I wanted to include this sweet DIY wedding before Halloween.
“Chris and I had known we wanted to get married in Austin the second we got engaged on top of Mt. Bonnell. With him being from New Orleans and me from Houston we wanted to do something different than all of our friends! When we moved to Austin, 1 year prior and just had fallen in love with the hill country. We knew we had to look for venues out there! Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood was absolutely perfect, it had a modern/ rustic feel with neutral color base which was exactly what I was looking for since I wanted to provide a lot of my own decor. There are beautiful trees that over looked a farm/grassy area where the ceremony could take place and a white tent that covers the large back deck – great for rain or shine. We knew we wanted to get married in the fall, one being its actually COOL in Austin and two Chris’s brother (the best man) was going to be deployed in January. Ever since I was a kid, Halloween had always been my favorite holiday and what were the odds that it was on a Saturday and Stonehouse Villa had availability?! We decided 10.31.15 – a hallowedding! “
“I wanted to make the wedding more of a Rustic Classic (think white, gold, burlap and hints of green) theme then orange and black, like a traditional Halloween theme. We had medium and small Casper, baby boo’s and ghost pumpkins (the white pumpkins) scattered everywhere, they were a bit on the pricey side so for the pumpkins that were down the aisle at the ceremony I got large orange pumpkins and spray painted them gold! I found these white resin pumpkins that I was able to carve our initials, the date and other cute things like the state of Texas and fleur de lis. This was super easy and I was able to do them weeks in advance, so they didn’t rot! I also made burlap and lace table runners for all the tables – since the tables were a beautifully finished wood that’s all it needed! All the flowers were white (a mix of garden roses, mums, hydrangea, ranunculus with babies breath and pops of succulents and mixed greenery to create an organic vibe) that looked beautiful against the green grass of the lovely scenery at Stone House. My bouquet was different – I had just lost my oldest sister 2 years prior and my mom a year ago. I wanted to do some sort of tribute to them and I had a some of their brooches that they had collected over the years. I had a bridal shower were all my favorite ladies brought me a brooch to add to the bouquet and I made my own, and that way everyone was a part of it and it will last a lifetime. I also had a lantern set off to the side lit in honor of my mom. The groomsmen had a succulent and white ranuculus with a twine wrap. With us being in Austin, we decided to go with a Taco bar and queso bar with all the fixin’s catered by an Austin food truck and our signature drink was a Southbound Greyhound made with Austin’s Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka. The guests drank out of their personal twin wrapped mason jars, but my husband and I had my great grandmother’s crystal etched champagne glasses. For the cake I knew I wanted to stay with the rustic theme and did a “naked” cake with coconut and raspberry- so good! We set up a candy bar, for everyone to “trick or treat” and at the end of the night had Shipley’s donuts for everyone. My nephew, and Chris’s cousins were our ring bearers and my twin cousins were our flower girls. My nephew even changed into his dinosaur costume after the ceremony! We had masquerade masks in gold and silver metallic and black for all the guests to wear while dancing – even the band joined in on the fun. Chris and I had had our own “bride and groom” masks, which was a slightly dressier version of the guests. Some of the guest knew it was my favorite holiday and brought their own props like hats, masks, even elf ears (let’s keep Austin weird). We ended the night with a sparkler exit!”
Wedding Coordinator: Erin Feemster
Catering: Urban Cowboy
Band : London Calling
Florist: Petal Pushers
Cake: Cakes by Kendra