

Chair Rentals: PPC

Linens: Marquee Event Group

Caterer: The Driskill

Flowers: Westbank Flower Market

Cake: The Driskill

Photography: Jenny DeMarco

Decor: Townsley Designs

Lighting: FILO

Band: Matchmaker Band

Hair: Jennifer Cuttright

Makeup: Adore Makeup Boutique & Salon

Sweets: The Cupcake Bar

Meet the Team: Catherine

Meet one of our lovely interns, Catherine!

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Catherine Blair and I am from Palo Alto, California. I am a government major with a Business Foundations certificate at the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently a Junior.

What three words describe you best?
Outgoing, funny, driven
What are some of your hobbies?
Exercising, spending time with friends, volunteering and traveling
What made you interested in weddings?
I had previous experience with planning events because I am social chair for my sorority and love it.  I was planning events just for the girls in my sorority so I was eager to move on to weddings where I could serve different kinds of clients each event!
What are your aspirations for the future?
I would love to be in the fashion industry. Like event planning, fashion fosters my creativity.
What is your favorite part of working weddings?
My favorite part of working weddings is seeing all the detail that goes into every wedding to make it unique. At the last wedding that I worked, they had a cake that was shaped like a dog! It was unbelievable. Seeing the creativity that comes out of the events is very inspirational.
Fun Facts

When I splurge, it’s….at Maya or Impeccable Pig on SoCo

I’d hide in a suitcase toMiami! I want to move there when I am older

Number one thing on my bucket listmeet Anna Wintour (and get her to hire me)

Favorite Austin hot spotLake Austin (going out on the boat)

I can’t get enough ofTiff’s Treats

Lilly + Miles

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Lily and Miles are one of my favorite couples because not only were they the most kind people I have ever met, their love for each other was obvious to everyone who has met them.  They were married at Vintage Villas in early November.  We added chandeliers for the ceremony to enhance gazebo and it’s already beautiful view.  Lily had a specific vision in mind for the centerpieces and actually gathered all of the vessels for the flowers herself! We carried an antique + romantic theme throughout the night, which was a perfect fit for the beautiful couple. For the cakes, Lily had a friend make her favorite… bread pudding for all of the guests! Lily and Miles’ wedding was personal, sweet, and beautiful- just like them! Congratulations Lily and Miles!

XOXO,

Megan

 

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Thank you to all of our amazing vendors who helped make Lilly + Miles’s wedding day so beautiful!

Venue: Vintage Villas

Officiant: Karen Greif

Flowers: Central Market

Cake: Kayla Knight Cakes

Photography: Lahra Bryant

Videographer: Steve Hardeman Videography

DJ: DJ Spacecraft

Makeup: Austin Wedding Makeup

Vendor Shout Out: Camp Lucy

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This weeks Vendor Shout Out goes to… Camp Lucy! This Hill Country venue is the premiere wedding and special events venue with luxury accommodations. With on site lodging with exceptional amenities, a stunning outdoor ceremony site, a magnificent events hall created from a repurposed Amish barn, an 1800’s Catholic Church in Vietnam disassembled and sent to Texas to become a classic Chapel, a pavilion and much more.

We spoke to Britany Krause, Camp Lucy Wedding and Event Coordinator about why this Hill Country Ranch is the perfect place to host a wedding. Check out the full interview below!

 

  1. How long have you been working in the industry, and how did Camp Lucy get its start?

I’ve personally been working in the wedding and event industry for 10 years and, this coming February, I will have worked at Camp Lucy for 3 amazing years. The spark for Camp Lucy was in 2007 when owner Whit Hanks traveled to Asia to visit his son Ian. It was there he discovered that a French Colonial chapel built in Vietnam in the 1880s was slated for demolition and, as an antiques collector, he decided to bring back the “ultimate antique.” It was carefully disassembled and shipped to Texas where it was reassembled on his family’s ranch in Dripping Springs. That chapel was the beginning of Camp Lucy. Ultimately, the chapel was joined by another antique French Colonial structure that now serves as a pavilion at Camp Lucy and a repurposed Amish barn that is now the Events Hall. These buildings together comprise what is known as the Ian’s Chapel venue at Camp Lucy. Last year, we added a second venue, Sacred Oaks, which is located on a gorgeous part of the Camp Lucy property famed for its truly awe-inspiring ancient oak trees. In addition to a tree-canopied ceremony site, the Sacred Oaks venue also features a dramatic timber-framed Great Hall.

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

Everyone at Camp Lucy loves seeing the magic spun by talented super-pros like the team at Pearl Events Austin. Waiting for photos from your Camp Lucy events to come in can seem like an eternity! And, personally, I absolutely love being a part of one of the most joyous and precious moments in a couple’s life. While our time is brief, there is a special and lasting bond you form with a bride and groom and their families. Their dreams and wishes for their Big Day become yours and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing it all come to life!

  1. How would you describe the style of the venue?

Camp Lucy is definitely a unique combination of vintage and glam, old-world and elegance. Our Hill Country setting is everything enchanting and beloved about this part of Texas – and the world, for that matter – but Camp Lucy’s style also incorporates elements that are more refined, luxurious, and artistic.

  1. What makes Camp Lucy stand out against other Austin area venues?

The architecture and impeccably maintained venues, the canopied trees and lush landscaping, and the serene, breathtaking views of the Hill Country already make Camp Lucy truly one of a kind, but our Chef Rob McMahon and our onsite lodging has definitely taken us to the next level. Having Chef Rob’s caliber of food available in the Hill Country is really something special and our couples and families love the option of our comfortably luxurious cottages.

  1. What do you think is the most important thing a couple should know when selecting their wedding venue?

First and foremost, couples should select a venue that is a reflection of themselves and their desired wedding style. Your venue sets the tone for every aspect of the entire day – theme, wedding style. Also, it’s imperative to choose a space that will comfortably accommodate the expected number of guests. And, of course, couples should mind that budget! The wedding venue is often the first item to be booked, but having a budget established that also lays out what you need to spend on other important vendors like photography, coordinator, catering and entertainment, will help keep you from going over budget. Of course, pros like Pearl Events Austin are experts in the field and can help couples set budgets – and stick to them!

  1. How far in advance should a couple secure Camp Lucy if they wish to be married there?

During prime season (Spring and Fall), I would say at least a year in advance, but longer if their date is not flexible. We’re already starting to book for Spring and Fall 2016!

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Thank you to Camp Lucy for being such a wonderful vendor to work with! We look forward to working with you very soon!

XOXO,

Pearl Events Austin

Amanda + John

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Amanda and I were planning her wedding while she was wrapping up school at A&M.  Amanda, here mom and I had a blast planning the wedding.   Amanda’s style is classic and that is what we designed her wedding around.  We started with the perfect venue for her dream wedding, the Four Seasons Austin. Her linens were a gorgeous dot linen from Marquee and her ivory, white and pink flowers by Bouquets of Austin were the perfect touch.  Vanessa did an awesome job photographing the wedding and got amazing shots of the couple!

Congrats Amanda and John!

XOXO,

Becky

 

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Thank you to all of our spectacular vendors who helped make Amanda + John’s wedding a dream come true!

 

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Cathedral

Reception Venue: Four Seasons Austin

Officiant: Jonathan Payne

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Caterer: Four Seasons Austin

Flowers: Bouquets of Austin

Cake: Four Seasons Austin

Photography: Photography by Vanessa

Videography: 1023 Media

Lighting: FILO

Band: Matchmaker Band

Stationery: The Inviting Pear

Transportation: Uptown Valet

Hair + Makeup: Rae Cosmetics