I got the email from Brian the groom two weeks before their wedding. He explained to me that it was going to be a short ceremony and a total of 6 people including me attending. Because of the nature of his wedding and it being within a month of their wedding I was able to work out a significant deal for them. Which I am glad I did! This was such a SWEET and CUTE couple! It was a lot of fun to have a full hour with just the two of them after their ceremony to get some super sweet portraits. So note to brides think about adding more time than the typical 15 min. we get with the two of you and we can work some portrait magic! The other awesome thing about this wedding was that Christine picked a time of day that was PERFECT for light! We got the golden hour then the first part of sunset, it was GORGEOUS! Thank you Brian and Christine for inviting me to your special day! I wish you the best and to a life together filled with laughter and happiness!
Here is the vendors that the couple used and their comments on the services received …
Christine’s make up artist was Maris Malone Calderon
(Jessica speaking: personally LOVE HER! ) – She found her through google and we later found great reviews on weddingwire and yelp about her. She was great! She was able to accommodate us on short notice and came to the hotel.
Christine’s hair stylist was Camille Brower of Peacock Salon
– She also found her through google. She originally contacted Lori at Peacock, but was referred to Camille as Lori was not available. The salon is really cute and Camille did a wonderful job. Christine was extremely happy with the results and would recommend her to anyone in the Austin area.
Christine’s dress is from David’s Bridal and is a Galliano. It was the first dress she tried on and although she did try on 5 others, she went back to this one. While I myself did not get to see the other dresses, I was floored by what she picked. It looked so great! Her friend Krista was there to help her out.
My suit is from Zara
and I am super happy with it! I’ve never had a suit fit me so well! This was the first time I’ve even heard of Zara (Christine informed me about it) but I will be returning to Zara for more suits and other clothing!
Christine’s bouquet was home-made by herself
We stayed at the Driskill Hotel
. A wonderful piece of history in the heart of Austin! We’ve always wanted to stay in this hotel and we are glad we chose it. The staff was super friendly and the hotel is gorgeous.
We chose to have a small ceremony because honestly we aren’t “big wedding” people. We feel like couples spend so much time, effort, stress (and arguing!) during the planning of a wedding all to try and please their guests. To us, the wedding is about the bride and the groom first and foremost. When we first started our planning, we had originally looked at going to Mexico for a beach wedding. After weeks of searching and emailing, we just could not find what we wanted. It didn’t “feel right”. Just as we were starting to lose hope, we checked the Chapel Dulcinea website and saw there was a cancellation. We booked it right away and decided we’d make everything else work out. Chapel Dulcinea was a Valentine’s Day spot for us 2 years ago, and it is simply an amazing chapel. We knew right away that with the opening, the chapel was meant to be the place we pledge to spend our lives together. The time slot, a beautiful Texas sunset, was perfect. I had the hardest time wiping the goofy smile off of my face, and I still struggle to do so!
Friends and family were notified, but we decided not to send “official” invitations out. We wanted it to be very personal and intimate. Also, the short notice made it very difficult, if not impossible, for family to come. We did not make plans or arrange accommodations for any guests. Simply put, our policy was “If people want to come we won’t say no, but they are on their own”. To our surprise, one of our “couple” friends decided to drive down and surprise us. Austin, my friend and co-worker, and Krista, Christine’s friend. That was a really nice surprise.
We had our after wedding dinner at Trio in the Four Seasons Hotel. One word, WOW! Neither of us have ever had such great service. They made us feel so special with the custom printed menus with our new last name and complimentary champagne and dessert. It was a wonderful way to celebrate!
And of course, our fabulous photographer! Thank you again for accommodating us on short notice.
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