Taylor & Chad | Organic Wedding at Austin Country Club

TAYLOR & CHAD | MEMORY TIN FILM | AUSTIN, TX

Planning/Design: Gina Whittington | The Whitt Experience // Venue/Catering: Austin Country Club // Photography: SMS Photography // Cake: Michelle's Patisserie // Floral: Wendee Sawran Petals // Band: Matchmaker // Ceremony Musicians: Musical Discovery // Chairs+Leaf Platters: WHIM // Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors // Draping+Decor: Townsley // Other Rentals: Marquee; Premiere

New Orleans Weddings

New Orleans is a hub of beautiful culture, and it is one of the world's most fascinating cities.  Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it is home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. When strolling through town, you'll find bowls filled to the rim with gumbo, late nights in dark jazz clubs, historic neighborhoods, and tantalizing festivals throughout the year. 

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Every time we visit for a wedding, Jones seems to find the best local spots for us to eat when we're not filming.  For example, Cafe Du Monde, which is famous for its cafe au lait and delicious fluffy powdered donuts served in a Parisian open air cafe setting.    Excuse us as we share an obligatory photo of our food, solely intended to make you jealous, but unintentionally causing ourselves to now be hungry in the office.

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And we ALWAYS get excited to see the word "sucre" involved with any event we're filming!  They are a sweet boutique, and they are often called upon to create the most delightful macaroon cookies and other delicious treats for weddings--both as desserts served and sent as "to go" gifts with guests.

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As a Texan, the most obvious thing that sticks out about experiencing the city of New Orleans is both the grandiose architecture and the natural sounds--live musicians play jazz on every corner, from troupes of young teens using everything (including buckets) as drums all the way to classy, uniformed groups like the ones we see at our wedding events--like The Jaywalkers and The Storyville Stompers.  French Quarter weddings (a downtown area of New Orleans) often see the bride and groom reach their reception venue by a horse drawn carriage or by leading a “second line” preceded by a jazz band.

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A second line parade at a wedding signifies the beginning of the life between the bride and groom. The second line band leads the wedding party and guest from the church to their reception venue or it may take place at the reception venue itself. The second line stems from the African American jazz funerals and has evolved to become part of all New Orleans celebrations.

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Roman Catholic weddings or very traditional religious ceremonies are also very popular and deeply ingrained into NOLA culture.  Just stepping foot into any of the cathedrals in town helps you to see why--the architecture of the cathedrals is very European, and a good reminder of the sanctity and majesty of the wedding ceremony.

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 Magnolias, jasmine and gardenias are popular choices for flower arrangements.

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 Here are some of our favorite people, places and spaces that we've filmed during our New Orleans events.  Whether you're planning an event in NOLA or simply visiting, be sure not to miss these historic landmarks!

The Roosevelt New Orleans

Particularly, visit this place during the holiday season, when all the trees and indoor plants are strung from ceiling to floor with christmas lights and trees, creating a magical winter wonderland within the marbled foyer.

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Academy of the Sacred Heart

4521 St. Charles Avenue  New Orleans, LA 70115

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Christ Church Cathedral

Located just near the French Quarter, this cathedral's pale pink granite exterior contrasts with its darkly wooden interior and gorgeous blue ceilinged front altar.

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This image from the wedding video reminds me a lot of of the beautiful colors in the images from PBS' popular TV show, Downton Abbey.  They often keep their colors confined to a minimized hue spectrum.

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Storyville Stompers

A faithfully Jazzy second line band.

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The Ritz Carlton Hotel & Grand Ballroom

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The Elms Mansion & Gardens

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Maison Montegut House

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Want to know more?

You can watch our films of these NOLA brides and their southern weddings:

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The Wild Onion Ranch | The Big Time Band Performs Live

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Austin, TX - The Wild Onion Ranch - One of Texas' finest locations for a wedding ceremony or reception is The Wild Onion Ranch located on the south side of Austin. This particular clip features a performance from The Big Time Band and the event was designed by Swoop Events, a subsidiary of 2 Dine 4 Catering.

If you're a Texan with a destination wedding in Maui, obviously, you have to celebrate your wedding twice so all your local friends can join in the fun! Texans love to have a good time with their friends, y'all! Anna Kate & Charles did exactly that, and they included all kinds of cute touches in their Texas reception. Flower necklaces, tropical flowers, orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, birds of paradise--it was a gorgeous event.

Anna Kate had us filming in 8mm during their hawaiian adventure wedding, so of course, we filmed some of their Texas party on vintage film, and we also edited it into the digital footage; it has a neat effect on the imagery in the story.  Some people have referred to this combination of super 8mm film and digital HD footage as mixed media format style.  We call it fun. :)   We are always happy to film at The Wild Onion Ranch for parties or events.

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The Wild Onion is located just off IH-35 in south Austin, about a fifteen-minute drive from downtown.  

12112 Old San Antonio Rd

Manchaca, TX 78652

Directions (from Austin):

- Take IH-35 South to Onion Creek

- Take Exit 225 toward FM 1626 / Onion Creek Parkway

- Turn Right on FM 1626 (heading west)

- Turn Left on Old San Antonio Road

- Continue on Old San Antonio Road approximately one mile

- Turn Right into the Wild Onion 

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Austin Wedding Wild Onion Ranch Pic 17 reception lights

Photography: Heather Mabry, Eclectic Images

Austin Reception: The Wild Onion Ranch

Austin Reception Band: The Big Time Band

Event Planning: Swoop Events

Catering: 2Dine4

Floral Design: Westbank Flower Market

Bride and Groom's Cakes: Coco Paloma

Photobooth: Booth 66

Watch more films or join us on facebook: 

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Villa Antonia & Primizie Catering | Cocktail Hour Moments with Alexis & Kevin

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You've just watched moments from the cocktail hour of the wedding film of Alexis & Kevin, a couple who chose to have their wedding at the exotic local tuscan estate called Villa Antonia.  As you can see from the video, the setting is both romantic, old world, and very classy. 

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Alexis is a modern bride with discerning tastes, and so her combination of modern table decor & wedding colors (Pink & navy) paired with southern traditions made for a unique experience.

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These eclectic centerpieces were designed by Bouquets of Austin.  I love the way they mixed white with pale pinks and fully saturated fuschias.  Curly willows and long tendrils of flower buds are playful and modern juxtaposed against the old world charm of the wedding venue.

Catering

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The couple chose Primizie as their caterer, which is famous for its authentic use of fresh produce and vegetables to create the most amazing "Austin Italian" cuisine.  Primizie describes itself as a "combination of traditional southern hospitality, old world Italian charm and modern culinary vision." We could see why Alexis would select Primizie for her wedding caterers--she is also a bride commited to southern hospitality (did you see her bridal jewelry--a pearl bracelet & magnolia necklace?), the tuscan architecture at Villa Antonia is definitely old world Italian, and Primizie's modern sensibility fits perfectly with Alexis' modern color choices.   What a perfect match!

If you plan a party in Austin, Primizie does fantastic catering....and for those who are not local, ask your local grocer to begin providing Primizie snacks--their crispbreads will change the way you eat chips and dip.  In fact, I had to grab some from the kitchen as soon as I started writing this post.  Hand-cut, grilled, then crisped--and yes, they are that good!

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 The dance floor for the wedding was set up in the main hall.  Barbara from Barbara's Brides designed a gorgeous pink lighting setup with Howard Fletcher to create a very modern look in the reception area.

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Villa Antonia is a gorgeous tuscan style wedding or event location.  You can enjoy the breeze from their balconies and terraces while watching the sunset during cocktail hour.  Near Lake Travis, the hillsides provide a breathtaking view that is both serene and majestic.  As guests arrive, they walk beneath a stone arch entryway to view the first courtyard and fountain.  Winding in and around the building is an adventure in and of itself, with fountains and staircases beneath a canopy of trees that overlook a hilly horizon.

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If you would like to see the official photos from Anthology's wedding photography, check them out here.

You can visit the Villa Antonia for a tour, or for an evening of classical music at this address:

Address: 19039 Adrian Way, Jonestown, TX 78645

Phone:(512) 267-3509

Event Planning: Barbara's Bride's

Ceremony/Reception: Villa Antonia

Catering: Primizie

Floral: Bouquets of Austin

Lighting: Howard Fletcher

Villa Antonia | An exotic experience in Central Texas

You've just watched the closing moments from the wedding film of Alexis & Kevin, a couple who chose to have their wedding at the exotic local tuscan estate called Villa Antonia.  With its stucco walls and winding paths, everywhere you turn you'll find a water fountain or a wide panoramic view of the Texas countryside.  It is a luscious venue for entertaining guests and for creating memories that will last a lifetime.  For example, the building has a perfect cupola for sunset photos of a bride and groom.  Several terraces face different directionssurrounding the building, so no matter the season or time of day, there's a perfect place for outdoor gatherings.  There's certainly room for indoor events, too, with a great hall and ballroom. The diversity of entertaining areas creates both visual interest and provides your guests with different priorities--dancing or visiting--a place where they can do so easily.  Whether you're a local bride or choosing the Villa Antonia for your destination wedding, the proximity to the metropolis of Austin paired with the privacy of the countryside will provide you with everything your event needs.

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Villa Antonia is a gorgeous tuscan style wedding or event location.  You can enjoy the breeze from their balconies and terraces while watching the sunset during cocktail hour.  Near Lake Travis, the hillsides provide a breathtaking view that is both serene and majestic.  As guests arrive, they walk beneath a stone arch entryway to view the first courtyard and fountain.  Winding in and around the building is an adventure in and of itself, with fountains and staircases beneath a canopy of trees that overlook a hilly horizon.

Villa Antonia Best Man Judson giving toast
Villa Antonia Best Man Judson giving toast

Event Planning: Barbara's Bride's

Ceremony/Reception: Villa Antonia

Catering: Primizie

Floral: Bouquets of Austin

Lighting: Howard Fletcher