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Emily + Zach

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Emily and Zach’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous! Stems did an absolutely amazing job at bringing the dance floor installment to life, over 1,000 wax flowers with greenery + lights=AMAZING!

Thanks to Brazos Hall, Marquee, Word of Mouth, Stems, Briana Purser, ILC Films, Ilios, and The Royal Dukes for an amazing night.

Best wishes you two love birds!

XOXO,

Jen

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Thank you to all of our amazing vendors!

 Venue: Brazos Hall

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Caterer: Word of Mouth

Flowers: STEMS

Photography & Photobooth: Briana Purser Photography

Videography: ILC Films

Band: Royal Dukes Band

Lighting: Ilios

Pedicab: Capital Pedicab

Valet: Uptown Valet & Transportation

Chelsie + Brian

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Chelsie and Brian had a beautiful wedding at Escondido Golf and Lake Club last Fall! They were so in love and it totally showed through Brad with Hyde Park photos. Chelsie started the wedding in a beautiful gown and changed as soon as she could to a perfect, fun, reception dress! The reception was under a beautiful tent by Marquee and everyone danced the night away to Mike from Live Oak DJ. I loved working with these two as well as Chelsie’s mom, Renee! We had a blast designing all of the elements of their wedding and seeing it come together so perfectly!! Congratulations Chelsie and Brian!!

XOXO,
Megan

 

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Thanks to all of our wonderful vendors that helped make Chelsie + Brian’s day so special!

Venue: Escondido Golf and Lake Club

Officiant: Pastor David Tietz

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Caterer: Escondido Golf and Lake Club

Flowers: Picture Perfect Events

Cake: Simon Lee Bakery

Photographer: Hyde Park Photography

DJ: Live Oak DJ

Ceremony Music: Mark Cruz

Lighting: ILIOS Lighting

Beauty: Rae Cosmetics

Photo Booth: Live Oak Photo Booth

Vendor Shout Out: Dysfunkshun Junkshun

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to Dysfunkshun Junkshun!  Based here in the Live Music Capital of the World, Dysfunkshun Junkshun is one of the best show bands in the Southwest! With a unique blend of high energy R&B, Top 40 hits, Motown, Classic Rock, and 70’s Funk, they know how to keep the party going! Dysfunkshun Junkshun has been a part of the Austin music scene for almost 20 years, and they have become a staple performance group for private events, from weddings to corporate functions.  Their reputation and professionalism has earned Dysfunkshun Junkshun shows with celebrities like Dennis Quaid, Martina Mcbride, George Lopez, and KC and the Sunshine Band!

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We sat down with Pat Mtyers, singer, to get the inside scoop!

When did Dysfunkshun Junkshun get started?

I placed an ad in the paper for other musicians who cared more about having fun than being  “serious musicians”. We have been playing well over 100 shows a year, and we still have full time jobs.  We simply love what we do!

How long has the band been performing?

We’ve been playing together for 18 years!

How would you describe the band’s style?

Our style is high energy and very entertaining. Our goal is to make a crowd dance and leave all feeling entertained.  We are unscripted and spontaneous.  That’s what makes live music so much better than just playing a record. We’ve got soul!

What is the best part about performing at events and weddings?

The smiles on the peoples’ faces.  Seeing couples dancing close, grandparents dancing, kids smiling at you. Watching them sing along and clapping really moves me!

What is the most important thing for a couple to know when selecting a band and a music style for their wedding?

Let the band do what they do best.  Find the style of music that suits the event best and let them do their thing.  This is (more than likely) your first wedding but probably the band’s 300th.  And feed them good food…not those funky boxed lunches!

How far in advance should a couple book Dysfunkshun Junkshun?

Six months to a year.  Our schedule fills up quick because we are monsters in this wedding game, baby girl!

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Thanks again to Dysfunkshun Junkshun for providing wonderful music for our weddings! We look forward to working with you in the future!

Meagan + Derek

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This wedding has been picked up by a few blogs, and there is no question why… It is GORGEOUS… it was GORGEOUS… they (the couple) are GORGEOUS… it was a GORGEOUS day….. feast your eyes on the GORGEOUSNESS of Meagan + Derek’s wedding last May on a Friday night at Laguna Gloria.  There were so many lovely details we designed from Loot to Stems to Marquee to Ilios. Attention was in every detail, and it showed!

 

Congrats to Meagan + Derek!

 

XOXO,

Becky

 

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Thank you to all of the vendors that helped make Meagan + Derek’s day so special!

 

Venue: Laguna Gloria

Rentals: Premiere Rentals & Loot Vintage Rentals

Caterer: Austin Catering

Flowers: STEMS

Cake: Michelle’s Patisserie

Photographer: SMS Photography

DJ: ATX DJ

Ceremony Music: Musical Discovery

Lighting: Ilios

Tent: Marquee

Transportation: Texas Premiere Parking

Courtney + Jeff

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Courtney and Jeff’s wedding was a huge party from start to finish. The ceremony was at the Central Presbyterian Church, the event continued at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin. We worked closely with Posey Floral to create a summery look with Magnolia leaves, orange roses and metallic accents. Sauce kept everyone on their feet all night. A glow bar filled with flashing rings, blow up guitars and other props were gone in a matter of minutes! All the fun was captured by Polaroid’s to instantly enjoy, as well as Photography by Vanessa. I loved working with Courtney and all of our amazing vendors to make this summer wedding so enjoyable!

XOXO,

Megan

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Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who helped make Courtney + Jeff’s big day so wonderful!

Ceremony Venue: Central Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue: InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Caterer: InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

Flowers: Posey Floral

Cake: Michelle’s Patisserie

Photographer: Photography by Vanessa

Band: Sauce

Caricatures: Caricatures by Kevin and Friends

Pedicab: Metrocycle Pedicabs

Lighting: PSAV

Transportation: Transportation Consultants

Hair Stylist: Jessica Chapman

Makeup Artist: Adore Makeup Boutique and Salon

 

Vendor Shout Out: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes out to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! The Wildflower Center was founded in 1982 and provides a beautiful and unique location, full of stunning natural landscaping. Their multitude of venues allows them to host any style of event! With 20 years of experience with weddings, the Wildflower Center is sure to help make your special day absolutely incredible!

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We spoke with Samantha Elliot, the Center’s Facilities Rental Manager, to find out more about this great venue!

Tell us about the history of the Wildflower Center.

        The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was first founded by former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson in 1982 to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. This special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers while protecting the ecological heritage of Texas through demonstration gardens, land restoration consulting, and education programs for children and adults.  See our recent bluebonnet feature on NBC nightly news!

How long has the Wildflower Center been a venue for weddings?

     We just celebrated our 20th anniversary at the current location and have been sharing our grounds with growing families since our first month!

What makes the Wildflower Center unique for weddings?

One thing I hear from our clients the most is that we have so many options! With the opening of our Family Garden in May of last year, plus the arboretum, gallery and numerous other gardens on site, you have at least 5 great options for ceremony space alone. This is wonderful for couples that are looking for a unique venue with plenty of picturesque views.  

What advice do you have for brides selecting a venue?

I always talk to my couples about their guest count first. We can accommodate thousands of people on our site at once but if you would like for everyone to be in a climate controlled space and within earshot of the toasts, we need to be a little more conservative with the number. For the record, 250 is my recommended max.

How far in advance should a bride book with the Wildflower Center?

 Our Saturday availability has about a year lead time but that is pushed even further in the spring due to the wildflowers. If couples are open to Fridays or Sundays we can usually accommodate them within 9 months.

 

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Thank you to the LBJ Wildflower Center for being such a wonderful venue! We look forward to working with you in the future!

Katie + Graham

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I didn’t meet Katie and Graham until the week of their wedding! I worked with MOB, Jan, on all of the planning leading up to the wedding. When I finally met Katie and Graham, I fell in LOVE with them :) They are the sweetest couple, and we hit it off right away. Their wedding was a good mix of classic and fun. We had this amazing band backdrop from Marquee, and my favorite part of the wedding was when Graham gave the personalized intros to everyone in the wedding party. We were laughing so hard, we were crying and I didn’t even know these people. It was amazing!

Congrats to Katie and Graham!

XOXO,

Becky

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Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors,

Ceremony Venue: St. John Neumann

Reception Venue: Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Officiant: Reverend Bud Roland

Rentals: BBJ Linen + Marquee Event Group

Caterer: Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Flowers: Westbank Flower Market

Cake: Erin Shea Hernandez

Photography: a’ LaVie

Videographer: Waterloo Films

Band: Matchmaker

Ceremony Music: Barton Strings 

Lighting: Ilios

Stationery: The Inviting Pear

Transportation: Transportation Consultants

Beauty: Simply MandyStudio Soulever

 

 

Meet the Team: Emily

Meet one of our lovely interns, Emily!

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a senior at The University of Texas studying Public Relations and Business Foundations Program.

What three words describe you best?

Creative, social, and organized

What are some of your hobbies?

I love painting and making art in my spare time. I enjoy traveling and ,of course, shopping!

What made you interested in weddings?

I became interested in weddings because I love watching the transformation happen and being able to help someone’s big day come together beautifully.

What are your aspirations for the future?

In the future, I hope to be able to travel and to keep making art. I’d love to be able to do some kind marketing, design, or event planning in Manhattan.

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

My favorite part of working weddings is seeing all the little details come together to make the bride’s day beautiful.

Fun Facts:

When I splurge, it’s…on a nice meal. I love eating out and treating myself to dinner and drinks! 
After a long day hand me a glass of…red wine. Pinot Noir is my favorite, but I love all red wines!
I’d hide in a suitcase to…Paris! I love the food and fashion there, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous city. 

Stephanie + Jee

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Stephanie and Jee’s wedding was pure perfection, just like them as a couple. From the beginning of the planning process, Stephanie and Jee wanted their wedding to be beautiful, romantic, and personal.  We focused the decor around a elegant vintage garden theme which was a perfect match for the Vineyard at Chappel Lodge.  Our floral inspiration stemmed from loose and organic arrangements with pops of color.  In order to accomplish a vintage element, our caterer, Catering with a Twist, provided mismatched vintage china at each place setting.

The couple provided many DIY elements to make their wedding personal.  They had an amazing sign made to welcome guests, and the escort cards were in planters made by Stephanie’s mom to further emphasize the garden theme.  For months, Stephanie and I searched for the perfect cake table linen, and we finally found it through La Tavola linens.  It was an amazing addition to the already spectacular cake and dessert table provided by Polkadots Cupcake Factory.

XOXO,

Megan

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Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who helped make Stephanie + Jee’s day so amazing!

Venue: Vineyards at Chappel Lodge

Officiant: Todd Rapp

Caterer: Catering With A Twist

Cake: Polkadots Cupcake Factory

Flowers: Bouquets of Austin

Photographer: Awake Photography

Videographer: Ian Fleming

Wedding Dress: Pronovias

Bridal Accessories: Mia Bridal Couture + Blossom Veil & Accessories + Brickhouse Bridal

Beauty: Progranda Hair Group

Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design

DJ: Hill Country DJ

Groom’s Attire: Alfani + Smathers and Branson + Tie Bar

Transportation: Uptown Valet & Transportation

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Premiere Events

Table Numbers: BHLDN

Vendor Shout Out: Mancino Iron Works

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes out to Mancino Iron Works! Founded 11 years ago, they specialize in unique wrought iron rentals that are perfect for any event. They work hard to make sure that your event is provided with the best rentals and service in and around Austin! Mancino Iron Works loves working with their customers, and cannot wait to help you bring your vision to life!

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We spoke to Alan Fyke to find out more about more about Mancino Iron Works!

How long have you been working in the industry and how did Mancino Iron Works get started?

11 years in the industry.  We got started manufacturing and selling wrought iron accents to florists, designers, etc., and a few clients asked us if we could make custom wedding accents.  So we put together a small collection and started selling it, then after many requests, we started renting!  Our inventory has grown in ways we never imagined over the years.

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

Of course, the people!

What is the most important thing to know when it comes to renting pieces for weddings?

Have a clear idea of what direction you might be wanting to go décor wise, and keep in mind that inventory may be limited so have some backup options!

   How would you describe the style of your rental items?

Timeless and classic rental décor essentials.

      How far in advance should a bride reserve her rental items for her wedding?

We have people that book over a year in advance, and others that book the week of.  For the most part, we are able to accommodate everyone’s need.

    Have you noticed any trends this year that brides are asking for when it comes to her wedding?

The biggest trend for us right now is natural, rustic, wooden arches, chuppahs, etc.

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Thank you so much to Mancino Iron Works for being such a great vendor to work with! We look forward to collaborating with you in the future!