I apologize for not posting yesterday…I was recovering from a fabulous wedding on Saturday. This wedding was a perfect reflection of the couple and I can’t wait to show you photos from Heather Curiel as soon as I get them.
The venue was House on the Hill – right in the middle of Austin Hill Country. What a great venue! You rent the property for the entire weekend and it sleeps up to 20 people comfortably. It is a perfect location when you have a lot of out-of-town guests that need a place to stay.
We began the festivities with the ceremony in front of the waterfall. This was a large wedding party with 7 on each side (7 ladies on the bride’s side and 5 ladies and two men on the groom’s). The ladies all wore short dresses of their choice in various fall colors. The men wore suits with the groom in grey. The bride was breathtaking in a gorgeous strapless gown that fit her perfectly. She was beaming and the groom got choked up the moment he saw her. The groom’s two sister’s were his best women and the older one leaned her head on his shoulder as his emotions got the better of him. It was an endearing moment and I have to admit I got a little misty myself.
The ceremony was a great mix of serious with a touch of light hearted…the couple wrote promises to each other that made everyone laugh. The 15 minutes flew by for everyone.
After the ceremony, the families and bridal party posed for photos while my team changed the ceremony area into the reception – assisted by the amazing staff from A+ Student Staffing. The guests mingled in the main house with cocktails and Cajun hors d’oeuvres (provided by Hoover’s).
Dinner was a great buffet of Cajun food, Chinese food (from Din Ho), and Austin BBQ (from County Line). I do try to discourage my couples from having buffets because they usually just take too long to go through but this one moved pretty smoothly – every one was seated and eating within an hour. It helped a lot that we had the buffet be two sided.
After dinner we moved to the dessert table featuring a delicious croque-en-bouche from Chez Zee. The couple had decided against a single wedding cake and instead had 16 cakes (!) from their family and favorite bakeries (both local and from Louisiana where the bride’s family is from). We had a hard time keeping the guests away until time to serve the cakes!
We immediately went into champagne toasts – from the comical to the touching. The first dance was to Heavenly Day by Patti Griffin and reduced the bride to tears. The father-daughter dance was to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. After these dances the party really started with music from The Pine Leaf Boys – a band the couple brought in from Louisiana. The Cajun band was an enormous hit and had everybody dancing and having a great time.
As you can imagine there were a lot of elements to coordinate – I can’t imagine how stressful it would have been to have any of the family (let alone the couple) trying to coordinate it all on the big day. They really kept us hopping all night long but it was definitely worth it – you should have seen the happy faces.
I will post photos as soon as I have them. Chelsea and Jerry – I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.