"Tito’s Big Adventure" - An incentive trip for Tito's Handmade Vodka

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With the holiday season upon us, we can’t help but celebrate one of our most festive clients, Tito’s Handmade Vodka!

This past September we had the great pleasure of producing an incentive trip with the East Coast team and we had an absolute blast!  With Austin being the “home” of Tito’s Vodka  (and Tito himself!), we wanted to offer a true Austin experience for the East Coast Team. 

As guests arrived, they checked into the Downtown Austin - JW Marriott and were greeted with Frito Pie and Tito’s All Time Favorite Cocktails! Once everyone was checked in the group walked to Moonshine for a true southern dinner, followed by some real fun at Kung Fu Saloon. After a “few” more drinks and a good night sleep, the team woke to an exciting trip to the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Distillery. They were greeted with Bloody Mary’s handcrafted by the amazing Licha’s Cantina team, along with a hearty selection of kolaches and donuts. The guests were invited by Tito himself to tour the distillery, taste test, and learn all about the process. Once the tour was complete the group had worked up quite the appetite and were welcomed with a delicious Mexican spread….and more cocktails of course, by Licha’s Cantina. 

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After a delicious feast of queso and tacos, the team enjoyed a little time to siesta, take a dip in the pool or explore Austin on their own! As the sun set the group walked to the very special Hotel Saint Cecilia for an authentic Texas Barbecue dinner from La Barbecue. The guests were greeted with a selection of signature Tito’s cocktails and enjoyed the beautiful outdoor space filled with antique styled candles, potted succulents, a lush lawn and perfect bistro furniture. The “dinner under the stars” menu included perfectly crafted Tito’s Vodka libations, a family style supper of La Barbecue and Voodoo Doughnuts. The night was just getting started! The group crossed the iconic Congress Bridge to an Austin favorite, Speakeasy. The group enjoyed countless libations with a perfect rooftop view of the Austin Skyline. Some guests got the full downtown experience an enjoyed late night bites from Best Wurst and Ropplo’s Pizza.

The next day was a “choose your own adventure” day in which attendees had the option of enjoying a JW Marriott Spa treatment, a JW Marriott rooftop pool day, or horseback riding and skeet shooting at Texas Trail Rides. Of course after everyone completed their activities, the team gathered at the pool for continued celebrations!

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As their final evening together approached, everyone boarded the Austin Riverboat to watch the sunset over Lady Bird Lake while enjoying Texas Tunes from Lost Pines Band. Upon making it back to land, the attendees hopped around to their favorite Austin clients for some final fun.

All of the attendees raved about their Austin experience and immediately started working on their next goals so that they could win it again! 

We always have a blast with the Tito’s Vodka family and look forward to the next collaboration.

Special thanks to everyone that made the experience come to life:

Photos – Lisa Hause Photography  /  Planning and Coordinating – J.Standard Events  /  Accommodations – JW Marriott  /  Transportation – Roadrunner Charters  /  Welcome Lunch – Mooshine Grill  /  Tex-Mex Lunch – Licha’s Cantina  /  Kolaches & Donuts – Master Donuts  / Venue – Hotel Saint Cecilia  /  BBQ Dinner – La Barbecue  /  Dessert – Voodoo Doughnuts Austin  /  Spa Treatments – JW Marriott Spa  /  Horseback Riding & Skeet Shooting – Texas Trail Rides  /  Riverboat – Austin River Boat  /  Boat Entertainment – Lost Pines Band   /  Downtown Venues – Speakeasy, Kung Fu Saloon, etc.

 

“Hawaii, TX Blog Post”: HOT LUCK Food & Music Festival - 2017

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After a whirlwind few days enjoying food and music at Hot Luck’s events all across town, some might need a vacation from all the excitement. Luckily, there’s no better getaway than Hawaii, TX! Hot Luck took over East Side cocktail bar Weather Up and turned it into an Island destination (with that southwest spin, of course) for one night only. Chefs, VIPs and Whole Enchilada badge holders enjoyed this exclusive event, the perfect sendoff for an inaugural success.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Hawaiian event without a pig roast. Luckily San Antonio chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli Restaurant had the Hot Luck crowds covered. The duo spent over 12 hours roasting a pig to serve up for hungry attendees. Aaron Franklin shared his own personal take on the Hawaiian staple, Spam. Portland’s own Joshua McFadden, of Ava Gene's, was serving up bites, as was Ben Runkle of local butcher shop Salt & Time.

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Flor de Caña and Sailor Jerry’s were mixing up rum punches and boozy cocktails, served in a YETI tumbler that attendees got to take home once they reached the bottom (which didn’t take long). And for those looking to get a little ink, Sailor Jerry’s had an artist on hand giving out free Sailor Jerry tattoos!

Spending a night amid tiki torches and Polynesian grooves was the perfect way to unwind after the excitement of a busy Hot Luck. Attendees, chefs, VIPs, staffers and volunteers all came out to make this inaugural festival a huge success. J. Standard is proud to be a part of a major new festival on the Austin calendar, and are excited to announce that work on Hot Luck 2018 has already begun! So stay hungry for details, which will be coming soon. See you next year!

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Blog:  Jonathan Poritsky  //  Production:  J.Standard Events  //  Venue:  Weather Up  //  Tents & Rentals:  Marquee Events // Music: DJ Lord High Pockets // Lighting:  Ilios // Sound: ATXES // Security:  Cerberus // Power:  Event Power ATX // Creative Team:  Guerilla Suit // Media Partner:  Giant Noise // Photographers: Alison Narro :: @alisonnarro // Pooneh Ghana :: @poonehghana // Jackie Lee Young :: @jackieleeyoung // Carly Diaz :: @carly.e.diaz // Sarah Natsumi :: @sarahnatsumi

“Al Fuego” : HOT LUCK Food & Music Festival - 2017

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The sun was not shining the Saturday morning of Al Fuego. As staff and chefs arrived to begin setting up the largest, most ambitious event of Hot Luck, the gray sky turned black and quickly dumped a heavy rain on Wild Onion Ranch. But as the saying goes, the show must go on, and go on it did. Everyone worked hard to dry things off and get the grounds ready for this one of a kind food event. Soon the sun was shining and guests were in for some real treats!

The idea was simple: what if you went to the biggest and best gourmet tailgate party, featuring foods all cooked over a live fire. That’s what Al Fuego was, right in the heart of Austin on the sprawling Wild Onion Ranch grounds. Attendees could pick from over twenty-five grill and fire stations, from in-ground pits to twenty-foot smokers. Chefs from around Texas and the US showed up to char up some goodness.

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Joshua Pinsky and Matthew Rudofker represented New York’s own Momofuku. Adam Perry Lang of APL Restaurant added some LA flavors into the mix. Top Chef’s Issaac Toups and wife Amanda Toups brought their cajun flair all the way from New Orleans. And the pacific northwest was well-represented by Andy Ricker of Pok Pok and Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong's Khao Man Gai, both of Portland. And the rockies were covered by Justin Brunson of Old Major in Denver.

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Another Top Chef alum, John Tesar, came down from Dallas to bring the stylings of his Knife at The Highland to central Texas. Houstonites Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar made the trek to Austin with their signature dishes. Our neighbors down I-35 in San Antonio, Steve McHugh from Cured and Laura Loomis of Two Bros BBQ Market, came out to feed hungry guests and friends.

Last but far from least, a veritable murderers row of unstoppable local Austin chefs cooked up their finest all day long. There was Tatsu Aikawa from the nationally praised new Kemuri Tatsu-Ya; Bryce Gilmore from mainstay Odd Duck; Laura Sawicki from East Side hot spot Launderette; Jesse Griffiths from butcher shop and restaurant Dai Due; and Todd Duplechan from the 04’s Lenoir. South Austin BBQ was going strong thanks to Miguel Vidal of Valentinas Tex Mex BBQ; the North Burnet ‘hood was covered by Philip Speer of Bonhomie and nearby Épicerie by Sarah McIntosh; Andrew Wiseheart brought Manor’s Contigo tastes to the grounds, while the ever-changing Rainey neighborhood was covered by Kevin Fink of Emmer and Rye and Stephen Bonin of Geraldine’s. As if that weren’t enough, attendees were treated to tastes from Chad Dolezal of The Hightower, Jason Stude from Boiler Nine and Michael Paley from Central Standard.

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Let it be said: if ever you wanted to take a bite out of Austin in one go, Al Fuego was the place to do it.

Of course, any Central Texan knows it’s not just about the food; no festival is complete without a few drinks. Lone Star was on hand at nearly every corner of Wild Onion Ranch to help guests wash down all the delicious bites on offer. Duchman Winery, Charles & Charles and Charles Bieler, K. Vintners and Montinore Estate kept the wine flowing for everyone. Buffalo Trace was offering up whiskey concoctions, while Tequila Herradura, Deep Eddy Vodka and Martine Honeysuckle Liqueur rounded out the spirits. Austin Eastciders, Hops and Grain and Independence Brewing had their own cold drinks to share. Flor De Caña even tapped a very special twelve year old barrel-aged rum for tasting. And those seeking a bit of caffeine could find coffee slushies and special cold-brew cans made special for the occasion from Stumptown Coffee.

That extra jolt was perhaps necessary for some, as the Hot Luck party was just getting revved up. After Al Fuego, attendees could either check out Black Joe Lewis at Barracuda or be whisked away to Hawaii, TX at Weather Up. More on those events coming soon!

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Blog:  Jonathan Poritsky  //  Production:  J.Standard Events  //  Venue:  The Wild Onion Ranch  //  Tents & Rentals:  Marquee Events // Music: Jim Bradford, “Heart & Soul Sound System” // Lighting:  Ilios // Sound: ATXES // Security:  Cerberus // Power:  Event Power ATX // Creative Team:  Guerilla Suit // Media Partner:  Giant Noise // Photographers: Alison Narro :: @alisonnarro // Pooneh Ghana :: @poonehghana // Jackie Lee Young :: @jackieleeyoung // Carly Diaz :: @carly.e.diaz // Sarah Natsumi :: @sarahnatsumi

“HiLo” : HOT LUCK Food & Music Festival - 2017

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Think back to the moment you fell in love with an idea. The first book that turned you into a reader, the film you saw that made you a multiplex regular, the song you heard and started plucking away at a six-string. Or maybe that meal you had as a child, your go-to regular for happiness; something that always filled you with warmth.

That's the feeling Hot Luck's HiLo event was all about, with world-class chefs sharing family recipes with attendees. The kinds of meals that everyone recalls, and probably still eats regularly, like pot roast, pork chops and donuts. Of course, the chefs added their own new spin on these household staples.

Nestled in Austin's vibrant East Side, Fair Market was transformed into the grounds for HiLo that Friday evening. DJ Dangit brought the love, spinning soulful tunes, the songs you never hear but always love, bringing a sense of nostalgia as attendees enjoyed bites and libations.

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Some out of town friends brought flavorful dishes to share, including Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's in Portland. Also from Portland was the team from Country Cat. And close neighbor Jason Dady from San Antonio came to share his family recipes.

Of course, Austin was in the house that night, serving up delectable tastes. Aaron Franklin brought the heat with his signature favors. Rene Ortiz of new East Side mainstay Launderette, just around the corner from Fair Market was cooking up goodness, too. Callie Speer of Holy Roller, David Norman of Easy Tiger and Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d'Oro, Austin came out for the fun. Second Bar + Kitchen's David Bull was sharing some flavors, as were Jennifer Tucker of Jeffrey's and Olamaie's Michael Fojtasek. And Uchi's own James Beard Award winning chef Tyson Cole was on hand to share his favorite taste.

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As for drinks, Lone Star Beer and Austin Eastciders were on hand to keep everyone cool, as well as cold ones from Big Bend Brewing Co., Hops and Grain, Independence, and Lagunitas. Oenophiles in attendance could enjoy glasses from Fall Creek Vineyards, Montinore Estate, Mundo Vino and Union Wine Co. And for something a bit stronger, Deep Eddy Vodka, Flor de Caña Rum, Martine Honeysuckle Liqueur and Tequila Herradura were offered up to guests.

As HiLo came to an end, guests that had a little more left in their tank headed over to Barrcuda where they indulged in tasty bites from sushi gangster himself, Yoshi of Otoko. And they danced the night away to funky tunes from the all girl band, Shonen Knife!

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Blog:  Jonathan Poritsky  //  Tents & Rentals:  Marquee Events // Music: Gabe Vaughn “DJ Dangit” // Lighting:  Ilios // Sound: ATXES // Security:  Cerberus // Power:  Event Power ATX // Creative Team:  Guerilla Suit // Media Partner:  Giant Noise // Photographers: Alison Narro :: @alisonnarro // Pooneh Ghana :: @poonehghana // Jackie Lee Young :: @jackieleeyoung // Carly Diaz :: @carly.e.diaz // Sarah Natsumi :: @sarahnatsumi

“Hi How Are You?” : HOT LUCK Food & Music Festival - 2017

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J. Standard was proud to be a part of the inaugural Hot Luck Festival. Together with Team Feast, we were excited to bring this unique confluence of great food, killer music, and memorable gatherings to Austin, a town already known for hosting some of the best festivals in the world. Hot Luck is no exception; it’s sure to be one of the most anticipated events on the foodie calendar for years to come.

Festivities kicked off with “Hi How Are You?,” on Thursday, May 18. Hosted at Franklin Barbecue, this exclusive event for chefs, VIPs, and Whole Enchilada ticket holders was the place to be for food and fun as Hot Luck revved itself up.

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Aaron Franklin’s eponymous barbecue joint was the perfect venue for the event, with the man himself cooking up some of his most famous meats. DJ Lord High Pockets was spinning original 45s to keep everyone grooving all night. Guests were also lucky enough to snag food from celebrity chef Roy Choi, who brought the flavors of his famous Los Angeles-based Kogi BBQ Truck to the heart of Austin. Sara Kramer, from Kismet, also in LA, came out swinging as well. Even filmmaker and “Chef” star Jon Favreau came out to enjoy the evening with everyone.

Also serving up goodness at “Hey How Are You?” was Dallas’ own Daniel Vaughn of Full Custom Gospel BBQ and Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen from New York. Portland was well represented by Olympia Provisions’ Elias Cairo and Peter Cho, of Han Oak fame. Also hailing from the Beaver State, Tillamook was on hand serving up dairy delights for all.

And what’s a party without a few libations? Everyone was keeping cool with cans of Lone Star Beer and Austin Eastciders. For the oenophiles in the attendance, Union Wine Co., Montinore Estate and Hope Family Wines provided plenty of tasty sips. Buffalo Trace was serving up whiskey slushies, deliciously refreshing on a spring evening in Texas.

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“Hi How Are You?” was an incredible event in its own right, but Hot Luck 2017 was just getting started. With everyone well fed, having forged new friendships and made new memories, there was just enough time to rest up before the rest of this all-star food weekend really got going. More on that in our next post!

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Blog:  Jonathan Poritsky  //  Production:  J.Standard Events  //  Venue:  Franklin Barbecue // Music: DJ Lord High Pockets // Lighting: Ilios // Sound: ATXES // Security: Cerberus //  Event Tenting & Rentals:  Marquee Tents & Events  // Power: Event Power ATX // Creative Team: Guerilla Suit // Media Partner: Giant Noise // Photographers: Alison Narro :: @alisonnarro // Pooneh Ghana :: @poonehghana // Jackie Lee Young :: @jackieleeyoung // Carly Diaz :: @carly.e.diaz // Sarah Natsumi :: @sarahnatsumi

2017 Austin Addy Awards

For the third year in a row, J.STANDARD had the pleasure of working with the AUSTIN AD FED to produce the 2017 Addy Awards.  Even amid the talented world of event production, it is rare to bring together so much creative talent into one room.

This year’s theme, “ology”, was a show for those who know. From anthropology to zoology, the ancient Greeks coined the term –ology to represent knowledge in any given field. As guests arrived at the HILTON AUSTIN, they could wander, explore, and admire The Work Displays submitted by contestants, printed by API, and installed by XTREME XHIBITS. At the same time, HOOT BOOTH provided a hashtag photo printer to commemorate the moment while DJ GATSBY provided tunes as guests worked the room.  

If you’ve never been to the Addy Awards, imagine the Oscars – glamorous, impressive, inspiring. SHERRY MATTHEWS, the “directors” of the entire awards program, and WHITE HAT, the “assistant directors” of the program, collaborated closely to bring this beautiful vision to life, meanwhile J.P.L. – Job Propulsion Labs & TKO Advertising created the awards presentation script, theme, and video. Lights and AV by ATOMIC PICNIC added to the impressive show.

From Southwest Airlines to Chipotle to the Air Force, the impressive ads displayed the amazing array of talent from various agencies for multiple brands. Once the show ended, SWIMMING WITH BEARS via BLACK FRET performed.

Branded decor from various sponsors adorned each table, including delectable, gold dusted macarons from POLKADOTS BAKERY. And of course, the show couldn’t have run without the help of the volunteers from E4 Youth Group and Ad2 Student Members. With inspiration from the ancient Greeks and the genius of our sponsors, vendors, and volunteers, the 2017 Austin Addy Awards was a great celebration of the best creatives in the industry!

J.STANDARD EVENTS//  Sherry Matthews // White Hat // Job Propulsion Labs // TKO Creative // E4 // Ad2 // One Touch Point // Image Craft // Xtreme Xhibits // API // Atomic Picnic // Velvet Cartel // Hoot Booth // Hilton Austin // Swimming with Bears // Black Fret // DJ Gatsby // Polkadots Bakery

Second Annual “Call to Loyalty” presented by Mattersight

After a proper Texas welcome party, Mattersight’s 2nd annual “Call to Loyalty” ensued. In essence, this event connects Mattersight to existing and potential clients while sharing their mission of helping brands to have better chemistry with customers. They are experts in analytics and insights; thus, we utilized their consumer insights to enrich the event experience with guest speakers, cutting-edge information, and inspiration everywhere!

Now, let’s be clear – Call to Loyalty is not your typical conference. To start, the venue HOTEL VAN ZANDT is a boutique hotel located in the Rainey Street Historic District, where the intimate feel of the bungalow-esque bars and restaurants offers an authentic Austin experience. Within the conference, Dj Miles of TEXAS PRO DJ created a contagious energy and fun for the attendees.

As a welcoming gift, each attendee received a custom box of chocolates from MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONS. These decadent delights were creatively crafted into shapes like the state of Texas and cacti. Meanwhile, ROSEHIP FLORA provided actual cacti and succulents alongside branded materials and swag by THE HONOR ROLL, adding a fun Texas touch throughout the room.

Mattersight even featured a special panel consisting of the CEO’s from FAVOR, RIDE AUSTIN, and BUILD-A-SIGN. These Austin based success stories were the ultimate instance of “loyalty” in keeping it local! FAVOR team members also surprised the audience with delicious sweets from another Austin-born company, TIFF’S TREATS.   On stage during the panel, the fun gold chairs from MARQUEE were striking!

When the last day seemed over, the ballroom doors suddenly swung open, and a mariachi ensemble began to serenade attendees! During the live performance by MARIACHI ESTRELLA, there was an abundance of margaritas, Mexican beers, candy, cookies, and even a piñata for the fiesta themed departure.

This conference was not simply an event, but a production. We could not have produced this show without the incredibly sharp ATEX who provided stunning lighting, a precise program, and meticulously detailed audio/video. While conferences can sometimes be boring, Mattersight’s 2nd annual “Call to Loyalty” was quite the opposite! Photos by Lisa Hause and Jerry Hayes photography capture the essence of this spirited celebration of knowledge, success, and loyalty below.

Hotel Van Zandt // Texas Pro DJ // Maggie Louise Confections // Rosehip Flora // The Honor Roll // Favor // Ride Austin // Build-a-sign // Tiff’s Treats // Marquee / Mariachi Estrella // Austin Event Systems // Lisa Hause and Jerry Hayes Photography

2nd Annual “Call to Loyalty” presented by Mattersight – Welcome Party!

While 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting, event filled year, we love reflecting on our favorites of 2016. In particular, Mattersight’s 2nd Annual “Call to Loyalty” attracted over 200 attendees from all over the US. To kick off the summit, we knew a party was a must to truly welcome guests with Texas hospitality and iconic Austin favorites.  

What better way to say welcome than with southern favorites like grilled corn bread with bacon jam? CONTIGO provided these tasty arrival bites as guests filed into the CONTAINER BAR. Located in Rainey Historic district, this unique venue is literally composed of 7 stacked shipping containers. To add a Texas flare, ROSEHIP FLORA provided creative cacti and succulents, daintily dispersed throughout the venue, while THE HONOR ROLL designed branded décor to showcase Austin’s personality.

For the main course, LA BARBECUE catered the tender, mouth-watering BBQ that was so tasty, even the vegetarians were tempted to try it. Here’s a little known secret: this popular and delicious Austin favorite is best served alongside live music. Luckily, Austin icon and Texas country music performer, DALE WATSON provided a live music performance!

Seeing as Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, music was an appropriate theme for Mattersight’s welcome party. As Dale Watson serenaded the audience under the twinkling Texas skyline, the cutest cupcake girls from THE CUPCAKE BAR cruised around the party, offering bite-sized cupcakes that even the country legend himself couldn’t resist.

While we didn’t want the night to end, attendees began to make their last stops at the photo booth by HOOT BOOTH, where they were prompted to post photos and promote the event with #CALL2LOYALTY.  More details on the summit at Hotel Van Zandt are coming to the blog soon, so be on the look out!

A special thanks goes out to each and every one of our vendors. We’re so grateful Dale Watson was able to join us and provide some fun Texas entertainment! And of course, thanks to Lisa Hause and Jerry Hayes photography as well as STORY CRAFT videography for helping us capture the moment.

Contigo // Container Bar // Rosehip Flora // The Honor Roll // La Barbecue //  Hoot Booth // Dale Watson // Marquee Event Rentals // Party at the Moontower Event Rentals //  Lisa Hause and Jerry Hayes Photography // Story Craft

 

A Wedding in Style at Laguna Gloria

Laurel Pantin was born and raised in Austin, TX. She spent much of her childhood making memories at LAGUNA GLORIA and holds it close to her heart. There was no other place in the world where she would rather spend her wedding day. This says a lot since Laurel has traveled the world and even lived in South Africa with her then fiancé, Justin. Laurel is now a super fabulous fashion stylist and editor living in New York City!

Laguna Gloria is the perfect spot to hold an outside ceremony and reception. The venue is located right next to the Colorado river and lush with green scenery. Laurel and Justin said their vows under a white gazebo decorated with gorgeous flowers designed by POLLEN FLORAL ART. Laurel’s pair of antique diamond earrings from BELL AND BIRD were the perfect accessory to her white dress! The ceremony was simple, elegant, and expressed the romance shared between the love birds!

CAMERA TALK photographed Laurel and Justin on the many trails found at Laguna Gloria surrounded by picturesque natural grounds. While the newlyweds were off taking photos, guests enjoyed cocktail hour with yummy small bites by PINK AVOCADO and could grab a snow cone to cool off! Laguna Gloria is one of our favorite places to get lost in. The contemporary art, lakeside views, and tunnels formed by trees will keep guest entertained while each member of your family insists they have a picture with you in your wedding dress!

Of course, the fashion extraordinaire had several crowd pleasing outfit changes! Laurel modeled an exquisite gold gown and a sparkling silver gown for the reception. We were in awe of the blushing bride as she twirled in her dresses!

PINK AVOCADO made a delicious feast to start off the night! Laurel and Justin’s family and friends were such a fun and exciting group. The crowd was filled with the most stunning folks from around the globe! Everyone shook their tail feather and danced the night away celebrating the marriage of these two wonderful people.

Laurel and Justin’s wedding was a truly magical day filled with style, dancing, laughter, and lots of celebratory libations! Couture Details wishes the newlyweds a life full of love and many more adventures together!

Relish on all the unique details of this wedding captured by CAMERA TALK and YETI MAN below!  Thank you to the talented vendors who each played a huge role in this special occasion.

Laguna Gloria // Pink Avocado // Pollen Floral Art // Hill Country DJ // Camera Talk // Yeti Man // Marquee // Ilios // Road Runner // Hotel Van Zandt // Bell and Bird

A Flowery Spring Wedding

Sharon and Greg first met in the Austin Jewish Community where the two bonded over shared Jewish traditions and their love for Austin. The couple loved celebrating these connections and quickly fell head over hills for each other. Sharon’s family has been long time members of the LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER. The couple knew there was no other place they would rather become Mr. and Mrs. Brener than surrounded by the beautiful fields of green!

Sharon and Greg planned for an outside wedding at the Family Garden’s pavilion. Due to potential afternoon showers, we made a last minute decision to have the ceremony inside. Our team and wonderful vendors were able to change plans with ease and create a beautiful space inside the white stones of the Visitor’s Gallery. The Wildflower Center is a gorgeous venue inside and out! The Chuppah looked absolutely stunning decorated with ROSEHIP FLORA’S flower design. The beaming bride walked down the aisle to the lovely string music of STRINGS ATTACHED. The breaking of the glass signified the conclusion of the ceremony as guests shouted Mazel Tov and headed to cocktail hour!

The weather cleared up just in time for a colorful sunset. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour with refreshing drinks and live music by BUZZ AND THE BLUE CATS in the Display Gardens. Dinner and dancing took place under the stars to make for a magical night. Post cards with Sharon and Greg’s photos covered the tables for friends and family to write their well wishes on!

CONTIGO served a tasty dinner and kept the party going with thirst-quenching his and her craft cocktails. Not only is their food delicious, but their place-setting and buffet setup is picturesque. Dessert lovers had the night of their lives with mini cupcakes baked by MICHELLE’S PATISSERIE and creamy gelato from DOLCE NEVE! If that doesn’t take the cake, each guest got to take home a small jar of local honey!

The Couture Details team wishes Sharon and Greg a happily ever after! See the details of their magical day captured by RYAN GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY below and check out the stationary create by the bride herself!

Thanks to an amazing group of vendors who were able to roll with the last minute rain decisions flawlessly!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center // Rosehip Flora // Ryan Green Photography // Contigo // Buzz and the Blue Cats // Strings Attached // Michelle’s Patisserie // Dolce Neve // Marquee // j.ro.cro - (Jessica Crowell Astrella) // Lucie Marie

A Dreamy Spring Wedding at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Amanda and Matt were both born and raised in Texas before moving to Manhattan to pursue their careers in the creative industry. Just like all of us Texans, they remain true to their southern roots and knew they had to say their vowels in the Lone Star State. There is nothing Texans love more than bluebonnets and breakfast tacos. These two ingredients made Amanda and Matt’s wedding day one to remember!

The LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER is a dreamy venue for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Not to mention the wildflower fields are the perfect place for wedding portraits. Amanda and Matt said their I do’s surrounded by family, friends, and larger than life trees in the Family Garden Lawn. ROSEHIP FLORA fashioned the most gorgeous flower arrangement on the wood altar. We were in awe of the white rose floral design. Pictures by LEAH MUSE PHOTOGRAPHY capture the beauty of Amanda and Matt’s outdoor ceremony.

Wedding guests were guided through bluebonnets and across a gorgeous bridge to cocktail hour in the Display Gardens. The newlyweds were busy taking pictures as the sun started to fall on the colorful landscape. Refreshing drinks and tunes by AARON MCDONNELL AND THE NEON EAGLES kept the guests entertained! Amanda and Matt’s signature drinks included a His and Her Margarita. Matt chose a Mezcal margarita and Amanda went with the traditional Tequila margarita. The thoughtful couple even made custom koozies so their guests could keep their drinks cold!

Dinner and dancing took place in the beautiful courtyard. The tables looked absolutely lovely decorated with greenery and candles. CONTIGO cooked up a delicious farm fresh dinner and dessert. The highlight of the night was the funnel cake station! We loved this unique dessert idea! After a night of two-steeping to the country band, Contigo served breakfast tacos to end the wedding with a bang. Thank you for the yummy eats Contigo!

Amanda and Matt’s wedding day was all about the details! We loved helping them create their dream wedding. We wish you two all the happiness!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center // Contigo // Rosehip Flora // Premiere Events // Leah Muse Photography // New Road Productions // Aaron McDonnell + the Neon Eagles // Pearl Artists - Maris Malone Calderon

Mattersight's Sales Kick Off

Sales Kick Offs are vital for companies in kicking off the year with motivation, teamwork and innovative tools to achieve the company’s annual goals and vision!  Couture Details Events knew we had to plan a fun and inviting event when Mattersight asked us to plan and execute their 2016 Sales Kick Off.

We wanted to make sure Mattersight’s team was out of the city and away from distractions to make the most out of their SKO. We booked the HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES RESORT AND SPA, which is the perfect distance from the airport for those out-of-towners. As SKO attendees arrived at the resort, they were greeted with a welcome bag of yummy snacks, their lanyard, and agenda.

Prior to the SKO, employees were required to take a personality test, which is a key component of Mattersight’s product. The test reveals each person as one of five personalities. Everyone’s lanyard was a different color indicating personality type.

The Sales Kick Off started with a few breakout sessions to begin brainstorming sales strategies. Once the short sessions ended, everyone headed from the meeting rooms to the Texas Margarita competition! After a long day of traveling and working, it’s nice to have some friendly competition. Each team had one person from each personality group. This is a fantastic way to learn how to work with people who have a different thought process than your own. The team who crafted the tastiest Margarita won bragging rights for the rest of the SKO!

Once the winning team was crowned 2016 Margarita Mixology Champion, everyone was hungry for dinner. Many of the attendees were visiting from the Mattersight headquarters in Chicago, therefore, a BBQ feast was a must. The first night of the SKO ended with fireside chats, s’mores, and acoustic guitar tunes by the talented DAVEY SCHRANK. Mattersight’s very own Alexandra Yndo got to show off her vocals as her coworkers danced the night away! As each person returned to their room, they were surprised to find a gift box waiting for them. The boxes held a book, treat, and of course a hangover kit carefully curated by Couture Details Events!

The next day was full of meetings and brainstorming sessions, but it could not start without breakfast tacos! If you’re wondering – yes, the hangover kits were put to good use and worked like a charm! Mattersight worked together throughtout the day to accomplish their planning goals for the coming year. Planning meetings can be long and tiring, but luckily we had the opportunity to add some humor to brighten up the room. On each table there were several potted succulents each holding a card with a different chemistry joke that was sure to make you chuckle!

Q: What did the scientist say when he found 2 isotopes of helium?

A: HeHe

Mattersight celebrated with a Texas themed dinner and clinked their glasses to an enjoyable, successful SKO! As the team was at dinner, they received an itunes download of Dale Watson’s latest album in their inbox. Dale Watson will be preforming at Mattersight’s 2016 Call to Loyalty this fall! Everyone can't wait to sing along with the country legend!

The next morning, Mattersight had their final meetings and headed back home! We look forward to seeing the future success of this innovative company! 

As we love to mention, we have the absolute best clients and Mattersight is one of them! We want to give them huge thank you for choosing Couture Details Events to be a part of their team!

THE HONOR ROLL, a creative agency in Austin, designed all the artwork for the Sales Kick Off including the agenda, cocktail competition info sheet, the dinner menu, and the other print you see below!

Mattersight // The Honor Roll // Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa // Davey Schrank //

The Honor Roll's First Birthday

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Every anniversary calls for a party! Celebrating birthdays are our forte and we were thrilled when THE HONOR ROLL asked for our help in applauding their one-year anniversary. The Honor Roll is a creative agency right here in Austin, Texas. We love partnering with this talented company to design and execute artwork for our clientele. Their work never disappoints to add the perfect touches to any event.

Frist year anniversaries are huge milestones. The Honor Roll wanted to express their thanks to all of their clients for contributing to their success! The enclosed parking lot behind THR’s offices was the perfect spot for their party themed “a kid’s first birthday.” Along with this fun theme, THR wanted to make sure their brand culture was present by using the school theme of their company name.

Upon arriving to the party, each guest had to fill out a name tag with a school superlative. This is a fun ice breaker for those party guests who have yet to meet. Once guests were styling a name tag, they were directed to the popcorn machine and photo booth. The photo booth backdrop was a black chalkboard that guests could write silly sayings on (think 1 + 1 = 3). Music was blasting, the keg was flowing, guests were mingling, and then dinner arrived! MICKLETHWAIT CRAFT MEATS pulled up to the parking lot with their decorative food trailer. Micklethwait’s food trailer could add character to any parking lot! Shortly after dinner was served, CHURRO CO. was firing up delicious campfire churros. Luckily, they brought enough for everyone to have seconds! Party favors included pencils and bumper stickers that looked just like the one on the back of your family’s minivan when you made an A+ in school! The Honor Roll’s first birthday party was a success!

We love collaborating with The Honor Roll. Not only do they create amazing products, but they are such a genuine and friendly team. We look forward to working on future projects with this fun group!

The Honor Roll // Micklethwait Craft Meats // Churro Co. // Marquee // American Party Rental // Party Barn // Rock N Roll Rentals

Mattersight's Call to Loyalty

Who says corporate events and conferences can’t be fun? Couture Details Events loves creating and executing corporate events that all attendees can enjoy! We have the absolute best clients that have not only become our friends, but are truly making an impact in their industry. One of our favorite clients is a tech company called Mattersight. In short, Mattersight helps brands have better chemistry with their customers by providing behavioral routing software for call centers. Each Fall, Mattersight has a Call to Loyalty in Austin, Texas for existing and potential partnerships. Call to Loyalty is a way Mattersight can meet consumers face to face, explain their business processes, share customer experiences, answer questions, and most importantly know their clientele on a personal level. The event spans over three days and typically takes place in and around a hotel in Downtown Austin. Most C2L attendees fly into Austin from other parts of the US., therefore, we want to make sure they experience the laid-back, “weird” culture of this exciting city!

This past year Mattersight’s C2L kicked off with a Texas themed pre-party at Waller Ballroom! As guests arrived at the HILTON AUSTIN, they were given a BATCH BOX filled with local Austin goodies, an agenda, their lanyard, and then were directed to the party that was just a short walk from the hotel. The fun, relaxed feel of the party was the perfect atmosphere for the introduction of Mattersight and the attendees. Out of towners could see a taste of the weird Austin culture by checking out the potted succulents around the venue provided by ROSEHIP FLORA. Each succulent held a picture of a known Austin mural, such as the “i love you” painting on South Congress. Food trucks are an Austin staple, so of course we had EAST SIDE KING’s food truck serving mouth-watering chicken buns and brussels sprout salad. SHINYRIBS, an Austin band, livened up the party with their hip shaking music! The lead singer knew how to get the crowd involved in the music. Partygoer’s could jump in the photo booth and snap a picture holding a “wanted” sign, stick horse, or lots of other Western props. The party wouldn’t be complete without a signature cocktail. The Loyal-Tea was a delicious Mattersight spin on the Texas favorite, Arnold Palmer! The night was filled with cocktails, dancing, and socializing! The party was a great start to the conference days ahead!

The following two days of Call to Loyalty were held in a ballroom at the Austin Hilton, however, once inside you wouldn’t think you were at a hotel. Mattersight wanted an intimate rock concert feel and that is exactly what our team gave them! We transformed an empty, plain setting to an intimate, upscale ambiance. The room was lined with red backlights and drapes, branded journals were placed at each seat, and Mattersight’s logo was displayed on TVs surrounding the stage at the front of the room. ATX EVENT SYSTEMS provided top of the notch tech including televisions, lights, and microphones. Several guests expressed that they felt they were attending an Apple Inc. conference. The ballroom was no longer the Hilton ballroom, but a truly Mattersight event. Over the course of two days, the audience watched presentations, listened to a panel of speakers discussing the effect of Mattersight’s products, and attended VIP breakfasts with the owner and CEO of the company. Audience members even had the ability to tweet questions that would be answered after each presentation. Call to Loyalty was an invaluable learning experience for Mattersight’s customers.

Call to Loyalty featured special guest Matt Dixon, author of The Effortless Experience. Matt’s book contains his research and analysis to reveal what makes a customer loyal. This was a perfect topic to endorse Mattersight’s products. Everyone who attended C2L received a signed copy of The Effortless Experience.

Mattersight’s Call to Loyalty helped give clients and future clients a better understanding of the products Mattersight offers and the culture of the company. The Austin getaway proved a success. Couture Details Events is looking forward to this year’s Call to Loyalty in October taking place at the new, modern Hotel Van Zandt.

Special shout out to our friends at The Honor Roll. Thank you for the fun, creative artwork done that added the perfect touches for Mattersight’s Call to Loyalty! We worked with such a talented team and produced an amazing event!

The Honor Roll // Batch Austin // East Side King // Waller Ballroom // My Event is the Bomb // Shinyribs // Hilton Austin // ATX Event Systems // DJ Gatsby // Strong Events // BBJ Linen // Story Craft Studios // Uptown Valet // Easy Tiger // Spec's // Rosehip Flora //

A Wedding Weekend at Montesino Ranch

Kelley and Neal’s wedding weekend at MONTESINO RANCH kicked off with a fiesta themed rehearsal dinner on cool Friday evening. LICHA’S CANTINA, of East Austin, served up authentic appetizers and delicious tacos. I think everyone has a new favorite local Austin restaurant!!!! Churros from Casa Maria Restaurant were provided for dessert and of course a fiesta isn’t a fiesta without a margarita machine! Our team loved the opportunity to be a part of such a fun night!

And then the couples Big Day arrived! The wedding ceremony took place at a lovely pavilion on top of the highest peak at Montesino overlooking the rolling hills of Wimberley, TX. DAVEY SCHRANK played acoustic guitar as the wedding party walked down the aisle. The simplicity of the pavilion and outdoor scenery was the perfect place for Kelley and Neal to say their I do’s.

The celebration began with cocktail Hour set in the Montesino barn. Davey Schrank played some more tunes as guests were served refreshing cocktails and small bites prepared by CONTIGO CATERING. Kelley took off her veil and fashioned a gorgeous flower crown created by ROSEHIP FLORA and was ready to dance the night away!

Due to rain that evening, the dinner reception was held in a lovely tent from WHIM; it felt festive and was decorated with twinkling string lights. The newlyweds didn’t let rain dampen their night. Rain means good luck! Beautiful greenery and cute potted plants by Rosehip Flora made stunning centerpieces. Contigo Catering cooked their specialty pig roast right in front of the guests and wowed the crowd! The buffet not only looked wonderful, but it tasted wonderful too! SUGAR SHACK BAKERY made an elegant 4-tired white cake that guests are still dreaming about today. GREENBELT DJ set an upbeat mood for dinner then got people on their feet to start the dance party. As the night came to an end, the newlywed’s family and friend sent them off to their honeymoon waving sparklers in the air!

LAUREN LINDLEY PHOTOGRAPHY did an amazing job capturing the love, laughter, and fun had throughout the night! 

Kelley and Neal’s wedding was absolutely beautiful. We worked with an amazing team of people that made every detail perfect!

Lauren Lindley Photography // Contigo Catering // Rosehip Flora // Loot Vintage Rentals // Marquee Event Group // Whim Hospitality // Greenbelt DJ // Davey Schrank // Sugar Shack Bakery // Licha’s Cantina // Casa Maria Restaurant

A Spring Wedding at the Vineyards at Chappel Lodge

Melissa and Brandon said their I do’s in the beautiful fields of the VINEYARDS AT CHAPPEL LODGE. The beaming bride walked down the aisle after the tune of her brother singing and playing acoustic guitar. The full, green trees and elegant white shepherd hooks built by the mother and father of the bride were a picturesque ceremony setting. LUCIE MARIE gave the bridal party an extra sparkle with gorgeous hair styles and flawless make-up.

The day could not have been a more perfect day to celebrate true love. RACHAEL HALL PHOTOGRAPHY captured the essence of Melissa and Brandon’s fun-loving relationship. The photos portray the chemistry and happiness shared between the two. The Vineyards at Chappell Lodge has an endless amount of outside photo backdrops. Fields of bluebonnets, wildflowers, and larger than life trees are the perfect touch to wedding portraits. BOUQUETS OF AUSTIN wowed the Couture Details Team and wedding guests with their floral creations. The spring arrangements added a lovely pink and green pop of color!

Dinner was served under the stars and twinkly string lights. POLKADOTS CUPCAKE FACTORY baked up a delicious cake with M & B written in icing that the couple enjoyed together. Guests were treated with their own cupcake! HILL COUNTRY DJ set the mood and had people on their feet to dance the night away! As the night came to an end, the newlywed’s family and friends wished them happily ever after as they tossed flower petals over the couple!

The Couture Details Events team loved collaborating with Melissa and Brandon for their big day. We wish you two all the happiness!  Thank you to our vendors - we could not have done it without each of you!

Couture Details Events // Vineyards at Chappel Lodge // Hill Country DJ // Bouquets of Austin // Rachael Hall Photography // Lucie Marie // Polkadots Cupcake Factory

2016 American Advertising Awards

Our team had an incredible time at the Austin Addy Awards 2016. It was an honor to be a part of this special event for the 2nd year. The Addy Awards also know as the American Advertising Awards, is an advertising competition among professionals and students. Couture Details had the pleasure of working with the Austin Ad Federation in planning their chapter’s award show.

In executing the award show, we are constantly working with extremely talented and creative people. The theme for this year’s competition was“Ex Nihilo: Something From Nothing.” The theme was a tribute to the advertising and marketing professional’s gift of transforming a blank sheet into a captivating ad.

The Austin Ad Federation received a countless number of entries this year. Couture Details would like to congratulate all of the winners on their impressive work. You are the reason we buy products that we really don’t need, but feel so compelled by the ad that we have to answer to it.

“Teamwork makes the dream work” is a great tagline to describe the planning process of the Addy Awards.  Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing did an excellent job in organizing an event that was entertaining and well decorated.  A special shout out to everyone listed below who donated their time and expertise to make an evening not to be missed, see you next year!

Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing | Marketing Matter | Bill Peary Photography | ATX Event Systems | DJ Gatsby | Hyatt Austin | Xtreme Exhibits | The Velvet Cartel | Ad 2 Austin | E4 Youth | HootBooth Photo Booth | Image Craft Exhibits | Digital Touch Systems

Check out event photos below photographed by Scott Van Osdol and Anthony Charles!

A Lovely Winter Wedding at Prospect House

On December 5th, 2015, Chelsea and Greg celebrated their marriage at the beautiful PROSPECT HOUSE. The rolling Texas Hill Country made a picturesque backdrop as the happy couple expressed their vowels in holy matrimony. The options for photo backgrounds were endless at this charming venue. SOPHIE EPTON PHOTOGRAPHY did a fabulous job capturing the elegant details that made this night perfect. The love, laughter, and (of course) tears that were shared throughout the night can be seen in the photos taken by the photography team.

The flower creations were the perfect touch on top of the mother of the bride’s handmade table runners. ENTHRALL DESIGNS created lovely centerpieces, bouquets, and other decorations including the stunning flower wall pictured below. SAY CHEESE built their photo booth so guests could take their photo in front of the flower wall, but no need to worry – silly props were still involved in the picture taking.

Everyone had an absolute blast, however, there was one difficult decision to make that night: which flavor of cake they wanted for dessert. CAKES ROCK crafted an exquisite four-tier cake with four different mouth-watering flavors, including Strawberry Lemonade, Chocolate Overload, Disco Lemonade and Traditional white velvet. Lucky for the guests, there was enough cake for seconds!

The dancing was kicked off by a very entertaining and perfectly choreographed father-daughter dance. The guests continued to dance the night away to a mix of familiar oldies and recent tunes played by HILL COUNTRY DJ. The flower girl stole the show as she twisted and twirled on the dance floor.

The night ended as the sweet couple made their way through a tunnel of sparklers as guests waved them off to the sunny beaches of the Dominican Republic!

Chelsea, Greg, and their family and friends were such an exciting and kind bunch to collaborate with. The Couture Details Events team enjoyed planning this picture-perfect day.

A special thanks to Sophie Epton Photography for allowing us to relive the fun through the photos displayed below. Another big thank you to all of the wonderful people who helped in making this wedding stand out from the rest!

Prospect House | Sophie Epton Photography | Say Cheese Photo Booth | Enthrall Designs | Hill Country DJ | R&R Limousine and Bus | Cakes Rock | DNA Catering Events |

OFF TO THE RACES

2015 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

As we dive into 2016, we reflect back on some of our most memorable events of 2015.  Formula One certainly tops the charts. Our fabulous vendors, themed activations, loyal fans, and not to forget the relentless rain made for an exciting weekend!

The incredibly talented creative team, GUERILLA SUIT, designed some truly authentic and fun fan experiences located in the Biergarten and Texas Saloon activations.  We partnered with MADE FIRST, ILD LIGHTING, and AUSTIN ODDITIES to bring the vision to life and were so excited for the 3-day event.

Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded, selfishly decided she wanted front row seats to F1. The dedicated, poncho wearing fans from all over the world still made their way to the races.

The Biergarten activation at turn 7 was overflowing with beer loving fans. The activation offered over 20 craft beers on tap and was a truly delicious compliment to the atmosphere developed by GUERILLA SUIT. Race enthusiasts were enthralled watching acrobats executing tricks on a rolling barrel around the Biergarten. The wreath lighting fixtures decorated with blue and white ribbon were stunning. Wine barrels for seating lined the outside of the activation for a closer view of the racetrack.

Race-goers filled the Saloon to get a taste of what Texas folks are all about. Fans grabbed some beers, sat down at the farm tables, and enjoyed singing their favorite country tune with the dueling pianists. An aerialist posing on a suspended saddle was a fan favorite. Deer, buffalo, rams, longhorns and old Texas License plates hanging around the activation were a clever touch. The activation was a tribute to our Texas heritage.

The Biergarten and TX Saloon were such fun projects. The charm of Texas was in full display. Let’s hope the racers come back in 2016 for a rematch.

A special thank you goes out to all of the vendors who, together, made the Biergarten and TX Saloon the hottest spots to hang out at the 2015 Formula 1 US Grand Prix!

Guerilla Suit  | Marquee Event Rentals  | Premiere Event Rentals  | The Corner Shoppe  | Austin Oddities and Entertainment  | Transmission Events  | Made First  | ILD Lighting  | Alison Narro Photography | Whim Event Rentals

THE ART OF MARRIAGE

Within the Blanton Museum of Art, surrounded by modern and contemporary paintings, Kelley and Phil joyfully celebrated their union on Saturday, October 17th of 2015. From the whimsically decorated reception in the stunning Rapoport Atrium to the ceremony surrounded by art upstairs, the couple’s happiness reflected off every surface throughout their special evening.

We loved making Kelley and Phil's special day as romantic and intimate as possible. Flowers by Bouquets of Austin delicately decorated each table, as each shade of pink and the soft candlelight perfectly balanced the magnificent blue walls enclosing the atrium. Adding a more personal twist, hot sauce bottles with each guests name directed everyone to his or her respective seat. 

After guests were treated to a delicious meal catered by Whole Foods, Look No Further Entertainment amped up the celebration. As glow sticks, glow glasses and other party favors were brought out, everyone danced the night away. 

As the party winded down, the bride and groom enjoyed one last dance and intimate moment before saying goodbyes to family and friends, who cheered them off under a glittering arch of sparklers. 

Nicole Ryan Photography has beautifully captured the precious moments throughout the night, and the Couture Details Team is so happy to have helped Kelley and Phil on their special day. 

Blanton Museum of Art | Bouquets of Austin | Whole Foods | Nicole Ryan Photography