Heart-Themed Austin Wedding: Hannah + John

heart lit bouquets

Happy Valentine’s Day you guys! And we have the most perfect wedding to share with you today: Hannah + John’s heart-themed Austin celebration! This adorable + artful pair wanted to craft a “winter wonderland meets Valentine’s Day” setting, filled with lots of gold, glitter, pinks, and hearts! Sounds like so much fun, right?! They came up with so many great ways to bring their playful theme to life and wisely teamed up with Tori from Sitting in a Tree, who was the perfect creative mastermind to help them achieve their dream day. Here’s a bit more about it from John:

Our wedding was on the fifth anniversary of the day we met. We wanted it to be intimate and personal, with the focus on celebrating our love, surrounded by those closest to us. Everyone there was one of our loved ones. My best friends played a huge role: our officiant, music for our processional and recessional, hair stylist, even singing back up to a song I wrote for Hannah – just to name a few. Hannah had a great vision of what she wanted it to be like, and Tori made everything more beautiful than we could’ve expected.

Big thanks to Studio Castillero for the super stunning images and congrats to Hannah + John on an absolutely lovely day!

heart invitation

purple flower bouquet

dotted lace bride

dotted lace bride

purple bouquet

heart bouquet bridesmaids


Who says your ladies have to carry freshly cut blooms? We think these illuminated string hearts, adorned with vintage fabric fringe, are the perfect bouquet alternative!

heart lit bouquets

first look

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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Don’t the guys all look so handsome? Love their gold fabric heart bouts!

mis matched groomsmen

heart boutonnieres

heart garland

heart garland

Processional: Something – The Beatles

Recessional: Two of Us – The Beatles

First Dance: Only You – The Platters

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony


Love Hannah’s beautifully customized dress? She’s selling it! Email her at hannahsuk{at}gmail[dot]com if you’re interested.

bride and groom

groom singing to bride

groom singing to bride

Hannah: During the cocktail hour, I saw my husband strapping a guitar around his shoulder and standing in front of a microphone with all his best men behind him. Little did I know he had written a song just for me and was about to perform it in front of all our wedding guests! It was such a sweet surprise that I never expected and made the day all the more special.

John: I think the combination of euphoria and relief after saying our own vows stands out the most to me. I didn't realize before how overcome with emotion I would be. It was a wonderful feeling telling Hannah the depth of my love for her. I was also really happy with how the surprise song I performed with my best men went; Hannah always loves a good surprise. All the guys really came through with singing back up- I'm truly grateful everything went perfectly.

groom singing to bride

pink reception

pink reception

stuffed heart plate settings

stuffed heart plate settings

stuffed heart plate settings

garland chair decor

gold glitter candles

pink tablescapes


The whimsical cake table is one of our fave details of the whole celebration!

pink heart and fern backdrop

fern and gold hearts

three wedding cakes

glitter filled heart ornaments

ice cream truck

first dance

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Hannah: 1. Hire all your dream vendors! Just do it! 2. Bad things will happen during planning, even disastrous things (for me, ruining my wedding dress 1.5 weeks before the wedding!) Try to stay calm, trust those around you, and remember that at the end of all the planning, there will be one heck of a party and a handsome man to call your husband.

John: Don't procrastinate! Embrace all the love everyone's there to give.

photography: Studio Castillero // venue: Mercury Hall Austin, Texas // event design, planning + florals: Sitting in a Tree // wedding dress: Love Yu Stars Dress customized by Olga European Fashions // hairpieces: Sitting in a Tree // shoes: Christian Louboutin // bridesmaid dresses: Forever New // hair + makeup: Bride and Maids of Honor // groom suit: J. Crew // invites: Love VS. Design // catering: The Peached Tortilla // cake: Polkadots Cupcake Factory // dessert: Ice Cream Social // music: ATX DJ // photobooth: Live Oaks Photobooth

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySitting in a Tree, J. Crew, and Studio Castillero are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Glam Disco Wedding Inspiration

disco valentines inspiration

After a brainstorming meeting one afternoon, the creative gals at Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events decided to put together a styled shoot, combining all of their current obsessions: berries, glitter, disco, and big hair! From the saturated reds of the florals + berries, to the incandescent sparkle of the linens + disco balls, to the pretty vintage details + props, the aesthetic is eye catching + unique — and just in time for Valentine’s Day!

We’re loving so much of this session for snagging ideas for an ultra glam wedding or party! Thanks so much to Elizabeth Kaye for the super pretty images and to Coriander Girl for the beautiful + vibrant florals. How many of you are planning a wedding with a similar, sophisticated feel?

disco valentines invitation

strawberry invitation

red lips

disco valentines

red florals


Love that they incorporated airplants, my fave, into the tablescape!

disco valentines inspiration

disco valentines inspiration

red table numbers


From LynzieThe shoot incorporated a ton of really fun DIY ideas. We used mirrored squares to created small “half disco ball” bowls for the berries and sugar plums to sit in. We used bright red yarn to make tassel garlands. We edged the berry print napkins and lace linen with bright red pom pom trim. We sprayed and hand glittered the cylinder vases for the berries and the berries were hand picked from my grandmother’s property!

disco valentines inspiration

dessert plate setting

disco valentines inspiration

strawberry chair decor

disco valentines inspiration

red flower crown

disco valentines bouquet

tulle skirt


The lovely gowns were provided by Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique. And the hair + makeup design, by Ashley Readings + Sarah Smith, was inspired by popular 1970’s disco looks. The brushed out pin-curled hair and bold red lips definitely depict an edgy, vintage-inspired look!

disco valentines

urban dessert backdrop

fruit tarts

macroons

airplant decor

berry branch cake

rings

detail back dress

disco valentines bouquet


Be sure to take a peek at the fun wedding film by Kat of Bright Sky Wedding Designs, too!


Thanks so much to the creative group of wedding artists below for sharing their talents with us today!

photographer: Elizabeth Kaye // planning + design: Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events // venue: The Burroughes Toronto, Canada // florals: Coriander Girl // videography: Bright Sky Wedding Designs // stationery: Beet & Path designs // gowns: Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique // cake + sweets: Nadia and Co. // hair: Ashley Readings // makeup: Sarah Smith MUA // headpieces: Laura Jayne Bridal // furniture: FOS Decor // sequin linen: The Linen Closet // china + flatware: Chair Man Mills

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California Villa Wedding: Sydnee + Sam

bride and groom with vintage car

Sydnee + Sam are total rockstars who wanted their big day to be artful, reflective of the two of them, and different than any wedding that had already been held at their gorgeous venue, The Villa in San Juan Capistrano, California. They decided on a woodsy-forest theme, with a focus on animals to pay homage to their beloved critter tattoos. While we love it all, we’re pretty much dying over the beautiful florals by Floral Occasions (Stacy Fitts from Floral Occasions is Sydnee’s mom!) and Sydnee’s crazy-pretty pink WTOO Olivia Gown! And wait until you see the sweet bunting + garland combo that served as their ceremony backdrop. Too cute!

Big thanks to Troy Grover Photographers for the beautiful photography + congratulations to Sydnee + Sam on an amazing day!

deep red bouquet

feather invitation

gold rings

deep red velvet bridesmaids


So love how the bridesmaid’s rich, burgundy dresses juxtapose beautifully with Sydnee’s pale-hued ensemble.

deep red velvet bridesmaids

deep red bouquet

groom with sunglasses

groomsmen

wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bunting and garland

Sydnee - The ceremony. Right before I walked down the aisle, I had a conversation with my dad about how he helped build The Villa. I felt like all of my dad's work at The Villa was leading up to him being able to walk me down the aisle and that he “built my ceremony”.

Samuel – My most memorable moment started when I first asked David, Sydnee’s dad, to marry her. We were playing golf and he told me that when he was getting married, his best man wrote the words “help me” on the bottom of his shoes; a word on each shoe. So when the day of my wedding came around, David wrote “Help Me” on the bottom of my shoes!

ceremony

succulent and stumps

Processional: Going to California – Led Zeppelin

Recessional: Darlin’ – J.Thoven (played live)

First Dance: Mtn Song – Rayland Baxter

flower exit

wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

vintage window seating chart

wooden tables

skinny candles

colored glass

wooden tablescape

red and green centerpiece

gold fauna table decor

menu

wooden stump table numbers

red and green centerpiece

succulent and moss wedding table

cake table

naked cake with succulents

First of all, if you need a longer engagement in order to get or have the things you want, do it. Don’t sacrifice things just because you want to get married right this second. Second of all, let the wedding professionals do what they do. You hired them because you like their work, so let them have their freedom to express their expertise.

photography: Troy Grover Photographers // venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, California // florals: Floral Occasions // event coordinator: Michelle McGregor // wedding dress: WTOO Olivia Gown by Waters via Mary Me Bridal in Orange, California // shoes: Seychelles // bridesmaid dresses and jewelery: Custom designed by each bridesmaid (all fashion design grads or students) // hair + makeup: Collette Silva // groom suit: Zara // videography: Grant Jenson // paper goods: Project Watermark // catering: Iva Lee’s // cake: It’s All About the Cake // music: DJ EA: Eric Anderson from Divel Entertainment // linens: Designer Specialty Linens // rentals: Signature Party Rental // vintage stamps: Verde Studio // vocalist: Kristen Proffit and son Nathan Proffit of Calico

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