I hear nothing but good things about Austin, Texas- that the people are friendly, that the community is artistic and that the food will make you abandon your home town at the drop of a hat. Today’s wedding seems to fit that Austin stereotype to the tee, with this gorgeous couple, their perfect details and some delicious southern diner food that would make me give up my cobb salad routine any day of the week! This sweet homestyle ceremony and brunch reception was captured by the talented Nessa Kessinger and we have her to thank for sending it over!

intimate austin wedding

intimate austin wedding

From that sweet bride, Sharon. We wanted the wedding to feel relaxed but still intimate, and to include personal handmade touches that reflected who we were as a couple. Because we had been together for almost eight years, we knew early on that we didn’t want a big wedding. We decided to have the ceremony at his parents’ house because we loved that it was so cozy and personal. Kyle’s mom did an amazing job with the flowers and even set up a little breakfast table topped with donuts, fruit and coffee —it was all so lovely. We were married in front of our closest friends and family.

intimate austin wedding

intimate austin wedding

intimate austin wedding

For the reception, we went downtown to one of our favorite brunch spots, Lamberts BBQ, where the rest of our friends were waiting. We served a ‘Texas home cooking’ style buffet—including prime rib, new potato salad, cheddar & roasted poblano grits and mac and cheese—everyone loved it! In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, we decided to serve frozen bananas (as a tribute to our favorite show, Arrested Development) from a local food trailer here in Austin, in addition to the restaurant’s own fried cherry pies and cupcakes.

intimate austin wedding

intimate austin wedding
My mom and I baked 16 pounds of candied pecans and gave them out at the reception in hand-stamped kraft bags. We also used an address file as our wedding guest book.

intimate austin wedding

intimate austin wedding
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t feel like you need to make your wedding fit a particular mold. We wanted to keep ours small and personal (not to mention budget-friendly) so we opted out of a lot of the traditional aspects (ie. first dance, grand entrance/exit). It ended up being perfect for us and exactly what we wanted.

intimate austin wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Austin, TX):

Ceremony location: Groom’s parents’ house / Reception Location: Lamberts BBQ / Florist: Groom’s mother arranged the flowers / Photographer: Nessa Kessinger / Wedding Dress: Saja, available at OnceWed.com /Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair piece: Handle & Spout / Hair: Shanna Letbetter of Aveda Salon / Makeup: Mandy Hernandez / Caterer: Lamberts BBQ / Frozen Banana desserts: Bananarchy / Wedding invitations: illustrated by El Lohse and printed by bride and groom


Comments (15):

  • Anna Katherine on August 4, 2011

    I've always thought Lambert's would be a beautiful location for a wedding and/or reception! So pretty.
  • Leika on January 28, 2011

    What a lovely wedding and radiant bride! I love her dress!
  • Sharon on January 26, 2011

    Hi Chelsea! I worked with the lovely Corrabelle from The Mayberry Sparrow to create my custom stamp. See her shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/corrabelle :)
  • AmyK on January 26, 2011

    Awwww, I love this! Sharon is such a sweetheart for sure. Everything looks so wonderfully low key, yet it still retains the feeling of whimsy and grandeur that a wedding should have. I love the flowers, the wooden pencils, and all those other little touches -- frozen bananas, too? Amazing!
  • Chelsea on January 26, 2011

    What a lovely wedding! I'm in the midst of planning my own and I'm wondering where she got that adorable stamp. I would love to know!
  • Judy on January 26, 2011

    What a cute, understated and intimate wedding! A gorgeous couple and a wonderfully-styled day. The bride's hair and dress are perfect for her. This was a beautiful way to remember their Big Day.
  • Stephanie S on January 26, 2011

    its nice to see a traditional concept like this... there is beauty in simplicity! =)
  • Caroline Anne on January 25, 2011

    So beautiful! Nessa is awesome!!
  • Nathalie Carrigan on January 25, 2011

    That address book guest book is such a fantastic idea. I love all of the pretty papers used, and the vases on the mantle are stunning!
  • Orlando Wedding Videographer on January 25, 2011

    Haven't been to Austin yet, maybe I should visit. Very nice wedding and great photos. Thanks for sharing.
  • colleenmariep on January 25, 2011

    beautiful! i love short-sleeved wedding dresses, they are so rare now but so classic!
  • Haylee on January 25, 2011

    How pretty are their flowers! What a cute couple. I love the bride's short dress.
  • Weddingish on January 25, 2011

    There's something to be said about a charming, intimate occasion. This was beautiful! If I could do my wedding over again it would be in the vein of something like this.
  • Rachel - theWeddingVine on January 25, 2011

    Such a cute bridal gown! and the flower hair accessory is gorgeous!
  • Gina on January 25, 2011

    So lovely and charming! I have a friend who just moved back to California after working/living in Austin and she's always talking about how she wants to go back!


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