Spring Lavender Hill Country Texas Wedding

Spring Hill Country Wedding // Florals, Design & Paper Goods by The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planning and Event Design Studio

Christen and Charlie are one of the most delightfully lovely couples [the kind that we want to call up and meet at their favorite Italian joint whenever we're in Dallas] and their spring Texas wedding in the Hill Country outside of San Antonio was one the highlights of our season.

Their 50 guests joined them in an intimate ceremony in a grassy clearing on her uncle’s property, moving upwards towards the pool for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. With such a small guest count, we were able to invest in things that matter most to them: amazing food, beautiful springtime flowers, little paper details like letterpressed menus, and cocktail coasters, as well as the best favors – small Tito’s vodka for the road.

We end up involved with a lot of smaller weddings [under 100 people, usually around 50] and this one reminded me why we love being a part of them: there’s an intimate simplicity that is really sweet, getting to know the couple and most of their guests by the end of the weekend. No to mention that we usually get to have a little fun on the personal details! [Their wedding invitations were these classic letterpress bundles wrapped in lavender linen.]

If you’re curious, their springtime inspiration board is here, their invitations and paper goods were blogged about here, and they were featured on Snippet and Ink as well.

All images by Belathee.

Spring Hill Country Wedding // Florals, Design & Paper Goods by The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planning and Event Design Studio

Spring Lavender Wedding Invitations

Spring Lavender Wedding Invitations // by The Nouveau Romantics // Photo by Heather Curiel

We’re excited to share some of our custom lavender wedding invitations and day-of stationary for Christen and Charlie’s lovely spring wedding last year. [See their Hill Country inspiration here and their Snippet and Ink feature here!}Their guest list was small, but we kept the design and printing really simple with black ink on thick, luscious Crane Lettra (Pearl White) paper. We always like to think of invitations as little gifts to your guests that they open up and discover layers of information and presentation in their hands. With that, we decided to jazz up a classic stationary suite by wrapping it with open-weave linen in a lavender shade that was tied with antique silver thread and a hand-hammered “B” for their shared last name.

TNR Retreat // What We Believe

The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planner

 It’s not January anymore, but we finally had our first (!) annual TNR retreat which did include: lots of talking, an amazing review of our last four years, milestones, marketing, operations and pain points. It did not include: any s’mores, hiking, or early morning waffles. The latter had been part of the plan, but due to a small detail called SXSW, any rentable house within a 2 hour vicinity of Austin was booked.

Next year: the beach! Or Marfa. Or somewhere that allows dogs, and has amazing food. And a firepit. Priorities!

That being said, one of our main goals was to distill our “WHY?” — also known as our mission statement. We’re exceptionally well-versed in explaining the What and the How of what we do, as that is often the bread and butter of our first client interactions, but the Why goes beyond that. It asks the questions of “why do we get up in the morning, every morning, and do what we do on a daily basis?” and “what motivates us beyond the usual suspects?” —- what are our core values that drive us to be better designers, planners, allies, confidantes and list-makers? This video of TED Talk by Simon Sinek is one that Matt, my patient husband and business-loving nerd has been talking about for months. It’s a good one for all your small-business owners out there:

Summer Wedding Inspiration // Berry Pink

Berkeley and Tad came to us looking for an intimate summer wedding at the Hotel St. Cecilia here in Austin, yet wanted to take that smaller guest list and dial up the impact of their wedding. I believe they used the phrases “Alice in Wonderland meets Cirque du Soleil” and there was mention of oversized stuffed white peacocks.

Needless to say, the normal status quo does not apply here.

That said, we took their descriptions and ideas and pulled together a dramatic and colorful palette, with touches of gilt and gold — but plenty of pink. [Berkeley is truly a pink girl.] It was to be a multi-course summertime feast fit for this LA-based couple, and the al fresco result was nothing short of spectacular! I truly enjoyed pushing ourselves out on a limb and really embracing a dramatic and whimsical inspiration, while playing homage to the St. Cecilia — which is almost a character in and of itself. We’ll post their incredible invitation suite soon, followed by the final pictures by Our Labor of Love.

Summer Wedding Inspiration // Berry Pink // by The Nouveau Romantics

Inspired By // Zadok Ben-David

One of our upcoming April weddings has a large installation piece, so I’ve had installation art on the brain a lot lately. During my undergrad I made some small-scale installation pieces, and was pleased to make the fabric streamer backdrop for Jessa & Brian’s wedding back in 2011 as my first assignment with The Nouveau Romantics. But I definitely haven’t made anything as amazing as this piece, “Blackfield”, by London-based artist Zadok Ben-David.

“Blackfield” is comprised of 10,000+ hand-painted (!!!) cut steel flowers, peeking out of a thin layer of sand. One side is painted black, while the other side bursts with color. I can only imagine how amazing it would be to witness the transition in person, and to study the detail up close. After seeing the incredible detail in “Blackfield”, our installation piece will be a piece of cake. (Pun absolutely intended.) Blackfield // Zadok Ben-DavidBlackfield // Zadok Ben-DavidBlackfield // Zadok Ben-DavidBlackfield // Zadok Ben David Blackfield // Zadok Ben-David

[images via Good Design Makes Me Happy and Zadok Ben-David.]