Having Andrea as a Garden Grove bride has been an absolute blessing. She has the sweetest heart and such quiet elegance. These bridals from Vanessa Anne Photography are breathtaking and perfectly capture Andrea’s beauty.
We hosted an incredible cake display this weekend, and wanted to share some of the other spectacular cakes and sweets displays from past events. Here are just a few of our favorites.
For their spring wedding, Alex and James chose a lovely two-tier cake from Catering With A Twist. The rich white buttercream frosting was topped with white, yellow and soft pink roses from Lee Warth. The couple also brought in a variety of fun doughnuts from VooDoo Doughnut, an Austin, Texas favorite, and the perfect compliment to their classic cake! The bride even had one specially made to celebrate her father’s birthday.
Photography by Julie Paisley, Props by Bee Lavish Vintage
There was nothing “traditional” about Virginia & Chris’ modern wedding. From her tropical decor to her jaw-dropping illusion wedding gown; Virginia put a truly unique twist on every detail. Her cake was no exception! From the hand painted effect on the front, to the sugar geode accents…. this masterpiece from 2 Tarts Bakery was truly amazing.
Photography by Leah Jeffers Photography, Design: Silverthistle Weddings
Trisha and Matt’s marbled cake from Sweet Treats Bakery was elegant in every way. Floral accents by The Flower Girl perfectly balanced this modern look!
Photos by Jessica Scott Photography
This trio of cakes and cream puffs, from Simply Delicious Custom Cakes was a huge hit at our Summer Engagement Event in 2017, and we are still quite smitten. Not only were they absolutely delicious but they added a touch of whimsey to the event and provided guests with a variety of ways to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Photography by Leighanne Herr, Props by Bee Lavish Vintage
From Virginia's illusion gown to their modern ceremony in the round, this wedding was exceptional in every way. We were blown away by the attention to detail from Silverthistle Weddings and Margot Blair. The floral accents combined with a modern copper arch from Bee Lavish Vintage were a match made in modern wedding heaven. Guests dined on tasty treats from Heavenly Gourmet, 2 Tarts Bakery and Drink Slingers, and then danced the night away with some funky beats by DJ Nixx.
Photography by Leah Jeffers
Photography by Kayla Snell
Vendors: Love Bash Designs, Clementine Botanicals, Unbridaled, Taylor the Crafter, Artifact Uprising, Loot Vintage, Feathers and Frosting, Elmo Papersotries Ltd, Makenzi Lane, Alexandra Grecco, Lunita Calligraphy and Silk & Willow
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.
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!
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,
Photography: Courtesy of Bloom and Bud and Amber Kelley Photography
Photos by Amber Kelley Photography.
Photos by: Don't Miss A Moment Photography
Over the years, and through building timelines with many photographers, I’ve picked up a couple of tips to consider when planning your pre-ceremony photo timeline.
You’ve seen these photos, whether or not you realized that careful planning went into capturing them. The beautiful display of your invitation suite, with your flowers and jewelry perfectly placed between. The image of the gorgeous bride, buckling her shoe, with the sun beaming in through the window behind her. Her and her bridesmaids laughing, while holding a champagne flute. The exchange of your letter to your groom, holding his hand from behind a door, as you prepare for your first look.
These don’t happen by accident, but these photos are some of your most cherished after the wedding day is over and you’re basking in your post-honeymoon glow! So, to make the most of your morning, and the hours before you walk down the aisle, consider the following tips!
1. Getting Ready Location- The Garden Grove has no angle or spot on the property that wasn’t perfectly designed to be a backdrop at any given moment. Take advantage of this and ensure your bridesmaids get dressed in a separate room than where you will get dressed, or where you will get your hair and makeup done. Why? To reduce the amount of clutter, (bags, shoes, dress hangars) in the background of your photos. As soon as your photographer arrives on site, you want to take advantage of every second possible; not spend time cleaning the room while they wait!
2. Lighting and Sunset Time- If you’re getting married in the winter months, you have a very strict schedule to adhere to… the sun’s. If you want to ensure you get outdoor photos with prime lighting, set your ceremony earlier. Also, consider having a First Look, so you can get family and wedding party photos done prior to the ceremony. This enables you to have additional bride and groom photos after the ceremony, or a private dinner for just you two!
3. Photography Shot List- Sit down with your Planner and Photographer to review your photography timeline together. This will best prepare you and your family for when you will be doing formal portraits. If we’re able to plan for a first look, family and siblings will need to be dressed and ready prior to the ceremony to be a part of these photos. If we’re going with a more traditional timeline, let’s ensure those family members who will be in photos, know to stick around after the ceremony.
Open communication and careful planning with your wedding planner and photographer will ensure you make the most out of your wedding day in regard to photos. These are the images you’ll have framed on your desk or displayed throughout your home, and you want them to perfectly capture your hard work you put into planning everything!
I’m always happy to chat about your wedding day, and creating a timeline that works best for you. Let me know if you’d like to grab coffee or have any questions about this post! Samantha@planourdayhouston.com (We plan Weddings and Events in Houston, Austin and the Texas Hill Country!)
We are always amazed by the creativity of the Austin Wedding Community, like Gypsy Floral and their Flower Bar. Such a fun and unique way to interact with your guest and make your event special — whether for your wedding, bridal shower or Baby Shower. But don't settle for the pictures on our blog, they'll be setting up shop at our May 21st Summer Engagement Event. An event you definitely don't want to miss!
What You Get
$450 includes 30 minute set up, 2 hours of flower bouquet or wearables custom made by Gypsy Floral. interactive
$15.00 per customer (you pick the quota prior to the event)
Two representatives from Gypsy Floral (depending on number of clients reached)
Signature brass tabletop, and 4 ft table for the ‘flower buffet”
Includes premium, unique blooms sure to make your guests smile
Bouquets come in a hand-tied in a classic brown paper wrap with silk ribbon
Boutonnieres, flower crowns, and corsages are all custom made to suite the individual’s flower preference.