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Bond & Bloomingdale

Most of all, I remember... James was traveling to Dallas often for work, so a mutual friend suggested that he and I meet since I was living there and that the two of us could have dinner, go have a drink, and get to know one another. We started emailing a bit, but the night we were supposed to meet a tornado warning was issued. The sirens put James in his hotel bathtub, while I had cocktails on the patio with my mom and we watched the storm roll in.

Later we were both in New York at the same time, but we managed to miss each other again. Finally I had an itch to move back to Los Angeles when I got a job offer at a fashion PR firm there and I decided to take it. I told James I would have to meet him on his own turf some day soon.

I moved to LA on May 30, 2011 and on June 7th James picked me up for a dinner date at the Sunset Tower. We finally met in person for the first time. The rest, as they say, is history!

-Natalie

 
 

Shanti & Jon

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

 
 

A Ranch Wedding Kiss

Never get tired of looking at this beautiful moment from Sarah & Steven's Ranch wedding! It was such a luxury to have this time they set aside so that we could wander the ranch and document their radiant love. If you have the opportunity to set aside 15-20 minutes of time to share privately with your wedding photographer on your wedding day--do it! Please.  I don't think you'll regret it.

-Jenn

 
 

Spears & Walker

Most of all, I remember… when I look back on our wedding day, there are a few memories that stick out the most in my mind. I loved my first dance with Kevin. We danced to "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and by the end of the song all of the guests were singing along with the band! It was so special!

I also loved getting to take communion as a first act of marriage. We had Jimmy McNeil preform "How Deep the Father's Love for Us," while we took communion and our pastor, Mark, prayed over us. It was a great time for us to reflect on the true meaning of marriage.

Our friends and family sure know how to cut a rug. We had the best time dancing the night away, and our band, Blind Date, had their band members dancing on the tables at one point! We had the time of our lives!!

-Ellie

With Event Prouction & Planner: Verve Austin Events - Barbara Shorts, Ceremony Site: Smith Family Chapel, Minister Mark Zeiller, Hyde Park Strings, Blind Date Austin, Westbank Flower Market, The Cake Plate - Scott Calvert, Calligrapher - Teri Gaus, Uptown Valet, R&R Limo Buses, Townsley Designs, Marquee Rentals, FILO, Makeup - Denise Vasquez, Candle Light Film, Painter - Jennie, Paper Place, Personally Yours, Antique Car Rentals

 
 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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The Readings' Fall Family Session with Twins, Aiden and Daughtry

 Most of all, I remember... Jim and I got to be with and photograph Kate and Marcus when they married several years ago at a family ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas. Because they are two of the sweetest people you could ever meet, the time we spent with them was unforgettable and wonderful. Seeing two people you like and admire get married is a complete experience in and of itself, but getting to see Kate and Marcus as parents to their beautiful twin boys, Aiden and Daughtry--and spending time with them during our family photo session--was also deeply fun and meaningful! Thank you, Readings!

-Jenn and Jim

 
 

Wendy & Ray

Most of all, I remember... looking into the eyes of the boy who won me over in the back of his blue pickup truck when I was just 16 years old.  Even then he was kind, gentle smart and thought I was beautiful.

We were a very young couple, in love, getting married at the Denton courthouse with a few friends present. Our life has progressed with many amazing accomplishments and a few snags In the road as well. All the while, our love for one another has never been in question.

In fact, after 42 years it's kind of taken for granted, although I realize how lucky I am to love so deeply and be loved back with the same passion.

I have to say that I had no idea what an impact seeing the pictures would have on me. I did not realize how important they would be for me not only looking back, but more importantly, also looking forward.

One day---hopefully when we are much much older--we will no longer be together. The pictures are so "us" that I will forever see and feel Ray's love, conjure up all the millions of small moments that has made our life so meaningful and full of smiles.The years that have passed seemed to stand still.

-Wendy

 
 

Emy & Cole Featured in The Knot Texas Magazine!

Emy & Cole's beautiful Driskill Hotel wedding has been featured in The Knot Texas magazine, on newsstands now!

-Jenn

 
 

Price & Jinks

Most of all, I remember… John and I both loved the music at our wedding ceremony. It was so special and intimate to have my aunt play the piano and to have my cousin sing an original and extremely memorable solo for us. The Texas Choral Concert ended the ceremony with a classic acoustic rendition of Little Drummer Boy, which really set the tone for our Christmas themed reception.

Santa was really just the icing on the cake at our reception! I loved seeing how surprised our guests were to see elves and Santa himself appear with full Christmas gear and cheer for us all.  Watching our guests go crazy over the North Pole and taking turns sitting on Santa's lap, was hilarious. We had so much fun indulging in all of the tasty winter-themed treats, especially Santa's milk shakes.

After the seated dinner, the band did a great job moving everyone to the dance floor. They delivered a power-house performance and even held a dance-off competition for our guests. It was so fun to see everyone let loose and dance. John and I ended the competition with our own little dance-off, which we still laugh about. One of my most memorable moments was the last dance of the evening. Real snow fell during the last song creating a magical and romantic winter wonderland. It was the perfect ending to a dreamy evening and I felt like John and I were the only one's in the entire ballroom!

-Shelby

With Brock + Co. Events, Heirloom Hangers, Four Seasons Hotel Austin, Central Christian Church,  Makeup by Adrienne, Marquee Rents, Roar Salon, Wally's Menswear, Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor, Jimmy Choo, Kenneth Pool, Dance Street Band, Carly Berryhill, Texas Choral Consort, Get the Picture, Full Spectrum Ice, Bella Bridesmaid, Amsale, Julian Gold Bridal, Kay Knight DesignsTownsley Designs, FILO Productions, & Simon Lee Bakery

 

 
 

Ana & Bill

I was beyond excited to see Ana & Bill's stunning wedding recently featured on Grey Likes Weddings. Ana is one of my favorite designers in the world, and besides her inspired wedding pictured below, you can also see her talent expressed through the thoughtful, modern and yet historically sensitive renovation of Hotel Ella. Can I live there, please?

I loved their wedding so much that I could not resist sharing a few more favorites. Ana and Bill, we're thankful to have been a part of it!

Most of all, I remember... Bill and I met at the University of Texas School of Law many years ago. Thankfully a close mutual friend reconnected us 17 years later.

I was so thrilled with how our wedding vision came together.  It felt right to get married at a The Saint Cecilia. It represents such a unique mix of all of our great loves: music, art, design, and Austin. We both love design driven hotels, and have stayed there on special occasions over the years.

Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music, and we have strong affinity for music, with Bill’s ties to Austin City Limits and Lolla, it is a great match. We even stayed there overnight before the wedding to write our vows. We feel a deep connection to the property.

It was so amazing that Bob Schneider played two of our favorite songs for the ceremony. One of them (“The World Exploded in Love All Around Me”) is one of my all-time favorite songs and has been the soundtrack to many moments in my life, so it was an incredible gift for him to play that for us live as we exchanged rings.

-Ana

It was wonderful to work with: Venue: Hotel Saint Cecilia // Event design and production: Suzanne Court Catering & Events // Catering: La Condessa/Suede // Music: Bob Schneider and Strings Attached // DJ: Frank Marshall // Sound: Audio Fish // Mariachi: Viajeros // Rentals: Marquee Rentals and Townsley Designs // Hair and Make up: Kiss My Face // Flowers: Fabian Salcedo // Video: CSE Capitol Sports & Entertainment // Lighting: Atomic Picnic // Transportation: Uptown Valet // Table runners: Dynamic Reprographics // Paper flags: Ay Mujer Shop // Printed Materials: Barclay Papers // Invitations: Bella Figura

 
 
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