2nd Anniversary!!!! OMG

It's hard to believe it's been 2 years since our very first couple, Callie and Ian O'Donnell, said I do!!  We have been truly amazed at all the love, laughter and fun we've been able to experience this year and just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all our couples, vendors and members of the community that have supported us through this adventure!! PS prepare for the waterworks as we reminisce about Callie and Ian's wedding!! 

Thank You to Jenna Mcleroy for these gorgeous photos!! 

A Sneak Peek of Austin and Courtney's Fairytale Wedding

WOW!! These two have been one of those couples you dream of as venue owners. Not only the kindest and most loving couple ever but they seem to like everything we do and show up to every Open House. We are going to miss their visits and notes of encouragement but could not be prouder to see them take this momentous step in their love story. Also, can I just mention the BLUEBONNETS, I mean can we get a better Texas Spring Photo?!?!?! ALL THE FEELS!! 

Overnight Accommodations: The Cabanas

We were so delighted to have Katie Webb out for a gorgeous editorial shoot this winter and even more happy when she took some time to shoot our Cabanas. The Hill Country is truly a special and romantic place; we are so proud of how this little village has come together and so grateful to be able to share it with our couples.

Sneak Peek: Jessica and Scott's Big Day!!

These two are our everything!!! Thank you Christina Carroll Photography for these gorgeous  photos, Life Styled Events for making it a beautiful and  Jessica and Scott for letting us be the backdrop for such a magical moment. Stay tuned for the full blog next week!! 

Guest Blog: Tips to plan a Hill Country Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding? Okay maybe not the traditional tropical locale with sand between your toes, but the Texas Hill Country! 

When you don’t live in the same area as your wedding venue, as you may already know, it can make things a bit more challenging. That is something we at Uptown Events & Travel are all too familiar with. 

As the owner of UET, I planned my Mexico wedding from Texas and recognized the struggles every destination bride deals with. The Texas Hill Country is an amazing place for couples planning from afar- there is an abundance of fantastic vendors all ready to help with your big day. 

But that can be part of the problem: too many options leads to what I like to call “decision-blockage”. I help couples every day that are having difficulty with things like: “there are so many great photographers, which one best fits my style and budget?”, “who should I hire for hair & makeup?” or, “should I set up transportation for my out of town guests and what should I expect that to cost?”

At UET, we specialize in working with couples planning from afar and/or have a large portion of their guests traveling in. Not only do we help with the typical wedding vendors (caterer, florist, etc.), we also guide you through the process of setting up accommodations and managing the transportation of your guests. 

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So now that you know a little about Uptown and our expertise, I’d like to share with you our Top 5 Tips to Planning a Hill Country Destination Wedding. 

1. Book your venue and accommodations early! The best ones typically book up over a year in advance, so get started early. 

2. Ask for courtesy room blocks at hotels. It saves you from being monetarily responsible for filling hotel rooms. 

3. Communicate with your guests effectively about transportation. Whether you decide to provide shuttles to/from the hotel to your venue, or you’re leaving transportation to your guests to handle on their own, make sure you thoroughly give directions on what to expect. 

4. Make it a wedding weekend- invite guests to the hotel lobby bar for welcome cocktails the day they arrive, host a brunch the morning after the wedding. Austin has a plethora of great activities for guests, so allow them to experience more of the city by hosting a few mini-events throughout the weekend. 

5. Hire a wedding planner that is experienced with handling destination style weddings. ;) We couldn’t leave that one out!

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I hope this has given you a few good things to think about for your Hill Country Destination Wedding. When you find yourself ready to work with a wedding planner, I’d love to help!

 

Thanks and best wishes,

Jessica Upton

Jessica@UptownEventsTravel.com

361-935-7009

www.UptownEventsTravel.com

 

Photography: Courtesy of Bloom and Bud and Amber Kelley Photography

 

 

Wedding Style: Pastels in the Texas Winter

Our 2nd Annual Winter Engagement Event was a fantastic success! Julie Paisley Photography captured many beautiful moments, including the feature of the new Laurel Traveler from Bee Lavish Vintage. We worked with Pink Parasol Designs and Coordinating and their fabulous eye to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The overall styling of the shoot exemplified that you can have bright and sunny pastels in the crisp texas winter. Under our tent and lining the tables were beautiful floral arrangements by Wild Bunches Floral.  Our model, Cassandra, donned a gorgeous gown by Blush by Hayley Paige from Blush Bridal Lounge in Austin and jewelry courtesy of Kendra Scott. Our groom, Todd Wallace, was dapper in a polka dot tux from The Black Tux. Metallic pink table clothes from Whim Hospitality paired with the stunning pastel florals and made the perfect setting for a dreamy winter wedding.

No matter the season, you can have a sweet inviting wedding for all of your family and friends. Although it may be cold, bring the warmth with sunny pastels and lively elements to brighten up your wedding day!

Grace and Weston's Elegant Hill Country Affair

Grace and Weston's wedding was a modern fairytale day. The ceremony was decorated elegantly with simple white, green and just a hint of black. The couple choose to have their reception underneath a romantically lit tent on the green and made sure to keep the night fun with a lot of personal details and surprise moment. Plus look at those fun hats they got for everyone!! We love seeing the unique and surprising way couples like Grace and Weston use our venue and are so thankful to Whitewood Photography for capturing it so perfectly.