Let’s talk about fall weddings for a sec. I can hardly think of a more beautiful season to have a wedding than when the air is crisp and nature just explodes in color. This gorgeous fall wedding at Austin wedding venue Pecan Springs Ranch captured by Jona Cristina is one we can’t stop pinning with event design by Silver Thistle Weddings and flowers by The Flower Girl. Easy to see why:
From the bride and groom:
Michael and I knew we wanted to get married in the fall in Austin since it is such a special place for us. We both love the atmosphere, beautiful hill country scenery, weather, and knew that it would be a fun destination for our guests to travel to. When picking a location it was so important to Michael and I that our wedding was unique and that our guests had an amazing time. When searching for venues, Michael and I wanted a location that had an indoor and outdoor option, could host the ceremony and reception, and was close to downtown Austin. We immediately fell in love with Pecan Springs Ranch. Their grounds are stunning, their indoor venue was a blank canvas, and their outdoor fireplace ceremony location (which we ultimately ended up getting married in front of) took our breaths away.
After we selected our venue we immediately hired our wedding planner, Kimberly Bentley, with Silver Thistle Events. I met Kimberly through my good friend Lacey Seymour (Lacey Seymour Photography), who has worked with Kimberly for years doing weddings in Austin. I truly believe great friends know great people, and was she right! Kimberly is a dream come true and is a creative genius. She was able to perfectly blend my modern romantic style, and Michael’s rustic flare and created a magical day for us that surpassed anything I could have imagined.
From the wedding planner:
Design inspiration was based on rich fall tones and natural textures. We were drawn to the sense of abundance and connection from Thanksgiving with a modern and elegant twist. I drew from previous interior design experiences in west coast areas. The ability to create without boundaries allowed myself and our team to procure a flawless event.
The color palette started with Taryn’s affinity for emerald green tones which she chose for her bridesmaids’ dresses. Our design also incorporated this throughout, starting with the table numbers on an incredible floral installation, to a jade cake with sugar flowers, right up to the exit in the vintage pickup truck sporting a green patina paint. The colors of fall foliage were a must with the bride’s roots in Pennsylvania, so we decided on luxurious velvet mauve table linens and added a variety of vivid linens and vintage tinted glassware to the tablescape. We focused on layering the textures and muted tones on every table in order to keep things cohesive with the collective look.
The overall vibe of the wedding was casual elegance synergized with a whimsical energy. Many personal touches reflecting the couple were layered throughout the design. Taryn’s love of Disney meant that a crystal chandelier (or two) was an absolute must. Michael wanted a “chill” spot for his groomsmen to relax, and the mobile cigar lounge was an amazing addition that furthered the wedding’s sense of comfort and conviviality.
My “A Team” always delivers 150%, invigorates the group’s creative nature, and cultivates my seemingly outlandish ideas such as “Hey, I want to make this big grid covered with dried florals to place the table numbers on” or “Let’s make the ceremony seated – no, I mean the wedding party is seated as if on a stage, by a fireplace, outdoors, with furniture and rugs and flowers.” In the crazy world of events your secret weapon is the genius of your team and how you support and inspire each other to make the magic happen. Everyone we work with understands the importance of passion and commitment both to this philosophy and the couple’s vision.
“Upon arrival guests were greeted with Topo Chico and champagne. Abundant florals and candlelight created by The Flower Girl were everywhere, setting the tone for a beautiful day. Our team was busy making sure that every detail was in place. Michael and the “boys” were chilling in the cigar bar offered by Smokey’s Mobile Cigar Bar. Guests lingered under pecan trees listening to vocals and piano by Mikaela Kahn then were seated for a unique ceremony outdoors. Taryn was tucked away in the bridal cottage nearby where she watched everything unfold. The ceremony was centered on an outdoor fireplace setting during which the entire wedding party including Bride and Groom were seated in lounge seating provided by Bee Lavish Events. Once the nuptials were complete and many happy tears were shed, guests played lawn games and enjoyed cocktails on the lawn, followed by an intimate starlit dinner. The couple danced their first dance under the stars, enjoyed heartfelt toasts from loving family members and then cut the jade green cake from Iced Cakes & Confections on the patio under a sparkling chandelier provided by Intelligent Lighting Design. Under the watchful eye of photography team Jona Christina Photography and Adam Grumbo Wedding Film, every detail was documented and each special moment captured.
She had an innate affinity for green which we elaborated on with moody hues of color. As a team, our only parameter was no blush pink and nothing that would be considered ordinary – a dream client for a group of creatives. Our event florist sourced local leaves and branches to intensify the moody, muted depth of the floral arrangements. We added whimsy to the head table with iron trees holding floating candles and an elaborate floral table runner with all the bride’s favorite stems. Each place setting was adorned with an ostrich plume for the groom’s late brother along with a golden orchid for the bride’s late grandmother.
Now for the party! Everyone moved inside for an incredible dance party with the Matchmaker Band complete with LED favors and a light show. When it was time to go, guests grabbed a breakfast taco for the road provided by Verdes Catering, the couple walked through sparklers to a vintage getaway pick up truck and they thought the night was done. But there was one more surprise – they drove away through sparking fountains of pyrotechnics from Big Dog Pyro that really made it all so complete. A surreal surprise ending to a year of planning that came to life and was absolutely incredible!
What we loved most about our wedding:
Both Micahel and I agree that the best part of our wedding was that everyone told us it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to, which makes our hearts so happy. After a year of planning Michael and I knew we were going to love it, but it made it that much more special that our guests enjoyed it! Our wedding was truly an event, and it would not have been possible without Kimberly and her team.
Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch
Photographer: Jona Christina Photography
Videography: Adam Grumbo Films
Planner/Event Design/Coordination: Silver Thistle Weddings + Events
Floral Design: The Flower Girl
Hair & Makeup: Lola Beauty ATX
Furniture/Accessories Rentals, Lounges, bars, ceremony, seating chart: Bee Lavish Event Rentals
Tabletop Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals
Plates, flatware, Linens/Furniture/Tabletop Rentals, Table linens, guest chairs, glassware: Luxe Event Décor
Lighting Design: Intelligent Lighting Design
Catering: Verdes Mexican Parrilla
Cake – Bridal cutting cake: Iced Cakes & Confections
Cookies – Groom’s: Great American Cookie Factory
Specialty Musician – Piano & Vocals for Ceremony and cocktail hour: Mikaela Kahn
Band: Matchmakers Band
Mobile Cigar Lounge: Smokey’s Mobile Cigar Lounge
Vintage Getaway Vehicle: Chris Bentley – Owner Custom 1950
Pyrotechnics: Big Dog Pyro