Kelly -N- Stephen / Green Pastures Wedding / Austin Wedding Photographer / by Melanie Grizzel

Our wedding was in the planning stages for quite awhile - we were engaged for over two years (since 9/18/10) before our big day.  I really wanted the event to reflect a combination of our personalities - casual, laid back, and natural - but still special.  I knew Green Pastures was the perfect location because it felt like coming to someone's home rather than a stark event center.  It felt warm and cozy, despite still being able to accommodate our 130 guests.

The colors (teal and yellow) actually were inspired by the colors of my shoes.  I was shopping just a month or two after our engagement, and I fell in love with these polka-dot Seychelles shoes.  At the time, I wasn't looking for wedding shoes, but these were perfect.  I used them to help pick out the bridesmaids dress color and the yellow ties for the guys.
Going with the "natural" look, Bouquets of Austin did our floral arrangements and did an absolutely perfect job.  I wanted lots of color, and a "gathered" look.  I pretty much gave them a blank slate and they didn't disappoint!  It was wonderful to walk into the room at Green Pastures and be greeted by the smell and sight of our beautiful bouquets!  A few of my other favorite details: my garter, knitted by one of my bridesmaids, Trisha; the cake-topper of two teal lovebirds, custom ordered from Orly Design on Etsy; and the guys' Texas cuff links, ordered online from who-knows-where by Stephen.
Of course, it threatened rain all day on Saturday, and ended up pouring right during the window of time our ceremony was supposed to be outside.  Stephen and I both love the outdoors, and it was a bit of a bummer to not get to have the ceremony under the beautiful live oak trees at Green Pastures.  But, I do have to say that the indoor ceremony was intimate and beautiful, and was everything we wanted.  We didn't know what our officiant was going to say, and his speech was perfect.  Again, the folks at Bouquets of Austin really did a wonderful job accommodating the last-minute rain changes!  And the fact that it rained made our after-ceremony photo session even more intimate because all the guests were still inside.  I thought it was so great that we randomly found that UT umbrella to use in the pictures - perfect touch!
And of course, there was plenty of dancing!  That might have been the most important thing to me: there had to be dancing!  Heck we even did Gangnam Style. If anything it just went by way too quickly.
Finally, we got to make our get-away in an awesome teal Cadillac from Vintage Rides of Austin.  Even though our hotel was only about 5 minutes down the road, the driver (who happened to also be the owner, Ed) took us for a spin through downtown.  It was really a magical way to end our night!  We got to have a little time to just bask in all that had just happened.  People waved to us and shouted congratulations as we cruised down the streets.  It was a perfect ending to a perfect night!  Our only regret: hopping on a plane the next morning at 10am to head back to North Carolina.  A leisurely after-wedding brunch might have been nice :-)


Photography - She-N-He Photography and Design / Location, Catering, Cake - Green Pastures / Flowers - Bouquets of Austin / Cake topper: Orly Design / Hair + Make-up - Erica Gray 
Strings - Barton Strings / DJ, Video, Photobooth - Complete Music / Car - Vintage Rides of Austin
She-N-He Austin Wedding Photography and Design specializes in making your day…YOURS. We capture your wedding just the way you see it. We’re a husband and wife team with backgrounds in Graphic Design/Art Direction and Commercial/Editorial Photography respectively. We bring to you a unique perspective that is romantic, modern and timeless and 15 years experience shooting all over the world. Call us and tell us all about your big day. We’re listening. 512-351-9314. We also service San Antonio, Dallas, New York City, and any and all remote destination locations.