Science-Inspired Austin Wedding: Sarah + Gilliss

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Sarah + Gilliss are both scientists who share a love of books, museums, and the unadorned beauty of the great outdoors. So naturally, their gorgeous January wedding reflected their passions and included some of the most fun + smart (pun intended!) details we’ve seen. Some personal faves include their specimen card escort display, the quirky table terrariums, and the compelling, textural bouquets by The Nouveau Romantics. Seriously guys, wait ’til you see! And their venue, Chateau Bellevue in Austin, was the perfect backdrop for a science-inspired celebration of epic proportions.

From Sarah, When we began planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted to pay homage to our mutual interests, but were totally stumped on how to bring them to life for our wedding. Instead of focusing squarely on a theme, we began to jot down thoughts and phrases that inspired us: cabinets of curiosities, rare book rooms, Victorian greenhouses, and literary salons. My wedding Pinterest board included pictures of wild mushrooms, carnivorous plants, bowerbird nests, and sepia-toned pictures of artists and writers from ages past.

Such great advice for couples who are also stumped on where to start or what to choose for a theme! Big thanks to The Nichols for sharing their beautiful images with us today + congratulations to Sarah + Gilliss!

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science inspired bouquet

science inspired bouquet

scientist bride

science inspired bouquet


These florals are just so crazy pretty! Never have we seen so many interesting textures come together to create such beauty! What do you lovelies think of untraditional bouquets?

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And Sarah’s long sleeved J. Crew dress was totally to die for!

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bride and groom

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boutonniere and green bow tie

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ceremony


 Sarah + Gilliss exited to fun live music by Mariachi Jalisco, who played during the ceremony + cocktail hour!

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science bug escort cards

science bug escort cards

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desserts on piano


The details were just perfect for two scientists getting hitched! :)

glass dome science tablescape

glass dome science tablescape

glass dome science tablescape

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The entire day was one of surreal beauty and deep happiness for us both. Every moment could be a favorite moment, but we both agreed that our first dance and the last dance would linger in our minds for years to come. Our first dance, I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You), by Django Reinhardt was perfect in its imperfection. Together, Gilliss and I have four left feet. We had meant to take dance classes, but our work schedules bested us. I’m not sure how gracefully we moved along the dance floor, but in the moment, we were both so happy to be among our dearest friends and family that it didn’t matter. The last dance was written and produced for us by Gilliss’s uncle, a former studio musician in Swinging London. Life doesn’t get much better than having a fantastic song written about you and for you on your wedding night.

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So much fun! Sarah + Gilliss, thank you so much for sharing your day with us + best wishes from all of us at GWS!

photography: The Nichols // venue: Chateau Bellevue Austin, Texas // florals + paper goods: The Nouveau Romantics // music: Mariachi Jalisco // dj: Byrne Rock // dress: J. Crew // rings: Melissa Joy Manning // hair + makeup: José Luis Salon // coordination: The Simplifiers // cakes: Whole Foods Market

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Dreamy Vintage-Inspired Florida Camp Wedding: Val + Lee – Part 2

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We’re back + excited to share Val + Lee’s ultra dreamy campground reception with you guys! (And if you missed Part 1, be sure to check that out first here.)  The setting itself was pure magic, with idyllic Lake Doe views and canopies of trees dripping with spanish moss. The Alison Events team adorned the 1930’s dining hall, where dinner was held, with wildly romantic details in muted shades of green, fawn, heather gray + peach. The environment created was truly the prettiest fusion of rustic charm + timeless elegance. We can’t wait for you to see, but first, let’s check out a few stunning lakeside portraits of Val + Lee by Elizabeth Messina

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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So in love with this tent from Shelter Co!

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Not sure how to display your escort cards? If your venue has a tree, this might be one of the prettiest + simplest ideas we’ve seen. Genius, right?

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green tablescape

rustic reception


And we’re kind of obsessed with that sweet, little floral-topped cake Bakers Cottage Cakes!

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tall skinny candles

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Processional: Baby – Devendra Banhart

Recessional: Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison

First Dance: Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

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1. Once the date is set, start planning as early as you can, don't procrastinate. Time will fly away as the date comes closer and you'll find yourself stressing over all the smaller details you haven't figured out yet.

2. Trust your vendors. The people you hired are specialized at what they do, let them guide you. Listen to their suggestions and ideas; if you're not 100% sold on the ideas, try finding visuals you can show them to better express your idea, or ask them to do the same so you can envision their ideas. Letting them do what they do best will take so much weight off your shoulders.

photography: Elizabeth Messina // wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // venue: Lake Doe Campground in Umatilla, Florida // catering: Green Coat Catering // florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // wedding dress: Chaviano Couture // bridal headpiece: Twigs and Honey // bridal jewelry: Free People // bridesmaids dresses: Katie of Coralie Beatrix // groom’s attire: J.Crew // dish rentals: Dishie Rentals // décor: Wish Vintage Rentals // linens: La Tavola // dj + lighting: Jacob // ceremony + cocktail music: Landon Pontius // officiant: Keith Kolakowski // cake + desserts: Michelle Calabro, Owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes // hair + makeup: Shelby George // robes: Girl with a Serious Dream // tent: Shelter Co. // invitations + paper goods: Designed by Lee and Val, Owners & Founders of 48 Savvy Sailors // invitations: Letterpressed by Mama’s Sauce

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Dreamy Vintage-Inspired Florida Camp Wedding: Val + Lee – Part 1

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Boy do we have a treat for you lovelies today – a beyond gorgeous two part camp wedding feature from the ever-talented Elizabeth Messina! Val + Lee are all kinds of adorable + they just so happen to be the very lucky winners of Cupcake Vineyards’ “Love Deliciously Dream Wedding” contest, which took place via Pinterest last year. As the winners, they were gifted with the ultimate wedding package, which included photography by Elizabeth as well as the brilliant design + planning services of Alison Events. We’re super in love with their dreamy, laid-back day and all of the romantic + ethereal details they incorporated into their celebration! Val shares a bit more about their inspiration with us below:

Lee and I are both adventurers, we love the outdoors, love hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. Mixed with our appreciation for design and movies, we decided the inspiration for our wedding would be Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. The first big element to reflect our style was our venue; a remote private campground in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, with a 1930’s refurbished dining hall. We incorporated details such as a canvas tent, oil lamps, a custom made flag that said “Camp Waters”, small design elements such as stamps that also mentioned our camp, and  even vintage inspired postcards for our guests to fill in with best wishes and funny remarks for us.

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getting ready

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Val wore the most ethereal gown by Chaviano Couture, which she paired with a delicate halo headpiece by Twigs & Honey. We’re madly in love with her romantic + sophisticated look!

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And that’s a pinworthy bouquet if we ever did see one! It’s the gorgeous creation of the San Francisco based floral studio, Natalie Bowen Designs. Loving that giant king protea!

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rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

So hard to pick one!!! There were two that really stayed with me.

1. At the altar, when Keith, our officiant and friend was reciting the ceremony of hands, and Lee and I held hands, my eyes started welling up. I couldn't hold the tears any longer, but had completely forgotten to bring with me my handkerchief, and as my first tear fell down my cheek, Lee took out from his pocket his handkerchief, and gave it to me. It was so tender, so impromptu, but so, so perfectly sweet.

2. At the end of the night when all our friends and family gathered at the dance floor to dance the last song with us. As Lee and I held hands and jumped up and down, it was as if time slowed down; we could see so much joy and love in the faces of all those present. It was a wonderful moment, to feel so much support and blessings from those we love.

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

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bride and groom


Such a pretty, muted palette…

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wedding party

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bride and groom

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Seriously gorgeous, right!? Be sure to check back in a bit for Part 2, where we share highlights from Val + Lee’s stunning reception!


photography: Elizabeth Messina // wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // venue: Lake Doe Campground in Umatilla, Florida // catering: Green Coat Catering // florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // wedding dress: Chaviano Couture // bridal headpiece: Twigs and Honey // bridal jewelry: Free People // bridesmaids dresses: Katie of Coralie Beatrix // groom’s attire: J.Crew // dish rentals: Dishie Rentals // décor: Wish Vintage Rentals // linens: La Tavola // dj + lighting: Jacob // ceremony + cocktail music: Landon Pontius // officiant: Keith Kolakowski // cake + desserts: Michelle Calabro, Owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes // hair + makeup: Shelby George // robes: Girl with a Serious Dream // tent: Shelter-co // invitations + paper goods: Designed by Lee and Val, Owners & Founders of 48 Savvy Sailors // invitations: Letterpressed by Mama’s Sauce

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