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Zilker Park Clubhouse Wedding

Photos By: Ivy Weddings

I can never say it enough — we love our creative brides and grooms. Monica and Juan’s Texas wedding was full of color and fiesta-themed accents, from the papel picado designed by the groom to the Mexican inspired table runners for the reception. Ivy Weddings and Petals Ink Florist were the perfect team to capture the day and deck it out in stunning floral design!

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From the bride, Monica: My husband and I both knew that we wanted something fun and casual to celebrate our big day. We wanted to create a memorable day for not only ourselves, but for our loved ones as well! We chose Zilker Clubhouse as our venue for its laid back Austin vibe, and its stunning Austin view. We provided a photo booth with plenty of props and my father made lawn games for our guests to enjoy. My husband and I pored over idea after idea. We chose our ceremony readings and marriage vows very carefully. We worked a lot of late hours throughout the process and in the end, we feel that our guests had as much fun at our wedding as we had fun planning! Some of the best words to describe the look of our wedding would be bright, bold, and fun. We went with a “fiesta” theme that included colors such as purple, pink, orange, yellow, aqua, and green. We didn’t shy away from color, that’s for sure! But we were also careful not to work against what natural beauty our venue had to offer. I gave a color swatch to my bridesmaids and asked them to pick a dress that closely matched the fabric color and I made sure to coordinate their shoe colors to match the groomsmen’s ties.

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Bouquet recipe: fuchsia stock flowers, mini green hydrangeas, icelandic poppies, gerber daisy, tulips, craspedia, free spirit garden rose, and succulents.

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My husband worked from a few designs he saw online to create our “papel picado” wedding invitations. He even included our dog in the design! He spent a few hours at a laser cutting studio (MakeATX) creating our invitations. For groomsmen’s gifts he created an individual emblem for each groomsman which he had etched onto the glass of the beer growlers he got each of them. Instead of using real flowers for decorations, we decided to hand-make hundreds of tissue paper pom-poms to hang around the venue, individually and as garland. My husband created our “love birds” cake toppers from clay and we decorated them to look like what we’d be wearing on our wedding day. My mother and her friend sewed every table runner from the fabric she bought in Mexico. We wanted to incorporate this beautiful city where we fell in love so instead of traditional table numbers we chose Austin landmarks and a bunch of our favorite places to designate sitting. For example, some of our guests sat at “The State Capitol” table or the “Barton Springs” table. We used pictures of each venue or location, and printed them onto paper specifically made for table tents. For the guest name cards we used blank business cards to print their names. The business cards can be bought with the perforations already created so they were easy and quick to cut apart.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Practical Advice: It sounds cliché but don’t sweat the small stuff. There are many things that you can’t control and that’s okay! “…every little thing is gonna be alright…” Advice from the Heart: You will receive plenty of solicited and unsolicited advice. Some of it will be helpful but it can get to be overwhelming. There will be a lot of opinions about how you “should” be doing something. And someone is bound to get upset. Please remember that, ultimately, your wedding day is about you (the couple)! Do what feels right for your wedding!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “I’m Yours,” Vitamin String Quartet (Jason Mraz)
Bride’s Processional: “Longing to Belong,” Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “When We’re Together,” Joshua Radin
First Dance: “I Got You,” Jack Johnson
Aside from the key songs that we chose, we didn’t really play too much with the reception music. Our friend Rob was the DJ and he did a great job of feeling out the crowd and playing songs that everyone enjoyed!

Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Ivy Weddings / Event Coordination: Heather Darby and Andrea Gamse / Florist: Petals Ink Florist / Venue: Zilker Park Clubhouse / Wedding Dress: Celina Menchaca (Friend of the Bride) / Wedding Shoes: Nina “Electra” / Hair and Makeup: Milk and Honey Salon / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, Al’s Formalwear / Caterer: EnShanta / Wedding Cake: Sugar Mamas Bakeshop and Upper Crust Bakery / Cake Topper: Groom / MC: Rob Surrago / Rentals: American Party Rental / Officiant: Steven Ross / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the groom and MakeATX / Paper Goods: Amols and Alamo Fiesta / Transportation: Limos of Austin

Aiken Backyard Wedding

Photos By: Tulle & Grace

When you have a bride who’s a mastermind of wedding day paper goods, it should come as little shock that her own wedding day will be a truly shining event. When Liz of Liddabits started planning her wedding, she knew it would be full of bright color, curated design elements, and heaps of brilliant flowers and styling from Juli Vaughn Designs. Thanks to Tulle & Grace for capturing it all!

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From the bride, Liz: We wanted casual and colorful. Southern backyard wedding, but in a big bright and funky way. I’m a graphic designer in the wedding paper goods industry, so we knew it would have a LOT of Liddabits paper touches. We also knew I wouldn’t be able to choose just one or two colors, and at the end of the day I narrowed it down to a color collection. As long as a piece fit into/coordinated with that range we approved it. Our florist/designer helped us pull it together by defining our wedding characteristics as milk glass, bright colors, wooden/rustic finishes, pops of gold and a little bit of a geometric/triangle motif.

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garden wedding ideas - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding

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Aiken Backyard wedding - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding

colorful bridal bouquet - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Yellow poppy, Coral Charm Peonies, Sarah Bernhardt Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Peach Campanella Garden Roses, Hot Pink Freesia, Ranunculus, Orange Pincushion Protea, Succulents, Parrot Tulips, Sage, Lamb’s Ear.

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My creativity comes from my mom, and since we had the wedding in our backyard, we tackled as much of the event design as possible ourselves including: My husband, father and brother all built our dance floor out of 4×8 sheets of plywood with framing on the underside. We painted each board a different color and then shellac’d it. Beer Bottle Art Installation – I had this concept early enough in our engagement that it was able to be executed. My husband loves beer and I wanted at least one conversation piece / stunner that really incorporated both of us. We saved a few hundred beer bottles, added twine hooks to the top with hot glue, painted a few of them to add some pop, de-labeled the ones that weren’t as colorful or pretty, and then hung them from fishing line through eye hooks. It was exactly what I envisioned in my head, my favorite piece from the wedding, and we saved half of it and now have it hanging in my parents living room! Two tone tables – The property is also home to an old swimming hole (where my best friends grandparents met in the late 40s!) and as a result we were able to scrounge up some vintage farm tables and paint the bottoms of them. They were in rough shape, but since it was only for one day and not for our guests to sit at they worked perfectly. Confetti tossers – we cut, taped, stuffed and glued our own confetti tossers for our exit. They were an homage to our engagement pictures where Whitney came up with the original giant tissue paper triangle confetti idea, and we loved them so much that we heavily leaned on the concept for most of our wedding design theme!

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Our ceremony yay flags were very significant to me… when I started my company I made banners and flags and a vendor told me about how she made them for her daughter’s wedding and they used them at the ceremony. I shared that same story with other vendors and got so excited about the idea of everyone you love, looking at you and waving a yay flag, but not making a peep! Talk about emotional (in a happy way)! When my dad and I were about to walk down the aisle we were “hiding” behind some grape vines. When we turned the corner we were a good 100 feet from the last row of chairs. Everyone was turned around, waving their flags at us walking down the aisle. Before that I had kind of forgotten about this special moment that I was so excited about in the past, and it totally made me break down into tears, in that I-have-been-so-exhausted-and-it’s-finally-here-and-it’s-perfect-and-I’m-so-happy, good kind of way. Luckily I had armed my dad with a code word in case I started crying (a code word that would make me laugh immediately – let’s just say another word for breaking wind). The code word worked and I cry-giggled my way down the aisle.

Aiken Backyard wedding - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding

Aiken Backyard wedding - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to do something that’s you, even if it’s not traditional or your family thinks you’re crazy. The people there love you and they’ll embrace it! Also, everyone freaks out about something at some point, so don’t be surprised when it happens, just breath, and know that in a few days they will be over it. And finally, one of my planner friends gave me this advice about 10 days before our wedding. Something will go wrong, to be exact, three things will go wrong. So when the first thing happens, and you get a little frustrated, just say, okay that’s #1, now there are only two more! I did this and it kept me and my mom from losing it, and looking back they were SO insignificant to the overall day that they weren’t even missed/noticed. My husband’s answer when I asked him was “talk to each other” which I interpreted to mean tell your fiance what’s going on and what the plans are – he probably wants to be more involved than you think.

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding

colorful wedding ideas - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding

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cake cutting - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding

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bright confetti recessionals - photo by Tulle and Grace http://ruffledblog.com/aiken-backyard-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
I am a control freak and wanted to be in the know about every detail of our wedding, but the one thing Danny insisted on (for three years before we were even engaged) was that our first dance song be a surprise that he picked out. I was completely ok with it… sort of (I had my mom and my VIP bridesmaid confirm that it was a decent selection), and up until the moment the song started I had no idea what it was. “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny was a song we always danced to at weddings when we heard it, and both knew the tune of, but I never knew the name of it. It was a perfect, lovely song, with no words, and I’m so glad that we had a moment that was just Danny’s doing.
Father/Daughter Dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Parents/Daughter Dance: “Happy,” Pharrell

Wedding Location: Aiken, SC / Photographer: Tulle & Grace / Event Design, Styling, Wedding Invitations, and Paper Goods: Bride, Liddabits / Floral Design and Styling: Juli Vaughn Designs / Day-Of Coordinator: Jenna Chancey of Signature Weddings & Events / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Hair and Makeup: Power Cuts / Groomsmen’s Ties: Me and Matilda / Caterer: Berry’s Catering, Augusta GA / Wedding Cake: Heather Ulmer / Ceremony Musicians: Corelli String Quartet / Post Ceremony Musicians: Andy Fentem and Augusta Jones / DJ: Ed Girardeau






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Europe Honeymoon Ideas with Mr & Mrs Smith + Ask the Expert!

Last year, I had a dream trip to Thailand with Mr & Mrs Smith (recap here, here and here). Today we’re bringing Mr and Mrs Smith back to talk about European honeymoon destinations and answer any questions you may have about your own honeymoon plans in the old continent. One of their senior travel experts, Francesca Cocuzza, will be answering questions about Europe honeymoons in the comments section today, so ask away!

About Mr & Mrs Smith

It was 10 years ago now when Mr & Mrs Smith co-founders James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy planned a romantic weekend away only to arrive at a hotel that was far less inspiring than anticipated. With that, they decided to launch a guidebook for other like-minded travelers looking for chic stays without the chintz. Smith has since grown to into an online booking service with a curated collection of more than 900 hand-picked and personally visited boutique hotels– and a top-notch team of travel experts dedicated to creating tailor-made honeymoons.

Europe Honeymoon Ideas


Meet Mr & Mrs Smith‘s travel concierge, Francesca Cocuzza, a senior travel consultant and honeymoon expert. An Italophile since her first gelato, Francesca traded in her Dante anthology after college for a ticket to Cremona, Italy. Even though she’s back stateside now – and jaunting around the US and Southeast Asia – her heart is still in Europe. When she’s not helping Mr & Mrs Smith members plan the Italy and Vietnam honeymoons of their dreams, she continues on her never-ending search for the most authentic bowl of ragu in New York City.

Even if short on time to plan, there’s no reason to leave your trip-of-a-lifetime to chance. You can still take your dream European honeymoon – especially to some of Francesca’s favorite under-the-radar destinations. We will leave you with Francesca:

Athens & Folegandros, Greece

Make your way to center of the ancient world, Athens, which is every bit as glorious and atmospheric as you’d imagine. Ease into your holiday with a couple of nights at New Hotel, a centrally located modern design den with Acropolis views. Over Santorini? Cast off for its sister island, the quiet and less touristy Folegandros, a sun-baked isle with local tavernas and secluded sandy beaches. Here, check in (and check out) at Anemi Hotel a stylish and spoiling stay perched overlooking the sea.

New Hotel:

Europe Honeymoon Ideas
Europe Honeymoon Ideas
Europe Honeymoon Ideas

Anemi Hotel:
Europe Honeymoon Ideas
Europe Honeymoon Ideas
Europe Honeymoon Ideas

Puglia, Italy

Leave Tuscany to the crowds, as you explore the Italy’s enticing east coast in Puglia. Happily post up at the 16th-century seaside estate Masseria Torre Maizza, and indulge in the areas bounty of fresh fish, melons, figs, olive oils, handmade pastas and wines. Then, cruise south to Basilicata for a few nights at Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic Palazzo Margherita. It’s set in a 15th-century town that rivals Rome in terms of culture and charm, and it comes without the torrent of tourists. Tucked high up on the beautiful boot’s instep, it’s flanked by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and home to some of the country’s most impressive national parks.

Europe Honeymoon Ideas - Polignano a Mare

Masseria Torre Maizza,
Europe Honeymoon Ideas
Europe Honeymoon Ideas
Europe Honeymoon Ideas

Palazzo Margherita:
Palazzo Margherita
Palazzo Margherita
Palazzo Margherita
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Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, is another culture-rich destination, and the dramatic Hotel Teatro, will have you well-placed in the fashionable theater district. Along the Douro River, tree-lined boulevards shadow grand houses, and, to the south, Vila de Gaia is where to head with a hearty appetite for port, the city’s namesake drink, proudly produced here for centuries. For a nature fix, move out into the less-traveled Douro Valley and retreat to Vidago Palace, an opulent country manor and spa. This north-western patch of Portugal is golden by nature, with sepia-tinged hills and a sun-kissed mountainscape: it’s little wonder these wild winelands have been awarded Unesco World Heritage status.

Portugal Honeymoon

Hotel Teatro:
Portugal Honeymoon
Portugal Honeymoon
Portugal Honeymoon
Vidago Palace:
Portugal Honeymoon


It’s FREE to join their Blacksmith travel club. Their list of perks and best rate guarantee don’t even scratch the surface of the benefits of booking through them. In addition to their travel club, they offer a Just Married pass where for a fee you get exclusive discounts, room upgrades, honeymoon registry and credit towards your anniversary stay – the fee upfront more than pays for itself within a year!

Have Travel Questions for Francesca? Ask below!

Feeling the travel bug itch? Go ahead and use our comments box below to ask Francesca any questions about a European escape. She’ll be around all day offering honeymoon help in the comments section. You can also give Smith‘s honeymoon experts a call at 1 800 464 2040.

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