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Bride Kate shares her wintery Austin wedding!

Friends, I’m delighted to introduce you to today’s bride, Kate! Reading through her interview, it seems like a lot of things fell into place effortlessly for her wintery Austin wedding to Damon — she found her dress after visiting one store, and they fell in love with their venue the minute they walked in the door. Makes sense for a couple whose relationship seems equally easy (“We are two native Austinites who found each other and were instantly inseparable,” she says when asked about their love story!)

But Kate is also clear about the value her vendors, especially her wedding planner, brought to the table: “I did not think I was going to enjoy wedding planning at all. Thankfully, I had the most wonderful planner, Emily Leach, who made me feel at ease about every decision and was so helpful throughout the entire process. I could not have done it without her!” Together, these two created something truly beautiful. (And not without help from Damon, who built the arch they were married under – keep reading for more!)

Thanks to Sophie Epton for these lovely photos!

Tell us your love story in one sentence. We are two native Austinites who found each other and were instantly inseparable.
Tell us all about the proposal! Damon took me out to Hamilton Pool at the crack of dawn when no one else was there. I thought we were just going for a hike and then he got down on one knee!
When did y’all get married? January 14, 2017.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150.

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. I only went to one store, and when I tried the dress on I instantly knew it was the right one. The ladies from Linyage just happened to be at Unbridaled and overheard me talking about what I wanted. They had the top just for me! They pulled it out of their car, and I tried it on and fell in love.
Did you decide to do a first look? Damon is very traditional and wanted his first time seeing me to be walking down the aisle.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? We fell in love with the feel of The Union on Eighth the minute we walked in. It had a warm feel while still being a bit industrial. It is just a short walk away from the Georgetown town square which is so charming as well.
What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? My best friend’s father is a judge and was able to marry us. It was very nice to have someone who knew us to be able to do that.
What was your favorite detail from your wedding? My favorite detail about the wedding was our arch. Damon didn’t want to have any run-of-the-mill arch for us to get married under, so he built one. It came out better than I could have ever imagined, and Clementine Floral just made it over the top with the incredible flowers.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I had always wanted to walk down the aisle to “That Dress Looks Nice on You” by Sufjan Stevens. I had thought, though, that this wouldn’t be possible because we hired a fiddler and guitar player for our ceremony, and they didn’t know the song. As I started walking down the aisle, I heard the song playing. Damon had gotten the guys to learn the song! It was such a special part of the ceremony to me, and I will always remember it.

What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was Southern in that it was a family affair. We wanted all of our big families to be there celebrating with us. The farm tables allowed everyone to sit as a family and enjoy the night.
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? The budget was the hardest part, even when you think you have a high enough budget it still seems to need to be more.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000

What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? We had a traditional bridal cake, but Damon doesn’t really like cake and his favorite dessert is root beer floats. So we had a root beer float bar! The peached tortilla worked with Amy’s Ice Cream and it was so fun and delicious.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We used Paperless Post for our invitations and just used Boarding School Collective for our day-of paper products. It saved us a quite a bit on invitations. And, we still loved the invitations we got from Paperless Post!
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? It is hard to pick just one moment. We left, and in the car we just looked at each other and said that it was the most fun night of our lives. Our venders just put the night over the top for us. We had so much fun taking pictures with Sophie and Jordan. Emily and her team made everything so easy for us that we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The Peached Tortilla gave us INCREDIBLE food. And all we had to do was dance the night away with our family and friends.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? My biggest advice would be get a wedding planner if you can fit it into the budget. I would have never made it through without Emily. It was the best money we spent on the wedding.

Photographer: Sophie Epton | Planner: Emily Leach with Bird Dog Wedding | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Union on Eighth | Florist: Clementine | Wedding Cake: Green Lily Bakery Caterer: The Peached Tortilla | Rentals: Loot Vintage and Marquee Rentals | DJ: Bradley with Live Oak DJ | Ceremony Musician: Andy Lentz | Paper Products: Boarding School Collective | Bride’s Gown: Unbridaled | Bridal Overlay: Linyage | Hair Stylist: Katie Scott | Makeup Artist: Shannon Nicole | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids |

Written with love by Catherine
3 Comments
  1. avatar Emily // Bird Dog Wedding reply

    Lovely couple, lovely day! Thanks so much for sharing, can’t beat a cozy winter wedding.

  2. avatar Nan castello reply

    This is a lovely tribute to a beautiful day! Thank you Southern Weddings! I’m Kate’s mom and hadn’t heard the story of the song…I guess in all the busyness she never told me. Her vendors were THE BEST. Sophie and her husband not only caught the beauty of the day for us, but they themselves were so much fun.

  3. avatar Andy Lentz reply

    It was an honor to be part of this wedding, and so fun to surprise Kate with the processional that Damon had requested on her behalf!

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Bride Lindsey shares her spring wedding at the St. Regis in Buckhead!

I’ve read a whole lot of brides’ responses to our questions about their wedding days, but this is the very first time I’ve seen another bride have the same “most memorable moment” of her wedding day as I did! Lindsey said, “I think for the both of us it would be when we were in the getaway car after the reception. We both just could not stop smiling and talking about the whole day. It was just a quiet moment for us to look and each other and basically say, “did that just happen?!” It was such a flawless day, and I don’t think we expected our reality to completely exceed our high hopes and expectations.”

Our most important mission at Southern Weddings is to help brides create marriages more beautiful than their weddings, and that first post-party conversation as husband and wife is the sweet start to the really good part: living life together as an inseparable pair! And while Lindsey and Kevin’s wedding was absolutely stunning, I have a feeling their longstanding relationship is a whole lot better! That being said, you need to see their floral arch…

What was Southern about your wedding? Our welcome gifts included southern Georgia staples: GA pecans, peach jam, etc. It might be more common now, but we had a groom’s cake that was a yeti cooler with stickers of everything we love, including our high school and college logos. We also had a large bridal party (22 total!).

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. I ended up being drawn to a wedding dress style that I always loved but didn’t think I would end up actually getting. I was deciding between two separate dresses that were somewhat similar, and I was extremely torn. The consultant who was helping me took me away from my family in the dress that she thought I was leaning towards and had me walk down a long hallway towards a mirror and told me to picture Kevin watching me walk down the aisle. It only took about a few steps for me to know. I then screamed, “This is my dress!” and my family on the other side of the wall all gasped and started cheering. It was definitely a moment I will never forget.

When did y’all get married? April 22, 2017.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250.

We are both Catholic and wanted to get married in a church, and Cathedral of Christ the King was not only out current church, but in my opinion, it is also the most beautiful cathedral in Atlanta. I had dreamed of having my wedding in the St. Regis for a long time, and it was the only venue I toured. My family always stayed in the St. Regis, and every time I went, I just thought it was so beautiful. They have so much to offer besides beyond just the gorgeous venue. The hospitality there is truly incredible. They went above and beyond to make every little detail of the night perfect.

What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? The priest that married us has been Kevin’s priest since he was in middle school, so we were very close to him. The sermon he gave was very special to us and we both remember it very well. For me, the most meaningful part would be hearing Kevin say his vows. It’s a very surreal moment. And obviously walking down the aisle is something I will truly never forget!

Our love story is very simple because of how easy it has always been for us. We were high school sweethearts and each other’s first love, and we truly just get stronger as the time goes on.

What was your favorite detail from your wedding? This is SO hard for me to answer, because the whole day was a dream for me. It took a lot of thought, but I think if I HAD to pick one thing it would be the tree we had in our cocktail hour that served as our guest book. We both went to Auburn and a tradition at Auburn is to roll the Tree downtown after an Auburn win. So we put a tree in our venue with streamers hanging down, and guests would sign a card and hang it on the tree. We felt our marriage was a win, so it only felt fitting to include a rolled tree as part of our day.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance song was “You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. We chose this because we wanted a happy and fun dance. I have truly never experienced such a feeling of pure joy as I did on our wedding day, so that song was perfect to keep that feeling going not only on that day but also to bring that feeling back every time we hear it.

We served a cake layered with red velvet and vanilla cake with champagne frosting. For me, it came down to the frosting. I love cream cheese frosting so the red velvet was an easy decision, but anyone who knows me knows that champagne is one of my obsessions. So when they said they had a vanilla cake with champagne frosting I was sold!

Tell us all about the proposal! After Kevin graduated, we had always talked about the holidays being the time we would get engaged. My sister, Lauren, had just gotten engaged at the beginning of July, so in my mind there was no way we would be getting engaged anytime soon. My birthday is July 29th, and Kevin’s is August 7th, so we are only 9 days apart. We would often do something with our families to celebrate both of our birthdays together. On Sunday, July 26th, our families had planned a brunch to celebrate our birthdays. That morning Kevin mentioned that he would take my dog, Paisley, out to go to the bathroom while I was getting ready. When I finally went downstairs about 20 minutes after Kevin took the dog out, I asked my mom where Kevin was and she said he was still outside with Paisley. I looked at the back door to see what was taking so long, and that is where I saw the start of the rose petals. When I went outside I immediately started crying in disbelief and Paisley came running to me in a collar that said “Will you marry me?” and a dress that said, “Say Yes Mommy.” There was a path of rose petals leading to where Kevin was. When Kevin asked me to marry him, the first thing I could think to do while he was on one knee, after saying yes, of course, was to tell him to stay there so I could take a picture. I said “I have been waiting so long for this moment, I don’t want to forget it!” After the proposal, Kevin’s family came out and revealed that they were hiding in the bathroom the whole time with my family. We celebrated with gifts and champagne and then surprised me with brunch at the St. Regis, which was my dream wedding venue and where their reception for our wedding would be.
Did you decide to do a first look? I did not do a first look because I always dreamed of the moment that my future husband would see me walk down the aisle and I wanted that to be the first time Kevin saw me as a bride to be that moment. We both agreed that would be more special for the both of us.
What was your favorite thing about wedding planning? All of it! I honestly couldn’t pick just one thing. I love planning, and we had two years to plan our wedding which was by choice so we didn’t stress about anything. We had so much time to plan that it made it a completely stress-free process. The reception design I think was my favorite, I loved being able to design the entire room from scratch.
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? Because of how much time we had, it was really not a hard process at all. I think the only thing I can think of that made it hard was that a lot of the vendors we went to kept telling us we were too early and to come back closer to the wedding!
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? If you were to ask my dad, he would say we didn’t! It did feel like staying on budget was an almost impossible task. But some ways that we saved money were by saving on things leading up to the wedding like the showers. We ended up doing those events at our house and tried to use all our budget on the actual wedding rather than the events surrounding it.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? I honestly would say to have a long engagement. I had dreamt about planning a wedding for a long time, so I wanted to enjoy every step of the process. I can truly say that I did because of how much time we had. We never had to rush with anything. We had time to research, think about it, change our minds, and most importantly, enjoy and celebrate just being engaged!

Photographer: Amy Arrington Photography | Videographer: AWC Films | Planner: Eva Clark Events | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King | Reception Venue and Caterer: St. Regis Atlanta | Florist and Rentals: Edge Design Group | Wedding Cake: St. Regis (bride’s cake), Baker’s Man (groom’s cake) | Band: A Town A List | Invitations: Folio Press | Remaining Paper Products: Kara Anne Paper | Bride’s Gown: “4563” by Paloma Blanca | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Scoobie West and Company | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Style Numbers 1655, 1601, 1624, 1617, and 1652 in Champagne by Bari Jay | Menswear: Guffey’s Of Atlanta

Written with love by Catherine
4 Comments
  1. avatar Cassidy reply

    Love that the bride and the MOB had a similar dress style. So special and they both look great.

  2. avatar St. Regis Atlanta Wedding : Lindsey + Kevin reply

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  3. avatar Deva McQueen reply

    I am so very impressed with the colors, flowers and tree. Eva Clark Events is good enough for her noble cousins in England!! Love, Deva

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Bride Katie shares the details of her Texas Hill Country wedding!

We sure love to see a couple relaxing and soaking up their wedding day around here in the Southern Weddings office (just search #SWWeddingDayJoy on Instagram!), and Katie and Cameron just exude joy. Katie’s memories from their beautiful day go back to celebrating and not sweating the small stuff again and again. “We loved being out on the dance floor with our family and friends! Dancing is one of our favorite things in the whole world, so seeing all the faces of people we love around us jamming out and having a great time, was a memorable highlight!”

With that heart for hospitality, it should come as no surprise that Katie notes, “It was important to Cameron and me that our first act of marriage was serving others, so we served communion to our immediate family and wedding party.” This is such a beautiful reminder to look for ways to take the focus off yourself and serve your guests through your wedding. Those moments will likely become your favorite highlights!

And if you need another example for inspiration, I personally would feel very loved by their donut wall. (Friends planning weddings, please make this a trend!)

When did y’all get married? June 30, 2017
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250

What was your favorite detail from your wedding? My favorite detail from our wedding was our flowers. The Heirloom Table stole the show with stunning bouquets and table centerpieces, the most beautiful blooms, and touches of greenery. Mercedez was incredible to work with and she went above and beyond my expectations with her floral creations!

My favorite participant in the ceremony is our flower girl, Tre’yah. Tre’yah is a very close friend of ours that we met while we were at Texas A&M through Younglife Capernaum, a ministry whose target audience is people with special needs. She is 20 years old and has Down Syndrome. Tre’yah is full of joy, so sweet and caring, and has the best dance moves!

We had communion at our ceremony for everyone. It was important to Cameron and me that our first act of marriage was serving others, so we served communion to our immediate family and wedding party. Communion was also served to the wedding guests. It made the ceremony so intimate and beautiful. We loved sharing that moment with our friends and family.

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. My family lives in Fort Worth, and I teach kindergarten in San Antonio, so the highlight of finding my dress was that my mother and both of my grandmothers drove down to spend the day with me. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law were there too! It was unanimous, and my dress was the first one I tried on!

Cameron and I wrote our vows together. My favorite line in our vows is, “asking that you be no one other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not yet know, praying that our marriage is a living testimony to God’s love and grace.”

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? I had always wanted to get married in the Texas Hill Country. Cameron and I did a lot of Googling and found Canyonwood Ridge (along with some other awesome venues in Dripping Springs). We booked it without even seeing it in person, because we both knew it was perfect for us and the wedding we had envisioned.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I used Etsy for all our signs and table numbers. There are so many calligraphy fonts to choose from! I was able to find exactly what I wanted, and it was so easy to use the templates to create simple, classic decorations.

Cameron and I both love the movie, “A Walk to Remember” (with Mandy Moore, who is apparently my celebrity look-alike). One of our favorite songs is from the movie called, “Only Hope.” Cameron likes to play it on the piano, and we listen to it a lot together. It’s a special song for us! I surprised him with it as I walked down the aisle. We had two musicians (piano and violin) with incredible voices and it was so beautiful. The look on his face was priceless! Our song walking back up was “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole because its such a happy song and we love singing and dancing to it in the car! Our first dance song was “Ain’t No Mountain.” Cameron and I love to dance, so we wanted something fun and upbeat. Our band made it so fun to dance to, and it helped set up the lively party atmosphere we wanted!

My wedding cake had three tiers! I chose wedding white with raspberry filling. It was simply iced with white buttercream and had some of our bright colorful flowers on it! Cameron doesn’t care for sweets, but he loves pies and donuts! We decided to do a donut wall with chocolate, glazed, strawberry, and vanilla donuts. It was so unique and fun. Plus, Cameron made both of the donut walls himself, so it was a great project for him leading up to the wedding!

What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was traditional and classic, the way a good Southern wedding should be! My favorite Southern detail was the Aggie War Hymn! In the middle of the dancing, it came on and all the Aggies circled up and sang and swayed and whooped. It was awesome and so memorable!

Tell us your love story in one sentence. Cameron and I started out as friends, then became best friends, then flirty best friends, and then we fell in love.
Tell us all about the proposal! Cameron was about to start medical school and had started hinting to me about proposing…four years from then after he finished! I believed him, so when he got down on one knee, I was caught completely off guard. We had started planning a surprise birthday weekend for his dad in Fredericksburg, TX months before. Little did I know his dad knew about everything about it, and I was helping plan my own proposal. Before we met up with the family to kick off the weekend, Cameron suggested that we visit a winery. It was October 14th. Before we left, he asked if I wanted to walk down near the vines. I turned a corner and there was a huge oak tree strung with lights and pictures of us. He had made a rocking chair for me with our new monogram, and there was a huge bouquet of colorful flowers (which you’ll see later are my favorite)!! It was a picture-perfect proposal.
Did you decide to do a first look? Cameron and I are old souls and more traditional when it came to the first look. We chose not to do a first look, and I am so happy with our decision, because I will never forget the doors opening and seeing Cameron’s face when he first saw me!
What was your favorite thing about wedding planning? I loved talking to our vendors and watching my vision slowly come to life! It was like a wedding puzzle that was being put together piece by piece! I also loved that Cameron had opinions about things and helped me make a lot of the decisions.
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? For me, the hardest part of wedding planning was delegating the work. I had so many resources and people there who wanted to help me! In the end, I learned to ask for help when I needed it and to not try to do everything by myself.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff! All those tiny details you’re worrying about and obsessing over? No one notices! Save yourself the stress and enjoy the planning process. At the end of the day, you’re marrying your best friend and you won’t remember how the table numbers looked or what kind of pen was used for the guestbook.

Photographer: Hannah Mayson | Videographer: byDesign Films | Wedding Coordinator: Stephanie Middleton at Canyonwood Ridge | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Canyonwood Ridge | Florist:  The Heirloom Table | Wedding Cake Baker: Sweet Treets Bakery | Caterer: Austin Catering | Band: Icehouse Band | Paper Products: Tag and Company | Bride’s Gown: “Style MD205” by Eddy K Milano from Bridal Galleria of Texas | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Lola Beauty | Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Louise” Tulle Skirt in “Sea Glass” and “Cleo” Top in “Harbor Mist” by BHLDN | Menswear: The Black Tux | Bar: Bar Divas of Austin

Written with love by Catherine
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  1. avatar Zookbinders reply

    Beautiful wedding. Gown is perfection! The bride looks perfectly stunning. Great photography

    Congratulations!

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