Friday, October 9, 2009

A Magical Evening in Austin: Ashley + Justin

I'm so excited to share these beautiful pictures from  husband and wife team, Gordon & Lara, of Red Letter Photography! My good friend, Ashley, and her husband, Justin, were just married July 25th at Villa Antonia in Austin, Texas.
As a guest, I was thrilled for the bride and groom and so delighted with all the lovely details.

An intimate ceremony for 120 guests was set with simple white chairs against a panoramic Hill Country sky. Guests were welcomed at their seats with a chic-woven hand fan and ceremony program. Bouquets of bright yellow popped cheerfully against the elegant blue (a deep shade of cornflower) of the bridesmaids. I loved the men all in tan tuxedos with crisp white shirts and coordinating blue ties. The bride looked stunning in a fitted, sweetheart silouette with just a touch of a train. As the two wed under a pergola laced with yellow blooms and fresh greens, I remember my favorite moment when the bride's veil flew straight across her face and into the groom's. She tried to play it straight and ignore it at first, but then she just laughed, gathering it in her hands and replacing it behind herself. It was so wonderfully real, and I was touched with the sincerity of their ceremony.

 Dinner was a real treat, set outside to breathe in more Texas beauty from this amazing hill top. A delicious three-course meal was served as twilight set in.

With champagne and spirits flowing, dancing soon followed in an adjacent hall, rich in medieval elegance, with stone walls and handsome iron chandeliers. Here, the couple shared their first dance as husband and wife, sweetly exchanged tastes of their chocolate wedding cake, and were filled with blessings and wishes from all. All good things come to an end, but I shared in the cheer as guests tossed rose petals on the Bride and Groom as they exited.

So proud to add a little extra green-bit that the couple designed all wedding stationary on recycled paper and the guest's place cards were displayed on re-used corks from wine bottles. A little eco-thought here and there goes a long way! :)


Anonymous said...

What a lovely written post! Thank you for sharing our wedding - we were honored to have you there. Love the blog - it's definitely giving StyleMePretty a run for its money!! Love the Spanish lace gowns in the post before, too.


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