Mexican-Inspired Austin Wedding: Katie + Heather

san jose wedding

Katie + Heather’s lighthearted + fun DIY wedding takes place at one of my fave venues, Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas! Even though they now reside in Brooklyn, Austin is where they fell for each other, so they knew it would be the perfect city to celebrate big! After a legal court ceremony in NYC, Katie + Heather headed to Texas for a handcrafted fête inspired by the unique Mexican influences that can be found around Austin. I love that they served fresh lime margaritas, gave Cholula as favors + had churros for dessert!

Thank you so much to the The Nichols for the gorgeous photos + congratulations Katie + Heather!

kraft paper invitation

heart skull invitation

delicate bouquet

ruffle wedding dress

ruffle wedding dress

cameo bridal necklace






papel picado ceremony

papel picado ceremony

papel picado ceremony

During our ceremony, our officiant and friend JB cracked a joke, and after 8 years together it was just natural that we lean in and kiss each other after a good laugh. JB stuck her hand between our faces and kept us from spoiling that first kiss after the ceremony, but we both knew it didn't matter. Even though everything else that night was a blur, that moment stuck with us.

papel picado ceremony

chalula favors

ribbon curtains

I really love how they incorporated so much of their personalities into the design + think so many of you can relate to what Katie said about being a DIY bride: It was hard for me to restrain myself from going overboard on budget and details. I’m an art director, and by habit tend to tweak things until I’m sick of seeing them. I crafted like a crazy woman, and Heather let me know when I was getting out of control. 

Speaking of out of control – how rad is that giant streamer curtain at their reception?!

kraft paper menu


dessert bar

cards in suitcase

sparkler exit

From Heather: Take your time, it's a marathon. If you're crafting, it's a triathlon.

From Katie: Don't let other peoples' opinions cloud you. Everybody has different ideas about how they want their day to be. Remember that it's yours, and it's the most fun party you'll ever throw! And for the love of God, even if you're on a budget, get a good day-of coordinator. They are life and sanity savers. You enjoy the day instead of worrying about what, when and how.

photography: The Nichols // venue: Mercury Hall Austin, Texas // event design: Bride with input from Gypsy Floral and Events // day-of-coordinator + florals: Gypsy Floral and Events // wedding dress: BHLDN // shoes: Jimmy Choo // hair + makeup: Angela Parker of LucieMarie // paper goods: Bride // catering: Primizie // cake: Desserts by Bake Sale // music: Joel Giorgio of Greenbelt DJ // hotel for getting ready: Hotel San Jose

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  1. So much goodness here. Thank you for publishing this wedding and showing love to ALL couples. Love is love.

  2. We just adore Katie and Heather and are thrilled to be able to show off their fabulous wedding! Thanks so much for the feature!

  3. I love everything about this wedding…that dress, oh my, that ruffled dress! Beautiful photos!!

  4. I love that streamer-curtain idea for the dinning hall!

  5. It was a true pleasure working with such a creative and fun couple. We enjoyed every moment of this wedding. So much love!

  6. Sweet couple! I must comment on that streamer is fabulous!

  7. Love the signature drink and the chalk board drink menu.

  8. KATIE, HELP!!!!! I wanted that same dress from bhldn and they don’t have it anymore:( would you ever concider selling it? my wedding is July 5 2014 let me know what think ……..

    • I have been wanting to sell it, just haven’t gotten around to it. The skirt is a 14, and was hemmed up quite a bit since I’m 5’2″ and had on modest heels. The top is also a 14 an te straps were hemmed up a bit as well. Let me know if you’re still interested.

  9. Hi Katie,my fiancee and I are getting married at Mercury Hall and came across photos of your streamer curtain. We have a similar color palette and were wondering if you still have it. We would be willing to buy or rent!

    • Hello, we sure do…sorry for the delayed response..we live in Brooklyn, and the curtains are in Austin with my wife’s, Heather, sister…we had her take a look at them to make sure that the condition was still in good shape, and they are…we would love to sale them…are you still interested?

  10. Katie, I apologize! I gave you the incorrect email address. Feel free to email me at We’d love to take a look at it this weekend if at all possible. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  11. I have seen the streamer curtain picture, countless times on various sites. Has anyone acquired info about how to hang it? I can’t really zoom in to see the picture better. Any advice would be appreciated, as I am getting married at Mercury Hall this coming March. :) Thanks in advance!

  12. Hello, I’m getting married in Mexico in October. I noticed you had all white papel picado at your ceremony space. Did you have to special order those, and if so from where!? Beautiful wedding!!


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