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Douglas & Armatruda

Most of all, I remember... This was such an incredible, love-filled celebration for Frances and Jon and their families. It was so special getting to know them and spend time together  at their engagement session, Frances' bridal and then at the wedding and our album meeting with Frances' mom, Susan, in Lockhart, with Frances on the phone in Boston! I can't believe that it has been a year since these two married. The toasts that their friends and loved ones made were a testimony to the character of this couple--their generosity, empathy and kindness were celebrated to the max on June 18, 2016. Happy, happy Anniversary Frances and Jon! We're grateful to have been your photographers and are remembering this amazing time with you!

-Jenn and Jim

With Verve Austin, Townsley Designs, David Kurio Designs, Hyde Park Strings, Angeli Carriages, Makeup by Denise, Marquee Rentals, Senon Reyes, The All Nighters Band, The Cake Plate, The Slow Motion Booth

 

 
 

Mel & Bill's Wedding Featured on Ruffled!

We were so excited to have Mel & Bill's beautiful Hotel Saint Cecelia wedding has featured on the Ruffled Blog--a wedding blog that we've crushed on for YEARS! It's definitely worth taking a look-see!

-Jenn

With Hotel Saint Cecilia,, Gypsy Floral, Better Bites Bakery, Birch and Brass Rentals, Terra Vista Strings Wendi Baldwin - Baldwin Beauty School, Amber Wells - MakeupBella Figura

 

 
 

Buchanan & Shands

Most of all, I remember... I cannot believe that these two are already celebrating their second anniversary! Their elegant-- and totally fun-- fete at the Austin Country Club was utterly unforgettable. It's so fun to share some of my favorite images and moments from their beautiful, love-filled wedding. Happy Anniversary, Elizabeth and Rob! Thinking of you and your sweet families today especially.

-Jenn

With The Whitt Experience, University Avenue Church of Christ, Austin Country Club, Senon's Hair Salon, Marquee Rentals, Merveille Floral & Design, Makeup by Denise, FILO Productions, Crescent Video, Transportation Consultants, Walton's Fancy & Staple, Simon Lee Bakery, Arundel Ensemble, Professor D Band

 
 

Bader & Williamson

Most of all, I remember... This couple! How fun it was to photograph two people so deeply in love and so passionate about taking photographs and photography. Bridget and Andrew started off their cocktail hour on the roof of Brazos Hall, overlooking downtown Austin. They had clean modern furniture paired with gorgeous florals, some of Bridget's studio B&W bridal portraits,  family wedding photos and their favorite personal photos displayed. After their romantic last dance alone, they dashed through the sparklers, ending with a kiss, as their dearest friends and family looked on.

-Jenn

With:  Central Christian Church, Brazos Hall, Plants n' Petals, Royal FigPearl Events AustinSweet Treats, Shutterbooth, ILC Films, The Night Owls, Terra Vista Strings, Texas Pro DJ, Wedding Paper Divas, Uptown Valet, Motorcycle Pedicab, Makeup by Sommer, Rae Cosmetics

 
 

Hall & Coudron

Most of all, I remember...Jon proposed to me in Lake Como, Italy! He took me to Northern Italy because my family is from there. We started in Milan, Italy, and our plan was to work our way further north to Switzerland. But just four days into our trip we were in Lake Como, Italy, and Jon had reserved a private antique wooden boat for us to take around the Lake.  We had a personal driver who only spoke Italian and a wonderful spread of cheeses, salami and Prosecco.  The driver took us in front of the most amazing lush estate I have ever seen called "Villa Balbianello." It is absolutely gorgeous.

Jon knew that was where he should propose so he had the driver take us around the lake for a few more laps and then we came back to this beautiful Villa where he proposed on one knee! Later that evening he had a back-up plan in place just in case "Plan A" didn't work out. So we had a private dinner, poolside, looking at the hillside of Lake Como with our very own saxophonist.  I was on Cloud 9; he really made me feel like a Gem!

-Shanti

With this excellent vendor team:  Kristen Ashley Events - Villa Del Lago - Sterling Events Austin - Crescent Video Production - Floral Renaissance of Austin - Toast Entertainment -Denise Vasquez Makeup- Hair by Cynthia Valdez - Gypsy Moon Guitars - Sweet Treats Bakery - Central Texas Valet - Monarch Event Rentals - Marquee Rentals - Gown by Hayley Paige at Blush Bridal Lounge - Design by bride, Shanti Hall, and Renata Marsilli

 
 

Rachel & Sam

Most of all, I remember... We don't always have the chance to create engagement portraits, but even with Sam and Rachel's busy schedules--including Rachel training for and completing The 2017 Boston Marathon (!)--we got to spend some time together making these.  It was an incredible Austin evening and we were able to incorporate both their love for downtown Austin and LadyBird Lake. While we made sure to get those classic portraits with Rachel and Sam looking at the camera,  it was the moments that Rachel and Sam were after, and the moments between them that got me as well. I'm sharing a few of my favorites below. Are you considering an engagement session? Why or why not?

Jenn

 
 

Robin Choban Han's Bridal Portrait

Most of all, I remember... You might recognize Robin--gorgeous inside and out--from the opening image of our new website. Her wedding was also featured on Grace Ormonde and on Carolina Herrera's  site! When Robin decided to book the Commodore Perry Estate for her bridal session, I knew we would have fun creating a beautiful bridal portrait for her. When she selected a full length image taken in the corner of the wood-walled room at the Estate, we were excited. (The famous portrait artist Irving Penn has a series of his portrait subjects in a corner, which I love.) Then, seeing her bridal portrait printed, framed, lit and on display at the historic Driskill Hotel left me almost speechless! There's nothing quite like seeing an image go from your computer screen to becoming a piece of wall art.  I'll never forget the wonderful time we got to spend with Robin as she married Jeff and became Mrs. Han!

-Jenn

Dress - Carolina Herrera, Earrings - Mikimoto, Hair Comb - Carolina Herrera, Shoes - Jimmy Choo, Hair and Makeup - Adore Makeup Boutique and Salon Floral- Coby Neal/ The Flower Studio Event Planning: Platinum Weddings  Wedding Ceremony and Reception: The Driskill Hotel, Austin

 

 
 

Noel & Richardson

Most of all, I remember.... I pretty much knew that Mark was "the one" the second we started hanging out. I'd always had a big fat crush on him all of high school - which was publicly known, embarrassing - but I just knew early on we'd end up together even if it took us 10 years to realize. Mark is respected and loved by everyone that knows him so it was impossible not to feel the same way. Trust is a big thing with me, I always say that I'd trust Mark in a room with 100 women, and I mean it! Plus he's not bad to look at either :)

We had a trip planned to NYC to visit my best friend and her then boyfriend, now husband. A few weeks before the trip I had a feeling he was planning something. I'm a total control freak and had him look me in the eye and promise he wouldn't propose in NYC - I wanted it to be in a place where my family could be there to celebrate with us! What girl tries to control her engagement? Me! (Sorry, Mark). With a straight face he made the promise (should I be worried?) so the surprise wouldn't be ruined but he already had the whole thing planned.

On the second night of the trip, we were going to Brooklyn. I have a terrible fear of heights but somehow agreed to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (total tourists) and we grabbed a drink in a little cafe. Mark was rushing the waiter--which was completely out of character-- and was insisting we went to walk down in the park by the water. I obliged as long as I had my beverage! Once we were down by the water overlooking Manhattan, I turned around and Mark was down on one knee! Then, finally, we met up with his cousin (an amazing photographer who captured the evening for us,) and his cousin's girlfriend, who were totally  in on it.

Mark led us over to a park where my parents and friends were waiting for us as a surprise! We gorged at a delicious dinner and celebrated that night. How Mark managed to plan an engagement and get my parents to NYC as part of the surprise remains a mystery.

One of my favorite memories from our wedding is when Mark played on the drums on stage at our reception! This was a total surprise (to both him and me) and SO fun. It was great to see all of our friends and family truly in awe of his skills and I was fangirling!! A lot of my friends from college had no idea he was so talented. Plus it legitimized that awesome drum set groom's cake. When we walked into the reception space after the ceremony  and saw the beautiful transformation of Brazos Hall, we couldn't wait for our friends and family to see it. We were ready to relax and have a great time!

-Sarah

With these talented vendors: 36th Street EventsCovenant Presbyterian Church, Brazos Hall, Rae Cosmetics, Marquee Rentals, Mason Jar Films, Merveille Flowers & Events, Ilios Lighting, Crave Catering, Sauce the Band, Sweet Treets, R&R Transportation, Bobalu Cigar Co., Capitol Pedicab

 
 

Klatt & Wallace

Most of all, I remember... When I think back to our wedding, there are so many amazing memories it is hard to pick my favorites! One of our favorite moments was the first look outside on the lawn at the Four Seasons. I had been completely calm and relaxed all day getting ready with all of my friends. When I put on my wedding dress and heard that Scott was waiting for me on the lawn, it finally hit me that such an important and special moment in my life was about to happen. I met him out on the lawn and tapped him on the shoulder and the look on his face is an image that I'll never forget. We were both overcome with emotion and we were so happy to share a sweet moment just the two of us before the craziness of the day took off.

Another one of both of our favorite memories from the day was when I walked down the aisle. As the trumpet sounded and the doors to the church opened, I remember an overwhelming feeling of love. Walking with my dad I was able to see the beaming faces of everyone who mattered most to us all in one place to witness our union. I then saw my groom's smiling face at the end of the aisle and I felt so excited. Scott talks about how this moment particularly is his favorite memory. He remembers it feeling so surreal and momentous. He felt excited and jittery and could not believe it was actually happening.

While we had the time of our lives dancing the night away with all of our friends and family, our final favorite memory occurred when it was time to exit and we had one last dance, just the two of us. It was the perfect way to wind down from the craziness of the reception, and soak in the final minutes of the most wonderful night of our lives. We were filled with joy and love for each other and gratitude for our family and friends and still reminisce about it all the time.

-Sydney

Ceremony Location - Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Reception Venue - The Four Seasons Austin, Officiant - Kathleen Pfister, Makeup - Denise Vasquez Makeup, Hair - Carolyn Taylor, Rentals - Marquee Event Group, Caterer - The Four Seasons, Flowers - Westbank Flower Market, Cake - Simon Lee Bakery, Videographer - Crescent Video Productions, Band - Icehouse Band, Calligraphy - Terry Gaus, Lighting - FILO Productions, Transportation - Uptown Valet

 
 

Butt & Gromus

I could relive this wedding 1000 times and still want to do it again! Maggie Gillespie Designs always collaborates with her clients to create the most beautiful and warm weddings. She is such an amazing talent, as a designer and as a florist! This wedding was just featured in theKnot.com and I wanted to share even more here.

I love how the Butts brought in rugs from their family home and how those paired with furniture and the glow of the tall candles on the tables. There we so many thoughtful details, including the handmade bud vases as favors. (In fact, Hillary and her mom have a store with many lovingly curated, beautiful and unusual things in Fredericksburg that you have to visit! It's called  East Hills.)

Last but definitely not least, the love, affection and respect between Hillary and Tom, and their family and friends, was magic.

-Jenn

Event Planner & Floral Designer - Maggie Gillespie Designs, Ceremony Location - Christ Episcopal Church, Reception Site - The Argyle, Videography - Mason Jar Films, , Officiant - Rev. Patrick Gahan and Rev. Jeff Hammond, Gown - Rivini from Julian Gold, Hair & Makeup - Brandy PateLauren Burdett and Sierra Scerato, Shoes - TOMS, Engagement and Wedding Rings - Dennis Jewelry Company, Bridesmaids Dresses - Bella Bridesmaids, Menswear - Nordstroms, Stationary - You're Invited, Rentals - Illusions Rentals & Designs, Catering - The Argyle, Cake - Sophie's Bakery, Inc., Dessert - Rebecca Jennings, Music - Limelight, Favors - Material Good, Registry - Hanley Wood

 
 
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