Why did you choose this location for your wedding? With over 300 guests, we still wanted our wedding to feel as intimate as possible. Brazos Hall’s style aligns with ours as a couple, yet it is also a blank slate that allowed us to create our experience from scratch.
“Everyone expressed to us how much the ceremony represented us as a couple. This really warmed our hearts, as we put a lot of thought into the ceremony, and wanted it to feel intimate and heartfelt.”
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, romantic, unique.
Who officiated your ceremony? Rabbi Neil Blumofe officiated our ceremony. The ceremony included many Jewish traditions, as well as personal touches, such as four couples participating by doing readings: Love is by Susan Polis Schutz, The Art Of A Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson, and The Apache Wedding Blessing from Broken Arrow.
What were your vows like? I wrote three private letters to Adam that he opened Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of our wedding weekend. Adam read a heartfelt letter in the ceremony about our relationship, love, and future.
“Our reception was romantic, warm, upbeat, elegant. We love the feel and look of Brazos Hall and the infinite possibilities that the blank slate allowed. It was the only venue in Austin that we considered. The downtown location and indoor/outdoor aspects were also great benefits. We kept colors neutral and warm. We also wanted it to feel as intimate as possible, which greatly influenced that layout of our ceremony, dinner, and party.”
Menu: I have been eating vegan my entire life, so it was very important that the wedding menu be completely vegan as well. Kurant Events did an amazing job, putting together a delicious menu that encompassed some of our favorite foods from local restaurants:
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Adam’s Tofu Spring Rolls with Sriracha-Peanut Sauce / Crispy Eggplant Fries with Clover Honey and Sea Salt / Rosemary Focaccia Toasts with Walnut Mushroom Pate / Grilled Blue Corn Grit Cakes with Braised Red Cabbage and Plum Gastrique // First Course: Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Micro Cilantro / Sea Salt Focaccia / Alex’s Favorite Salad with Baby Romaine and Edamame-Jalapeno Dressing // Entree: Japanese Mushroom Ravioli with Braised Pistachios, Shiso Foam, Pickled Sunchokes and Radishes // Late-Night Menu: Crispy Quinoa Sliders Black Bean Sliders // Truffled Yukon Gold Fries Sweet Potato Fries Ketchup
What was your first dance song? “You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? The cake and desserts were all vegan as well. Along with our wedding cake, we also included several of our favorite local vegan desserts including our favorite Big John Chocolate Chip cookies from Whole Foods.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? We included our wedding toasts at our reception, rather than the evening before so that all guests could be present. We borrowed champagne glasses from the groom’s mom and used a Jewish tallit that belonged to the groom’s father in the ceremony. The chuppah also belonged to the groom’s family. These personal touches and traditions meant the world to us.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We absolutely loved our wedding band, Blind Date. People were on the dance floor having a wonderful time – mission accomplished!