Glamour at The Hotel St. Cecilia

We recently photographed this oh-so-elegant wedding at The Hotel St. Cecilia.  I’ve some lovely photos to share with you as well as information about the wedding from the event planner, Samantha of Pearl Events Austin and the bride…

From Pearl Events Austin:

I knew Kendall + Todd’s wedding would be one to talk about the first time I met with Kendall and she knew exactly what she wanted down tiniest details! Kendall had already secured the eminent, chic yet comfy Hotel St. Cecilia off South Congress that set the tone for the rest of the planning process.

Kendall and Todd wanted to provide a laid back atmosphere for their guests, starting with a quaint ceremony behind one of the bungalows at Hotel St. Cecilia. Kendall’s precious niece was ushered down the aisle by Kendall’s brand new fun-loving puppy that sure spread the joy by wandering off the aisle into the crowd. The ceremony was short and sweet, and then everyone was ready to celebrate!

The reception was infused with a vintage-glam meets modern, twist. We brought the indoors out by placing a vintage lounge on the front lawn, implemented custom throwback lighting above the circular bar, had chandeliers hanging from trees throughout, played a silent film featuring Todd’s grandfather in the lounge, homemade rice pudding for the groom, and an acoustic band that had everyone on the dance floor by the end of the night!

There were food stations placed along the dimly lit path down to the pool featuring Kendall and Todd’s favorites.  Chic yet naturalistic centerpieces designed by Merveille, were placed throughout the reception as well as hanging baskets of Baby’s Breath that added a comfy feel to the chic atmosphere.

From the bride:

I think everyone is a little bias toward their own wedding like saying their kid is the cutest.  However, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and go ahead and say it, we LOVED our wedding and it was everything we hoped for and more!  Living in Austin, we are privileged to be around so much creativity and uniqueness.  Although I grew up in San Antonio, Austin has now become home and is the spot that fits us best.  There are so many locations to choose from, however, Hotel Saint Cecilia holds a special place in our hearts.  We love all things Liz Lambert, and have spent many evenings sipping Romeo Void cocktails under the oaks or in the turquois clad lounge.  All her properties have that “IT” factor in their own different ways.  The combination of nature meets eclectic chic with a mix of music is my best effort at describing HSC in a nut shell.  That is Austin and that is US!  I am a bit of a fashionista and the dress was an important element to the feel of the wedding.  I read Vanity Fair and Vogue cover to cover every month and had seen the dress that was meant to be mine in a Lanvin ad.  After a little tracking I had it shipped from Barneys New York.  It has a bit of an Asian obi feel to it which was ideal in merging into our garden theme.  We wanted a little Texas a little zen, elegant not fussy, serene yet fun!  Our band, The Shiny Ribs, helped bring in the Texas rock-a-billy twist.  The lead singer, Kevin Russell, is amazing and his rendition of Gin and Juice at the end of the night was a hilarious hit!  We worked with some amazing vendors that helped enhance HSC unique features.  Word of Mouth did and excellent job of mastering everything from pork banh mi to lobster rolls.   Illios lighting brought our fantasy to light and made it magical by illuminating the large oak in the center of the property.  The girls with Merveille Events captured the feel with the hanging floral baskets, orchid boutiques, and pops of peonies mixed with succulents.  We brought a lot of the indoor furniture outdoors to give a more laid back vibe.  All of this was beautifully captured by photographer, Ashley Garmon.

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Read more.. Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Now THIS is a confetti exit!

This photo is an example of only what is to come from this particular wedding.  Explosions of color and creativity everywhere!!

More to come….

Smash

UPDATE 6/25/13 : Martha Stewart Weddings tweeted this photo and regrammed it on instagram.  We are pretty darn excited about that!

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Read more.. Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Springtime in Texas.

I have to admit, Springtime in Texas can be unpredictable and usually hotter and drier than we had all collectively hoped for.  But somehow, this Spring was rather pleasant and we were blessed with a lot of rain here in Austin.  Which makes everyone say “can you believe it’s STILL cool?”  in hushed tones, of course,  as to not offend (or remind) Mother Nature than in fact, we are usually suffering by May.  Well I shot these photos in the vineyard at Duchman Family Winery on May 25th.  There was a cool breeze, it was weird but we just happily rolled with it.  Btw, how about the bride’s smile?  It is literally contagious.  You can’t look at her smiling face without smiling!

Of note, all those cool breezes are gone now.  Hellooooo Summer in Texas.

Totally sweating while I write this,

Smash

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Read more.. Thursday, June 6th, 2013
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