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Megan & Kyle: Hill Country Elegance

The number one question asked during Megan and Kyle’s wedding weekend: Why Austin? Megan loves to share the things she loves most with her friends and family as Kyle explained in his speech about his new wife. 100% of the crowd came in from out of town, mostly Chicago, where the couple and their families reside. No family or friends lived in Austin, Megan and Kyle simply visited the Texas Capital while dating and thought it would be a great idea to bring everyone down to celebrate!

The Wedding Weekend began early on Thursday without outdoor activities throughout the city. On Friday Megan hosted at Bridal Luncheon at Second Bar and Kitchen on Congress. Bridal Party and Family were then invited to the rehearsal at County Line on the Lake, which had great Texas Barbeque as well as stellar views. Kyle’s parents hosted everyone to a Welcome Party at The Rattle Inn. Anyone who was still ready to party headed to Rainey Street for the After Party for the Welcome Party!

This made a slower start for some once Hair and MakeUp started bright and early with Lauren Lumsden. In the end in though, all ladies in the bridal party and especially Megan, looked flawless.

Ma Maison played host to everyone that day. Acoustic Guitarist Aaron Goldfarb (who incidentally was the cousin to our bride two weeks prior!) serenaded everyone as the bridal party walked down the aisle as well as for cocktail hour.

The overall for the reception was Hill Country Elegance. The main focal point of Ma Maison’s reception space was definitely the bridal party table. All guest tables were rounds with a sharp grey dupioni linen and the head table was comprised of farm tables with a lace runner. STEMS floral then provided silver candelabras in between the floral centerpieces, which really drew the eye to the middle of the room.

Overall the color pallet was a mixture of soft pinks and greens with white, which played very well against the slate grey linens.

The staff from Crave Catering were exceptionally popular during Cocktail Hour, especially those carrying the fried chicken and waffles with an applicator for your syrup. Dinner was a big hit as well.

Megan and Kyle knew they didn’t want a traditional cake, however, since Megan was gifted some nice wedding cake toppers, we ended up volunteering our services to actually pick up their cake: a service of which we would never do under normal circumstances (leave it to the cake experts to transport your three tiered cake please!!) but since we were picking up what amounted to a $13 smash cake from HEB, we were happy to obliged.

While that cake was just for pictures (which turned out adorably), the main event for dessert were the warm cookie and ice cream sandwiches from Moojo. Always a hit!

The dance floor was definitely kept full throughout the reception from James with White Label DJs. What made it unique were the song choices. Annie Lennox’s Walking on Broken Glass played out like it was Party in the USA or Shake it Off. “Is this a cocktail hour song” James asked the couple during the planning, and they were very clear to say “no it’s for the dance party section”. Love it!

While the couple planned on hosting tipsy pops for everyone (fun alcoholic popsicle sticks), it was decided that the weather was too cold for guests to enjoy them. Even though there was some hesitation to adjust on the couple’s side, Crave ended up modifying the late night treat from Tipsy Pops to Breakfast Tacos, a move that definitely paid off. This hearty snack was 100% devoured by all the guests.

A sparkler send off ended the evening, with all images captured by Brio Photography. All guests were bussed back downtown, either to hotels, or to the after party at Handle Bar, giving everyone more stories to tell on their flights back to Chicago the next day.

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