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Incredibly Stylish South Congress Hotel Elopement

November 6, 2021 | riley

After their 150-person wedding was postponed twice, Becca and Yoni decided to run off and tie the knot in a secret yet totally epic South Congress Hotel elopement. While it may not have been the wedding they originally envisioned, the couple still incorporated all of the personalized touches that spoke to them.

With the help of planner XO Moreau Events, the Milton Suite was transformed into a ceremony space complete with a golden chuppah draped in fall-colored florals from The Farmer and I. And if that wasn’t romantic enough, the two galavanted around Austin for portraits before enjoying a private snack of oysters and champagne at the hotel’s restaurant, which was closed to the public–a date night tradition they like to call “bite and a bev.” 

Photographer and Junebug member Amber Vickery Photography did a beautiful job capturing the stylish details of this day–from the gold sequined wedding gown to the big city strolls with their furry friend to the Japanese whiskey enjoyed at the end of the night. Whether you’ve downsized your special day or you’re looking for boho meets glam wedding inspo, these dreamy city “I do’s” are sure to inspire. 

The Couple:

Becca and Yoni

The Wedding:

South Congress Hotel, Austin, Texas

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A Gold Sequined Wedding Gown

I have a white dress at home, one that I still hope I can wear someday, but I purchased it with my mother, and since she wasn’t going to be there, I didn’t want to have that moment without her. I always knew I wanted gold sequins somewhere on my wedding day, so I figured this would be the perfect time to pull out an over-the-top gold sequin batwing dress that I’ve actually gotten a lot of use out of!

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A COVID-19 Change Of Plans

Our original 150-person, meticulously planned wedding had been scheduled for April 5, 2020. We had to make the gut-wrenching decision to postpone it 19 days beforehand due to rolling shutdowns and the pandemic. It was one of the hardest decisions we had to make as we were so close to the big day. Our incredible planner, Alex, worked with all our wedding vendors to reschedule to November 1st (before we knew this was a pandemic), but by mid-August, we knew it wasn’t realistic. So in October, we made the hush-hush decision to elope when we knew we would be traveling through Texas. (We spent the second half of 2020 living in an RV – another story!)

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Why A South Congress Hotel Elopement

The South Congress Hotel had always been the inspiration for our original wedding. We loved the soft brass, warm greens, caramel leather tones, and the slight nod to Palm Springs in the different spaces. And while it wasn’t the fit for Wedding 1.0, we saw this as our opportunity now that it was just the two of us! We booked the Milton Suite simply because it gave us enough space to stay and have our ceremony together. We also loved the large outdoor patio and wanted to utilize it as much as possible. In our original wedding plan and this elopement, we focused on selecting spaces that didn’t need a lot of decoration and stood out on their own as incredible backdrops.

Incorporating Date Night Traditions

One of the cornerstones of our relationship is what we like to call a “Bite and a Bev.” Yoni and I absolutely love doing restaurant crawls where we sit down at the bar at a packed or popular spot, order one drink each and one small plate, get the check, and move on. To incorporate that into our elopement, we asked the hotel if they would let us sit at the bar at Central Standard. The restaurant was closed that day, but the amazing team there worked with us to set up a plate of oysters (one of our favorites) and a bottle of champagne to enjoy after the ceremony. Some of my favorite photos are of us, post-ceremony, sitting at a restaurant bar and enjoying our favorite foods together. If anything captures us it’s these moments.

Working With Junebug Member Amber Vickery 

Amber is incredible. We chose to work with her because I loved that her photos felt almost documentary in style, with a balance between film and digital. We wanted someone who could capture the candid moments but also knew how to help us pose (we’re kind of awkward). We did not want a photographer who was in our face but someone who knew how to capture from a distance. It was one of the best decisions we made to work with her. On top of that, she is just a genuinely amazing person. We continue to keep in touch and share book recommendations!

 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Amber Vickery Photography
Event Planning – XO Moreau Events
Venue – South Congress Hotel
Floral Design – The Farmer and I
Officiant – Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe
Makeup Artist – Hannah Zahner Beauty
Wedding Dress – ASOS
Bridal Accessories – Sam Edelman
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Rings – Fiat Lux
Rentals – Mancino Rental

 

Congratulations again to Becca and Yoni on their stylish South Congress Hotel elopement! We’re so thankful that Junebug member Amber Vickery Photography was there to work her magic and capture every detail of this special day. To see more of Amber’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the globe! And don’t forget to check out our elopement planning guide.

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Elegant Positano Coastal Elopement That Cost Under $10K

November 4, 2021 | kailey

Having a small wedding budget doesn’t mean you’re stuck in a boring, limited wedding planning box. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The proof is in Elena and Filippo’s Positano coastal elopement. From the bride’s custom tulle wedding gown to the Italian cliffside venue, it’s hard to believe this elegant destination elopement costs under $10,000. 

With the help of wedding planner Incanto Team this couple was able to bring to life the intimate Italian nuptials of their dreams without breaking the bank. The adventurous couple kicked off their elopement by exchanging vows in a Homeating villa overlooking the colorful cliffside framed by florals from Floragarden Positano. They then ended the day with a romantic golden hour boat ride—a romantic reception alternative. 

If you’re not yet convinced your small wedding budget can do magical things, you will be after checking out these images by Junebug member Maria Bryzhko Photography. Keep scrolling for unique ways to authentically celebrate your love without draining your bank account.

The Couple:

Elena and Filippo

The Wedding:

Positano, Italy

How did you create your wedding budget?

Our wedding date was the number one priority. We live in the United Kingdom and originally wanted a traditional wedding day with all of our loved ones. We quickly realized it wouldn’t be possible so we decided to elope. That changed a lot of our wedding priorities. We really had to pay attention to the budget because we still wanted to celebrate back home with friends and families.

 

What aspects of your wedding are you most proud of?

The fact that every wedding vendor involved perfectly understood our tastes and needs. We loved the photos on the rocks at sunset. We also decided that we didn’t want a water taxi but a classic Amalfi coast boat. It was a last minute lucky find! Every detail together made for a perfect day.

What were your priorities for your budget?

Our two main priorities were photography and location. Photos are like an extension of your memories, they will just raise their emotional value through the years.

How did you cut costs for aspects of your wedding that weren’t your priority?

Our biggest tip for couples is to determine their priorities. Once you set priorities, it will be much easier making decisions that are budget-friendly—even if you have to give up the live string trio for your reception.

Do you have any regrets about your wedding?

Je ne regrette rien! We had a beautiful elopement and it was the best decision ever. Once we decided to elope, all the worries about the wedding day were magically gone.

What advice would you give couples working with a budget similar to yours?

Don’t be afraid to make big decisions or to think differently. We also recommend setting your own priorities around what’s important to you, it’s your big day after all!

What was your style inspiration?

Our theme was inspired by the colorful Positano and lemons. We decided to compromise and go with an informal elegant vibe that made both of us happy. That’s why Filippo wore a simple blue suit, a bow tie, and brown loafers. I wore a gown that combined two of my favorites—Grace Kelly’s high neck and Sophie Turner’s long sleeves. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Maria Bryzhko Photography
Event Planning – Incanto Team
Ceremony Venue – HOMEATING
Reception Venue – Villa San Giacomo
Floral Design – Floragarden Positano
Invitation Design – Officina Giuseppe Villa

Wedding Dress – Talea Couture
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Maria Pia Makeup artist
Transportation – Grassi Beach Bar

 

Congratulations Elena and Filippo on their stunning Positano coastal elopement. And big thanks to photographer and Junebug member Maria Bryzhko Photography for capturing every moment that makes an elopement well worth it.  

If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding with a limited budget, start by checking out more of Maria’s work in our directory of top photographers from around the world. Then, head to our destination wedding budget breakdown to help you and your significant other create a wedding budget comfortable for you both.

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Colorful and Modern Garden Wedding Inspiration

November 3, 2021 | olivia

When your wedding venue acts as a blank canvas, the possibilities are endless—and this garden wedding inspiration is proof of that. This talented team wanted to create a spring garden party filled with bright and bold colors at The Arlo—a venue of white walls, large windows, and tall ceilings. With a color palette of pink, chartreuse, and lavender, each vendor found pieces that paired together to create an intimate and cozy space. 

The result was the perfect garden party with some seriously unique details. Wedding planner Bird Dog Wedding used fun couches and lounge chairs for the ceremony seating. And floral designer Rebel Floral created a bold floral installation made of colored foliage and bright flowers. 

Nikk Nguyen’s Thoughts On This Garden Wedding Inspiration

Three adjectives that describe this wedding’s vibe are modern, garden, and elegant. The theme was just bold, spring, garden party, colorful loveliness. The bride’s sparkling dress was a stand-out! And we loved the groom’s pink pants. The tablescape featured florals on florals in the color palette—a vibrant spring mix of pink, chartreuse, and lavender. The use of spray-painted foliage with fresh blooms created the coolest ceremony installation. We included fun lounge seating for the ceremony, geometric-inspired cakes, and minimalist, vibrant stationery. 

Scroll down to see photos captured by Junebug member Nikk Nguyen Photo

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The Talented Team:

Photography – Nikk Nguyen Photo
Event Planning – Bird Dog Wedding
Venue – The Arlo
Floral Design – Rebel Floral
Cake – Feathers and Frosting
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Sharon Marie Branham
Wedding Dress – Unbridaled
Groom’s Apparel – Bonobos

 

Thank you to Junebug member Nikk Nguyen Photo for capturing and sharing this garden wedding inspiration with us. See more of this work in his profile of photographers from around the world

Want to create a wedding just like all the inspiration you’ve gathered on Pinterest? We’ve got everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams that will match your vibe without breaking your budget. To help you get started, head over to our ultimate wedding planning checklist.

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