We met in Austin at a live music show – in true Austin fashion. I talk a lot and he listens well, so it immediately worked. He proposed at mount bonnel in Austin, which is one of our favorite spots in the city. I knew it was coming, because we designed our rings together – but somehow it was still surprising.
We wanted our wedding to feel like a vacation for us and everyone. So we kept everything casual. I didn’t want us to have to be worrying about crazy details the day of, so the cathedral and la Fonda were the perfect venues – they’re so beautiful the don’t need any extra details! I’m inspired by the relaxing, revitalizing energy felt in the high desert in Santa Fe, and everything seemed to fall into place when I set that as my vision for the style of our celebration.
I was just blown away at the people who came there absolutely just for us. There are only a few times in life when you can feel the full impact of how much people care about you. I wish we could do it every year for that annual reminder!
~ Bride, Ginny
I didn’t pick my dress in quite a traditional way. I ordered a bunch of options online, tried them on, and sent them back until I found the one – it took me probably 10 tries, and I almost settled for mediocre dresses, until I found just the perfect one! I told my husband to wear a dark blue suit, and let him take it from there.
The one detail that was important to me was flowers for me and the bridesmaids. I really wanted a bright, Frida Kahlo inspired flower crown, and wanted the girls’ to coordinate with that. The flowers ended up being one of my very favorite details! I had all my bridesmaids across the US pick out their dresses with little direction, just a picture of some blue, Spanish tile at La Fonda. Their choices ended up coordinating so perfectly and totally matching my vision. It’s crazy how everything just falls into place so perfectly when you let the people you love take control!
We definitely wanted to invest in the photographer. Maura had a very fair price and a really great portfolio – we are so glad we went with her and were able to document our favorite day forever.
We didn’t get a cake, decorations, flowers for tables, or much else really. I tried to think about what mattered in the end and what I would remember, and to me the decorations and frivolous extras just weren’t that. And it’s true – today I remember how much fun my husband and I had, how amazing it was that people traveled from everywhere just for us, and how calm I felt the day of without all that extra clutter to organize and control! I also remember wearing my flower crown all weekend until the flowers started falling apart.
I will say one of the best things I splurged on was a spa day at 10,000 waves the night prior. As a bridesmaid gift, I took all my girlfriends to ten thousand waves, and rented a hot tub / sauna. There was no cell reception out there so I was forced to ignore my phone and all the last minute planning. It was a much needed time to calm my nerves, slow down, and appreciate the moment. I was so totally in the moment, I still remember the tea I drank there, and the way it smelled in the pine sauna. It was the best thing I purchased by far!
Stress as little as possible. And remember that vendors have lots of other clients. They’re not thinking about you until they need to. Everything comes together when you relinquish control. And it’s so much fun to remember it as a relaxing experience that happened naturally.