How did you choose your venues – Barton Creek Resort and Smith Family Chapel?
We knew we wanted to get married in Austin and had originally wanted to get married outside. After considering the weather, because its Texas, we felt that trying to plan for heat, snow, rain etc. would be too stressful. So we then moved to an indoor venue. I wanted to get married in a church but didn’t want religion to be the dominant theme. Smith family chapel is one of the prettiest chapels in west Austin and is also non-denominational so we felt more comfortable. I really wanted a pretty church.
I grew up in Austin and grew up going to Barton Creek with my family. Barton Creek offered the luxury of having a hotel, so our guest didn’t have to travel far, besides when transportation was provided. Barton Creek offers multiple locations but we chose the Outside Pavilion for a number of reasons. For one, it is almost 100% enclosed by glass windows, or doors that can open to the outside. It was like having a reception outside without the worry. It also held just the right amount of people so that it wasn’t squished, but also wasn’t so big that it felt empty. The view is spectacular and overlooks the golf course so it had the perfect setting for cocktail hour, and lastly it has a fireplace. We had the fireplace going because our Wedding was in November and it was slightly chilly.
Describe your decor and how you chose it?
I wasn’t a high maintenance bride but there were three things I was adamant about. The first was that I wanted a black tie wedding. I think all men look so sharp in tuxs, especially my husband. The second was a band and third was an open bar.
I felt like the décor needed to match the dress code so everything was pretty formal. I love flowers and wanted as many as I could. I chose really romantic flowers like peonies, ranunculus, and spray roses. I picked colors like ivory, pinks and champagnes and opted to not include any purple or greenery (personal preference). There were millions of candles and mercury glass. We hired an amazing lighting technician to hang lights on the inside so it all came together feeling very romantic. I loved it.
Ceremony Venue: Smith Family Chapel
Reception Venue: Barton Creek Resort and Spa
Florist: Bouquets of Austin
Musician and DJ: Matchmaker Band
Hair Stylist: Hush Salon
Makeup Artist: Adore Makeup Salon