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Austin Wedding Photographer | Kelli and Noah at Wild Onion Ranch

To be filed under “What took you so long Cunningham?”, we have Nelli Day up on the blog today. You have seen them on Style Me Pretty but now it’s my turn to show you their wedding day. It was held at the lovely Wild Onion Ranch in Austin and was filled with beautiful décor, food and fun.

Some couples (and to be honest, most of the couples I have the privilege to photograph) really embrace their vendors and make us feel less like hired help and more like a cherished guest. Kelli and Noah and their families were the epitome of this philosophy. Since we had spent so much time together during their engagement, I really felt like I knew them and I am proud to say I saw two friends get married that Saturday.

This wedding has many of my favorite wedding touches, sparkly shoes, a first look, TWO dresses, lemonade, genuine chemistry and love, vintage pews at the ceremony, awesome dancing, sparkler exit, a vintage car, and a Hora!

Congratulations AGAIN you two. I love and adore you (and your familes)!

 

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Vendors:

Venue: The Wild Onion Ranch

Second Shooter: Tali Wildman

Coordination and Design: BZ Events

Floral: Unexpected Elements

Catering: 2 Dine For

Dessert Table: Bake Sale

Shoes: Christian, Louboutin, Kate Spade AND Jimmy Choo

Band: Sauce

Get away Car: Vintage rides of Austin

 

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My Thanksgiving Table

I am a little proud of my Thanksgiving table this year. I actually put some effort into the design instead of just slapping some plates on the table after I finish cooking.

You should know that I LOVE THANKSGIVING! It is the one holiday that is SO easy to enjoy. Food, friends, family and football? What’s not to like?

I asked my wonderful friend Wendee over at Unexpected Elements to make me a centerpiece. I told her to do whatever she wanted and look how pretty it turned out! She’s so creative!

The ‘placemats’, which are actually paper, are from West Elm, the salt and pepper shakers (the piggies) are from Jonathan Adler and I made the napkins and table runner myself. The china is Wedgwood and is unfortunately discontinued. Little S, my kiddo made the menu graphic and the cute acorn place cards.

It’s not complete professional quality, but I was very pleased as it incorporated elements from all parts of our lives, including our little person.

I have been around enough beautiful weddings and great wedding coordinators to pick up a thing or two. Thanks for the lessons planners!

Happy Wednesday!

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Salt Lick Rehearsal Dinner | Kelli and Noah

The Nelli’s! Kelli and Noah kicked off their wedding weekend with a delightful rehearsal dinner at the Salt Lick Pavilion in Dripping Springs, Texas. There were many personal touches and even beer donkeys. These two little guys were the cutest! The evening was filled with hugs and sweet speeches and finished off with a s’mores station in front of the fire pit.

It was the perfect prelude to ‘Nelli Day’, which if you haven’t already seen it on Style Me Pretty, then you will see it here soon!

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Austin Wedding Photographer | Kelli’s Palazzo Lavaca Bridals

Since Kelli is now married (and man is there a giant blog post coming on their fab wedding) it’s time to look at her bridals! Palazzo Lavaca was an amazing place for an Austin meets Tuscany bridal session. Filled with nooks and textures and amazing decor, we had all kinds of fun exploring the place. I’ve been waiting for months to show you these photos and I think you’ll agree that Kelli’s classic looks and vintage style lace dress were a perfect match for this place. The staff were also extremely helpful and gracious hosts.

I can’t wait to continue the story soon with the Salt Lick rehearsal dinner and Wild Onion Ranch wedding photos.

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Austin Wedding Photographer | Aurelie & Jarod

Today is a cold, damp and rainy day in Austin and it makes me long for our typical warmer, sunny days. Let’s look at a warm Chapel Dulcinea wedding shall we? Maybe make yourself some hot tea too. I did.

Aurelie and Jarod are an extremely special couple to my family. Aurelie or ‘Miss Young’ as she was known to my daughter, was Little S’s preschool teacher for two years at her French immersion preschool and is someone that we will always be grateful to for teaching our daughter French. Jarod and I were in French class together too, but alas, we are not as good as either Aurelie OR my daughter.

Aurelie and Jarod had originally planned a wedding in France, where Aurelie is from, but due to logistics and time and just wanting to be married, they decided to have the wedding sooner in their adopted hometown of Austin. I’m so glad they did, because it meant that I was able to be there. Family from London, Pennslyvania and France all flew in to attend.

These two incorporated things they loved about Austin, with some lovely French traditions and inspirations. Aurelie’s sister Skyped the ceremony for her Grandmother in France and we all got treated to a Bordeaux region toast over creme brulee cupcakes and champagne.

Small, French-speaking pre-schoolers abounded and it was just a lovely, lovely morning. I was thrilled to be there and wish these two nothing but the best in life.

 

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Austin Wedding Photographer | Jan & Dave at The Four Seasons

Time to Blog. Let’s go!

Jan and Dave are two of the coolest and most fun people I have ever met. They travel, they golf, they know how to have a good time and so do their friends. The dancing and fun at this wedding was unbelievable. The happiness of this couple and all of their loved ones was also tangible. So many people were SO excited for this wedding and it showed. I was so thrilled to be a part of it.

They spent their day at the always amazing Four Seasons Austin in the middle of our scorchy, hot summer. One of my favorite things about the Four Seasons is the lawn always feels about 10 degrees cooler than the outside air. I don’t know how they manage that, but it’s kind of magic.

The reception was a giant, beautiful party! I went overboard with decor shots below, because, it was kind of flawless. Jan and Dave have amazing taste and when you combine that with the talents of Becky Brock of BZ Events, you get something incredible, as you will see. Their friends also secretly rehearsed a flash mob dance that they surprised the couple with after they had finished their first dance. Too fun!

I also have to thank the always fun James Dvorscak for shooting this wedding with me. He’s such a delight.

Jan and Dave, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding! You guys rock!

Venue, Catering and Cake: The Four Seasons Austin

Event planning, decor and coordination: Becky Brock (and Megan and Henry) of BZ Events

Floral: Unexpected Elements

Stationary: Anibella Ink and Paper

Second Shooter: James Dvorscak

Band: Sauce

Dress: Marchesa

Shoes: Jimmy Choo (2 pairs! Heavenly)

Shannon Cunningham is an Austin, Texas wedding photographer

 

 

 

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