I am so excited to share this brilliant wedding with you today! This wedding holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. Lisa is sister to one of my good friends and previous brides, Katy Skelton – remember her crazy awesome DIY wedding at Southern Pine Company? Also, one of my faves! I got to know Lisa through her visits to Katy in Savannah and then of course at her wedding. So, I was pretty over the moon when she asked me to photograph her wedding to sweet Matt – and even more ecstatic when it meant Martin and I got to finally visit Austin, Texas! Like Katy, Lisa is also incredibly stylish and talented so I knew her wedding would also be chock full of special attention to details – get ready for lots of yummy goodness!
The day started at the funky cool Hotel Saint Cecilia in downtown Austin. I kind of never wanted to leave that place.
Lisa watercolored her invitations herself and had them printed with gold foiling – Complete with beautiful hand embossed gold calligraphy, these paper goods were a divine treat to receive!
A girl after my own heart, Lisa’s gorgeous BHLDN wedding dress and shoes were gilded in glitter and sequins.
Lisa and Matt chose to do a First Look which produced the most lovely portraits on the Hotel Saint Cecilia grounds.
We then had a little walk around downtown so that we could play with this famous “I love you so much” wall in Austin.
We also made sure to grab one in front of the Continental Club – which is a fave special place for the couple.
The ceremony and reception took place at the wildly beautiful Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center – we went early for some wedding party portraits in the most lovely light.
The wooden pergola was made lovingly by Lisa’s father and adorned with yummy garland.
Lisa cleverly crafted the chalkboard signs from children’s art easels and guests sipped on favorite cocktails from Lisa & Matt’s journeys.
Just like at Katy’s wedding, the dessert table was my favorite thing. Their mom makes the cakes – and this one was a special family recipe passed on by Lisa’s grandmother. Other family members contributed the other desserts and a watercolor placeholder attached to a rose quartz labeled each sweet.
In honor of Matt’s grandmother, the couple folded hundreds of paper origami cranes to hang around the reception space.
In lieu of a sparkler exit, the couple provided their guests with glow sticks. I am now obsessed with this safer alternative as it creates the most fun dancing photos!
Getting ready: Hotel Saint Cecilia
Invitations: DIY by bride – printed by Medical Parkway Printing
Envelope liners & belly bands: Antiquaria Design Studio
Hair & Makeup: Mandy Silver
Flowers: Sweet Magnolia Floral, Ashlyn Hobbs
Coordinator: Clearly Classy Events, Johnell Huebner
Caterer & Bar: Pappa’s Catering
Ceremony guitarist: Aaron Goldfarb
Photobooth: Hot Dog Photo Booth
Transportation: Transportation Consultants
Cake: DIY by mother of the bride