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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

The Knot Blog: October 10, 2014

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A lovely styled shoot at the Bella Varenna featured in The Knot! Inspired by Austin’s boating culture, this casual shoot featured navy seersucker fabrics and fuchsia accents.  Make sure to check out the full article here!

Thank you to everyone who made this event so stunning!

Photographer- Jenny DeMarco Photography

Venue- Bella Varenna

Floral Designer- Bouquets of Austin

Caterer- Royal Fig Catering

Cake Designer- Michelle’s Patisserie

Invitation Designer- The Inviting Pear

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Vendor Shout Out: LucieMarie

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to the amazing LucieMarie! LucieMarie has been bringing bride’s visions to life since 2005 with full hair and makeup services that make the big day even more special. LucieMarie understands the stress that comes with important events and goes above and beyond to ease the client’s mind and give them the personalized one-on-one care they deserve. All LucieMarie stylists are all fully trained in hairstyling and airbrush makeup techniques and make it a priority to not only give the client the look that they desire, but also take joy in being a part of their big day and make lasting friendships and memories. If you are looking for a personal stylist, top of the line products, and a relaxing and special experience, LucieMarie is the one for you!

Owner and lead stylist Angela Parker gave us the inside on what makes the LucieMarie experience so memorable-

How did Lucie Marie get started?

 LucieMarie started 9 years ago when I was in cosmetology school.  My sister was a wedding planner at the time (now a florist/event designer) and had a client whose hair/makeup person cancelled at the last minute.  So she asked if I could do her wedding.  I did the trial- and the bride loved it and so myself with two other girls from my school went to go do our first wedding.  14 people in total!

What is your favorite part of helping a bride get ready for her big day?

The best part is knowing that we’re a part of someones “forever” memory.  There are many events that take place in our lives but weddings are a big one.  So knowing that our bride will look back and remember how beautiful she felt… thats such a special moment, and we are blessed enough to be a part of it!

What advice would you give to a bride who is just starting to plan her wedding?

Hair and makeup is super important!  Not just because it’s what I do.  But, because it really does help complete your look.  Many of our clients don’t like to wear a ton of makeup.  And that’s okay.  But try to step a smidge outside of your comfort zone and plan on wearing a tad more than you would normally.  Hiring a professional can help take away the stress of doing it yourself on your big day.  The #1 thing I hear is- my fiancé doesn’t like a ton of makeup or my fiancé doesn’t like updos.  I think when our significant others think about how beautiful you are currently, and then picture someone doing your hair and makeup they think plastered helmet hair and Mimi from Drew Carry makeup.  (our younger clients will have to google that one!) While- this is an unfortunate occurrence.  It doesn’t have to be the case, so try to discuss with them your plans and ease their fears a little bit!  

What makes Lucie Marie stand out against other salons and makeup artists?  

 I think other than the fact that we try to make our time with you as much fun and relaxing as possible- we really do try to hear and listen to your specific hair and makeup wishes.  We never try to push you to wear more than you’re comfortable with, and do our best to make sure that you are 100% happy with what you’re getting.  We schedule enough time to work with our brides so that they never feel rushed or like just another client.  We love building friendships with our clients.  Bonding definitely happens!  

Have you noticed any trends that brides are asking for when it comes to their bridal look?

Yes!  Loose, romantic, messy, and currently- boho is what we do most often.  Throw some large braids in there as well.  It’s a great trend that can definitely be timeless.  

How far in advance should a bride schedule her hair and makeup-

We typically book up 6-12 months in advance on Saturdays.  Especially for Spring and Fall.  With a large amount of wedding venues here in Austin alone, the need for a hair and makeup artist is always high.

Check out these stunning photos of LucieMarie work!

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Thank you LucieMarie!! It is always a pleasure working with you!

Meet the Team: Kelli Anne

Meet Kelli Anne, one of our interns!

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Tell us a little about yourself:
Attending the University of Texas studying Public Relations as a sophomore. I am from Kingwood, Texas. I absolutely love to dance and have been dancing since I was two! My brother, who is a senior, goes to University of Texas as well.

What three words describe you best?
Outgoing, hard worker, encouraging

What are some of your hobbies?
Dance, working out, baking, spending time with family and friends, yoga, paddle boarding

What made you interested in weddings?
Every summer my family vacations to California and stays at Hotel Del Coronado which is a common wedding venue for destination weddings. The highlight of my vacations is watching the beautiful weddings on the beach!

What are your aspirations for the future?
I would love to move to Los Angeles and pursue a dancing career, specifically in commercial dancing. On the other hand, I would love to work for a high end fashion company as a project manager.

What is your favorite part of working weddings?
My favorite part of working weddings is being able to watch the guests on the dance floor, especially the precious older couples. I also enjoy being part of the behind the scenes work and to see it all come together in the end.

Fun Facts

I have way too many…. candles in my room, I’m slightly obsessed

When I splurge, it’s… macaroons from Walton’s

After I hit the alarm I… make a cup of coffee

Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookies n Cream

Number one thing on my bucket list: Study Abroad in Spain!

I can’t get enough of: Drake and Sam Smith

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Andrea + Dylan

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Who doesn’t love a garden party!? Andrea and Dylan were married this past April at Umlauf Sculpture Garden. For their wedding, we made sure to have tons of lounge furniture, multiple hangout areas, and beautiful lighting spread throughout the garden. It was also important to incorporate two things that are special to Andrea and Dylan – coffee and bicycles (You’ll see in the photos).

Andrea and Dylan had a large and wonderful vendor team – who I can’t thank enough – to make this all possible. I also loved working with Andrea and her family. She-n-He Photography did a wonderful job capturing Andrea and Dylan’s wedding day as well as the love they have for each other and their families.

XOXO,

Jessica

 

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Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors who helped make Andrea + Dylan’s day magical!

 

Venue: Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Officiant: Victor Gonzales from Austin Wedding Officiants

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Specialty Rentals: Bee Lavish

Specialty Rentals: Furbish

Recliner: Pak Mail Anderson Mill

Caterer: Word of Mouth

Flowers: Flora Fetish

Bride’s Cake: Word of Mouth

Photographer: She-N-He Photography

Photo Booth: She-N-He Photography

DJ: Texas Pro DJ

Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings

Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design

Tent: Marquee Event Group

Stationery: Paper Source

Transportation: Uptown Valet

Hair + Makeup: LoLa Beauty

Coffee: Flat Track Coffee