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Christina and Steve’s playful, laid-back and elegant wedding day took place on the grounds of the historic French Legation Museum. The outdoor ceremony and reception, designed and planned by Eclipse Event Co., included stationed catering by Contigo to encourage guests to mingle and graze, cafe lighting and colorful florals by Disch Events, Northeastern Brazilian dance music by Seu Jacinto and a super-cute dessert table by Green Lily Bakery filled with macaroons, cannolis, and donuts. Christina, a designer, set the fun-loving tone with the art-driven colorful stationery and custom designed pins for all the guests and staff. We’re loving the chill vibe and vibrant details of the day and lucky for us Brittany Jean Photography was on hand to capture it all!

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from the planner: Craving a beautiful outdoor venue that could accommodate a large (and I mean large) amount of guests, Christina and Steve opted to celebrate their marriage at the beautiful French Legation Museum. They wanted to be close to the city, but also find a place that fed into Christina’s love for historic buildings; FLM was the perfect spot!

Christina and Steve met through mutual friends (thanks to Craigslist and the Peace Corp, as they put it). Starting their relationship as friends, they eventually moved into colleagues, and now are husband and wife! On December 1st, 2015, Steve flew all the way to NYC to surprise Christina with his proposal.

The French Legation Museum is a wonderfully historic building located in East Austin. It’s the oldest building in the city! They are just getting into the wedding industry, but its blank canvas allows for all sorts of ideas to be created in the space. They only have outdoor space for use, which makes the rain plan a little tricky. Projected to rain all week, we were a little nervous about whether or not to move forward with our tenting option. Christina decided on Wednesday of that week that if it rained, all the guests would just have to dance in the rain! And it definitely paid off. The rain held off all evening until just after send off, which couldn’t have been more perfect.

Wanting to create a playful, laid back, yet elegant experience for their guests, the couple decided to use Contigo for catering and instead of doing a sit down or buffet style dinner, chose to have stations placed around the lawn that would allow guests to mingle, graze, and enjoy the company. They wanted to create an experience for their guests that wasn’t your typical cookie-cutter style of reception.

Disch Events provided the simple, yet perfect aesthetic to the evening through their lighting and floral. Festoon lights were all that was needed to spruce up this space and make it pop. Floral was organic and sustainably sourced, which was important to the couple. Ferns decorated the ceremony space and the dinner stations. The bride’s bouquet was designed based on the natural bend of the stems, which made for an absolutely elegant and unique feel. Small vases with colorful, soft blooms filled the tables, accented by votives and gold tea lights. The space could not have been more beautiful!

Being a designer, Christina created all the stationery for the evening from programs to pins for their guests – which all the staff wore as well to keep the event fun. She mixed bright patterns and fun colors together, which described the couple perfectly and made the wedding completely them.

For dessert, the guests enjoyed macaroons, cannolis, and donuts provided by Green Lily Bakery. Even Steve’s mother brought in some specially wrapped chocolates with the couple’s faces on them for the guests to enjoy! There was no official cake cutting, so guests were invited to enjoy dessert at will, which continued to add to the experience the couple was looking to create.

Guests were quick to hit the dance floor with traditional Northeastern Brazilian music as their backdrop. Seu Jacinto was the perfect addition to this evening! Their fun, exciting vibe created the perfect environment that Christina and Steve were envisioning. At the end of the evening, Seu Jacinto led the entire party through the venue and out the gates to send off Christina and Steve in a pedicab provided by Metrocycle Pedicabs. Then, those who were interested were invited to continue the celebration with the couple at Easy Tiger.

The couple honeymooned later that week by taking a road trip through West Texas. Spending that time adventuring together was the perfect way to start their new life as husband and wife!

Design + Coordination: Eclipse Event Co. // Photography: Brittany Jean Photography // Floral and Lighting: Disch Events // Venue: French Legation Museum // Dessert: Green Lily Bakery // Catering: Contigo // Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals // Hair and Makeup: Kara Sanchez Beauty // Ceremony + Reception Music: Seu Jacinto // Pedicab: Send Off Metrocycle Cab // Restrooms: The Fancy Flush

 

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Katie and Mark were married at The Brownstone Reserve in Bryan, Texas. They said their vows in an outdoor ceremony against a rustic, stone backdrop and celebrated with a classic gold and white reception fully equipped with a Cuban cigar bar by El Cubano. We’re loving Katie’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown and all the white florals by Carter’s Florist of Conroe, Texas. And what would a classic wedding be without a tiered cake—or three?! Kimmiz Kreations created a lovely cake trio and Katie and Mark’s bliss is totally apparent as they’re captured cutting it as husband and wife. Below you can enjoy all the many lovely images of the day by Courtney Taylor Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made this wedding special and unique was really just the couple’s history. Knowing that they had known each other for that long and then capturing them finally tying the knot is what made it special. I (Courtney) met Katie when she was a bridesmaid in one of my other friend’s weddings that I captured in Colorado! I didn’t get to meet Mark that day, but I did meet Katie and when she got engaged and asked me to be her photographer I was thrilled because I already had some sort of connection to her and obviously we connected even closer right away!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it?

Monique Lhuillier is so elegant and classy and her gowns have a timeless effect on any wedding, but Katie’s was the most beautiful gown I’ve ever seen. It was a dusty blush strapless gown and for her tiny, petite figure, it looked absolutely stunning on her! Every piece of it fit perfectly to her. Katie had been in gown after gown after gown so she wanted something that made her feel like a BRIDE and not just like she was in another pageant. She is a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal so she wanted something that was simple and light and since it was 100% silk tulle with no boning, she fell in love with it. She bought the dress at Casa de Novia.

What were some touches to make the wedding personal?

As the photographer, I notice every little touch and every little decor feature at a wedding. A few things that stood out to me were the leaves with the names of the guests on them at their place settings. They were so delicate and I had never seen it before, so I loved that accent to go with the gold settings. Another thing I’ve never seen was a cigar roller. After the cake cutting, we all went outside and there was a guy rolling Cuban cigars and a top shelf tasting bar. It was so luxurious and so great because it was something fun that the guys (and a lot of ladies) were enjoying. A lot of the wedding is focused on the bride (just by default) so this was something special for her to do for her new husband!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For Katie, the most memorable part of the wedding was seeing Mark as she was walking down the isle. I’m sure he’d say the same due to the tears that came out for a moment! Guys try so hard not to cry, but that is MY favorite part of capturing a wedding!

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Mark asked Katie to be his girlfriend standing under a long row of pecan trees at the Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land, and this was only the beginning of many years to come. On and off they dated all throughout middle school, high school and college. After high school, Mark started to play baseball at Rice University in Houston, Texas and Katie went on to pursue beauty pageants where she won Miss Teen USA in 2006. After achieving her dream, she moved to New York where she lived in the Trump Tower and took on a position with the Miss Universe Organization. All throughout these changes, they stayed in touch, supporting each other and being as involved as they could, still not knowing where each others careers were going to take them.

After several years of living in Los Angeles, going to school, working, and reigning as Miss California USA, in 2011 Katie moved to Colorado where she could be closer to her family and continue her education. Mark had been playing professional baseball for years at this point, living in their hometown in the off season and continued to grow even closer to Katie’s family even for the years of time that passed while they were not dating. In 2012, Mark and Katie were reconnected through Katie’s sister and endless hours of conversation turned into something so beautiful and it was as if no time had ever passed between them.

On Valentine’s Day in 2013, Mark flew to Colorado to spend the weekend with Katie and when summer came, Katie decided to travel with Mark while he played baseball all around the country. She then ended up moving home to Houston to be with him throughout the following season. Mark proposed on December 19, 2015 on the San Antonio Riverwalk under the Christmas lights and when he got down on one knee, the only word that she could think of was “YES!”

Photographer: Courtney Taylor Photography // Event Planning and Coordination: Lauren Robinson-Sotomayer of Dearly Beloved Events // Florist: Carter’s Florist of Conroe, Texas // Venue: The Brownstone Reserve in Bryan, Texas // Hair/Makeup: Gaspar Cruz Cosmetics // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Catering/Bar: Epicures Catering // Cake: Kimmiz Kreations // Cigar Rolling: El Cubano of Galveston, Texas // DJ: LiveWire // Strings: College Station String Quartet // Rentals: Events to Remember

 

The inspiration for this gorgeous shoot started with the venue The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria. It’s a stunning property with old-history romance tucked away in the middle of central Austin, Texas. The color palette is derived from local artist Eliana Bernard‘s bold navy marbled plates paired with more neutral hues in the florals by Gypsy Floral. How fabulous are the giant golden roses?? Add in a delicately detailed dress by Saint Isabel Bridal and a vibrant azure cake by Sweet Treets Bakery and we’re hooked. Of course, with design and planning by Olive & Belle Events and images by  Jenna McElroy this one was bound to be a stunner!

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Design/Planning: Olive & Belle Events // Photography: Jenna McElroy // Florals: Gypsy Floral // Invitations: Wondrous Whimsy // Venue:  The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria // Plates: Eliana Bernard // Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery // Vow Booklets: Reed Written // Hair & Makeup: Lola Beauty // Wedding Dress: Saint Isabel Bridal // Rentals: Bee Lavish // Scans: Photovision // Model: Kierstan Lynn

 

Abby and Jeff’s wedding at Hartley Botanica is like a tropical Secret Garden affair. Filled with elegantly edited DIY projects by the bride, the day is designed to let the venue and the couple’s style shine. We especially love the handmade paper by Etsy vendor Papel Vivo that Abby bought in bulk to design and printer all her own paper and signage. So timeless! The day was coordinated by An Enlightened Event, with beautiful classic florals by Belle of the Ball and it’s all captured by Ashley Dang Photography.

 

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Groom: We wanted to keep the traditional wedding aspects (ceremony, speeches, first dance, etc.) short and sweet to maximize the time we could spend talking and dancing with our friends and family. Basically, we wanted to host the best, most beautiful and fun party of our lives. Thankfully, with all the legwork we did and all the amazing vendors we hired, I think we succeeded.

Bride: At one point during the night our coordinator approached us and asked if I wanted to do the bouquet toss. I remember looking around and seeing all our guests under the twinkling lights – some feverishly dancing, some deep in conversation, some raucously utilizing the flip book and photo booths. Everyone was having so much fun. Jeff and I looked at each other and simultaneously said, “Naw, let’s just keep the party going!”

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Bride: Creating and personalizing was a huge component of the wedding decor. I love designing and crafting and the wedding was the perfect opportunity to do so! Much of the wedding décor was painstakingly found or made by either myself or my family members–a true labor of love!

I found an amazing vendor on Etsy who sold handmade paper for a steal and I purchased it in all sizes to print our save the dates, programs, menus, table numbers, and seating arrangements. For the table numbers, we used only numbers that were special to us (and wrote a little blurb below each table number with its significance) instead of simply using sequential table numbers. The same monogram that I designed for our wedding papers is also embroidered on Jeff’s pocket square that he used on the big day.

My mom and aunt helped me wrap each jam favor with twine and cheesecloth and my dad made the countless wax stamps that were used in my invitations and favors. I rented some items but also found many other items by scouring flea markets, Etsy, eBay, and thrift stores. Jeff had to come with me one night to a Craigslist seller’s home to pick up a heavy iron trellis that I wanted to use to display the seating arrangements. To keep the signage natural looking and consistent with the Tuscan garden theme, I wrote with chalk paint on slate cheeseboards that I bought for a steal at World Market. The ring bag was a linen pouch I found that I hand-stamped with our initials.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bride & Groom: We talked about this and discovered that we share the same one–our first look! After so many hours of being apart and busily prepping all morning for the wedding, finally seeing each other alone under the archway of vines and flowers was magical. Time–well it just kind of stopped.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Groom: Ha! This is a bit funny–so we met each other back in 2009 in law school. We were both California transplants who found ourselves in DC. We became fast friends but after I asked Abby out and she said “no” we sort of drifted apart for the remainder of law school. However, after graduation we both found ourselves in Southern California and we reconnected again over frequent hiking outings. Long story short: I asked her out again, she said yes, and we lived happily ever after. Just kidding–sadly that’s not how it happened. I asked her out again and she said no. Then asked her out again–another no. Then finally, I asked her out again and just told her to think about it. That was the key because after we took a trip (still as friends) to New York, she finally said yes! After dating for about a year and half I surprised Abby with a proposal while out on a hike at Will Rogers, something that was special to us because hiking was how we initially reconnected after law school.

Coordination: An Enlightened Event // Photographer: Ashley Dang Photography // Florist: Belle of the Ball // Venue: Hartley Botanica // Design: Bride // Cake: Skiff’s Cakes // Desserts: Carrara Pastries // Hair & Makeup: Grace Lin // Bride’s Dress: GP Wedding // Bridal Crown: Erica Elizabeth Designs on Etsy // Bride’s Shoes: Chloe // Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie // Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse // Paper: Papel Vivo // Engagement Ring: Jean Dousset // Wedding Bands: Tacori // Caterer: Command Performance // Decor Rentals: My Lovely Events
// Decor Rentals: Party Pleasers // Videographer: Buckley Videography // DJ: Jonathan Rosales of Red Shoe // Photo Booth: Foto Snap // Flipbook Booth: A Little Scene

 

We love this fresh and fun inspiration shoot at Terzo di Danciano a wedding venue and yoga retreat features a rustic, yet elegant charm. From Italy with Love styled the punchy design with stunning florals featuring pops of bold coral protea set against the awesome water colored and textured walls of the historic Italian setting.  The tablescape is a mix of modern and rustic with ghost chairs around a reclaimed wood table, warm brass accents, classic calligraphy by Kelsey Malie and a show-stopping suspended floral structure. A sweet bouquet by Jardin Divers completes the bride’s look which included a playful blue tulle skirt. A lovely baby pink The Mrs. Box rounds out the pastel palette and Loblee Photography has captured every last bit of it. Enjoy!

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Photography: Loblee Photography // Styling & Florals: From Italy with Love // Bouquet: Jardin Divers // Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie // Venue: Terzo di Danciano // Headpiece: Danani // White Agates: InLoft Calligraphy // Runner: Orchidée de Soie // Rentals: Preludio Noleggio // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box