Q. How did you choose your venues?
South Congress Hotel was chosen due to location and Kirk’s familiarity with the venue from previous work events. The ability to have the venue open between the courtyard and event space was perfect.
Q. Tell me about your attire – who designed your suites and where did you buy them?
We wanted attire that would echo our personalities so Kirk wore a midnight blue tux complemented with black accessories (bowtie, cufflinks, shoes, and vows booklet). Warren wore a light blue suit, a peach colored tie, omitted the belt, brown shoes, and my favorite pair of socks – a light blue pair with a bunch of little Siberian huskies all over them. The suits were fitted and purchased at Indochino. Our boutonnieres were small succulents backed by a couple feathers to further match our color schemes. Lastly, to top off our attire, we had COVID-19 masks that matched our colors.
Q. What shoes did you choose?
One of our groomsmen really knows his shoes. He recommended Magnanni for black tuxedo shoes and Cole Haan for a nice set of brown dress shoes.
Q. Why did you choose me, Jenny, to be your wedding photographer?
We researched and researched wedding photographers. Jenny’s company came up several times in our search and had great reviews, but we needed more information. The final decision was made when a wedding photographer had this to say about Jenny: “She’s legit. She is very good and she is at the very top of our market. She’s like the Bentley of Austin wedding photographers.”.
Q. What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
Aside from sharing our personally written vows, our favorite moment was honoring the parents during our ceremony. We will never forget having them take the center aisle and have our officiant share our thoughts and praises to them as part of the ceremony. To be able to take time and recognize the families involved in our union was truly special.
Q. What was your favorite image from your wedding day?
The shot of us sitting on the stairway in the middle of South Congress Hotel looking at each other. We cannot wait to get this one framed.
Q. Did any of your other vendors go above and beyond for you?
All of our vendors were so great given the environment. Our friends keep asking when we can do it again.
Q. Do you have any tips to share with other couples?
At first, we were disappointed not being able to celebrate with everyone that we initially invited. But, looking back, the event became a more intimate experience for everyone involved. At 43 guests, we each knew everyone in attendance, so we were able to take the time to be in
the moment with our loved ones. And, more than that, we were able to conclude the event with a sound mind knowing we did not unnecessarily risk exposing any of our loved ones to CVOID-19. After all, it would have been emotionally devastating for us if even a handful of participants got sick because they came to our wedding. So, try to remember that, as painfully unideal/inconvenient precautions in place might be, if it prevents even one or two of your loved ones from getting incredibly sick, perhaps it is all worth it in the end.
A special thanks to the vendor team:
Venue: South Congress Hotel
Videographer: Joshua & Parisa
Planner: Bird Dog Wedding
Florist: Articulture Designs
Officiant: Rita Garza
Partner 1 Attire: Indochino
Partner 1 Accessories: Tie Bar
Partner 1 Shoes: Magnanni
Partner 2 Attire: Indochino
Partner 2 Attire: Tie Bar
Partner 2 Shoes: Cole Haan
Invitation Artwork: Denise Romero
Invitation Production: Minted
Programs: Jen Krause Paper Co.
Escort/Place Cards: Jen Krause Paper Co.
Menus: Jen Krause Paper Co.
Rentals: Premiere Event Rentals
Catering: South Congress Hotel
Music: Dart Collective
Photo Booth: Vannagram & Co.