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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Seaholm Power Plant Engagement Photos

Lauren & David’s wedding is only 3 short weeks away, and I’m counting down the days until these love birds tie the knot! As downtown Austin continues to grow at a rapid pace, I continue to love searching for cool new session spots to photograph at. I ❤️ finding new locations downtown to create memorable and unique images for my couples! We had such a blast walking around downtown Austin creating these Seaholm Power Plant engagement photos, and I know their wedding day will be just as much fun. Stay tuned for the wedding photos coming to the blog soon!

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Fall Mini-Sessions Just Announced!

It’s not very often that I add mini-sessions to the calendar just in time for the holiday cards! This years location will be Seaholm District downtown, a renovated Austin landmark with a modern and urban feel. Mark your calendars now for Friday, October 26th-Sunday, October 28th and BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW before they are all gone.

• All mini-sessions will occur at & around Seaholm Power Plant in downtown

• 20 minute time slots for up to 5 people (additional $50 fee for additional people over 5)

• Limit of 2 sessions per family, with option to book back to back sessions

• Your choice of 10 high-resolution, edited & print-ready images – perfect for those holiday cards!

• Online gallery for ordering prints & additional digital files

• 25% off all prints for 10 days

Full one hour family photography sessions, as well as day-in-the-life documentary sessions, are also always available if you would like more time, multiple locations and outfits.

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Vintage Villas Wedding on Lake Austin :: Victoria & Nate

First of all, huge thanks to Victoria & Nate for allowing me the honor of photographing your Vintage Villas wedding! This gorgeous couple met on the dating app Bumble, so the groom threw a nod to the app via his bumble bee tie and the groomsmen bee socks. I love how many of today’s couples are meeting online! Once Victoria put on her Stone Cold Fox wedding dress, there was no doubt that she was exactly that!

On big occasions such as weddings, it’s only natural to want to be surrounded by a circle of your closest family members. Unfortunately Nate’s father passed, and had left a hole in his heart on big days such as this. Knowing this, Victoria tirelessly searched for an old copy of his dad’s signature from old receipts. Once she found it, she had his signature turned into a custom pin, which she then gifted Nate on the wedding day. Nate was clearly beside himself and couldn’t help but cry. (Yes, I cried too, but I kept it together enough so that I could keep my viewfinder focused!) The signature pen was truly one of the most thoughtful gifts that I’ve seen given on a wedding day.

Nate’s sister acted as officiant with a hilarious “Officiating for Dummies” binder in hand, with the gorgeous Lake Travis views of Vintage Villas in the background. The couple even changed their wedding date so that she could officiate, as she found out she was pregnant and expecting a baby right before the prior date. So the adorable baby came to the wedding at just a few months old!

Instead of the typical three layer wedding cake, the couple choose an alternative dessert – a yummy bundt cake topped with “Mr <3 Mrs”, plus a table full of different flavored mini bundts. The DJ kept this crazy crowd on the dance floor all night long – they even extended the night past the original end time to have more time to dance! Check out the awesome photo of the groom doing the worm!!!

A sparkler exit acted as the wedding finale, as the couple strutted from their reception into married life! Check out this feature on Austin Wedding Day for more photos!

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AUSTIN WEDDING VENDORS :: Ceremony and Reception Venue & Catering: Vintage Villas // Planner: Thirty Day Dash // Wedding Dress :: Stone Cold Fox // Hair & Makeup: Lola Beauty // Florals: Copper & Birch // Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes // DJ: Toast Entertainment // Austin Wedding Photography: Cory Ryan Photography
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