12.5.2020 Best Day Ever

February 1, 2021

Showing you the first look at our wedding photos and amazing vendors!

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Showing you the first look at our wedding photos and amazing vendors!

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Showing you the first look at our wedding photos and amazing vendors!

Showing you the first look at our wedding photos and amazing vendors!

It's been *almost* two months since our big day and I am finally sitting down to share a few details with you! Our wedding photos are back from our amazing photographers and we are so happy with them! I'll be sharing a few wedding blog posts, and this will be the overview and give you a look at our fantastic vendor team in Austin, TX! All vendors are linked in one place at the bottom of the post.

I still get messages on Instagram like "wait. you got married?!?!?!" or run into people in Dallas and they ask if I really got married! Uh, YES! Adam proposed in October and we had about a 2 month engagement before tying the knot in Austin on 12.5.2020! Here's our proposal story!

Other posts in the wedding series will include: things that went wrong (!!!), why we did a mini-moon after the wedding and a honeymoon later, wedding welcome baskets for guests, and why we chose to do a first look... and maybe some additional info about the invitations and pre-wedding events. {edit: I'm halfway through writing this post and have now realized that I'll need to write separate posts with details about the reception because there are so many details!} SO we have a lot of info to cover! Some of those posts will be more for Pinterest brides who are searching for information than my usual followers; it's fun to create resources based on my experience that could help someone - especially women who are planning (and re-planning) COVID weddings! All photos below are from our amazing wedding photographers, Feather & Twine, based in Austin. They truly captured the special moments exactly how we wanted - shot both digital and film, and everything turned our beautiful! 

Adam and I loved our wedding weekend - even though it was in 2020, limited to about 30 guests, and planned on a two month timeline, it was exactly what we wanted and we are so happy with how everything came together. And, of course, now we are married, so it was a success! 

I wanted two things to be perfect: our invitations and our moody black wedding cake! I'll leave you hanging and share more on this later in the "what went wrong" post. ;) Before I jump in: here's a small screenshot of my wedding Pinterest board. All of my vendors commented about how wonderful it was that I had pinned so much inspiration and that helped them immediately get a feel for what I wanted...as you can see it's very dark and moody! 

Read my full detailed post about our moody wedding invitation suite.

We got married in December, we got engaged in October. I bought my gown in....AUGUST. I know it's a little crazy, but I knew what I wanted, so I went for it.

I wore borrowed earrings and my something old was a handkerchief and cameo pendant from my late grandmother, which we turned into a bouquet wrap.

We opted for a first look and I'll share more about why we did that later, but it was one of the most special moments and definitely helped me relax before the ceremony.

My bouquet and our flowers were designed by Verbena Floral in Austin, and I *loved* them! Addie at Verbena and her team were so helpful in bringing my overall wedding vision to life, and I would highly recommend them! 

We got married at The Allan House in Austin and had a small outdoor ceremony - yes, the first weekend in December! Every day that week the weather was sunny and beautiful, but then on our wedding day a cold front came in, the temperature dropped, and it even sprinkled during our ceremony! haha but we made it work! We had a string duo playing music during the ceremony and it was perfect!

I mean. Just look at this BLACK WEDDING CAKE. I'm still obsessed. And let me tell you...it was INSANELY GOOD. We used Sweet Treets Bakery for our cake and highly recommend! All the bakeries I talked to thought I was crazy for wanting a black wedding cake, but the ST team made it happen! It was almond cake with strawberry champagne filling...so good! We are saving our top tier for our one year anniversary, and TBH we have talked about breaking into it early....

Look how precious my parents are! My mom even did the place card calligraphy, which I'll share more about in the reception details post.

We had his and hers signature cocktails; mine was the Blushing Bride and Adam's was a Manhattan.

After the ceremony, we had a short cocktail hour inside then transitioned to the balcony for a seated, plated dinner.

Since we had a small wedding, we opted for a dinner reception; I wanted one long table and to feel like we were at an intimate, elegant affair, and that's exactly how it felt! We had one singing guitarist during our dinner and it was absolutely perfect!

I spent the most time during the planning process working on the dinner. That was where I wanted my vision to come to life and it far exceeded my expectations. It was beautiful and intimate, felt like the perfect way to start our marriage surrounded by the people closest to us. One of the jokes from the wedding weekend is that Adam gave a 15 minute (!!!) speech at the Welcome Dinner on Friday night, so we kept his toast short on Saturday. Haha!

Look how cute my MIL and FIL are! 

We ate our cake and ended the night with the most perfect sparkler exit into our 66 Ford Mustang Convertible! 

Oh my goodness, my heart is so happy just looking through all of these photos! There are MANY more details that I will share in additional posts for any future brides, but I have to end it here for now! 

12.5.2020. My favorite day!

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