A Rustic Destination Wedding in Austin, TX

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Bobbie and Davie hosted a destination wedding in Austin, Texas at a unique wedding location – Stubbs BBQ!  But this wedding, like most, didn’t go exactly as planned and this venue was actually a last minute surprise for all involved!  We were supposed to get married in my sister’s backyard which is like a botanical garden, but Austin had massive historic flooding the week prior to the wedding.  So, we had to find a last minute option that was available.  My sister has connections at Stubbs BBQ and Live Music Venue and knew that they had just finished building a special events room at the back of the concert space, so we jumped on it site unseen.  It didn’t even have windows installed until the day before the wedding.  Haha. We weren’t concerned…we had the people we loved most coming into town, we had amazing food and drinks lined up, and we had hired an amazing duo to sing for our guests (Dawn & Hawkes).  We knew it would be wonderful no matter where we were.”

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“As fate would have it, David and I had been to many shows together a Stubbs and the very first concert we attended together happened to be to see the band that was actually scheduled to perform later on our wedding night at Stubbs.  It was personal because we had shared so many happy memories there listening to great live music.”

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What was one of this blushing bride’s most cherished moments from the day?  “Walking down the aisle to Dawn & Hawkes beautiful music and being able to treat our guests to an amazing concert that was taking place there at Stubbs during our reception.”

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Another highlight?  “Our amazing photographers…I didn’t know it was possible to capture the absolute essence of a point in time the way they did at our wedding.  Unbelievable!”

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“Our vision was to host a small, intimate, casually elegant gathering that was comfortable for all guests to thoroughly enjoy themselves while still honoring the sweetness of our wedding day.  We wanted it to feel like a fantastic dinner party at our home in honor of our relationship with each other.  We served food, and cocktails that we would serve guest at our home and enjoyed great music which is such an enjoyment for both of us.”

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Long tables and family-style dinner service really infused that intimate personal vibe the couple wanted to create – without all the fuss!

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This couple also opted to skip some of those traditional wedding rituals of a reception so we had to ask!  We really wanted to enjoy the day with each other and our closest friends and family.  We felt that running around to perform “wedding rituals” would have taken away from that for us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Stubbs BBQ, Wedding Planner: Your Wedding, Your Way, Caterer: Austin’s Catering, Cake: Blue Note Bakery, Floral: Westbank Floral, Vintage Rentals: Vintique Rentals, Entertainment: Dawn & Hawkes


Austin Destination Weddings

In honor of SXSW this week, we’re sharing a few fun ideas perfect for the Austin destination wedding!  A very lush city in Texas, you can get married overlooking a lake or opt for a Texas size ranch to say I do.  Keep in mind the armadillo groom’s cake and a pair of cowboy boots too!

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{Photos: Bride: Dustin Meyer, Flower Girls: Bloom Photography via SMP, Groom: Chateau on the Creek, Birdcages: Stella Alesi via SMP, Branded Steak: Omaha Steaks, Chandelier Tables: Sarah Kate via SMP, Armadillo Cake: Flickr


Destination Weddings at Picosa Ranch

ranch weddingsDestination weddings don’t have to be barefoot in the sand or even in a far off land.  If a slower paced stateside affair is more your style, then consider heading out to the land of the ten gallon hat, Texas!  Ranch properties make wonderfully beautiful backdrops to say “I do” on and often create an itinerary of alternative guest fun!  How about an all-inclusive working ranch!?!  Now we’re talking…this Texas luxury property serves up top notch food paired with adventurous activities and five star service.  Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner! Picosa Ranch is a luxurious 2,800 acre ranch in Floresville, TX and is a fantastic domestic option for your destination wedding, or even your honeymoon! If you know your group wants to have a little fun without leaving all the luxuries of a resort and spa behind, they’ll certainly enjoy this ranch which offers all that, and more for intimate parties up to 42 and ages 1 to 101!texas-ranch-weddingsWho knew you didn’t actually have to venture to Africa for a few zebra sitings? That’s right, this Texan destination isn’t all cows, they have exotic animals roaming the property for a fabulously entertaining photo safari pre-wedding or a “WOW” inducing portrait backdrop. Horseback riding trails, skeet shooting, fishing ponds and archery are plentiful too. Nobody will be bored at this destination wedding weekend!picosa-ranch-texas-destination-weddingOf course, for the guests that prefer the comforts of a resort: spa treatments, golfing, lagoon-style pools and 24-hour gourmet food and beverage are ready and waiting for them. And who wouldn’t want to feel like a kid again and end the rehearsal dinner evening with s’mores around the campfire!? All of the above (and everything else we couldn’t fit into a post) would make for quite the perfect honeymoon compromise if one wears the adventure hat in the relationship, and the other prefers cocktails poolside. picosa-ranch-destination-weddingsBe sure to check out Picosa Ranch’s website for the scoop on all the activities, accommodations and so much more!


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