Every wedding in Austin, Texas is special. The energy, the food, the music, the warmth. But if you didn’t know any better, you’d think we held Shanti and Jon’s Austin wedding in Lake Como, Italy! And for a couple as beautiful as Shanti and Jon, I can’t imagine a more perfect setting.
Many people don’t realize Austin boasts such a beautiful lake district so there was no better place for us to transport Shanti and Jon’s guests than the vistas of Lake Travis at Villa del Lago.
‘Romantic chic’ was the word of the day. Crisp whites, shimmering silvers, and layers and layers of crystal and general fabulousness. Shanti’s mom had an incredible decor plan and bringing it to life was the most fun I’ve had planning an Austin wedding to date!
Have you ever – and I do mean EVER – seen anything more gorgeous than the cascading hydrangea table runner centerpiece?!? Nope…neither had we nor had any of their guests. It was truly breathtaking and was the perfect decor for their endless, communal farm table. Because at this party, everyone sat at the fun table!
I hope you get a feel from these photos for the fun and magic that truly defined this day and couple. Special, personal touches paired with the most gorgeous wedding setting I’ve found yet in Austin, Texas, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. I am so grateful for their trust and hope that my team brought to life the Austin wedding Shanti and Jon have dreamed of all their lives.
Event Coordination – Kristin Ashley Events
Venue – Villa Del Lago
Photography – Jennifer Lindberg
Videography – Crescent Video Production
Catering – Sterling Events Austin
Floral – Renaissance of Austin
DJ – Toast Entertainment
Makeup – Cynthia
Hair – Denise
Ceremony and Cocktail Music – Gypsy Moon Guitars
Desserts – Sweet Treats Bakery
Transportation – Central Texas Valet
We’re all in the Christmas spirit over here, fa-la-la-la-la-ing all over town so naturally, the darling Beth and Tyler are on my mind these days! And with their one-year anniversary ahead this weekend, it seems a perfect time to share their gorgeous Christmas wedding with all of you.
When Beth and Tyler set their nuptials for December 19, we knew Christmas would be on the hearts and minds of all of their guests. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so we decided to embrace the theme and make it a magical kick-off to Christmas!
We selected red, plum, and gold for a rich and elegant color scheme. The boys rose to the occasion in tuxes and Beth literally sparkled with the most stunning diamond statement necklace any bride ever wore down the aisle. And let’s take a second to look at those shoes, shall we?!?
We rewarded wedding guests for braving the cold with a hot chocolate bar and they found their seats via handwritten Christmas ornaments. And using Santa’s Nice List as your guest book was a fun way to welcome everyone in.
When guests entered the Peabody Opera House, they were awe-struck by thousands of falling origami snowflakes. We individually strung them above the dining tables and the end result was worth every paper cut!
I hope you enjoy reliving their magical Christmas wedding as much as I have. And Happy Anniversary, Beth and Tyler! You two are as beautiful on the inside as you (and your wedding) are on the outside! I hope this last year has been everything and more than you ever dreamed it would be… 2017 will have even more blessings with the baby on the way!
Every wedding is magical, but when the couple asks for a touch of Disney in their wedding day, you’d better believe this wedding planner is going to make their day truly enchanting!
Disney has always been a favorite of Megan’s so we decided to make their wedding design sparkle…literally! Using two of her favorite colors – teal and purple – as a base, we wove in touches of silver sparkles, white, and grey, and the end result was breathtaking! You can’t miss the photo below of Megan’s face when she saw the dining room for the first time!
Guests felt like they were transported inside Cinderella’s castle! We brought in crystal chandeliers, draped the stage, up lit the walls, and used layers and layers of floral, candles, and crystal stemware on the long, banquet-style tables.
We brought the band in all the way from Nashville and it was totally worth it! “For a Good Time, Call” rocked the socks off of Megan and Ryan’s reception; I don’t think there was a moment the dance floor wasn’t full the whole night!
The entire day was filled with laughs, thanks in good part to Megan and Ryan’s contagious joy and sense of humor. The team at Kristen Ashley Events loved being part of Megan and Ryan’s big day and can’t wait to watch this couple’s love continue to grow as husband and wife.
Florist- The Special Event Florist, Tina Barrera
Videographer – Sweet Tea Media
Venue – Doubletree Chesterfield
Decor and Lighting – Exclusive Events
Band – For a Good Time Call
Cake – The Cakery Bakery
Desserts – Sarah’s Cake Shop
Makeup – Sweet Melissa Makeup
There’s something special about weddings in Austin, Texas. Fall and Winter weddings also cast a special tone, so when you mix the two together, magic happens!
Recently, I had the honor of styling a shoot for Brides of Austin Magazine, in which I collaborated with some of the most talented local Austin vendors I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
For this shoot, we took a luxe and classic approach by channeling Ralph Lauren with plaids, velvets, and golds. We created a cozy lounge setting for Cocktail Hour and the reception with natural touches and tons of texture. You can’t beat a full and fabulous farmhouse table setting and I love when we mix up seating options for couples to create a layered look with tons of interest. And can you just imagine guests sipping on steaming cups of hot cocoa as they look out over the Texas Hill Country at sunset?!?
The spread just came out in the Fall/Winter issue of Brides of Austin, but the full shoot was so incredible that I wanted to take you guys behind the scenes to see every gorgeous detail! I’m feeling so inspired and can’t wait to bring elements of this design to life for the right couple!
Special thanks to:
Gloria Goode Photography – Photographer
Pecan Grove – Venue + Catering
Remi + Gold – Floral
Scripted Ever After – Invitation suite, placecards + cake topper
Sweet Treets – Cakes
Marquee Event Group – China, flatware, stemware, lighting, chargers
Loot Vintage Rentals – Lounge furniture, pillows, bar, rugs, bench, candle holders, cake stand
My Style Team – Hair + Makeup
Unbridaled – Gown
Tayla and Andy are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. The same can be said about their wedding because not only was it beautiful on the eyes but it had heart and personal touches filled with love from beginning to end.
The couple relocated to New York City two years ago but it was important to them to hold their wedding in their hometown of St. Louis: the place they fell in love, the place Andy proposed, and the place they adopted their absolutely DARLING Boston Terrier pup, Wesley (who served as an honorary groomsman! How cute is that?!?) Tayla designed the wedding so that elements of their East Coast life were represented by the elegant wedding party attire and a guest book filled with photos of NYC, while sweet Midwestern touches such as the park venue, muted color palette and romantic floral were woven throughout.
It was also important to the couple to incorporate the groom’s Croatian heritage with the bride’s American lineage. Tayla and Andy scripted their ceremony themselves with portions in both English and Serbo-Croatian. Their stunning dessert bar was filled with homemade Croatian and American desserts, and during the reception, guests danced to the traditional Croatian Kolo dance to celebrate the coming together of two families. The personal touches were so unique and made the day truly unforgettable.
This wedding was romantic, personal, and magical. If only they’d let me watch Wesley while they were on their honeymoon…!
Photography: Mike Cassimatis – MNC Photography | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist | Cake: Sugaree Baking Company | Ceremony Venue: Forest Park | Reception Venue: Catering St. Louis | Catering: Catering St. Louis | Hair + Makeup: DanielleStyle | Band:Griffin And The Gargoyles | String Quartet: Rosewood Ensemble | Transportation: JED Limosine | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Exclusive Events, Inc
I am beyond humbled and honored to have been named one of the top wedding planners in Austin, Texas by Brides of Austin!
It’s especially exciting because my time working in Austin has been relatively short but the weddings I’ve planned here have clearly made their mark! There’s no way I could have planned such impression-making events without quickly finding the best-of-the-best vendors to help bring my couples’ and my visions come to life. Some of my favorites include:
Brides of Austin– Haylee is my sales rep and from the first coffee I fell in love not only with the publication but with the team as well. The editor, Ashley, has a great vision for Texas weddings and I love being a part of their publication.
Feather & Twine Photography – Kelsey and Talon are a great photo duo. They are actually going to do an upcoming wedding with me in St. Louis! My clients live in Texas but the bride’s hometown is STL. I am going to bring a little Texas flair back to the Midwest this holiday season at this gorgeous December wedding.
On my first Austin photo shoot, I had the pleasure of working with:
– Scripted Ever After Custom Stationary + Design – This girl can do it all! She impresses me with her abilities to create more than just paper goods and exceed all expectations.
– Remi + Gold Florals – Twyla can light up a room with her fun personality and her work is just as amazing. Our first consultation was an instant connection!
– Loot Vintage Rentals – This is a place that every bride dreams of. Bobbi is a girl that can dress any average room with goodies. They literally have it all – and more!
– Gloria Goode Photography – I can’t say enough about Gloria’s talent. Just head to her website and prepare to swoon over her photos.
I’m also so struck by the beauty and energy of this community. The food, of course, is to die for, but I think what makes Austin truly special are the people. I am constantly inspired by the fashion, interior design, and art you find in this community. There is constantly an event, festival, live music, or even just groups of people hanging out looking to meet new friends. And everyone here is just gosh-darn cool! Which brings me to my couples…
There is NO way I would have made this prestigious list without my amazing clients who put their full trust in this new girl from the Midwest. It goes without saying that knowing the who, what and where of a community is important when planning a wedding. But to me, that’s the easy part to learn.
What isn’t so simple is having a creative vision, putting no boundaries or restrictions on your ability to bring that vision to life, paying crazy attention to detail and putting the highest standards and expectations on yourself, being scrappy and resourceful and a little bit crazy to work your tail off and do whatever it takes to pull off each couple’s Best Day Ever. And most importantly doing all of the above while laughing, loving, and not taking yourself too seriously.
I like to think all of that is why I made the list of the Best Planners in Austin. Or maybe it was that $1,000,ooo I paid them… (JK!) Whatever it is, I am grateful to Brides of Austin the publication for including me on this year’s list, and I’m grateful to the brides and grooms of Austin for your support, friendship, and trust. I can’t wait to meet and work with more of you!
Weddings by their very nature are personal affairs, but some are more unique than others. From the moment I met Katee and Natalie, I knew their wedding was going to be special.
Natalie is from the South; Katee’s family is from Ireland. Natalie is Jewish; Katee is not. The two share a love of literature (in fact, they got engaged in a book store!) and have style and grace running through their veins. The opportunities to infuse their celebration with unique and meaningful personal touches were endless!
We started the day with me leading the brides and their wedding parties in morning yoga to get everyone’s minds and bodies ready for the big day. Katee donned a dapper suit from Daniel Friedman, a well-known designer featured in the HBO documentary Suited, while Natalie stunned in an ivory trumpet-cut dress with a sweetheart neckline. Because she’s such a sweetheart, of course 😉
The most emotional moment of the day came when we surprised guests with an Irish bagpiper during the ceremony to pay homage to Katee’s Irish roots. Her entire family shed tears and it’s impossible for anyone not to get the chills hearing the hauntingly beautiful tones of a bagpipe.
You’ll see books were used as a decorative theme throughout the nuptials, which was so much fun to work with! Guests loved the handwritten library card escort cards and the tables named after the couple’s favorite novels. And I loved getting creative decorating the staircase to the reception with stacks of books and romantic florals.
This is one wedding – and couple – I won’t soon forget. Enjoy the photos – if you need me, I’ll be sipping on the leftover signature cocktails named after their dogs – the Herschel Chocolate Martini and the Riley on the Rocks!