Catherine and Preston were married at the Texas State Capitol on the Senate Floor. There Reception was held at the ACL Moody Theater.How did you choose your venues, the Texas State Capitol and ACL Theater?
Preston and I had always loved the idea of the Capitol and we didn’t even know we could have it in the actual Senate Chamber until we mentioned it to Preston’s dad, Kirk, and he told us that was an option. As for ACL Live, we just thought it was a very cool, uniquely Austin place which was what we were looking for being Austinites and all!Describe your decor and how you chose it?From the very beginning I knew I wanted the wedding decor to be very un-wedding-y. I’m not a huge fan of “white everything” at weddings or in general because I just love color. Color makes me happy because it has personality – especially when it’s bright and bold. White is pretty but it doesn’t have that POP that I love and legitimately need (it feeds my soul!). So, I just knew right off the bat that I wanted bright, large-and-in-charge flower arrangements ranging from all shades of pink and orange. All other decor was just about letting the color rule the roost.Why did you choose me, Jenny, to be your wedding photographer?
My mom and I met with our coordinator, Becky Brock with Brock + Co. Events, and there was this amazeballs picture hanging on the wall of this couple dancing amidst a shower of confetti – all of which was backlit by this bright light. Basically it was the coolest picture ever and I remember saying so to Becky and she just said “Yep. That’s Jenny DeMarco. You’ll be meeting her later. That kind of picture is her specialty.” And, sure enough, when we met you showed us some amazing, signature pictures that you had taken AND these really beautiful wedding photo albums that you put together after the wedding that immediately made me think “Yeah, so I’m going to need one of those.” It also helped that you have a fun, caring and totally understanding personality – we just clicked!!
What was one of your favorite moments from the your wedding day?Getting my shoe stuck in one of the floor vents on the floor of the Capitol and having to be rescued by my maid-of-honor and cousin, Katie, and my other bridesmaid+cousin, Allison. Let’s just say that my dress was rather warmish and the floor vents came to my rescue. I was hovering over one with my massive dress and accidentally stepped on it, causing my heel to go through the slats of the vent. Allison held me steady while Katie basically had to rip it out (it was that stuck), causing some of the calf hair on my shoe to be sheared off. It was hilarious and even funnier to look back and see a little bit of the shoe floating around in the air from the vent.What was your favorite image from your wedding day?All of them. But if I had to pick just one it’s the one of the whole wedding party walking down the stairs and out of the Capitol right after the ceremony. It looks like we’re flying down the stairs, running away, and I love it because it’s like we’re all so happy the Ceremony was a success and that we get to relax for two seconds before the madness starts again. I always joked that I would pull a Runaway Bride (only because I’m an introvert and I don’t love being the center of attention – like Julia Roberts when that camera flash goes off in her face!) so I think it’s funny that it looks like we’re all fleeing the scene when really everything went perfectly and was beautiful!Did any of your other vendors go above and beyond for you?All of them. Legitimately, every single one of them went above and beyond for us. (Exhibit A – had NO idea this was going to be in existence and when I saw it in The Potter Pub I kind of teared up a little bit!)If I gave you specifics for what each of them did that was above and beyond the call of duty then we would be here forever. I cannot have asked for a better wedding team. Truly, they pulled it all off beautifully and their dedication to making everything perfect meant the world to me, Preston and our families. Brock + Co. Events, David Kurio Designs, Jenny DeMarco Photography, LoveBirds Film, Townsley Designs, Simon Lee Bakery (LOVE ME SOME SWEETS), FILO Productions, Rebecca Ferguson (hair and makeup GENIUS), everyone at The State Capitol (especially Secretary of the Senate, Patsy Spaw), everyone at ACL Live, the list goes on and on!!!Do you have any tips to share with other couples?Good Lord – me, give advice? I suppose I would just say don’t agonize over the details – literally make a decision and move on – there are so many decisions to make this is the only way you’ll survive with your sanity still intact.A special thanks to:Event Coordinator and Designer: Brock + Co. EventsEvent Venue: Texas State Capitol, Senate FloorReception Venue: ACL Moody TheaterFlourish: David KurioDecor: Townsley, Strong Events, Marquee Event Group, DWF Dance floors, Full Spectrum IceLighting: FILO Productions,Catering: W Hotel AustinCake and Dessert: Simon Lee BakeryBand: Atlanta ShowstoppersLate Night Snack: In and Out Burger