Mercury Hall Wedding in Austin Texas | Abby + Grayson

I photographed Abby's sisters wedding a couple of years ago.  I was so excited when she contacted me about her big day.  After working with Abby and Grayson on their engagement session I was very much looking forward to their wedding.  They are so sweet and laid back I knew it would be a fantastic event to be a part of.  

How they met:.

"We met while Abby was a senior in college and Grayson was an intern with Cru. Though we don't remember when exactly we met, we became friends quickly when Abby started interning that following year. Our friendship grew as we worked together, were in the same small group at Providence (our church), and spent more time together with our friends. Grayson eventually asked Abby on a date in March of 2013, and on September 13, 2014 he asked her to be his wife while dove hunting with friends in Fort Worth"

About their wedding day:

"We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities and our friendship. Having Maudie's as our catering was a no-brainer, because about half of our dates were spent over their fajitas. We wanted to get married at Central Christian church because the church where we fell in love (Providence Church) meets there. Everything else was just easy! We wanted to have a live band because some of our favorite memories surround dancing the night away at friends' weddings, so we wanted our friends to have the same experience at our wedding. Everything was special and perfect.

My favorite part of the wedding planning process was the invitations. I love paper and knew I wanted a classic and yet modern look, so I asked my friend Ashley to write out our names in her beautiful handwriting, and then help me design the rest of the invitations. They turned out so lovely!"

Fun fact about the two of you:

"Our dream is to visit every ballpark in the country before we die."

Ceremony:  Central Christian Church  |  Reception:  Mercury Hall  |  Hair/Makeup:  Lola Beauty  |  Flowers:  Bricolage Curated Florals  |  Cakes:  Nothing Bundt Cakes  |  Catering:  Maudies  |  Videographer:  Leeanne Funk  |  Dress:  Coutures by Laura, alterations for Mothers 1977 wedding dress  |  Rentals: Premiere Events  |  Staffing:   Austin's Elite Staffing  |  Band:  The Royal Dukes  |  Officiant:  James Wood  |  Invitations:  Ashley Haug  |  Letterpress:  Tryst Press

At&t Conference Center Wedding | Michele + Justin

How they met:   "In 2008, Justin was attending St. Edwards, and Michele was attending UT. Michele's roommate, Addie, was going country dancing at Midnight Rodeo one Thursday night. She invited Michele to join her, her boyfriend, and some of their friends. Despite not knowing the first thing about two-stepping, Michele decided it would be fun to go. When the boys arrived to pick up Michele and Addie, Michele and Justin met for the first time. Michele's initial thoughts were "Wow! He has a great tan for January"; for Justin, it was love at first sight.  

Once everyone arrived at Midnight Rodeo, Addie suggested that Justin teach Michele how to dance. He was happy to teach her, but quickly realized she truly had no idea how to dance. Later in the evening, and a few whiskey and sprites later, Michele was still getting dancing lessons. It is hard to know who is to blame for this, but Justin accidentally stepped on her toe with his cowboy boots (she was wearing peep toe heels - big mistake!). When the pain intensified as time went on, Michele snuck away to the restroom and found that he had kicked off over a quarter of her toenail. He definitely made a lasting impression! Six years later, Michele's dancing has improved only slightly, but they still enjoy country dancing.  A funny thing about us is: I didn't realize we are an interracial couple until about a year into our relationship. I thought he was a white guy with a nice tan!"

Fun wedding moments:  "Justin was about to say the vows he personally wrote, and several people in the crowd and in the wedding party are already choked up. Justin takes a long pause because he is starting to get choked up a little too. In the midst of the pause, Justin says, "I'm trying not to cry because my dad said I wasn't allowed to cry". It made everyone laugh, and lightened the mood a little."

Favorite part of the day:  "It is hard to pick a favorite part of the day because it was all so great. We are still so sad it is over because it was so much fun. If we had to pick, having all of our family and closest friends come together to celebrate us was our favorite part - along with having a private dance at the end of the night, which was Justin's idea.  But, truly, the entire day from the moment we woke up to the moment we went to sleep was our favorite. Best day of our lives!"

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Venue:  At&t Executive Education and Conference Center  |  Coordinator: Yellow Umbrella Events  |  Officiant:  Dustin Benham  |  Harpist:  Kristen Smith  |  Videographer:  James K Crouch & Michael Hennesy  |  Florist:  Valerie Miller Events  |  Lighting:  Intelligent Lighting Design  |  DJ:  DJ Meeco  |  Catering:  At&t Executive Education and Conference Center  |  Cakes:  Sweet Treets Bakery  |  Makeup:  Denise Vasquez  |  Hair:  Erica Gray Beauty  |  Send-Off:  Angeli Carriages  |  Rings:  Villarreal Fine Jewelers