Tucked inside this affair is the flavor of Texas, the camera skills of the wildly talented Nichols and a classic wedding with punches of color and fun little details woven throughout. Now that is a recipe for an Austin wedding done so, so right. And with the crafting of Keely Thorne Events and florals by Merveille Events, that recipe was turned into pink-hued succulent perfection with a side of margaritas. See so much more in the full gallery.
From the Bride…I grew up in Texas, spent most of my twenties in LA, and currently Andrew and I live NYC. Andrew’s family is from Ohio and New Jersey, so.. to sum it up… 85% of our guests were out of towners traveling to Austin, and we wanted to show them a good time. When we first began our planning we were really searching for some exotic theme or story and then we realized that Austin and Texas in itself was everything we needed. We were asking a lot of our friends and family to travel to Austin so what better way to make everyone feel at home. We created a website www.cometotexasyall.com which also became our hashtag, #cometotexasyall for our friends, family and guests to post pics on Instagram throughout and leading up to the weekend.
I’m a lingerie designer for Victoria’s Secret and I have a penchant for all things vintage. Because of this I knew I wanted to wear a lot of lace. My dress was an all lace, body clinging sheath from Amsale and I wore my grandmothers veil. That was my favorite part. It’s a hundred years old and she brought it back on a European cruise ship. Both of my sisters wore it and we all wore it differently. I also loved my shoes. I saw them in a magazine, tracked them down and to my chagrin realized they were much too expensive. A few months later I walked into the Ferragamo store on 5th ave and there they were half the price. I weeped a little. My clutch is their perfect counterpart. It’s also blue velvet and is from a best friend’s handbag line, Patrick Shannon. To add to our vintage feel, Andrew had a suit custom made by a NYC tailor in navy, one of our colors, and I gifted him my grandfather’s pocket watch which was the ideal compliment to his look.
Our ceremony was perfect in message and sentiment. A best friend’s serenade of our favorite Patty Griffin song and another best friend’s Dad officiating our ceremony while my twin sis, older sis and cousin stood at our side. Growing up in Texas was a unique experience that’s very close to my heart so we wanted to capture the color and friendliness of the great state. We hand selected Mexican, Otomi embroidered table runners for the tables and my brother in law had piñatas custom made from a photo. One of my favorite and most special touches of our wedding were our party favors. My mom had the idea to give little yellow boxes of worry dolls. It’s a Guatemalan tradition and you are supposed to give your worry to each little doll and sleep with them under your pillow and legend says they’ll take your worry away.
Our friends from LA gifted us the peached tortilla truck. Lucky for me, Andrew is a talented cook and we are both huge foodies so it was the perfect gift. Andrew worked with our friend, Will Sexton to bring together a group of talented musicians for the after party to play our favorite classic rock and country hits. Tunes from CCR to Willie Nelson had the dance floor jumping til the early morning light. My favorite moments were when everyone was on the dance floor, of course! And when everyone got into the cascarón, mexican confetti eggs as we left the reception to head to the after party. It was really fun to see everyone let loose and really live in the spirit of Texas. That carefree sensibility, southern hospitality and comforting feel of the mansion made us all feel like we were right at home.
Photography: The Nichols | Event Coordination: Keely Thorne Events | Floral Design: Merveille Events | Ceremony Location: First United Methodist | Reception Venue: Mansion at Judges Hill | Cinematography: The McKellars | Cake: Blue Note Bakery | Taco Truck: The Peached Tortilla