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Meet the Team: Margana

Meet one of our lovely interns, Margana!

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin studying Corporate Communication. Additionally, I am an active member of the  Zeta Tau Alpha chapter here in Austin. As if I wasn’t busy enough with school, my sorority and my internship, I am also a proud member of the Texas Pom Squad. Hook ‘Em Horns!

What three words describe you best?

Motivated, Energetic, and (very) Social.

What are some of your hobbies?

When I’m not busy with all of my other activities, I love binge watching TV shows on Netflix. I just finished all of Grey’s Anatomy, and I am finishing up One Tree Hill. I will also proudly say that I have re-watched all the seasons of Ugly Betty at least 5 times. 

What made you interested in weddings?

I guess you could say I am a hopeless romantic, and honestly, who doesn’t love a wedding?! In addition to weddings, I have always been interested in event planning. While competing in scholarship pageants, I was extremely fortunate to work with a professional production team to help create the show itself. It was always so fascinating to me how a talented team of people could take an empty facility and transform it into a beautiful, dream-like environment. 

What are your aspirations for the future?

At the moment, I have not decided exactly what I will be doing for the rest of my life. However, I have a very optimistic mentality. With a captivating message, I hope to impact the people around me and other large audiences through my love for socializing and public speaking. 

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

My favorite part about working in weddings is seeing how the work we do impacts the couple, their family and friends. It is amazing how a venue can transform into a warm and loving environment. Although we are only background figures, it is a wonderful feeling to know we have created such a memorable day for so many people. 

Fun Facts:

Favorite Quote: “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” -Dolly Parton (I love her)
When I hit the alarm I…. hit it a couple more times. I always set at least two alarms that are scheduled around my ability to snooze between them. I truly appreciate my sleep. 
I have way too many…T-SHIRTS! The ladies in the office may not believe me, but the majority of the time you can find me in an oversized T-Shirt and tennis shoes.
When I splurge, it’s… most likely on a new piece of jewelry! I love tassels and layered necklaces!
I’d hide in a suitcase to… Europe. Confession: I’ve never been.
I can’t get enough of…. Salvation Pizza! Can I get a slice?

Vendor Shout Out: Grayson Elise

This week, our Vendor Shout Out goes to Grayson Elise!  Longtime friends, Jessica and Lacy, created a gorgeous collection of bridal headpieces and accessories.  The collection reflects both Jessica and Lacy’s personal style and attention to detail to create an abundant selection that is on trend and up to strict quality standards.  Combining sophisticated elegance with Boho chic, the ladies of Grayson Elise work closely with clients to ensure they find the piece that works best for their individual style.  With ready-made as well as original pieces, Grayson Elise is the perfect final, unique touch for any bride!

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We spoke with Jessica from Grayson Elise to discuss the company’s handcrafted, bridal accessories and their upcoming Lux Line, planned to be released this fall!

 

What inspired you to start Grayson Elise?

We have been buying high bridal fashion inventory for Serendipity Bridal and had always felt there was an opportunity to provide a fresher and more complete accessories collection for our brides. We wanted something handcrafted and special for our very specific Austin customer. We have the unique opportunity of previewing upcoming trends in bridal fashion and we can bring that directly to Serendipity brides.

What kind of products do you offer for brides?

Our collections include handcrafted belts, veils, and hair accessories. The headpieces and belts are interchangeable, which gives each bride the opportunity to style herself in a unique way. This past season we were inspired by different variations of gold and introduced our hand dyed rose gold pieces. This fall, we plan to release our Lux Line to the collection. These pieces will be more decadent than previous lines. We truly feel like this will better complete our brand.

How would you describe the style of Grayson Elise products?

We hope we can offer something for every bride. Being in this business for a decade, we have studied the changing trends and desires of brides. The consistent factor is that each bride wants to feel special. That’s the cool think about the collection: you can really personalize your look. The styles of the pieces can take on a totally new feel by simply placing them differently in the hair. A belt can create a more flattering gown silhouette, instantly. It’s all what you make of it. We use our pieces in as many styled photo shoots as possible to inspire brides with the versatility of our line. We have coined our clients as “brides with swagger,” whatever the style may be.

What is your favorite part about creating bridal accessories?

We love that we can be creative and bold. We like to try new things and put unexpected combinations together. It’s incredibly rewarding to see a bride try on one of our pieces and suddenly her sought after bridal style is complete. We were able to identify a lack of bridal accessories special enough for our fashionable, Austin brides and we truly wanted to fix that. We know and love our clients and I think that is why we have been so successful.

How do Grayson Elise products stand out against other veils, belts, etc.?

We are inspired by bridal fashion and our deep knowledge in the industry has given us the ability to know what accessories will compliment great gowns. From this, we are able to create pieces that both perfectly pair and add an unexpected flair to some of the most sought after gown designers available. Also, we are not afraid to introduce the unexpected. Bridal consultants love working with our pieces because they simply complete any sought after bridal style. Our intent is that each piece is an extension of the bride’s personality,  for that reason, each piece is as unique as the bride that wears it.

Have you noticed any trends when it comes to bridal accessories?

Brides have definitely been experimenting with more metallics. We went through a long period of time where everything was silver or platinum and now we are starting to see more gold and rose gold. We are even incorporating opals and shades of blue into our newest collection. It is more about being subtle and cool with the accessory, not so much about wrapping a gown with a brightly colored, satin bow. Veils are back in a BIG way! We are seeing the diffusion of the floral halo and more brides are opting for a veil with unexpected details. Our ‘reverse detail’ veils that we introduced in our second line are heavily adorned with crystals, lace and embroidery around the face rather than at the edge. We felt this created almost a halo effect, brightening and bringing attention to a bride’s pretty face. Blushers are making a come back as well. They have to be styled properly, however. Our version is a circular cut veil, which has no lift at the comb and the length extends long enough to cover the entirety of the bouquet during the ceremony. It’s really mysterious and cool.


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Photos provided by Grayson Elise


Thank you Grayson Elise for creating unique pieces for every bride – we look forward to working with you all in the future!

Meet the Team: Summer

Meet one of our lovely interns, Summer!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

 I am a sophomore at Texas State University studying Consumer Affairs and Interior
Design. I am the guard and ritual chair as well as recruitment assistant for the Delta Zeta
Iota Alpha chapter. I love to stay busy!

What three words best describe you?

Charismatic, witty, and caring.

What are some of your hobbies?

Staying in with my roommate to try a new recipe for dinner and watching Netflix
afterwards are some of my favorite nights. I also enjoy floating the river and tubing on the
lake–I basically live in the water all summer break!

What made you interested in weddings?

To me, being able to transform a space into someone’s dream image is such a rewarding
and fun concept. I have always been told how organized I am, and that I truly have an eye
for detail, and I love getting to take advantage of these skills!

What are your aspirations for the future?

As a busy college student, my number one goal is to choose a path that will bring me
happiness, and I can’t picture a happier future than one filled with hundreds of weddings!

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

Definitely the happiness that you literally feel from the bride and groom! It is such an
amazing feeling knowing that all your hard work paid off and made their special day
perfect.

Fun Facts:

Favorite Quote… “Trust God’s timing, he makes all things beautiful in his time.”

I have way too many….  Nike Free tennis shoes, but this is the only time I’ll admit it!

I can’t get enough of…Chips and queso! All day every day, I’m craving it!

During deadlines, I snack on… Yogurt pretzels :p

 

Emily + David

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This W wedding was Fab!  Emily is Fab, and David is Fab; so, there is no surprise this wedding was crazy awesome.  Emily and David live in New York. She interviewed me over the phone, and we didn’t get a chance to meet until well into the wedding process. And I loved (love) her!  She has a distinct style, and she knows what she wants too. It was all about bringing her vision to life.  We rented amazing linens from La Tavola for the wedding, gorgeous lighting from FILO, and had pretty much the most epic dance party I have ever seen.  For real, these guys DANCED.  And I do mean the guys… David and his guys were on the dance floor all night.  It was the best thing ever.  The dances moves from this wedding were legendary!!  BIG shout out to Miles for his awesome DJ skills.

Congrats Em and David!

 

XOXO,
Becky

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Thank you to all the Fab vendors that helped us create the perfect day for Emily + David!

Venue: The W Hotel

Rabbi: Beth Israel

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Premiere Events

Caterer: The W Hotel

Flowers: STEMS

Cake: The W Hotel

Photography: Studio Uma

Videography: AnA Video

DJ: Texas Pro DJ

Lighting: FILO

Beauty: Adore Makeup Boutique & Salon

Brady + Ryan

 

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Brady and Ryan had an amazingly beautiful wedding at The Allan House last summer, and despite the fact that we had to get a tent due to the weather, the night was perfect! Bouquets of Austin created stunning florals that went perfectly with their look!  The cake by Polkadots was naked, gorgeous, and delicious!! Caboose kept everyone on the dance floor throughout the entire night, and we had a beautiful sparkler send-off for Brady and Ryan! Congratulations!!

 

XOXO,

Megan

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Thank you to all of the fantastic vendors that helped make Brady + Ryan’s wedding so beautiful!

Ceremony Venue: Smith Family Chapel

Reception Venue: The Allan House

Officiant: Mike Robertson

Catering: Royal Fig

Photography: Mill Photography Studio

Florals: Bouquets of Austin

Cake: Polkadots

Rentals: Premiere Events

Tent: Marquee

Hairstylist: Jennifer Hernandez

Makeup Artist: Heather Kelly

Transportation: Austin Trolley Company 

Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth

Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design

Nicole + Kayvon

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I had the pleasure of assisting Nicole and Kayvon in bringing their vision to life. When I first heard “think Game of Throne’s meets outdoor Garden Party” I was hooked, and who better to bring this to life than, POSEY! Their intimate Persian Ceremony was held at the Overlook. The sofreh was adorned with all the personal and traditional elements by Fariba Parkhill. Once the ceremony was over guest enjoyed dinner by Pink Avocado, dinner music by Michelle Gutman, and amazing tunes from KP and the Boom Boom. Everything was beautiful and I was honored to be a part of their big day!

Much love Nicole & Kayvon!

XOXO,

Jen

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This beautiful and uniquely themed wedding could not have been possible without all of our amazing vendors!  Thank you so much for all your wonderful help in making Nicole + Kayvon’s special day so amazing!!

 

Venues:  Laguna Gloria & The Overlook

Rentals: Marquee & Loot

Tent: Marquee

Caterer: Pink Avocado

Flowers: Posey

Dessert: Coolhaus

Photobooth: Caroline + Ben photography

Photographer: Caroline + Ben Photography

Band: KP and the Boom Boom

Ceremony Music: Mohammad Firoozi

Cocktail Music: Michelle Gutman

Lighting: ILD

Transportation: Uptown

Sofreh Decor: Fariba Parkhill

Vendor Shout Out: Tiff’s Treats

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to Tiff’s Treats!  Tiff’s started in 1999 with a simple idea: classic cookies delivered to you straight from the oven!  A comfort staple among UT college students, these delicious treats are perfect for any special occasion — birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc. the list is endless! Their made-from-scratch cookies are hand delivered with love in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.  Freshly baked, warm cookies are sure to brighten anybody’s day!

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We talked with Mini-box Coordinator, Nick Smith about what makes Tiff’s Treats the perfect party favor!

 

How long have you been working in the industry and how did Tiff’s Treats get its start?

I have bee working in the food and catering industry for my entire professional life, and have been working for Tiff’s Treats since November of 2008!  Tiff’s Treats was built from the ground up in 1999 while founders Tiff and Leon were students and UT.  Since then, we have expanded to Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio!

What is your favorite part of working in the dessert industry?

I think it’s safe to say that desserts are the most exciting part of any meal!  It’s fun to see the look on peoples’ faces when they see a box of warm Tiff’s Treats cookies delivered.  There are also some pretty sweet perks that go along with baking cookies and brownies all day!

What is something everyone should know about your company?

At Tiff’s Treats we aspire to make every customer happy.  We know that our cookies themselves make people happy, but also know that having a knowledgeable and courteous staff makes every order perfect!

How does Tiff’s Treats stand out against other competitors in the industry?

Just like our everyday deliveries, the cookies for all Mini-Box and Tiffwich Parties are all baked fresh and delivered warm!  This combined with our commitment to quality and customer service is what sets us apart from the rest.

How far in advance should a couple reserve Tiff’s Treats for their special day?

It depends on the size of the mini-box or Tiffwich Party order, but we can accommodate the majority of all requests that come in with as little as 7 days notice.

What branding opportunities are there with various Tiff’s Treats products?

The most common customization is ribbon color.  We carry a wide variety of colors and can match any event theme.  You may also provide us with stickers that we can put on the boxes for additional branding.

Have you noticed any new trends in the dessert industry?

I have been noticing a lot more dessert variety at events and weddings!

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Leah + Matt

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Leah + Matt had a beautiful summer wedding at Umlauf Sculpture Garden.  The couple was married in the Crenshaw Room with their closest family members.  After the ceremony, their friends and extended family joined us for a delicious meal provided by Word of Mouth Catering.  Leah + Matt wanted open toasts so almost everyone who attended the wedding was able to share their memories with the couple! To make this wedding even more unique and personal, Leah + Matt, along with a large group of guests, went to Barton Springs and jumped in the water!!

Congratulations Leah + Matt!!

 

XOXO,

Megan

 

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Thank you to all our wonderful vendors that helped

create Leah + Matt’s special day!

Venue: Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Rentals: Premiere Events

Caterer: Word of Mouth

Flowers: Central Market

Photography: Ryan Green Photography

DJ: Erik Hokkanen