Evening Candlelight Wedding at 800 Congress

March 5, 2018

Windowsill wedding dress with belt embellishment photo.

Delicate wedding shoe detail on vail photo.

Gold wedding jewelry details on marble table.

Arial photo of bride in robe getting her makeup done on her wedding day.

Dual photo collage of bride getting makeup finished and bride putting on her earrings in natural light.

Black and white photo of groom looking out the window in anticipation for the ceremony to start.

Mother of the bride helps bride into wedding gown.

The father of the bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.

The bride cries in her dress as she prepares to see her groom for the first time before their first look.

The bride playfully grabs the groom's bottom before the wedding.

The bride wipes a tear away as she happily looks at her groom.

The bride and groom look lovingly at one another as the light peaks through the trees and frames the happy couple.

The bride and groom smile at one another, framed by foliage and natural light.

The bride and groom hold hands and walk to the wedding in their wedding attire.

The groom helps the ride down the stairs as they make their way to the wedding.

The happy couple smiles on a beautiful Austin day on the lake, surrounded by the buildings.

The bride and groom hold hands as they walk along the lake.

Candles and flowers in shades of red are framed by the night sky coming through the gold window frame.

The bride hugs her mom in a sweet black and white moment.

The bride stands alongside her parents as they listen to the speeches from the wedding party.

The bride and groom say their vows during the night wedding as guests look on lovingly.

A black and white image of the bride crying as the groom professes his love for her.

A black and white image of a wedding guest crying at the ceremony.

A close up image of the bride, groom, and priest during the ceremony.

The bride's mom lays on her husband's shoulder as they gaze upon their happy daughter getting married.

A black and white photo of the bride and groom kissing shot through the window.

A black and white image of the newlyweds walking down the aisle.

Delicate window box details and table labels for the reception. Flowers in boxes frame the guests' name tags.

Delicate pacesetting in white and gold. Floating candles add a simple touch to the table.

Candle luminary details on the guest's table. The details are accented by the dark background.

A photo from the reception to highlight the intricate lighting and classic table settings

A double photograph shot by Jenny DeMarco to show the cake and candles. The cake is shades of pink and red icing and accented with flowers and blueberries.

Image of a table setting accented by different candle heights and dark tones.

An overview image of the reception highlighting the long tables and classy setup of the reception.

The father of the bride tells a joke during his toast to the happy couple as they all laugh.

The mother of the bride hugs hr daughter as she gives her speech to the newlyweds.

The bride and groom give a speech to their guests at the reception.

An aerial image of the bride and groom sharing their first dance together.

Candles accent the beautiful moment shared by the father of the bride and his daughter as they dance their father daughter dance.

Wedding guests have fun showing off their dance moves as music plays for all to enjoy.

An image of an elderly woman dancing at the reception in an elegant lace dress.

A black and white image of the bride hugging her best friend as her wedding night comes to an end. A sweet candid moment captured by Jenny DeMarco

A wedding guest makes a joke to the crowd as his friends look on and laugh.

Two wedding guests hug and share a candid moment as they celebrate the newlyweds.

A wedding guest is caught dancing the night away in a gold sequin dress.

A silhouette image of the bride and groom as the sunsets in Austin Texas on Town Lake. The sun highlights the bridge in the background.

Sometimes it only takes a second to fall in love with someone or in this case, some place. These two fell in love with 800 Congress in Austin, Texas and they knew that this was the place that they wanted to start their forever at. This couple had the most dreamy evening filled with lights, laughter, and love as they danced the night away here in the city. The red flowers were contrasted with dim lighting around the wooden candlelit tables. The surrounding brick and tree lit walkway seemed to add a sort of romantic ambiance that carried the night to a beautiful finish. Two beautiful humans, forever onto the next exciting and beautiful chapter.

Q.How did you choose your venue: 800 Congress

I have always loved the venue…. brick walls and garage doors with covered outdoor space! And I knew with the date we were looking at the trees on Congress would have the Christmas lights on them and I loved that added ambiance! It just took a ten minute tour for Gabe to fall in love too.

Q.Describe your decor and how you chose it?

I wanted our wedding to feel romantic and moody! I knew everything that was available to me so I just thought of all my favorite pieces and edited the look, a bit, to all be cohesive. Mirrored tables, teal velvet linens, ghost chairs, candlelight, berry colored floral… I mean…. gorg!

Q.Tell me about your attire – who designed your dress and where did you buy it?

Bought my dress at Serendipity Bridal!  It’s a Paloma Blanca dress! @palomablancabridal I chose my dress based on how much my mom loved it! Her face lit up when I put it on! She made me fall in love when she said she knew how much Gabe would love it and that our photos would be timeless in that dress.

Q.What shoes did you choose and what jewelry did you wear?

My shoes were LK Bennett! (Kate Middleton’s favorite shoe) Gabe and I went on an AMAZING two week European vacation in April (when Gabe originally wanted to propose… but couldn’t wait and popped the question in February) and I made it my mission in London to find my wedding shoes! We popped into many different street side boutiques but nothing was quite right. We traveled to Paris and Barcelona and still nothing that was perfect!

We were ((finally)) visiting Selfridges – only the most amazing department store ever – on our last day in London and i was bound and determined to find my wedding shoes. With an entire department store floor dedicated to shoes I was destined to find these! My first step off the escalator I spotted them! Even though I knew they were the ones….I browsed the rest of the floor for 45 minutes while Gabe sat in the first chair he could find waiting for me ; )

My jewelry is all from Nordstrom. My mom and I went the day after we found my dress and we picked out my earrings and bracelet!

Q.And your groom – tell me about his look – who was his suit designer? Any other significant accessories?

Gabe’s Tux was from The Black Tux. The hanky I had made with our new married monogram was purchased on Etsy… and now belongs to the black Tux too because we were in such a hurry to make it to the airport for our honeymoon the next morning that we packed up his tux to mail back with the hanky still in his pant pocket. : (

The watch Gabe wore was my wedding present to him! A Baume & Mercier timepiece.

Q.Why did you choose me, Jenny, to be your wedding photographer?

Because I’ve loved loved loved you forever!!! I love the way you edit photos and I knew Gabe would be comfortable with you!

Q.What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?

I’ll never forget how overjoyed I felt when Jeff Wood started singing ‘marry me,’ our wedding processional song. My eyes instantly filled with tears and it was the moment I realized that my wedding day, a day I had dreamed about my whole life, was finally here and I was about to marry my best friend and soulmate.

Q.What was your favorite image from your wedding day?

I can’t pick just one. These are my top picks – The black and white image of Gabe looking out the window, the black and white image of my dad seeing me in my dress on the big day, the two of Gabe and me smiling by the lake before the ceremony, the aerial shot of our first dance, and the black and white image of our first dance where you can see Gabe smiling!

Q.Did any of your other vendors go above and beyond for?

Honestly everyone did!!! I can’t thank all my vendors enough for doing so much to make Gabe and my wedding the most special day of both of our lives. Rich killed it and kept our guest dancing all night. Howard killed it and set the mood perfectly with the lighting. Wendee executed my vision so perfectly! Caplan Miller oversaw the set up and event logistics all day and night so I knew everything would run smoothly – they helped me keep my mariachi surprise from Gabe, they worked with me through out the process to streamline everything and make my day flawless. 800 Congress was so flexible with my timeline and gave me such a sweet friends and family venue discount! Whim Hospitality, Marquee, and La Tavola all offered me an industry discount from three of my all time favorite sales reps! Meldeen gifted me a portion of my invites which were so perfect! And the list goes on. We could have never had such an amazing wedding without the help of my industry family and it’s something Gabe and I will forever be thankful for. Each of you are a part of our story forever! ??

Q.Do you have any tips to share with other couples?

Hire a videographer.

We could have never imagined our wedding would be SO amazing and now we wish so badly that we had a video to remember every detail for years to come! Photos are amazing but unfortunately we’ll never see our first dance, hear our vows, hear Jeff Wood sing acoustically during dinner or experience the pure joy among everyone in the room as vividly as we did then.


VENUE/BAR, 800 Congress, Justin Mead, Lisa Thompson

CATERING, Kurant Events, Carrie Konarik


CAKE, Polkadots Cupcake Factory, Olga

PHOTOGRAPHY, Jenny Demarco Photography, Jenny, Lindsey Thorne

PHOTOBOOTH, Capture Photobooth

FLORAL, Botanical No. 9 Wendee


COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC – DJ Rich, Mariachi Amor, Alex Ramirez


LINENS – LaTavola Linens

LIGHTING – FILO Productions, Howard

RENTALS        Birch and Brass

                        Marquee Rents, Ann Evans

RENTALS, Whim Laura

OFFICIANT, Sarah de la Fuente

HAIR AND MAKEUP, Lola Beauty – Lorena