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Hello! Faith, here, Andy’s wife and second shooter. We’ve had a long absence on this blog mainly due to the fact that Andy has been doing a lot of corporate and conference event work and we’ve been knee deep in community impact work. We try to stick to wedding material on this blog but perhaps it’s time to branch out. Andy is now on the District Advisory Council for AISD (Austin Independent School District); he has been on several committees tasked with increasing diversity in East Austin schools; we’ve been working on and succeeded in bringing the first public Montessori program to an AISD school; Andy is co-vice president of the University Hills Neighborhood Association and has been sinking his teeth into more initiatives that I can remember at the moment! Needless to say, we stay really busy between all of our volunteering and hanging out with our 2 year old daughter February!

I’m from Vermont and we aim to visit once per summer and right after Christmas every year. My younger sister Sarah, who currently resides in Georgia, had been engaged for over a year and a half to Andrew without settling on a wedding plan. Sarah doesn’t have the plan-a-party gene. I kept offering to use my experience attending weddings as a photographer to help her plan a celebration, but none of my ideas seemed right. Ultimately she decided that since Andy and I and several Aunts and Uncles were trying to coordinate visits to Vermont that it was the perfect moment to have a simple backyard wedding at Grandma’s house. And she decided this two weeks in advance of the date! Grandma and her home has been a gathering place for us that makes us feel so safe, special, and loved ever since we can remember. Her homestead has a large beautiful garden and a red barn so it was also a great aesthetic choice for nice photographs. She picked the date in the middle of the week based on a rule that you have to get your marriage license a certain number of days in advance of your wedding. The guest list was her relatives that would be in Vermont. Everyone took initiative to add something to the day. Aunt Emily and Cousin June went to Party City for decorations. Dad volunteered to grill steaks. Grandma and Aunt Anne made several large batches of potato salad and broccoli salad and booked the Justice of the Peace. Andrew bought an outdoor speaker and queued up music via his iPhone and helped Andy build the tent rental. Sarah headed to the fabric store and created the sweetest pendant garland. I coordinated several local wedding vendors to provide a cake, floral, and hair and makeup for Sarah. Thank you to Missing Piece BakeryFlowers by Debbie, and Salon Elixir for helping us on such short notice. Andy of course was the wedding photographer! It’s so nice to share her wedding photos and a glimpse to this corner of Vermont that is so near and dear to my heart.

 

Sarah and Andrew’s first look

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Then we walked around and took Bride & Groom Portraits

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That Post Wedding Glow!

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Everyone who came! Andy, Ru and I are on the far left.

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

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Jessica & Cristian’s Al Fresco Garden Wedding at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Jessica and Cristian got married at one Austin’s greatest ecological treasures, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Center’s gardens display native plants from Central, South and West Texas.  It was a gorgeous backdrop, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for their outdoor courtyard wedding.

Here is the backstory on Jessica and Cristian met from their wedding website:  We met 5 1/2 years ago at a party in NYC. After several months of dating, Cristian moved to Jessica’s home state of Texas to attend law school at UT Austin, while Jessica continued her program at NYU. After living on opposite sides of the country for three years we were finally reunited in NY, and now live in downtown Brooklyn.

At the wedding, Jessica and Cristian announced to their guests that they would be moving to Singapore to follow an amazing job opportunity! Congrats to the couple and good luck with your new start overseas!

A ton of amazing wedding professionals contributed to this wedding. Please scroll through to the bottom for a complete list.

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Anastasia & Will’s Wedding at Barr Mansion

Anastasia and Will are a wedding photographer’s dream because they had the most loving and electric expressions, especially when gazing at each other, all day long. They had a labor day weekend wedding in Austin, Texas at the farm-to-table venue, Barr Mansion. We’re so glad they had a first look because the photographs are priceless. This was my first wedding with the Persian tradition of the Sofreh (spread) Aghd (ceremony).  I’ve done a little reading up on the tradition and it turns out it is a common Iranian cultural tradition. The tabletop spread represents the couples new marriage and life together.  No two sofreh aghd’s are alike as each are lovingly customized to each couple and assembled by the couple’s loved ones.  The symbolism of the mirror pictured below, is that it reflects the lit candles and brings light into their future. Then the mirror usually finds it way home with the bride and groom.

Congrats to Anastasia and Will! At the bottom of this post you will find a list of participating vendors.

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Tuesdee & Derek’s Wedding at Escondido Golf & Lake Club

Tuesdee and Derek’s wedding was a romantic and lavish affair at the Tuscan inspired venue Escondido.  Tuesdee and Derek met during High School in West Texas and both attended Texas Tech University.  During a winter ski trip in Durango, Colorado, Derek took Tuesdee on a sleigh ride to a romantic destination where he proposed!  How do you even plan that!? A hill by a frozen lake, thousands of miles from home, and rose petals in the snow. Then he took her back to the ski lodge where both of their families were waiting as a surprise to celebrate!  Tuesdee and Derek and their families are so thoughtful and a lot of planning and collaboration went into this celebration and you can find a full list of vendors at the bottom of this post.  One of our favorite moments in the wedding was Tuesdee’s twist on the bouquet toss. Instead of tossing some wedding luck to one lady, she gave each bachelorette a single stem and then blessed them all with a prayer that they will meet their ideal partner in due time.  Congrats Tuesdee and Derek!

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