A Night Like MO Other

For Morgan’s 40th, she wanted long farm tables filled with friends, food & wine under a canopy of fairy lights. We loved her vision from the start. The mood board for the night was inspired by images of interior designer, Kelly Wearstler’s, work that had a color palette of emerald green, black, white & gold. When a client shares my girl crush on Kelly Wearstler, I’m 100% on board. We thread the colors into place cards, menus, floral, napkins & even paper straws.

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To bring the emerald green into the place cards, we used a technique that is one of our old favorites: dip dying. For the menus, we added a new technique that we’ve loved from afar for a long time but had never tried in-house: gold leaf.

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The perfect green velvet settee from Panacea Collective carried everything into the lounge area where guests had cocktails & appetizers to start.

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The event space, 7Co, had the perfect room to stage the farm tables and tunnel effect with the light strands. We partnered with Intelligent Lighting Design, and the light installation was just as stunning as we’d imagined. It transformed a blank slate into a magical setting for dinner. When guests moved to the dinner room, Parkside served family style goodness course after course.

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To finish the night off, everyone danced the night away to beats by DJ Honeycomb. Everything was captured on the mobile photo booth and shared with #apartylikeMOother. Our new roaming GIF booth is such a fun addition to the dance floor! More info + hilarious gifs here.

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ARAGONA - ARLEDGE WEDDING

The Aragona family has been clients and friends for over a decade, so doing Sarah’s wedding was like doing a wedding for family.  Sarah’s mom, Sandra, said from the start that she wanted to see possible venues, but that their home was a back up option.  Their house is a beautiful property on Lake Austin with a perfectly flat, expansive green yard that comes right up to the water, with the cliffs of Mount Bonnell creating a dramatic backdrop directly across the lake.  So I told Sandra that I could show them venues, but none of them would be as perfect as their home.

For the ceremony, we built a round stage that was large enough to fit Sarah and Cole plus all 24 of their wedding party.  Townsley Designs can build anything you can dream up and they’re known for making it absolutely perfect, whatever it is. We asked them to take on the task of making our giant round stage.

I also had the pleasure of working with my favorite florist, David Kurio, to take things to the next level.  David and his team finished out the stage with jaw dropping arrangements of cantilevered calla lilies in tall modern vases and a border of lush hydrangeas.  We had unforgettable floral “walls” that formed the entry for guests and the wedding party.  If you’ve never walked through two walls of solid flowers, you should give it a try.

After the ceremony, guests walked a few steps for cocktails and passed appetizers by one of Austin’s longest reigning "best restaurants," Uchi.  Uchi was the brainchild of James Beard award winner, Tyson Cole.  His creations are technically sushi, but the word “sushi” doesn’t quite do his food justice.

Once the cocktail hour finished, guests found their seats for dinner  under a sailcloth tent.  I love sailcloth tents because they give gorgeous light and visual details when the sun shines through the fabric.  Word of Mouth took over the food from that point and knocked it out of the park with a high-end comfort food family-style dinner, if that description makes any sense. Think of everything you love to eat and now picture the best, most beautiful version of that.

The entire wedding was designed in shades of taupe, white and gray.  We used one of my favorite combinations for the escort cards and place cards: gray card stock with white calligraphy (by Teri Gaus with At Long Last Letters). The escort cards were displayed in sparkling white sand in acrylic trays. Our linens were a beautiful taupe from BBJ Linen called Taupe Lamour.  It’s the perfect neutral linen that gives the perfect warm backdrop to almost any tablescape.  To make the dinner tables glow, David used mixed arrangements with varying shades of white blooms and large cut glass hurricanes.

After dinner, everyone moved out to the yard and pool for dancing, where Townsley Designs had turned the ceremony location into cozy lounge areas with fire pits. Perfectly mixed chandeliers hung from a tree over the reception area making us almost forget we were outside.  The Jimmy Vali Band had them dancing way past the city’s noise ordinance curfew. P. Terry’s burger truck pull up in front of the house to surprise guests with late night snacks.

My favorite shot by photographer, Robert Evans, was the first dance in front of our vintage marquee sign that says DANCE.  There were so many amazing photos though, it’s hard to say “my favorite.”  Robert captured everything perfectly as always.

Sarah and Cole’s wedding was featured in Inside Weddings. You can read the article here and learn more about their story.

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CHEESE + WINE

When Joe called us to to help with Kirstin’s birthday dinner, he had already secured their favorite chef, Berty Richter (who specializes in Eastern Mediterranean food but does everything well and is the owner of Hummus Among Us). Joe also had in place sommelier Nathan Prater and his (and my) favorite specialty cheese purveyor, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.

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Craven + Co. was tasked with the tablescape design and rentals to make the food presentation special.  We used our individual marble cheese boards for Antonelli’s cheese tasting.  For centerpieces, we used our natural wooden slabs with cut glass decanters filled with red roses.  Our brass votive holders and bowls full of rose petals gave the whole table a glow. Our place cards were marble hexagons with gold calligraphy by Averi with an Eye.  We used Joe and Kirstin’s beautiful containers to bring the red roses inside.

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xx TC

 

 

EAST COAST IN AUSTIN

When we started this project with Morgan Burnham for her husband John’s 40th, we knew she wanted to have an East Coast vibe, because John is from there and they spend a lot of time in Newport, RI. In the invitation, Morgan encouraged guests to dress East Coast Preppy. . . and they did.  Even the guys.

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We had the most beautiful cookies made by Hayley’s Cakes and Cookies with with East Coast graphics + colors, and others with John’s initials.

Garbo’s Lobster Truck pulled back into the driveway and after passing lobster mac n’ cheese during cocktails, they offered truck-side service for the main course: lobster rolls + clam chowder. We had a raw oyster bar (with a shucker!) available all night for guests to stop by for more.

Our centerpieces were our silver Amalfi lanterns alongside our galvanized buckets filled with gorgeous, white hydrangeas.

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xx TC