The Gardens of Cranesbury View Wedding :: Lauren & David

After having so much fun with Lauren & David at their Seaholm Power Plant engagement session a few months prior, I couldn’t wait to see how their beautiful wedding day would unfold. The Gardens of Cranesbury View in New Braunfels, TX was a new venue for us, so we had fun exploring the beautifully manicured European gardens. With event design by the amazingly talented bride Lauren herself and and coordination by Clearly Classy Events, their wedding day was fun-filled and flawless! From the first time I met Lauren, she said her main wedding goal was to have great time in a room filled with love and laughter, and a relaxed vibe for the day! I love that plan!

It was particularly special that both the bride and groom had their young sons as part of the wedding party. In addition to the couple celebrating their new found love, this wedding was also the celebration of two young boys becoming brothers! Right after the ceremony vows, Lauren & David presented a small, sweet speech to their kids as well. They are beyond cute!

The sky high floral arrangements & stunning table runner garlands by Flora Fetish, combined with vintage china and goblets created a total wow factor for guests entering the reception area. I am loving the elevated floral trend, as it’s both practical (you can talk to the person across the table from you without peering around a giant centerpiece) and it makes a big statement visually as well! The head table backdrop with florals and monogram were a perfect way to emphasis the bride and groom’s table. Austin Pro DJ brought the party to the dance floor (as usual) and everyone had a blast dancing until it was time for the grand glow wand exit!

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Austin Wedding Vendors :: Ceremony  & Reception Venue:: The Gardens of Cranesbury View // Wedding Coordination :: Clearly Classy Events // Wedding Design :: Bride Lauren & Luxe Event Decor //Florals :: Flora Fetish // Hair :: Look // Make-up :: Annalisa Rodriguez // Rentals :: Luxe Event Decor // Catering :: Kalo Catering // Cake :: Serendipity Cakes // DJ :: Austin Pro DJ // Invitations and Stationery :: Simply Personal // Video :: ATX Wedding Video // Austin Wedding Photographer :: CORY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Cool Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

I’ve seen a ton of beautiful bridesmaids gifts over the years, and wanted to help brides find that perfect special something for their favorite girls, but also find something a little original or different to surprise and delight! These 2019 gifts ideas will hopefully inspire you!

You really can’t go wrong with buying a girl jewelry! But it can be something a little more bold than the typical pearls and Kendra Scott (don’t get me wrong, I wore Kendra at my own wedding. But we are thinking outside the box here!). My Cinco De Mayo bride from this past year bought her girls these fun and trendy Bauble Bar yellow beaded earrings, which I guarantee you the girls are still wearing long after the wedding day! Statement jewelry for the win!

2. Experience gifts! This is making a huge resurgence in the world of children’s birthdays as well. Quality time trumps spending a lot of money on “stuff”. Think: mani-pedi party (one-on-one time is the best, but a small group girl time is awesome too), Uber chauffeured wine tour (this is even possible in Texas with all the new wineries popping up!), pool day at the W Hotel / Hotel Ella / South Congress Hotel (you can buy a pool pass at all of these places). Or what about a girls weekend trip out to Contigo Ranch near Fredericksburg? The key here is just quality time outside of all the wedding planning hubbub!

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3. Personalized gifts your friends will really use! I recently received this “Sip In Style” gift box from Bridesmaids Gift Boutique. I love that everything was totally customized with my initial (including the outside of the box with my full name). It’s just a really beautiful presentation. Plus being a photographer, I know that brides all love that matching robe shot with their girls, and these are perfect if you get a box for each girl. :) Not to mention living in Texas, I will most definitely be keeping my rose chilled in this adorable wine tumbler (with lid and straw – yes!). You do have to wash them by hand if you chose to have an initial on the outside of your cup, though! The robe is lightweight and perfect for Texas summer or just bumming around the house looking effortlessly chic.

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4. It’s probably no surprise that I, like you, love BHLDN. Everything is on trend, and they can do no wrong. A few of their metallic clutches (like the Jenita and the Sheryl) stood out to me & would be used again and again! Check out all their wedding accessories and try not to drool on yourself.

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5. Instead of a physical gift, consider taking care of their wedding expenses. It can be a considerable investment to be a bridesmaid these days, so think about gifting any of the following: hair & make-up (everyone wants to look their best when in front of the camera), bridesmaid dress, bridesmaid shoes, airfare, rental car & hotel room. Anything that shows you are thoughtful and thinking of your best girls is a WIN! xoxo, Cory

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The Knot Magazine Texas Wedding Feature with Tres Events

Hooray, it’s finally here! The newest issue of The Knot Texas Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 issue is out on shelves now, so run and buy one if you are engaged and looking for inspiration from around the great state of Texas. And peek below for a very special wedding with Tres Events at The Addison Grove, a top luxury wedding venue located in Dripping Springs, TX. And huge thanks to an amazing vendor team for making the day run smoothly & creating an exquisitely photographable day! We are so proud to work with you, and to get the honor of this Texas wedding being published with you!

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Austin Wedding Vendors :: Ceremony  & Reception Venue:: Addison Grove // Wedding Design & Coordination :: Brock & Co. Events / Tres Events // Flowers :: Botanical No. 9 / Tres Events // Draping :: Unique Designs & Events // Make-up :: Avery Allen // Bridal Dress :: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaid Dresses :: Show Me Your Mumu // Catering :: Contigo Catering // Food Styling :: Melody’s Joy // Cake :: Polkadots // Additional Desserts :: Tiny Pies // DJ :: Dan Gentile // Band :: Matchmaker // Dancers :: Summit Lion Dance Team // Lighting :: FILO Productions // Invitations and Stationery :: Anibella Ink + Paper // Austin Wedding Photographer :: CORY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Luxury Fall Addison Grove Wedding in Dripping Springs

Addison Grove is already a drop dead gorgeous Dripping Spring wedding venue, with it’s hill country vibes and modern farmhouse. Then when you add a stunning couple and the exquisite design and planning of Brock and Co. Events (now Tres Events), then what is you get is out of this world! The Knot Texas magazine agrees and has this wedding featured in their latest issue Spring/Summer 2019 out on shelves now! The couple used shades of blues, charcoals and greens for their wedding day color palette. There was a preconception among the couple’s California friends and family (that hadn’t been to Austin before) that it would be desert, tumbleweed and cowboys – but the venue and florals were luscious and green and they wanted a colorscape that would complement that.

Leah wore a Monique Lhuillier cowl neck slip gown. The dress had two layers: a silky charmeuse slip dress and a delicate, lace-trimmed mesh overlay. The slip dress had slim spaghetti straps and a scalloped neckline, with a plunging back. She had actually bought another dress prior to this one, but decided to order this one after it went on sale “just to see”… ha ha ha, well the rest is history and clearly this is the perfect dress for her! Her 6 bridesmaids wore charcoal blue dresses from Show Me Your Mumu, with her maid of honor standing out in a blue floral dress!

The ceremony took place inside of the modern farmhouse within the Addison Grove complex. The white, minimalist chuppah was at the back of the barn and followed with the theme of green pastel foliage along the sides and top. To ensure the space stayed personal, Leah & Julian had Unique Designs & Events create breathtaking draping along both sides of the interior roof and walls, which came down when it was time to party inside after dinner! The dinner was outside in the grove of Live Oaks. Leah wanted an intimate dinner party feeling where guests could get to know each other, which is why they opted for dinner in the field with string lights and round tables. Each place setting had a beautiful blue thistle on the menu atop the plate, and organically gorgeous floral centerpieces by Botanical No. 9 (now Tres Events) wowed the guest as they sat down. I love fun touches like artichokes in arrangement!

The bride and groom chose to have the meal family style to facilitate the dinner party vibe, and encourage people to chat and get to know their neighbors around the round tables. Contigo Catering‘s short rib entree was a hit with guests, and they also provided a late night dessert of churros with chocolate and dulce de leche dipping sauces, along with the midnight snack of chicken and waffles. Both were devoured quickly! The minimal iced naked cake was both beautiful and delicious, with 3 layers and 2 flavors of lemon cake and white cake with a mixed berry chardonnay filling! Polkadots always does an amazing job perfectly complimenting the style and vibe of the wedding.

We had nods to Leah’s Chinese, and Leah and Julian’s Jewish backgrounds throughout the ceremony and festivities. The Summit Lion Dance Team came out after dark to dance for all the guests and celebrate! Matchmaker and DJ Dan Gentile traded off turns entertaining all the guests with dance hit after dance hit. Check out The Knot Texas out on stands now for even more details and photos!

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Austin Wedding Vendors :: Ceremony  & Reception Venue:: Addison Grove // Wedding Design & Coordination :: Brock & Co. Events / Tres Events // Flowers :: Botanical No. 9 / Tres Events // Draping :: Unique Designs & Events // Make-up :: Avery Allen // Bridal Dress :: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaid Dresses :: Show Me Your Mumu // Catering :: Contigo Catering // Food Styling :: Melody’s Joy // Cake :: Polkadots // Additional Desserts :: Tiny Pies // DJ :: Dan Gentile // Band :: Matchmaker // Dancers :: Summit Lion Dance Team // Lighting :: FILO Productions // Invitations and Stationery :: Anibella Ink + Paper // Austin Wedding Photographer :: CORY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Colorful Modern Cinco De Mayo Wedding at South Congress Hotel Austin

Erin & Tom are incredibly near and dear to my heart! I had the pleasure of getting to know them over the year leading up to their big day while photographing their engagement & bridal sessions. So by the time their wedding weekend arrived on Cinco De Mayo, we were old friends! I feel like when you have a holiday wedding, you really have to embrace it and blow the roof off! Their Cinco De Mayo wedding was literally everything you could hope for (and more!). Complete with colorful floral centerpieces by Bouquets of Austin, a neon wall sign declaring “The Cliffords, Est. 2018”, giant paper flowers, custom papel picado with their names strung along the ceiling, specialty margarita bars, taco hats, sombreros & flower headbands… you name it and this wedding had it! There was no detail unturned, and Pearl Events made sure the entire day was exquisitely decorated and planned!

We started off the day with the lovely bridesmaids in their matching on-theme embroidered shirts, while Lipservice XO got all the ladies looking fabulous in the gorgeous South Congress Hotel suite overlooking the outdoor pool! The girls then changed into their gorgeous mint off the shoulder bridesmaid dresses from Show Me Your Mumu. Erin’s mom got her changed into her stunning dress (can you believe the back and side details?!), then Erin’s dad was treated to an emotional first look with his daughter.

The ceremony took place outside in the courtyard, with a modern circular ceremony arch for the backdrop. Placed at each chair were a rainbow of colorful maracas with a tag reading “Shake On The Kiss”. As the couple exited their wedding ceremony, everyone shook their maracas in celebratory glee! Then guests enjoyed an al fresco cocktail hour by the pool, with T & C initials floating on the top of the aqua blue water, while we took couple’s photos around the exquisitely modern hotel. Matchmaker Band got everyone on the dance floor, and Pearl Events passed out fun themed dance floor props for everyone. The light up wands were a huge hit, and made for some fun and dance shots! The cakes were also in theme, and truly exceptional. The 2nd cake of their dog George in a sombrero was so perfect & literally looked exactly like him!!!

I’d also like to give a special shout out to awesome mother of the bride Debbie (for being one of the coolest moms ever!) and Austin wedding planner Jen Seals with Pearl Events (for always designing and planning exceptional wedding days for her couples!). Thank you to Erin & Tom for allowing me the honor of documenting your colorful Cinco De Mayo wedding at South Congress Hotel!

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Austin Wedding Vendors :: Ceremony  & Reception Venue:: South Congress Hotel // Wedding Coordination :: Pearl Events // Flowers :: Bouquets of Austin // Paper Flowers :: Kitsch Event Styling // Hair & Make-up :: Lip Service XO // Wedding Dress :: Martina Liana // Bridesmaid Dresses :: Show Me Your Mumu // Catering :: South Congress Hotel // CAKE & DESERTS :: SWEET TREETS BAKERY // Ceremony Strings :: Terra Vista Strings // Band :: Matchmaker // Lighting :: Ilios // Invitations & Signage :: The Inviting Pear // Austin Wedding Photographer :: CORY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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