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Colorful Summer Bridal Portraits : A Styled Bridal Session

PhotographerKristin La Voie PhotographyFloral Design: The Heirloom Table ◆ Dress DesignerAlyssa KristinHair: Hair - Lizz Persons ◆  MakeupMadelyn Michae ◆  Film Lab: The Find Lab ◆  Model: Aubrey of Mazza Models

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

 

 

Megan and Henry's Charming Outdoor Wedding

Photos by Amber Kelley Photography.

Editorial Film

We are in absolute awe of this gorgeous film created by Little Gray Films of a recent styled shoot with Honey Gem Creative and Kindle And Gather. Thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this shoot STUNNING! The Heirloom Table, Feathers and Frosting, Unbridaled, Birch and Brass Rentals and Marque Austin. 

Alex and Mitchell's Texas Summer Wedding

There just aren't enough words to say how much we adored this couple!! Their vendors were great and photos AMAZING!! Here is a bit about the couple and their love story from the couple.

We met after Alex had just moved back to West Texas, and we were celebrating our mutual friend's birthday. After recovering from a less than elegant introduction on Mitchell’s part, we connected by being two Aggies, stranded out in the desert, with a love for A&M, dogs, and Shiner beer. Despite being with a big group, we found ourselves locked in conversation for a while; after which, we left very curious about the other. The next week, Mitchell called and asked her out like a true gentleman. Over the next couple of weeks we went on several dates, every chance we got to see one another, despite both our hectic travel plans. 

Our story is simple, and straightforward - just two people who fell in love and didn't want to do life without each other. Our relationship has been so much more than just a whirlwind romance, but has become a deep-rooted friendship full of Jesus, deep belly laughs, countless roadtrips, copious amounts of food, being red wine and coffee snobs, and loving on our dogs as much as possible. Mitchell picked a ring in February 2016, and somehow managed to keep it a secret for 6 months. He proposed that July, in the most “Mitchell” way possible – well thought out, and romantic. He invited both our families, and several close friends to witness and celebrate at our favorite Italian restaurant, Venezia, in Midland. 

The first time Alex had the realization that she was head-over-heels, in love with Mitchell was in Texas hill country, making it a special location for our wedding. Alex had always dreamed of getting married outside, under a wooden cross, with flowers in her hair since she was a kid. There was a desire for our venue to reflect our relationship – romantic, yet comfortable. We were drawn to the simple, elegant, beauty of Garden Grove. . Besides something picture-picture perfect, we wanted a space where our extensive guest list could come together, eat, drink, play games, catch up, engage in meaningful conversation, and still feel intimate and inclusive to every guest.  

Photography: Sarah Goss Photography


Design & Coordination: Joyous 442 Event Planning + Design
 

Makeup: Taylor Barnett

Hair: Itz Styles Salon
 

Florals: Boho Blooms
 

Catering: Heavenly Gourmet

Music: Jeremy McBee Music, Cutting Edge Entertainment

Cross: Mancino Rentals

Summer Engagement Event : A Palm Springs Style Pool Party

WOW! That's all we can say, is wow. Our Summer Engagement Event last month was one for the books. The exceptional team of vendors who put it together continues to blow our minds. If you somehow missed out on all the gorgeousness, yummy treats or fashion show.... yes we had a FASHION SHOW; then here are the incredible photos from Leighanne Herr. Thank You again to all that did attend. We are truly blessed to be a part of this beautiful Texas Hill Country and the Austin Wedding Community! XOXO Garden Grove

Pink Parasol Designs & Coordinating    The Peached Tortilla  

 Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals      Copper and Birch

   Serendipity Bridal    Kendra Scott    Dolce Salon Austin

Leighanne Herr Photography     Gypsy Floral  

     Simply Delicious Custom Cakes

Scripted Ever After    Maggie Louise Confections  Social Ice

Moonlit Weddings     BBJ Linens    The Black Tux

Models: Jenn Haralson, Abigail Samford, Jennifer Johnston, Rosalyn Rojmar,

Brandon Gutierrez and Austin Reese 

Texas Destination Wedding: Spanish-Inspired Styled Shoot and Wedding Photographer Workshop

We were so fortunate to host a gorgeous Styled Shoot and Photographer Workshop with Jessica Frey Photography, last month. And WOW these images and the vendors we met are beyond talented! Thank You so much to them for their incredible work on this incredible #AustinWeddingInspo!

Coordination/Design: Uptown Events Photographer/Instructor: Jessica Frey Photography Rentals: Whim Hospitality & 10th Collection  Guitarist: Mark Cruz Iron Decor: Mancino Iron   Florals: The Flower Girl   Cake: Cakes ROCK Stationary: Peached Paper Design Details: Mugsby Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses: Celebrations Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kaci Blagrave Headpieces: Eden Luxe Bridal Backdrop: Oh Happy Day Suit: The Ross Bennet Collection Models:  Riley & Jack Blanks; Brittany, Josh & Nicole

Sarah and Jonathan’s Engagement Photos

From Sarah and Jonathan:

We met in 2012 while they were both working at Capital One Labs. Back then there were lots of happy hours, tech events, etc that were hosted at the office and we always found ourselves in a corner, engaged in some deep conversation about dogs, food allergies, design research, or some other random topic.

Things quickly progressed into a deep friendship and then a relationship that neither of us would have guessed would ultimately lead to a lifelong partnership and marriage. Since then, we’ve moved across the country twice, road tripped over 20,000 miles between DC, California, Louisiana, and Texas. We purchased a house, adopted a puppy, and are developing a dangerous relationship with Omakase sushi. In some ways, our relationship revolves around food, yard work, dogs, and travel - and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

We got engaged on a romantic, private beach in Aruba back in September 2016, where Jonathan’s family is from. We can’t wait for their big day at Garden Grove - as it reflects so much of our style and personality; simple, natural, open, and so very green.

Thanks to Leighanne Herr Photography for sharing Sarah and Jonathan's Gorgeous Engagement Photos!