Monday, March 10, 2008

Jimi and Michelle Wedding

This wedding has definitely been one that has presented itself with many challenges. First the bride was in Canada and the groom was in Oklahoma for most of the planning process. The wedding was planned for here in Austin. I met Michelle on the knot and was glad to be able to help her out.

The wedding was held at House on the Hill. It was the perfect venue for this wedding. Our guest count planning was for about 100. I think I counted last night about 60 or so guest.

The bride was stunning and thanks to Katie for a fabulous job on makeup.

We had planned the wedding to be held outside in front of the water fall. The weather though was not on our side. It was dark and over cast. We would get a heavy sprinkle here and there and then it would stop and then a light rain and then it would stop. The groom was on site and called his bride and they decided to have it inside and if at the last minute the weather turned clear we would move the chairs. So we set the inside of the house up for the reception creating a walkway and place in the center for the couple to get married. It was right in front of a big window. Very nice.

The challenge was we had two hours. This amount of set up really I like to have 3-4 hours to set up for, but we had two. That is fine we knew we had to make it work my team was great (Thanks JT and Nery). And the brides brother and father and the best man and his wife were all on hand. With a plan at hand they all took directions well and we worked together and all the furniture was moved tables set up and chair covers put on, and sashes tied

The tables were covered with brown table cloths in the center of each one was a record bowl (a bowl made by softening and shortening a old record) those were filled with pink and green tissue paper. And there also was a cut out of the couple dancing. It really looked great. The bride and her bridesmaids put it all together themselves.

The cakes were chocolate cakes from central market 4 total. They were so good and looked perfect. The original plan was to make these look like records by adding labels to them. Well the labels were left at the hotel and so that did not happen. We (well one of her bridesmaids) added some ribbons on them in her colors and it was just fine. (side story on the cakes. When we got to House on the Hill there was a white three tiered cake and a chocolate grooms cake the grooms cake had the US Army symbol on it. Well I knew the white cake was not what she wanted and I didn't think they were having a grooms cake. But being that the groom was active army I thought maybe some of the guys decided to get him a grooms cake as a gift. No problem. I talked to the groom he didn't know said his bride took care of the cakes but he knew the white tiered cake was all wrong. So I called the hotel and talked to one of the bridesmaids she talked to the bride and they said hey its a cake its paid for it will be fine. So no worries. Well at 4:15 Central Market shows up with the cakes ordered. They had not been out already they don't know who those other cakes were from. So we had the correct cakes yeah. But someone somewhere did not. I called several bakeries that I had numbers for and no one delivered the cakes there was not a name or card on the box. The officiant showed up and she started calling other venues in the area while my team and I finished setting up. She was hoping they just delivered it to the wrong house. She called all the places she thought even sounded like House on the Hill. No one was missing cakes. So if you know someone that was missing their cake on their March 9th wedding I am sorry I tried to find you).

The officiant was Sarah Delefuente. She was wonderful. Very personable. Very comfortable ceremony. And like I said in the above paragraph a real helpful person.

After the ceremony all the guest went to the pavilion for appetizers and drinks. The DJ ( ) did a great job of keeping the music and spirits up while the barkeeps (also friends of the couple) were keeping spirits flowing.

The rain held off and the couple and family took some photos outside before the next round of rain hit. Stacy Cross and her assistant did a fabulous job with the photo's and were a delight to work with I can't wait to see them and add some to this post.

After photos everyone came in for dinner. This was a buffet of potatoes, veggie medley in a wonderful sauce, salad, breads, and bar-b-que chicken and brisket. It was so good. It was catered by Dagar's. The staff was great. The food was great. I enjoyed working with them.

After dinner and toasts delivered by the best man, maid of honor, the couple, the parents of the bride, and father of the best man cake was served and everyone proceeded out to the dance floor and bar for continued merriment. You could tell they were all having a great time.

I don't want to forget the flowers were done by Christine with Eventfully Yours' Floral Design. She was so easy to work with and did fabulous even working in a budget. Getting the bride just what she wanted. I have an email for her if anyone is interested before I have her link available.

Congratulations Michelle and Jimi I loved working on your wedding.


Stacy Cross said...

The wedding was wonderful! Becky - you did a fantastic job and it was SUCH a joy to work with you!

Hugs from Stacy and Stan. :)

Tana said...

Thanks for writing this.