You’re never quite sure what the weather is going to bring, and this especially holds true in Texas. The all-day torrential down pours during Kaileen and Adam’s intimate wedding day didn’t dampen any spirits. This modern meets classic wedding in downtown Austin is filled with beautiful details, especially the brides Matthew Christopher dress and the gorgeous florals by The Nouveau Romantics.
Photography by Taylor Lord.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Someone told me to take some time for myself on the morning of our wedding before things got too crazy with all the preparations. I asked one of my grandmothers to join me for breakfast and it was the best way to start the day.
Floral design by The Nouveau Romantics.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? For my something old, my grandmother on my dad’s side gave me her original wedding ring from when she and my grandfather were married 60 years ago. For my something borrowed, my grandmother on my mom’s side let me wear a pair of diamond stud earrings—one diamond is from my great grandmother and the other was made to match. For my something blue, I wore a baby blue Hanky Panky underwear (a gift from a bridesmaid) and my something new was my dress.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Remember why you’re doing this. All the great Pinterest ideas and photo opportunities are meaningless compared to your relationship. Make sure you carve out times to have non-wedding conversations. And if you can, go on one last special date before becoming husband and wife!
“We recently moved to Austin, so most of our family and friends came to our wedding from out of town. We wanted a location in downtown Austin that would be a romantic backdrop for our ceremony and a fun atmosphere for our reception. The Allan House was the first venue we visited and after looking at many other choices, it was the perfect place for us.”
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, traditional, non-religious.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We wanted the ceremony to have some traditional elements while also speaking to the people we’ve become through our relationship and who we hoped to be as a married couple. A friend recommended a book that helped us find passages and wording that we loved titled The Wedding Ceremony Planner: The Essential Guide to the Most Important Part of Your Wedding Day by Judith Johnson. For the look of the ceremony, I worked with our wedding planners and designers, The Nouveau Romantics. They created a simple and gorgeous backdrop with strings of carnations, and lined the aisle with lots of candles. One of my favorite parts was the clear “ghost” chairs for the guests, which were used again for dinner.
What was your ceremony music? We decided to play songs from the Vitamin String Quartet for our ceremony. For the Seating of the Families we played “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, for the Processional we played “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver, for the Bridal Processional I walked out to “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan, and for the Recessional we played “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap.
Who officiated your ceremony? We met with a few officiants before choosing Stephen Simmons. When we first met him we were so impressed by his professionalism and gentle, but strong presence. We just had a feeling that he’d be perfect for the job!
What were your ceremony readings? We decided on two readings: one of my bridesmaids read from “Instructions for Life in the New Millennium” by The Dalai Lama and one of Adam’s groomsmen read “Union” by Robert Fulghum. We have both done readings at other weddings, and know how stressful it can be, but we are so glad we asked our friends to read — they both did a fantastic job and the words were so meaningful!
What were your vows like? Our vows were pretty traditional, but we did make a few changes. Instead of saying “for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part,” we said, “I will cherish you, honor you, love and respect you, all the days of my life.”
Working on the ceremony and vows together was one of the most romantic parts of the wedding planning experience. Handpicking each word really made the whole thing real—these were the words we would say to each other on our wedding day!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Being announced as Mr. and Mrs.! It was such an amazing feeling.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? Before the ceremony started, we had our officiant ask everyone to silence their devices and refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony. We really wanted all of our guests to share in the moment and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone. It was a small request, but it helped make those twenty minutes even more special.
“We wanted the reception to feel like an extension of us—fun, relaxed, not too silly and not too serious. I love neutral colors and sparkle, so our colors were gold, white, and charcoal, with touches of ruby and garnet. Our inspiration for the overall look was Kate Spade meets Frank Sinatra—our wedding designers The Nouveau Romantics pulled it off perfectly!”
How would you describe your reception? It was such a fun party with our closest family and friends. The weather was crazy all day long—moments of torrential downpours during the ceremony and toasts—but everyone rallied and had a great time!
Menu: Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Olive Oil Poached Chilled Shrimp with French Remoulade / Sweet Potato Galettes with Apple and Pear Chutney / Crispy Tiny Tacos with Beef Picadillo, Red Cabbage Slaw, Lime and Queso Fresco // Caesar Towers with Petite Romaine Bundles in Sourdough Croustades Shaved Reggiano and Caesar Vinaigrette // A choice of Grilled Salt and Pepper Beef Filet or Bruleed Sea Bass with sides of Parmesan Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans // Vegetarian entree: Curried Butternut Squash Ravioli with Micro Pea Tendrils, Candied Beets and Warm Sesame Vinaigrette
Catering by Kurant Events.
Did you have a signature cocktail? The Hayride: whiskey, dry vermouth, bitters, sparkling cider and apple. Rosemary Gin Fizz: gin, rosemary simple syrup, lemon juice, club soda and rosemary.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dulce de Leche—a round two tier cake with soft white, smooth buttercream served with gold flakes. Our cake topper was one of my favorite details and we have it on display now in our bedroom!
Cake created by Word of Mouth.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Even though the weather was a bit dramatic that night, our guests and vendors acted as if there was nothing to do but have fun and celebrate! Our DJ kept the music going and we ended the night with a dance party. I will never forget how stunned my husband’s family was about his dancing skills. Apparently he’s never busted a move with them before!
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First dance: “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran
Father/daughter dance: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
Mother/son dance: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.
Reception Music by DJ Greenbelt.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? During the cake cutting, we almost knocked the whole cake off the stand, but we recovered quickly and survived our first “team work” activity as husband and wife!
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I don’t think so. Everything about the wedding turned out wonderfully and better than I imagined—except for the weather. There’s really no controlling the weather in Texas.
Videography by The McKellars.