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AUSTIN WEDDING VENDORS I LOVE: Pearl Events

Hi newly engaged couples! It’s time yet again for the second installation of my new blog series “Vendors I Love” featuring some of my favorite wedding vendors in Austin, Texas. Every single one of them is already highlighted on my website, but I thought it would be nice to share some more in-depth information with you here. I hope this helps you in your search for the perfect vendors for your Austin wedding! Thank you to the amazingly talented Becky Navarro of Pearl Events for taking the time to answer all my questions. This Q&A features all photos from real Pearl Events weddings!

By the way, this is Becky. You can tell brides love her by this big squeeze! And look how organized she is – with clipboard in hand! :)

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Q: How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
A: Since 2006.  I started at Vintage Villas as an assistant to the wedding planners and quickly moved up.  I then made my move to Whole Foods downtown to work in their Lamar Culinary Center as a Social Event Planner for the catering department.  In 2010 I had my daughter Pearl and started Pearl Events!

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Q: How do you decide which event planner on your staff is the best match for a newly engaged couple?
A: We get a lot of direct refferals to each planner.  After that I try to pair them up with planners that work at that venue often, work with their vendors, etc.

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Q: What kind of new trends are you seeing for modern weddings, in terms of decor, details, etc.?
A: BIG BIG florals to create impact.  Branding the wedding with the couples logo on everything we can slap a logo on!  Cool lighting is in and sets the mood.  Just think about it, who wants to dance on a bright dance floor.  We all feel more confident with a cocktail and dark lighting to bring the moves to the dance floor.

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Q: What kinds of things help inspire your creativity when event designs for a new wedding couple? Do you have any go-to online resources
A: 95% of clients that come to us have a pinterest page we can review at our initial meeting to get an idea of their design aesthetic.  With that being said, Pinterest can be awesome for people or a hot mess.  A bride may pin a modern floral display next to a burlap runner with baby’s breath – those don’t jive together.  We work with them to make sure their wedding is cohesive, and that their budget goes to items that have impact and are meaningful to them.  We don’t want the wedding to be a #pinterestfail or look like a Hobby Lobby pop-up shop.  There is a fine line here friends… Fine, fine line.

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Q: Are there trends that you wish would die sooner than later?
A: Burlap and mason jars… or did I already hint at that above?  Don’t confuse this with “vintage” I am ok with “vintage” when it’s done right.

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Q: What kind of options do you offer for couples in terms of the least services to the most services?
A: We have couples that want to consult us for in office help with their timeline and we charge for by the hour and they don’t have us planning their wedding.  We go from there to full service.  We also offer “day of/month of” planning.

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Q: Are there any surprising or unexpected services that you offer?
A: I was once asked to apply lotion to a brides legs… and I did it!  Full service here people, FULL SERVICE.

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Q: What are some of the possible wedding pitfalls or problems that having a planner helps alleviate?
A: Perhaps put lotion on your legs before you put on your wedding dress?  If not, I got you girl!  Other things, we help with include securing legit vendors and getting real about the dreaded word – BUDGET.

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Q: What’s the most creative way you’ve solved a wedding day problem (of any kind)?
A: Every weekend we solve problems… but guess what? Our clients don’t know about them.  That’s why they hire us!

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Q: Is there a question that you wish wedding couples would ask you before booking, but never do?
A: No one ever asks me why the company is called Pearl Events.  I just figured people would ask that more often.

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Q: What do you think is the most important advice/tip from you to share with a couple on their wedding day?
A: Enjoy the big day, chill out, and we got your back!

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AUSTIN WEDDING VENDORS I LOVE: Hotel Saint Cecilia

Hi friends and newly engaged couples! I am excited to share the first installation of a brand spanking new blog series “Vendors I Love” featuring some of my favorite wedding vendors and wedding venues in Austin, Texas. Every single one of them is already highlighted on my website, but I thought it would be nice to share some more in-depth information with you here. I hope this helps you in your search for the perfect vendors for your Austin wedding! Thank you to the lovely Emily Waldmann, Special Events Coordinator at Hotel Saint Cecilia, for taking the time to answer all my questions. I hope you enjoy this informative Q&A with photos from my actual real weddings at Austin boutique Hotel Saint Cecilia!

Q: What size weddings are you able to accommodate?
A: We are able to host weddings as small and intimate as 4 people, to up to 120 people. We only allow one wedding over 60 people annually to maintain the serenity of the property and the sanctity of the experience.

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Q: How many weddings do you usually host per year at Hotel St. Cecilia?
A: 1 large wedding over 100 guests, and approximately 15-20 under 75 guests.

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Q: What is the best time of year for booking weddings at Hotel St. Cecilia?
A: Because most of our wedding venues are outdoor spaces, the most ideal time of year for weddings at Hotel St. Cecilia are spring and fall. We recommend contacting our Events Coordinator 6-9 Months prior for weddings under 50 people, and a year in advance for larger weddings that require a full property buyout.
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Q: Is there a particular suite do you recommend for wedding couples or honeymooners?
A: Our property is so intimate and secluded, so all of our rooms are perfectly suited for honeymooners. The most romantic of the Suites would be Suite 1 & 4, as they are the most private.
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Q: Are there perks to having a wedding at a smaller boutique hotel over a larger hotel chain?
A: Absolutely! The hand tailored nature of having your wedding at Hotel Saint Cecilia offers a truly unique experience for every couple. We take so much pride in putting together an unforgettable day for each couple that enters our gates. Beyond that, the aesthetic of the hotel is so unique that the opportunities to make it your own are endless. Because we only do one large wedding per year, it is inherently special for that reason alone.
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Q: How would you recommend that a couple spend their day leading up to their wedding ceremony?
A: Relaxing! Brides and Bridesmaids: lounge in our robes and have snacks and mimosas in the private yard of Suite 4 while getting pampered. Grooms and groomsmen: hang out in one of our Pool Bungalows with some Austin Beer Works and take a swim by the SOUL sign.
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Q: Tell us a little bit about the record players in your rooms?
A: They are Rega P1 record players from Whetstone Audio. The best part about the record players in every room is the access to our extensive record library at the Front Desk and the ability to listen to hours of records in the privacy of your room.
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Q: What is so great about these beds I keep hearing everyone talk about?
A: The Hastens beds are truly AMAZING. They are reason alone to stay with us! Luckily our checkout isn’t until noon, so you get a little extra time to enjoy breakfast in bed and soak it all in.
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Q: What is your best recommendations for a wedding specialty cocktail from your bar menu?
A: Our bar menu features delicious cocktails, and our House Margarita is always a hit. For a wedding specialty cocktail, we love to sit down with the couple and get to know their favorite drinks and flavor profiles, and our Lounge Manager develops some cocktail ideas unique to their palate and occasion. This is an aspect of the boutique experience that we take pride in offering—everything can be completely customized to reflect the tastes and preferences of the couple.

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Q: Are there any visually cool, but underutilized, spots for photography?
A: Absolutely, and we are all still discovering them! Of course there is the Main Live Oak, the SOUL sign, and our beautiful lounge, but after working here for 2 years,  I still discover beautiful hidden away corners that are begging to be photographed every day. Personally, I love the bamboo pathway to Suite 1, and the Terrace overlooking the grounds, but the opportunities are endless.

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  • Gabby T - You have captured the weddings so beautifully, I love your light techniques and the bold colors. Great Work!

  • Cory Ryan - Thanks so much Gabby!!! It was really fun to pull together some venue highlights from so many weddings!

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