Austin isn’t normally thought of as being a place for a destination wedding, but Megan and Kyle chose Ma Maison in Austin, Texas for their wedding location as a way to celebrate a place they loved visiting while dating. The couple, along with many of their family and friends, traveled in from Chicago for this elegant Texas wedding celebration, and we can’t wait for you to see!
Eclipse Event Co. worked alongside this couple to pull together such a lovely evening of celebration, and we love every detail that Brio Photography captured. Megan and Kyle chose an elegant style with blush and champagne tones, and so many treasured details that added a personal flair to the day. We are so excited about the insight and words of wisdom that Megan shared with us. She shared so many of their personal design details, and we love that you get to see some of the beautiful details and traditions from her special day!
What was the most important to the two of you while planning?
We wanted to create a weekend in which our guests were able to experience as much of Austin’s great food, drinks and music as possible. Since all of our guests were coming from out of town, travel accommodations were an important part of showing everyone a good time. We put together a little bar/food truck crawl on the night before our rehearsal dinner and had a welcome party for everyone after our rehearsal dinner. We chose to splurge on bus transportation from Austin to Dripping Springs. We thought it was important for everyone to enjoy the city and not have to worry about any travel on the day of the wedding.
Please describe your details.
My good family friend generously handmade all of our chalkboard signs. My parents helped me make the frame and table numbers for all the guests, it turned out great- you would never guess it came from a frame in the alley! My mother-in-law made me a gorgeous robe to wear while getting ready and also sewed these adorable bride and groom birds that we put on top of a little smash cake we got, just to have a bit of “cut the cake” tradition.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
Family is very important to us, so we wanted to incorporate them in as much as possible. Kyle comes from a very large family, they have started to hand embroider all the names of each couple onto this consignment tux and bridal gown they found years ago. It seems hard to explain until you see it, but it is a very sweet tradition. I was able to take my mother’s wedding dress and have a seamstress turn it into a purse I was able to use on the wedding day, it was so nice to have a piece of her past with me. We had pictures of each of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day in frames on our cake table. We also were able to have one of my grandfather’s poems read during the ceremony to honor his memory.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
This is the hardest question of all. There are so many good memories. Our wedding ceremony was perfect. Our officiant managed to weave the story of us meeting and our love for one another with one of our favorite songs “this must be the place.” It was an indescribable feeling that I wasn’t expecting. It was incredible to look out into this group of people that had traveled so far to witness our marriage. It was very special.
We loved that we ate dinner separately in the courtyard during the cocktail hour. It gave us a few minutes of privacy together and allowed us so much more time during the dinner to visit with our guests.
One of our favorite parts of the night was the dancing. We had some amazing energy and people were cutting loose. We barely left the dance floor after our first dance. We enjoyed a “final dance” after all of the guests had cleared out. It was really neat to look out into the empty room one last time together.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Our advice would be to make your decisions and stick with them. We spent a lot of time going back and forth on silly details that did not even cross our minds once on our wedding day. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Also, you have to give up on your people pleasing tendencies. We learned you are never going to make everyone happy, so go with what makes you both happy. Finally, on the day of the wedding be sure to take a step back together to appreciate the moment, especially the love of your family and friends.
Such great advice, and so many treasured moments. We absolutely love Megan and Kyle’s wedding day! The unique traditions and classic details made their wedding day an incredibly special celebration.
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Brio Photography | Ceremony Venue: Ma Maison | Reception Venue: Ma Maison | Event Planning: Eclipse Event Co. | Floral: Stems Floral Design | Desserts: Moojo | Rentals: Marquee Event Group | Linens: Marquee Event Group | Hair: Lauren Lumsden Hair & Makeup | Makeup: Lauren Lumsden Hair & Makeup | DJ: Bat City Beats | Ceremony Musicians: Aaron Goldfarb Music | Transportation: Clark Travel
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