Black Tie Wedding at The Driskill :: Katy & Cort

After nearly nine years of blogging, we have some real gems in our archives, and it seemed a shame to think they might be buried by newer posts! So we’re dusting off some of our favorites…

Even though I only lived in Texas for a year, it definitely stole a piece of my heart, so it’s a real treat to feature this elegant Austin wedding from The Nichols.

Bridesmaids wore floor-length nude chiffon dresses that were the perfect complement to the bride’s Vera Wang gown.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom celebrated with a champagne toast for two.

The couple chose The Driskill, an historic hotel in downtown Austin, for their reception.

BHLDN’s Hollyhock Table Cards let guests know where to sit.

How great is this shot of Katy tossing her bouquet?! Perfect!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  What better way to lure out of town guests to a Texas wedding than by promising music, BBQ and the fine Texas wine that Austin has to offer? In addition to these reasons and more, Cort and I chose Austin, mainly because we met and started dating here while we were in college. Austin is such a vibrant and colorful city, full of personality, teeming with good restaurants and rich in Texas history, that it seemed an ideal place to celebrate our nuptials and a great city to ring in our marriage with our closest family and friends.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I have a deep appreciation for the messy, natural and neutral look and I tried to incorporate different shades of beige, gold, ivory and white throughout our wedding to achieve that style. Who ever said they needed more beige in their life? Me!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I had so many! My favorite part of the day was, hands down, our wedding ceremony itself. Time seemed to move slowly and allowed us to absorb all of the positive energy of our past memories, present wedding day and our future as a couple! Leading up to the ceremony itself, I absolutely loved being with my mom and my bridesmaids as we got ready in the morning sipping on mimosas and nibbling on peanut-butter pretzels. And, lastly, when the doors opened to the church and I walked down the aisle with my dad towards the altar and Cort, and saw all our family and friends there to celebrate with us, was the moment that truly filled my heart with excitement and love.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Cort and I are both Catholic and having a full Catholic mass was very important to both of us to celebrate our marriage. During the ceremony we included the Presentation to Mary, a Catholic tradition where the couple brings a flower offering to the statue of Mary and offer special intentions together. It was a beautiful moment, with the cantor singing Ave Maria, and it allowed us time to say a small prayer for our family, our friends and our future together.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  One of my girlfriends, told me to take in every moment and before walking down the aisle, look at your husband and your family and friends and take in the feeling. I am so happy I did this – the wedding ceremony was hands down my most memorable and happiest moment of the day.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Try to not fixate on any one specific detail related to planning. Let different elements from the invites to seating charts to flowers, fall together organically. Select items that represent you and that make you happy and comfortable, and the end result will be a satisfying platform to celebrate your marriage. Always remember to keep your focus on the real and the important parts of your upcoming wedding: your spouse, your family, your friends, and all of the memories you are forming throughout the planning process, those you will make at the wedding and those of your future. Lastly, let your fiancé have a part of the planning if he wants – I was lucky to have such great opinions and support from Cort!



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Vendor Credits

Photographer: The Nichols / Event Planner: Lauren Carillo, Something to Celebrate / Ceremony Venue:  St. Mary’s Cathedral in Austin, Texas / Reception Venue: The Driskill Hotel / Dress: Vera Wang “Emmaline” purchased at Casa de Novia / Shoes: Prada / Groom’s Suit and Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Tie: Norton Ditto / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale purchased at Bella Bridesmaid / Stationery: printed by Letterpress Finesse / Floral Designer: Last Petal / Rentals: Premiere Party Central / Band: Blind Date / Catering and Baker: The Driskill Hotel / Favors: Tiff’s Treats / Photo Booth: Say Cheese


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