The days are getting shorter, leaves are beginning to fall, so it is with a sad farewell that we bid adieu to summer and spring with this lovely throwback! This darling couple was wed at the Starhill Ranch in Austin and enjoyed delicious BBQ during their reception but don’t think for a second that they forgot to include the glamour! The bride was glowing in a stunning Matthew Christopher gown and the lush, jewel-toned bouquets were the perfect accent to the bridesmaids in varying shades of pale-pink and ivory. Don’t miss this one and the incredible photos captured by Christina Carroll Photography!
The Couple: Chelsea and Patrick
The Wedding: 10.19.13 – Starhill Ranch, Bee Cave, TX
The Goals: We just wanted a get-together with good food, drinks and conversation so our families could get to know each other while having a great time. My family is in Texas and Patrick’s is in Maine so there are not many opportunities to mix!
The Design: The theme of our wedding was Texas, baby! We live in California so this was a chance to get back to my Texas roots and show Patrick’s family some of Texas’ (and specifically Austin’s) charm and hospitality. I wanted a country wedding- from the brown paper invitations, to the barbeque, to the live music, to the ranch setting. Starhill Ranch ended up being the perfect venue for us.
The Moments: As generic as it sounds, just having our loved ones there in the chapel with us on our big day was the most special part for us. Every person we loved was in that room, and knowing that they all bought plane tickets, drove for hours, booked a hotel room, and made it there just to see us be married was so humbling and made my heart want to burst while I was walking down the aisle. Having our mentor from Los Angeles, Joe Shaughnessy, marry us was also a special memory. I’ll also never forget the way Patrick was looking at me during the ceremony. We were both emotional, but did not want to show it!
The Look: I wanted a dress that was a little different, and I fell in LOVE with the Matthew Christopher “Sofia” dress before I even tried it on. There were many different panels, lines, and patterns, and the lace had repeated patterns of hanging flowers almost like wisteria in it. It was my fairy dress. The bridesmaids were all my sisters and sisters-in-law, and they had free reign to choose their own dresses in a nude color. They did such a great job! Everything matched perfectly.
The Advice: Planning a wedding could cause a *few* disagreements with your significant other! But after the wedding is over everything will be much calmer and HAPPIER (at least in my experience)… so just hold on! Our biggest success was choosing Austin as our destination. What a memory!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Christina Carroll Photography
Event Planner: The Simplifiers
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Starhill Ranch
Officiant: Joe Shaughnessy
Invitation Designer: Shari Fors of Sweet Nothings
Catering: Catering with a Twist
Florist: Fleurish Austin
Cake: Tiny Pies
Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: J.Crew
Hair: Michelle Weber
Makeup: Avery Allen
DJ: Spacecraft Entertainment
Live Music: Darrell Goldman
Transportation: Austin Charter Services
Rings: Cristiani’s Jewelers
Photo booth: Annie Ray
Accomodations: Driskill Hotel
Congrats Chelsea and Patrick! And a big thanks to Christina Carroll Photography for sharing her beautiful photos with us.