hillcountry wedding

Selena and Alex are tying the knot in Texas Hill Country!

We are thrilled to be celebrating Selena and Alex at Garden Grove Austin, this weekend! They are our first fall wedding of 2018, and we could not be more excited for them. Take a moment to swoon over their engagement photos, while we finish prepping for their big day!

Photography by John David Weddings

Kaytlin & Jared’s Intimate Spring Nuptials

Kaytlin and Jared's springtime wedding, could not have been a more beautiful day! They really focused on providing an intimate setting in our garden for their reception, and treated guests to delicious cuisine from Royal Fig Catering. We especially loved the pops of pink florals from Kitsch Floral & Event Styling. We loved being part of their day!

Photos by Lisa Hause Photography

Azlin and Jonathan’s Unforgettable Winter “I Do”

If you missed Azlin and Jonathan's wedding video this past winter (get the tissues), here are some of the beautiful moments captured by M-Ages Images. Taylor Bible, Lovely Leaves Floral Design and Diva's B Kitchen pulled together a truly unforgettable event.  

Garden Grove Turns Two!

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 experienced 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!

Might want to grab a tissue or two as we revisit Callie and Ian’s wedding!

Photos by Jenna Mcleroy

Overnight Accommodations: The Cabanas

We were so delighted to have Katie Webb out for a gorgeous editorial shoot this winter and even more thrilled when she took some time to shoot our Cabanas. Texas 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 and their loved ones.

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