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.
My name is Devon Defoyd and I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I currently am a senior at the University of Texas, studying Corporate Communications and minoring in Business. My summer at Pearl Events has given me the tools to become a better planner and the experience necessary to have a successful career!
What three words describe you best?
Outgoing, dedicated, and fun.
What are some of your hobbies?
Running town lake, taking yoga and spin classes whenever I can, attempting to cook, finding great new music and going to festivals such as ACL, reading mystery and romance novels (currently on Gone Girl), and most importantly spending time with friends!
What made you interested in weddings?
I was on recruitment team for my sorority the summer after my sophomore year, and one of our responsibilities was planning the week of recruitment. We were responsible for ordering flowers, contacting vendors, acquiring the right décor, and making sure the different events went seamlessly. I realized I had a passion for putting together a perfect event and seeing it through, so I furthered my interests with an internship in wedding planning.
What are your aspirations for the future?
I am very interested in being an event and communications coordinator for a large TV network or media organization. I really enjoy being able to help people connect and provide them with an unforgettable and amazing event, and I would love to have a job where I get to do just that.
What is your favorite part of working weddings?
I think the most rewarding part of working a wedding is when the hours of set up are finished and everyone’s stress levels are down and you get to see the amazing, finished venue. You see all the different, incredible components that make a wedding so beautiful, from the flowers down to the letter-pressed place cards and you realize how much work goes into it.
When I hit the alarm I: …get up! I’m definitely a morning person, so I work most productively then whether its getting a work out in or studying for school.
After a long day, hand me a glass of… a margarita from Maudie’s Milagro (probably my favorite Austin Tex Mex Destination)
I’d hide in a suitcase to… Hawaii! My family is big on traveling, and our favorite destination is Kona, Hawaii. The beautiful beaches and friendly culture make it one of my favorite places on earth.
Number one thing on my bucket list… go skydiving. I HATE heights but I definitely have to do it at some point!
Brooke and Shelton were married at Ma Maison in June. Brooke had a set color palate in her head when we started working together, so we found away to enhance the ceremony and reception through the floral decor. We loved what Whim Floral did to the ceremony space, it was stunning! The night was full of special details and surprises! Every bit of decor was thought out by Brooke and had a meaning. Also, she surprised Shelton with a candy bar full of his favorite candies, Brooke’s sisters surprised her with a toast that they rapped, and their families surprised them both with an awesome flash mob!! I had a great time working with Brooke and Shelton, as well as their families, to plan their beautiful hill country wedding. Thanks to all of the great vendors!
This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to… Bee Lavish! Located in Dripping Springs, Bee Lavish is a vintage rental company with an array of props such as tables, chairs, lighting, chalkboard signs and even games! Vintage weddings are a huge hit right now, and Bee Lavish has been featured in blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, Frosted Petticoat and more!!
We spoke with Denise from Bee Lavish to see why their vintage business is so successful and how they make weddings as unique and personable as they can be!
How did Bee Lavish get started?
Bee Lavish was an idea started in 2010 when I saw a post from a vintage rental company in Southern California called “Found Vintage” while working in a design studio. I had a lot of vintage and antique pieces from an antique store that I owned called The Nest. Everything just seemed to fit the Austin wedding vibe, so I chose several pieces and began taking pictures, I launched my website and began to look for wedding sites, planners and venues that I loved and reached out to them.
What is your favorite part of working with weddings?
My favorite part of working with weddings is the people. I have several brides and mothers who I keep up with and now have started their families.
How does Bee Lavish stand out against other Austin rental companies?
Bee Lavish is located in an original 1930′s house located in Dripping Springs and we are surrounded by 22 gorgeous venues. We represent several florists, stationary, planners, bakers, lighting and DJ services in our store. We also offer a styling service to our planners and brides to help with placement for a flawless day. Our boutique showroom is a unique store that we style with furniture and props so brides can see how things fit together and we change each vignette with the season to represent color and wedding fashion trends. We are open by appointment only so we can cater to the specific needs of our brides and planners. We will often move pieces within the boutique and mock up tables so the look is exactly what the bride is looking for.
How would you describe the style of your rental pieces?
Our style is fun, never fussy! I think every bride wants her wedding to be completely different and we try to accommodate that by offering a lot of options. Most of our rental pieces are easy to style in different ways, from rustic ranch to vintage glam, French romance or boho chic, we have pieces to fit every style.
What is the most important thing for couples to know when choosing a rental company?
The most important thing for couples to consider when choosing a boutique rental company is the service offered. Bee Lavish offers a set up service that most rental companies charge extra for, and our props and lighting always come complete with everything needed for a seamless day. We make sure that we know the layout of each venue and help to make sure the pieces chosen fit within that space. We offer site visits and work with planners and venue owners to create just the right look for each couple.
Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to their design and the pieces they choose?
The biggest trend we are noticing with couples today is that they want personalized pieces. Everyone wants a unique styled wedding, with more inspiration photos from Pinterest and blogs. Couples are seeing more ideas and are wanting to make them their own. Romance and glitz are always a favorite no matter what the style of the venue is. Lounge seating has become the most requested furniture and the range of styles is from the 40′s glam to contemporary clean lines. Whatever a couple chooses we always promote comfort for a lounge seating area, and of course a place to set their guests drink.
I loved working with Allie and Henry. These two were so laid back. With the majority of their guests being from out of town, Allie and Henry really wanted to show them Austin. Barr Mansion set the scene along with added rustic details from Stem’s, Premiere Events, and ILD Lighting. These two thought of everything – Lost Pines, a bluegrass band, bars stocked full of Texas’ spirits, and a longhorn incorporated into their monogram to name a few. I’m so glad they had the Nichols to capture it all!
Thank you to all of our INCREDIBLE vendors who helped make Allie + Henry’s day so breath-taking!