Science-Inspired Austin Wedding: Sarah + Gilliss

scientist wedding

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!

scientist bride

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?

black bridesmaids dresses

quirky bouquet

sweet flower girl

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

bride and groom

bride and groom


boutonniere and green bow tie

ring nest







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


science bug escort cards

science bug escort cards

science tablescape

table numbers

glass dome science tablescape

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


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.

guest book


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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  1. Thank you for featuring Sarah and Gilliss’s wedding! When I saw Sarah in that beautiful dress and the unique floral design by The Nouveau Romantics, I was smitten! Such a lovely affair to document!

  2. Everything was so gorgeous! Especially the bouquets.. wedding dress.. boutonnieres.. table center pieces.. basically everything lol

  3. Your youth showed In your enthusiasm for the fete. Your maturity showed in the structure, setting, and all the artistry you displayed in the presentation. It was both a wedding of your souls, and a wedding of youth and maturity. Never seen a more perfect union. I hope God blesses you with a continuation of this love forever.

  4. What a truly lovely wedding, I literally adore every aspect of every image. I searched on JCrew’s website for the dress (it is amazing) and I was unable to find it :(

  5. Gorgeous!! The bride is a classic beauty.

  6. Awesome! everything looks perfect, love this amazing wedding

  7. Loving this beautiful venue and those awesome centrepieces! The bride and groom look amazing and have incorporated their personalities into their big day beautifully.

  8. I love everything about this!!!! Just perfect.

  9. truly beautiful! where did you find your guest book?

  10. Dying. DY. ING. DYING!!! So gorgeous! Her hair! Those cloche jars! The everything!

  11. Lovely! Beautiful couple. The photobooth pictures are my favorite.

  12. The photobooth pic is adorable!

  13. I like the natural themed wedding like this one. Very light and refreshing. However, I think, adding up lights in the venue could add life to the wedding event. And the center piece looks great. Cheers to that! I have faith in One Heart Wedding planner that they can do this.


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